- Andy Newman / Princess Cruises
Caribbean Princess Review
Christened in 2004, Caribbean Princess follows Princess Cruises’ plan of "evolution" not "revolution" in ship design. She is very much a ship in the Grand-class mold, but one that introduced the successful Movies Under the Stars with a huge poolside screen.
Caribbean Princess has been upgraded with signature elements such as the adults-only haven the Sanctuary and street performances in the Italian-inspired Piazza-style atrium.
With dramatic atriums and Skywalker's Nightclub (the spoiler hovering 150 feet above the stern), Caribbean Princess is a supersize version of the older Grand-class vessels with an extra deck of passenger accommodations. Not quite identical to Caribbean Princess, the younger ships in the class, Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess have introduced more dining options. Several signature public spaces have been redesigned or relocated on these ships as well—the atrium on Crown, Emerald, and Ruby Princess resembles an open piazza and sidewalk café; Sabatini's Italian Trattoria is found on a top deck with views on three sides and alfresco dining; and Skywalker's Disco is forward near the funnel (where it's topped with a sports court). Inside spaces on all three vessels are quietly neutral, with touches of glamour in the sweeping staircases and marble-floor atriums. Surprising intimacy is achieved by the number of public rooms and restaurants that swallow up passengers.
Princess Cruises may be best known for introducing cruise travel to millions of viewers, when its flagship became the setting for The Love Boat television series in 1977. Since that heady time of small-screen stardom, the Princess fleet has grown both in the number and size of ships. Although most are large in scale, Princess vessels manage to create the illusion of intimacy through the use of color and decor in understated yet lovely public rooms graced by multimillion-dollar art collections.
Princess has also become more flexible; Personal Choice Cruising offers alternatives for open seating dining (when you wish and with whom you please) and entertainment options as diverse as those found in resorts ashore.
Lovely chapels or the wide-open decks are equally romantic settings for weddings at sea with the captain officiating.
What You Should Know
- Movies Under the Stars on the huge poolside screen have proven to be a big hit
- The Wheelhouse Bar serves complimentary pub lunch at noon
- The adults-only Sanctuary is a private deck with posh loungers for a fee
- Priority dining reservations are extended only to Elite Captain's Circle members
- The terrace overlooking the aft pool is a quiet spot after dark, but the nearest bar often closes early
- Opt for Anytime dining and you may encounter a wait for a table
- Crew Members 1,200
- Entered Service 2004
- Gross Tons 113,000
- Length 951 feet
- Number of Cabins 1,557
- Passenger Capacity 3,080
- Width 118 feet