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 It’s been replaced by One5, which sits on a deck above the aft pool.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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