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Princess Cruise Line History
From its modest beginnings in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico, Princess has grown to become one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Today, its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line. Considered one of the most recognized cruise lines in the world, Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when Pacific Princess was cast in a starring role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the still-new concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its seawitch logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since.
The company has also long been the leader in building ships specifically designed to accommodate an extensive number of the most sought-after shipboard luxury -- the private balcony. In the mid-1980s Princess pioneered the concept of the affordable veranda, once an exclusive feature incorporated in only the most expensive suites.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum Passenger age is 6 months on Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Trans-canal and Australia/New Zealand cruises, and 12 months on all other cruises, including transatlantic and transpacific itineraries. Passengers under the age of 21 years must travel in a stateroom with a Passenger 21 years or older who shall assume responsibility for their care during the cruise. For family groups booking multiple staterooms, the minimum age for at least one person in each stateroom is 16 years of age, provided they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian.
Passengers under the age of 21 years must travel in a stateroom with a Passenger 21 years or older who shall assume responsibility for their care during the cruise.
For family groups booking multiple staterooms, the minimum age for at least one person in each stateroom is 16 years of age, provided they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian. "We are unable to accept group reservations for student or youth groups that do not conform to the minimum age requirements."
Designated Smoking Areas
Clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas” are available onboard and include a sufficient number of ashtrays that are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub and casino, as well as a portion of the open decks.
Stateroom Smoking Policy Update
For all voyages departing after January 15th, 2012, Princess Cruises will prohibit smoking in passenger staterooms and balconies. This policy change reflects the preferences of a vast majority of our passengers who value having their primary living space (both stateroom and balcony) smoke-free. As balconies are a hallmark of Princess Cruises, we believe it is important to keep this peaceful space clear of smoke. Violations to this policy will result in a $250 fine for each occurrence, which will be charged to the passenger’s stateroom account. No Passenger under the age of 18 shall be permitted to purchase cigarettes or tobacco products.
Passengers agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.
Only those passengers 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol or gamble in the casino. For those whose age is questionable, picture identification may be requested.
Entry into the disco is limited to passengers 18 years and older.
Internet access is available on all Princess vessels through our 24-hour
onboard Internet Cafe and wireless network -- which is available in
staterooms and various public areas including our world famous Piazzas.
Use our state-of-the-art computer systems to access your web-based email account, or browse the Internet for world news, sports and stock trading. Or bring your wireless-enabled laptop and access the Internet through our improved onboard wireless service.
Passengers who subscribe to email services from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) are advised to verify that their ISP has a web-mail viewing site prior to sailing. Most major ISPs have websites that allow email access via a web browser using an email address and password.
Please contact the Internet Café Manager onboard for information regarding the charges that apply to Internet and wireless services and any other specific requirements.
Plus – Platinum and Elite Captain’s Circle members benefit from credit toward Internet Café packages.
Internet access via satellite is significantly slower than high-speed connections on shore. Princess Cruises reserves the right to filter content accessed via the ship's Internet services. Please note high bandwidth consuming applications such as voice over IP telephony, peer-to-peer file sharing and streaming media may be restricted onboard Princess vessels.
Princess' young passengers will find special menus in the main dining room featuring a variety of childhood favorites. Plus, participants in the Princess Kids youth program can join in the fun at special pizza parties, ice cream socials, and other fun dining events.
On the main dining room menus, passengers will always find a daily selection of healthy Lotus Spa options designed for those watching their diets. Choices include vegetarian dishes, lower-calorie entrees and salads, as well as options lower in cholesterol, fat and sodium. Sugar-free desserts are included on the daily dessert menus as well.
More specific dietary needs can be accommodated upon request. This includes Kosher meals, as well as selections for passengers following vegan, salt-free, low MSG or sulfites, dairy-free, or gluten-free diets. All are available if pre-arranged in advance of the sailing.
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Princess Cruises, one of the best-known names in North American cruising, is a global cruise and tour company. It operates a fleet of 17 ships on 115 different itineraries traveling to more than 350 destinations around the globe.
