Princess Cruises

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About Princess Cruises Awards 2015 Winner

Best Line for Suites

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.

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.
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Sapphire Princess

Price: $$    Ship Size: L

Service and Staff

77% Loved it!
"If you go without - it's your fault - the staff will accommedate most any request" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

74% Loved it!
"So efficient - we didn't know what to expect but everything was handled for us" Read More

Ship Quality

70% Loved it!
"The only downside to the size of the Pacific Princess is the lack of a dining room for Personal Choice dining. It was our first experience with..." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

67% Loved it!
"Large, spacious, and well designed balcony cabins. Suites looked very nice, inside cabins also seemed pretty spacious. Good feature was not..." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

65% Loved it!
"The White Pass train in Skagway is a must do. Go at least to Bennett, great park and lunch" Read More

Food and Dining

61% Loved it!
"The quality of food was excellant & the variety of locations to dine at was more than enough - if you like steak, Italian or seafood - the choice..." Read More


51% Loved it!
"If there has to be a con - We could not take advantage of everything that was available in the way of entertainment - just not enough time in..." Read More

Onboard Activities

48% Loved it!
"Watched a movie outside on the deck by the swimming pool - they even passed out blankets to snuggle under" Read More

Children's Programs

38% Loved it!
"As I mentioned before the camp was great, my daughther had a great time and the counselors always made her feel welcomed everytime she attended..." Read More

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