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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 – offer kids clubs. Regardless of your selected itinerary, you'll likely be cruising with an American crowd.

Cabins

Princess Cruises' ships offer a wide range of lodging options. Each cabin comes with standard amenities, such as a TV, a minifridge and a bathroom equipped with a shower and complimentary bath products. All stateroom rates also include 24-hour room service. Additional amenities vary by ship and stateroom category.

Interior staterooms measure approximately 135 to 162 square feet, depending on the ship. These rooms come appointed with two twin beds or one queen-size bed and can comfortably accommodate two guests. Select Interior rooms also offer Pullman beds to accommodate up to four passengers. Although Interior staterooms do not afford guests an ocean view, they do offer the best value of all of Princess' staterooms. Exact Interior stateroom locations vary by ship, but you can expect to find them near the center of the boat.

Occupying approximately 146 to 206 square feet, these staterooms sleep either two guests with two twin beds or one queen-size bed, or sleep up to four travelers with additional Pullman beds. Oceanview staterooms come with standard cabin amenities and have portholes or picture windows that offer obstructed, partially obstructed or full ocean vistas. Keep in mind that Oceanview staterooms are only available on select ships.

Balcony cabins range from 214 to 279 square feet, including the balcony. All Balcony cabins include standard amenities, two twin beds or a queen-size bed plus floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors for beautiful views. Each balcony comes equipped with two chairs and a small table. Some Balcony staterooms also have Pullman beds. Deluxe Balcony staterooms with sofa beds and larger balconies are also available on select ships.

Mini-Suites cover 323 square feet (including the balcony) and can comfortably accommodate two to four guests with twin beds or a queen-size bed and a sofa bed. Some Mini-Suites also have a Pullman bed, and almost all have a balcony. Each Mini-Suite also offers extra in-room amenities, such as a combination tub and shower, a complimentary glass of Champagne upon embarkation and two flat-screen TVs. Two Bedroom Family Suite cabins, which comprise a Mini-Suite and an adjoining stateroom and can accommodate up to eight guests, are available on select ships as well. For upgraded cabin amenities and even more services – such as priority embarkation and disembarkation, access to the Priority Disembarkation Lounge and expedited seating in the Club Class Dining area of the Main Dining Room – travelers can reserve a Club Class Mini-Suite.

If you reserve a Suite, which measures 460 to 932 square feet including the balcony, you'll enjoy more space and amenities like complimentary laundry service, a stocked minibar, a spacious balcony with upgraded furnishings, and a bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub. All suites include standard Club Class Mini-Suites perks, while some ships offer additional conveniences like bath salts, large closets and fresh orchids, plus complimentary service extras such as Lotus Spa Thermal Suite access and daily in-suite mimosa breakfasts.

What's Included in the Price

  • Dining Costs

  • Onboard Activities

  • Fitness Classes

Amenities

Princess' extensive roster of onboard activities attracts a broad range of traveler types. Cruisers will find swimming pools, hot tubs, sports courts and more on some or all of the cruise line's ships.

Princess offers a MedallionClass program, which gives guests the freedom to unlock their rooms, find things to do onboard, order food or drinks to be delivered to them and more from a small wearable device called the OceanMedallion. Currently, OceanMedallion is available on the Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess. Princess expects to add seven more ships to the program by the end of 2020.

Activities

Princess' onboard offerings include Discovery at SEA activities inspired by Discovery Communications' TV shows, the Princess Cruises Book Club and the adults-only Sanctuary and Lotus Spa. Should you crave a little more activity, you can perfect your game on Princess' mini-golf courses (available on select ships), take a dip in one of many freshwater or saltwater pools or break a sweat at the gym. Art galleries with auctions and art history courses are also found on all ships except Pacific Princess.

Kids Clubs

For younger cruisers, Camp Discovery youth centers (designed for kids ages 3 to 12) and Beach House teen lounges (exclusive to guests ages 13 to 17) offer age-appropriate entertainment. Divided into a treehouse-themed space for children ages 3 to 7 and a lodge-inspired area for cruisers ages 8 to 12, Camp Discovery hosts activities like interactive scavenger hunts, cake decorating classes and talent shows. Meanwhile, The Beach House is home to late-night movies, dance parties and sports tournaments. For more family fun, the Caribbean Princess has a Reef Family Splash Zone which features water showers, a splash pool and a family-friendly bar that serves cocktails and mocktails. Just remember: Pacific Princess does not have a kids or teens club on board.

