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Sky Princess

Debuted in October 2019, Sky Princess can accommodate 3,660 passengers and 1,346 crew members. With so much space, you'll find plenty of things to do on board. Spend your days playing ball at the sports court or swimming in one of three pools, or shop until you drop at the onboard boutiques. Nightfall brings deck parties, movie screenings under the stars and live performances at the theater by musicians, comedians and magicians. Kids won't be bored, either, as there are clubs designed specifically for three different age groups.

Sky Princess features traditional Interior, Oceanview and Balcony staterooms, as well as a number of Suite-category cabins – some of which are equipped with the largest balconies at sea. Every room comes fitted with a queen-sized bed or two twin beds, a refrigerator, a flat-screen TV and complimentary 24-hour room service.  The biggest accommodation on board are the Sky Suites. They are approximately 1,873 square feet and provide guests with 270-degree panorama views while cruising. The suite also comes with additional amenities such as complimentary balcony breakfast and dinner, luxury balcony furniture and a deluxe telescope for stargazing at night. 

When it's time to chow down, cruisers will have their choice of nine inclusive dining venues and five specialty options. In the main dining room, passengers can choose between a set dinner time every evening or the line's Anytime Dining option, which will allow them to dine whenever – and with whomever – they want. You'll also find a complimentary buffet, a pizzeria, a seafood bar, a gelateria and afternoon tea. For a specialty dining experience, consider the intimate Chef's Table Lumiere or Bistro Sur La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut, a three-starred Michelin chef.

Sky Princess sails throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Mediterranean. The ship also completes some transatlantic sailings.

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Regal Princess

Unique features – including a glass walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship – make Regal Princess stand out among competitors. Guests can expect quality service on the 3,560-passenger, 1,346-crew-member ship, which debuted in 2014 and was most recently updated in 2017.

Regal Princess offers plenty of onboard activities, from an indoor driving range to a photography studio to educational programming through Discovery at SEA events. While adults sip cocktails at one of the onboard lounges, kids and teens can enjoy age-appropriate youth clubs. Come mealtime, the whole gang can choose between the main dining rooms, a number of specialty restaurants (including Sabatini's Italian venue) and multiple laid-back eateries.

All cabins come appointed with minifridges and flat-screen TVs. While Interior cabins measure between 158 and 162 square feet, larger Balcony staterooms occupy 214 to 222 square feet. The ship also features Mini-Suite category cabins, which offer two flat-screen TVs, bathtubs and furnished balconies. Each guest aboard Regal Princess receives an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Regal Princess sails to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond.

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Enchanted Princess

The 3,660-passenger, 1,346-crew member Enchanted Princess made its debut in November 2021. Part of the cruise line's MedallionClass, the ship features new technology and each cruiser is given an OceanMedallion wearable device. Cruisers can expect things like keyless cabin entry, contactless boarding, speedy Wi-Fi access (for a fee), food and drink delivery to anywhere on the ship and more.

With one main dining room, several casual eateries and four specialty dining venues – ranging from Italian to steak – guests will have no problem finding suitable spots to eat. As for entertainment, the Enchanted Princess offers musical productions, movie screenings under the stars, comedians, singers, magic acts, a casino, bars and more. Daytime activities might include playing a game of basketball or volleyball at the sports courts, relaxing in two deep tank pools and several hot tubs, or indulging in spa treatments at the Lotus Spa. The ship also has kids club offerings for youths ages 3 to 17.

When it comes to cabins, all Enchanted Princess staterooms are outfitted with flat-panel televisions, desks and minifridges. The lowest (and most affordable) cabin class, Interior, ranges from 158 to 162 square feet, while the roomiest option, Sky Suite, sprawls across 1,873 square feet of space. Several stateroom options also include balconies.

The Enchanted Princess is expected to sail around Mexico, the Caribbean, northern Europe and Canada and New England on its upcoming voyages.

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Grand Princess

First launched in 1998, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess underwent a renovation in March 2019 that added new top-deck dining venues like Alfredo's Pizzeria, Salty Dog Grill and Coffee & Cones. The Princess Theater was also refreshed to provide a more immersive audio experience. Other onboard amenities include the adults-only Sanctuary, duty-free boutiques and educational programs through the Discovery of SEA program.

The ship houses numerous dining venues, including one main dining room, two specialty venues and a variety of casual eateries serving classics like burgers and pizza. Come nightfall, passengers can enjoy cocktails at their pick of lounges.

The recently refurbished accommodations are outfitted with amenities like flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Though only 76% of exterior cabins offer private balconies – a lower percentage than other ships in the fleet – guests describe cabins as comfortable and spacious. Plus, thanks to a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio (the ship features 1,150 crew members), past cruisers describe the onboard service as attentive and friendly. What's more, each guest aboard Grand Princess receives an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Grand Princess sails to destinations worldwide, including Alaska, Hawaii , Australia, the California coast and the South Pacific.

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Royal Princess

Like its sister ship,  Regal Princess , unique features like a top-deck pool and the SeaWalk (a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge) make Royal Princess stand out among competitors.

The 3,560-passenger ship debuted in 2013 and was last refurbished in December 2018. Onboard activities include an indoor driving range, duty-free boutiques and educational programming through Discovery at SEA. Younger passengers can participate in age-appropriate youth clubs while adults play games in the casino or sip cocktails at one of multiple lounges.

When it's time to dine, passengers can choose from the main dining rooms, six specialty restaurants or several casual eateries. In terms of lodging, all cabins are appointed with minifridges and flat-screen TVs. While Interior cabins measure between 158 and 162 square feet, larger Balcony staterooms offer 214 to 222 square feet. Each guest aboard Royal Princess receives an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Royal Princess offers itineraries throughout Alaska, Canada, California, Mexico, Asia, Australia, Hawaii and the South Pacific.

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Discovery Princess

The newest ship in the Princess fleet, Discovery Princess launched in March 2022. The ship is equipped with Princess Cruises' signature MedallionClass technology, which allows cruisers access to Wi-Fi, touchless experiences (such as contactless payment) and food and beverage delivery anywhere on the ship. Discovery Princess holds 3,660 passengers and 1,346 crew members. Overall, the new ship gets positive reviews from recent cruisers, with many complimenting the staff and the modern, clean spaces.

Cabins range from interior rooms and ocean view accommodations (158 to 172 square feet) to balcony cabins and suites (214 to 1,873 square feet). There are a variety of dining options on board as well, serving everything from pizza and American classics to sushi and seafood. Specialty dining venues include the French Bistro Sur La Mer, Sabatini's Italian Trattoria, The Salty Dog Gastropub and Crown Grill steakhouse. Or, for an extra special experience, enjoy a meal on your balcony or snag a reservation for a multicourse dinner at the Chef's Table Lumiere. (Note: Specialty venues incur an additional fee and some require reservations.) When it comes to entertainment, Discovery Princess boasts a casino, a show lounge, a jazz club and a theater that puts on Broadway-style shows.

Other amenities cruisers can enjoy on this ship include several pools, movies under the stars, a spa and an art gallery. Meanwhile, traveling families will appreciate the kids clubs, which offer programming and activities for youths ages 3 to 17.

The only major complaint from recent cruisers was that the internet connection was fairly slow and sporadic.

Discovery Princess sails mostly in California, Mexico and Alaska, with stops at ports like Cabo San Lucas, Mexico , and Juneau, Alaska .

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Ruby Princess

With offerings like movie screenings beneath the stars and massages at the adults-only Sanctuary, Ruby Princess is a good choice for couples. Debuted in 2008, the ship was most recently refurbished in October 2018 to add top-deck dining options like Slice Pizzeria and Coffee & Cones. Ruby Princess holds 1,200 crew members and 3,080 guests.

In terms of lodging, 80% of exterior cabins are appointed with balconies, and all rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs and minifridges. While Interior cabins range from 158 to 162 square feet, Balcony category cabins offer more space and Pullman beds to accommodate extra guests. Each guest aboard Ruby Princess will receive an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Reviewers are complimentary of the ship's onboard programming and amenities. Activities include a nine-hole putting course, duty-free shopping boutiques and enrichment opportunities through the Discovery at SEA program. Dining is just as diverse, with a total of eight venues to choose from. Come nightfall, travelers can try their luck at the casino, see a show in the theater or dance until the wee hours at the top-deck nightclub.

Ruby Princess offers itineraries in California, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and more.

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Majestic Princess

Welcoming 3,560 guests and 1,346 crew members, Majestic Princess touts new features not available on any other Princess ship, including two specialty restaurants with dinner menus created by Michelin-starred chefs. Beyond the ship's specialty restaurants, passengers can dine in three main dining rooms and grab snacks and beverages at a handful of casual eateries, including lobster and wok-style noodles.

Similar to the rest of the Princess fleet, this ship houses the Lotus Spa, a casino, a fitness center, a sports and pool deck, and the SeaWalk – a glass-paneled walkway that stretches 28 feet beyond the ship's edge. Majestic Princess also features several bars, lounges and theaters. One of the ship's most noteworthy performances is the Watercolor Fantasy Show, a choreographed water show set to music.

Majestic Princess offers a variety of lodging types, with Interior cabins measuring between 158 and 162 square feet and Suites spanning 323 to 1,500 square feet. Though cabin sizes vary, all feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges and desks. 

This ship sails to destinations in Alaska, Australia, Mexico, California, Hawaii  and the South Pacific.

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Crown Princess

Debuted in 2006 and last refurbished in April 2018, the 3,080-passenger Crown Princess features some megaship amenities like a casino, a kids clubs and a 300-square-foot poolside theater. The ship also features quiet nooks, like a library and the Sanctuary (an adults-only area that requires an extra fee). Updates for 2018 included new luxury beds in every room, new dining venues and an upgraded spa. 

Past cruisers were satisfied with the ship's relaxing atmosphere, describing public areas as pleasant and rarely overcrowded. Another main selling point for previous guests is the ship's versatile dining choices. Cruisers can choose from seven eateries, including the main dining room and three informal restaurants. For specialty dining, guests can choose between Italian at Sabatini's, or steak at Crown Grill or burgers at The Salty Dog Gastropub.

In terms of lodging, 80% of Crown Princess' exterior cabins feature private balconies. All staterooms are appointed with minifridges and satellite TVs, but guests who opt for Mini-Suite and Suite cabins can enjoy extra amenities like bathtubs, multiple TVs and 57-square-foot balconies. The Reserve Collection cabins feature all the amenities of Mini-Suites, plus access to an exclusive dining venue with expanded menu options, priority boarding and a complimentary one-time wine setup. What's more, each guest aboard Crown Princess now receives an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Crown Princess cruises through Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Australia, Mexico and the California coast.

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Caribbean Princess

Launched in 2004, the 3,140-passenger Caribbean Princess was last refurbished in May 2019, which updated the ship's staterooms, added new dining options, reimagined the Reef Splash Zone for kids and more. Grown-ups will enjoy the adults-only Sanctuary, where they can sip craft cocktails in private cabanas.

Guests can choose from a variety of dining venues, including a main dining room, a fresh marketplace, a pizzeria, two specialty restaurants and more. Lodging options are just as varied; travelers have the choice of Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Mini-Suite, Club Class and Suite category staterooms. Standard amenities include minifridges, flat-screen TVs and refreshed decor, and more than half of the exterior cabins offer balconies. 

Onboard activities and entertainment range from sports courts and mini-golf to more enriching pursuits, like educational programs in partnership with Discovery Communications. Thanks to the ship's 1,200 crew members, Caribbean Princess ensures that service is a priority. What's more, each guest on all Caribbean Princess sailings now receives an OceanMedallion wearable device to unlock his or her stateroom, make onboard payments, track down friends and family and more.

Caribbean Princess departs from a variety of ports for sailings in the Caribbean, Canada, New England, Mexico and Europe.

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Princess Cruises is a premium travel brand and a subsidiary company of Carnival Group, making it one of the 10 cruise shipping lines and travel brands owned by currently the world's biggest cruise shipowner - Carnival Corporation . As part of the conglomerate, the Princess brand brings ~20% of the Group's revenue.

Company History and Changes

Princess Cruises (princess.com) was founded in 1965 by Stanley McDonald who chartered the Alaskan ship SS Princess Patricia (1948-built/1995- scrapped , IMO 5284924) for roundtrips to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles during the off-season (winter). In 1967, Princess started to charter the ship MS Italia (1967-built/2012- scrapped , IMO 6513994), which had a modern design, numerous innovations, more spacious upper decks, larger public areas (midship/ by placing the engines aft).

In December 2025, the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.

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The new "Princess Italia" again operated the Mexican Riviera from LA (the Princess logo on the funnel was placed for the first time in 1967). In 1969 the ship made its inaugural season in Alaska with roundtrips from San Francisco . When the charter ended (in 1973), Princess chartered the "Carla C" ship (from Costa Cruises ) and unofficially renamed it "Princess Carla".

The company's modern-times history commenced in 1974 when it was acquired by P&O UK. The new owner transferred its "Spirit of London" ship (renamed Sun Princess) and 3 more boats bought from "Flagship Cruises" for the Princess brand - "Sea Venture" (Island Princess), Island Venture (Pacific Princess) and MS Kungsholm (Sea Princess). The first newbuild (specifically for Princess) was Royal Princess (1984, also served Princess under the name "Artemis").

A major company asset is "Princess Tours" (Alaska division acquired in 1986) with 10 luxury railcars for scenic tours of Mt McKinley and daily capacity 700+ passengers. With the acquisition of Sitmar Line (1988), P&O added to the Princess brand 3 more vessels (then under construction) - in 1989 (Star Princess/2021-scrapped as Columbus) and in 1990 (Crown Princess, Regal Princess), plus 2 former Cunard liners (renamed Dawn Princess, Fair Princess) and Sitmar's "Fairsky" ship (renamed Sky Princess).

