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Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Grand Princess

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    Grand Princess
    Grand Princess

    Grand Princess (Princess Cruises)

    Overview

    Grand Princess was the first of nine Grand-class ships by Princess Cruises, ordered originally in February 1994. At the time, she was the largest and most expensive cruise ship to be built. Her interior decor is fairly familiar to her Sun-class sisters, although she does have the ever-popular Movies Under the Stars big screen fitted to her pool deck and a new The Sanctuary Spa adults-only area open deck.

    She originally had a nickname as “the shopping trolley” as her Skywalkers Lounge nightclub looked like a large handlebar suspended at the rear of the ship, this was removed in 2011 during a massive refit and has now contributed to 3-4% a year in fuel savings.

    She primarily sails from her homeport of San Francisco, California either South to the Mexican Riviera (via Hawaii) or North towards Canada. During the summer she also occasionally sails to Alaska from Seattle.

    Trivia

    Grand Princess was the flagship of Princess Cruises until Royal Princess took over the title in 2013.

    Ship info

    Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
    Status:In service
    Ship size:Resort Ship
    Ship class:Grand
    Sister ships:
    Passengers:2,606
    Staterooms:1,301
    Total crew:1,150
    Ship length:289.9 m
    Ship beam:36.0 m
    Ship draft:7.9 m
    Tonnage:107,517
    No. of decks:17
    Elevators:14
    Service speed:22.5 knots
    Onboard currency:US Dollar
    Registry port:Hamilton (Bermuda)
    IMO number:9104005
    Call sign:ZCBU5
     

    Build details

    Shipyard:
    Build date:1996
    Build cost:$450 million USD
    Entered service:May 1998