Live From Grand Princess: Before and After, Part 4

May 27, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

No doubt about it: The removal of Skywalkers (above), the fabled nightclub on Grand Princess, was one change that alarmed many Cruise Critic readers. High above the ship in the distinctive, now-departed shopping-cart handle, the club was near and dear to many. It’s been replaced by One5, which sits on a deck above the aft pool.

The new space is definitely edgy, and unlike many other lines’ nightclubs, this one’s lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of light. Better yet, there’s an adjacent terrace with comfortable wicker-like chairs and couches. Most interesting twist? One5, which is only on Grand Princess, is the first cruise line nightclub I’ve heard of that offers bottle service, typically the purview of big-city hotspots. The gist: You don’t purchase your normal vodka tonic — instead, you order a bottle (e.g., Grey Goose vodka, which runs you $110 and comes with five mixers) that’s delivered to your table. The appeal? I have no idea.
Otherwise, I love the curving booths (great spots to cuddle and/or watch the world go by), the bar is cheerfully colorful, and the dance floor is generous — and close enough to the door leading to the outdoor terrace (and its comfortable wicker-like chairs and couches) to let air in. One caveat: Smoking is allowed on the terrace; to avoid the fumes, wander over to the identical terrace adjacent to the wedding chapel.
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    4 Responses to “Live From Grand Princess: Before and After, Part 4”

    1. Gail
      June 19th, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

      Will miss Skywalkers but the new space sounds good too.

      Too bad smoking is allowed on the terrace. That could ruin a good thing.

    2. donna menard
      August 23rd, 2011 @ 8:16 am

      I’ll be puffing away during the xmas cruise and enjoying every damn minute.

    3. Jewels Pryde
      October 19th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

      Yes…Smoke away my friends. Let the smoke police(Gail) take a hike! We are on vacation too!! Deal with it!!

    4. Marie Wolff
      October 29th, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

      As I sit here reading the above comments, I am very sad for the smokers. I too loved to smoke on my vacations, now I can hardly breathe due to my enjoying every damn minute of smoking. Light up, the smoke police will have the final laugh. Not in my case though.

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