Once upon a time in 1965, a ferry was converted into a cruise ship for excursions from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. Since her humble beginning, Princess has become definitive for luxury with her fleet of 17 elegant ships, one hundred itineraries, and over 350 ports globally.
Superb staff service and outstanding cuisine make Princess the standard by which other cruises are often measured in guest reviews. In keeping with her Love Boat status, Princess Cruises continue to attract the romantic at heart. There will be Champagne Waterfalls. However, Princess offers many other features which also appeal to those who appreciate quality:
Ports of Call: In 2008, Princess began to include world tours. She continues to be a leader in the Mexican Riviera, but is equally renowned for seasonal Alaskan tours. Princess sails the seven continents and can transport you to some exotic destinations which include Africa and Asia in addition to the typical Caribbean tours.
Epicurean excellence: Princess offers some of the most flexible dining experiences to be had on any cruise line. Anytime dining for dinner(offered on all but the Royal, Ocean, and Pacific Princesses) typically occurs in multiple dining rooms, but the traditional reserved dinner experience, replete with the same wait staff throughout your cruise, is also standard. For select state rooms, Princess offers 'Ultimate Balcony' dining with champagne breakfasts and intimate dinners. Casual dining includes some of the best pizza you can find at sea, as well as traditional buffet and grill fare. Afternoon Tea, wine and caviar, and freshly baked pastries make life especially pleasant for guests aboard a Princess cruise ship. Larger ships inevitably include reservations only specialty restaurants for steaks, seafood, and outstanding Italian cuisine!
Movies Under the Stars: Another Princess highlight for guests is the opportunity to watch hit movies in the outdoor theater, weather permitting.
Scholarships at Sea: Fleetwide, Princess offers courses which include ceramics, cooking, and digital photography. For a small fee, Computers At Sea will provide you web design, HTML, and Photoshop classes!
Bon Voyage: For 39 USD per person, friends and family may spend 4 hours with their special cruise passengers, and enjoy lunch and a tour before the traditional bon voyage moment. Princess will apply that fee toward a future booking, by the way.
Princess' main competitors in the premium cruise segment are Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises.
Princess Cruises Resources:
Princess Cruises Dining Guide