Princess Cruises Gear up for A Celebration
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Sailing to all seven continents with stops at 350 different ports of call illustrates what Princess Cruise Lines is all about. Under the umbrella of its parent company, Carnival Corporation, Princess maintains its personality as a leader in the cruise industry. The line is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

Departing on December 3, 2015, the exact day 5 decades ago the line’s first ship, Princess Patricia set sail, a one-time special Mexico itinerary sailing will commemorate the event. Everything is hush-hush since the announcement, but Princess promises that its ship the 670 passenger Pacific Princess being used will be nothing short of a huge celebration.

pacific princess

This nostalgia cruise promises to have a few surprise guests onboard as well as top-named entertainers. Booking for this once-in-a-lifetime cruise holiday begins on the 13th of May.

Modest Beginnings

Stanley B. McDonald started Princess Lines in 1965 by chartering a ship and using it for winter season cruises with paying passengers bound for Mexico out of California. The line could not keep up with the bookings. By adding other ships, this innovative venture created a successful mid-size enterprise and formulated cruising as a holiday concept placing it back on the map once more.

Expansion

Expansion grew further, thanks to the television series, the “Love Boat”. The show utilised Princess’s Pacific Princess in 1977 as the focal point and the storyline, which touched on the trials and tribulations of fictitious guests who sailed on her for the show. This proved to be the best advertising campaign in history and made Princess Cruises a household name. Sales for cruise holidays soared as did the number of ships, and as of today, the line has a total of 17 modern ships in their fleet.

Size and locations

The larger Princess ships offer passengers many of the usual onboard amenities that you would come to expect from a major cruise line together with some of the more standard itineraries. Princess’ smaller ships head to unique areas such as Antarctica, the Amazon and other regions of untouched habitats.

Star Princess in Antarctica

Princess is prominent in Alaska, but it also offers cruises to Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, India and Antarctica. Cruises frequently depart during the spring/summer/autumn season from Southampton, Dover, Barcelona and Venice, whilst in the winter Caribbean season ships depart from Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans.

Cruises also originate from Japan, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Chile. Alaskan cruises can be combined with a land tour by train that utilises Princess Wilderness Lodges. Wilderness Lodges are located in Denali, Kenai, Fairbanks, Mount McKinley and Copper River. Glacier hiking, national parks and wildlife watching are highlights of Princess’s Alaskan cruises tours. Princess employ  a naturalist to help guests become acquainted with whales, sea lions, birds, bears and other wildlife.

Sapphire Princess

Recent news

Besides the announcement of the 50th Anniversary cruise, Princess has something else to celebrate with its newest fleet member debuting this May. The Regal Princess’s maiden voyage will start off through the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with plans to head across to Europe later on. This luxurious new ship has set a buzz of excitement in the cruise world as it boasts new and innovative attractions and is going to hold approximately 3,560 passengers.

Regal Princess

The atrium aboard the Regal Princess is going to be similar to the one aboard the Royal Princess and the ship will have plenty of activities available, from taking in some relaxing entertainment at Piazza to enjoying an ice cream at the Italian style Gelato to having a nice relaxing martini at Crooners. There’s something for everyone here and this is a great place to get to know your fellow travellers.

One of the new attractions on the Regal Princess is the SeaWalk, a 28 foot walkway that is surrounded by glass panelling and provides stunning views of the ocean and it lights up at night. Other attractions include The Princess Watercolour Fantasy, a night time amazing light and sound show that takes place on the top deck pool with a series of dancing fountains that shoot water up 33 feet into the air. Club goers can rejoice in the fact that there is a hip, new and happening nightclub called Club 6.

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Royal Princess Arrives!
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Princess Cruises latest ship MS Royal Princess has been christened in Southampton by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and will now embark upon its maiden voyage on the 16th June. Royal Princess offers passengers some exciting new features at sea as well as maintaining the class, elegance and relaxed atmosphere of the Princess fleet.

Royal Princess Naming Ceremony

Royal Princess is able to hold 3,600 passengers and 1200 crew, and boasts balconies on around 80% of her staterooms. Every outside stateroom has a balcony, which is sure to attract many passengers who enjoy the freedom of having private, outdoor space.

SeaWalk is an exciting new feature which consists of a glass bottomed structure cantilevered over the side of the ship on the top deck, extending 28 feet out beyond the edge of the ship. It is a walkway on the starboard side and a bar on the port side offering passengers stunning views out to sea or of ports of call.

SeaWalk

Royal Princess has expanded public areas such as The Sanctuary Bar, the central Piazza atrium and the popular movie theatre. The Piazza atrium is the biggest at sea and gives passengers that much sought after feeling of space on board.

Piazza Atrium

The new liner also features golf simulators, a portable batting cage, laser shooting range, tennis courts, art exhibitions, enrichment programmes, libraries, shops and one of the largest adults-only escapes at sea in the form of The Sanctuary.

Golf Simulator

This spa hosts a range of guest favourites in order to offer a full relaxation programme. The Sanctuary also features new Couple’s Villas where couples can relax together and enjoy spa treatments. There is also The Enclave at Lotus Spa, which is a thermal suite which offers relaxing treatments and appears to be the ultimate escape on board.

Lotus Spa

Royal Princess is also offering more for children and teens on board. There are new indoor play structures, a mini air hockey table, arts and crafts, outdoor games, and TVs to keep little ones entertained. For teenagers there will be a lounge area with video games, foosball, a wading pool and space for open air parties. There’s definitely something to keep kids of every age entertained.

There are more dining options on board Royal Princess than any of the other Princess ships. Royal Princess offers traditional fixed dining, anytime dining and signature venues such as Sterling Steakhouse, Crown Grill Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria.

Sabatinis

There is also set to be a fondue dining option, which seems to be something quite unique at sea. There will also be a new approach to the chef’s table concept – Chef’s Table Lumiere. An executive chef will cook and explain techniques to an exclusive group of passengers.

There are many venues for passengers to enjoy themselves in the evening on board. Bellini Bar is a sophisticated space whereas Crooners Lounge boasts a more laid back atmosphere and regular live music. There is also a nightclub on board where passengers can dance away into the wee small hours.

Images courtesy of Princess Cruises

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