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


 

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