Entertainment

When nighttime rolls around, you can test Lady Luck at the casino, enjoy one of Princess' performances or sip cocktails at one of the ship's upscale bars and lounges. Or, families can enjoy complimentary popcorn or cookies and milk while catching a poolside movie at the 300-square-foot "Movies Under the Stars" outdoor theater. Additionally, passengers between 18 and 20 can attend various invite-only events at Club 1820.

 

Dining

Princess offers a plethora of inclusive dining options. Head to the Horizon Court for buffet-style meals, or stay poolside and indulge in lighter fare like hamburgers, pizza and sweets. You can also enjoy round-the-clock meals at the International Café or soothe your appetite from the comfort of your private cabin with 24-hour room service. Keep in mind that onboard food offerings vary by ship.

In the evening, Princess allows you to choose between "Traditional Dining," with a set seating time at 5:30 or 7:45 p.m., or "Anytime Dining," which grants you the flexibility to dine in Princess' Main Dining Room any time between 5:30 and 10 p.m. (Anytime Dining is not offered on Pacific Princess or select Sun Princess and Diamond Princess sailings.) Regardless of whether you select the Anytime or Traditional dining option, all meals in the Main Dining Room and casual dining venues are covered in your cruise rate.

Specialty Options

In addition to inclusive dining venues, Princess features a selection of specialty eateries. Depending on the ship, you'll find eclectic menu offerings like Italian fare at Sabatini's, authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine at Bayou Café, steaks and seafood at Crown Grill, prime cuts at Sterling Steakhouse and Japanese cuisine at Kai Sushi. But remember that charges apply for dishes served at these restaurants.

Princess Cruises also has a Chocolate Journeys program, offering homemade confections and chocolate tastings with wine pairings. Four-course private balcony stateroom dinners and balcony breakfasts (both for an extra charge), plus exclusive meals at the Chef's Table for $95 to $115 per person with wine and $80 to $100 per person without, are available as well. (Note: Sea Princess and Sun Princess do not offer a Chef's Table dining experience during Australian voyages.) These special dining options can be reserved on board the ship.

Food and Drink Packages

No food packages are available on Princess ships, but cruisers can choose from a variety of beverage plans (offerings vary by ship and cruise duration). The Premier Beverage Package costs $59.99 per person, per day and includes all drinks (up to $12 per beverage), such as soda, water, coffee, cocktails, wines and beers. Bottles of wine are not covered by this plan but can be purchased for a discount in all onboard bars and restaurants. Minibar items are also excluded.

For nonalcoholic drink packages, Princess offers the New Grounds Coffee Package, which covers unlimited coffee and hot chocolate and up to 15 espresso beverages during your trip at onboard bars and dining areas. The coffee package costs about $30 per person. The Premier Coffee & Soda Package, which includes unlimited sodas, fresh fruit juices, hot chocolate and mocktails for $19.99 per person, per day, is also available. There's an additional Classic Soda Package that includes sodas, juices, smoothies and mocktails, but not coffee or alcohol, for $9.99 per person, per day. Certain ships and all voyages to Australia and New Zealand offer different drink packages. For more information on beverage packages, check Princess Cruises' website.

Gratuities range from $14.50 to $16.50 per guest, per day (depending on cabin class) and will be added to your onboard account. These will be distributed among the dining and housekeeping staff.  

Dress Code

Dress codes apply to guests of all ages on "Smart Casual" and "Formal" evenings. On Smart Casual evenings, women are expected to don dresses or skirts or slacks with sweaters, while men should sport pants and open-neck shirts. On Formal evenings, cocktail dresses or gowns are appropriate for women, and dark suits, tuxedos or pants with button-down shirts, ties and dinner jackets are appropriate for men. The number of formal nights depends on the length of your cruise, and Princess offers formal wear rentals on all cruises (which can be arranged prior to embarkation). For further dress code details, consult the Princess Cruises website.

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