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: Fly UK – Fort Lauderdale
Fly from your selected UK airport to Fort Lauderdale, once arrived make your way to the port to embark on board Crown Princess.
Day 2: Princess Cays, Bahamas
The resort of Princess Cays is located at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and is privately owned by Princess Cruises. Set across 40 acres you'll find 2.5km of white sandy beaches for a few hours' sunbathing and there are private cabanas available to rent on a quiet section of beach. The adjoining waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing and the dedicated Pelicans' Perch play area offers hours of fun for the children. The three beach bars serve up tropical cocktails and live music and you can tuck into an authentic Bahamian barbecue on the beach. Shop for traditional souvenirs at the Tropical Treasure and Bahama Treasure boutiques. Venture further afield and discover Rock Sound blow hole and the picturesque fishing village of Tarpum Bay.
Day 4: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Arguably the prettiest Virgin Island, St Thomas boasts plenty of picture-perfect beaches. Visit Magen’s Bay, voted one of the world's top ten most beautiful beaches; or explore the coral World Marine Park with its three-level underwater observatory. Experience the colourful wonders of snorkelling in the crystal blue waters or just lie back and enjoy the sand and sunshine on the island’s many beaches. Venture up Mountain Top and admire the panoramic views of surrounding islands and get lost in the bustling atmosphere. Don’t forget to browse the shops for bargains in jewellery, perfume and souvenirs.
Day 5: Dominica, Caribbean
The mountainous Caribbean island of Dominica sits between St. Lucia and Antigua. It still lays relatively untouched by Western tourism and features pristine sandy beaches and quaint streets. Trek through the tropical rainforests of Morne Trois Pitons National Park to find natural hot springs and the 60-foot Trafalgar Falls — an ideal spot for diving. Travel west to Roseau — Dominica's capital city — to see its colourful wooden houses, verdant botanic gardens and a mix of modern and colonial French architecture.
Day 6: St Georges, Grenada
Stop at St. George's on the 'Spice Island' of Grenada. Nestling alongside horseshoe-shaped Carenage harbour, the cobbled streets of St. George's are lined with pretty pastel-coloured heritage buildings. Step back in time at Grenada National Museum or explore Fort George and Fort Frederick. Head to the golden sand of Grand Anse Beach for a morning of sunbathing. The submerged gallery at Underwater Sculpture Park is a unique sight, or you can discover how the island's spices are grown and processed at Dougalston Spice Estate. Venture further to view local wildlife at Grand Etang National Park and cascading waters at Annandale Falls.
Day 7: Bonaire, Caribbean
Bonaire is a small island with a stunning desert landscape and is perfect for divers and snorkelers. Visit the spectacular National Marine Park and explore miles of pristine coral reef, or make new friends at the Donkey Sanctuary. Enjoy a panoramic drive along the beautiful northern coastline, where you can gaze out at the spectacular colour contrasts of the Caribbean Sea. Snorkel in the shallow waters of Lac Bay and discover young fish, sea stars and sponges in the crystal clear waters.
Day 8: Oranjestad, Aruba
Today, you can admire the picture-perfect beaches and exotic flowers of Oranjestad — Aruba's main port and capital city. Stroll around the Dutch colonial buildings and shop for chocolates, Dutch-made porcelain, and jewellery — particularly gold which was mined here during the 19th century. If you love the sand and sea, you have Eagle Beach, Baby Beach and Arashi Beach all within easy reach. Step on the ferry to Palm Island and relax on white sand or splash around at the water park. Take an off-road vehicle tour of the wild north-east coast or visit a former gold mine. You can also explore the Quadiriki and Fontein Caves at Arikok National Park; get close to animals at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba and Aruba Ostrich Farm; and dine at one of the city's seafood restaurants on the waterfront.
Day 11: Fly Fort Lauderdale – UK
Disembark in Fort Lauderdale and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.