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Specifications of Island Princess
|Year built||2003 / Age: 18|
|Builder||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)|
|Building cost||USD 330 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||294 m / 965 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||91627 gt|
|Passengers||2214 - 2657|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|Christened by||David Pelletier, Jamie Sale|
Island Princess Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Oct 05||14 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights||Southampton||$2129|
|2021 Oct 19||26 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia||Southampton||$4199|
|2021 Oct 19||12 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia||Southampton||$1479|
|2021 Oct 31||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Israel||Civitavecchia||$2729|
|2021 Nov 14||28 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$4229|
|2021 Nov 14||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Israel||Civitavecchia||$2599|
|2021 Nov 28||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$1139|
|2021 Dec 12||10 days, round-trip Panama Canal with Costa Rica Caribbean New Locks||Fort Lauderdale||$799|
|2021 Dec 22||14 days, round-trip Circle Caribbean||Fort Lauderdale||$1599|
|2022 Jan 05||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale||$17999|
|2022 Jan 05||89 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia||Fort Lauderdale||$16059|
|2022 Jan 05||67 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Dubai||Fort Lauderdale||$11715|
|2022 Jan 05||14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||$1399|
|2022 Jan 19||98 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale||Los Angeles||$17599|
|2022 Jan 19||53 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Dubai||Los Angeles||$8310|
|2022 Jan 19||27 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney||Los Angeles||$3999|
|2022 Jan 19||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Los Angeles||Los Angeles||$18499|
|2022 Feb 15||26 days, one-way from Sydney to Dubai||Sydney||$4304|
|2022 Mar 13||45 days, one-way from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale||Dubai|
|2022 Mar 13||59 days, one-way from Dubai to Los Angeles||Dubai||$9414|
|2022 Mar 13||22 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia||Dubai||$3699|
|2022 Apr 04||23 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$3809|
|2022 Apr 27||14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||$1249|
|2022 May 11||15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale||Los Angeles||$1699|
|2022 May 26||18 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton||Fort Lauderdale||$2399|
|2022 May 26||34 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton||Fort Lauderdale||$5579|
|2022 Jun 13||16 days, round-trip Land of the Midnight Sun Summer Solstice||Southampton||$3179|
|2022 Jun 29||30 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland Adventure||Southampton||$6449|
|2022 Jun 29||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen||Southampton||$3069|
|2022 Jul 13||16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton||Copenhagen||$3379|
|2022 Jul 29||14 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Irish Counties and British Islands||Southampton||$3169|
|2022 Aug 12||16 days, round-trip Iceland Greenland||Southampton||$3529|
|2022 Aug 28||30 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland Adventure||Southampton||$6299|
|2022 Aug 28||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen||Southampton||$2919|
|2022 Sep 11||16 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton||Copenhagen||$3379|
|2022 Sep 27||10 days, round-trip Oktoberfest European Capitals||Southampton||$2099|
|2022 Oct 07||14 days, round-trip Search for the Northern Lights||Southampton||$2619|
|2022 Oct 21||10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia||Southampton||$1399|
|2022 Oct 21||24 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia||Southampton||$4639|
|2022 Oct 31||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Israel||Civitavecchia||$3239|
|2022 Nov 14||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Israel||Civitavecchia||$3169|
|2022 Nov 14||28 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$4439|
|2022 Nov 28||14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$1149|
|2023 Jan 05||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale||$20999|
|2023 Jan 19||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Los Angeles||Los Angeles||$20999|
|2023 Jan 19||98 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale||Los Angeles||$19999|
Island Princess Review
Review of Island Princess
The 2003-built Island Princess cruise ship is the second of the two Coral-class Princess ships, together with Coral Princess.
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a US shipping 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 mi) from Nassau.
The 1974-passenger 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.
Decks and Cabins
Island Princess staterooms (1107 total, in 34 grades) include 123 Suites, 581 Balcony, 181 Oceanview and 122 Interior, also 20 wheelchair-accessible cabins. Almost 80% of all outside passenger accommodations have private step-out balconies. The largest are the Balcony Suites (300-470 ft2 / 28-44 m2 including the terrace).
The boat has 15 decks, of which 12 passenger-accessible and 9 with cabins.
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.
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.
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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).
Island Princess World Cruise 2023
In late-January 2021 was announced a 111-night/112-day "World Cruise 2023" leaving roundtrip from Florida USA (Fort Lauderdale) on January 5, and (alternatively/97-day itinerary) from Los Angeles/Long Beach on January 19. The full itinerary visits 50 ports/destinations in 31 countries (on 6 continents) and total 34500 NM/nautical miles (39700 mi/63900 km) of global cruising.
