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Grand Princess

The ship that introduced cruising on a grand scale

When Grand Princess emerged from Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard in Italy in May 1998, she launched Princess Cruises' Grand Class of cruising, weighing in as the largest passenger liner ever to be built.

At 109,000 tons and with capacity to carry 2,600 passengers, she made her debut on May 26 with a 12-night cruise from Istanbul to Barcelona.

The addition of two more Grand Class ships - Golden Princess and Star Princess - in fairly quick succession positioned Princess Cruises as one of the leading Caribbean cruise operators and increased its overall capacity by 50 per cent.

Grand Princess of Princess Cruises

The $400 million ship, which underwent Princess Cruises largest drydock makeover in the line’s history in April 2011, includes three state-of-the-art show lounges - she was the first cruise ship to do so - each offering passengers a different option for after-dinner entertainment.

She also features three main dining rooms, an entire deck dedicated to suites and 750 cabins have their own private balconies.

And on top of all that, she boasts

  • A motion-based interactive cinema offering virtual adventure rides through sea or space
  • Spectacular nightclub positioned 15 decks above the seas and accessible by a moving glass escalator
  • Theatre with a flexible seating arrangement which can be altered to create a ‘theatre in the round’
  • A Blue Screen Room, where passengers can be filed and their images merged into pre-exisiting film scenes, using technology similar to that used in the film Forrest Gump
  • Wedding chapel
  • Following the ship’s most recent transformation, 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 are seven new window suites, remodelled casino, boutiques and art gallery, enhancements to the Horizon Court, Lotus Spa, and wedding chapel, and the addition of Crooner’s Martini Lounge and the new nightclub, The One5.

    Vital statistics
    Operated by Princess Cruises
    Built by Fincantieri Navali, Italy
    Entered service: May 1998
    Refurbished: April 2011
    Registered: Bermuda
    Gross tonnage: 108,806 tons
    Passengers: 2,600
    Crew: 1,100
    Passenger decks: 13
    Lifts: 14
    Cabins: 1,300 including

    Length: 951ft
    Width: 118ft
    Draft: 26ft
    Engines: diesel-electric

    Facilities

    Three main dining rooms (two sittings), alternative dining options, three show lounges, 12 lounges/bars, casino, cinema, wedding chapel, virtual reality centyre, five swimming pools (one with magradome), nine hot tubs, fitness centre, expansive spa, golf simulator, 9-hole putting course, internet cafe, library, children’s and teen centres, self-service launderette.

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