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Princess Cruises: Ocean Princess

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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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 373
  • Entered Service 1999
  • Gross Tons 30,277
  • Length 592 feet
  • Number of Cabins 334
  • Passenger Capacity 670
  • Width 84 feet
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Jan 9, 2011

Singapore

Unable to board in Singapore along w/ 21 other passengers due to chinese visa problems. Offered very little help by staff and treated rudely. Finally boarded in Manilla after incurring several more thousands of dollars and then it gets worse. My boyfriend (attorney) destroys the room after consuming too much alcohol and assaults me. The ship doctor comes to cabin , views my injuries. The next day, we had a meeting w/ the Hotel general Manager who

is an arroganat Italian who asks me to convince him why HE SHOULD ALLOW ME TO STAY ON THE SHIP! My partner is an attorney and very good at appearing as a victim even though he had no injuries, but my entire body was swollen and bruised, documented by ship's doctor. I was asked to disembark in Viet Nam w/out a credit card while my boyfriend remained on the ship. I was told by my boyfriend that the Hotel General Mgr on the Ocean Princess confided in him on his last day that he did not like me and was happy to see me go. I have contacted an attorney and plan oin taking this all the way. it's not about money at this point it's personal! The food was excellent. Dirty If you condider an ice carving demonstration exciting, you will love it! STAY AWAY - boring and expensive! The worst vacation of my life. I was treated rudely, unfairly and was treated as a villain instead of a victim. I will not stop or give up until I expose the Ocean princess Hotel general manager for what he did and who he is!!!!!

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Sep 13, 2010

Northern Europe

The Ocean Princess is the smallest ship owned by Princess with only 674 passengers. I really enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere on board this ship. No crowds or long line-ups at any time. Very friendly crew, eager to please and solve any problems. Excellent food, especially in the specialty dining rooms where we ate all our dinners except for the very first night. We had a verandeh stateroom on a high deck. Quiet and comfortable. Beds were fine.

Not deluxe, but no surprises given that the ship was built over 10 years ago. I did not participate in any on-board activities as I was too tired after taking a shore excursion every day. It was a short 7 day cruise with only one day at sea, which suited me just fine. The relaxed atmosphere was evident with all the excursions which never had more than 25 people per group. I always try to get on the last coach, because it usually has the fewest number of passengers. Be sure to take the Anne Frank House tour in Amsterdam - the official tours bypass the long queues of tourists waiting to enter. We packed a lot of activity into this cruise with visits to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Lubeck, Schwerin, transit of the Kiel Canal, Copenhagen and Oslo. The highlight of the cruise was an impromptu concert by locals at the German seaside resort of Travemunde.. Hundreds of people crowded the dock to hear the music and wave goodbye to our ship.. I have never received such a warm send-off in a port before - my arms were so tired from waving at everyone on the shore!

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Sep 13, 2010

Northern Europe

The Ocean Princess is the smallest ship owned by Princess with only 674 passengers. I really enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere on board this ship. No crowds or long line-ups at any time. Very friendly crew, eager to please and solve any problems. Excellent food, especially in the specialty dining rooms where we ate all our dinners except for the very first night. We had a verandeh stateroom on a high deck. Quiet and comfortable. Beds were fine.

Not deluxe, but no surprises given that the ship was built over 10 years ago. I did not participate in any on-board activities as I was too tired after taking a shore excursion every day. It was a short 7 day cruise with only one day at sea, which suited me just fine. The relaxed atmosphere was evident with all the excursions which never had more than 25 people per group. I always try to get on the last coach, because it usually has the fewest number of passengers. Be sure to take the Anne Frank House tour in Amsterdam - the official tours bypass the long queues of tourists waiting to enter. We packed a lot of activity into this cruise with visits to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Lubeck, Schwerin, transit of the Kiel Canal, Copenhagen and Oslo. The highlight of the cruise was an impromptu concert by locals at the German seaside resort of Travemunde.. Hundreds of people crowded the dock to hear the music and wave goodbye to our ship.. I have never received such a warm send-off in a port before - my arms were so tired from waving at everyone on the shore!

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Sep 13, 2010

Northern Europe

The Ocean Princess is the smallest ship owned by Princess with only 674 passengers. I really enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere on board this ship. No crowds or long line-ups at any time. Very friendly crew, eager to please and solve any problems. Excellent food, especially in the specialty dining rooms where we ate all our dinners except for the very first night. We had a verandeh stateroom on a high deck. Quiet and comfortable. Beds were fine.

Not deluxe, but no suprises given that the ship was built over 10 years ago. I did not participate in any on-board activities as I was too tired after taking a shore excursion every day. It was a short 7 day cruise with only one day at sea, which suited me just fine. The relaxed atmosphere was evident with all the excursions which never had more than 25 people per group. I always try to get on the last coach, becuae it usually has the fewest number of passengers. Be sure to take the Anne Frank House tour in Amsterdam - the official tours bypass the long queues of tourists waiting to enter. We packed a lot of activity into this cruise with visits to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Lubeck, Schwerin, transit of the Kiel Canal, Copenhagen and Oslo. The highlight of the cruise was an impromptu concert by locals at the German seaside resort of Travemunde.. Hundreds of people crowded the dock to hear the music and wave goodbye to our ship.. I have never received such a warm send-off in a port before - my arms were so tired from waving at everyone on the shore!

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  • New

Sep 13, 2010

Northern Europe

The Ocean Princess is the smallest ship owned by Princess with only 674 passengers. I really enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere on board this ship. No crowds or long line-ups at any time. Very friendly crew, eager to please and solve any problems. Excellent food, especially in the specialty dining rooms where we ate all our dinners except for the very first night. We had a verandeh stateroom on a high deck. Quiet and comfortable. Beds were fine.

Not deluxe, but no surprises given that the ship was built over 10 years ago. I did not participate in any on-board activities as I was too tired after taking a shore excursion every day. It was a short 7 day cruise with only one day at sea, which suited me just fine. The relaxed atmosphere was evident with all the excursions which never had more than 25 people per group. I always try to get on the last coach, because it usually has the fewest number of passengers. Be sure to take the Anne Frank House tour in Amsterdam - the official tours bypass the long queues of tourists waiting to enter. We packed a lot of activity into this cruise with visits to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Lubeck, Schwerin, transit of the Kiel Canal, Copenhagen and Oslo. The highlight of the cruise was an impromptu concert by locals at the German seaside resort of Travemunde.. Hundreds of people crowded the dock to hear the music and wave goodbye to our ship.. I have never received such a warm send-off in a port before - my arms were so tired from waving at everyone on the shore!

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