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Princess Cruises

19,020 Reviews
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About Princess Cruises

Princess offers a casual yet refined traditional cruise experience with an emphasis on dining, Broadway-style entertainment and live music. It's renowned for its expertise in Alaska cruising, though Princess sails all over the world with ships ranging from 672 passengers to 3,560.

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Royal Princess
Royal Princess

7 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 25, 2023
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Majestic Princess
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10 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

666 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 16, 2023
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Royal Princess
Royal Princess

3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 30, 2023
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Sapphire Princess
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11 Night
Alaska CruiseDetails

988 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 29, 2023
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27 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 25, 2023
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Caribbean - Western CruiseDetails

1,923 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 26, 2023
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20 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 2, 2023
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Caribbean - Western CruiseDetails

1,923 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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15 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

2,176 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 15, 2023
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15 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Feb 10, 2023
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23 Night
Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 25, 2023
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5 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast CruiseDetails

1,721 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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7 Night
Caribbean - Western CruiseDetails

1,923 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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3 Night
U. S. Pacific Coast CruiseDetails

2,176 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 16, 2023
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16 Night
Hawaii CruiseDetails

1,923 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 14, 2024
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Princess Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Princess cruise ships?

Princess Cruises attracts a wide passenger base, but the majority are North Americans. There are real differences depending on ships and itineraries, but the bulk of Princess' passengers are 40-plus, although with new family offerings, the line is catering to a more diverse age range, particularly in Alaska and the Caribbean. If you sail on the larger Princess ships, you'll meet a range of passengers from solo travelers to big multigenerational family groups. The smaller Princess ships cater to more mature travelers who want longer, more exotic itineraries and need fewer family-friendly elements.

Do I have to dress up on a Princess cruise?

Princess is fairly traditional in dress. Depending on the length of the cruise, there are a varying number of formal nights, where women wear evening gowns and cocktail dresses and men wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie to dinner.

On Smart Casual evenings, the line advises passengers to dress similarly to what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home. Pool or beach attire, shorts, baseball caps and casual jeans are out for the dining rooms, and diners must wear shoes even in the buffet.

Is everything free on Princess cruises?

No. Fares for a Princess cruise include complimentary dining in a handful of venues, as well as room service and water, tea and coffee, and select juices. A variety of theater productions, Movies Under the Stars and deck parties are also complimentary, and there is no fee for onboard activities with partners like Discovery at Sea, or for youth and teen activities, except late-night group babysitting. Enrichment lectures, classes and presentations are also free with a few exceptions.

Specialty restaurants, gratuities, spa and salon services, internet access (MedallionNet), laundry, alcoholic drinks and soda, and shore excursions all cost extra.

What are Princess’s most popular activities?

What types of activities are available vary from ship to ship, but generally speaking, cruisers typically gather around the pools by day and hang out day and night in the Piazza to enjoy spontaneous performances, live music and dancing. The line's signature Movies Under the Stars is also popular. On select ships theatrical productions by the creator of "Wicked," Steven Schwartz, draw a crowd in the evening.

Most of the ship also turns out for deck parties, and partnerships with Discovery and Animal Planet bring families together on special shore excursions and activities like stargazing at sea.

Why go with Princess?

  • Innovative features: Anytime Dining, Movies Under the Stars.
  • Globetrotting line that visits hundreds of ports.
  • Great option for multigeneration groups.

Best for: Couples and multigenerational families more interested in destination-intensive itineraries than activity-packed ships

Not for: Energetic families, couples and groups who want a spirited vacation, or those looking for active shipboard pursuits

Princess Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Never again with Princess!!

Maybe Princess is a good option for some people, especially if you are over 70, but this ship felt more like a retirement home than a cruise.With that said, I could not be more underwhelmed with this experience, especially after reading so many positive reviews about Princess and this ship prior to embarking on my cruise.Read More
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mi2015

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

Let the buyer beware!

But the biggest issue is after we paid 100’s for a drink package- the wine served has been bitter every night.We were again advised to buy a plus or premium package with our cruise.Read More
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Ismerelda

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Family Cruise

I love the classiness of Princess, but the cool days getting to and from Galveston, TX, for the cruise greatly reduced pool deck usage time.Entertainment: The one show we saw (Stardust) was good.Read More
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jaredhamburg

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Wonderful cruise on the Ruby!!

I ate several dinners in the dining room, one night I had a burger at the poolside grill and 1 night in the buffet.I ate a couple of lunches in the dining room, one day I had pizza from Prego, and all the rest in the buffet.Read More
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tmytrvl88

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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