SHIP REVIEW - THE GRAND PRINCESS


 
Year Built: 1998
Passenger capacity (@ 2 per cabin) 2600
Crew: 1100
Passenger / crew ration: 2.4:1
Gross Registered Tons: 109,000
Passenger / space ratio: 42
Cabins: 928 oceanview, 372 inside
Passenger Decks: 18
Pools: 5
Officers: International
Hotel Staff: Filipino
Cruise staff: American / British
Chefs: International
1998/99 Itineraries: Eastern Caribbean / Mediterranean

VALUE FOR PRICE 9.6

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Cuisine 9.5
Gym 9.6
Activities 9.6
Educational Program 9.1
Spa 9.6
Entertainment 8.9
Shore excursions 10.0
Itinerary (s) 10.0

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Strengths: Service & Staff. All tours were set up very well. Many balconies! Extended hours for food. They did a wonderful job getting us on and off the ship. Diverse and excellent entertainment.

Weaknesses: Atrium too small - we expected a "grand" atrium. Storage space was poor. Lack of privacy with balcony cabins.

Observations: Entire cruise was a real joy. All in all a great cruise. We all wanted to turn around and do the return cruise. Considering the ships size, it is quite easy to find your way around. Beautiful ship. I never waited in line for anything. No crowds. Even embarkation was handled well. Over excellent cruise experience. The alternative dining was popular. Many choices for meals. The new sky walker disco is wonderful. Not enough drawers. Explorer's Lounge is beautiful. Best cabins are aft. Great casino. Inside staterooms are some of the best insides anywhere. Oceanview and balcony staterooms are excellent. Reservations need to be made early.

Special features: Unique at-sea wedding program. The first Southwestern restaurant afloat. A dedicated art gallery. A digital photo studio. Disco / observation lounge is 150 feet above water!. Greatest number of private balcony cabins of any ship at sea.

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