Grand Princess

Grand Princess current position

Grand Princess current location is at South Pacific Ocean (coordinates -41.27109 S / 174.78786 E) cruising en route to Napier. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

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Current itinerary of Grand Princess

Grand Princess current cruise is 14 days, round-trip New Zealand. Prices start from USD 918 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 Feb, 2024 and ends on 10 Mar, 2024.

Date / TimePort
25 Feb 17:00    Departing from Melbourne, Victoria Australia hotels
28 Feb 07:00 - 15:00    Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
29 Feb 07:00 - 17:00    Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand
01 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Lyttelton-Christchurch, New Zealand
02 Mar 08:00 - 18:00    Wellington, New Zealand
03 Mar 07:00 - 14:00    Napier, New Zealand
04 Mar 08:30 - 19:30    Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
05 Mar 07:00 - 18:00    Auckland, New Zealand
10 Mar    Arriving in Melbourne, Victoria Australia hotels

Specifications of Grand Princess

Year of build1998  /  Age: 26
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassPRINCESS GRAND
Building costUSD 450 million
Speed24 kn / 44 km/h / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage107517 gt
Passengers2602 - 3122
Crew1150
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks16
Cabins1301
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsCaribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure), Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess, Star Princess (Pacific Encounter)
Christened byOlivia de Havilland
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruise Lines Ltd (USA)

Grand Princess Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Feb 25 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Melbourne $918
2024 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Tasmania Melbourne
2024 Mar 17 14 days, round-trip Queensland Melbourne
2024 Mar 31 2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $176
2024 Apr 02 4 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney
2024 Apr 02 25 days, one-way from Sydney to San Francisco Sydney $1549
2024 Apr 02 28 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney $2199
2024 Apr 06 21 days, one-way from Auckland to San Francisco Auckland $1928
2024 Apr 06 24 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland $1899
2024 Apr 27 3 days, one-way from San Francisco to Vancouver San Francisco $248
2024 Apr 30 8 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $498
2024 May 08 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $398
2024 May 08 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $784
2024 May 15 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $398
2024 May 22 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $398
2024 May 22 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $733
2024 May 29 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $398
2024 Jun 05 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $448
2024 Jun 05 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $788
2024 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $408
2024 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $438
2024 Jun 19 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $848
2024 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $478
2024 Jul 03 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $528
2024 Jul 03 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $917
2024 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $468
2024 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $528
2024 Jul 17 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $917
2024 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $468
2024 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $498
2024 Jul 31 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $871
2024 Aug 07 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $448
2024 Aug 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $438
2024 Aug 14 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $816
2024 Aug 21 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $448
2024 Aug 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $418
2024 Aug 28 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $770
2024 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $418
2024 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $478
2024 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Vancouver $478
2024 Sep 25 4 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $227
2024 Sep 29 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1347
2024 Oct 15 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1147
2024 Oct 31 33 days, round-trip South Pacific Islands Hawaii Los Angeles $2297
2024 Dec 03 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $977
2024 Dec 19 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1447
2025 Jan 04 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $617
2025 Jan 14 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1047
2025 Jan 30 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $617
2025 Feb 09 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $947
2025 Feb 25 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1047
2025 Mar 13 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $627
2025 Mar 23 16 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1047
2025 Apr 08 7 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $377
2025 May 06 17 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska with Glacier Bay National Park Seattle $1997
2025 May 23 4 days, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $347
2025 May 27 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $547
2025 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $597
2025 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $697
2025 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Vancouver $697
2025 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $647
2025 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $597
2025 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver Vancouver $597
2025 Aug 26 4 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $237
2025 Aug 30 16 days, round-trip Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park Los Angeles $1997
2025 Sep 15 26 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Auckland Los Angeles $2047
2025 Sep 15 31 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney Los Angeles $2447
2025 Oct 11 5 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $447
2025 Oct 16 2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane Sydney $227
2025 Oct 16 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $1957
2025 Oct 16 37 days, round-trip Tahiti, Hawaii South Pacific Sydney $4687
2025 Oct 18 35 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane $4467
2025 Oct 31 22 days, one-way from Honolulu to Sydney Honolulu $2707
2025 Nov 22 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Sydney $407
2025 Nov 22 8 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane Sydney $597
2025 Nov 27 3 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane Sydney $227
2025 Nov 30 8 days, round-trip Queensland Brisbane $817
2025 Dec 08 9 days, round-trip Tasmania Brisbane $837
2025 Dec 17 4 days, round-trip Australia Seacation Brisbane $417
2025 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Holiday Brisbane $1667
2026 Jan 04 8 days, round-trip New Caledonia Vanuatu Brisbane $817
2026 Jan 12 10 days, round-trip Tasmania Brisbane $947
2026 Jan 22 11 days, round-trip New Caledonia Vanuatu Brisbane $1057
2026 Feb 02 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Brisbane $1177
2026 Feb 16 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Brisbane $1177
2026 Mar 02 8 days, round-trip Queensland Brisbane $827
2026 Mar 10 14 days, round-trip New Zealand Brisbane $1177
2026 Mar 24 15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane $1217
2026 Mar 24 11 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea Brisbane $977
2026 Apr 04 4 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney Brisbane $297
2026 Apr 08 31 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver Sydney $2697
2026 Apr 08 27 days, one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles Sydney $2397
2026 Apr 08 20 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $1797
2026 Apr 08 5 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $447
2026 Apr 13 26 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver Auckland $2297
2026 Apr 13 22 days, one-way from Auckland to Los Angeles Auckland $1947
2026 Apr 13 15 days, one-way from Auckland to Honolulu Auckland $1397
2026 Apr 28 11 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $997
2026 May 05 4 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $347

Grand Princess Review

Review of Grand Princess

The 1998-built Grand Princess cruise ship is the 1st Grand-class Princess Cruises liner, with sisterships CrownDiamond, Caribbean, Golden (now Pacific Adventure), Emerald, Ruby, Star (now Pacific Encounter) and Sapphire.

