Grand Princess

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Grand Princess (ship, 1998) IMO 9104005, in Split, 2011-10-13.jpg
Grand Princess in Split, Croatia showing refitted stern.
Name: Grand Princess
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
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Type: Grand-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 109,000 GT
Length: 289.86 m (951 ft)
Beam: 35.97 m (118 ft)
Height: 61.26 m (201 ft)
Draught: 7.92 m (26 ft)
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
  • 2,590 lower berth passengers
  • 3,100 maximum passengers
Crew: 1,100
Notes: [1]

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


Grand Princess was the first of the ''Grand''-class ships, and has a different decor scheme to her sister ships, using darker woods, and the interior decor is more similar to the smaller Sun-class ships. The cabin layout is also marginally different in the arrangement of the bathroom and the walk-in wardrobe. At a recent refit, the "Movies under the Stars" feature was added. When Grand Princess was launched, she featured in the Princess Cruises brochures as a "Sun" class ship; it was only with the subsequent launch of Golden Princess that the "Grand class" appeared in brochures.

She is the sister ship of Star Princess and Golden Princess. Grand Princess was the setting for a task in the second series of the UK version of the reality TV show The Apprentice.

Grand Princess has a large theatre, a large central performance lounge and an aft show lounge. The inaugural season featured performances by artists including Lorna Luft, Al Martino, Bob Anderson, Red Buttons, Rita Moreno and show-bands including Dominic Halpin with his swing band and Canadian band the Mud Sharks.

In May 2011, Grand Princess completed the most extensive drydock in Princess Cruises history that included a refit and removal of the "Skywalkers" lounge from her stern.[2] Passengers now find a completely new Piazza atrium, several new eateries – including Alfredo's Pizzeria and the Crown Grill – and the line's first specialty tea lounge called Leaves. Also included in the renovation were seven new window suites; remodeled casino, boutiques and art gallery; enhancements to the Horizon Court, Lotus Spa, and wedding chapel; and the addition of Crooner's Martini Lounge. The new nightclub, The One5, replaced Skywalkers.

The removal of the "Skywalkers" lounge from Grand Princess has resolved her tendency to sail bow high, and has improved her fuel economy by about 3-4%. The bow high tendency was peculiar to Grand Princess, and does not affect any of the other Grand class ships (or the derivative classes) as they all have aluminium upper decks, a feature Grand Princess does not have due to the technology to link these two materials being in its infancy when she was built.

Ports of call

As of September 2016, Grand Princess is based year-round in San Francisco, California sailing to Alaska, Victoria on Vancouver Island, Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, and California Coastal Cruises.[3]


On August 9, 2017, a dead whale was found at the bow of the ship while docked in Ketchikan, Alaska.[4]



  1. ^ a b "Grand PrincessVessel Details and Current Position". Marine Traffic. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ Peter Knego (10 February 2011). "Grand Princess To Lose Her "Handle"". MaritimeMatters. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Port of San Francisco: 2015 Cruise Schedule".
  4. ^ Joling, Dan (9 August 2017). "Dead whale found on bow of cruise ship entering Alaska port". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 9 August 2017.


  • Saunders, Aaron (2013). Giants of the Seas: The Ships that Transformed Modern Cruising. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848321724.
  • Smith, Peter C. (2010). Cruise Ships: The World's Most Luxurious Vessels. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 9781848842182.

External links

Media related to Grand Princess at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • The picture of Grand Princess departing from Fort Lauderdale post refit.
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