Princess Cruises are one of the best-known names in cruises and first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, Princess Cruises have grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world carrying 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the world. The world first become more familiar with Princess Cruises in 1977 when one of its ships, the Pacific Princess was cast in the starring role for a new television series that would go on to be a worldwide hit – The Love Boat. Many cite the show as being the catalyst for the booming cruising industry that exists today and Princess certainly played a huge part in that.
Since their humble beginnings, Princess have been paving the way in terms of innovations at sea with a number of Princess concepts being adopted by the cruising industry including the concept of the private balcony which Princess Cruises pioneered in the 1980s. In the min-90s, Princess launched perhaps their most ‘game-changing’ initiative – putting the guest in charge of their own experience with flexible on-board facilities, amenities and services. This was taken one step further in 2001 when Princess Cruises allowed guests a choice in their main dining experience, paving the way for anytime dining.
With 18 cruise ships currently operating across the seas and oceans of the world, Princess Cruises has no shortage of options when it comes to destinations and onboard experience. Something that sets Princess Cruise ships apart is their sheer size. The Princess fleet contains some of the biggest cruise lines on the oceans catering for upwards of 3,000 guests. The Royal and Regal Princesses are the two largest ships in the fleet catering for 3,600 passengers. The Royal Princess was christened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge in 2013 and has already won 5 prestigious Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.
The majority of Princess Cruise ships are family friendly and offer up a great range of activities for kids of all ages right through to teens. Another feature across the fleet is Princess’ commitment to your wellbeing from the fitness centres to the newly installed beds that are rolling out between now and 2018. Making sure you get a restful sleep at sea is an important part of your rest and relaxation so Princess have worked with leading sleep experts to design the perfect bed to give everyone a comfortable night’s sleep.
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Catering for such a large number of guests can be tricky, however Princess Cruises manage to strike the perfect balance, creating an intimate environment for guests despite the size of the ship. With so many different interests to cater for, Princess Cruises’ onboard experience is crucial and they don’t disappoint. Always in search of innovations at sea, Princess continue to introduce new experience across their fleet to push the boundaries of cruise travel and provide guests with an experience they will never forget. All of the standard amenities are available such as spa pools, swimming pools, kids’ clubs and a great selection of bars and restaurants, however it’s the new experiences that really create the ‘wow’ factor and keep people coming back.
From the celebrity chefs to the Salty Dog Gastro Pub, there’s something for all food lovers onboard. For theatre lovers, you can now experience the magic of Broadway onboard a Princess Cruise and then there’s the Chocolate Journeys experience – a chance for chocolate lovers to indulge. Princess also have an innovative Princess@Sea app which allows guests to keep up-to-date with things going on onboard, find out details about destinations and keep in touch with other guests. All for free and all on your own mobile phone.
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As you would imagine, the third largest cruise line company in the world has you covered no matter where you want to cruise. Check out this selection of Princess Cruise destinations and pick your dream holiday:
• Mediterranean • Spain • Croatia • Italy • Greece • Alaska
• Australia • New Zealand • South America • Caribbean
• Polar Regions • Argentina • Uruguay • Falkland Islands
• Chile • North America • France • Holland • Belgium • UK
• Germany • Russia • Estonia • Finland • Sweden • Denmark
• Norway • Canada • Bermuda • Thailand • Singapore • Hong Kong
• China • Japan • Hawaii • Indonesia • Mexico • Peru
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Affordable Luxury and an Abundance of Balconies
In addition to incorporating a wide range of choices, vessels in the Princess fleet are specifically designed to provide the ultimate in affordable luxury, with an emphasis on "big ship choice with small ship feel." No matter the size of the ship, public spaces are designed to feel intimate and are decorated in a contemporary style, allowing passengers to enjoy themselves in an informal, relaxed onboard atmosphere that mirrors today's lifestyles.
The company has also long been the leader in building ships specifically designed to accommodate an extensive number of the most sought-after shipboard luxury -- the private balcony. In the mid-1980s Princess pioneered the concept of the affordable veranda, once an exclusive feature incorporated in only the most expensive suites. Today, Princess' fleet offers one of the highest percentages of balcony cabins in the industry, across all cabin categories.
The physical design and decor of the ships, coupled with Princess' hallmark service excellence, creates an onboard atmosphere of relaxed luxury in which passengers can enjoy their perfect vacation experience.
Innovation in Passenger Choices
Building on past success, Princess is continually evolving to meet the needs of the today's vacationer. In the mid-1990s the company pioneered the concept of putting passengers in control of their own cruise experience with the introduction of its Sun-class ships. These revolutionary vessels gave passengers the freedom to choose from a wide range of flexible onboard facilities, amenities and services in order to create a personal vacation experience that takes the regimentation out of the cruise experience and suits each passenger's own needs and preferences.
Today, the line's emphasis on choice is apparent across the fleet, with each vessel offering its own unique version of a host of multiple dining options and locations; flexible and varied entertainment selections; renowned customer service; and a full complement of onboard activities including a variety of ScholarShip@Sea enrichment classes featuring computer training, ceramics, culinary arts, finance and photography. Some vessels even sport a giant Times Square-style "Movies Under the Stars" LED screen showing poolside movies and concerts. Often imitated but never duplicated, the Princess concept of cruise vacation customization has since been adopted as the touchstone of new ship design for the entire cruise industry.
Romance at Sea
As befits the cruise line that starred in "The Love Boat," Princess continues to emphasize romance with a variety of special onboard features designed to help couples celebrate their love. Princess was the first " and is still currently the only " major North American cruise line on which passengers can be wed at sea by the ship's captain. In addition, the line regularly hosts vow renewal ceremonies, anniversaries and even dramatic marriage proposals with the unique "Engagement Under the Stars" program for passengers who want to "pop the question" on the ship's 300-square-foot LED Movies Under the Stars screen. Special room service packages help passengers enjoy time alone together with all the ingredients for a romantic evening.
Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL and CUK), one of the largest vacation companies in the world.
Princess' philosophy of choice is also reflected in its sailing schedule. Offering voyages to more worldwide cruise destinations than any other major line, Princess has nearly 100 itineraries ranging from seven to 102 days. The line sails to all seven continents and calls at approximately 280 ports around the world. Princess passengers can enhance their cruise experience through the Adventures Ashore® program featuring more than 2,000 in-port excursions worldwide, and the company's expanding cruise tour offerings enable passengers to combine their cruise with a full land tour. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexican Riviera, South America, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa, Canada/New England, Antarctica and world cruises.
Having led the way in Gulf of Alaska cruising, Princess maintains a strong presence in Alaska. Through its Seattle-based Princess Tours division, the company operates a wide variety of spectacular land and sea experiences in the majestic "Land of the Midnight Sun." The largest cruise and tour operator in the state, Princess operates as many as eight cruise ships, five riverside wilderness lodges, luxury Princess Rail domed rail cars, and a fleet of deluxe motor coaches; allowing cruise passengers to connect seamlessly to a landside tour and experience several distinctly unique facets of the Alaska wilderness in a single trip.