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Princess Cruises

19,164 Reviews
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About Princess Cruises

Princess offers a casual yet refined traditional cruise experience with an emphasis on dining, Broadway-style entertainment and live music. It's renowned for its expertise in Alaska cruising, though Princess sails all over the world with ships ranging from 672 passengers to 3,560.

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Coral Princess
Coral Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

16 Night
Transcanal Cruise

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Royal Princess
Royal Princess

7 Night
Hawaii Cruise

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Emerald Princess
Emerald Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

16 Night
Hawaii Cruise

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Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

32 Night
South Pacific Cruise

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27 Night
Transpacific Cruise

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U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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23 Night
Transcanal Cruise

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U. S. Pacific Coast Cruise

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Canada / New England Cruise

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4 Night
Alaska Cruise

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Antarctica Cruise

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New Zealand Cruise

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26 Night
Transpacific Cruise

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Pacific Northwest Cruise

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Transpacific Cruise

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Princess Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Princess cruise ships?

Princess Cruises attracts a wide passenger base, but the majority are North Americans. There are real differences depending on ships and itineraries, but the bulk of Princess' passengers are 40-plus, although with new family offerings, the line is catering to a more diverse age range, particularly in Alaska and the Caribbean. If you sail on the larger Princess ships, you'll meet a range of passengers from solo travelers to big multigenerational family groups. The smaller Princess ships cater to more mature travelers who want longer, more exotic itineraries and need fewer family-friendly elements.

Do I have to dress up on a Princess cruise?

Princess is fairly traditional in dress. Depending on the length of the cruise, there are a varying number of formal nights, where women wear evening gowns and cocktail dresses and men wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie to dinner.

On Smart Casual evenings, the line advises passengers to dress similarly to what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home. Pool or beach attire, shorts, baseball caps and casual jeans are out for the dining rooms, and diners must wear shoes even in the buffet.

Is everything free on Princess cruises?

No. Fares for a Princess cruise include complimentary dining in a handful of venues, as well as room service and water, tea and coffee, and select juices. A variety of theater productions, Movies Under the Stars and deck parties are also complimentary, and there is no fee for onboard activities with partners like Discovery at Sea, or for youth and teen activities, except late-night group babysitting. Enrichment lectures, classes and presentations are also free with a few exceptions.

Specialty restaurants, gratuities, spa and salon services, internet access (MedallionNet), laundry, alcoholic drinks and soda, and shore excursions all cost extra.

What are Princess’s most popular activities?

What types of activities are available vary from ship to ship, but generally speaking, cruisers typically gather around the pools by day and hang out day and night in the Piazza to enjoy spontaneous performances, live music and dancing. The line's signature Movies Under the Stars is also popular. On select ships theatrical productions by the creator of "Wicked," Steven Schwartz, draw a crowd in the evening.

Most of the ship also turns out for deck parties, and partnerships with Discovery and Animal Planet bring families together on special shore excursions and activities like stargazing at sea.

Why go with Princess?

  • Innovative features: Anytime Dining, Movies Under the Stars.
  • Globetrotting line that visits hundreds of ports.
  • Great option for multigeneration groups.

Best for: Couples and multigenerational families more interested in destination-intensive itineraries than activity-packed ships

Not for: Energetic families, couples and groups who want a spirited vacation, or those looking for active shipboard pursuits

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80's Themed Cruise

We even had many choices in the Concierge Lounge where Igor & Bradley took very good care of us....Food and service in all ares was very good including Main Dining Room, Sabatini's, Buffet, GiGi's & even the pizza in the pool area.Read More
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mcriss50

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Sad Decline for the Once Shinning Royal Princess

you will never get your drink.The negative from the bars was the lack of drink waiters.Read More
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sharpie13

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Cross between Butlins and a Booze Cruise

Deeply disappointing and a stressful experience.All in all very disappointing.Read More
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SkyApril23

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Disappointed

The Sky Princess is a modern ship, with good facilities, food was good, room were lovely, but the design doesn’t make sense, when compared to similar size Royal Caribbean ships, so many levels, with several entertainment venues in one area resulting in crowds of people.Princess don’t care, no one telling people to sanitise before going into restaurants (this was standard on Royal Caribbean pre covid (Diamond Princess!Read More
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CSTAL

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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