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 eleven night cruise.
Day 5: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
The Canary island of Gran Canaria is famous for its beaches, water sports, food, and marine life. Beach lovers will delight in a day spent sunbathing, watching people body board, and enjoy a mojito or two on the promenade at Playa de las Canteras beach. Learn how to paddle board, surf, or scuba dive in Arguineguin where there’s also a collection of shisha bars. Adventurers delight as you hike Caldera de Bandama and admire the views that extend the entire north-east and central areas of the island – and on the way down enjoy a well-earned glass of Rioja at the nearby Vino Del Monte. Get close with wildlife and see dolphins, turtles, seals, toucans, and much more at Palmitos Park – the biggest zoological park in the Canary Islands. Or, swap seals for slides at Aqualand Water Park which is only ten minutes away from the Zoo.
Day 6: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is largest of the Canary Islands. The island is dominated by the dormant volcano Mount Teide; hop on a cable car to marvel at the views or take a hike along the trail. Tenerife is also known for its famous Carnaval de Santa Cruz with its spectacular parades, music, dancing, and colourful costumes. Siam Park is a Thai-themed water park packed with swimming pools, exhilarating slides, and plenty of family fun. Experience up-close encounters with gorillas, tigers, penguins, and other species at the landscaped Loro Park. Party animals can discover Playa de las Americas and its famed nightlife scene. Try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing, or parasailing on El Medano Beach. The island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is home to Auditorio de Tenerife, Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Nature and Man. The UNESCO-listed colonial city of San Cristobal de la Laguna is well worth a visit too.
Day 7: Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The ship drops anchor today on the island of Lanzarote. Admire Castillo San Gabriel and Castillo San Jose that form the backdrop to Arrecife harbour. The beautiful golden sand of Playa del Reducto is ideal for a morning's sunbathing, or take a stroll along the seafront promenade to the peaceful Playa del Cable. Venture inland to explore the landscape of Timanfaya National Park's fire mountains or uncover the spectacular natural concert hall and subterranean lagoon at Cueva de Los Verdes.
Day 8: Funchal, Madeira
It is very easy to see why Madeira has gained the name of 'The Garden Island'. Lush greenery with an array of tropical fruits, this island is a favourite on many cruise itineraries. Take gondola ride to the mountain village of Monte to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the island, then take the thrilling way down on a local toboggan, winding and bending over the cobbles; this is something you won’t want to miss. For wine lovers, venture out into the vineyards and experience some of the famous wine of the region.
Day 10: Vigo, Spain
Spain's Atlantic coastline is home to the Galician town of Vigo and its many attractions. Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and Plaza Constitucion in Casco Vella, before admiring the views from Castro Fortress. Immerse yourself in culture at Museo do Mar de Galicia, Museo Municipal de Vigo, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Discover the El Sireno sculpture at Porta do Sol or go shopping on Rua do Principe. Watch the fisherman at O Berbes and spend some time on Playa de Samil beach. Venture further afield to Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra or even take a boat trip around the Cíes Islands.
Day 12: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way back home.