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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 scheme... 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 iconic "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

Until Spring 2014, Grand Princess was based year-round out of San Francisco, California as of March 2013, sailing to Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, California Coastal Cruises as well as replacing the Sea Princess' 10 Day cruises to Alaska. As of Spring 2014, the Grand Princess has repositioned to Seattle to operate 7-day roundtrip cruises to Alaska (replaced in San Francisco by sister ship Star Princess). Upon finishing up the Seattle-based schedule, the Grand Princess will also sail special-themed roundtrip cruises from Vancouver to Hawaii and the Pacific Coasts. Each of those voyages will be offered one time on the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015. In between those moments, Grand Princess will offer 15- day Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles. As of September 2015, Grand Princess returned to year-round departures out of San Francisco, California sailing to Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, and California Coastal Cruises.

Attractions on Grand Princess


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Internet Cafe

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Perfect for those who like to stay in touch or need to manage their affairs on a daily basis in order to put their minds at ease. Help a passenger relax and fully enjoy their Princess vacation by g...
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Princess Theater Lower Level

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This ship's theater venues are designed with great acoustics, the best seats in the house, and stellar acts.
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Princess Theater Upper Level

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This ship's theater venues are designed with great acoustics, the best seats in the house, and stellar acts.
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Movies Under The Stars

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Movies Under the Stars®, the 300-square foot, 69,000-watt poolside movie-theater, offers passengers the unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster Hollywood movies against a backdrop of sea and sky.

Princess Links

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Nine-hole putting course for golfers. Let’s play togeteher.
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Vines Bar

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Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea", this is a charming corner with extensive collection of wines, like Opus One, Super Tuscans and regional offerings for purchase. The menu also includes wine...
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Vista Lounge

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On our stage you will be able to watch the performances of comedians and illusionists. Your rest will be better with some drinks from our own bar!

Terrace Pool

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Swim, sun and enjoy yourself in our pool! This pool is served by the outdoor Outrigger Bar.

Sea Breeze Bar

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This place can provide you with refreshments and food. Bon appetit!

Splash Pool

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Swim, sun and enjoy yourself in our pool! There are two small splash pools, the smaller is for children and the larger is for adults.

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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...