A celebrated leader in global cruising, Princess Cruises hosts 1.7 million passengers each year on cruises to worldwide destinations. It’s no wonder they are known as the “Destination Experts”!
From one single cruise to Mexico in 1965, Princess has flourished to become one of the world’s premier cruise lines. Each year, the Princess fleet carries around 1.7 million guests to an array of exciting global destinations. Princess Cruises is renowned for its innovative cruise ships and onboard options, not to mention the exceptional class of customer service. Cruises range in duration from 3-day short cruises to 114 days around the world.
In 1977, Princess Cruises became famous when Pacific Princess became the star of the now-iconic television show, "The Love Boat". This weekly series gave millions of viewers the taste for holidays on the high seas. Not only has the television show been credited with fuelling the growth of the cruise industry, it has also made Princess Cruises an iconic name within it.
Perhaps more than any other cruise line, Princess Cruises celebrates the ultimate cruising luxury – the private balcony. The line took the balcony from a once exclusive feature to an affordable cruise option. Today, Princess Cruises boasts one of the highest percentages of balcony staterooms, across all categories, in the industry.
Other innovations pioneered by Princess Cruises are found in the dining room. The cruise line was the first to introduce 24-hour dining with a “round the clock” restaurant, as well as Anytime Dining in the main dining room – which has since become an industry-wide feature.
1977: Pacific Princess hits the screens in “The Love Boat”
Mid 1980s: Princess Cruises makes balcony cabins an affordable option.
2000s: Princess Cruises becomes the first cruise line to offer captain-officiated weddings and the amazing Movies Under the Stars.
2001: Princess Cruises is the first line to offer a choice in the main dining room of traditional seating or “Anytime Dining”.
2013-14: Regal Princess and Royal Princess launch, bringing a new generation of cruise ships to the fleet. In November 2014, Regal Princess was christened by the original cast members of “The Love Boat”.
2015: Princess Cruises celebrates its golden year anniversary.
2017: Princess will introduce a new 143,000 ton ship to the fleet (yet to be named).
Princess offers travellers more than 150 itineraries spanning the whole world. Cruises sail to six continents, calling at over 300 different ports and destinations including Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, Panama Canal, Tahiti, French Polynesia, South America, South Pacific, Hawaii, Africa, Asia, India, Canada, and New England.
Meet the Fleet
Princess Cruises has 18 ships, varying in size and amenities.
The largest cruise ships include:
Regal Princess (2014)
Royal Princess (2013)
Caribbean Princess (2004)
Crown Princess (2006)
Diamond Princess (2004)
Emerald Princess (2007)
Golden Princess (2001)
Grand Princess (1998)
Ruby Princess (2008)
Sapphire Princess (2004)
Star Princess (2002)
Mid-sized ships include:
Coral Princess (2003)
Dawn Princesse (1997)
Island Princess (2003)
Sea Princess (1998)
Sun Princess (1995)
Two small ships provide an intimate cruising experience:
Pacific Princess (1999)
Ocean Princess (1999)
The newest additions to the ship, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, introduce innovative new features: a larger atrium; spectacular over-water glass-bottomed walkway, the SeaWalk®; private poolside cabanas; stunning water and light show; onboard television studio; delectable pastry shop; and private balconies on all outside cabins.
Local Departure Ports
Passengers can enjoy sailings from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle. In 2015, there are five ships based in Australia: Golden Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess and Diamond Princess, which will be spending the 15/16 summer season in Australia”
The Princess Cruises’ Experience
Princess Cruises’ ships feature the most stunning of on-deck retreats exclusively for adults. The Sanctuary offers a relaxing spa-inspired haven with signature drinks, light meals, and relaxing entertainment.
The Lotus Spa and Fitness Centre
Princess Cruises’ Lotus Spa offers blissful massages and reviving treatments in a relaxing environment. For a full body workout, every ship has a state-of-the-art fitness centre with fitness classes at no charge. Personal training and specialised classes are available for a small fee. Grand-class ships also feature a resistance pool for lap swimming.
Entertainment by Night
Princess Cruises features Broadway-style shows, headliner stand-up comedians, magicians, jugglers, acrobatics and more. There are also live cultural performances and music in the Piazza. Princess Cruises works with the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of hit Broadway shows, Stephen Schwartz, to provide original production shows.
The line’s Cruise Cult Classics parties are the perfect place to dance the night away with themes such as Rock n' Roll and country western. Other nightly entertainment includes live bands and cruise classics like the casino, bingo and karaoke.
Movies Under the Stars
This star-studded feature was a first on Princess Cruise ships. Princess passengers can enjoy the latest blockbuster movies, sports events and concerts in the best setting possible – curled up on the deck under the stars.
Princess Cruises provides Youth Centres and Teen Lounges supervised by experienced staff. From arts and crafts, games, and talent shows to pizza parties and the latest movies, kids are fully entertained throughout the cruise.
On most ships, teens aged 13-17 can enjoy an exclusive lounge packed with video games, movies, music and table football. Princess also hosts dance parties, late night movie sessions, sports tournaments, formal dinners, DJ workshops, dance classes and talent shows just for teens.
