Royal Princess overview
Christened by Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Princess Cruises' Royal Princess has a contemporary New World elegance that's ideal for a couples cruise or multigenerational family vacation. Royal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship and was refurbished in December 2018. Updates included expanded children's activities, additional spa and fitness amenities, and updated staterooms equipped with the highly anticipated Princess Luxury Bed. Royal Princess isn't just one of the newest and largest ships from Princess Cruises; it's also one of the most elegant.
Passengers enjoy a chic adults-only retreat and pool area that is 20% larger than other ships in the fleet. Designed for privacy and intimacy, the Sanctuary features plush lounge chairs, private living room-style cabanas, and secluded villas that can be reserved for a couples massage or al fresco spa treatment.
This is just a small sampling of the premium amenities that are available to all travelers, not just MedallionClass passengers and Club Class mini-suite guests. Cruisers can take advantage of exclusive Chef's Table dining experiences, numerous specialty restaurants, and world-class entertainment produced by Broadway hit makers. The ship is also known for its dazzling public spaces, including the Italian-style Piazza, a popular spot for theme parties, the Fountain Pool, which hosts the nightly Watercolor Fantasy light show, and the glass-bottom SeaWalk observation deck that extends 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship.
Aboard, everything from the restaurants to the entertainment and tastefully appointed staterooms is designed for a premium experience. Royal Princess cruise ship reviews consistently mention the quality service and enjoyable destinations.
Royal Princess itineraries and departure ports
Royal Princess cruises depart from Los Angeles, Anchorage, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and visit Alaska, the Pacific Coast, and the Mexican Riviera. Royal Princess's Alaskan cruises run from May through September. Seven-, 12-, and 14-day journeys visit scenic destinations across the region, including Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, and the Dawes Glacier. From fall through spring, the ship tours the Mexican Riviera. Five- and 7-day cruises stop in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Princess was one of the first companies to cruise the Mexican Riviera, so no one knows the region better.
Before you book
This ship is best for: With amenities, entertainment, and dining to suit just about anyone, Royal Princess is a popular choice for couples, friends, large groups, and multigenerational families.
You should know: Itineraries that depart from Los Angeles tend to attract a younger, trendier crowd.
Things to do on Royal Princess
Adults-only spaces are a beloved feature on Royal Princess. Visit the luxurious Sanctuary sundeck or lounge by the rippling Retreat pool. If relaxation is your thing, unwind in the Lotus Spa or uncork in the Vines wine bar. Stretch your legs on the jogging track, practice your putts on the Lawn Court, or hit the driving range before cutting loose at Club 6 or Crooners martini bar. There are plenty of fun and games for the under-18 set too. Teens can rock out in the Beach House, and younger kids can make new friends, plan a pajama party, or stay busy in The Lodge while parents and grandparents enjoy Princess Cruises' signature amenities.
Royal Princess ship highlights
- Freshwater pools and whirlpools
- Sports court and jogging track
- Driving range/laser shooting range
- Lawn Court putting green
- Princess Sports Central
- Beach House teen lounge
- Youth activity center
- Discovery at Sea programs for kids and teens
- Movies Under the Stars outdoor entertainment
- The Voice of the Ocean singing competition
- Watercolor Fantasy fountain and light show
- Original Broadway-style shows
- Princess Live! TV studio
- SeaWalk glass observation deck
- Adults-only Sanctuary and Retreat
- Vegas-style Princess Casino
- Duty-free designer goods
- Lotus Spa & Salon
- Fitness center
Royal Princess cabins
Princess Cruises' Royal-class ships feature an extensive selection of mini-suites and balcony cabins in standard and deluxe configurations. The ship has 1,780 staterooms in 35 categories. Budget-stretching interior staterooms feature a compact layout with an assortment of premium amenities and features, including user-friendly showers, spacious vanities, and improved outlet configurations. Royal Princess cabins range from 160 square feet for inside rooms to 300 square feet for mini-suites. Standard cabins feature the Princess Luxury Bed, and hypoallergenic duvets.
Royal Princess dining
Royal Princess restaurants rival any at sea. If you're craving seared pork chops or quality seafood, reserve a table at the Crown Grill, the line's signature open-kitchen steakhouse. For familiar Italian fare, visit the a la carte restaurant Sabatini's or stop by Alfredo's where chefs toss some of the tastiest Neapolitan pizza at sea. Two specialty bistros, the Ocean Terrace and the Crab Shack, serve fresh seafood with a unique spin. Other distinctive venues include Gelato, a gelateria and creperie, and the wine bar Vines, which is a popular spot for fine vintages as well as complimentary tapas and antipasti.