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Cruising with Princess

Princess Cruises' claim to fame may be its starring role in the 1977 hit TV series "The Love Boat," but since its Hollywood debut, the cruise line has continued making waves with enriching onboard activities and versatile itineraries. Princess' 17-ship fleet traverses the globe, with popular 2019 sailings covering AlaskaMexicoEurope and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from U.S. cities like Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, features both midsize ships and larger ships, so you can select your ship according to your style and size preferences.

Whatever ship you choose, you can count on a refined atmosphere and personalized service, with approximately one crew member per every two or three passengers. Cruises last between one and 72 days and feature everything from music lessons and stage shows to "Movies Under the Stars" poolside screenings.

When the ship docks, you can choose from a variety of shore excursions, including guided sightseeing tours in Barcelona, Spain, and rum tastings in Barbados. Prefer extra time for land exploration? Select sailings offer "cruisetours," vacation packages that allow you to spend a few extra nights in a destination before or after your cruise.

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Princess Cruises' claim to fame may be its starring role in the 1977 hit TV series "The Love Boat," but since its Hollywood debut, the cruise line has continued making waves with enriching onboard activities and versatile itineraries. Princess' 17-ship fleet traverses the globe, with popular 2019 sailings covering AlaskaMexicoEurope and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from U.S. cities like Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, features both midsize ships and larger ships, so you can select your ship according to your style and size preferences.

Whatever ship you choose, you can count on a refined atmosphere and personalized service, with approximately one crew member per every two or three passengers. Cruises last between one and 72 days and feature everything from music lessons and stage shows to "Movies Under the Stars" poolside screenings.

When the ship docks, you can choose from a variety of shore excursions, including guided sightseeing tours in Barcelona, Spain, and rum tastings in Barbados. Prefer extra time for land exploration? Select sailings offer "cruisetours," vacation packages that allow you to spend a few extra nights in a destination before or after your cruise.

Pros & Cons

  • Flexible dining times and a variety of culinary options

  • Wheelchair-accessible cabins with special features like lowered closet railings and bath distress alarms for guests with disabilities

  • Taxes, fees and port expenses included in fare

  • Some onboard amenities not covered by cruise rates

  • High-capacity ships can usher in heavy crowds and longer lines at dining venues

  • Shore excursions can be pricey

Rankings

Princess Cruises has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

4.04Scorecard
  • 3.9Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

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Regal Princess
Unique features – including a glass walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship – make Regal Princess stand out among competitors. Guests can expect quality service on the 3,560-passenger, 1,346-crew-member ship, which ...
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On Board

Princess Cruises targets a wide range of traveler types, including families, solo passengers and couples in their 30s, 40s and 50s. On smaller ships' longer voyages, you're more likely to find older cruisers and fewer families. Meanwhile, voyages during the summer months and winter holidays tend to usher in children and multigenerational groups. All but one ship – Pacific Princess...
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On Shore

While visiting each port, you can explore on your own or participate in a tour offered by Princess' affiliated operators. Possible excursions include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and taking a glacier cruise in Juneau, Alaska . Tour options change according to itinerary and location, and availability is contingent on weather...
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Before You Book

  • Princess Cruises requires a 20 percent deposit for all cruises. Final payment is due 75 to 90 days before your departure date, depending on your specific cruise.
  • Cancellation fees vary by cruise duration and whether or not you purchase the cruise line's Vacation Protection or Platinum Vacation Protection package. For voyages lasting less than 30 days, you'll receive a full refund if you cancel and notify Princess at least 75 days prior to your scheduled departure date. For voyages lasting 30 days or longer, you must notify Princess at least 120 days in advance for a full refund. For more information regarding cancellation penalties, visit Princess' Passage Contract page.
  • With Princess Cruises' EZair program, you can view competitive airfare prices. Princess guarantees that you'll reach your cruise's next port for no additional cost if you miss your original departure port due to a flight delay or disruption. Note: Fees may apply if you change your original flight reservation fewer than 45 days before your scheduled departure date.
  • To coordinate medical and special needs services, call Princess Cruises' Fleet Medical Department at 661-753-2680 before your departure date. Requests for special medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters, must be noted when booking your cruise.

Before You Board

  • For cruises that begin and end in the United States, you must carry a government-issued photo ID or permanent residence card, plus an original certified birth certificate. A valid passport is also an acceptable, and Princess strongly recommends you bring one in case you need to disembark the ship before reaching your final destination. You will need a valid passport for international cruises, as well as a visa for select international port destinations.
  • Vaccination requirements vary by cruise destination. Check the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the necessary vaccines and current travel health notices. You may need proof of vaccination to board.
  • Travelers can check in for their cruise up to 75 days prior to embarkation through their Cruise Personalizer or Ocean Compass account or in-person on the departure date. All guests must arrive at least two hours before their sailing time.
  • No quantity or weight limits apply for baggage, however, if you are arriving to your departure destination by plane, be sure to consult airline luggage policies before your trip.
  • Shore excursions may be reserved five to 180 days before departure using Princess' Cruise Personalizer or Ocean Compass booking tool. Reservations for specialty restaurants can be made on board by calling the dining hotline from your stateroom phone.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.