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Princess Cruises started its cruising career in the 1960s, with one ship cruising to Alaska in the summer and the Mexican Riviera in the winter. Today Princess Cruises has grown to be a leader in worldwide destination cruising, with a fleet of new ships cruising the globe. The Princess fame began in earnest when some smart marketing executive in the late 1970s signed an agreement for the filming of the televison series “The Love Boat” onboard one of the Princess cruise ships, the original Pacific Princess. From that point Princess Cruises was a household name, and it is still today one of the best known names in the cruise industry.
For a long time, Princess Cruises was known to the cruising public as “The Love Boats”, but with the changing demographics of the cruise market the cruise line gradually moved towards appealing to a larger audience. Love is still important on a Princess ship, but the new, big Princess cruise ships are designed to have something for every type of cruise enthusiast and every age group.
Princess is the cruise line that invented the concept of having a large number of private balconies on cruise ships. We first saw that concept on the original Royal Princess, built back in 1984, but then it took Princess until 1997 to build the next new ships. The cruise ships of the Princess “Sun Class” arrived with more than 400 cabins and suites having a private balcony. From there the race was on. Suddenly every other cruise line understoood that this was a great idea. Those who “love” having their own cruise ship balcony have a lot to thank Princess for.
Princess Cruises is a leader in worldwide destination cruising. No matter what part of the world, Princess has the experience of having cruised there for years. Princess Cruises also has particular expertise in Alaska, where they are one of the two leaders in Alaska cruises and cruise tours, operating their own railcars, motorcoaches, and several luxury lodges.
Dining on Princess Cruises can be Traditional Dining, “Anytime” Dining, or dining on one of the specialty restaurants. The preferred type of dining is selected at time of booking, subject to availability. Lunch and dinner are also available buffet style in the 24-hour Horizon Court buffet restaurant. All Princess ships also offer exclusive specialty restaurants for special evenings, such as Sterling’s Steakhouse and Sabatini’s. Reservations are recommended, and a nominal fee applies.
Princess Cruises showlounge productions feature Broadway style shows with a large cast of professional singers and dancers from around the world. In addition to a different main show each evening, you can enjoy dancing, karaoke, and comedy shows in the many vibrant bars and lounges. A Princess specialty is “Movies Under The Stars”, a 300 square foot poolside movie screen featuring movies and sports events throghout the day and evening.
Princess Cruises is popular for family vacations, with some of the best kids and teens facilities and programming of any cruise line. The big ships of Princess are a consistently great experience and great value for families (limited services on the small Pacific class ships).