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  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • Mini-Suite-Royal-Princess - Guests staying in a Mini Suite aboard Royal Princess are given a separate sitting area and coffee table, a walk-in closet, two flat panel TVs, one flat screen TV, a roomy bathtub and many other amentities.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Royal-Princess-at-night - When night falls, Royal Princess offers guests the option to relax in quietude or catch a late night comedy or game show, a Movies Under the Stars screening, dancing to live music and many other choices.
  • Royal-Princess-rainbow - Outracing the rainbow: Royal Princess sails to a wide range of destinations worldwide, including the Eastern Caribbean, Canada, New England, Azores, British Isles, Spain, Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea and more.
  • royal-princess-deck-night - The brilliantly lit deck of Royal Princess at night.
  • Royal-Princess-atrium-from-Deck7 - Royal Princess’ large piazza-style atrium, seen from deck 7, features  spiral staircases, dining options that include Gelato and the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, and live entertainment from the nearby bar or lounge.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium-4 - Look for a grand piazza-style atrium featuring beautiful spiral staircases and several dining options on your Princess ship.
  • Crooners-Royal-Princess - Have a drink or meet new friends at Crooner's, the cocktail lounge aboard Royal Princess.
  • Blarney-Castle-Cork -  Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, is among the most popular shore excursions on Princess Cruises sailings to the British Isles. Cork, Ireland's third largest city, boasts great architecture and a vibrant cultural life.
  • Royal-Princess-at-night - When night falls, Royal Princess offers guests the option to relax in quietude or catch a late night comedy or game show, a Movies Under the Stars screening, dancing to live music and many other choices.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium - Don't be surprised if a symphony breaks out on your  Princess cruise. The  piazza-style atrium features live entertainment, spiral staircases and dining and cocktail lounge options.
  • Bellinis-Royal-Princess - Belly up to Bellini's bar in the atrium of Royal Princess for a cocktail before or after dinner.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • piazza-style-atrium-Princess - Regal Princess's large piazza-style atrium features beautiful spiral staircases, nearby live entertainment, shopping and dining options.
  • Royal-Princess-Southampton-England - Royal Princess at Southampton Docks in the United Kingdom.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Royal-Princess-Sweden - Royal Princess near Nynäshamn, Sweden.
  • Royal-Princess-Rostock-Germany - Royal Princess in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Alfredos-Pizzeria-Princess-Cruises-2 - With 121 seats, Alfredo’s Pizzeria aboard Royal Princess features freshly prepared Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones, flatbreads and baked pasta. Princess calls it "the largest complimentary pizza restaurant at sea."
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Pub-Lunch-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a taste of British pub grub and lift a pint with a friend at the Pub Lunch on your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • Crown-Grill-Restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Look for upscale steak and seafood fare at Princess Cruises' Crown Grill Restaurant, voted one of the "Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by USA Today.
  • Ocean-Terrace-Seafood-Bar - The Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar aboard Royal Princess provides guests with a wide assortment of fresh seafood.
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-mousse-princess.jpg - Bittersweet chocolate mousse with caramel cream and milk, available on your Princess cruise.
  • international-cafe-princess-cruises.jpg - Creative chocolate desserts served in the International Cafe on your Princess sailing.
  • Royal-Princess-atrium-from-Deck5 - Royal Princess’ large piazza-style atrium, seen from deck 5, features spiral staircases, dining options that include Gelato and the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, and live entertainment from the nearby bar or lounge.
  • Royal-Princess-atrium-from-Deck7 - Royal Princess’ large piazza-style atrium, seen from deck 7, features  spiral staircases, dining options that include Gelato and the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, and live entertainment from the nearby bar or lounge.
  • Bellinis-Royal-Princess - Belly up to Bellini's bar in the atrium of Royal Princess for a cocktail before or after dinner.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Crooners-Royal-Princess - Have a drink or meet new friends at Crooner's, the cocktail lounge aboard Royal Princess.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess Cruise to unwind with a drink or to meet new people. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium - Don't be surprised if a symphony breaks out on your  Princess cruise. The  piazza-style atrium features live entertainment, spiral staircases and dining and cocktail lounge options.
  • Vines-Wine-Bar-Princess-Cruises-2 - Head to the Vines Wine Bar on your Princess cruise to unwind with a glass of wine that suits your palate. It was voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by USA Today.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium-2 - On your Princess ship you'll find a large piazza-style atrium with personal service and dining options that include Gelato and the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium-3 - You'll find an elegant piazza-style atrium where you can lounge, shop and dine on your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-piazza-style-atrium-4 - Look for a grand piazza-style atrium featuring beautiful spiral staircases and several dining options on your Princess ship.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • piazza-style-atrium-Princess - Regal Princess's large piazza-style atrium features beautiful spiral staircases, nearby live entertainment, shopping and dining options.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Mini-Piazza-Royal-Princess - Head to the Mini-Piazza on Royal Princess for the ship's passenger services and shore excursions desks.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Photo-Video-Gallery - Aboard Royal Princess, guests can browse through the ship's photo video gallery for shots they may want to purchase as keepsakes.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • voice-of-ocean-judges.jpg - Judges during the talent competition The Voice of the Ocean on Princess Cruises.
  • Princess-Cruises-group-fitness.jpg - An instructor leads a fitness class on Princess Cruises.
  • princess-cruises-man-yoga.jpg - Keep fit with yoga, Pilates, spinning and other fitness routines on your Princess cruise.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Blarney-Castle-Cork -  Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, is among the most popular shore excursions on Princess Cruises sailings to the British Isles. Cork, Ireland's third largest city, boasts great architecture and a vibrant cultural life.
  • Peterhof-Palace-and-Grand-Cascade-St-Petersburg - Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Gibraltar-Barbary-Macaques - The famed Barbary Macaques make themselves seen on the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Gibraltar-airport - The Gibraltar Airport stands in the shadow of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-St-Michael-Caves - St. Michael's Cave is the most visited of the more than 150 caves in Gibraltar.
  • Gibraltar-Moorish-fort - Moorish fortifications in Gibraltar signal the contested nature of the region over the centuries.
  • Gibraltar-cable-car - Visitors to Gibraltar can take the cable car to the Top of the Rock.
  • Gibraltar-drum-corps - British pageantry on display as the Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment passes by the Convent.
  • Gibraltar-Strait - The Strait of Gibraltar, separating Africa and Europe, brings visitors from across the globe.
  • Gibraltar-Casemate-Square - Stroll through Gibraltar and stop for refreshments at Casemates Square.

