Princess Cruises reviews

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.

Top 5 Princess Cruises Destinations:

South Pacific - Australia

(99 cruises)

Caribbean

(51 cruises)

Europe - Northern Europe

(43 cruises)

Transatlantic

(42 cruises)

South Pacific

(42 cruises)

Top 5 Princess Cruises Departure Ports:

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

(158 cruises)

Southampton (London), England

(96 cruises)

Sydney, Australia

(65 cruises)

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

(55 cruises)

Melbourne, Australia

(29 cruises)

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

4.5

Average rating

Ship Quality

4.3

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Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

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Destinations and Excursions

4.2

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Food and Dining

4.1

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Entertainment

3.9

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Onboard Activities

3.9

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Children's Programs

3.6

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Embarkation and Debarkation

4.5

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What cruisers say

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  • KaltmansofNV says ...

    Our mini-suite was located mid-ship, great location, easy access to everything. 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

19 Princess Cruises ships

Caribbean Princess

Price: $
Ship size: L
3.8

  Caribbean Princess – photo courtesy of Princess Cruises....

Sails to:

Canada, New England, New York Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida New York, New York Quebec City, Quebec

Coral Princess

Price: $$
Ship size: M

  Coral Princess – photo courtesy of Princess Cruises....

Sails to:

Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) South Pacific South Pacific - Australia Transatlantic World Cruise

Sails from:

Auckland, New Zealand Brisbane, Australia Dover (London), England Fremantle (Perth), Australia New York, New York Sydney, Australia

Crown Princess

Price: $$
Ship size: L
3.9

Featuring our latest innovations, Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess ships, with room for...

Sails to:

Alaska - Inside Passage Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Southern Coastal - West Coast Hawaii

Sails from:

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Seattle, Washington Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

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
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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