I would like to know all about princess cruises.?
Im going on a 15 day cruise in Feb with princess and would like to know all about them
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About Princess Cruises
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What began as the little cruise line that could has evolved into a cruise industry giant. Beginning its operations with a 6,000-ton converted ferry chartered from the Canadian Pacific Railway as a small luxury liner between Los Angeles and the Mexican Riviera in 1965, Princess Cruises now has 17 ships sailing the globe on approximately 100 itineraries that range from 7 to 107 days and visit more than 350 ports.
Princess Cruises' fleet is among the industry's most contemporary: The line has launched half of its ships in the 21st century. In 2002, the company acquired three vessels from now-defunct Renaissance Cruises: the rechristened Tahitian Princess (renamed Ocean Princess in November 2009), Pacific Princess and Royal Princess (which will leave the fleet in 2011 to join sister line P&O Cruises). In 2007, the line launched Emerald Princess, and its sister ship, Ruby Princess, set sail in the fall of 2008. In February 2010, parent company Carnival Corporation announced that it had signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct two ships for its Princess Cruises brand. The two as-yet-unnamed will measure 139,000 tons and carry 3,600 passengers. The ships will debut in spring 2013 and spring 2014.
Princess is now part of the industry's giant Carnival Corporation, a merger that occurred in 2003 when Carnival acquired Princess' parent company, U.K.-based P&O Cruises, in a hostile takeover tug of war with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. From what we've seen, the operation of the line has, by and large, remained the same although some repeaters say they are starting to notice the Carnival influence.
The Grand class includes the 109,000-ton, 2,600-passenger Grand Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess. Technically, the Diamond Princess (and its sister ship Sapphire Princess) is considered part of the Grand class, but because there are fairly significant differences, these 116,000-ton vessels really do belong in a class of their own.
Caribbean Princess, which could be considered a Grand-class sibling, actually began a new era in the ship's basic character when the ship introduced now-popular innovations, such as Movies Under the Stars (M.U.T.S.). Crown Princess, the next ship to debut (back in 2006) added its own unique features, such as the adult-only Sanctuary Pool area, a new steakhouse and seafood restaurant, and a slimmed down Skywalker's Disco (which lost the bulky shopping cart handle shape that overshadowed the aft pool.) Emerald Princess, a near identical sister, debuted in 2007, and another sister, Ruby Princess, launched in late 2008. In February 2010, parent company Carnival Corporation announced that it had signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct two ships for its Princess Cruises brand. The two as-yet-unnamed will measure 139,000 tons and carry 3,600 passengers. The first new-build will debut in spring 2013 marking the end of a nearly five year gap between new ships. A sister ship will launch in spring 2014.
Filling out the cruise line's mid-range, or Panamax, class of ships are Coral Princess and her twin, Island Princess, with the capacity to hold 1,970 passengers, as well as Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess, equipped to handle 1,950 passengers.
Princess also operates a trio of small ships, namely Pacific Princess, Tahitian Princess and Royal Princess. These vessels can handle 670-710 passengers. The trio will shortly be a duo. In December 2009, Princess announced that Royal Princess will leave the fleet in May 2011 to join British sister brand P&O Cruises. It will be renamed Adonia.
Princess Cruises is known for introducing innovative features, amenities and programs. Just like a restaurant at home, its Anytime Dining program gives passengers the freedom to dine when and with whom they wish between 5:30 and 10 p.m. And the program just keeps getting better. Diamond Princess, for example, features one traditional style dining room with set seating times, three smaller dining rooms that feature Anytime Dining and a fourth that is often used for both -- a traditional early seating, with Anytime Dining offered later in the evening.
Anytime Dining is available on all ships except for Royal, Tahitian and Pacific Princess.
The cruise line can also take credit for an array of alternative eateries; the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, available on Coral Princess and Island Princess, is the industry's first New Orleans-style restaurant featuring Cajun and Creole cuisine as well as premium steaks. Crown and Emerald Princess, meanwhile, hold bragginSource(s): www.cruisecritic.com
- timetravlerLv 710 years ago
I have cruised with Princess 11 times with #12 very soon. Since you did not say where you are going, I have to assume it is either Hawaii, or the Caribbean. I have been to both. Princess has a fantastic teen center where you can dance, make stuff, just hang out, play video games, do karaoke, have a pizza party and make lots of new friends. All Princess ships have several pools and a teen night club too. Sea days are just as fun as time in the ports. Never have I been bored at all on any Princess cruises.
- randall_ndLv 610 years ago
Go to cruisecritic.com and click on ship reviews. You can learn a lot that way. Also, you can YouTube Princess cruise videos that people make and post.Source(s): Frequent cruiser.
- WilliamGLv 710 years ago
Check their website. I've been on two Princess cruises and consider them top notch, way above others.
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- Anonymous10 years ago
I am so freakin' jealous! You will have the best time of your life, their cruises are sooo cool!
- 10 years ago
its going 2 b freaking cool