Crown Princess joined the Princess Cruises' fleet in May 2006. This large and family-friendly resort-style ship is jam-packed from stern to bow with a plenitude of amazing entertainment options, lively bars and restaurants, fun-filled activities for young and old alike, and over 900 luxury staterooms with balconies. Add into mix welcome touches such as The Sanctuary, the amazing Lotus Spa, the casual 'street cafe' atmosphere of the Piazza, al fresco Movies Under the Stars, and even a Wedding Chapel; and this awesome ship can't fail to amaze from the moment you step on board.
Days at sea are the best time to enjoy the highlights of Crown Princess. Soak up the sun alongside one of the trio of outdoor pools, or enjoy some downtime in the private cabanas and whirlpools of adult-only The Sanctuary. Indulge your mind and body in the Lotus Spa, enrich your knowledge at a destination lecture, or enjoy retail therapy in the designer boutiques. Add activity to your day with a session in the gym and fitness centre, or show off your swing on the Princess Links putting course. The Pelicans and Shockwaves Centres offer fun-packed activities for children aged from 3 to 12 years, while the Remix Teen Lounge is perfect for teenagers.
The restaurants and eateries on Crown Princess present a culinary journey that is hard to match ashore. The Da Vinci and Botticelli dining rooms offer the freedom of Freestyle Dining and there's Fixed Dining in Michelangelo – each serving a daily-changing menu of flavoursome dishes. Indulge in buffet-style fare in the casual setting of Horizon Court, with Caribbean and Mediterranean buffets also available in Cafe Caribe. Coffees and snacks are served 24/7 at the International Cafe or tuck into light bites and desserts at Vines Wine Bar. Poolside pizza is on the menu in Prego or enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs at the Trident Grill. Scoops is the perfect place to chill with a cooling ice cream sundae.
The speciality restaurants on Crown Princess offer a wealth of mouth-watering gourmet treats. Savour authentic Tuscan specialities in the stylish Sabatini's, or choose the Crown Grill for prime steak and seafood served from an open kitchen. The Crab Shack and Fondue Dispensary serve up a tasty alternative for dinner. Indulge in the ultimate dining experience with an evening at Chef's Table Lumiere, savour dining with the privacy of your own balcony courtesy of the Ultimate Balcony Dining experience at breakfast and dinner.
The plethora of bars and lounges on Crown Princess ensure you're never too far from a drink. The art-deco style Crooners Bar blends signature cocktails with jazz music or there's the relaxed outdoor Tradewinds Bar on the pool deck. The nautical-themed Wheelhouse Bar offers lively happy hours, or you can visit the Adagio bar for piano music and jazz. Speakeasy Cigar Lounge is a relaxing spot to unwind with vintage brandy and a cigar.
Evenings on Crown Princess offer something to match your every mood. Princess Theatre presents Broadway-style production shows and cabaret acts to entertain. Explorer's Lounge combines love seats and armchairs with comedians, magicians, quizzes, and games. Head to Deck 15 and snuggle up with popcorn to watch a film on the Movies Under the Stars screen. Skywalkers Nightclub offers stunning views and quiet by day and transforms into a lively nightspot with dancing in the evening. Roll the dice at Gatsby's Casino with a wide choice of gaming tables and slot machines.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and board Crown Princess for your eight-night cruise.
Day 3: Bergen, Norway
The charming port city of Bergen is framed by seven hills on Norway's south-west shore. Bergen’s bustling waterfront and narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses combine with a proud musical and maritime heritage. Ride the funicular railway up Mount Floyen for city views. Visit Troldhaugen Museum to see Edvard Grieg's musical heritage comes to life, or explore the artwork on display at KODE. The 900-year old Bryggen, a wharf that features museums and pubs, guides you through the city's sea-faring past, while locally-caught seafood can be found at Bergen Fish Market. Discover family fun at Bergen Science Centre and Bergen Aquarium, or explore the city's sights on a Segway tour.
Day 4: Alesund, Norway
Step ashore at the Norwegian port of Alesund. This fishing town is found spread across several islands and is generally considered Norway's most beautiful city. Renowned for its cultural festivals, Alesund was rebuilt in 1904 following a huge fire and now features stunning Art Nouveau architecture to explore. Walk up Mount Askla for spectacular views; see the time capsule and Viking ship replicas at Jugendstilsenteret and Sunnmore Museums; feed the fish at Atlanterhavsparken; and enjoy coffee and cake at a waterfront cafe. There are a variety of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions to enjoy here, as well as lively bars and top restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Day 5: Olden, Norway
Olden sits at the eastern end of the serene Nordfjord, where the water divides into three arms beneath the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The village is surrounded by green meadows with babbling brooks meandering between pretty houses.
Visit the village centre to discover the 17th-century church and Singerheimen, which is the former home of the founder of the sewing machine company. Take to the Nordfjord for a rafting or kayaking adventure. Admire the green waters of Olden Lake and enjoy the cliffs and glaciers of the Oldedalen valley, which runs for 12 miles behind Olden. Walk among waterfalls and view the glistening blue ice at the impressive Briksdal Glacier — one of Norway's most visited sights.
Day 6: Hellesylt & Geiranger, Norway
This morning the ship makes a stop at Hellesylt at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden. This UNESCO World Heritage listed town boasts beautifully restored farmhouses scattered on the surrounding hills and mountains. Visit Sunnylven Church and the unique wood carvings illustrating the legend of Henrik Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt' at the Peer Gynt Gallery.
The ship then drops anchor at Geiranger on the shores of UNESCO World Heritage site, Geirangerfjord. Stroll into the village to view the church and sample reindeer and brown goat’s cheese in a local eatery. Enjoy a boat trip along the fjord for close up views of the famous Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls. Venture further afield to explore local farm life at the interactive Norwegian Fjord Centre or take a trip up to the scenic viewpoints at Dalsnibba or Eagle's Bend.
Day 7: Stavanger, Norway
Arrive at the port of Stavanger - gateway to the majestic Lysefjord. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with white-washed wooden houses and see artists at work in the old quarter. Visit the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral and marvel at its vaulted ceiling and 13th-century Gothic chancel. Stop by the Norwegian Canning Museum to appreciate the town's heritage as the 'herring capital' of Norway.
Day 9: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.