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Grand Princess Review

2019 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Dining
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Grand Princess
3.5 / 5.0
1613 reviews

Pros
Offers affordable mix of sailings from the U.S. West Coast
Cons
Older ship shows signs of wear; crowded public spaces
Bottom Line
Great choice for older couples and multigenerational groups

About

Passengers
2,594

Crew
1,100

Passenger to Crew
2.36:1

Launched
1998

Shore Excursions
497
Sails To
Asia, Europe, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii
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Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Contributor

Grand Princess Overview

When Grand Princess debuted in 1998, the line billed it as "the biggest, the fastest, the most elaborate, the most technologically advanced ... the grandest ship on the ocean." Although the vessel has since been dwarfed many times over by those that are bigger, faster and more modern, it continues to be a great option for cruise departures from the U.S. West Coast.

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Princess has done a decent job of keeping Grand Princess updated. In recent years the ship has seen its atrium converted into the more modern Piazza, and new venues -- including the adults-only Sanctuary, Alfredo's Pizzeria, Tea Leaves tea salon, Crown Grill steakhouse and The One5 nightclub -- have been added. Most recently, the vessel welcomed a completely revamped kids club, Camp Discovery, which offers newly renovated spaces for three age groups through the cruise line's partnership with the Discovery TV network.

Overall, food and service are considerably above average. Although selections at the buffet are limited, the quality of the items is high, and the offerings change just enough on a daily basis to keep passengers from getting bored. Dining room options are tasty and served with a smile, and the pizza found onboard is out-of-this-world delicious. The service is consistently pleasant, helpful and efficient, from cabin stewards and waiters to the folks at the guest relations and shore excursions desks.

Despite Princess' best efforts, the ship does show its age in cabins with creaky doors, mismatched drawer knobs and dated bathrooms; in hallways with scuffed walls and loose carpeting; in some public areas like the theater with corny production shows; and in the buffet, which is set up a bit like an old-school cafeteria, often causing lines to form; and especially in elevators, which are so scratched and scraped that they look even older than their age.

The buffet isn't the only space where there are traffic flow issues. Most main corridors in public areas are difficult to navigate, due to the number of other passengers making their way through. Shows in the theater are often standing room only, as are many events in the ship's main lounges. Plus, the ship's design doesn't include a central stairwell servicing all decks, so passengers are forced to either walk all the way forward or aft or wait, sometimes several minutes, for an elevator. (One elevator was closed for maintenance our entire sailing, making wait times even longer.) Overall, this nearly 2,600-passenger vessel generally feels more crowded than some ships that carry two -- or even three -- times as many passengers.

Above all, what you'll get with Grand Princess is an affordable cruise on a well-worn, casual-yet-elegant ship that's great for young retirees and multigenerational groups departing from the U.S. West Coast.


Top Grand Princess Itineraries

Grand Princess
26 night europe cruise

Dubai, Aqaba (Petra), Athens (Piraeus), Malta (Valletta), Taormina (Messina), Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia), Florence (Livorno), Monaco (Monte Carlo), Barcelona, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Paris, Southampton

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Fellow Passengers

Princess passengers are generally sophisticated but unpretentious. For longer sailings, most are baby boomers on the younger end of the retirement spectrum. They're satisfied with activities like trivia and enrichment lectures and don't necessarily need the high-tech or adrenaline-pumping amenities found on some modern ships. On shorter sailings, you'll find a slightly younger demographic and a significantly higher number of kids. Most Grand Princess passengers hail from the U.S., but you'll also find Canadian, British and Chinese contingents onboard.


Grand Princess Dress Code

"Smart casual" is the way Princess prefers to label its dress code. It generally means nice jeans, slacks or shorts during the day with T-shirts, collared shirts or blouses. Itineraries of seven to 13 days include two formal nights; five- and six-night sailings have only one. Some passengers prefer tuxes and ball gowns, but you'll find most in pantsuits or cocktail dresses and dark suits. Shorts, tank tops and swimwear are never allowed in the dining room for dinner, but dark jeans without holes are acceptable.


