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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.

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

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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

3.8

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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

  • CrazyCruising says ...

    Crimson Duo - Melania and Gabriel Wheelhouse Bar - Anton Avelpadres Dominique Docampo - International Café and Wheelhouse 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

20 Princess Cruises Ships

Caribbean Princess

Price: $    Ship Size: L
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Escape completely on Caribbean Princess, one of the stars of the destination that bears her name. Am...

Sails to:
Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Western Panama Canal, Central America Caribbean - Southern
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

Coral Princess

Price: $$    Ship Size: M
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Coral Princess is one of just two ships in the Princess fleet specially built to sail through the Pa...

Sails to:
Panama Canal, Central America U.S. - Pacific, Northwest Transpacific Alaska - Gulf of Alaska Coastal - West Coast
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia Shanghai, China Whittier (Anchorage), Alaska San Francisco, California

Crown Princess

Price: $$    Ship Size: L
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Featuring our latest innovations, Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess ships, with room for...

Sails to:
Europe - Mediterranean Transatlantic Caribbean Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Eastern
Sails from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Barcelona, Spain Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Piraeus (Athens), Greece

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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