The "P&O Princess Cruises" company was established in 2000 (October 23rd). It subsequently merged with Carnival Corp in 2003 (April 17th) into "Carnival Corporation & plc". The USD 5,4-billion-dollar merger created the largest cruise shipping company in the world ever , grouping 11 different travel brands as subsidiaries.

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Currently, Princess Cruise Lines Ltd (USA) is transferred to Carnival's American division (Holland America Group), but the brand's marketing and sales in the UK are under Carnival plc (aka Carnival UK) which also manages Cunard Line.

The company's current President is John Padgett (assigned in October 2021) who reports directly to Holland America Group's President (Jan Swartz). John Padgett was employed by Carnival Corporation (2014-2021, as Chief Experience and Innovation Officer) and by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (1996-2014).

The company's other top executives include Terry Thornton (CCO/Chief Commercial Officer), Jim Berra (CMO/Chief Marketing Officer), Carmen Roig (VP of Sales), Vicki Johnson (Senior VP of Communications).

The world's most romantic attention the Princess cruise brand received by the participation of its vessels (first Island and Pacific, later Royal, Sun, and Sea) in the onboard filmed TV-series "The Love Boat" (ABC-aired from 1977 until 1986).

  • In May 2018, the cast of "The Love Boat" (ABC TV series run 1977-1986) and Princess Cruises was presented a Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaque. The honorary plaque is located in front of Dolby Theater's main entrance on Hollywood Blvd.
  • Following the pilot show (May 5, 1977), the cruise ship-themed series continued for 10 seasons (until May 24, 1986).
  • The Princess brand became famous and commonly known as "the Love Boat cruise line". In the series were used the Princess-owned ships Island Princess (2017-scrapped as "Discovery"), Royal Princess (now Artania ) and Sea Princess (2016-scrapped as "Veronica") cruising to exotic destinations around the world.

One of the most famous features of Carnival's Princess brand is its "Personal Choice Cruising" program - an unstructured and individualized approach to the ship vacation travel by the innovative "if you want it - when you want it" concept. The brand's travel style provides an exceptional feeling of choice and flexibility giving passengers the opportunity to customize their vacation in a way that most fits their personal interests and desires. Implemented in the mid-90s (on the Sun-class Princess ships), this unique concept of passengers being in control of their voyages and vacation experiences was realized via multiple shipboard dining venues, flexible entertainment options and affordable balcony staterooms.

On March 23, 2023, Princess announced the partnership with Luigi Lavazza SpA (1895-founded, Turin Italy-based manufacturer of coffee products) as the brand’s "Official Coffee Partner". By the deal, Lavazza products and services are offered fleetwide and include coffee-themed dinners, Lavazza-based recipes, educational sessions, coffee tastings/samplings and food pairings.

On June 24, 2023, were announced new onboard "Princess Perfect Weddings" packages and the appointment Randy Fenoli (1964-born American TV host and fashion/bridal designer best known for his TV show "Randy to the Rescue and Say Yes to the Dress") as Princess Cruises' Love and Romance Ambassador. Also was announced that he will host a bridal fashion-themed voyage on Regal Princess (leaving from Galveston TX on Dec 3rd) with signature events like meet & greets and wedding gown consultations. As brand ambassador, Fenoli developed the exclusive "Randy Fenoli Weddings" package.

In October 2023, the company announced a shift in its pricing strategy, ensuring that only early bookings get the best-priced deals possible (by eliminating last-minute cruise booking discounts) and also introduced the Best Price Guarantee and Princess Promotions.

(NEW) Ship boarding/embarkation system (2023)

On August 1, 2023, Princess Cruises implemented fleetwide a new boarding process aiming to make it easier for tourists to board the ships. As a result, the scheduled arrival times on embarkation day were eliminated.

The new embarkation system requires all passengers to complete the necessary steps (via Princess App) prior to the voyage.

  • Green Lane qualified are passengers who have completed all the Travel Checklist's steps and have received their Medallion device by mail (only in the USA and Puerto Rico). Green Lane provides the most streamlined embarkation/fastest boarding. Note: Passengers who are Green Lane-eligible but choose not to have their Medallions shipped to them are classified as Blue Lane.
  • Blue Lane qualified are passengers who have completed (some, none or all) Travel Checklist's steps but have opted not to have their Medallions mailed to them. Blue Lane guests still enjoy an expedited check-in but must pick up their Medallion at the cruise terminal.
  • Accessibility Lane is for passengers experiencing mobility/accessibility difficulties. They have a separate/dedicated lane for faster check-in, regardless of their color designation.

The new embarkation system no longer requires selecting a specific arrival group time. Instead, guests can arrive within the designated check-in window at a time that suits them. However, Princess Cruises strongly recommends all guests to provide travel arrangement information via OceanReady (MedallionClass app and the Cruise Personalizer). The check-in details can be found in their travel summary.

Since August 2023, the company also improved the Digital Boarding Pass which is available in the Princess app (11 days prior to the ship departure date). The updated boarding pass now includes the deck and stateroom number.

Princess Upgrade (new cabin upgrades program)

In August 2022 was announced the "Princess Upgrade" program that allows passenger cabin upgrades on a regular basis (not as promos) and for all types of staterooms and categories.

The new program was officially launched on September 6, 2022, on just 5x USA-based Princess boats (Caribbean, Discovery, Enchanted, Regal, Ruby). By the end of October (2022) the program was rolled out fleetwide.

"Princess Upgrade" is only for bookings within Final Payment and when the full payment has been made. Then customers receive an invitation to submit a bid on any cabin type and category that is above the currently booked. The bid can be changed or canceled at any time before being accepted.

Shipboard retail shopping

In September 2021, Princess and Harding signed a deal for the entire fleet's onboard retail shopping business to move under Harding’s management.

Harding+ (Bristol UK-based global travel and cruise retail group) in 2020 was acquired by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP (1983-founded, NYC-based investment management firm with USD 34+ billion in managed assets). Harding has hubs in Bristol (England) , Miami (Florida USA) and Sydney (NSW Australia) .

The existing Princess retail team joined Harding's as part of the transition.

Each of the Princess boats has an onboard shopping arcade named "Shops of Princess".

In April 2016, Princess' owner Carnival Corporation signed a shipbuilding order for 2 new boats scheduled for deliveries in 2019 ( Sky Princess ) and 2020-2021 ( Enchanted Princess ). Sky and Enchanted are 4th and 5th ROYAL-class ships (same-designed as Royal, Regal , Majestic ) all constructed at Monfalcone yard as part of a previous agreement with Fincantieri (shipbuilder). At that time, Carnival Group had a total of 16 shipbuilding orders , with scheduled deliveries between 2016-2020. These 3670-passenger vessels have 80% balconied staterooms and some fleet-first features.

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In late-January 2017, Carnival Corporation announced 2 more orders for the fleets of Princess (Royal-class) and Holland America Line (Pinnacle-class). Carnival signed an MoA (memorandum of agreement) with Fincantieri to construct both units, with deliveries in 2021 ( Nieuw Ryndam-Rotterdam for HAL, at Marghera yard) and 2022 ( Discovery Princess , at Monfalcone yard). When both contracts were finalized (February 2017), Carnival Corporation had a total of 19 newbuilds scheduled for deliveries in 2017-2022.

In July 2018 were ordered 2 new-class (larger than Royal-class) liners with GT tonnage/volume 175000 and passenger capacity 4300. These are the fleet's first dual-fuel (MGO and LNG) powered vessels. The contract with Fincantieri (Monfalcone) was signed in March 2019, with scheduled deliveries in 2023 and 2025. Princess in 2018 had 5 newbuilds on order with Fincantieri. The 2023-2025 units were Carnival Group's 10th and 11th LNG-powered ships .

By 2019, during drydock refurbishments (part of the company's USD 450 million fleet renovation program), 45000+ "Princess Luxury Beds" were rolled out fleetwide (to 22000+ staterooms / on all liners). The custom-made "Princess Luxury Bed" implements the latest sleep science technologies and was developed via partnership with Dr. Michael Breus (The Sleep Doctor) and Candice Olson (Canadian designer).

In December 2019, Princess signed with Panasonic Corporation a deal to deliver 4K laser projectors for the entire fleet (first unit was installed on Sky Princess). All liners will be outfitted with Panasonic PT-RQ50KU (4K Laser Projector with Solid Shine technology) to be used for the new 5-Skies production show featuring UHD imagery.

In September 2022 Princess signed with Xponential Fitness Inc (Irvine CA USA-based, 2017-founded company) a 5-year exclusive licensing agreement. Xponential Fitness is currently the world's largest global franchise group of boutique fitness brands. As of 2022, Xponential franchises 10 fitness brands (Club Pilates, pure barre, CycleBar, StretchLAB, Row House, YogaSix, Rumble, AKT Dance, STRIDE Fitness, BFT) and has 2220+ gym studios in 48 American states and 13 countries. The deal with Xponential, together with the partnership with OneSpaWorld (providing gym professionals and wellness staff and services) made Princess the first major cruise company to offer multiple premium fitness brands for personalized and customizable gym/training experiences. During the agreement period (2022-2027), at least 8x Xponential brands are available on each Princess boat (120 licensed gym studios fleetwide).

In 2024 ( Sun Princess ) and 2025 ( Star Princess ) debut the fleet's ever-largest (SPHERE-class) vessels, with GT-tonnage/volume ~175,000 tonnes.

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Each boat has 21 floors, 2157 staterooms, and the signature (fleet-first ) facilities The Dome (top-deck entertainment space covered by a glass roof) and Piazza Atrium (3-deck-high, outward-looking midship suspended space with comfortable seating, 360-degree outside views, huge LED screen/movable, to allow live entertainment). Both SPHERE Princess ships also have new for the fleet cabin types - Signature Collection Suites (exclusive access to Signature Restaurant-Lounge & Bar-Sundeck) and Reserve Collection Staterooms (exclusive restaurant).

Princess ships with MedallionNet WiFi Internet

In early-September 2018 was introduced (on Caribbean Princess) Carnival Corporation's OceanMedallion technology - wearable devices allowing passengers access to "virtual concierge" services and amenities, as well as interactive entertainment. The new technology also includes the MedallionNet - (SES Networks-powered) Wi-Fi connectivity via access points installed in all staterooms. Passengers on MedallionClass cruise liners experience land-like Internet connection quality allowing streaming of movies, music, videos, video phone calls, real-time sharing on social media platforms.

All MedallionClass ships (Princess' entire fleet) feature touchless embarkation/disembarkation (homeport), keyless cabin entry, frictionless commerce, contactless capabilities (way-finding, on-demand service delivery), shipboard family and friends locator, interactive entertainment (first-run movies, live TV, events, activities planner).

In 2018, MedallionNet was installed on the Princess liners Caribbean, Regal, Royal and Ruby. In 2019, MedallionNet received the liners Coral (Apr 5), Island (May 15), Crown (Jun 30), Emerald (Aug 3), Sky (Oct 12), Golden (Dec 20). In 2020 were upgraded the liners Grand (Feb 21), Diamond (Mar 15), Majestic (Apr 18), Star (Jun 12), Enchanted (Jun 15) and Sapphire (Jul 27).

In 2021 was introduced "Ocean Sportsbook" (a real-time sports betting option available fleetwide/on all boats) which allows betting on sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, cycling, car racing, boxing, martial arts and other competitions.

When the cruise ship is in international waters, passengers can use the MedallionClass app to wager on sports and place bets during live events that occur during the voyage and also place bets on future sports events - that occur after the voyage. With USD 20+ billion in wagers placed with USA's sportsbooks in 2019-2020, online sports betting is expanding and expected to reach USD 155+ billion by 2024.

Ocean Sportsbook is via partnership with Miomni Gaming Ltd (1998-founded software developer) and available on all vessels since 2021. Ocean Sportsbook is part Ocean Casino's digital platform that lets wagers be placed beyond the ship's Casino Lounge (indoor-outdoor venues, sundecks/pool decks, wellness complex, staterooms, etc) on games including slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, bingo, lottery, keno.

In June 2021 the cruise company introduced the industry's first CrewCall. The on-demand service is via the cabin's smart HDTV (and the MedallionClass app) and allows passengers to call a crew (to their current onboard location) for assistance or to request services. The app's "CrewCall Chat" allows texting (via smart devices) a specific question or making requests to the crew member.

Cruisetours / Shore Excursions

Since 2017, Princess Cruises offers "Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee" for tours in all ports of call. The program was launched fleetwide in Dec 2016 and guarantees if passengers booking through Princess find the same tour/excursion elsewhere at a lower price, they will receive 110% of the difference as non-refundable OBC (onboard credit). In such cases, an email request must be submitted at least 7 days prior to departure (at [email protected]) to be reviewed by the company's Shore Excursion team. Within 2 business days, booked passengers are notified if their request meets the criteria.

  • "Best Price Guarantee" applies only to tours/shore excursions that are publicly available (priced online).
  • "Best Price Guarantee" applies to all excursions, excepting those in Asia and also excepting private vehicle/driver excursions in all ports.
  • Princess Shore Excursions program offers over 4,000 land tours/excursions in 360 destinations and over 150 itineraries.
  • "Discovery" and "Animal Planet" themed excursions are also available as part of the new "Discovery at Sea" cruise tour program (via an exclusive partnership with Discovery Communications). These tours are unique, can't be booked independently and are available only through Princess. The program includes over 1,000 such tours worldwide.

The company's most popular/purchased cruise package is "Princess Plus" (cost US$50 per person/per day). The package is inclusive of premium beverages, unlimited WiFi Internet (for 4x devices), selected specialty restaurant dining, digital photos (+ 3x printed/8x10 cm), Princess Prizes, daily crew gratuities.