Princess is known for its Personal Choice Cruising program, a fleet-wide dedication to providing passengers with a wide variety of options with which to customize their vacations. The line's ships are designed to offer an array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, to enable passengers to create their own personalized escape.
Princess itineraries span the globe, with cruises ranging from seven to 107 days in length. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal, Mexico, South Pacific, South America, Hawaii/Tahiti, Asia, India, Africa, Canada/New England, Antarctica and World Cruises.
Princess is one of the leaders in Alaska Cruise tour vacations, and owns five riverside wilderness lodges, plus a fleet of Ultra Dome railcars and luxury motor coaches, which take passengers through the heart of the 49th state. Princess additionally operates cruise tours in China, Australia, Africa, India, Europe, the Canadian Rockies and the eastern United States.
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|Emerald Princess||Dawn Princess|
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|Grand Princess||Ocean Princess|
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|Diamond Princess||Coral Princess|
|Sapphire Princess||Island Princess|
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Passengers will find traditional European dishes blended with contemporary cuisine, focusing on seasonal foods, flavorful sauces, herbs and lighter fare to please a wide variety of tastes. Most of the food items aboard have been freshly prepared or baked, including a daily offering of breads and desserts.
The ingredients used on board come from throughout North America and Europe. And, as available, specialties from the ships' ports of call and cruise region often appear on the menus. Alaska cruise passengers, for example, might enjoy freshly caught salmon, while in the Caribbean local seafood and tropical fruits are featured. Dishes prepared tableside, a Princess hallmark, add to the festive nature of the meals, and might include the always-popular Caesar salad, pastas, carvings or flaming desserts.
Just like a restaurant at home, Anytime Dining enables passengers the freedom to dine when and with whom they wish, at any time between 5:30 and 10 pm. Reservations are available through an onboard dining hotline or Princess Concierge Service, but are not required, and diners may choose to eat only with their own group, or be seated with other passengers. Anytime Dining is available on all Princess ships with more than one main dining room.
For passengers who prefer the traditional cruise ship dining experience, Princess also offers a main dining room option in which they can enjoy having the same dining time, waiter and tablemates each evening. Every ship offers at least one dining room dedicated to Traditional Dining - two seatings, usually scheduled at 6:30 and 8:30 pm.
Imagine having a favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant with attentive waiters who present your first course the moment you sit down -- and follow that with a tantalizing parade of dishes, one right after another. Just such a dining experience can be found in Sabatini's, where, in true trattoria fashion, courses arrive with a flourish on platters fresh from the kitchen. With a menu specializing in Italian cuisine and premium seafood, Sabatini's offers a refined yet casual atmosphere that includes extensive personal attention from the ship's top European waiters and perhaps even a song from the pizza chef as he creates Princess' famous pies. $20 cover charge. Prices subject to change.
Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse
A spicy mixture of French, Spanish and African influences, New Orleans cuisine is one of the oldest culture-driven cooking styles in American history, but new to the cruise industry. Princess introduced the very first New Orleans-style restaurant at sea -- the Bayou Cafe -- aboard Coral Princess in 2003. Here, passengers can enjoy live jazz along with traditional Cajun- and Creole-influenced dishes such as peel-and-eat shrimp, alligator ribs, gumbos, jambalaya and a host of fun drink selections. Steak lovers can choose from premium beef selections such as Garlic Mustard Grilled or Blackened Sterling Silver bone-in New York Strip Bourbon and Smoked Chili Marinated Sterling Silver Porterhouse Steak $15 cover charge. Prices subject to change. Featured on Coral Princess and Island Princess.
The perfect choice for meat lovers, the Sterling Steakhouse features special cuts of beef from the famous "Sterling Silver" brand, cooked to order, and other steakhouse favorites. Passengers even enjoy the unique option of choosing their own cut of beef from a presentation tray, and watching as the chef cooks their selection. $15 cover charge. Prices subject to change. (Featured on Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Pacific Princess, Tahitian Princess, Star Princess, Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Caribbean Princess, Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess, Royal Princess).
