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Ship Details
Began service:July, 2003
Guest capacity: 1,970
Total staff: 900
Length: 856 feet
Passenger decks: 16
CDC inspection score: 99

Island Princess Overview

The Island Princess cruise ship departs from Los Angeles, CA, Vancouver, Canada. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Hawaii, Alaska/British Columbia.

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The Island Princess brings vibrant new dynamics to "Love Boat" cruising. (The ship, after all, does have a name to live up to. She succeeds the TV show's original floating star, the former Island Princess.) Luckily for romantics, there's almost never a crowded feel, even with 1,970 passengers aboard. There are lots of nooks for sunning, reading or sipping cocktails. Even the main dining rooms are divided into small spaces. Overall, the look is bright and breezy with an an island theme.

There's so much to do on an Island Princess cruise, particularly in Alaska where the show outside (whale watching and bear spotting) rivals onboard activities. Fortunately, private ringside balcony views come with 75% of the staterooms. Expansive walls of glass highlight many public rooms as well. Passengers can see spectacular scenery from the casual Horizon Court restaurant, the gym, card room or library. Other enticing activities, part of Princess' ScholarShip@Sea program, include pottery lessons, computer classes, and cooking demos.


Island Princess has 83% outside cabins (108 are inside and measure 156-166 sq ft.), and many have their own balcony. If privacy is a concern, note that balconies on Deck 9 and 10 located above the lifeboats, are open on top. Anyone on a higher balcony can look down at you, plus there is no protection if you venture outside in rainy weather.

Naturally, the greatest amenities come with the 16 largest suites (470 sq ft. including balcony). Amenities include terry robes, slippers, bar set up, fruit bowl, flowers and nightly canapes. Passengers in the 192 mini-suites (280-302 sq ft. with balcony) get waffle-weave robes. These top categories all have a sitting area, two TVs, fridge, walk-in closet, and shower/tub combination in the bathroom. The new Lotus Spa toiletries are a welcome improvement. Oceanview doubles also have a balcony, but bathrooms are shower-only.


With Personal Choice Dining, passengers get to choose when, where and with whom they dine, 24/7. Meals and snacks are available round-the-clock in the Horizon Court. This casual restaurant offers a buffet at any time, except between the hours of 11:00pm - 4:00am when there's a Bistro menu with table service. Other casual options are a poolside pizza counter and a grill, both open 11:00am to 6:00pm. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

There are two main dining rooms. Provence features traditional, assigned dinner seating at either 5:45 or 8:00pm. The slightly larger Bordeaux offers Personal Choice Dining, which means open seating at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The curtains were usually drawn at dinner, so we always asked our waiters to open them for the stunning views. (In Alaska, it's light long after dinner.)

Island Princess' dining extravaganza takes place in Sabatini's Trattoria, one of two alternative restaurants. It's Italian and well worth the $15 per person cover to spend an evening feasting on prosciutto, gnocchi and gamberi (shrimp), for a start.

The N'Awlins-style Bayou Cafe, the second alternative venue ($10 cover), comes complete with live jazz (too loud on occasion). The menu offers regional dishes such as gator ribs, gumbo ya-ya, and sweet potato pie.

Both Sabatini's and the Bayou Cafe are open for brunch on sea days from 11:30am - 2pm. Cover charges apply.


Daytime fun takes the form of "edu-tainment" via ScholarShip@Sea classes. Professional cooking demos are held in the bright, brassy Universe Lounge. The wedding chapel is being used for computer classes. Ceramic vases and mugs can be purchased and painted in the ceramics studio.

While Princess has certainly hyped its ScholarShip@Sea Program, its offerings can be quite pricey. The hands-on pottery classes ($40 an hour) are part of this program, as well as "paint your own pots" (price of a pot). A class on digital photography was $10. Other examples of topics on our Alaska voyage include a culinary demo and a lecture by Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

At night, the Universe Lounge's kitchen transforms into a high-tech stage for the fast-paced musical, "Tribute." The more traditionally designed Princess Theater offers flashy revues with dozens of costume changes. Various lounges feature magicians, comedians and disco.

Fitness & Recreation

The Lotus Spa on Deck 14 exudes an Asian theme. Treatments come with a bonus-time in the Sanctuary, a quiet space where you can lie back on a heated lounge while waiting for your massage. There are two tropical rain showers with a "rain storm" button and a cold mist. Several steam rooms feature tiled bench seats and a bubbling, scented fountain. The treatments include a fabulous Chakra hot stone massage ($158 for 1-1/2 hours) and are given in the 10 treatment rooms. Strangely, the spa opens at either end and gets foot traffic from passengers going between the pool and gym. The effect can be uncomfortable if you're going from the dressing room to the relaxation room in your robe.

The gym offers all the expected equipment, from treadmills to step machines. You can work out to a TV show or an ocean view.

There are two swimming pools, also on Deck 14. The outdoor Lido Pool is surrounded by open-air deck space filled with lounge chairs and three whirlpools. The Lotus Pool and two whirlpools are set under a retractable roof, making swimming possible in any weather.

A nine-hole putting course is hidden away next to the golf simulator on Deck 15.

The top deck has a splash pool in front of the funnel. A basketball court, shuffleboard, paddle tennis and oversize chess set can be found at the rear. This tends to be a teen hangout on sunny summer days.

Public Areas

A marble stairway encircling the four-deck atrium links most of the public rooms, starting with the reception and tour desks on Deck 5. The shops (jewelry, logo, perfumes, gifts) and casino are found on Deck 6. The Explorer's Lounge is the scene of well-attended art auctions.

Sabatini's and the Bayou Cafe are located on Deck 7. It takes 2.8 laps around the teak promenade to make a mile and walk off a few calories. Two bars border the atrium. Crooner's is a cheery martini bar decorated with photos of the Rat Pack celebrities. Churchill Lounge is an enclosed area for cigar smokers. A few steps down the corridor lead to the Wheelhouse Bar, the ship's favored gathering spot for cocktails.

At the top of the atrium (Deck 8) are the library and card room. The 24-hour Internet Cafe is two adjacent areas with 14 computers for surfing the web (50 cents/minute).

A self-service launderette ($1.75 washers, $1 soap, $1.50 dryers) is located on each stateroom deck.


Children get their own play space, three spaces in fact at the back of Deck 12. Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7) and Princess Pirateers (8-12) enjoy group games and crafts. Teens (13-17) favor computer games at Off Limits.

The Fun Zone stays open between 7:00 and 10:00pm, making a handy substitute for individual baby-sitting ($5 per hour) over dinner hours.

Expert Island Princess reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Island Princess cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Island Princess Score: 99

Cruise Critic: Island Princess
The Cruise Critic gives NCL's Island Princess a 3-ribbon rating.

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