10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067 Phone: (800) PRINCESS or (310) 553-1770 Website:www.princesscruises.com
COMPANY OVERVIEW: This is the home of the original "Love Boat." Owned by Britain's P&O cruise line, Princess, which has one of the largest fleets, is known for its good service, value, and casual elegance. The line features a wide range of vessels from the 20,000 ton, 640 passenger Island Princess to the 109,000 ton, 2600 passenger Grand Princess. Princess has a fleet of some of the newest ships afloat, many with private balconies, something Princess (among other lines) is known for. Princess has a strong presence in the Caribbean and Alaska.
DESTINATIONS: Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii, New England/Canada, Mediterranean, Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and Baltic region.
KIDS/FAMILY PROGRAMS OFFERED: Princess Cruises' offers Love Boat Kids for ages 2-12 and 13-16. The program is offered year-round on the Crown, Dawn, Regal, Sky, Grand, Ocean, Sea, and Sun. The children's program is available on the Island, Pacific Princess and Royal when there are 15 or more children ages 2 to 16.
While youth facilities vary by ship, children enjoy arts and crafts, pool games, scavenger hunts, deck parties, bridge and galley tours, and afternoon ice cream socials.
TEENS: The Dawn, Grand, Ocean, Sea, Sky and Sun also feature designated teen rooms adjacent to the kids' rooms. To enter these you pass by a hallway of computer games. The teen room, suitably monochromatic, has video monitors and music. Teens participate in exercise classes, arts and crafts, shipboard Olympics, Karaoke contests, and casino nights. The disco is open to teens in the early evenings for dancing and socializing.
NUMBER OF YOUTH COUNSELORS ONBOARD: Full-time Youth Director with staff. Additional staff added during vacation and holiday periods. Dawn, Golden, Grand, Ocean, Sea and Sun Princess all have a full-time Teen Director. Royal and Pacific Princess have youth staff when 15 or more children are aboard. (No dedicated youth rooms on those two ships).
IN-PORT KIDS PROGRAMS: here is no individual baby-sitting. In-port group babysitting available for ages 2-12 is available from 9am to 5 pm on all ships with children's centers--Dawn, Grand, Ocean, Sea, Sky, and Sun-for a fee of $4 per hour per child. On the Royal, Sky, Island and Pacifc Princess the children's program operates only until 10pm. From 10pm to 1am group babysitting is available for a $4 per hour fee.
The Pelican's Perch, a supervised area on Princess' private island Princess Cays in the Bahamas, offers parents the opportunity to leave their children with Youth Staff members.
For more information about Princess cruises, give them a call at:(800) PRINCESS or visit them online at: www.princesscruises.com.