The vessel (IMO number 9104005) is currently Bermuda-flagged (MMSI 310327000) and registered in Hamilton.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a USA-based passenger shipping company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (1977-founded), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise shipowner. Among Princess Cruise Lines Ltd's assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.

Grand Princess cruise ship

When debuted in 1998, the 2600-passenger ship Grand Princess was promoted as "the biggest, the fastest cruise vessel in the world, the most advanced... the grandest cruise liner on the ocean." The boat did actually spend a year as the biggest-fastest at sea, but she is now dwarfed by many others which are bigger, faster, newer and more technologically advanced. Over a decade later, the main vessel design which anchors Princess' most popular class still holds its own thanks to a massive refurbishment in May 2011. The multi-million dollar overhaul of Grand Princess included a full transformation of the ship's atrium into the much jazzier Piazza (a newfangled addition represented by the fleet's most recent vessels that combines theatre in the round with food and drink outlets). Grand eventually got her own version of The Sanctuary, a popular adult-only sun deck that was released on Crown Princess in 2006.

Decks and Cabins

Most Grand Princess staterooms (1301 total, in 34 grades) are 170-ft2 balcony cabins (502). Almost 80% of the ship's outside staterooms have private step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 27. The largest accommodation is the Grand Suite (615 ft2 / 57 m2, with terrace sized 115 ft2 / 11 m2).

The boat has 16 decks, of which 13 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Grand Princess passengers choose between open seating and two assigned dinner seatings; breakfast and lunch in all Princess restaurants are open seating. Alternative dinner venues include the reservations-only Sabatini’s Italian and Crown Grill restaurants (both with cover). All Princess Cruises Lido buffets are open around the clock. The Wheelhouse Bar serves a pub lunch, and a grill and pizzeria offer casual snack choices. The ice-cream bars and patisseries charge for premium ice cream and specialty coffee. A wine bar offers extra-charge artisan cheeses and evening snacks. Chef’s Table and Ultimate Balcony Dining options are also available, as is afternoon tea and room service.

Follows the complete list of Grand Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Michelangelo Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Da Vinci Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Botticelli Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 5:45 and 8 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian speciality restaurant; reservations recommended). The officially named "Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria" restaurant debuted on Grand Princess in 1998. Today, it is available fleetwide. In 2017, Princess Cruises announced the restaurant's fleetwide enhancement via a partnership with celebrity chef Angelo Auriana. Among the upgrades are new interior design and updated menu (with antipasti and handmade pasta dishes by Chef Auriana). The transformed Sabatini’s debuted on Caribbean Princess in April 2017.
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria (complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (speciality restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Grand's piazza is magnificent. Its wide range of entertainment makes the versatile spot a popular destination where guests never know what they'll see. The best vantage point is from a Piazza seating, or opt for a table in adjoining lounges like the International Cafe and the wine bar Vines. Beyond the piazza, there are production shows in Princess Theatre, first-run movies in Vista Lounge, daytime music poolside by Calypso Band, and the many activities prepared by the cruise director's staff. Passengers can also enjoy the nighttime strains of Rosario Strings in ship's Grand Atrium, the individual performers and comics in Explorer's and Vista Lounges, the country band in Wheelhouse Bar, and the action in One5, a sophisticated venue that replaced the Skywalker's disco. 

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Follows the complete list of Grand Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour speciality coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Grand Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • Snooker’s Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Grand Casino 
  • Leaves Tea Lounge & Library (speciality teas room and library)
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 pm becomes Disco Nightclub)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Al Fresco’s Bar; Sea Breeze Bar
  • Grand’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Conservatory (recreation area); The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area); The Oasis relaxation area
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Deck Chess; Princess Links mini-golf course
  • The One5 Lounge & Nightclub.

Itineraries

Grand Princess itinerary program is based on 15-day Hawaii and 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises with departures from Californian homeports (Los Angeles and San Francisco). In the summer, Grand Princess sails in Alaska leaving out of Vancouver BC (Canada).

In 2020 Grand Princess was scheduled to start a seasonal Singapore homeporting season (December 2020 through March 2021) as the first Princess MedallionClass liner homeported in Asia. However, these plans were canceled due to the Coronavirus crisis.

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The Fincantieri Monfalcone-built Princess Cruises Grand ship is the company's first Grand-class liner, with (same-designed) sisterships Golden and Star (now Pacific Encounter). The other (similarly-designed) vessels from this series are Caribbean, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

Ship's inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 27, 1998. Its godmother was Olivia de Havilland - US actress born in 1916 in Japan, to British parents, most popular for her role in "Gone with the Wind" 1939). Ship's naming ceremony was on September 29, 1998. The liner is a little different than its sisters. The used timber is of darker woods and the interior design is closer to Sun Class ships (smaller-sized).

During the inaugural season, many popular actors participated in shipboard live performances. Among those were Al Martino, Lorna Luft, Bob Anderson, Rita Moreno, Red Buttons. Famous musicians that worked that year were the Canadian band "Mud Sharks" and Dominic Halpin together with his band.

During the ship's drydock refurbishment in 2013, Skywalkers Nightclub was removed from the stern, opening space for the new facilities Crown Grill, Pizzeria, Leaves (tea lounge) and "The One5" (nightclub).

Fun fact is that the Grand ship was a background scene for an episode of UK's "The Apprentice" (TV reality game show).