About Princess Cruises

Shorter Princess sailings are filled with families and couples looking for a quality, midpriced experience; longer cruises draw an older — largely 50s and up — crowd of empty nesters and retirees. On sea days, you’ll find many complimentary classes — which range from computers to glass blowing and pottery painting — and supervised kids’ activities include educational options, such as Science on the Seas (developed with the California Science Center) and yoga for children.

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Princess Cruises Rankings

Expert Review of Princess Cruises

Best for

Princess appeals to families and couples looking for a quality, midpriced experience; longer sailings draw a mostly 50s+ crowd.

Not for

Party animals and singles looking to mingle should go elsewhere — with the exception of new, shorter cruises (three- and four-night sailings out of LA, for example) that attract a young crowd.

We love

  • Princess Captains were the first to officially marry couples onboard (due to Bermuda registry), and some ships even have a chapel.
  • Many (often complimentary) classes, which range from computers to pottery, are available.
  • New movie releases are played poolside on LED screens — with free popcorn.
  • Princess offers both traditional (early/late sittings with assigned tables) and modern (eat anytime, anywhere) dining options.
  • Elegant deck designs include a glass-bottomed “SeaWalk,” which juts out 28 feet beyond the edge of the new Royal Princess, and lovely wraparound teak decks on most other ships.
  • Supervised kids’ activities include lots of learning options, from “Science on the Seas” (developed with the California Science Center) to yoga.
  • Sign up for the behind-the-scenes ship tour ($150 each, chosen via lottery) to see the engine room, bridge, and other off-limits areas.
  • The outdoor swim-against-the-tide lap pool on the Grand-class ships is a cool way to exercise.

We could live without

  • The tiered cabin design on half of Princess' ships means your upstairs neighbor can look down onto your balcony, putting the kibosh on privacy.  
  • There’s a surprising lack of child care for the under-3 crowd.

Princess Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Service and Staff

4.4

Average Rating

Ship Quality

4.3

Average Rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

Average Rating

Destinations and Excursions

4.2

Average Rating

Food and Dining

4.1

Average Rating

Entertainment

3.9

Average Rating

Onboard Activities

3.8

Average Rating

Children's Programs

3.6

Average Rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

Average Rating

What Cruisers Say

  • LarryO3 says ...

    The ship's staff were always willing to help with a smile. There were times when their patience were tested; they never let the rude passengers get the best of them. They always went above and beyond to help the passengers if it was in their... Read Full Review
  • CarlyM says ...

    There was maintenance on the pool on our last 2 days - but as we were in Alaska and the temperature was way too cold for a swim - I did not mind a bit. They left the hot tubs open. Read Full Review
  • DonnaB32 says ...

    Large, spacious, and well designed balcony cabins. Suites looked very nice, inside cabins also seemed pretty spacious. Good feature was not having any cabins located under the fitness center. Read Full Review

Princess Cruises Ships

Class: Coral

Coral Princess

4.0
(613 Reviews)

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Ship Size: M

Island Princess

3.9
(544 Reviews)

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Ship Size: M

Class: Grand

Caribbean Princess

3.7
(1088 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Crown Princess

3.7
(860 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Diamond Princess

3.6
(170 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Emerald Princess

3.8
(651 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Golden Princess

3.7
(516 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Grand Princess

3.8
(621 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Ruby Princess

3.9
(783 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Sapphire Princess

3.8
(305 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Star Princess

3.8
(509 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: L

Class: R

Pacific Princess

4.0
(60 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: S

Class: Royal Princess

Majestic Princess

3.8
(23 Reviews)

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Regal Princess

4.1
(640 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Royal Princess

4.0
(477 Reviews)

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Ship Size: L

Class: Sun

Sea Princess

3.3
(87 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: M

Sun Princess

3.8
(122 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: M

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Ocean Princess

3.7
(32 Reviews)

Price: $$

Ship Size: S

Ship Size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
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