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Princess Cruises: Royal Princess

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Royal Princess Review

Princess Cruises introduced an all new—and their largest—class of ships with the launch of Royal Princess in 2013. Filled with signature features, the larger size affords more space for expansive public areas both inside and out. After her christening by godmother,

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Princess is set to alternate itineraries seasonally in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

The largest ships in the fleet introduce some exciting new innovations—including a SeaWalk that extends from the side of the ship on the line’s largest pool deck with views 128 feet straight down—and signature features that have been expanded from other ships, including an even larger atrium with more entertainment and casual dining options. The top-deck pool features a water and light show, a 30% larger Movies Under the Stars screen, and poolside cabanas that appear to float on the water.

While the adults-only Serenity Deck has its own pool, families will find more amenities designed especially for children and teens that include expanded space for youth centers with dedicated outdoor areas, including a new teen lounge. Toddlers can also join the fun with a special play area just for kids under age three.

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.

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Pros

  • The poolside screen is larger than on other ships
  • Alcoves at the buffet restaurant entrances feature convenient sinks for hand washing
  • The adults-only Sanctuary is a private deck enclave with posh loungers and private cabanas for a fee

Cons

  • To fully transit the Promenade Deck, you have to go inside the ship
  • There is an extra charge for gelato and ice cream in the gelateria
  • The over-the-water SkyWalk is unnerving for those with a fear of heights
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,346
  • Entered Service 2013
  • Gross Tons 141,000
  • Length 1,083 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,780
  • Passenger Capacity 3,600
  • Width 155 feet

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