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ISLAND PRINCESS
PHOTO TOUR
AND
COMMENTARY
PRINCESS CRUISES
Island Princess  is the second ship in a two ship
class.  (Her sister ship is Coral Princess).

She was built with two specific itineraries in
mind.  

First, she was built to Panamax dimensions,
i.e., she is just able to fit through the original
Panama Canal locks.  Consequently, she is
used for cruises that involve a partial transit or a
full transit (e.g. Fort Lauderdale to Los Angles)
of the Panama Canal.

Second, part of her power plant is a gas turbine
engine, which produces less emissions.  This
makes her well-suited for Alaska cruises in light
of Alaska's strict environmental laws.

The design combines elements of Princess'
Sun-class
(see, e.g., our profile of Dawn
Princess) and the Grand class (see, e.g., our
profile of Grand Princess), both of which
designs preceded the Coral class.  Thus, while
the layout of Island's public rooms recalls the
Sun class, she also has the features and
amenities of the original Grand class ships.     

Island Princess is quite spacious.  Although she
is bigger than a Sun class ship, she carries
approximately the same number of guests
(assuming double occupancy of the cabins).  
Thus, there is more room per guest.  In fact,
her passenger space ratio is even better than
Princess' small jewel-like R-class ships (
see our
profile of Ocean Princess).

The ship offers guests an array of options.  In
addition to the two main dining rooms and the
buffet restaurant, there are two specialty
restaurants.  One of these is found only on
Island and her sister.  She has numerous
entertainment venues. Moreover, her secondary
entertainment venue is larger and better
equipped than the primary entertainment venue
on some ships.

Service and friendliness are emphasized by the
ship's management team.   

From a nautical perspective, Island gets high
marks from her officers. Built by Chantiers de
L'Atlantique, Island Princess has a service
speed of 24 knots, making her the fastest ship
(along with Coral) in the Princess fleet.

Because this ship does unique itineraries, she
tends to attract seasoned travelers who are
looking for something more than a cruise in the
sunshine to the popular islands.  They tend to
be in their 50s or 60s, well-educated and upper
middle class.  Most guests are from the United
States and Canada.  

      
The Atrium is a center of activity on
Island Princess.  Many of the important
public rooms, including the two main
dining rooms, open onto it.  The ship's
public offices are located here.  Moreover,
it is spectacular without being
"over-the-top."  


POOLS, OPEN DECKS AND SPA IS NEXT

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Cruise ship photo tour and review - Princess Cruises - Island Princess - page 1
Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities.....................
Page Two

Shops, Children and Other Public Areas............Page Three

Nighttime Entertainment......................................Page Four

Bars and Lounges................................................Page Five

Dining.................................................................Page Six
Above: Captain Nicolo Bommarco.

Below Hotel General Manager
Emilio Mazzi.
Island Princess has a varied art collection ranging
from traditional maritime works to abstract late 20th
century pieces.  Similarly, the decor of the public
rooms ranges from traditional to contemporary.  
However, Princess has done an artful job of
blending the different styles so that they do not
conflict.  
The Passenger Services Desk (i.e. Reception)(above left) and the Tour Desk (i.e. shore excursions) (above right) are
located next to each other on the port side of the main lobby at the base of the Atrium.  The
Future Cruise Sales Office
is on the port side (below left).  The
Captain's Circle Loyalty Desk is nearby at the after end of the lobby (below
right).  
OVERVIEW
ISLAND  PRINCESS TOUR 1

ISLAND PRINCESS  TOUR 2

ISLAND PRINCESS TOUR 3

ISLAND PRINCESS TOUR 4

ISLAND PRINCESS TOUR 5

ISLAND PRINCESS TOUR 6
ISLAND

PRINCESS
Island Princess has an array of accommodations ranging from luxurious
suites to economical inside cabins.  90 percent have a view of the ocean
and 700 staterooms have balconies.

Above left: An inside stateroom (Twin beds that make up into a queen-size
bed. Refrigerator and TV. Closet. Bathroom with shower. Approximately
156-166 square feet).

Above right: A mini-suite with balcony (Twin beds that make up into a
queen-size bed. Separate sitting area with sofa bed. Balcony. Two
televisions. Refrigerator. Closet. Bathroom with tub and shower.
Approximately 280-302 square feet including balcony).
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