- Princess Cruises
Ocean Princess Review
Originally built in 1999 as the fourth of a series of eight ships for Renaissance Cruises, which ceased operations in 2001, the former R4 was acquired by Princess Cruises and launched as Ocean Princess in 2002—a sister ship to Pacific Princess. After refurbishment, the ship
retained its original midsize ambience and boutique-hotel style.
At 30,277 tons, these ships appear positively tiny beside their megaship fleetmates. In reality, they are medium-size ships that entered service for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. With their entry into the Princess lineup, real choice is available to Princess passengers—a true alternative for those who prefer the clubby atmosphere of a smaller boutique-style ship but with big-ship features galore.
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
- Decks 6 and 7 have two aft-facing standard cabins with balconies larger than other similar cabins
- The pianist in the Casino Bar drowns out the clanging of slot machines
- Many of Princess Cruises' trademark features are present even though these ships were built to another cruise line's specifications
- Show rooms are all on one level and have low ceilings
- There are no dedicated children's facilities
- The solitary main dining room offers only assigned seating for dinner
- Crew Members 373
- Entered Service 1999
- Gross Tons 30,277
- Length 592 feet
- Number of Cabins 334
- Passenger Capacity 670
- Width 84 feet