Signature destinations include South Pacific (French Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand), Asia (Thailand), Europe-Mediterranean-Adriatic, Arabian Gulf (Dubai, Aqaba-Petra), Panama, Costa Rica. The World Voyage 2023 includes a maiden port for Princess (Gythion Greece).
|Date / Time||Port|
|05 Jan 16:00||Departing from Fort Lauderdale|
|08 Jan 07:00 - 15:00||Cartagena Colombia|
|09 Jan 06:00 - 16:30||Panama Canal|
|11 Jan 07:00 - 19:00||Puerto Caldera-Puntarenas, Costa Rica|
|12 Jan 07:00 - 18:00||San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua|
|14 Jan 07:00 - 17:00||Huatulco, Mexico Riviera|
|16 Jan 07:00 - 18:00||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|19 Jan 07:00 - 16:00||Los Angeles-Long Beach, California|
|24 Jan 09:00 - 23:00||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Nawiliwili, Hawaii|
|31 Jan 07:00 - 22:00||Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia|
|01 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia|
|04 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, American Samoa|
|09 Feb 08:00 - 18:00||Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand|
|10 Feb 07:00 - 18:00||Auckland, New Zealand|
|11 Feb 06:15 - 19:45||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|13 Feb 07:00 - 18:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|14 Feb 07:00 - 17:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|15 Feb 07:00 - 17:00||New Plymouth, New Zealand|
|18 Feb 07:00 - 21:00||Sydney, NSW Australia|
|20 Feb 07:00 - 18:00||Moreton Island, Queensland Australia|
|22 Feb 07:00 - 16:00||Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia|
|23 Feb 10:00 - 20:00||Cairns, Queensland Australia|
|27 Feb 08:00 - 22:00||Darwin, NT Australia|
|02 Mar 07:00 - 17:00||Pulau Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia|
|05 Mar 09:00 - 22:00||Singapore|
|07 Mar 07:00 - 18:00||Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia|
|08 Mar 07:00 - 17:00||Phuket, Thailand|
|11 Mar 07:00 - 19:00||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|16 Mar 07:00 - 17 Mar 14:00 (overnight)||Dubai, UAE|
|18 Mar 09:00 - 18:00||Muscat, Oman|
|24 Mar 07:00 - 23:00||Aqaba-Petra, Jordan|
|25 Mar 17:00 - 26 Mar 17:00 (overnight)||Suez Canal, Egypt|
|27 Mar 07:00 - 20:00||Ashdod-Jerusalem, Israel|
|29 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Kusadasi-Ephesus, Turkey|
|30 Mar 09:00 - 17:00||Gythion, Greece|
|01 Apr 12:00 - 02 Apr 22:00 (overnight)||Venice, Italy|
|03 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Koper, Slovenia|
|04 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Split, Croatia|
|05 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Kotor, Montenegro|
|07 Apr 07:00 - 21:00||Valletta, Malta|
|08 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Catania, Sicily Italy|
|09 Apr 07:00 - 20:00||Sorrento, Italy|
|10 Apr 07:00 - 19:00||Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy|
|11 Apr 08:00 - 19:00||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|12 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Marseille, France|
|13 Apr 08:00 - 22:00||Barcelona, Spain|
|15 Apr 07:00 - 18:00||Malaga, Spain|
|16 Apr 08:00 - 22:00||Casablanca, Morocco|
|18 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Arrecife, Lanzarote Canary Islands|
|19 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands|
|27 Apr||Arriving in Fort Lauderdale|
Bookings opened on February 10, 2021, with prices starting from USD 20,000 per person with double occupancy.
Early bookings (made by August 31, 2021 /itineraries from Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles) receive free beverages, specialty dining, prepaid gratuities, unlimited WiFi, $1000 per person in OBC (onboard credit), free flights (passengers from Canada and USA only).
Island Princess World Cruise 2022
In 2022, Princess Cruises scheduled a 111-day World Cruise on Island Princess. The voyage visits 6 continents and 51 destinations (including 25x UNESCO sites) in 29 countries. Itinerary options include two roundtrip departures from the USA - Fort Lauderdale Florida (January 5 through April 27) and Los Angeles California (January 19 through May 11).
112-days "World Cruise 2022" roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale
Prices ranged from USD 21000 per person (double-occupancy Inside Cabin) to USD 58,000 pp (Suite). Balcony staterooms were priced from USD 30,000 pp. Pricing excluded taxes and shipboard gratuities.
Island Princess World Cruise 2021 (CANCELED)
In late-August 2020, due to Coronavirus-related international travel restrictions and port closures were canceled Island Princess' "World Cruise 2021" and Pacific Princess' "Circle South America Cruise 2021". Next is listed the ship's canceled 112-day itinerary planned as a roundtrip from Florida USA. Prices started from USD 18780 per person (with double-occupancy).
The voyage was also available for booking as a Los Angeles roundtrip (112-day) and in shorter itinerary segments - 98-day (Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale), 88-day (Fort Lauderdale to Venice), 74-day (Los Angeles to Venice), 71-day (Fort Lauderdale to Dubai), 60-day (Fort Lauderdale to Singapore), 57-day (Los Angeles to Dubai), 46-day (Los Angeles to Singapore).
Travel agents' commissions on all canceled bookings were paid in full.