In 2022 was introduced the "Princess Premier Package" (cost US$75 pp per day) that is inclusive of unlimited WiFi Internet (for 4x devices), premium/top-brand liquors-wines-cocktails-coffees, specialty dining (2x meals per person), digital photos (unlimited, plus 3x printed), crew gratuities.

Princess Alaskan lodges (cruisetour packages)

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is a 663-room complex located approx 2 km (1 ml) from Denali Park's entrance. The building has an expansive deck overlooking Nenana River and views into the nature park. Accommodations are available exclusively to Princess Cruises customers, offered as optional pre-/post- Alaskan cruise tour packages.

In 2019 (company's 50th year in Alaska), Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge debuted the 180-seat restaurant "Fannie Q's Saloon". The new dining venue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering locally inspired, authentic dishes (Braised Pork Shoulder, Bison Sliders, Bear-Lard Pie). The modern saloon has indoor and outdoor seating, with live entertainment in the evenings. Outside Fannie Q's Saloon is the Fireside Patio with 3 new BBQ firepits and selling refreshment drinks. Grizzly Burger (formerly Grizzly Bar and Grill) now offers the company's signature "Ernesto" - exclusive ribeye burger created by Ernesto Uchimura (Japanese celebrity chef).

Like outdoor activities, Princess cruise tour passengers can meet mountain climbers (who have conquered Mt Denali) in the Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Denali State Park). Outside the lodge, there is a retired airplane.

  • Fishing and sledge dog puppies activities are both complimentary. Lodge's Denali show costs USD 20 per person.
  • Playing with sledge dog puppies on a cruise ship is probably the last thing one would ever imagine doing. However, it is one of the new activities available on all Princess Cruises Alaska itineraries. The company's "North to Alaska" enrichment program debuted in 2017 and gives passengers the chance to take photos and interact with baby sledge dogs in the ship's Atrium (lobby) area. Dog handlers are on hand to talk about this Alaskan sport.
  • The "Puppies in the Piazza" experience is available on all Princess Alaskan cruise ships and roundtrip itineraries. Also new is the chance to taste your own catch of the day for dinner. New fishing excursions allow passengers to select their preferred preparation by ship's culinary team.

During the company's 2018 Alaskan program was inaugurated the custom-designed wilderness treehouse built at Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The treehouse allows guests to view Mt Denali while enjoying themed activities.

The treehouse was built during Discovery Channel's Animal Planet episode "Treehouse Masters", which premiered in August 2017. It was the first-ever treehouse in Alaska, being designed and built by Pete Nelson. Powered by solar panels, the facility provides Princess cruise ship tourists with a unique "Alaskan land tour" experience. Sized approx 500 ft2 (46 m2), the treehouse can be accessed by hiking the "hill trail loop".

(NEW) Princess cruise gratuities

Since May 21, 2019, the company's daily gratuities (per person/pp) were raised fleetwide as follows:

  • USD 14,50 (from $13,50 pp) - interior, oceanview, balcony staterooms, both adults and kids
  • USD 15,50 (from $14,50 pp) - mini-suites, Club Class staterooms
  • USD 16,50 (from $15,50 pp) - suites

Since January 2023, non-suite passengers pay USD 16 pp per day, while suite passengers pay USD 17-18 (depending on stateroom category).

On ships deployed in Australia and New Zealand, gratuities are not compulsory.

Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.

Passengers can prepay gratuities. The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).

Princess Cruises bear mascot Stanley

Since summer 2017, Princess Cruises ships feature a most special onboard attraction - the company's mascot bear Stanley.

Princess Cruises mascot Stanley Bear

The sensationally cute bear mascot was named in a Facebook contest with over 9,000 entries, Mascot's name honors Stanley McDonald (1920-2014). In 1965 he founded Princess Cruises and expanded it into one of the world's largest cruise ship companies. In 1975, he sold Princess to P&O Cruises (back then named "Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company") and remained its Chairman until 1980.

As the bear fell in love with ship cruising, he decided to skip winter hibernation and became a stowaway. So since 2017 Stanley travels around the world on all Princess ships. Stanley also made "surprise" appearances on the company's "Chinese ship" Majestic Princess in July 2017 during the inaugural festivities in Shanghai China . From China, Stanley the Bear embarked on all Princess itineraries.

During the day, Princess' "cruise ship bear" wears themed apparel, which is tied to the ship's current itinerary destination. On Alaskan cruises that would be his lumberjack outfit. In China, he wears a traditional Tang suit and cap. In Japan, he wears a Yukata outfit. On formal nights, the bear dresses up in the Captain's uniform. The Stanley bear appears on all Princess ships. He interacts with passengers through various entertainment activities with engaging photo opportunities. Stanley also holds storytime hours for kids at the ship's youth facilities.

On the ship, passengers can participate in the daily contest "Where on the ship is Stanley". The mascot is also present on the special Welcome Aboard shows throughout the voyage. Souvenir Stanley bears plush toys are available for purchase in the onboard shopping arcade "Shops of Princess". The toy's price is USD 25. A portion of the proceeds from the toy's sales goes to "Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor".

Princess cruise ship passengers can share their travel adventures with Stanley using the social hashtag #StanleyAtSea.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021-2022

Due to the COVID pandemic, Princess suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 12, 2020, through July 2021.

Next are listed Princess Cruises' first departures by ship/homeport - CARIBBEAN (Nov 28, 2021/Fort Lauderdale), CORAL (June 16, 2022/Sydney Australia), CROWN (May 7, 2022/Alaska from Seattle), DIAMOND (September 1, 2022/West Coast USA and Mexico from San Diego), DISCOVERY (March 27, 2022/ Maiden Voyage /Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles), EMERALD (Oct 15, 2021/Panama Canal from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale), ENCHANTED (Nov 10, 2021/ Maiden Voyage /Fort Lauderdale), GRAND (Sept 25, 2021/Los Angeles), ISLAND (April 27, 2022/Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles), MAJESTIC (July 25, 2021/Alaska from Seattle), REGAL (July 31, 2021/Southampton UK cruises to nowhere ), ROYAL (May 2, 2022/Alaska from Vancouver), RUBY (Oct 31, 2021/San Francisco), SAPPHIRE (Sept 24, 2022/Hawaii and Mexico from Los Angeles), SKY (Aug 30, 2021/Southampton UK cruises to nowhere).

  • DIAMOND's Asia 2021 program (roundtrips from Yokohama to Korea and Japan) and South America 2022 program (from Buenos Aires Argentina and San Antonio Chile) were canceled.
  • MAJESTIC's Alaska 2021 program (from Seattle) was first canceled then scheduled again (July 25 thru Sept 26).
  • SAPPHIRE's Australia 2021 program was canceled and replaced with LA roundtrips to Hawaii-Mexico-California Coast.
  • CROWN's Panama Canal 2021-2022 winter season (from Fort Lauderdale) was canceled.
  • ISLAND's "World Cruise 2022" (112-day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale) was canceled.
  • CORAL's "World Cruise 2022" (108-day roundtrip from Australia/Sydney-Brisbane) was canceled.
  • The 2021-built ENCHANTED's entire inaugural Mediterranean 2021 season (July 3 thru Nov 15/departures from Barcelona and Rome, including the Transatlantic crossing Europe-USA) was canceled.
  • DISCOVERY's maiden voyage (Nov 3, 2021/Mediterranean from Rome) was rescheduled for March 27, 2022 (Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles).
  • Due to Canada's ban, Princess Alaska 2021 program was entirely canceled, affecting the schedules of 6 ships (Grand, Majestic, Royal, Crown, Coral, Emerald).
  • The Princess-operated Alaskan wilderness lodges and transportation (trains and buses) remained closed in 2020 and 2021. Because of Canada's extended travel restrictions, Princess canceled all Alaskan, West Coast USA and Hawaii departures from Vancouver and Seattle.
  • Due to port closures and international travel uncertainties, Princess's Australia-New Zealand program was canceled through January 27, 2022. Also were canceled "World Cruise 2021" (Island Princess) and "Circle South America Cruise 2021" (Pacific Princess). Travel agents' commissions on all canceled bookings were paid in full.
  • Princess UK 2021 summer program (Southampton roundtrips planned for 3 ships /Island, Regal, Sky) was canceled through July.

In late-January 2021, Pacific Princess was sold to Sycamore Partners and left the fleet to join Azamara .

All affected bookings were automatically canceled and received 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) with rebooking, including full (100%) refund on prepurchased through Princess Cruises packages and services. With rebooking, all the money is transferred to FCCs, any itinerary choice (through December 31, 2022). The rebooking bonus is an additional 25% FCC (applied to the fare automatically) that can be used on any itinerary booked by May 1, 2022. A full (100%) monetary refund was offered to all cancellations made by March 31, 2021. All bookings can be canceled up to 48 hours prior departure (previously 72 hours). You will continue to receive FCC for the amount of your cancellation fee.

The FCC is non-refundable, eligible for the revised cancellation terms and can't be used on the same sailing as the original booking. FCCs are automatically be applied to your Captain's Circle profile on the canceled bookings. FCCs are not available instantly (may take up to 30 business days to be processed).

The fleetwide suspension came after two vessels suffered COVID-19 outbreaks - Diamond Princess (in Japan) and Grand Princess (in the USA). All shipboard employees (fleetwide) remained on the vessels. Each ship was planned to visit Princess Cays (Carnival-owned private island resort) once weekly where its crew can disembark and use the facilities.

Itinerary of Princess Cruises

Princess offers cruise travelers the complete package of comfortable accommodations, comprehensive onboard entertainment, options for families with children and, of course, incredible shore excursions. As it was founded in 1965, the Princess Cruises company has been able to refine their itinerary selection, and now you can sail to destinations all over the world with a vast array of diverse itineraries.

The impressive selection presents 160+ itineraries that reach 300+ ports globally, with sailings ranging from 7 to 100+ days on Princess World tours. The list of Princess cruise destinations includes Alaska, Europe-UK, the Caribbean, Bermuda, regular Panama Canal transition cruises (introduced in 1967), Mexican Riviera, South America and Pacific Islands (Hawaii and Tahiti), Asia, Australia-New Zealand, Canada-New England.

A 14-day "Canada and New England" cruisetour (roundtrip from NYC New York ) includes a 7-day Land Tour followed by a 7-day cruising itinerary. The Land Tour starts in Washington DC (hotel overnight), follows bus travel to Mount Vernon Plantation (George Washington), Virginia's Historic Triangle ( Jamestown Settlement and Williamsburg , hotel overnight in Williamsburg VA), Richmond VA (state's capital), Monticello Plantation (Thomas Jefferson), Staunton VA (hotel overnight), Gettysburg PA (hotel overnight), Philadelphia PA (hotel overnight) and ends in NYC (ship embarkation on Day 8). The segment (7-day NYC roundtrip) visits Newport RI , Boston MA , Bar Harbor ME and in Canada - Saint John NB and Halifax NS .

The company's 2024 program in North America features a maiden port - Yorktown (Virginia USA) , visited in the summer of 2024 by two liners - Island Princess and Emerald Princess. Along with Yorktown, tourists also visit Williamsburg and Jamestown - all grouped in the state's Historic Triangle. These voyages offer the unique opportunity for travelers to participate in Virginia's 250th anniversary commemorating the American Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.

Alaska 2024-2025 ships (deployment/itinerary changes)

Princess Alaska 2024 season is based on 7 ships (Royal, Grand, Sapphire, Discovery, Majestic, Crown, Ruby), 158 departures (14 itineraries), 17 ports/destinations (including 5 glacier viewing experiences), 4 homeports (Vancouver, Anchorage/Whittier AK, Seattle WA, San Francisco CA), 86 Glacier Bay NP visits.

  • 3 ships (Royal and Grand departing Wednesdays, Sapphire departing Saturdays) sail the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" featuring 2 glacier-viewing experiences on each trip. In addition, northbound sailings include a "More Ashore" late-night stay in Juneau.
  • 2 ships (Discovery and Majestic) sail from Seattle WA on Saturdays and Sundays the 7-day "Inside Passage" itinerary and offer "More Ashore" late-night stays in Juneau.
  • Crown Princess (from San Francisco) operates the 11-day "Inside Passage" voyages.
  • Ruby Princess (out of Vancouver) operates the 7-day "Inside Passage" voyages visiting Glacier Bay NP.

In honor of the company's 55th anniversary, in 2024 Princess introduces two new cruisetours - "The National Parks Tour" (15-day, 5x national parks, combines a 7-day cruise with scenic rail travel and stays at four Princess-owned wilderness lodges) and "The Katmai National Park Tour" (9-day, bear-watching experience at Katmai NP's Brooks Falls, includes the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary).

Princess Alaska 2025 season has 3 roundtrip itineraries and the new "National Parks Cruisetour". Also New for 2025 are two roundtrips - the 22-day from San Francisco CA (Ruby Princess, coinciding with Summer Solstice 2025) and the 17-day from Seattle WA (Grand Princess, with 3 days of scenic glacier cruising). Also new is the 16-day roundtrip "Inside Passage Cruise" from Los Angeles CA (Grand Princess).

The 2024-introduced National Parks Cruisetour offers a 15-night vacation visiting five Alaskan national parks and nature reserves - Glacier Bay NP, Denali NP, Wrangell-St. Elias NP, Kenai Fjords NP, and Klondike Gold Rush NP. The unique travel experience combines a 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise with scenic rail travel, and multiple days on land, including stays at 4x Princess-owned wilderness lodges.

