The goal of Princess Cruise Lines is to allow the people sailing with them to ‘Escape Completely’. They take their position as one of the premiere premium cruise lines to heart and although they cater to a more discerning clientele they certainly know how to treat someone new to cruising as well.
Princess Cruises may be best known for introducing cruise travel to millions of viewers, when its flagship became the setting for The Love Boat television series in 1977. Since that heady time of small-screen stardom, the Princess fleet has grown both in the number and size of ships. Although most are large in scale, Princess also has three smaller ships that are able to get into some of the more exotic, shallower draft ports and provide a very personal experience for those who are looking for a more unique experience. They manage to create the illusion of intimacy through the use of color and decor in understated yet lovely public rooms graced by multimillion-dollar art collections in their fleet, no matter the size of the ship.
Ironically, the cruise that they are probably best know for, may not even be a cruise. Nearly everyone that has thought about cruising, at least in North America, has heard of and envisioned themselves taking an Alaska Cruise and the ultimate Alaska adventure in many peoples minds includes the train ride on the Alaska Railroad with the glass top so that the glory of Alaska can be viewed thoroughly. Some even refer to it as the Princess train. It is a part of a crusie option that is well worth the time and expense; a once in a lifetime opportunity to see America’s last frontier.
Princess has also become more flexible; Personal Choice Cruising offers alternatives for open-seating dining (when you wish and with whom you please) and entertainment options as diverse as those found in resorts ashore.
The roster of adult activities still includes standbys like bingo and art auctions, but also enrichment programs featuring guest lecturers, cooking classes, wine-tasting seminars, pottery workshops, and computer and digital photography classes. Nighttime production shows tend toward Broadway-style revues presented in the main show lounge, and performers might include comedians, magicians, jugglers, and acrobats. Live bands play a wide range of musical styles for dancing and listening, and each ship has a disco.
On Pub Night the cruise director’s staff leads a rollicking evening of fun with passenger participation. At the conclusion of the second formal night, champagne trickles down over a champagne waterfall, painstakingly created by the arrangement of champagne glasses in a pyramid shape. Ladies are invited to join the maître d’ to assist in the pouring for a great photo op.