Featuring premium beef and seafood items, the Crown Grill offers a showplace eatery with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare steamed shellfish -- such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels -- and cooked-to-order steaks and chops. Passengers can choose to sit at the kitchen's eat-up counter and watch the show as they dine, or settle into a comfortable booth with an order of grilled tiger prawns or a filet mignon. The restaurant also offers a dedicated cocktail bar, wine display cabinets and a new signature 16-ounce Crown Grill Margarita. A $25 fee applies for dinner, some items may carry an additional charge. Prices subject to change. Featured on Crown Princess and Emerald Princess.
This themed buffet captures the tastes of the Caribbean. An industry first, this elegant but casual dining option presents a changing menu of Caribbean themes with specialties such as Grilled Caribbean Rock Lobster, Paella-Style Prawns, Whole Roast Suckling Pig, Jerk Chicken, Guiana Pepperpots and Curries, and many more local favorites. Sporting colorful Caribbean decor and live music, the space features an open kitchen where passengers can order their meal cooked to their specifications. (Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Emerald Princess)
Wine and Caviar Bar
Fine caviars for an elegant evening snack plus premium wines.
A wine and seafood bar that tempts passengers in the evening with an assortment of fine wine and cocktail pairings accompanied by a selection of chilled seafood "cocktails"-- appetizers including salmon, oysters, sushi, gravlax or other treats from the sea. Seafood appetizers are available for a modest per-item charge. (Crown Princess, Emerald Princess)
All ships offer Princess' trademark British-style afternoon tea daily, complete with tablecloths, gleaming Samovars, easy listening music in the background, and tea boxes for herbal and specialty teas. Passengers can enjoy freshly prepared finger sandwiches, cookies, biscuits and cakes served by white-gloved waiters in smart, formal attire.
Casual Dining Options
(also known as the Lido Cafe or Panorama Buffet on certain vessels) At the forefront of 24-hour dining, the Horizon Court offers a round-the-clock venue for buffet meals or snacks. In addition, the restaurant operates a late-night bistro with a set menu and sit-down service from 10 pm to 4 am. A primary feature of Princess ships, the top-of-the-ship restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning sea views as a backdrop for a quick breakfast or casual dinner.
A new generation in Princess' 24-hour dining concept, this atrium-level cafe in a piazza-style setting serves a changing menu of a la carte items throughout the day. Passengers may enjoy freshly baked croissants or beignets in the morning, gourmet panini sandwiches at lunchtime, afternoon tea or chocolate fondue later in the day, or pre-dinner tapas in the evening. Those looking for a sweet pick-me-up will also find displays of caramel apples, chocolate truffles, gelato and other assorted desserts. Coffee lovers will find an expanded coffee program featuring a variety of specialty coffee drinks made from a selection of six different coffee beans. The International Cafe menu features both complimentary and modestly priced items. (Crown Princess, Emerald Princess)
For a quick poolside lunch, many Princess ships offer outdoor venues where hungry passengers can get freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs for a tasty al fresco meal.
For cappuccino, espresso and other coffee specialties, as well as fresh pastries throughout the day, La Patisserie offers a comfortable, casual sidewalk cafe-style setting.
Offering authentic Italian-style pies that have long been a Princess trademark, these restaurants offer a lunch and dinner menu perfect for pizza lovers, and are often open late into the night. (Featured on Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and Regal Princess). Poolside pizzerias serving fresh pizza by the slice are featured on many ships as well (Grand Princess, Golden Princess, Star Princess, Island Princess, Coral Princess, Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess, Emerald Princess).
Ice Cream Bar
The perfect place to indulge a sweet tooth, several Princess vessels offer an ice cream counter featuring premium treats at prices comparable to landside ice cream shops. Princess' own homemade ice cream is available at meals in the main dining rooms as well as an afternoon sundae bar in the Horizon Court.
And if all this isn't enough, Princess even provides 24-hour room service, enabling passengers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the privacy of their own staterooms or enjoying the view from their balconies. In addition to the always-available room service menu, passengers can also enjoy items from the day's main menu in their staterooms, as well as special room service-only offerings, such as a special Champagne Balcony Breakfast.