It was, you might say, the calling card of Grand Princess — the giant shopping-cart handle on the aft of the ship. Sure, it was a visual cue that you were on vessel striving to stand out from the pack, but one always wondered whether the designers at Princess Cruises realized that it was, quite literally, a shady proposition when it came to the aft pool.
If the transformation of the ship’s Piazza during Grand Princess’s massive refurb was all about what was added to the space, the aft pool deck is all about what’s missing. From the day the ship was unveiled back in 1998, the shadowy effect of Skywalkers, the deck-top disco, on the pool area underneath was reviled. Now that the clunky protuberance has been removed, the aft decks from 12 to infinity are open to the air. And on this particular day, one might even say sun-splashed.
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