Big ship, small ship, Princess Cruises is the only major cruise line to offer both types of cruise ships in their fleet of superb floating resorts. To successfully exceed the expectations in both of these cruise niches is a major feat of sensitivity to the needs and desires of each of these two very different types of passengers.
The success of handling both really goes back to when the early ships of the Princess fleet were small by today’s standards – holding less than 700 passengers each. From that time Princess Cruises has pioneered the assortment of activities offered aboard any and all cruise ships today and set the bar in many key areas of measurement, particularly in the areas of entertainment, self improvement seminars, and choices of dining. At the same time Princess Cruises has taken great pride in perfecting the forgotten art of graciousness. This philosophy is expressed daily in their C.R.U.I.S.E. credo – Courtesy, Respect, Unfailing In Service Excellence.
The small ships of today’s Princess Cruises are designed to honor their fine past, but additionally to provide an intimate, boutique ambience in a way the large ships are unable to do. It’s not a matter of a smaller scale of the same product. It’s a service level and experience provided based on a different point of view, a collection of warm personal touches delivered by a European staff whose sole mission is to provide their passengers an unforgettable escape on Princess Cruise Lines.
Cruising as a choice for a luxury vacation, group travel, or family reunions were all advanced immeasurably by the back drop Princess Cruises served in the hugely successful “Love Boat” television series some 25 years ago. The themes of caring, affection, romance that were the cornerstone in that series continue today aboard all the Princess Cruises ships.
A perfect Honeymoon destination, you may select their new mood enhancing in-cabin Romance Package. Or, if vacationing to re-celebrate your love, you may want to purchase their popular Renewal of Vows and Tie the Knot wedding program. There is even a Daily Romance Tip column to be found in the daily on-board newspaper delivered to each cabin, as well as a Romance TV channel on board that runs some of the best classic love stories.
Another “first” for Princess Cruises was the introduction to the traditional large ship cruise passengers the option to experience open seating dining. Almost all ships in the Princess Cruises fleet allow for both fixed or set time dining in one dining room and also offer one dining room for the use of their “Personal Choice” dining passengers. This second dining room shares the same menu as the traditional one, but diners arrive at a time of their own choosing, sitting at a different table nightly,and meeting new fellow diners nightly or enjoying a table for two – it’s all about their “Personal Choice.”
Princess Cruises offers optional dining choices, too. And the two that have set Princess Cruises on the award path once again are their Italian specialty restaurant, Sabatini’s, and their outstanding Sterling Steakhouse. All cruise lines offer 24 hour Room Service, but Princess Cruises is the only large ship cruise line that provides special multi-course dining options for their balcony category – an upgraded service normally reserved for the suite category on other cruise lines.
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