The 2024-introduced "Katmai National Park Cruisetour" (9-day) groups an overnight in Anchorage (2-night hotel stay) with the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary visiting Glacier Bay NP and College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier. Priced from US$2430 per person, the new Alaskan cruisetour also includes domestic flights (to and from Katmai NP) and all land transfers.

Princess Alaska 2025 program is based on 7 ships (including Caribbean Princess (for the first time), 5 homeports (including Los Angeles), 21 destinations, 4 glacier-viewing experiences (88 Glacier Bay NP visits), itineraries ranging from 4 to 22 days:

The 22-day "Ultimate Alaska Solstice with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from San Francisco (Ruby Princess) departs June 6th, 2025.

The 17-day "Ultimate Alaska with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from Seattle (Grand Princess) departs May 6th, 2025.

The 16-day "Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from Los Angeles (Grand Princess) departs August 30th, 2025.

The 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary visits Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and two glacier-viewing destinations (Glacier Bay NP and Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord). Princess ships Caribbean, Coral, and Sapphire offer weekly northbound and southbound departures from Vancouver Canda to Anchorage/Whittier USA and vice versa. The itinerary is operated between May 10th and September 13th, 2025.

The signature 7-day "Inside Passage Cruise " (roundtrips from Seattle and Vancouver) and the 11-day itinerary (roundtrip from San Francisco and Vancouver) include 4 call ports and a day of glacier viewing. All Inside Passage cruises visit Glacier Bay NP.

The ships Discovery and Royal sail from Seattle weekly (May 4-Sept 21, 2025), Grand Princess departs weekly from Vancouver (May 27-Aug 19, 2025), Ruby Princess sails 11-day roundtrips from San Francisco (May 4-Sept 13, 2025).

Three "Alaska Samplers" itineraries (4 to 5 days) offer short breaks to Alaska with the ships Discovery, Royal and Grand. They offer 4-day sailings between Vancouver and Seattle stopping in Ketchikan (departures April 30th, May 13th, May 23rd, 2025). Caribbean Princess sails 4-day roundtrip from Vancouver visiting Ketchikan (Sept 13th) and a 5-day roundtrip from Vancouver stopping in Sitka and Ketchikan (May 5th).

The Alaskan 2025 schedule has 26 cruisetours, including Denali Explorer, On Your Own, Connoisseur Deluxe Escorted, and Off the Beaten Path. The Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service ensures a seamless transition between the ship in Whittier and the Denali area on the same day. Two Alaskan lodges (Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge) provide unique perspectives for experiencing North America's tallest mountain.

Europe 2024 itineraries (Mediterranean-Baltic-Iceland-Greenland-UK-USA-Transatlantic)

Princess Cruises Europe 2024 season (February to December) is based on 5 ships (Sun, Sky, Island, Regal, Caribbean), a total of 162 departures, and 85 different itineraries visiting 130 destinations in 34 countries.

  • Sun Princess operates the 10-day "Grand Mediterranean" and Western Grand Mediterranean voyages (departing from homeports Barcelona or Civitavecchia-Rome ) and 7-day "Mediterranean" voyages (departing from Civitavecchia, Barcelona or Piraeus-Athens ).
  • Island Princess offers 10-day Mediterranean voyages combinable into 20-day B2Bs/back-to-backs , including 10-day Holy Land voyages to the Eastern Mediterranean visiting Israel.
  • Regal Princess operates 12-day "British Isles" voyages out of Southampton-London . The Sky Princess ship is also homeported in Southampton-London, for various 5- to 31-day itineraries visiting Iceland and Norway, Spain's Canary Islands. A 31-day Transatlantic crossing visits Canada and New England USA.
  • Caribbean Princess is deployed in Northern Europe and homeported in London. The ex-UK itineraries include Norway's Arctic Circle (Search for Northern Lights Voyage), as well as a 16-day Iceland and Greenland. Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess will also spend the Summer Solstice at the top of the world on 14- or 16-day "Land of the Midnight Sun" and "Summer Solstice" itineraries.

Princess Cruises' all 5 European liners in spring and fall offer Transatlantic voyages (RepositionCruises.com) between Europe and the USA - Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida) , Galveston (Texas) , or NYC (New York) and Barcelona, London, or Civitavechia-Rome.

A total of four cruisetours (cruise+land packages) offer more "shore time" for visiting popular tourist sites with expert guides, hotel stays, and traditional regional cuisine. These are titled "Highlights of Spain", "Classic Italy", "Ring of Kerry", and "Best of Greece".

Itineraries 2024-2025 Mexico, California Coast, Hawaii, Tahiti

Los Angeles ’ hometown cruise line Princess is further cementing its West Coast USA heritage with the newly released fall 2024 thru spring 2025 season.

Featuring 75+ voyages visiting Hawaii, Mexico, and the California Coast from 3 convenient homeports - San Francisco CA , Seattle WA , and Los Angeles - West Coast USA voyages are now open for booking.

West Coast USA 2024-2025 season features 75+ voyages (21 different itineraries) visiting 28 destinations (7 countries), 4 ships (Discovery, Grand, Majestic, Ruby) and roundtrip departures from 3 homeports (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle).

Discovery Princess sails 7-day Mexican Riviera voyages visiting Mazatlan , Puerto Vallarta , and Cabo San Lucas .

Weeklong California Coast cruises (Discovery Princess) visit San Diego , Santa Barbara , and more.

Grand Princess and Majestic Princess operate 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez itineraries.

Grand Princess' 16-day roundtrips from LA to the Hawaiian Islands visit the Big Island/Hawaii, Kauai , Maui , and Oahu .

Grand Princess and Sapphire Princess have longer (32- and 33-day) Transpacific itineraries to the South Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands (RepositionCruises.com), also visiting Tahiti isles.

The San Francisco-homeported Ruby Princess offers roundtrips to Hawaii, Mexico, California and Pacific Northwest USA. The liner also offers a 16-day "Hawaiian Islands" roundtrip from Vancouver BC Canada .

Majestic Princess operates the Classic California Coast itinerary out of Seattle. The 11-day roundtrip visits San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego (late-night stay).

Itineraries Americas, Australia and New Zealand 2023-2024-2025-2026

In November 2021 was announced Princess' 2023-2024 Australia and New Zealand program including 117 ports/destinations in 43 countries (also on ship relocation and world voyages).

Winter 2023-2024 season is based on 4x ships (Majestic, Royal, Grand, Coral) and 6x homeports (Sydney NSW, Brisbane QLD, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth, Adelaide, Auckland NZ).

Coral Princess' "World Cruise 2024" (110-day itinerary) visits 32 countries and departs from Sydney (April 30) and from Brisbane (May 2).

Princess' 2023-2024 Americas program groups a total of 47 different itineraries and 214 departures from 7 North American homeports.

  • Discovery Princess has scheduled two 15-night Hawaiian voyages with overnights in Honolulu (Oahu Island).
  • Sapphire Princess offers 32-night South Pacific Islands & Hawaii itineraries on two voyages from Los Angeles (Long Beach), including a first-time visit to Fiji and late-night stays in Tahiti and Honolulu.
  • 7 liners (Caribbean, Emerald, Enchanted, Island, Regal, Ruby, Sky) offer 126 Caribbean sailings (18 itineraries) ranging between 5-21 nights, and leaving roundtrip from the USA (Fort Lauderdale Florida, and Galveston Texas) and visiting 25 Caribbean islands.
  • Three boats (Crown, Diamond, Discovery) operate Mexican voyages (24 departures, 5 itineraries), while three other (Emerald, Island, Ruby) have scheduled Panama Canal transits (23 departures, 6 itineraries) ranging 10-15 nights.

In 2023-2024, Princess has scheduled 25 departures on the USA West Coast/California (13 itineraries) visiting 11 destinations in 3 countries (UAS, Canada, Mexico). Select voyages are with late-night port stays in San Diego CA , San Francisco CA , Seattle WA , and BC Canada's Vancouver and Victoria .

The company's 2024-2025 Australia and New Zealand schedule lists the longest world voyage ever to sail from Australia. The program is based on 3 liners: Royal and Crown (both homeported in Sydney NSW ) and Diamond (alternating between Brisbane - Melbourne ).

Crown Princess ship's "World Cruise 2025" is the largest ever offered from Australia. The voyage visits 25+ UNESCO sites and features 8 late-night port stays. The ex-Australia itinerary continues to Southeast Asia, then via Suez Canal to Europe (Mediterranean and Northern Europe), follows a Panama Canal transit , then via the South Pacific back to Australia. The voyage also includes 9 maiden for Princess ports.

The AU-NZ program is based on 7 homeport cities, including Hobart (Tasmania) which is a departure port for Princess for the first time. Other departure ports are Adelaide , Auckland NZ , Fremantle/Perth .

The 3-ship Princess AU-NZ program offers visiting 14 countries across 112 departures and 72 itineraries.

The schedule also lists two relocation voyages between Australia- Japan/Tokyo (RepositionCruises.com) with stops in Hong Kong China , Tawain, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

Out of Sydney NSW are offered 13- to 15-night long roundtrips to the South Pacific islands.

Princess Cruises' Australia 2025-2026 summer season isbased no three ships - Crown Princess (based in Sydney), Grand Princess (based in Brisbane) and Discovery Princess (homeported in Sydney NSW, starting October 2025).

Itineraries South America & Antarctica 2024-2025

In August 2023, Princess Cruises revealed an array of captivating voyages for the upcoming 2024-2025 season, capturing the growing fascination among travelers with Antarctica. During this season, the  Sapphire Princess embarkя on 4 remarkable journeys to the Seventh Continent, showcasing its breathtaking allure and the enchantment of the  Falkland Islands ' penguins, along with spectacular vistas of Elephant Island , Antarctic Sound, and Gerlache Strait.

In addition to her Antarctic adventures, Sapphire Princess also traverses through South American destinations, accompanied by the Majestic Princess . This harmonious blend of diverse cultures and landscapes is enhanced by exciting cruisetours, promising an enriching journey of exploration.

The 2024-2025 season boasts an impressive lineup of 15 departures across 11 distinct itineraries, incorporating two ships, 26 destinations, and 14 countries. Noteworthy among the offerings is the introduction of a 17-day roundtrip Antarctica voyage from  Buenos Aires , treating travelers to an immersive experience with an overnight stay in the vibrant port city.

For those seeking the ultimate expedition, the 51-day South America Grand Adventure on Majestic Princess awaits, spanning from  Los Angeles  to  Fort Lauderdale . This remarkable voyage includes captivating overnight stays in  Lima , Buenos Aires, and  Rio de Janeiro .

Highlights of the 2024-2025 season include:

  • Antarctica – 17 days – Four Voyages, Roundtrip from Buenos Aires: Explore the Antarctica region with four days of cruising, showcasing Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, and Gerlache Strait. Departures in December 2024 and January 2025.
  • Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan – 14 or 15 days – Four Voyages: Sail through the iconic  Cape Horn  and  Strait of Magellan , offering diverse experiences. Departures in December 2024 and February 2025.
  • Andes & South America – 18 days – Two Voyages: Discover the Andes and South America's beauty, featuring visits to  Puerto Vallarta , Lima, and other captivating destinations. Departures in December 2024 and March 2025.
  • Brazilian Adventure – 18 days – Two Voyages: Experience the allure of Brazil, with departures in November 2024 and January 2025.
  • Grand Adventures – 32-51 days – Five Voyages: Embark on an extended exploration combining various itineraries and destinations, catering to diverse interests. Departures in December 2024 and March 2025.

Passengers also have the option to enhance their voyage with two cruisetours:

  • Iguazu Falls Adventure: Immerse in the grandeur of the world's largest waterfall system, Iguazú Falls, and explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Machu Picchu Explorer: Embark on a train journey through picturesque valleys to the ancient marvel of  Machu Picchu , coupled with a tour of historic Cusco.

Itineraries 2025-2026 Caribbean

In 2025, in the Caribbean will be deployed the fleet's latest  and  largest ships of the SPHERE class - Sun Princess  and  Star Princess . Homeported in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale Florida , both liners offer 7-day roundtrips to Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations.

Both sisterships start service in Europe/Mediterranean - Sun Princess in February (2025), followed by Star Princess in August (2025).

Princess Cruises' 2025-2026 itinerary program encompasses 278 voyages across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico, and Pacific Islands.

The program features a Mexican Riviera cruise (Royal Princess) celebrating the company's 60th anniversary (brand's inaugural cruise started in December 1965 on SS Princess Patricia ship).

Sky Princess will be the first ROYAL-class liner homeported in Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida , offering 8-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, as well as 6-day roundtrips to the Eastern Caribbean.

The Caribbean deployment (also including the ships Caribbean ,  Emerald ,  Enchanted ,  Island ,  Majestic ,  Regal , and  Sapphire ) encompasses 29 ports/destinations in 22 countries, and 178 departures with 25 different itineraries (ranging from 4 to 20 days).

Itineraries 2025 Japan

Princess Cruises' 2025 Japan season (March through August) groups 35 voyages (durations between 7- and 22 days) scheduled for the ship Diamond Princess homeported in Tokyo (Yokohama) .

The program offers visits to 36 different destinations (across three countries) with key highlights:

  • Spring Flowers Voyages: These 10-day and newly introduced 11-day cruises in March and April cover all four main islands of Japan, following the predicted blooming season from south to north.
  • Southern Islands Itineraries: Featuring 9 days of exploration with two stops in the Okinawan islands and two calls to Taiwan, including a return to  Hualien .
  • Sea of Japan Voyages: These 9-day and 10-day voyages trace the historic Kitamaebune trading route, showcasing various ports along the way.
  • Hokkaido Voyages: The 10-day cruises include visits to  Otaru (for Sapporo) ,  Hakodate , and  Kushiro .
  • Japan Explorer Voyages: Covering iconic destinations such as  Shimizu  (for Mt. Fuji),  Osaka or Kobe  (for Kyoto),  Hiroshima , and more in a 10-day itinerary.
  • Scenic Cruising: Passengers have the opportunity to experience the picturesque Kanmon Straits, the waterway separating Honshu and Kyushu.

