Princess Cruise ship ratings
- Not all onboard amenities included in cruise rate
- High-capacity ships can usher in heavy crowds and longer lines dining venues
- Shore excursions can be pricey
Princess targets a wide range of traveler types, including families, solo travelers and couples in their 30s, 40s and 50s. On longer voyages on smaller ships you're more likely to find older cruisers and fewer families. Meanwhile, voyages during the summer months and winter holidays tend to usher in children and multigenerational groups. All but two ships — Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess — host kids clubs. Regardless of your selected itinerary, you'll likely be cruising with an American crowd.More about the onboard experience»
While visiting each port, you can explore on your own or participate in a tour offered by Princess' affiliated operators. Possible excursions include snorkeling in Bora Bora or taking a glacier cruise in Anchorage, Alaska. Tour options change according to itinerary and location and availability is contingent on weather conditions ...More about the on shore experience»
Before You Book
- The price of your cruise covers meals in the ship's main dining areas, some nonalcoholic drinks, most onboard entertainment, as well as government fees and taxes. Alcoholic beverages, spa services, shore excursions and travel insurance costs are not included.
- Cruise cancellation fees vary by cruise duration and whether or not you purchase Princess' Vacation Protection package. For voyages lasting less than 30 days, you'll receive a full refund if you cancel notify Princess at least 75 days prior to your scheduled departure date. For voyages lasting 30 days or longer, you will receive a full refund if you notify Princess at least 120 days prior to your scheduled embarkation date. For more information regarding cancellation penalties, visit Princess' Passage Contract page.
- If you purchase Princess' Vacation Protection travel insurance, you may receive a full refund or credit toward a future Princess cruise if you or a companion cancels your cruise or "cruisetour" for an eligible reason. Protection packages and cancellation policies vary by cruise and selected cruisetours.
- With Princess Cruises' eZAir program, you can view competitive airfare pricing and Princess guarantees that you'll reach your cruise's next port if you miss your original departure port due to a flight delay or disruption at no additional cost. Note: Fees may apply if you change your original flight reservation fewer than 45 days before your scheduled departure date.
- Children 6 months or older are welcome on cruises to Alaska, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and the Panama Canal; however, all other itineraries require passengers to be older than 1.
- Individuals must be 5 or older to sign up for an escorted "cruisetour."
Before You Board
- Shore excursions can be pre-reserved five to 120 days prior to departure using Princess' Cruise Personalizer.
- You or your travel agent must inform Princess of any special needs, services and wheelchair usage at least 30 days prior to departure. If you use a wheelchair, check in with the ship's Tour Office after boarding to make sure your desired shore excursions are handicap-accessible.
- For closed-loop cruises (those that begin and end in the United States), you must carry a government-issued photo ID or permanent residence card. A valid passport is also an acceptable form of identification for closed loop voyages, and Princess strongly recommends you possess a passport in case you need to disembark the ship before reaching your final destination. You will need a valid passport for international cruises.
- Vaccination requirements vary by cruise destination. Check the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the necessary vaccines and current travel health notices. If necessary, you'll need proof of vaccination in order to board.
- Princess' Bon Voyage Experience allows cruisers' guests (as well as the public) to climb aboard the ship four hours prior to embarkation to enjoy a four-course lunch and ship tour (for a $39 fee per person). The fee can be put toward credit for a future Princess cruise. A maximum of 50 guests can participate in the program on any given departure date; reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
- You may pre-reserve body treatments and other spa services at Lotus Spa between seven and 120 days prior to your embarkation date using Princess' Cruise Personalizer.
- You must be 18 years or older to reserve a treatment at Lotus Spa and at least 16 years old to take advantage of fitness facilities. (Note: Guests 13 and older can take advantage of some spa services if accompanied by an adult.)
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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.
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