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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.

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Attractions on Grand Princess


International Cafe

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Open around the clock, you'll always find something delicious to nosh on from breakfast parfaits to grilled paninis and gourmet salads, daily soups and a host of tasty desserts including freshly ba...
Photo by Princess Cruises

Dance Floor

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Move to the rhythm of the disco beat or take a spin on one of our dance floors. And, for some belly laughs, catch a stand-up comedy act or belt out a song in our karaoke event.

Calypso Bar

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Quench your thirst with our award-winning craft beer, brewed exclusively by acclaimed local breweries and only available on board of Grand Princess. Also you can find a wide array of wines, cocktai...

Massage

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Deep Tissue Muscle Massage, a relaxing Swedish Massage or a Full Body Lotus Massage especially for couples. Shorter interludes of massage pampering will also be available as massage therapists will...
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Art Gallery

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When is a cruise an opportunity to enrich? When it's a Princess cruise. You will enjoy great reproductions and pictures together with lectures, art exhibits and classes taught by local experts.

Bar

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We hope you have a minute to rest a little and have a snack.
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Calypso Reef & Pool

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Swim, sun and enjoy yourself in our pool! And don’t be afraid in case of bad weather, because our pool is protected by the retractable glass roof.

Lotus Spa

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The Lotus Spa offers everything you need pamper yourself, from facials, scrubs and massages to body therapy, body wraps, and Botox and Acupuncture, including a full-service salon.

Self Service Laundromat

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Explorers Lounge

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This is a great entertainment venue where you can see different artists and live bands, take a part in interesting show programs. Own dance floor and bar make this place very suitable for spending ...

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