Additionally, Princess' Japan 2025 season coincides with several traditional summer festivals, including the Aomori Nebuta Festival, Kochi Yosakoi Dance Festival, Tokushima Awa Dance Festival, and Kumano Fireworks Festival in August. Guests can revel in the unique festivities during their voyage.

To enhance the shore experience, Princess is offering late-night and overnight port stays allowing tourists to immerse themselves in the local culture and lifestyle. The lists includes four late-night "More Ashore" ports - Aomori  (for Nebuta Festival),  Kochi (for Yosakoi Festival), Shimizu (for Mt Fuji) and Tokushima  (for Awa Odori Festival).

For travelers seeking a more comprehensive exploration of Japan, Princess Cruises offers the Japan Cruisetour option. This includes a combination of a cruise and a land tour, allowing guests to delve deeper into the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Tokyo. Highlights of the tour include visits to Kyoto's intricate gardens, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, bustling Tokyo, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mt. Fuji, with breathtaking views from Togendai and Lake Ashi.

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Princess cruises panama canal itineraries.

Princess was the first line to cruise through Panama Canal locks - back in 1967. Caribbean Princess was the first big-sized liner to pass through the new Agua Clara locks in 2017. Regular crossings are scheduled for the liner Emerald Princess (maiden season in 2019) which passes through the Agua Clara Locks (canal's Atlantic side) and the Cocoli Locks (canal's Pacific side). The new locks were opened in June 2016, as part of a 10-year, USD 5,4 billion "Neo-Panamax" canal expansion.

Princess Panama Canal program is based on 5 ships, with 10- to 21-day itineraries also visiting ports in Mexico, Caribbean, Central-South America. Each Princess cruise ship transit of the Panama Canal features live narration (from the Navigation Bridge) and a day of scenic sailing through Gatun Lake. Full transits additionally feature coastal cruising (wildlife and rainforests) along Panama and Costa Rica, as well as top-rated Caribbean beaches.

Australia and New Zealand itineraries

Princess' 2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand season is based on 4 ships - Majestic Princess and Royal Princess (from Sydney NSW ), Grand Princess from Melbourne , Coral Princess from Brisbane .

The program features 121 departures, 68 different ports/islands in 14 countries, 76 itineraries (ranging 2- to 36 days).

  • homeports Adelaide , Auckland , Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth , Sydney.
  • 10- to 19-day NZ itineraries roundtrip from Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney.
  • Circumnavigation of Australia (roundtrips) visiting Cairns ( Great Barrier Reef ) and Kuri Bay ( Kimberley) .
  • 5- to 10-day Tasmania (roundtrip from Brisbane or Sydney)
  • 7- to 14-day Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef (roundtrips from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney)
  • 4 Transpacific Crossings (RepositionCruises.com) between North America and Australia in fall 2022-spring 2023 on Grand Princess and Majestic Princess
  • 35-day "Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific" roundtrips from Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney
  • (Royal Princess) 12- to 20-day "Asia and Australia" voyages (August 2022/from Hong Kong to Sydney) and 16-to 18-day from Sydney to Hong Kong (March 2023).

Princess AU & NZ 2022-2023 program offers 8 ports/islands with late-night departures, 10 UNESCO sites (including Tasmanian Wilderness, Greater Blue Mountains, Te Wahipounamu), 2 optional cruisetours (Australian Outback, Ultimate Australia) visiting Uluru’s Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Alaska Cruises

The great land awaits – set sail with princess, the #1 alaska cruise line.

Our Alaska cruises are your ticket to adventure amidst the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife and national parks. Voyage through the untamed beauty from the comfort of our world-class ships, exclusive rail service and Princess Wilderness Lodges near national parks. Choose from a variety of Alaska cruise and cruisetour itineraries and connect with loved ones, locals and Alaska's wilderness with Princess®.

Learn more about excursions that match your interests with this curated list!

*More guests choose Princess in Alaska than any other cruise line

Alaska Cruises & Cruisetours

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Alaska Cruisetours

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Alaska cruisetours combine our top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers cruise with three to ten nights on land exploring Denali National Park. Travel aboard our exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® train and unwind at Princess Wilderness Lodges®. Every year Princess introduces more people to Denali National Park than any other cruise line.

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Voyage of the Glaciers

Twice the glaciers.

Sail 500 miles deeper into the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound on our top-rated Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise. Spend seven days traveling from Anchorage (Whittier) to Vancouver, B.C., stopping in historic port cities like Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Enjoy two glacier-viewing experiences on every itinerary — including Glacier Bay National Park, and Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord.

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Inside Passage Roundtrip Seattle

7-day alaska cruises.

Sail the Inside Passage, a series of channels and waterways formed by the march of glaciers, on your 7-day roundtrip Alaska cruise from Seattle. With an abundance of landmarks and wildlife, take in the sights and sounds of the Inside Passage from the comfort of your ship or on a thrilling excursion ashore. Explore fjords, glaciers and Gold Rush-era towns on weekend voyages out of Seattle.

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Inside Passage Roundtrip San Francisco

10 or 11-day alaska cruises.

Travel the Inside Passage on 10 or 11-day Alaska cruises from San Francisco and allow the natural landscapes to inspire your day’s adventures. Begin by sailing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and along the Pacific Coast. As you voyage into the Inside Passage, enjoy one of the best ways to explore the fjords, small towns and natural landmarks with your favorite people.

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Inside Passage Roundtrip Vancouver

Alaska cruises that inspire.

Feed your hunger for adventure on a roundtrip Alaska cruise from Vancouver, B.C. Wind your way through fjords, by bright-green forests and through quaint Gold Rush-era towns on your way to the wonders of Glacier Bay National Park. Then experience age-old traditions with the locals.

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Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure

14-day alaska cruises.

Sail 500 miles deeper into the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound on our back-to-back Voyage of the Glaciers Alaska cruise. Spend 14 days roundtrip from Vancouver, B.C., stopping in historic port cities like Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Enjoy three glacier-viewing experiences on every itinerary — including Glacier Bay National Park, Hubbard Glacier and College Fjord.

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NEW Alaska Long Voyages

New for 2025, we have crafted longer adventures at sea with a 22-day roundtrip voyage sailing from San Francisco that coincides with Summer Solstice and a 17-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle, featuring three days of scenic glacier viewing as well as charming ports like Wrangell and Valdez. For those voyagers seeking to sail from Southern California all the way up the Pacific coast to Alaska, try a new 16-day roundtrip Inside Passage voyage from Los Angeles.

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National Park Service Authorized Concessioner

With its roaring glaciers, rugged mountains and deep fjords, Glacier Bay National Park feels like a dream. With 3.3 million acres to explore, cruise to this world-renowned landmark — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and let the landscapes inspire your next adventure. Princess Cruises is an authorized concessioner of Glacier Bay National Park.

Alaska Cruise Experience

Stunning mountains and national parks in Alaska

Alaska Glaciers

One of the biggest reasons people visit.

Glaciers feel alive. They groan, creak and shudder on their march to the sea, punctuated by the booms and crashes of "white thunder" — a sound that echoes across the water when ice calves into the ocean below. On an Alaska cruise, let us show you Glacier Bay National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier.

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Alaska Wildlife

Untamed, just like alaska.

Alaska is home to a rich array of wildlife, from the famous Big Five animals that live in Denali National Park — grizzly bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep and caribou — to bald eagles and humpback whales that migrate through the Inside Passage. On a cruise to Alaska, live a nature lover's dream in the land where guests can catch postcard-worthy sights.

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Alaska Mountains & National Parks

National treasures.

With national parks and four of North America’s tallest mountains, Alaska’s wilderness has been preserved for generations. Denali National Park is larger than Vermont and home to the highest peak on the continent. Meanwhile, Glacier Bay National Park has over 2,000 square miles of glacial coverage. Along with Wrangell-St. Elias and Kenai Fjords, a world of natural wonders awaits on an Alaska cruise or cruisetour.

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Alaska Excursions

Don't just visit this famous land, live it on Alaska excursions. Rush across the snow on a dog sled with a professional musher, fly fish for salmon in fresh rivers and soar over miles of glacial tundra in a helicopter. Watch migrating humpback whales from the deck of a catamaran or Native craftsman carve a traditional totem pole, and expand your Alaska cruise experience.

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Alaska Cruise Ports of Call

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College Fjord

Alaska cruise to College Fjord Alaska

The Harriman Expedition discovered College Fjord in 1899 and named the towering glaciers after the great East Coast universities of the United States, like the Harvard Glacier. With the largest collection of tidewater glaciers in the world, your scenic Alaska cruise through the fjord will make a lasting memory.

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Endicott Arm

A couple enjoying scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord on an Alaska cruise

Endicott Arm is a jewel in Alaska’s crown. This 30-mile waterway is surrounded by cliffs, valleys and dozens of waterfalls. Icebergs and harbor seals decorate the water below while Dawes Glacier soars into the sky above. Revel in the beauty of Mother Nature’s masterpiece and listen closely as the scenery whispers secrets of times long ago during your cruise to Alaska.

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Glacier Bay National Park

Passengers with a park ranger at glacier bay on board Alaska cruise

When you cruise to Alaska with Princess, sail through one of the most iconic locations in the Great Land — Glacier Bay National Park. Listen to Margerie Glacier’s signature crack and boom rumble across the waves. Bring binoculars and scan both the shore and the waves for wildlife like brown bears and migrating whales while Park Rangers teach you the history and geology of the park.

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Hubbard Glacier

Two men taking a photos of hubbard glacier on Alaska cruise

The largest tidewater glacier in North America, Hubbard Glacier has been moving its mass towards the ocean at a rate faster than most of its kind. Towering above the water over 30 stories, the glacier often calves 100-foot chunks of ice into the ocean. What lies beneath the waves is almost as impressive, where ice plunges 1,200 feet beneath the surface. See it for yourself on an Alaska cruise with Princess.

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Icy Strait Point

View of a grizzly bear at Icy Strait Point on Alaska cruise

Icy Strait Point is home to the remote Tlingit village of Hoonah, home to fewer than 800 people and a deep Native history. The nearby Spasski River Valley holds one of the world’s largest populations of brown bears, who are often found hunting for salmon in the rivers. Zipline over the wilderness, watch a tribal dance or kayak in coastal waters to see the wildlife up close during your Alaska cruise vacation.

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Gondola Lift at Juneau on an Alaska cruise

Juneau is unlike any other city in the United States. With no roads connecting it to the rest of Alaska or North America, it is truly a protected destination. Founded as a gold mining town and now the state’s capital, Juneau has one foot in history and one in the future. Embark on a whale watching tour, or sail past Mendenhall Glacier on an Alaska cruise.

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A man catching a fish in Ketchikan on Alaska cruise

Known for its timber, Ketchikan hosts the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, where athletes throw, race and chop their way to victory. Explore one of the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Pole Heritage Center, or stroll along Creek Street. As the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan’s waters make for incredible fishing. Cast your rod into a sea of opportunity on a cruise to Alaska.

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Scenic cruise in Sitka on an Alaska cruise

On an Alaska cruise, take your pick of attractions in the port of Sitka. See how bald eagles and local bird populations receive first-class treatment at the Alaska Raptor Center. Encounter wildlife in their natural habitat at the Fortress of the Bear. Or experience the culture of Russian Alaska on a visit to St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, and relive Native history at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

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White Pass Railway passing through treacherous maintain in Skagway, Alaska

Once the gateway to Alaska's Gold Rush, Skagway strikes a dramatic image nestled between the water's edge and mountains. Follow in the footsteps of miners with a ride on a scenic train along the famous White Pass route through coastal mountains. During your Alaska cruise, explore the Yukon's pristine wilderness, pan for gold with professionals or meet sled dog puppies in training.

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Valdez is situated in Prince William Sound and serves as the gateway to the interior of Alaska. Often referred to as the "Little Switzerland", Valdez is known for its breathtaking panorama of snow-capped mountains and glaciers. It is also well-known for its role in the transportation of crude oil from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which ends in Valdez. Explore the charming waterfront area and take in the flavors of Valdez through culinary experiences at restaurants such as the Valdez Brewery and the Fat Mermaid.

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Victoria, B.C.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria B.C

At first glance many mistake Victoria for an English coastal city or northern European town. Full of greenery, pubs and Victorian architecture, it's difficult to believe that this was a tent city full of rough and tumble miners just 150 years ago. On a cruise to Alaska, explore the Butchart Gardens, tour the pub scene and taste some of the local brews or sail the bay for a whale-watching adventure.

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Wrangell is a charming and scenic harbor known for its local fishing industry. It is not as bustling as larger ports in Alaska and maintains its historic charm and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Explore its historic downtown and learn about the local culture and Native heritage while in Wrangell.

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#PrincessCruises Alaska Connection

Alaska cruise onboard experience.

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Our award-winning North to Alaska program brings local personalities, culture and cuisine on board and ashore to immerse you in all things Alaska during your cruise to the Great Land.

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Alaska Seafood

Fresh and bountiful, like alaska itself.

Alaska's seafood is famous, and we bring the best to you with locally inspired dishes from the state’s best eateries. With Cook My Catch excursions, catch your own salmon or halibut with the help of a local expert, and in the evening our talented chefs will prepare your haul for your dinner — a Princess exclusive. From ship to shore, the best is at your fingertips on our Alaska cruises.

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Meet Local Alaskans

Real alaska from local alaskans.

