Grand Princess Review
About This Ship
Cruise Ship Overview
Launched in 1998 as the world’s largest cruise ship and Princess Cruises’ first Grand-class ship, Grand Princess expanded on many of the line’s most successful features, such as the atrium as a gathering spot, and introduced others, including the line’s signature Italian specialty restaurant. A major renovation in 2011 added even more of the line’s newer elements that include Movies Under the Stars and The Sanctuary.
When Grand Princess was introduced as the world's largest cruise ship in 1998, futuristic Skywalker's Disco hovered approximately 150 feet above the waterline, but in a dramatic—and fuel saving—transformation, it was removed from Grand Princess in 2011 and replaced with a more conventional nightclub in the heart of the ship. Subsequent ships did not have the same design problem, so there are no plans on the drawing board to remove Skywalker’s.
All Grand-class vessels have more than 700 staterooms that included private balconies. Like their predecessors, the interiors of Grand-class ships have splashy glamour in the sweeping staircases and marble-floor atriums. Surprisingly intimate for such large ships, human scale in public lounges is achieved by judicious placement of furniture as unobtrusive room dividers. The 300-square-foot Times Square–style LED screens that hover over the pools show up to seven movies or events daily.