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Why choose Island Princess?

Built in 2003, the Island Princess was designed to be the largest possible cruise ship that could sail through the Panama Canal. Cutting across the American continent, she offers passengers an unrivalled itinerary of cruise destinations.

Destinations and Itineraries

For the summer months, the Island Princess tours the northern waters on a 14-night cruise entitled Voyage of the Glaciers. Departing from and returning to Vancouver, the ship spends a day at sea before arriving at the isolated American state of Alaska. Ports visited include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay College Fjord and Anchorage.

Breathtaking natural beauty features heavily on this itinerary, with sights including 16 converging glaciers, Native American totem poles, gold rush towns and mountains. In total the voyage makes five ports of call. Shorter cruises are available on this voyage between Vancouver and Anchorage, or the other way around.

This pattern is repeated until September when the ship heads to the waterway it was specifically designed for, the Panama Canal. The first stop after Vancouver is San Francisco, where passengers can see the Golden Gate Bridge, try clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf, or walk in the footsteps of the convicts on the prison island of Alcatraz. Punctuated by days at sea, the next stops are Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. The final stop on the West Coast is Puntarenas in Costa Rica. The ship then heads through the Panama Canal and arrives in the Caribbean at Cartagena, the Colombian fortress city that is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The final port of call is Aruba in the Dutch Antilles before the Island Princess finally arrives in Fort Lauderdale.

The Island Princess is a floating haven of tranquillity offering some of the finest views of the Panama Canal and the Alaskan frontier in the Princess Cruises fleet.

When all the cabins have double occupancy, the ship can carry 2,491 passengers. Combined with the 980 crew on board, a ratio is created of one crew member for every two passengers - at the lower end of the scale, particularly for a ship of this size. There are four swimming pools on board, two of them on deck and one with a sliding glass roof to take advantage of the climate. A lap pool keeps the health fanatics happy. Sports and recreation facilities on the Island Princess includes a nine-hole mini golf course, a golf simulator, a tennis court, shuffleboard and deck chess. There is a gym on board, boasting aerobics facilities, and an extensive spa offering alternative health therapies. For those in search of a rest under the sun, there is a good amount of sunbathing space and a wraparound promenade deck. A cruise on the Island Princess guarantees fun for the whole family with tailor-made activities for each age group, from the Pelican Playhouse and Fun Zone, to the Teen Centre and Pelican’s Pool. With all manner of entertainment from discos and video games arcades, children’s facilities on the Island Princess are rated as good.

This ship is packed with attractions. Because of its unique design, of the 962 cabins, the vast majority have balconies. A further 131 have an ocean view leaving only 110 on the inside of the ship. The cabins are attractively decorated and are considered to be a good size. Each cabin is equipped with a fridge, safe and TV. Suites and mini suites have bathtubs in the bathrooms and smaller staterooms have showers. All include a seating area and the balcony suites have their own private seating area to witness the world going by in select company.

Named after French regions, the two main dining rooms, Provence and Bordeaux, can cater for all passengers in two sittings. An impressive choice of alternative dining options on board includes three informal venues, Sabatini’s Trattoria, the Bayou Café and the 24-hour Horizon Court, plus a grill and pizzeria. The dress code on board is casual and comfortable during the day. Evening dress is semi-formal, which means a jacket and tie for men. On formal nights the dress code is a dark suit or dinner suit for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.

Island Princess Premium Suite w/Balcony

FEATURES
✔ Queen-sized bed with separate sitting area with sofa bed
✔ Balcony
✔ Two televisions
✔ Refrigerator with wet bar
✔ Walk-in closet
✔ Bath with tub and shower
✔ Approximately 470 square feet, including balcony.


Vista Suite w/Balcony

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Separate sitting area with sofa bed
✔ Balcony
✔ Two televisions
✔ Refrigerator with wet bar
✔ Walk-in closet
✔ Bath with tub and shower
✔ Approximately 470 square feet, including balcony.


Mini-Suite w/Balcony

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Separate sitting area with sofa bed
✔ Balcony
✔ Two televisions
✔ Refrigerator
✔ Spacious closet
✔ Bath with tub and shower
✔ Approximately 280-302 square feet including balcony.


Mini-Suite

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Separate sitting area with sofa bed
✔ Two televisions
✔ Refrigerator
✔ Spacious closet
✔ Bath with tub and shower.


Oceanview Double w/Balcony

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Sitting area with desk
✔ Balcony
✔ Refrigerator and TV
✔ Spacious closet
✔ Bath with shower
✔ Approximately 217-248 square feet including balcony.


Oceanview Double

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Picture window
✔ Refrigerator and TV
✔ Spacious closet and desk
✔ Bath with shower
✔ Approximately 162 to 212 square feet.


Interior Double

FEATURES
✔ Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed
✔ Refrigerator and TV
✔ Spacious closet
✔ Bath with shower
✔ Approximately 156-166 square feet.

SHIP FACTS

Maximum Capacity:    1970 (2590)
Year Entered Service:    01/01/2003
Beam (Ship Width):    106 ft
Draught(Ship Depth):    26 ft
Length:    964 ft
Tonnage:    92000
Crew:    900
Cruising Speed:    21 kts
Number of Decks:    12
Number of Lifts:    12
Number of Pools:    3
Number of restaurants:    3
Formal nights:    Yes
Adult Only:    No
Kids Club:    Yes


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