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Island Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

The lovely Coral and Island Princess are the largest of the midsize ships in the Princess Cruises fleet. Just barely small enough to fit through the locks of the Panama Canal at 92,000 gross tons, they can be deployed on cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

Not that the Island Princess is a small ship by any measure. With only a few more passengers than the ships of the Sun Class, there’s plenty of room onboard, which makes the Coral Princess right at home alongside its much bigger cousins.

From the outside, the futuristic-looking Island Princess bears a passing resemblance to the Diamond and Sapphire Princess; that’s because it also has a jet-engine like decorative element on the funnel—an indication that the Island Princess also is powered by an environmentally friendly combination of diesel-electric and gas-turbine propulsion systems.

Island Princess Public Rooms
Inside, the Island Princess serves up the most important hallmarks of a Princess ship to live up to the “Big Ship Choice, Small Ship Feel” motto. There’s a nautically appointed Wheelhouse Bar; the Asian/African-inspired Explorer’s Lounge for cabaret-style acts (and doubles as a sports bar); a sloping, single-level theater for full-scale production shows and educational lectures; plus an unusual multipurpose space called the Universe Lounge, which is used for enrichment programs such as computer classes and cooking demonstrations. Also present is Princess Cruises’ signature wedding chapel, a library, card room, cigar lounge, piano bar, internet center, play areas for the kiddies, and last-but-not-least a spacious casino.

Dining & Relaxation aboard Island Princess
Traditional and Anytime Dining are accommodated in the ship’s two single-level dining rooms. Two more alternative restaurants include the trademark Sabatini’s Tuscan-inspired trattoria and the New Orleans-themed Bayou Café and Steakhouse. Another signature Princess eatery, the 24-hour Horizon Court, offers a casual setting for buffet service.

Pool areas include the customary main pool amidships and a Balinese theme solarium/spa pool aft, protected from inclement weather by a sliding glass roof. The latter is part of the ship’s Lotus Spa fitness center. Other recreational facilities include a sports court for basketball and volleyball, plus two types of golf: computerized and miniature.

Island Princess Cabins
The designers of the Caribbean Princess wanted private verandahs to be available to virtually everyone, and this ship has nearly 900 cabins with balconies, ranging from standard outside cabins to mini-suites and full suites. The mini-suites are among the largest of its kind, featuring a full sitting area with a large sofa, a comfortable chair, and a second TV. Mini-suites also have large balconies that extend further out than other balconies. The design means the balcony above doesn’t block the sun, but it also does not offer much in the way of privacy.

Island Princess in Alaska Ship Information
Island Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Coral Class of cruise ships. The ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Lotus Spa, Movies Under the Stars®, more than 700 balcony cabins and an entire deck of Mini Suites, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2003 ♦ Ship's Class: Coral Class ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 92,000 ♦ Length 965 ft - 294 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,970 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,586 ♦ Passenger Decks 11 ♦ Officers and Crew 900 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 987 ♦ Suites with Balcony 200 ♦ Suites without Balcony 8 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 527 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 144 ♦ Inside 108 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 20 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. For longer cruises the Mini Suites are an even better option, with a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and bathtub. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, The Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Putting Course

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center

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