Words by Carlie Tucker
When it comes to cruising, there are few that have been in the business of providing luxury service on the high seas longer than Princess Cruises. This is their 50th year after all. With no signs of stopping, they continue to draw cruisers with a heady mix of exciting itineraries and quality ships decked out with all the comforts you could possibly need and then some.
In fact, the ships play a significant role in providing passengers with an unforgettable experience as their whisked across the world's oceans en route to adventure in far flung destinations. There are 18 in the Princess fleet, each one designed to provide an intimate, personalised and completely unique experience. Here's a peek at just three and what makes them so special.
- Passengers: 1998
- Crew: 924
- Number of Decks: 15
- Launched: 5 Jan 1997 (refurbished June 2009)
The Dawn Princess was christened by the original cast of the Love Boat, so you know there's something a little bit special about this cruise liner. Based in Australia throughout the year, she is dedicated to style on the high seas right here at home. Itineraries, such as the Fiji & South Pacific Cruise, focus on the magic of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
With 14 decks dedicated to passenger comfort and experience, there is plenty of fun, relaxation and entertainment to be enjoyed while you're onboard. This includes two traditional dining rooms and six specialty restaurants serving up everything from Italian cuisine to the gourmet delights of the Chef's Table. Though, if you're looking for something more intimate, Ultimate Balcony Dining offers a romantic dinner for two.
Enjoy nightly entertainment at one of the ship's two theatres, or take in a movie under the stars at the outdoor theatre (complete with complimentary popcorn). It doesn't matter if you want to rejuvenate with a spa session or test your high roller skills at the Grand Casino, there's a space on board dedicated to every type of entertainment.
- Passengers: 2016
- Crew: 910
- Number of Decks: 15
- Launched: 19 Dec 1998 (refurbished Sept 2012)
Whether you're interested in a 14 Night New Zealand Cruise or a month-long journey through exotic Asia, the Sea Princess can get you there in the lap of luxury. The number of available itineraries aboard the Sea Princess are just as extensive as the onboard entertainment. There's never a dull moment, whether you're exploring the distinctly French flair of New Zealand's Akaroa excursion or taking in a signature show at one of the ship's theatres while at sea.
The Sea Princess offers an extensive range of activities, catering to all ages. Older passengers can enjoy the serenity of the adults-only Sanctuary, while younger guests can delve int the spoils of youth and teen centres. This includes a video arcade and programs aimed at specific age groups. Or, for a little enriching holiday experience as a family, all ages can take advantage of such programs as ScholarShip@Sea, the Library and writing room or world-class art collection on board.
- Passengers: 2670
- Crew: 1238
- Number of Decks: 18
- Launched: 6 Jan 2004 (refurbished Feb 2012)
Completed in Japan in 2004, it's no wonder this supersized ship spends the majority of its time cruising the waters of Asia's most exciting destinations such as those on offer on the 11 Night Southeast Asia Cruise.
Offering up Princess Cruises' signature style, the Sapphire Princess provides no less than 17 decks of fun and excitement. This includes seven decks of accommodation. Staterooms range from the modern comfort of Interior Rooms to the premium appointments of the Grand Suite with Balcony. Family suites are also available with a separate sitting area, balcony and full bathroom.
As you might expect, Sapphire Princess is brimming with top dining options with several formal dining rooms, specialty restaurants and casual options for a quick bite before zipping off to your next onboard activity. It also provides guests with a choice of two theatres, three night clubs and four lounges. Taking onboard entertainment a step further, the Sapphire Princess even comes complete with its own nine-hole putting course and virtual golf simulators.