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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 sailings covering HawaiiAlaskaMexicoEurope, and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from U.S. cities like Los Angeles and New York, 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 two or three passengers. Cruises last between three and 111 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 desert safaris in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prefer extra time for land exploration? Select sailings offer "cruisetours," a vacation package that allows 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 sailings covering HawaiiAlaskaMexicoEurope, and the Caribbean, among other locations. Princess Cruises' fleet, which departs from U.S. cities like Los Angeles and New York, 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 two or three passengers. Cruises last between three and 111 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 desert safaris in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prefer extra time for land exploration? Select sailings offer "cruisetours," a vacation package that allows 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 are included in your fare

  • Some onboard amenities are not included in 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.

4.00Scorecard
  • 4.0Expert Rating »
  • 3.8Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »
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Royal Princess
Like its sister ship Regal Princess, unique features like a top-deck pool and the SeaWalk, a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge, make Royal Princess stand out among competitors. The 3,560-passenger ...
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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 – ...
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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 in Bora Bora and taking a glacier cruise in Juneau, Alaska . Tour options change according to itinerary and location, and availability is contingent...
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Before You Book

  • Princess Cruises requires a 20 percent deposit paid within three days of booking. Final payment is due 75 days before your departure date for cruises less than 30 days in length or 90 days in advance for voyages that last 30 or more days.
  • Cancellation fees vary by cruise duration and whether or not you purchase the cruise line's 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 pricing and 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. A valid passport is also an acceptable, and Princess strongly recommends you bring a passport 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. If necessary, you'll need proof of vaccination in order 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 must be reserved five to 180 days before departure using Princess' Cruise Personalizer or Ocean Compass booking tool. Reservations for specialty restaurants can be made online or on board by calling the DINE line 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.