Alaskans are inviting people who love to share what makes their state unique. Watch lumberjacks in action, learn from Glacier Bay National Park rangers and craft with a Native totem pole carver. Or listen to harrowing Tales from the Deadliest Catch fishermen and climbers who have summited Denali during your Alaska cruise.

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Unique Alaska Cruise Experiences

Great experiences from the great land.

Travel back in time and pan for gold like a prospector during the Gold Rush. Snuggle sled dog puppies in the ship's Piazza, or see the Northern Lights in the planetarium. At the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, explore our treehouse and enjoy unmatched views of Denali. Or savor tree-inspired bites at our very own Sappy Hour. Dive deeper into what makes the Great Land special on your cruise to Alaska.

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From the sweeping mountains of Juneau to the fish-bearing seas of Ketchikan, discover our Alaska cruise ports and set sail into the adventures that await you.

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Airplane to Ship Transfer

We get you where you need to go.

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

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Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Stay longer and relax.

Extend your Alaska cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

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The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Princess Cruises ship

Gene Sloan

Call it the big-ship cruise line for the country-counting crowd.

Among the world's five biggest cruise brands , all of which operate big, mass-market vessels, Princess Cruises offers the most diverse array of itineraries (more than 170 in a typical year) with stops in more than 100 countries and on all seven continents.

Despite having just 15 vessels , the California-based line's ships visit more than 330 different ports and destinations in a typical year and bring travelers to a whopping 100-plus UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Still, the line's heaviest presence by far is in Europe, Alaska, and Australia. In a typical summer, Princess Cruises will deploy at least four or five of its 15 vessels to Europe while sending another five or six to Alaska (these numbers were higher just a couple of years ago, before the line downsized significantly during the pandemic). That leaves just a few vessels for other destinations such as the Caribbean, New England and Japan.

During a typical winter, Princess will move around half a dozen of these ships to the Caribbean but also send several to Australia. It will also operate sailings in South America and along the Mexican Riviera.

Among the line's voyages, you'll find everything from three-day sampler cruises along the West Coast of the U.S. to 111-day around-the-world voyages.

In North America, Princess ships generally sail out of Fort Lauderdale; New York City; Quebec City; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Whittier, Alaska.

With so many options, what are the best Princess cruise destinations you can visit? Here are TPG's top five.

Related: The ultimate guide to Princess Cruises

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Some of Princess's most popular itineraries are in Europe, where the line traditionally has been a significant player. It has deployed as many as eight vessels to the continent from spring to fall in recent years, making Europe one of its biggest focuses for more than half the year.

The itineraries that Princess offers in Europe are wide-ranging, with a diverse set of routings in both the Mediterranean as well as across Northern Europe.

In the Mediterranean, the line offers everything from seven- to 24-night voyages that offer the chance to see such iconic destinations as Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy; the island of Santorini in Greece; and Kotor, Montenegro, in a single cruise.

Some Princess cruises in the Mediterranean also include visits to Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey (the latter a gateway to the famed ruins of Ephesus), and Haifa and Ashdod in Israel (for visits to Jerusalem and other iconic destinations in the country).

In Northern Europe, Princess will take you to such well-known Baltic cities as Stockholm; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki; and St. Petersburg, Russia, in a single sailing. (Note that Princess has removed St. Petersburg from Baltic cruises for 2022 due to the war in Ukraine.) There also are itineraries that will bring you to Iceland, Greenland and the Norwegian fjords.

Among the longest itineraries Princess offers in Europe is a 28-day "Baltic and Icelandic Fjords Medley" trip out of Southampton, England, that combines it all with stops in Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Norway and Iceland. Note that whether the next departure of this itinerary, scheduled for June 28, 2023, includes St. Petersburg will likely depend on how the war with Ukraine evolves. The stop currently remains on the schedule.

Related: The 3 classes of Princess ships, explained

In Northern Europe, Princess ships mostly sail out of Southampton, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

In the Mediterranean, the line's hubs are Barcelona, Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) in Italy and Piraeus (the port for Athens) in Greece.

Caribbean and The Bahamas

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You usually won't find a single Princess ship in the Caribbean and the Bahamas over the summer, when the line turns its focus to sailings in Europe and Alaska. But come winter, it'll reposition quite a few of its vessels to the Caribbean and Bahamas sailings, making these warm-weather Princess cruise destinations a top choice.

For the coming winter, for instance, it currently has six of its 15 vessels scheduled to sail in the regions — including two of its newest and biggest ships, the 3,660-passenger Sky Princess and 3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess.

Princess offers a broad range of Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries from two main home ports — Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and New York City.

If you're looking for something short, the line has you covered in the form of quick, four- and five-night trips to the Bahamas or Mexico. But it's best known for longer sailings. These include lots of seven-night itineraries to the Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean but also a large number of even longer, 10- to 14-night Caribbean voyages.

The latter trips offer the chance to see a broader mix of Caribbean islands than is typical on Caribbean sailings.

Related: Everything to know about Princess cabins and suites

A 14-day "Circle Caribbean" itinerary out of Port Everglades, for instance, brings calls at the islands of St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Martinique, St. Vincent, Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada and Aruba.

Princess also offers a 14-day "Caribbean Islander" itinerary out of New York City that brings calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Dutch side of the island of St. Martin (known as St. Maarten); St. Kitts; St. Lucia; Bonaire; Curacao; and Aruba.

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Perhaps the best destination you can visit on a Princess ship is Alaska . That's because Princess is particularly known for cruises to the 49th state, where it dominates the market for cruises along with sister line Holland America. In recent years, Princess has deployed as many as seven or eight ships to Alaska in the summer — far more than most other lines. Even after its recent downsizing, Princess is likely to continue to send at least five or six ships to the region each summer.

Princess also operates its own wilderness lodges in Alaska, as well as tourist trains and buses. It uses the lodges, trains and buses to offer an extensive range of 10- to 17-night Alaska "cruisetours" that combine a cruise with land-based touring.

The Alaska cruise season is a short one, lasting roughly from May to September. For 2022, Princess has deployed six ships to the Alaska market:

  • Discovery Princess: Princess's newest vessel will operate seven-night voyages to Alaska round-trip out of Seattle. It'll call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan; and Victoria, British Columbia. It'll also visit Alaska's Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier for glacier viewing.
  • Grand Princess: The 2,600-passenger ship will operate one-way voyages to Alaska between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Whittier, Alaska. It'll call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. It'll also visit Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord for glacier viewing.
  • Majestic Princess: Like Grand Princess, the 3,560-passenger ship will operate one-way voyages to Alaska between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Whittier, Alaska. It'll call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. It'll also visit Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord for glacier viewing.
  • Crown Princess: Like Discovery Princess, the 3,080-passenger Crown Princess will operate seven-night voyages to Alaska round-trip out of Seattle. It'll call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan; and Victoria, British Columbia. It'll also visit Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Ruby Princess: The 3,080-passenger vessel will operate 10-night voyages to Alaska round-trip out of San Francisco. It'll offer two different itineraries that stop in differing Alaska port towns. One of the routings includes a stop at Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Royal Princess: Like Grand Princess, the 3,560-passenger ship will operate one-way voyages to Alaska between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Whittier, Alaska. It'll call at the Alaska towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. It'll also visit Glacier Bay National Park and either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord for glacier viewing.

The appeal of the one-way sailings on Grand Princess, Majestic Princess and Royal Princess is that they can be combined with the stays in Princess's lodges mentioned above to create the longer Alaska "cruisetours" that combine a one-way cruise with a land tour.

The land tour portion of such trips brings visits to such well-known interior Alaska locations as Denali National Park and the town of Fairbanks.

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Princess has been sending multiple ships to Australia every winter for many years, offering a wide range of itineraries out of Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle (the port for Perth), Adelaide and Melbourne that make calls not just around Australia but also in New Zealand.

The itineraries in the region that the line offers vary in length from just two nights to 28 nights. But the shorter voyages primarily are aimed at a local Australian crowd looking for a quick getaway. Among North Americans, the most popular itineraries are the longer ones, which often are heavily skewed to stops in New Zealand.

Related: Guide to the Princess Captain's Club loyalty program

Among several New Zealand itineraries that Princess offers regularly are 13-night voyages from Sydney that feature calls at Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch and Picton as well as scenic cruising at New Zealand's Fiordland National Park.

A 17-night New Zealand itinerary out of Adelaide brings calls at Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington and Dunedin, as well as scenic cruising at New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. In addition, it includes stops in Melbourne, Australia.

Princess also offers full circumnavigations of Australia. The 28-night trips typically include visits to Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, the Kimberley Coast (for scenic cruising), Broome, Fremantle, Busselton, Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, Burnie and Hobart as well as a non-Australia stop at Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.

For 2022, Princess plans to have just three of its vessels in the Australia and New Zealand region at least part of the year — an abnormally low number that is the result of the slow restart to cruising in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The line currently plans to send four and six vessels to the region in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

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In 2013, Princess became the first major international cruise brand to offer an extended season of voyages around Japan, and it remains a leader in Japan-focused cruises. If you're thinking about cruising to the island nation, Princess should top the list of lines to consider.

Princess typically sends one or two ships to Japan every year for an extended season that often lasts from March to November. It offers a wide mix of itineraries around the country ranging in length from five to 19 nights.

The longer trips on the schedule deliver vacationers to such iconic Japanese destinations as Nagasaki and temple-filled Kyoto (via the port of Osaka) as well as such lesser-known ports as Tokushima and Miyako. The itineraries typically include at least one stop in South Korea or Taiwan, and they sometimes include a visit to a Russian port such as Vladivostok.

Princess typically deploys its 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess to Japan — an 18-year-old ship that has a distinctly Japanese flavor, thanks to a massive makeover in 2014. The makeover brought the addition of an extensive traditional Japanese bath area — a first for a cruise ship — as well as a sushi restaurant. Menus in Diamond Princess's main restaurants and buffet feature Japanese items such as miso soup and noodles alongside Western fare.

Diamond Princess originally was updated with Japanese-style design and amenities specifically to lure Japanese vacationers to its Japan sailings. But the around-Japan voyages have proven popular with Americans and Australians, too. You'll usually find a mix of Japanese, American and Australian travelers on the line's longer Japan sailings.

Bottom line

Princess cruises to destinations around the world, and offers a wide range of itineraries from the Caribbean to Asia. You'll find the most choices among Princess itineraries in Europe, Alaska and Australia. The line also is well-known for voyages to Japan. Its special focus on Japan sailings, with a ship retrofitted with Japanese design, in particular, is something that sets it apart from other big lines.

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Exciting adventures await aboard Caribbean Princess following her multi-million-dollar array of luxurious enhancements. From staterooms that offer a more restful sleep, to endless tempting new dining options, the newly reimagined Reef Splash Zone for kids and families plus other upgrades, you’ll find Caribbean Princess herself has come back new.

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Coral Princess

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Coral Princess® offers 90% ocean-view staterooms - with over 700 balconies and a wrap-around Promenade Deck. The ship features an array of dining options, such as the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, as well as a European-themed casino and Crooners martini bar.

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Discovery Princess

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Emerald Princess

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Emerald Princess® is everything you expect from a modern, luxurious ship. Featuring multiple dining options, including Traditional and Anytime Dining, and specialty venues like the popular Sabatini's Italian restaurant. The Lotus Spa® offers a myriad of treatments, and the Lotus Fitness Center helps you stay trim from the delicious cuisine. Enjoy Movies Under the Stars® and choose from nearly 900 balcony staterooms.

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Enchanted Princess

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Enchanted Princess, the fifth in line of Princess Cruises Royal-class ships, shares all of their spectacular style and luxury, and introduces new attractions all her own. Get ready for exquisite, one-of-a-kind dining experiences and world-class entertainment venues hosting dazzling performances. Images of exterior of ship are an artist rendering.

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Grand Princess

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Island Princess

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Island Princess® is a fabulous floating resort designed to make your stay onboard truly memorable. This vessel has 90 percent ocean-view staterooms, with more than 700 balconies and a wraparound Promenade Deck. After being mesmerized by the scenery off the bow, become dazzled by the entertainment in the state-of-the-art lounges and choose from a myriad of dining options.

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Sail aboard Majestic Princess® and enjoy the signature favorites you’ve always loved, like Movies Under the Stars®, the SeaWalk® and the Lotus Spa®, as well as exciting additions including two specialty restaurants with dinner menus crafted by two Michelin-star awarded chefs.

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Regal Princess

Enjoy sweeping views from one of more than 1,400 balconies on Regal Princess® or stroll on the SeaWalk®, a glass-floor walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship! From the tranquil Sanctuary, a retreat reserved for adults, to the dazzling Princess WaterColor Fantasy light and water show and more, you'll find diversions for every mood.

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Royal Princess

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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® made her debut in 2008 and includes a piazza-style atrium featuring small-bite eateries and performing street entertainers. Enjoy an array of dining venues, including The Salty Dog Gastropub and the Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults called The Sanctuary. Additional amenities include Movies Under the Stars®, multiple entertainment options, Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa® with fitness center, a kids' and teens' center, a wedding chapel and nearly 900 staterooms with private balconies.

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Sapphire Princess

Swim in one of four sparkling pools, shop the boutiques or get a massage in the Lotus Spa®. Dine casually on pizza and burgers or more elegantly in one of the many formal dining rooms and specialty restaurants. And with nearly 750 balcony staterooms, there's a room with a view for you.

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Sky Princess

Sky Princess offers the best of the incredible features found on sister ships Regal Princess®, Royal Princess® and Majestic Princess®; from the relaxing Sanctuary to the expansive three-deck Atrium, to some of the newest dining venues with updated décor and design throughout the ship.

