Few cruise lines can boast the breadth and excellence of the Princess Cruise Line – surely one of the premier cruise line offerings in the world.
Princess is the world’s fifth-biggest cruise line by passenger capacity. The fleet features 17 vessels that collectively offer more than 45,000 berths.
The biggest Princess vessels – specifically, the line’s six Royal Class ships – feature more amenities than their 13 other vessels. The class is comprised of four existing ships, with two more Royal Class ships — Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess — on order for delivery by the end of 2021.
Slightly smaller are Princess’ eight Grand Class vessels. Their smaller size allows them to operate a wide range of itineraries, while still being large enough to have a considerable number of onboard venues. The Grand Class vessels carry between 2,600 to 3,100 passengers at double occupancy.
Smaller still in the Princess fleet is the Coral Class, comprised of two ships that carry approximately 2,000 passengers at double occupancy.
Lastly, there is the outlier of the Princess fleet: the significantly smaller, 670-passenger Pacific Princess. It’s only a fifth the size of the largest Princess ships and is used for exotic itineraries around the globe that appeal to a small subset of Princess passengers.
A more recent defining feature of the Princess fleet is the MedallionClass service utilizing OceanMedallion, a quarter-sized, wearable device that enables passengers to enjoy faster boarding, an easy ability to locate loved ones around the ship, contactless payment, and other technological conveniences guaranteed to make the cruise experience as easy and seamless as possible. This service is currently available on Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, and Sky Princess. Soon to be added to the MedallionClass family are the Discovery Princess, Enchanted Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, and Majestic Princess.
Destination-wise, Princess Cruises sails to more than 100 countries on seven different continents. Offering a wide range of itineraries — around 170 in a typical year – the line’s ships visit more than 380 different ports and destinations and take passengers to more than 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Princess is particularly known for its Alaska cruises, a segment it dominates along with its sister line Holland America. In a typical year, Princess will deploy seven or eight ships to Alaska in the summer months, considerably more than most other lines. It also operates its own wilderness lodges in the state, as well as tourist trains and buses, and uses them to offer a range of 10- to 17-night Alaska “cruise tours” that combine a cruise with land-based touring.
What follows is an overview of Princess’ impressive 17-vessel fleet, by class.