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 seven-night cruise.
Day 2: St Peters Port, Guernsey
St Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and also its main port. Stroll around the harbour to hear the Noon Day Gun at Castle Cornet and explore the Maritime Museum. Pay a visit to the idyllic Candie Gardens or get up close to tropical marine life at the Guernsey Aquarium. Follow the Esplanade into the town centre to indulge in retail therapy on the High Street and in the Old Town. Step back to wartime at La Vallette Underground Military Museum or trace 1000 years of island history on the Baliwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry. Take a tour around Victor Hugo House in Hauteville where the author wrote 'Les Miserables' or go to see the seashell and pebble encrusted The Little Chapel.
Day 4: La Rochelle, France
La Rochelle is a coastal city in southwestern France and is often known as La Ville Blanche ‘the White City’ and the stunning city’s luminous limestone facades glow in the bright coastal sunlight. Discover the 600 different species at Aquarium La Rochelle or climb up the spectacular 158 spiral steps of Tour de la Lanterne to savour panoramic views of the city. Journey back in time and visit the Musée Maritime, highlights include the trio of retired boats moored there. Musée du Nouveau Monde and Musée des Beaux-Arts are both well-worth a visit too. Savour delicious seafood at the waterfront seafood café, Andre.
Day 5: Bilbao, Spain
Discover the cosmopolitan Basque city and lively port of Bilbao. Surrounded by verdant green mountains, this city in northern Spain is home to the breathtaking modern and contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sample authentic tapas dishes in the family-run restaurants that line Casco Viejo, Bilbao's vibrant old quarter, and shop for handmade souvenirs at quirky independent boutiques. The modern transport links provide easy access to the two other capitals of the Basque Country — Vitoria and San Sebastián.
Day 6: La Coruna, Spain
La Coruña overlooks the Bay of Coruña in the north-west corner of Spain. Step ashore and visit the Tower of Hercules, Castillo de San Anton, and Castillo de San Diego. Explore the Roman wall, historical buildings and the medieval Church of Santiago in Ciudad Vieja. Get a culture hit at the Museum of Sacred Art, Archaeological Museum and Military Museum. People-watch at La Marina and Plaza Maria Pita, or relax on the Playa Riazor and Playa del Orzan beaches. Enjoy some family fun at Aquarium Finisterrae, Science Museum and Domus — an interactive museum. Venture further afield to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos and Ferrol.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.