Princess Cruises

5.9

Overall Score

4 User Reviews

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Princess Cruise Line's claim to fame began when it appeared in the 1977 hit television show, "The Love Boat." Princess Cruise Lines blends indoor and outdoor amenities with style. Ships feature multiple pools and hot tubs, adult-only sun decks, plenty of fitness facilities, and spacious accommodations. At night, guests can watch movies under the stars while enjoying complimentary popcorn.

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The Good

  • Great entertainment options
  • Spacious facilities
  • World-wide destinations

Entertainment Options

Plenty of nighttime entertainment options are available. Live bands play at three separate show times in the indoor lounges and bars. Strolling performers entertain guests at the Piazza. Diners can enjoy magicians, sword-swallowers, and guitarists while sampling vintage wines and dining on gourmet meals. There are plenty of activities for kids and teenagers to enjoy. Programs for both are available. Kids and teens can compete against each other in many sports competitions. There are plenty of pools. Kids will never get bored when sailing Princess Cruise Lines. Also standard on all ships for adults to enjoy include:

  • Your choice of Anytime or Traditional Dining
  • The Piazza
  • Casino
  • Boutiques
  • Art Auctions
  • Lotus Spa

Spacious Facilities

Even though certain ships can host over 3,000 passengers, the atmosphere never feels crowded or cramped. The friendly and professional staff are always ready to assist the needs of traveling guests. Accommodations are spacious and guests are sure to appreciate the luxurious amenities. Princess Cruise Lines feature the best facilities for persons with disabilities.

Dining Options

Guests can choose traditional dining times with prearranged scheduling and seating or anytime dining, which allows for flexible dining at any restaurant until 10 p.m. Princess Cruises contain a wide selection of tasty cuisine to choose from. Options include Italian, Cajun-Creole, steaks and seafood, and Japanese Cuisine. At least two or more formal nights are required on board for cruises lasting seven days or longer. The rest of the time, the dress code is casual. Specialty restaurants require slacks, suits, and dresses when dining. Be sure to pack accordingly.

Destinations

There are also a number of destinations to choose from when traveling with Princess Cruises, which include:

  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • California and Pacific Coast
  • Canada and New England
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • South Pacific

The Bad

  • Cover charges
  • Limited featured trips
  • Not all activities are included

Cover Charges

Cover charges apply at specialty restaurants. You will want to make reservations prior to boarding, especially if you want to dine on a formal night. Princess also provides a five-course private balcony stateroom dinner and a Champagne balcony brunch for an additional fee. Exclusive meals at the Chef's Table cost $95 per person.

Limited Featured Trips

With so many cruise ships and destinations to choose form, one would think that there would be more specialty cruises available. Princess only offers two unique featured trips which include:

  • Seven days from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Barcelona, Spain from $498 per person
  • Ten days from Fairbanks to Vancouver, British Columbia $898-$4000 per person

Not all Activities are Included

Long lines are normal on Princess Cruise Lines. Since the ships are very large, it is easy to get lost aboard the ship. Offshore excursions are not included in the price of the cruise. Be aware that not all activities are included in the price of your cruise.

The Bottom Line

Princess Cruise Lines is perfect for travelers of all ages. There is plenty of activities for children and teenagers to enjoy. Persons with disabilities will find Princess Cruise Lines to be the best fit for their unique medical needs. Adults can relax kid-free on specific areas of the ship. Prices are affordable for any budget. Packages and special offers are available online. We recommend trying Princess Cruise Lines for your next big adventure.