Live From Grand Princess: Before and After, Part 1

May 23, 2011 | By | 8 Comments

What sane person would want an “atrium” when they could have a … Piazza? With that thinking in mind, one of the Princess Cruises‘ top priorities during Grand Princess‘ recent makeover was to swap the atrium, with its shlubby Caribbean carpeting, white baby grand (and shlub with shorts), for the line’s now-signature Piazza, a lively space with Italian mosaic floors where people actually wear pants.

The new Piazza features Vines, a wine, sushi and tapas bar; Alfredo’s, a pizza counter with seating; and the International Cafe, a venue formerly known as the shore excursion desk. The I.C. is a coffee bar/all-day dining spot with delicious tapas, quiche, pastries and desserts. What’s also appealing is that the food is available at no extra charge. It’s a great place for a low-key nosh.
Here’s the before shot of the cafe’s future home (again, note the carpeting):
And the after:
Curious about the remodeled Grand Princess? We’re posting in-depth reports live from the ship on Cruise Critic U.K.’s blog.
For a full run-down of major cruise ship refurbishments, check out our multi-million dollar makeover chart.
    Please share this post!


    8 Responses to “Live From Grand Princess: Before and After, Part 1”

      May 23rd, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

      Wow it looks fabulous, I loved it last year when I was on-board, so I am really looking forward to experiencing it now its had the make over…….

    2. Tracey Neufeld
      May 23rd, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

      Looks gorgeous! wish I were there… lol… enjoy!

    3. paul shaw
      May 24th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

      i think it looks good, i have sailed the grand twice, i like the white piano and all that went with itso i hope they just moved it to another a matter of fact i loved everything about all the princess ships we have been on . we will be booking for 2011 soon.

    4. Heather
      May 25th, 2011 @ 6:43 am

      Thought it was just lovely last year and the make-over looks just fabulous. Unfortunately we’re probably not going on Grand Princess again however, we are booked on Sun Princess for South East Asia this year and Fiji next year. Can’t wait.

    5. Don
      May 25th, 2011 @ 8:10 am

      Would have been nice if you could have focused on the renovations and left out the name- calling (shlub in shorts) You violated one of your own rules. Worse yet, you had a picture of him. Shame on you.

    6. joe bowen
      May 25th, 2011 @ 8:12 am

      my wife and i took a cruise last year on the grand loved the white piano with Ray Coussins at the helm. thanks Ray joe and joanne from stoneham ma.- naples florida.

    7. sheila newhook
      May 26th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      We sailed on the Grand the 2nd last cruise before refit..we will definately sail on the new Grand,hopefully Jamie will be in the dining room and Craig Andrews on the piano

    8. ALISON
      May 28th, 2015 @ 12:30 am

      We just got back from a fabulous cruise on the Ruby Princess to Alaska from Seattle. This was the first time we had heard Ray Coussins play.
      (May, 2015.) He was absolutely terrific. I wish he had some CDs. His rendition of Rhapsody in Blue would have made George Gershwin sit up and take notice! Ray, you are the BEST!

    Leave a Reply

  • Please follow & like us


  • About the Lido Deck

    The Lido Deck is written by Cruise Critic's editorial staff, reporting from ships and ports around the world. The daily blog covers cruise news, reviews, advice, and hot topics from the Cruise Critic message boards. Please note: When commenting, Cruise Critic's community guidelines apply.

  • Facebook

  • Recent Posts

  • Categories