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Overview........................................ ...................Page One

Pools and Sports.................................................
Page Two

Sanctuary and Spa...............................................Page Three

Shops, Other Public Areas, Children..................Page Four

Entertainment.......................................................Page Five

Bars and Lounges................................................Page Six

Dining..................................................................Page Seven

Accommodations.................................................Page Eight

Images of the Past.................................................Page Nine
GRAND PRINCESS
PHOTO TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
GRAND
PRINCESS
PRINCESS CRUISES
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GRAND PRINCESS is a landmark ship in the
modern cruise industry.  While not the first ship
to exceed 100,000 gross tons, when Grand
Princess debuted in 1998, her size and radical
new design made clear that a new era in cruising
had begun.  For a short time, she was the largest
passenger ship in the world as well as the most
expensive, costing approximately $450 million
dollars.  Although she has been eclipsed in size
and cost by subsequent ships, the basic design of
this ship has proven so successful that an array of
subsequent ships for both Princess and P&O
Cruises have been based on her design (
See our
profiles of
Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess,
Emerald Princess, Ruby Princess, Ventura,
Azura).

With each iteration of the design new features
were added.  While some of these features were
retrofitted into Grand Princess over time,  by
2011 she was starting to become a pale version of
her younger sisters.  Therefore, Princess decided
to undertake the most extensive refit of a ship
that it had undertaken up to that time and sent
Grand Princess into dry dock for a month in April
2011.  The result was essentially a new ship with
a sleeker profile and sporting both features that
have proven popular on other Princess ships as
well as several new concepts.

Consequently, Grand Princess is not just of
historical interest but rather is a first rank modern
cruise ship.   There is little or nothing that you
can do elsewhere in the Princess fleet that you
cannot do on Grand Princess.

The cruise experience on Grand Princess is
sophisticated but relaxed.  Although the ship has
extensive athletic facilities, the emphasis is more  
cerebral than  physical.  Outstanding service,
friendliness and good food are Princess priorities.

Guests tend to be middle and upper middle class
North Americans.  The ship also has a substantial
following in the UK even when the ship is not
sailing from Southampton.     

While the ship has all of the features of her
younger sisters, she still does have one less deck
than the later Grand class ships.  As a result, she
has less passengers than those ships.  This gives
Grand Princess a more intimate feel and a
personality of her own.

Looking at her from a nautical perspective, Grand
Princess  is a diesel electric ship.  Six generators,
which are driven by diesel engines, provide the
electricity that power two electric motors that turn
her two fixed propellers.  Her normal cruising
speed is 22.5 knots.

In addition to providing the power for the
propulsion motors, the lights, air conditioning and
other amenities, the electricity from the
generators power three bow thrusters and three
stern thrusters.  The thrusters make the ship very
maneuverable.

In recent years, Grand Princess has spent the
summer months in Europe sailing from
Southampton, England and the cooler months in
the Caribbean, sailing from Port Everglades,
Florida.  Schedules for 2013, however, show her
based on the West Coast.
The Piazza is the center of Grand
Princess.  At the base of the ship's
multi-story atrium, the Piazza is the
ship's town square - - a focal point for
dining, drinking and entertainment.  
The central marble-floor is surrounded
by the International Café, Alfredo's
Pizzeria, Vines Wine Bar, and the
Piazza Bar.    
Above:  Captain Roger Bilton.

Below: Hotel General Manager Adam Gorst.
The art collection on Grand
Princess is non-intrusive.  It does
not demand attention but rather
blends into and becomes part of the
overall ambiance.  Most of the
pieces are contemporary and/or
abstract.
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Overlooking the Piazza on Deck 8 is the Guest Services Desk (above).
Not far apart on Deck 7 are the
Future Cruise Sales Office (left) and
the combination
Port Shopping Desk and Shore Excursions Desk
(lower left).
The Piazza is also used for parties such as the
Captain's Welcome Aboard Reception.  Here, the
Captain and Maitre d' start things off by pouring
champagne into Princess' trademark Champagne
Fountain.
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