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Star Princess

4.1 of 5 stars

A Star is born. The second of Princess' next generation of cruise ships, Star Princess®, arriving 2025. She'll feature the new Dome, out-of-this-world views in the Piazza, Signature Collection Suites and more.

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Sun Princess

Sun Princess® is the first ship in the fleet to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). This cleaner burning fuel will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil to minimize the environmental footprint. Offering more than 29 bars and restaurants and the most balconies on any Princess ship, this new Sphere class generation cruise ship boasts expansive venues, contemporary entertainment and next-level stateroom accommodations.

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I went on a magic-themed cruise. Here are 3 things you need to know.

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On the first night of my cruise earlier this month, I chatted with fellow passengers as we watched the sunset from one of the ship’s highest decks.

At one point, a woman asked if I had something on my shirt. She reached to pluck something from my sleeve, but where I expected to see lint, she held a $50 bill – which came as a surprise since I wasn’t carrying cash.

“Can I keep that?” she asked. Considering the woman, who was a magician, seemed to pull the money from thin air, it only seemed fair.

For me, the trick marked the unofficial start of Princess Cruises’ inaugural Magic Castle Conjurer’s Cruise. The line partnered with the Magic Castle , a legendary private club in Los Angeles, to bring the magical arts to the high seas on its Discovery Princess ship. Here are three things that stood out while sailing on a themed cruise:

1. The cruise showcased a wide range of magic

For the uninitiated, a magic-themed cruise may bring card tricks or robes and wands a la “Harry Potter” to mind. And while the weeklong sailing along the coast of California and Mexico featured both of those, magicians performed a wide range of illusions on board.

Danny Cole began his set with several on-stage costume changes during the cruise’s welcome show, seemingly switching suits and shirts in the blink of an eye.

Later, his wife, Stacey Suarez Cole, helped him put an oscillating electric fan from the 1950s together. But when they were done, the box it came in – resting on a nearby dolly – closed itself back up. During her solo performance, she appeared to bring a motionless butterfly in a glass case to life in a puff of smoke.

Erika Larsen, president of Magic Castle Enterprises, said she curated the lineup with variety in mind.

“There's a lot of magic happening, sometimes two shows a day, of first-rate magicians and they're all doing different kinds of magic in different styles,” said Larsen, whose parents and uncle founded the Magic Castle.

Other performances throughout the sailing incorporated comedy, original music, coin tricks and even pickpocketing (for the show, of course).

2. The cruise made the Magic Castle accessible

The Magic Castle has a storied history as a hub for admirers of the magical arts, located in an early 1900s mansion in Hollywood. But getting in is a trick on its own: visitors need to be invited or accompanied by a member.

The Conjurer’s Cruise, however, opened the doors to a wider audience. Ronak Patel, an investment manager who lives near Dallas, had wanted to go to the Magic Castle for at least a decade, and his wife booked the cruise as a gift for his 40th birthday.

“I would say at least for the last 10, maybe 12 years, I've been trying to figure out who's a magician that is based out of the California area that I can reach out (to),” he said.

Patel, whose uncle got him into magic growing up, said the trip was “more than I could ask for.” 

“It's exciting for us to take the essence of the Castle and bring it to guests who may never get to Hollywood or, even if they do reside in Southern California, to have that as a first taste or entry into what is within the Castle walls,” said Denise Saviss, Princess’ vice president, Entertainment Experience.

Princess will double down on that next year. The line’s new Sun Princess ship, launching in February 2024, will feature Spellbound by Magic Castle, a venue with a bar, music room and 30-seat theater featuring close-up magic.

3. The events felt communal

The magic-themed events took place in the 950-person Princess Theater and smaller venues around the ship, and after attending a few, I saw some of the same faces over and over. As I chatted with other attendees who were passionate or at least curious about magic, I felt a sense of camaraderie.

Theme cruises of all kinds can foster a sense of community , bringing together travelers with shared passions.

Patel, who does magic as a hobby, said he got to talk with professional magicians on board and pick their brains “about what got them in (to magic) and what keeps them in."

Grace Kim, 51, booked the trip three days before it departed after she learned about the magic component. The San Francisco-based producer – a self-described “magic lover” who has been to the Magic Castle seven times – even got to participate in some of the magic. During tricks that called for audience participation, performers chose her multiple times.

“I love being brought up on stage because I'm truly immersed in the magic that way,” she said. “And it's as if the magic was being performed just for me.” Patel was pulled up on stage as well.

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While some events were open to the whole ship, many were exclusive to the group of about 100 guests that selected the Conjurer’s Cruise option, which started at $699 for an inside cabin and included events like shows, lectures and group dining. Princess added the first Conjurer’s Cruise to an existing itinerary that was already at high capacity, but the line is exploring opening its next installment aboard Sun Princess on Nov. 9, 2024, to the whole ship, creating the opportunity for a more immersive experience.

As Kim put it, “I wanted even more magic.”

The reporter on this story received access to this cruise from Princess Cruises. USA TODAY maintains editorial control of reviews.  

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

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All 16 Princess Cruises Ships, From Newest to Oldest

Here’s everything you need to know about the Princess Cruises fleet.

Sailors of all ages love Princess Cruises for its quality, service, value, and serene style of cruising.  What’s more, the 2023 T+L World’s Best Award-winning mega-ship line   — which is also a WBA Hall of Fame Honoree — tends to steer clear of splashy entertainment (for example, you won’t find go-karts, water slides, or ziplines on board most ships) in favor of more refined activities. Discovery at SEA programming is a standout offering: In partnership with Discovery and Animal Planet, guests can partake in nature-centric onboard activities and shore excursions. Most Princess ships boast a majestic atrium modeled after an Italian piazza, and it’s here where you’ll find some of the best drinking, dining, and shopping venues on board. 

According to travel advisor and cruise specialist Jennaca Boose of Marvelous Mouse Travels , Princess’ fleet of 15 ships — 16 if you count the upcoming Sun Princess , which will make its long-anticipated debut this year — is family-friendly, and each vessel is “equipped to entertain all ages;” however, some cater towards specific age demographics better than others. For example, she says, travelers sailing with younger children will especially love Royal Princess and Regal Princess , which “have even more to offer” beyond the kids club, such as “outdoor play areas with jungle gyms and a separate teen space with a hot tub.” Meanwhile, says Boose, cruisers craving an intimate onboard experience may consider sailing aboard Coral Princess or Island Princess , which are two of the line’s smaller ships. 

Finally, it’s also worth noting that the line ​​offers dozens, if not hundreds, of itineraries across the globe, including Alaska, Mexico, Japan, the Mediterranean, and many more. “Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or an immersive cultural itinerary,” says Boose, “Princess has a ship for you.” Without further ado, keep scrolling for a breakdown of each ship in the Princess Cruises fleet to help you narrow down which vessels would be best for you. 

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Sun Princess

Inaugural Year: 2024

Ship Class: Sphere

Ship Capacity: 4,300 guests

The inaugural ship in Princess' new Sphere class, Sun Princess is the line's largest — and flashiest — vessel to date. Set to sail the Mediterranean and Caribbean, this 20-deck mega-ship is sure to make waves following its early 2024 debut. The Park19 family zone will offer nine fun-filled activities, including the Sea Breeze (the first Rollglider at sea), The Lookout (an open-air observation deck), and Coastal Climb (a climbing structure for adventure enthusiasts of all ages). There’s also a two-deck arena, the multi-level Dome entertainment space, and the brand-new Spellbound, a Victorian-themed bar where guests can watch magicians while sipping theatrical cocktails.

Discovery Princess

Inaugural Year: 2022

Ship Class: Royal

Ship Capacity: 3,660 guests

For an elegant onboard experience complete with world-class specialty dining that’ll entice any gourmand, spectacular live entertainment in the lavish Princess Theater, and the largest balconies at sea (spanning over 1,000 square feet) found in one of the ship’s splurge-worthy Sky Suites, look no further than Princess’ final Royal-class ship. Spend sea days soaking up the sun — and the ocean views — by the infinity Wake View Pool.

Enchanted Princess

Inaugural Year: 2021

The elegant Enchanted Princess is a haven for relaxation-seekers with four sparkling pools (including the infinity-edge Wake View Pool), 10 hot tubs, and a serene spa offering Asian-inspired treatments. For the ultimate splurge, reserve one of the sprawling Sky Suites, best known for their expansive balconies offering 270-degree sea views. Other honorable mentions include the Sanctuary, Discovery at SEA, movie screenings under the stars, and the SeaWalk, a 60-foot-long glass-enclosed hallway with floor-to-ceiling ocean vistas.

Sky Princess

Inaugural Year: 2019

The snazzy Sky Princess made its grand debut in 2019; fast-forward five years later, and the ship has retained its allure. The three-story atrium is the beating heart of the ship, dotted with shops, bars, and restaurants galore. Check out Chef’s Table Lumiere, or try your luck at the casino for the ultimate splurge. Finally, for the best ocean views, book one of the Sky Suites.

Majestic Princess

Inaugural Year: 2017

Ship Capacity: 3,560 guests

This Royal-class ship was initially designed for cruises from Shanghai, which means passengers can expect Chinese-inspired decor along with the fantastic specialty restaurant, Harmony, which features mouthwatering Asian menu items like wok-fried lobster, spring rolls, and more. Also unique to Majestic Princess is the adults-only Hollywood Pool Club, a perfect spot for grown-ups looking to soak in style. Meanwhile, don’t miss the dazzling casino and incredible SeaWalk, where panoramic ocean views await.

Regal Princess

Inaugural Year: 2014

This 2014 mega-ship definitely delivers in terms of onboard attractions. A few fan favorites include movies under the stars (best enjoyed with popcorn and candy in hand, of course), original productions, an outdoor musical fountain show, and Princess Live!, where passengers will find interactive culinary shows along with late-night comedy and game shows that can be viewed in-person or from the comfort of one’s stateroom. Last but not least, don’t forget to snap a selfie on the SeaWalk.

Royal Princess

Inaugural Year: 2013

Prepare to receive the royal treatment (pun intended) aboard the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess . The ship’s dazzling common spaces, including the grand atrium and the SeaWalk, are sure to impress design lovers, while the drinking and dining options, including the extravagant Chef’s Table Lumiere — available only on Royal-class ships — will delight culinary connoisseurs of all ages. 

Ruby Princess

Inaugural Year: 2008

Ship Class: Crown

Ship Capacity: 3,080 guests

Entertainment options abound on the 19-deck Ruby Princess , from movies under the stars and basketball to golfing and (hopefully) winning big at the casino. While party-going cruisers can dance ‘til the wee hours of the night at Skywalkers, serenity-seeking travelers may choose to hit the sack early before waking up to enjoy the spa or The Sanctuary.

Emerald Princess

Inaugural Year: 2007

Last refurbished in 2019, Emerald Princess features something for families of all ages, including  reimagined Camp Discovery youth and teen centers and the serene Sanctuary, a kid-free slice of paradise in the middle of the sea. Passengers can also perfect their swing at the putting course, enjoy poolside movie screenings, unwind at one of several swanky bars and lounges, including the Speakeasy Cigar Lounge, hit the spa, or dance the night away at the onboard club. In summary, it’s pretty much impossible to be bored on this ship.

Crown Princess

Inaugural Year: 2006

Despite its 3,000-plus passenger capacity , Crown Princess never feels super crowded thanks to abundant onboard amenities and activities. Highlights include three main dining rooms, a three-story atrium, and, of course, ample activities and programming, which run the gamut from basketball courts and pajama movie nights for kids to karaoke and an onboard nightclub.

Diamond Princess

Inaugural Year: 2004

Ship Class: Grand

Ship Capacity: 2,670 guests 

Best known for its Asia itineraries, Diamond Princess is sure to wow cruisers of all ages with its unique onboard features. Wellness-seekers need not miss the Izumi Japanese Bath, where guests can enjoy a traditional Japanese bathing experience coupled with breathtaking ocean views. There’s also the adults-only Sanctuary sun deck, Broadway-caliber entertainment, ample restaurants (including five main dining rooms), a nightclub, and so much more.

Caribbean Princess

Ship Capacity: 3,140 guests

This massive 18-deck ship was last refurbished in 2019 to bring it up to par with the line’s latest vessels. The European-inspired piazza , boasting street performers, eclectic boutiques, restaurants and bars, and a striking spiral staircase, is the beating heart of the ship. Plus, as part of the line’s partnership with Discovery, guests can enjoy nature-filled activities and lectures.

Sapphire Princess

Ship Capacity: 2,670 guests

Those craving a traditional cruising experience need not look further than the 20-year-old Sapphire Princess . With an onboard nightclub, five main dining rooms (plus many other bars and lounges, including a cigar lounge), this 2,670-passenger ship is among the line’s buzziest. After dancing the night away, adults can spend the day relaxing at The Sanctuary, while families will surely appreciate the dedicated spaces for kids, tweens, and teens.

Island Princess

Inaugural Year: 2003

Ship Class: Coral

Ship Capacity: 2,200 guests

Island Princess was purposefully built to sail through the Panama Canal. This 2,200-guest, 20-plus-year-old ship offers a more refined onboard experience compared to the line’s newer, flashier vessels. Sea days are well spent at the spa, in swimming pools, or sipping cocktails in the massive atriums; come nighttime, watch movies under the stars (a Princess staple) or catch live musical performances before hitting the sack — and getting ready to do it all again the following day.

Coral Princess

Ship Capacity: 2,000 guests 

Coral Princess is Princess’ smallest ship; however, there is still plenty to see, do, and experience on board. Guests can make themselves right at home in the piazza-style grand atrium, where prime people-watching awaits. For some R&R, grown-ups can head to the tranquil, adults-only Sanctuary while the kids are at play at the children’s centers.

