If you were to put Celebrity, Holland America, and Royal Caribbean in a blender and mix them together, then add a pinch of both British maritime tradition and California style, you'd come up with Princess. Dining, entertainment, and activities are geared to a wide cross section of cruisers. The more traditional minded can spend some time in the library, join a bridge tournament, enjoy a formal dinner in a grand dining room, and then take in a show. Those seeking something different can paint their own pottery, dine in an intimate Italian or steakhouse restaurant, then take in a set of small-group jazz or an outdoor big-screen movie afterward. The majority of the line's largest vessels are very large, yet still manage to have intimate spaces for quiet times. And they're good lookin', too.
Still the Love Boat
Ever the romantic, Princess has things covered from proposal through "I do." On most Princess ships, prospective fiancées can propose to their future mates via video on the ship's giant movie screens. Called Engagement Under the Stars, the $695 package includes the creation of a personalized proposal video with the ship's videographer as well as champagne and chocolates, an engagement portrait session, candid photos of the proposal, an in-cabin breakfast, dinner for two at one of the ship's specialty restaurants, a couple's massage in the Lotus Spa, and other extras. Meanwhile, the Grand-, Diamond-, and Coral-class ships are all outfitted with wedding chapels. Grand Princess was the first cruise ship to have one, and now a string of other ships have followed suit. Princess was also the first modern line to offer weddings at sea performed by the captain, though now Celebrity and Azamara provide that option as well.
Romantics sailing aboard any Princess ship can have a four-course champagne balcony breakfast for two ($32) or dinner served by a dedicated waiter on their private balcony, at a table set with a tablecloth, hurricane candle lamp, and champagne. While the waiter is setting everything up, you and your significant other can have a complimentary cocktail in one of the ship's bars. The dinner costs $50 per person.
With a fleet of mostly large and extralarge megaships, L.A.-based Princess offers a quality mainstream cruise experience with a nice balance of tradition and innovation, relaxation and excitement, casualness and glamour. Sails to: Caribbean, Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Canada/New England, Panama Canal (plus Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South America, South Pacific, transatlantic).
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