- Princess Cruises
Island Princess Review
Launched in 2003, Island Princess is one of just two cruise ships in the Princess fleet that was specially built to sail through the Panama Canal, giving the vessel, along with her sister ship CoralPrincess access to more worldwide destinations than some
of their fleetmates. Renovations have added many of the cruise line’s most popular signature elements, including Movies Under the Stars and the Sanctuary.
Princess includes Coral Princess and Island Princess in their Sun-class category; however, they are larger ships (albeit with a similar capacity to Sun Princess and her two sisters), which means much more space per passenger; we feel this necessitates a separate category. All the Personal Choice features attributed to the larger Grand-class ships were incorporated into this design as well as a few unique additions, such as a demonstration kitchen and ceramics lab complete with kiln where ScholarShip@Sea programs are presented. The four-story atrium is similar to that on Sun-class ships, but public rooms are mainly spread fore and aft on two lower decks.
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
- As many as 20 courses in the ScholarShip@Sea program are offered on each cruise
- Cabins that sleep third and fourth passengers are numerous
- The Fine Art Gallery is a dedicated area, so displays don't clutter other public spaces
- The library and card room often become noisy passageways
- There are only 16 suites on each ship
- Engine pods on the funnel give the ships a futuristic space-age appearance but are mainly decorative
- Crew Members 900
- Entered Service 2003
- Gross Tons 92,000
- Length 964
- Number of Cabins 987
- Passenger Capacity 1,970
- Width 106 feet