Kids aged 3-7 become “Princess Pelicans” and enjoy age-appropriate activities such as Kindermusik® at Sea, dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice-cream and pizza parties, funfairs, art projects and more.
Ages 8-12 can participate in the “Shockwaves” program which offer a mix of games, themed events and activities, such as scavenger hunts, kids-only dinners, karaoke, cooking masterclasses and much more.
Princess has also partnered with the California Science Centre to bring even more whizz-bang to the kids’ cruise experience. Chemistry experiments, squid dissection and rollercoaster building are just some of the activities on offer.
Princess has partnered with Discovery Communications to provide unforgettable family-friendly entertainment. Onboard interactive experiences include Stargazing At Sea, as well as activities inspired by hit TV shows MythBusters, Gold Rush and Shark Week. There is also a range of Discovery and Animal Planet onshore excursions available with certain cruise itineraries.
From cooking classes and ice-carving demonstrations to enrichment lectures and digital workshops, Princess’ ScholarShip@Sea programs are designed to open a whole new world during your cruise.
Every Princess ship boasts world-class artwork, with art experts on hand to broaden your mind. Bookworms can join the Princess Cruises Book Club to discuss your favourite novel and get literary with fellow passengers. Every ship has an extensive library offering up to 2,000 books, with contemporary titles as well as itinerary-specific guides.
Princess Cruises’ ships provide a great shopping experience with designer brands, duty-free goods and Princess souvenirs.
Sports and Pools
Princess ships offer a range of sporting activities, which may include table tennis, shuffleboard, jogging track, sports court for basketball and volleyball, and golf putting. Each ship features pools.
Ultimate Ship Tour
Princess passengers can embark on a behind-the-seas adventure for a true glimpse what happens on their ship. Available on most ships, the exclusive tour includes the bridge, engine control room, command centre and other crew-only areas. Passengers will also meet the captain and receive themed souvenirs.
Food and Dining
Princess offers passengers a choice of Anytime Dining and Traditional Dining. Anytime Dining gives the flexibility of deciding when, where and with whom you dine. Alternatively, Traditional Dining is perfect for those who wish to dine with the same people, at the same time and served by the same wait staff. Whichever option guests choose, the menus are creative and fresh with new delights to try every day of the cruise.
Restaurants onboard Princess ships include the celebrated Sabatini’s, which serves up hearty yet contemporary Italian cuisine. For premium steak and seafood, The Crown Grill is the place to be. Horizon Court gives a more casual atmosphere for smaller bites, salads and desserts. And out by the pool, guests can enjoy freshly prepared hot dogs, pizza and burgers.
For an unforgettable dining experience aboard Princess Cruises’ ships, guests can choose the Ultimate Balcony Dining, where a multi-course dinner or breakfast is served on your private balcony by your own waitstaff and The Chef’s Table. Here, gourmands can experience a stunning dinner with wine pairing hosted by the ship’s executive chef.
Every stateroom includes chocolates on your pillow, complimentary toiletries, and an evening turndown service – just as you would expect in a first-class hotel. Also available on request are bathrobes and daily fresh fruit. This is on top of general amenities such as a private safe, fridge and hairdryer.
Guests in the ships’ mini-suites enjoy a welcome glass of champagne, a sitting area, two televisions, and a spacious wardrobe. And on top of these, guests in full suites enjoy a DVD/CD player with free access to a comprehensive DVD library, free laundry and valet services, access to the disembarkation lounge use and a once-off free mini-bar setup. On select ships, full size suite guests will also have access to the Lotus Spa Thermal Suite.”
Each stateroom has US plug fittings, while rooms on the Sun Princess and Sea Princess come with Australian sockets and adaptors.
Princess has become a popular choice for holidaymakers with disabilities as the ships and shore excursions include lots of accessible choices.
Princess Cruises’ guests can truly cruise their way with a huge variety of onshore excursions. The line also offers a range of “cruisetours” which let passengers get the best of both worlds with a cruise experience and a full overland tour. The Alaska tours are perhaps the best example of this in action. In addition to eight cruise ships, Princess Cruises operates riverside wilderness lodges, deluxe motor coaches and luxury rail cars allowing holidaymakers to seamlessly connect from the cruise ship to the spectacular Alaskan scenery.
With a host of exclusive amenities and comfortably elegant venues, Princess Cruises creates relaxing, rejuvenating retreats for the whole family. While Princess cruise ships are amongst the largest cruise ships afloat, they magically achieve the intimate atmosphere you would expect on a smaller ship. Enjoy a mixture of lively and intimate venues to suit your mood. Then relax in the privacy of your stateroom, which promises an excellent standard of luxury and comfort.
Spend a few tranquil hours in The Sanctuary, a spacious on-deck adult-only retreat where guests can enjoy a revitalising massage, live entertainment and signature cocktails. As evening falls, you can choose from exclusive entertainment options. Watch the latest box office hits at The Movies Under The Stars poolside theatre. Head to the Piazza for street performer-style entertainment. On a Princess Cruise, officers and crew make every guest feel relaxed and happy – none more so than the experienced staff who supervise and host the younger guests at the Youth Centres and Teen Lounges. Plan your Princess Cruise today!