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PRINCESS CRUISES
SEA PRINCESS
SEA PRINCESS
PHOTO TOUR
AND
COMMENTARY
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OVERVIEW       Entering service in 1998, SEA
PRINCESS is one of four near-identical Sun-class ships built by
Fincantieri in Italy.  (Her owner, Princess Cruises, also includes two
somewhat larger ships, CORAL PRINCESS and ISLAND
PRINCESS, in the class).  The lead ship in the class, SUN
PRINCESS, was the largest cruise ship in service when she entered
service in 1995.  However, now at 77,000 tons and with a passenger
capacity of 2,016, these ships no longer rank amongst the top 20 cruise
ships in terms of size.
In 2003, SEA PRINCESS along with her sister OCEAN PRINCESS
were transferred to Princess’ UK-based affiliate, P&O Cruises where
she operated as the ADONIA.  However, after Carnival Corporation
acquired both companies and added the Vista-class cruise ship
ARCADIA to the P&O fleet, SEA PRINCESS was returned to
Princess.      
SEA PRINCESS is Princess Cruises primary entry into the British
cruise market.  Princess is the fourth largest cruise operator in the UK
and has marketed fly-cruise holidays there for some time.  In 2005, it
deployed SEA PRINCESS to Britain in order to provide cruises
directly from Southampton to the Mediterranean and to Scandinavia
during the summer.  Her fleetmate, the mega-cruise ship GRAND
PRINCESS, has also been operating out of the U.K. during recent
summers but her Around-Britain cruises are targeted at Americans who
fly to the UK to join the cruise.
The ship is marketed in Britain as offering “American-style luxury” and
“American-style no-problem service.”  What this translates to is an
informal ambiance that is still cosmopolitan.  The line strives to offer
passengers more choices so that they can tailor their holidays to meet
their own desires.  It is not traditional and not regimented.  However, it
is more restrained than the experiences offered by Carnival Cruise Line
and Royal Caribbean International.  No shock and awe, more
emphasis on luxury.  Think in terms of an upscale American resort.
Because the ship is targeted to the British market, there have been
some adjustments in the food and the entertainment to appeal to British
tastes.  However, the overall cruise concept is the same as throughout
the Princess fleet.   The line seeks to provide friendly service with a can-
do attitude.  The lifestyle is casual but with an element of sophistication.
The center of SEA PRINCESS is the Grand
Plaza, a four-story atrium.  The shops,
various lounges and the two main dining
rooms radiate off from this central hub.
Looking down from the top, the Grand
Plaza looks like a late 20th century
Manhattan hotel.  This is as close as SEA
PRINCESS comes to shock and awe and
gives a somewhat misleading first
impression about the ship.
Pools and Spas is next.

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WITH THE TOUR
Overview...........................................................Page One

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

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

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five
SEA PRINCESS TOUR 1

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SEA PRINCESS TOUR 4

SEA PRINCESS TOUR 5
Sea Princess passing Queen Mary 2.
A nice outdoor feature is the wrap around teak
Promenade, which offers strollers views in all
directions.
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