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Island Princess

Island Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Island Princess

Year built2003  /  Age : 16
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassSun
Building costUSD 330 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage91627 gt
Passengers2214 - 2657
Crew900
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks15
Cabins1107
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened byDavid Pelletier, Jamie Sale

Current itinerary / position of Island Princess

Island Princess current cruise is 6 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Prices start from USD 523 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2019 and ends on 22 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
16 Sep 16:30    Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada hotels
17 Sep 11:00 - 20:00    Astoria, Oregon
19 Sep 07:00 - 23:00    San Francisco, California
21 Sep 07:00 - 18:00    Santa Barbara, California
22 Sep    Arriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach, California hotels

Review of Island Princess

Launched in 2003, Island Princess is the second of the two Coral-class Princess ships, together with Coral Princess.

History - construction and ownership

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

Island Princess cruise ship

The 91,627-ton, 1,974-passenger cruise ship Island Princess, together with sister ship Coral Princess, is an aberration for Princess Cruises. The line launched only two cruise vessels of this size before joining the rest of industry in building ever-more-massive ships (like those in the Grand class). Not part of either the group of biggest-in-fleet ships or the mid-sized Sun-class vessels, Island Princess falls somewhere in the middle and in many ways, it represents the best of both. Island Princess mixes the exotic (international crew members, stylish Italian dining venues, celebrity-style spa treatments) and the familiar (cruising's ubiquitous buffets, poolside umbrella drinks, cocktails and bingo). The public spaces are shiny, and even though the vessel was launched in 2003, there's no suggestion of wear and tear. Service is very good, especially in the dining venues. And the amusement is top rate. But the thing which really stands out is the quality of life onboard. Island Princess does a notable job of creating a typical Alaska experience that's highlighted by a lecture series featuring a state naturalist, National Park Service "ranger talks" and a presentation by the 1st woman to win the Iditarod. There is even a Princess travel guidance and map which allow guests to detect their navigational locations while referencing tales, points of interest and photos of the route.

Cruise itinerary program

Island Princess itinerary program is based on Alaska sailings during the summer months and Panama Canal cruises during the rest of the years. Feature port destinations include Cabo San Lucas, San Juan del Sur, Puntarenas, Oranjestad/Aruba.

Cabins

Most Island Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (527). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 987 staterooms in 34 categories. 20 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Island Princess are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The two main restaurants onboard Island Princess serve up traditional 5-course evening meals. The line offers set seating at 6 and 8:15 p.m. in the Bordeaux and flexible anytime dining in the Provence Restaurant. The menus in both venues are the same with favourites, such as Executive Chef Martial Diffor's fettuccine alfredo, beef wellington, deep-sea cod in coriander butter sauce, twin broiled lobster tail. All meals are prepared to order. Menus in the main restaurants also offer vegetarian choices and Lotus Spa innovative dishes, with healthier options like chilled yoghurt and tamarind soup with grated lemon zest, filet of baby turbot with fennel Pernod sauce and tropical fruit smoothie with lime. Guests who prefer more formal fare can choose the sit-down service in the Bordeaux dining room for breakfast and lunch.

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

  • Bordeaux Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room; dinner only)
  • Provence 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. and "Chef's Table" private dining)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse (speciality restaurant)
  • The Bar & Grill (complimentary fast food)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

On either side of the Fiesta and Promenade Decks are the two grandest venues of Island Princess: Princess Theater and Universe Lounge. Tucked between the two are the majority of lounges and bars, including the clubby Explorers Lounge, the Wheelhouse Bar which is more sedate, the retro Crooners martini bar, Churchill's cigar lounge and the casino, with its various table games like blackjack, poker, roulette and state-of-the-art slots. By day, ScholarShip@Sea program focuses on enrichment with a wide range of programming. There are dance classes, lectures on bridge and fashion, computer instruction. When Island Princess gets to the Panama Canal, passengers are provided with a lecture about canal's history and how it works.

Island Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Island 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)
  • La Patisserie Bar (speciality coffee bar)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Photo Kiosk; Platinum Studio
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour); Card Room
  • Princess Island Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • The Universe Lounge (2-level second show lounge, also used for dance lessons)
  • Churchill Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Island Casino
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Wedding Chapel
  • Island’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area)
  • Lido Pool area; Lotus Pool area
  • Central Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard; Deck Chess; Princess Links mini golf course.

Island Princess wiki

Princess Cruises Island ship is fleet's 2nd Coral-class liner, with sistership Coral. The vessel was launched on July 12, 2003. The naming ceremony was held in Port Vancouver (BC Canada). Ship's godparents are Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (Canadian Salt Lake Olympic Games figure skating medalists). They had to share that medal with a Russian skating couple (Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze) - which is a rarity in figure skating. This issue raised again discussions regarding assessments in this sport. Canadians made their skating with no flaws, but Russia argued that Russian performance was more complex and therefore deserves the gold medal, despite a minor flaw in the performance. As a diplomatic way out, both couples were given gold medals.

Island Princess spends autumn, winter and spring sailing on 10-days or 2-week long transition cruises through Panama Canal visiting ports in Aruba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexican Riviera. During summer, the ship offers 7-day Alaskan itineraries from Vancouver Canada to Whittier Alaska. Island Princess offers the opportunity to experience the raw beauty of Alaska. The ship introduces a presentation of the first female to win the Iditarod and ranger talks with a representative of the state National Park Service. The Island ship's passengers can use a guide and map to find their location and mark it with photos and comments.