Grand Princess

Inaugural Year: 1998

Ship Capacity: 2,600 guests

Princess’ oldest ship underwent a major renovation back in 2019, adding fan-favorite restaurants like Alfredo's Pizzeria, Salty Dog Grill, and Coffee & Cones. Catch a Broadway-style show, relax at The Sanctuary, or partake in nature-centric activities as part of the line’s Discovery at SEA programming.

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Yorktown no longer a stop for Princess Cruises this summer; Norfolk new destination

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YORKTOWN, Va. — Princess Cruises has made a big change of plans for its cruise ships that are coming to our area this summer.

York County officials say they got an email from Princess Cruises stating that the cruise line has decided to move its planned stops from Yorktown to Norfolk.

County officials shared the following portion of the email they received from Princess Cruises:

“To ensure our guests experience legendary Virginian hospitality as they explore the region’s significant historical contributions to American history, Princess is confirming Norfolk on the published itinerary for Island Princess and its three new calls to the Commonwealth this summer.”

The initial plan, announced in Feb. 2023, was to have Princess Cruises cruise ships make three stops in Yorktown this June. Two ships, the Island Princess and the Emerald Princess, were scheduled to visit.

The county says beyond the email, Princess Cruises didn't share any additional information regarding the move.

The York County Board of Supervisors shared the following statement on the cancelled cruise stops:

“While we no longer anticipate passengers from Princess Cruise Lines to be among the guests we host, we are sure that they will find other excellent examples of Virginia hospitality at their port in Norfolk. Yorktown will continue to be the destination of choice for river cruise lines, dining cruises and historical tall ships throughout the coming years for local residents and our visitors to enjoy.”

Nauticus' Executive Director, Stephen E. Kirkland, provided the following statement about the cruise stops moving to Norfolk:

“Nauticus is thrilled to welcome Princess back to Norfolk for ten port visits throughout 2024 and 2025 but make no mistake, this is a win for Hampton Roads. Thousands of guests will enjoy all Norfolk has to offer but also have chance to take amazing shore excursions to Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown, and other nearby locations. Our region is keeping these passengers in Hampton Roads and that’s what’s important.”

The change comes after many Yorktown residents voiced concerns about the impact the heavy foot traffic would have on the historic town. The Island Princess can hold 2,200 passengers - a steep number compared to Yorktown's population of 258.

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A town divided: Princess cruises to stop in Yorktown in 2024

Last August, a group protested the cruise ships coming to Yorktown.

“We don’t feel that the scale of the ship is appropriate for Yorktown, we aren’t anti tourist, we aren’t anti cruise ships,” concerned citizen Alyssa Adams told News 3. “I don’t know how much money will be made, but we don’t feel like it’s worth the investment in infrastructure and the wear and tear on the roads and the community.”

However, some residents were enthusiastic about the impact cruise line passengers would have on the local economy.

“Overall, it’ll definitely bring a lot more business, a lot more revenue to the shops around here,” said Tyler Price, the assistant manager of dog bakery "Gangsta Dog."

Princess Cruises did not elaborate on their decision to move the stops to Norfolk. However, Holland America Cruise Line - which previously canceled its plans to make stops in Yorktown - cited concerns from residents.

"We weren't aware of the sensitivity to cruise ships in Yorktown..." a Holland America Cruise Line spokesperson said to a York County spokesperson.

Currently, there are no Princess cruise ship stops to Yorktown scheduled in 2024 or beyond, the county says.

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I booked a 7-day Alaska cruise for $799 but actually spent $2,800 with extras. Take a closer look at what made it so pricey.

  • I thought I got a great deal this summer when I booked a seven-day Alaska cruise for $799 a person.
  • I spent $2,800 on excursions, WiFi, a drinks package, port fees, and specialty dining.
  • Even though I paid $2,000 more than the base price, it was worth it.

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I'm an experienced cruiser who has sailed around the globe, so I was excited to take my husband on his first cruise last summer to celebrate his birthday.

We chose a seven-day Princess Cruise to Alaska in and out of Seattle on the Royal Princess . The ship would visit the Inside Passage with a day cruising in Glacier Bay National Park , two full days at sea, stops at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan in Alaska, and a stop at Victoria in Canada.

I had cruised with Princess before and liked how it offers a sweet spot between casual and luxurious. It was also the first time we had visited Alaska, and since seven Princess ships sail there, I felt confident that they were experts in cruising America's last frontier.

The base price for the cruise was $799 a person, which included an interior stateroom, all meals not served in specialty restaurants, and entertainment.

I thought that was cheap, but as an experienced cruiser, I knew there would be extras, such as WiFi, beverages, excursions, and upscale dining.

In the end, I spent just over $2,800 a person — $2,000 more than the base price. While it wasn't the cheap deal I originally booked, considering our fabulous trip, I thought the price was well worth it.

Here's a closer look at how we spent our money.

The base price included many things on board the Royal Princess.

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The Royal Princess is a large ship with 1,780 cabins for 3,560 guests. There are 19 passenger decks, eight with guest accommodations.

Our stateroom was 170 square feet, which felt compact but was just right for two people. We had a queen-size bed and a bathroom with a shower.

The ship felt like a gigantic floating hotel and most amenities and activities were included in the fare. That included access to two swimming pools, eight hot tubs, a spa, a fitness center, and a variety of dining venues, from buffets to a pizzeria. Specialty and upscale dining cost extra, but more on that later.

My first purchase was the Princess Premier Package, which cost $80 a person a day.

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Along with my base fare, I purchased the Princess Premier Package for myself for $80 a person a day.

The package includes WiFi for up to four devices, alcoholic beverages and wine by the glass worth up to $20, unlimited drinks from the juice bar, specialty coffee, and premium desserts such as gelato.

Crew gratuity, room service, fitness classes, and two meals at specialty restaurants are also part of the package.

You have to purchase the package for the duration of the cruise, which totaled $560 for me for seven days.

My biggest additional expenses came from shore excursions.

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The cruise had stops in Alaska in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

As much as I enjoy shipboard life, to really experience Alaska, I knew I wanted to disembark and explore each port.

While it's free to simply leave the boat and walk around each port, with only a day in most locations, I thought I'd get a better sense of the destination by booking official shore excursions hosted by the cruise line. These excursions are soup-to-nuts packages that take care of all the details and make the most of the time in each port.

You can still book excursions with local tour operators unaffiliated with the cruise line, but I preferred booking all of mine through Princess because I knew the day would be tailored around when I needed to be back on the boat.

I booked each excursion in advance — I know from experience that popular shore excursions tend to sell out — and spent $930 total a person on all three of them.

I spent $480 a person for a luxury whale-watching tour in Juneau.

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Our first port of call was Juneau, Alaska.

There, I booked an all-inclusive, four-hour luxury whale-watching group tour on a yacht with room for eight passengers. It cost my husband and I $480 each.

Once off the ship, a representative greeted us and drove the group to Auke Bay to board our yacht, which felt swanky with its leather seats and polished chrome.

Our crew included the captain and Emma, a naturalist, who helped us spot wildlife. Emma encouraged questions and was a wealth of information on all things Alaska.

The yacht brought us incredibly close to orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals, and sea lions. Champagne, Alaskan beer, and a big charcuterie platter were included in the price, too.

It was a once-in-a lifetime experience, and well worth the $480-a-person cost.

I paid $210 to kayak in Skagway, Alaska.

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I love kayaking and didn't want to miss the chance to paddle in Alaska, so I booked Princess' Chilkoot Lake Kayak Experience for $210 a person.

We joined 20 other passengers on a high-speed, 45-minute ferry ride to Haines. As our ferry journeyed through a deep fjord, we saw whales breaching, eagles soaring, and bears along the shoreline.

When we arrived in Haines, a bus drove us to the lake, where a guide gave us a brief lesson on paddling technique before we hopped into double and triple kayaks on blue water surrounded by tall peaks.

We paddled for about 90 minutes before the coach brought us back to the ferry. A simple picnic lunch of sandwiches, chips, and hot coffee awaited us as part of our rate.

A tour of totem poles, a salmon cannery, and a rainforest walk cost $240 each.

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Ketchikan was our last stop in Alaska. It's an excellent destination to explore Native Alaskan culture, particularly to learn about totem poles.

I booked the Best of Ketchikan: Totems, Wildlife Cruise & Alaska Appetizers excursion, a four-hour tour for $240 a person.

Our group of 16 began the trip with a narrated wildlife cruise to a former salmon cannery where a guided tour and interactive exhibits helped us understand the importance of salmon canning to the state's growth.

Next, we snacked on locally made reindeer sausage and wild-berry cookies.

Well-fortified, we took a short walk through the rainforest before getting on a bus to Saxman Native Village to watch totem poles being hand-carved and to view a collection of them.

Back on board the ship, I paid $60 for access to an adults-only space.

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The Sanctuary is an adults-only, outdoor area at the ship's bow where you can reserve a chaise lounge for a half or full day for $20 or $40, respectively.

It's the only section of the ship where you can have a tranquil, adult-only outdoor experience, with room for approximately 30 people.

We went once, on our scenic-cruise day — the day the ship traversed Glacier Bay National Park.

I knew the ship would be hectic on this day because every passenger was on board and wanted a good view of the passing scenery.

As such, a half day in the Sanctuary cost $60 — more than any other day.

But our access provided us with a front-row seat as we sailed by breathtakingly beautiful glaciers.

Plus, there were only a few dozen other passengers there, and the helpful staff kept bringing us extra blankets to offset the chilly air. A breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, smoked salmon, croissants, and more took the experience up a notch.

I happily forked over $22 for sushi in a specialty restaurant.

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Many restaurants, including the three main dining rooms with waiter service, buffets, and a pizzeria are included in the base cruise price, but several upscale-dining spots incur an extra charge.

But because I'm a sushi fanatic, I knew I'd pay extra to eat at Ocean Terrace, the ship's sushi bar.

We ordered an assortment of sushi, sashimi, and edamame for lunch. It was extremely fresh, and I thought it was well worth the $22 a person we paid. Unlike some other upscale dining options, my meal was not a flat fee, but based on what I ordered.

Considering other sushi meals I've had, I thought it was inexpensive and had I discovered it sooner, I would have eaten at Ocean Terrace several more times.

For my husband's birthday, I booked the chef's table for $130 a person with wine pairings.

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On my husband's actual birthday, I wanted him to have a VIP culinary experience.

I booked the upscale chef's table for $130 per person with wine pairings. The chef personally greeted us to discuss the menu and how he chose and sourced ingredients, making it an interesting experience for foodies like us.

The intimate dinner took place in a private section of the dining room at a table set with fine china and crisp linens.

Two other couples we didn't know joined us, but by the end of the meal, we'd forged a casual shipboard friendship. There's no dress code, but it was a great opportunity to wear our fanciest outfits.

We started with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres before a feast of ceviche, creamy risotto, tender filet mignon, and an individual strawberry cake. The food was luscious, though it was the presentation and service that made it truly memorable.

I paid $35 for a repeat meal at Sabatini's Italian restaurant.

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While most specialty dining incurs an extra fee, two meals at premium restaurants were included as a perk my Princess Premier Package.

One was at the ship's steakhouse, Crown Grill, and another was at the Italian restaurant, Sabatini's.

My husband is Italian, and I lived in Italy for many years, so we are tough critics when it comes to Italian cuisine. But we liked our meal so much that we returned a second time and paid $35 a person to do so.

We enjoyed paper-thin slices of tender veal topped with a rich tuna-and-caper sauce that gave my favorite trattoria in Milan a run for its money. Other standouts included spaghetti in a briny sauce of scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, and baked striped bass with polenta.

Finally, port fees and taxes cost an extra $272 a person.

princess cruises in usa

New cruisers might not realize they'll always have to pay for three things, even if they skip all specialty experiences and excursions: gratuities, taxes, and port fees.

My gratuities were included in the Princess Premier Package, but port fees and taxes cost us an extra $272 a person. These are for the charges your ship pays to dock at various ports of call. Passengers pay these fees, which are not included in the base price of the cruise.

My total cost for the cruise was $2,808 a person, and I have no regrets.

princess cruises in usa

All of my cruise extras came to $2,009. With the $799 I paid when I initially booked the cruise, the grand total for just me came to $2,808. For both me and my husband, it was $5,616 in total.

While it was a lot more than initially advertised, it was an unforgettable experience that was worth every penny. I would spend it again in a heartbeat.

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Watch: Storm floods cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico

Royal caribbean's voyager of the seas first encountered hail as the ship was heading back to its home port of galveston, texas..

Video shot on Friday shows floodwater flowing through a cabin on a Royal Caribbean cruise line. (Courtesy: Jessica Helms via Storyful)

Storm floods cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico

Video shot on Friday shows floodwater flowing through a cabin on a Royal Caribbean cruise line. (Courtesy: Jessica Helms via Storyful)

GALVESTON, Texas – A ferocious storm that struck a cruise ship while in the Gulf of Mexico Friday left at least one cabin flooded as torrential rains poured down.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas first encountered hail as the ship was heading back to its home port of Galveston, Texas .

Water flows into the cabin.

(Jessica Helms via Storyful / FOX Weather)

Video from a passenger inside their cabin shows hail that can be heard striking the glass door and seen bouncing on a black chair outside and then falling onto a pool of water on the floor.

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As heavy rains fall, water on the balcony can then floods into the cabin itself, soaking a path through the carpet, under a bed and leading to the door.

The dark portion of the carpet shows where the floodwater flowed into the cabin from the balcony.

The dark portion of the carpet shows where the floodwater flowed into the cabin from the balcony.

"Hope there’s nothing electrical that we’re gonna get electrocuted on," said Jessica Helms, who filmed the flooding in her cabin.

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She referred to the flooding as a "complete river" that extended across the hall to her neighbor’s room.

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