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Grand Princess Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.03.8
Dining4.04
Entertainment3.03.7
Public Rooms3.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family4.03.9
Enrichment4.03.6
Service4.04.3
Value For Money3.03.8

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Grand Princess won 8 awards over the years, including Best for Embarkation in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

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  • 2019 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Dining
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  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
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Grand Princess Member Reviews

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Katedfroemming
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Alex Belyy- the Grand Princess House Musician did a super job as he filled in as the Ukulele instructor.... Read More
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waylyn
Sail Date: Jan 2020
I had sailed on with Princess before and loved it so I chose Grand Princess for the 10 day Mexican Riviera cruise from Jan 12 to 22.... Read More
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Monte Fugate
Sail Date: Feb 2020
The Grand Princess seemed to be in need of a serious updating as everything appeared older and more worn than other Princess ships we have sailed in.... Read More
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Sail Date: Nov 2019
15 day Grand Princess Hawaiian cruise. It was our first cruise on Princess and we had a wonderful time!... Read More

Princess Cruises Fleet

Grand Princess
3.5 / 5.0
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1613 reviews

Family-friendly ship carrying 2,600 passengers; offers six included dining options, sports court, freshwater swimming pools and hot tubs and a Princess Cruises' exclusive Discovery at Sea programmes.

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Pacific Princess

Pacific Princess offers some of the line's more exotic itineraries in Europe, Asia and South America, including a 107-night World Cruise.

Sun Princess
3.5 / 5.0
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Launched in 1995 as the world's biggest-ever cruise ship weighing in at 77,000 tons, Sun Princess paved the way for contemporary cruise travel.

Golden Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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The 2,600-passenger Golden Princess, splits its time between Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia and is the largest-ever Melbourne-based cruise ship.

Star Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Star Princess is an elegant midsize ship, perfect for older couples or groups of friends who enjoy enrichment and lingering over drinks and long dinners.

Coral Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Family-friendly cruise ship custom-built to navigate the Panama Canal, Coral Princess carries 2,000 passengers and features five included dining options, more than 700 balcony staterooms and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Island Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Island Princess is a 2,214-passenger Coral-class ship built small enough to fit through tiny locks prior to the Panama Canal's widening project.

Diamond Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Diamond Princess is beautiful, all gleaming brass and glass, with a relaxed atmosphere that moves at a slower pace.

Sapphire Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Sapphire Princess debuted in 2004 as the fifth of nine ships in Princess' Grand Class. It carries 2,670 passengers and features an adults-only sun deck and a poolside movie screen.

Caribbean Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess boasts charm, elegance and a comfortable vibe. No matter your vacation interests, you'll find something aboard to suit you.

Sea Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Sea Princess, launched in 1998, is mid-sized, offers traditional features and makes cruisers feel like they're onboard an oceangoing vessel, not a theme park at sea.

Crown Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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One of Princess' largest ships, this 3,080-passenger vessel pioneered some of the line's best features, including an adults-only sun deck and three-story piazza.

Emerald Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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As far as modern mega-ships go, 3,000-passenger Emerald Princess maintains the high level of service it was celebrated for when it first launched.

Royal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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No gimmicks here, just traditional Princess fun including Movies Under The Stars, the always-buzzing Piazza, Broadway-style stage shows and 14 bars; holds about 4,000.

Ruby Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Dignified yet fun with Princess signatures including Movies Under The Stars, fine dining, the ever-busy Piazza and Broadway-style production shows; holds fewer than 4,000.

Regal Princess
4.0 / 5.0
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Unique mix of elegance and fun; attractions include the glass-floored SeaWalk, dramatic Piazza, elaborate production shows and Movies Under The Stars; 4,000 passengers.

Majestic Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Princess Cruises' newest and largest ship offers cruises out of Sydney and Shanghai. It has a dancing fountain of lights and music and a pool club.

Sky Princess
4.5 / 5.0
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Slated for delivery in 2019, Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship will be modeled after its fleetmates Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess.

Enchanted Princess

The fifth ship in Princess Cruises' Royal Class, set to launch in 2020, will follow Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Royal Class 4.

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