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Grand Princess

Capacity
3,100
Crew
1,100
Tonnage
109 000
Length
289.86 m (951 ft)
First voyage
1998
Decks
17

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.

Overview

Grand Princess was the first of the ''Grand''-class ships, and has a different decor... Read more

Grand Princess

Cruiseline: 
Capacity: 
3,100
Crew: 
1,100
Tonnage: 
109 000
Length: 
289.86 m (951 ft)
Beam: 
35.97 m (118 ft)
First voyage: 
1998
Decks: 
17

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.

Overview

Grand Princess was the first of the ''Grand''-class ships, and has a different decor scheme to her sister ships, using darker woods, and the interior decor is more similar to the smaller Sun-class ships. The cabin layout is also marginally different in the arrangement of the bathroom and the walk-in wardrobe. At a recent refit, the "Movies under the Stars" feature was added. When Grand Princess was launched, she featured in the Princess Cruises brochures as a "Sun" class ship; it was only with the subsequent launch of Golden Princess that the "Grand class" appeared in brochures.

She is the sister ship of Star Princess and Golden Princess. Grand Princess was the setting for a task in the second series of the UK version of the reality TV show The Apprentice.

Grand Princess has a large theatre, a large central performance lounge and an aft show lounge. The inaugural season featured performances by artists including Lorna Luft, Al Martino, Bob Anderson, Red Buttons, Rita Moreno and show-bands including Dominic Halpin with his swing band and Canadian band the Mud Sharks.

In May 2011, Grand Princess completed the most extensive drydock in Princess Cruises history that included a refit and removal of the "Skywalkers" lounge from her stern. Passengers now find a completely new Piazza atrium, several new eateries – including Alfredo's Pizzeria and the Crown Grill – and the line's first specialty tea lounge called Leaves. Also included in the renovation were seven new window suites; remodeled casino, boutiques and art gallery; enhancements to the Horizon Court, Lotus Spa, and wedding chapel; and the addition of Crooner's Martini Lounge. The new nightclub, The One5, replaced Skywalkers.

The removal of the "Skywalkers" lounge from Grand Princess has resolved her tendency to sail bow high, and has improved her fuel economy by about 3-4%. The bow high tendency was peculiar to Grand Princess, and does not affect any of the other Grand class ships (or the derivative classes) as they all have aluminium upper decks, a feature Grand Princess does not have due to the technology to link these two materials being in its infancy when she was built.

Ports of call

Grand Princess is based year-round in San Francisco, California sailing to Alaska, Victoria on Vancouver Island, Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, and California Coastal Cruises.

 

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Attractions on Grand Princess


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Bar Piazza

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You have a chance to drink and eat something while watching different show programs on the Piazza.
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Sabatini's

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Our popular Italian dining option is arguably one of the "Best Cruise Ship Specialty Restaurants" at sea (USA TODAY). You’ll be astonished by the signature pastas and seafood specialties, as well a...
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Horizon Terrace

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Outdoor terrace of the Horizon Buffet
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Youth and Teen Centers

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Our fully equipped Youth Centers and Teen Lounges are staffed with experienced counselors, ready to entertain kids and teens all day and evening.
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The Sanctuary

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Relax your mind and spirit with a day of tranquility in The Sanctuary. Melt your cares away on our plush furniture and deluxe chaise lounges with chilled face towels, relaxing music and al fresco m...
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The Piazza

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Different performances and entertaining show programs, dancing and, of course, relax drinks can make you happy today!
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Wheelhouse Bar

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Located inside The Wheelhouse Bar guests can enjoy a variety of beer, wine and cocktail selections as well as our all new expansive Whiskey Bar Menu, featuring award winning whiskies, bourbons and ...

Al Fresco's Bar

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Want to maximize your pool time and minimize your mealtime? Get a quick and satisfying bite whenever you like at our eatery, or get take-out and dine by the pool.

Beauty Salon

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While you're on vacation and feeling your best, you can still continue to look your best. Our full-service salon will keep you coiffed from head to toe.
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Sports Court

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For those who can’t live a minute without favorite kind of sport, we offer our basketball and volleyball courts that are waiting for hot battles!

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5 Places not to Miss aboard Grand Princess


In this article, you will learn about some of the must-see features and activities onboard the charming Grand Princess ship , of the Princess Cruise liner company . At the time of her inception in 1998, she was the largest and the most expensive cruise ship. Grand Princess was the flagship of...