Island Princess Overview

Island Princess
Island Princess – photo courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Cruise past Alaskan glaciers, motor through the Panama Canal, or explore faraway lands aboard Island Princess. Specially engineered to comply with the Panama Canal's strict regulations, this Panamax-size cruise ship gives travelers an opportunity to see amazing sights around the globe.

Since 2003, this Coral-class ship from Princess Cruises has earned a loyal following among the line's core audience of mature couples. Island also appeals to first-time cruisers seeking a small-ship experience with diverse big-ship amenities. The ship has an excellent selection of dining, entertainment, and activities. Whether you prefer casual fare or gourmet cuisine, there's something for you. Options range from poolside burgers and dogs to classic specialty options like Sabatini's Italian Trattoria and the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, which is one of the fleet's most unique restaurants.

Island Princess' onboard entertainment is just as diverse. Choose from outdoor Movies Under the Stars, Broadway-style musicals, and stage shows featuring golden oldies. If you prefer live bands and stand-up, grab a seat at Crooners, a '60s-style nightclub, or visit Explorers Lounge, a hot spot for guest performances.

On Island Princess, there's so much to do besides lounging by the freshwater pool or relaxing in the adults-only Sanctuary. Enrich your experience and learn more about the ports that you'll be visiting during a destination lecture, cooking demo, or wine tasting. Although it’s primarily an adults-oriented ship, it has an evolving selection of kids' activities offered through the Treehouse, Lodge, and Beach House.

If you need another reason to consider Princess Cruises, the line provides an array of premium amenities, including the Princess Luxury Bed, complimentary room service, MedallionClass connectivity, and Club Class perks available to mini-suite guests. Best of all, this Princess ship sails to extraordinary destinations around the globe.

Itineraries and Departure Ports

Island Princess cruises to Alaska from June through September. Between November and April, Island sails to destinations across South America and Antarctica from home ports in Buenos Aires and Santiago. Panama Canal sailings are typically scheduled for the transition seasons in the spring and fall. In 2020 and 2021, Island Princess will operate an extensive selection of world cruises. Additional in-depth itineraries visit the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, and the British Isles.

Best For

Island Princess is a perfect match for couples and mature travelers who are interested in visiting scenic destinations or undertaking a world cruise.

You Should Know

Cabins on this ship are smaller than the industry average.

Activities on Island Princess

If you like staying active, enjoy some fresh air and outdoor adventures on the Princess Links miniature golf course, join an exercise class in the fitness center, or play shuffleboard on the sports deck. Poolside fun is a quintessential part of any cruise, and with multiple freshwater pools and hot tubs, Island Princess doesn't disappoint in this department. Watch a movie on the big screen above the Lido Pool, or retreat to the sheltered Lotus Pool. Many activities like wine tastings, art auctions, craft classes, and port lectures are geared toward adults, but the ship has a youthful side too. Kids can take advantage of activities developed by LEGO, Animal Planet, and Discovery.

Ship Highlights
  • Indoor and outdoor freshwater pools
  • Sports deck with basketball and shuffleboard
  • Nine-hole Princess Links miniature golf course
  • Camp Discovery youth center
  • Beach House teen lounge
  • Movies Under The Stars poolside cinema
  • Princess Theatre featuring Broadway-style shows
  • Many bars and nightclubs, including Crooners Bar
  • Anytime or traditional dining
  • Atrium town square
  • Promenade deck
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery
  • Library and card room
  • Lotus Spa and Salon
  • Adults-only Sanctuary sundeck
  • Fitness center and aerobics studio
  • The Shops of Princess duty-free boutiques
  • Hearts & Minds wedding chapel
  • Princess Casino
  • MedallionNet Wi-Fi


Island Princess's 987 staterooms are outfitted for comfort and restful sleep. According to reviews, balcony staterooms are some of the best cabins on Island Princess for viewing glaciers and scenic surroundings during your voyage. Standard rooms feature supremely comfortable Princess Luxury Beds and an array of sleep expert-approved touches. For a premium experience, book a balcony suite or one of the ship's 192 mini-suites, which come with an optional Club Class amenity package. Budget-conscious travelers can choose from 581 balcony staterooms and 181 spacious oceanview cabins that include complimentary room service and other signature amenities.


With nine unique restaurants, Island Princess has a menu to satisfy every taste. Go with early or late seating in the Bordeaux main dining room, or enjoy the convenience of anytime dining in the Provence restaurant. Casual food fans have all the bases covered between the Horizon Court buffet, the Bar & Grill, and the poolside Princess Pizzeria. Seafood lovers can't miss the Crab Shack for heaping helpings of the Gulf's finest shrimp, crab, clams, and mussels. If you're celebrating a special occasion or if you enjoy upscale fare, visit Sabatini's for classic Italian entrées or the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse to enjoy Bourbon Street jazz with jambalaya, dirty rice, and Cajun specialties.

Island Princess Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: M
  • Total Passengers: 1,970
  • Total Crew: 895
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.20
  • Built: Jun 2003
  • Refurbished: Oct 2010
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 987
  • Cabin Categories: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 91,627
  • Length: 965
  • Beam: 106


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.3
  • Children's Programs 3.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.1
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.3


987 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(14 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 159 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $161/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(32 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 172 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $173/night
Balcony Balcony
(107 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 218 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $221/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(43 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 347 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $282/night

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Sabatini''s Sabatini''s
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Onboard Activities

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The Library The Library
(4 Reviews)
Churchill Lounge Churchill Lounge
(2 Reviews)
Crooners Martini Bar Crooners Martini Bar
(8 Reviews)
Grand Atrium Grand Atrium
(4 Reviews)

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Almost perfect cruise by superbob6225640

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Would have been a perfect cruise with the exception of Cartagena Columbia.

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Overall a Great Cruise by MelSherry

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A very nice cruise. Going thru the Panama Canal locks is an experience. It is amazing this canal was built over 100 years ago with technology available then and that it is still doing the job as well today as when it opened. It is a monument to the people who designed and built it. One hopes that the new locks, which are designed to conserve some of the fresh water necessary to lift/lower the ships, will last as long and be as reliable as the original.

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Panama Canal Nov. 6, 2019 by billmcwilliams6

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Wonderful cruise, but we will stick to larger and newer ships from now on.

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340 Island Princess Tips

Aug 12, 2014

If you want to see the shows in Princess Theater, opt for the 1st seating for dinner.

Oct 27, 2014

If you have a chance to meet the guys at the egg station... they will make you a great breakfast.

Feb 18, 2015

Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.

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