What started as a ferryboat chartered by a Canadian railway, Princess Cruises emerged as a contemporary cruise line with ships that reach 280 ports around the world. Even with that history, Princess Cruise Ships are among the newest on the seas, over half of them launched since 2000.
The larger ships like the Grand Princess and Diamond Princess carry over 2,500 passengers while their smaller sister ships like Pacific Princess and Royal Princess accommodate about 700 passengers.
Don’t count this smaller line out of the race. Princess Cruises were instrumental in liberating passengers from restrictive dining schedules. Their Anytime Dining invites passengers to enjoy dinner between 5:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. and sit wherever they choose.
No more assigned tables. A few of the larger Princess ships have one traditional dining room with seating times for passengers who prefer that schedule, but the Anytime Dining is also available.
If you choose Anytime Dining, you don’t miss any great foods. In fact, you can also dine at the specialty restaurants onboard like the Bayou Café & Steakhouse or the Crown Grille.
If you are a lifelong learner who finds enjoyment in expanding your knowledge, then you will be drawn to the Princess Cruise Scholarship@Sea Program. The schedules vary but include such fascinating how-to sessions as digital photography, art, sculpture, and gourmet cooking. You might even find a class that shows you how to make the creative folds that you see in table napkins and the towels in your cabin.
Most cruise ships have indoor theatres, which are like any other theatre. On a Princess Cruise, you can enjoy Movies Under the Stars. A massive screen is set up at the poolside so you can enjoy a movie as the gentle trade winds brush over the deck. This takes movie watching to an entirely new level.
Princess Cruises dominate the waters in Alaska and Northwest Canada. They offer the largest number of cruise dates in this area as well as the most choices for onshore excursions and after cruise land vacation extensions.
The cruise line also owns five lodges in Alaska – including one near the acclaimed Denali National Park. So if your family can’t decide between roughing it in the Alaska wilderness or receiving the pampering of cruise travel, you can have both in a Princess Cruise package with both cruise and lodge time.
The sister ships, Tahitian Princess, Pacific Princess, and Royal Princess have only 500-700 passengers. By cruise standards – that’s small. If you prefer a more intimate, adult cruising experience, then these ships have just what you want.
There are fewer options for families and little to no children’s programs so these cruises tend to be adults only with few exceptions. The smaller sister ships are also easier to move around in tight spaces, so they can dock at more exotic ports of call.