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
Arrive at Southampton Port where you will board Crown Princess and sail onwards to Zeebrugge.
Day 2: Zeebrugge, Belgium
This modern port of Zeebrugge features a pretty marina, beach and lively seafront promenade with cafes, hotels and easy access to Brussels — Belgium's vibrant capital city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Grand Place, the city's central square, and see the 15th-century city hall or relax with a drink in a laid-back cafe. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride along the cobbled streets, passing local markets and winding canals. Known as the chocolate capital of the world — stop by some of the country's oldest and most-famous chocolatiers to sample traditional Belgian chocolate and take away some sweet treats.
Day 4 / 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city, is your next port of call. Ride the old-style amusement rides at Tivoli Gardens or get up close to colourful marine life at National Aquarium Denmark. Shop 'til you drop along the world's longest pedestrian shopping street - Strøget. A tour of the Carlsberg Brewery is a popular choice or enjoy family-fun at Dyrehavsbakken amusement park. Kronborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island are a must-see for culture fans. If you fancy something different, why not head out to the workshops, galleries and organic eateries at Freetown Christiania? No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a photo opportunity at the world-famous Little Mermaid statue.
Day 5: Helsingborg, Sweden
Helsingborg sits on the shores of the Oresund, the narrow strait separating Sweden and Denmark. The old medieval town sits opposite the Danish town of Helsingor, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Helsingborg is your gateway to Sweden's beautiful Skane County. Visit the old royal summer residence at Sofiero and tour its magnificent rhododendron gardens. Or visit the elegant old spa at Ramlösa Spring, the source of renowned Ramlösa mineral water. Completed in 2000, the magnificent Oresund Bridge stretches for four miles across the strait, connecting Sweden with Denmark.
Day 6: Oslo, Norway
Norway's capital - Oslo - is your next port of call. 10th-century Viking history and indigenous Sami Culture rubs shoulders with world-class museums and modern architecture in this vibrant city. Meander through the luxury boutiques on the Aker Brygge waterfront before stopping for lunch at a waterside restaurant. Explore the city centre and take in the unique Ibsen Quotes set in the sidewalks. Absorb Nordic culture at the Fram Museum, Folk Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Visits to Oslo Opera House, Frogner Park and Vigeland Sculpture Park, and the Giant Finger Pointing Statue are a must-do too.
Day 8: Southampton
Disembark Crown Princess and make your way home.