Royal Princess: Evolution & innovation on the high seas

Snapshot

Princess Cruises put a lot of thought into the design of the new Royal Princess. New features include an expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options, a top deck pool with a water and light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen and the new SeaWalk with views 128 feet straight down. While there's plenty of new features to love, Royal Princess still has its signature locations including The Sanctuary and the Piazza, and it has popular programs such as the unique Chef’s Table dinner. 

Who will like sailing on Royal Princess

Princess Cruises is a great choice for families, couples, seniors, groups and individuals looking for a relaxing cruise getaway. The Royal Princess is a wonderful option for those not looking for a party atmosphere. 

Where Royal Princess sails

A majority of the Royal Princess cruises are to the Caribbean; however, the ship also sails to Western Europe and the British Isles. Cruise itineraries range from one to two weeks, but passengers will find a plethora of 10-day options.  

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Our friend Jason Leppert of PopularCruising.com posted this 4-minute review of dining aboard Royal Princess.

Dining

The food is consistently good on Royal Princess. With a nice mix of dining options to that are included in the cruise fare along with some elegant alternatives available for a surcharge, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Dining Rooms

Royal Princess features three main dining rooms, Allegro (which also houses the dramatic Chef’s Table Lumiere), Symphony and Concerto (both of which feature tables surrounded by wine cellars).

Chef’s Table Lumiere

Known for creating the first-ever chef’s table experience at sea, Princess ups the game with the Chef’s Table Lumiere. Sit at a custom-made glass table that is surrounded by a curtain of light. Cover charge: $115.

Wine Maker’s Dinner

Diners in the Symphony and Concerto dining rooms can enjoy a unique dining experience in a private space inspired by a wine cellar. Surrounded by wine bottles, the circular area, which seats up to 12, offers specialty menus developed in conjunction with noted winemakers to pair with matching wines. Cover charge: $40.

Specialty dining

Crown Grill & Wheelhouse Bar 

The Crown Grill premium seafood and chop house has been blended together with the popular Wheelhouse Bar for a complete evening of dining and entertainment in one location. Crown Grill cover charge: $25.

Sabatini’s 

Sabatini’s features a fresh menu of sophisticated Italian favorites with an a la carte experience. Cover charge: $25.

Look for upscale steak and seafood fare at Princess Cruises' Crown Grill Restaurant, voted one of the
Courtesy of Princess CruisesLook for upscale steak and seafood fare at Princess Cruises' Crown Grill Restaurant, voted one of the "Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses" by USA Today.

Casual dining

Alfredo’s 

Serving up fresh, hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizzas. With 121 seats, Alfredo’s is the largest such pizza restaurant at sea, and features an open kitchen where passengers can watch as chefs craft their pizza.



International Café 

The cafe is open 24 hours for you to grab a light meal, meet friends for coffee or enjoy a snack while watching the array of Piazza entertainers.

Vines 

Vines wine and tapas bar serves a selection of exclusive new- and old-world vintage wines along with wine sampling, food pairing and unique events.

Ocean Terrace 

The Ocean Terrace offers an array of à la carte ocean treasures, including a flight of oyster shooters, fresh sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna poke, king crab cocktail and more. A la carte pricing applies.

Tea Tower 

Tea Tower features a tea sommelier and a choice of 250 blends; tea lovers will revel in Royal Princess’ unique tea tower located in the ship’s central Piazza.

Pub Lunch 

The complimentary pub lunch, which has become a big hit with passengers since it debuted in 2008, is served daily across the combined space in the Wheelhouse Bar and the Crown Grill.

