Princess Cruise Line

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 |
Princess Cruises are infiltrating the world! The line offers over 100 itineraries to more than 300 ports all over the world- from the Caribbean and Mediterranean to South America, Africa and Asia, as well as everything in between! Princess even allows you to explore away from the coast, pioneering cruisetour trips which combine cruising with onland touring. The best of both worlds!



Highlights of cruising with Princess are the warm and welcoming service, and the innovation that the line shows. It was the first to offer a choice of fixed-seating or 'Anytime' dining, and they lead the way in interesting alternative eateries. The Scholarship@Sea program is another of the line's innovations, offering a wide range of learning opportunities from cooking demonstrations to computer proficiency. Should you wish to expand your mind rather than sit by the pool on your Princess cruise, you can! Giant screens on the pool decks allow not only the Movies Under the Stars experience, but also big-screen wii tournaments.

Another innovation is the 'Bon Voyage 'Experience.' In fact this is more of a redo of an old tradition- families and friends of passengers can come aboard on embarkation day to see them off, tour the ship and have lunch. The cost of this can be put toward a future cruise bookings should attendees get bitten by the bug!

The line's history dates back to 1965, when the founder Stanley McDonald chartered a cruise ship called Princess Patricia to run cruises from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Lacking air-conditioning, she was later replaced with the custom-built Italia, chartered to Princess and advertised as Princess Italia. The third chartered ship was the Carla C, sailing as Princess Carla.

Princess was acquired by P&O, and a ship was transferred to the Princess fleet to become the first Sun Princess. The Island Princess and Pacific Princess were purchased next, and went on to star in the television show 'The Love Boat.' The line then steadily added to its fleet of princesses, which has also included at various times the Sea Princess, the Royal Princess, the Dawn Princess, the Fair Princess, the Sky Princess, the Star Princess, the Crown Princess, the Regal Princess, the Dawn Princess, the Golden Princess, the Diamond Princess, the Sapphire Princess, the Caribbean Princess, the Emerald Princess, the Ruby Princess, the Coral Princess, the Dawn Princess and the Ocean Princess.

Emerald Princess
by Bruce Tuten Flickr Creative Commons


The amenities and activities available onboard rival any of the big-ship cruise lines, and you won't be bored on a Princess Cruise. The food is also top-notch, and the choice is huge- Anytime dining or traditional dining in the main dining rooms, and a plethora of casual complimentary options including the Horizon Court buffet, poolside hamburgers and hot dogs, pub lunches in the Wheelhouse, room service and afternoon tea. There are several sumptuous specialty restaurants which incur small cover charges.

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Author: Ryan Posa+


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