Princess Cruises reaches its innovative peak with the Crown Princess, a ship holding 3,080 guests that debuted in 2006. A 19-deck design provides beautiful views for many passengers, with 900 private balconies opening to whichever landscape you choose. The cruise line’s classic aspects remain a constant. Adults can lounge and relax in The Sanctuary, while passengers of all ages can enjoy first-run movies, concerts, and sports games with Movies Under The Stars®. The Crown Princess goes a step further with the Piazza, an area with a street café atmosphere – as you walk around or people-watch, you won’t even believe you’re on the ocean!
The Crown Princess travels to many disparate destinations across the world. Hop on for various Caribbean itineraries, or travel just a bit farther toward South America. At certain times of the year, it makes the trek north up to Alaska or into the Pacific to visit the Hawaiian islands. For all vacations, this ship last refurbished in 2011 features a total of 1,541 cabins, divided as such: • 28 suites with private balconies • 2 family suites • 178 mini-suites with private balconies • 678 balcony cabins • 222 ocean view cabins • 433 inside cabins Out of this group, 31 rooms offer wheelchair accessibility.
Princess consistently breaks from the mold with its dining, offering not just a choice between traditional and alternative options but freshly-prepared, gourmet meals wherever you go, as well. With the cruise line’s standards, the Crown Princess features: Traditional: Those wanting the formal cruise experience, with assigned seating and fixed meal times, can go to the Botticelli Dining Room. Anytime: Take meals on your own schedule in either the Michelangelo or Da Vinci Dining Rooms. Specialty: Get adventurous with your dining choices and add some variety. Local, gourmet meals are served in Sabatini’s, Princess’ Italian restaurant; the Crown Grill, known for steak and seafood; and Ultimate Balcony Dining. Casual: From snacks and drinks to a meal on the go, Princess always has something suiting your fancy. Get a meal in the 24-hour International Café, the Horizon Court Buffet and Bistro, or Café Caribe, or try out Vines Wine Bar, the Trident Grill, options for pizza, ice cream, and afternoon tea, or order 24-hour room service.
What to Do
The question isn’t, “What does the Crown Princess have to offer when you’re not in port?” but rather “What suits my tastes?” Entertainment starts traditional, with classic productions featuring talented performers in the Princess Theater. Or for something less formal, lounge by the poolside with Movies Under The Stars®. If you’re of age, dance the night away and relax with a few cocktails after at the many nightclubs throughout the ship. Explore Princess’ standard spaces like the Explorers Lounge, Skywalkers Nightclub, and Club Fusion, as well as such smoking and non-smoking lounges at the Wheelhouse Bar, Adagio Bar, Crooners Bar, and Speakeasy Cigar Lounge. But if your excitement takes a different variety, there’s always Gatsby’s Casino. Try out your luck for a few hours before heading over to one of the ship’s many lounges. During the day, the Crown Princess’ many pools and sports activities provide fun in the sun for all ages. Beyond the adults-only The Sanctuary, consider lounging or swimming in the Calypso Reef and Pool or the Neptune Reef and Pool, both of which include a combination of your standard swimming pool and hot tubs. Or for your athletic side, head over to the Center Court to play a game, or keep in shape at the Lotus spa, gym, and fitness center. Then, duty-free shopping in the on-board boutique lets you find quality designer goods at prices up to 30-percent off. Sometimes, travelers like to exercise their minds, too, and Princess indulges this with an art gallery and collection, with some pieces up for auction. Classes through Scholarship@Sea bring an expert on board for an informative talk. Or for some time alone, consider spending an afternoon in the library. And for groups with their own itinerary, the conference room provides a versatile space for meetings, talks, and lectures. Princess further prides itself on offering activities for everyone, so while parents go off to the casino, The Sanctuary, or to one of the ship’s many lounges, programs for kids and teens offer similar enjoyment for their children. Three age groups can find movies, games, and other activities in The Fun Zone, the Arcade, the Teen Center, and The Splash Pool. Travel between exciting destinations on a ship offering something – dining, entertainment, and activities – for everyone.