Horizon Court Buffet 

For early risers on the go, new Grab & Go options are available, while healthy breakfast options offer the fuel passengers need to make the most of a day at sea or ashore. Those who love to sleep in will even find a special “late, late risers” breakfast corner. At lunch, a variety of new live stations feature a regional flair, including a rotisserie and Japanese Hibachi Grill.

Horizon Bistro 

Dinner in the Horizon Court will offer an interactive experience with themed events and specialty dinners. On certain nights, passengers may find a Brazilian churrascaria, Argentine gaucho theme, German Beer Fest, a European bistro or British pub. Actions stations found here include a hibachi grill, rotisseries and carving stations, a taqueria and a sandwich bar.

Horizon Court (specialty dining)

Two fun specialty dining choices are housed within the Horizon Court: Crab Shack and Fondues.

  • Crab Shack: Seafood lovers will have a full crab shack experience, complete with mallets, bibs and buckets. Diners can enjoy crawfish in a Bayou-style “Mud Bug” boil, spiced peel-and-eat shrimp or a mixed steamer pot filled with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels. Cover charge: $20.
  • Fondues: A variety of cheese fondues highlight this special experience, including classic Swiss with white wine, German cheddar fondue with beer and a French cheese fondue with champagne. Other Swiss, German or Austrian specialties round out the menu. Cover charge: $20.
Royal Princess’s large piazza-style atrium, seen from deck 7.
/ Courtesy of Princess CruisesRoyal Princess’s large piazza-style atrium, seen from deck 7.

Must-see innovations & attractions  

Since entering service in 2013, the 3,600-passenger ship that was christened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been turning heads. Keep reading to discover my favorite curated features on Royal Princess.

  • The Sanctuary: Hands down, this is my favorite place on Princess Cruises' ships. This relaxation retreat is next to the adults-only pool. You can kick back and watch the hours slip by while snacking on light bites delivered by the Serenity Steward(ess), listen to music on one of the ship's iPods and sip your favorite beverage. Plan ahead because on sea days, this place is popular (because of shade, comfy chairs and great service), so sign up early to avoid disappointment.
  • Sabatini’s Bites and Flights: Royal Princess is purpose-built to share resources between outlets — a bar next to a restaurant, for example. Not to miss is wine tasting at Vines, which is paired with dishes from Sabatini’s, an Italian restaurant right next door. The wine bar offers Sabatini’s Bites to accompany its popular wine flights.
  • Super Tuscan Wines:  Sabatini’s offers more than 20 Tuscan wines. Ranging from recognizable Super Tuscans such as Masseto, Solaia or Tignanello to some lesser known vintages such as Castello del Terricio ‘Cappuanino’ or Il Bruciato Bolgheri, these wines will be featured by the bottle and in a new Sabatini’s Super Tuscan Wine Tasting event.
  • Princess Live! is a television studio, which is used for various activities (including the set of their morning show).
  • Can you say gelato? Besides a very tasty soft-serve, ice cream lovers will find a gelateria onboard Royal Princess. For a nominal fee, you can select from a menu of eight delicious flavors prepared by the ship’s pastry chef, plus more than 20 toppings and sauces, and specialty items such as sundaes, waffle cones and sweet crepes. Although there is an extra charge for gelato, it's just the ticket after a long day in the sun.
  • Princess goes mobile:  [email protected] is a brand-new mobile-friendly intranet site that enables passengers to access daily updates about entertainment, onboard specials, weather and port news, as well as review their onboard folio.
  • Bellini’s: This new Italian-inspired cocktail bar is cantilevered over the Piazza on Deck 6.
  • The SeaWalk: There is something exciting about a walkway on a glass-paned cantilevered path that is 15 decks high.
  • The Pastry Shop: A “light” snack is always a must after a day in port.
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria: Visit Alfredo's for a slice of hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizza.
Have a drink or meet new friends at Crooner's, the cocktail lounge aboard Royal Princess.
Courtesy of Princess CruisesHave a drink or meet new friends at Crooner's, the cocktail lounge aboard Royal Princess.

Bars & lounges

Whether you're in the mood for a cozy space to sip cocktails with someone special or a swanky place to savor a cigar and make new friends, the Club Bar, Pool Bar or the Piano Lounge will provide exactly what you need.  

Kids & teens

This ship's activities run the age-appropriate gamut for those under 18, from Princess Pelicans (ages three to seven) and Shockwaves (ages eight to 12) to Remix (ages 13 to 17). Activities include kids/teens dinners, ice cream parties, arts and crafts and board games. 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Atrium
  • Where: Royal Princess

  • What: The Sanctuary
  • Where: Royal Princess

  • What: Suite
  • Where: Royal Princess
  • Balconies on all outside staterooms
  • Expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options
  • Uper-deck pool exclusively for adults, featuring plush private cabanas
  • The SeaWalk & SeaView Bar — a first-of-its-kind enclosed walkway extending from the ships top deck and a port side cantilevered bar, each with glass floors and sweeping ocean views
  • An enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen

Top dining options on board

Sabitini's

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Crown Grill

  • Style: Steakhouse
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Main dining

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

3,560 Passengers [?]
1,200 Crew
19 Decks
2012 Maiden voyage
142,229 Tonnage [?]
1,083 Length in feet
126 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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