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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' 18-ship fleet traverses the globe, with popular 2020 sailings covering AlaskaMexicoEurope, Hawaii and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from several U.S. cities including 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 111 days and feature everything from specialist-guided stargazing to 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' 18-ship fleet traverses the globe, with popular 2020 sailings covering AlaskaMexicoEurope, Hawaii and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from several U.S. cities including 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 111 days and feature everything from specialist-guided stargazing to 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

  • Groups can coordinate their travel plans in one place with Princess' Cruise with Me tool

  • 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

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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.

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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...
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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 Australiaand taking a glacier cruise in Juneau, Alaska .Tour options change according to itinerary and location, and availability is contingent on weather conditions and the time of year. You may...
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Before You Book

  • Princess Cruises requires a 20% 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 6 to 24 days, you'll receive a full refund if you cancel and notify Princess at least 90 days prior to your scheduled departure date. For voyages lasting 25 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. Guests should also fill out the line's mobility questionnaire which indicates which device(s) they will need during their cruise.

Before You Board

  • For cruises that begin and end in the United States, you must present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant document at check-in. Acceptable documents include your passport and a government-issued photo ID or permanent residence card paired with an original certified birth certificate. Princess strongly recommends you bring your passport in case you decide 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 via the OceanReady app for travelers on a MedallionClass ship. Alternatively, you can check in 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.  
  • Reservations for specialty restaurants are suggested and must be made on board. Cover fees and a la carte charges may apply.

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.

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