Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. It was built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with yard number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million.

Grand Princess was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.

First launched in 1998, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess underwent a renovation in March 2019 that added new top-deck dining venues like Slice Pizzeria, The Mix, Salty Dog Grill, and Coffee & Cones.

The Grand Princess Theater was also refreshed to provide a more immersive audio experience. Other onboard amenities include the adults-only Sanctuary, duty-free boutiques, and educational programs through the Discovery of SEA program.

Princess has done a decent job of keeping Grand Princess updated. In recent years the ship has seen its atrium converted into the more modern Piazza, and new venues — including the adults-only Sanctuary, Alfredo’s Pizzeria, Tea Leaves tea salon, Crown Grill steakhouse, and The One5 nightclub — have been added.

Most recently, the vessel welcomed a completely revamped kids club, Camp Discovery, which offers newly renovated spaces for three age groups through the cruise line’s partnership with the Discovery TV network.

Overall, food and service are considerably above average. Although selections at the buffet are limited, the quality of the items is high, and the offerings change just enough on a daily basis to keep passengers from getting bored.

Dining room options are tasty and served with a smile, and the pizza found onboard is out-of-this-world delicious. The service on Grand Princess is consistently pleasant, helpful, and efficient, from cabin stewards and waiters to the folks at the guest relations and shore excursions desks.

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Grand Princess

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Grand Princess

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Grand Princess

Full Specifications

Name Grand Princess
Owner
Operator Princess Cruises
Port of registry
Ordered 8 February 1994
Builder Fincantieri
Cost US$450 million
Yard number Monfalcone, 5956
Launched 20 May 1998
Christened 29 September 1998, by Olivia de Havilland
Maiden voyage 27 May 1998
Refit May 2011, March 2019
Identification
Status In service
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General characteristics
Type Grand-class cruise ship
Tonnage 107,517 GT
Length 289.86 m (951 ft 0 in)
Beam 35.97 m (118 ft 0 in)
Height 61.26 m (201 ft 0 in)
Draught 7.92 m (26 ft 0 in)
Decks 17
Propulsion Two shafts; fixed-pitch propellers
Speed 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (cruising)
Boats & landing
craft carried
6 tenders
Capacity
  • 2,590 lower berth passengers
  • 3,100 maximum passengers
Crew 1,100
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