The sisterships Island and Coral are the fleet's only Panamax vessels. Panamax ships cover all standards for transiting through the Panama Canal. In 2017, Caribbean Princess made its maiden season of Panama Canal cruises through the new locks (inaugurated on June 26, 2016).

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Island Princess Itineraries

The below listed Island Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Aug 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $523
2019 Aug 28 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1299
2019 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $502
2019 Sep 11 5 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler Vancouver
2019 Sep 16 6 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $523
2019 Sep 16 21 days, one-way from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale Vancouver $1897
2019 Sep 22 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $1153
2019 Oct 07 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $891
2019 Oct 17 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $786
2019 Oct 27 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $859
2019 Nov 06 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $779
2019 Nov 16 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $669
2019 Nov 26 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $779
2019 Dec 06 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $724
2019 Dec 16 4 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Getaway Fort Lauderdale $349
2019 Dec 20 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1229
2019 Dec 30 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Jan 09 25 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Antonio Fort Lauderdale $2519
2020 Jan 09 38 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires Fort Lauderdale $5219
2020 Jan 09 58 days, round-trip Circle South America Fort Lauderdale $6398
2020 Feb 03 13 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $2409
2020 Feb 03 33 days, one-way from San Antonio to Fort Lauderdale San Antonio $4989
2020 Feb 16 20 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Fort Lauderdale Buenos Aires $2619
2020 Mar 07 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Mar 17 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1209
2020 Mar 27 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $1459
2020 Apr 11 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa Los Angeles $3569
2020 May 09 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $1489
2020 May 24 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton Fort Lauderdale $2479
2020 May 24 32 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton Fort Lauderdale $5262
2020 Jun 09 16 days, round-trip Summer Solstice & Spitzbergen Southampton $2569
2020 Jun 25 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $2579
2020 Jun 25 28 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland Adventure Southampton $7959
2020 Jul 09 14 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $4179
2020 Jul 23 16 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $3073
2020 Jul 23 32 days, round-trip Fire & Ice Grand Adventure (with Optional Edinburgh Tattoo) Southampton $5939
2020 Aug 08 16 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $2739
2020 Aug 24 14 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Irish Counties and British Islands Southampton $3259
2020 Sep 07 14 days, round-trip Iceland, Norway and Northern Isles Southampton $3689
2020 Sep 21 12 days, round-trip European Capitals Southampton $2349
2020 Oct 03 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton $2239
2020 Oct 15 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton $2569
2020 Oct 27 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton $1709
2020 Nov 22 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean & Israel Civitavecchia $3109
2020 Nov 22 28 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $4069
2020 Dec 06 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $1149
2020 Dec 20 14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $2569
2021 Jan 03 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $2149
2021 Jan 03 60 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Singapore Fort Lauderdale $10449
2021 Jan 03 71 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai Fort Lauderdale $12549
2021 Jan 03 88 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Venice Fort Lauderdale $15649
2021 Jan 03 112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale $20999
2021 Jan 17 46 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Singapore Los Angeles $9519
2021 Jan 17 57 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Dubai Los Angeles $11239
2021 Jan 17 74 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Venice Los Angeles
2021 Jan 17 98 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $18499
2021 Jan 17 112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Los Angeles Los Angeles $20999
2021 Mar 04 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Venice Singapore $6949
2021 Mar 04 52 days, one-way from Singapore to Fort Lauderdale Singapore $12899
2021 Mar 04 66 days, one-way from Singapore to Los Angeles Singapore $11699
2021 Mar 15 41 days, one-way from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale Dubai
2021 Mar 15 55 days, one-way from Dubai to Los Angeles Dubai $9599
2021 Apr 01 38 days, one-way from Venice to Los Angeles Venice $6719
2021 Apr 25 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Fort Lauderdale $2219
2021 May 09 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles $2369
2021 May 24 18 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton Fort Lauderdale $3349
2021 May 24 34 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton Fort Lauderdale $6549
2021 Jun 11 16 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun & Summer Solstice Southampton $3099
2021 Jun 27 30 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland Adventure Southampton $6399
2021 Jun 27 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $2999
2021 Jul 11 16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $3499
2021 Jul 27 14 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Irish Counties and British Islands Southampton $3099
2021 Aug 10 16 days, round-trip Iceland & Greenland Southampton $3499
2021 Aug 26 30 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland Adventure Southampton $6399
2021 Aug 26 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $2999
2021 Sep 09 16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $3499
2021 Sep 25 10 days, round-trip Oktoberfest European Capitals Southampton $2149
2021 Oct 05 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton $2299
2021 Oct 17 12 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights Southampton $2299
2021 Oct 29 24 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton $4649
2021 Oct 29 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton $1499
2021 Nov 08 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean & Israel Civitavecchia $3249
2021 Nov 22 28 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $4699

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Juneau cancelled September 13th 2019.

by RDT
1 Review written
5 days, round-trip Alaska Sampler
Departure date: 11 Sep 2019
Left Vancouver @ 0256 on Wednesday 12th September. Planned disembarking 1630 on the 11th. Change of itinerary cancelled main destination port in Alaska - Juneau, USA and replaced with Prince Rupert in Canada. 5 day cruise.