Grand Princess

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.

Grand Princess in Split, Croatia showing refitted stern.
Name: Grand Princess
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry:
Ordered: 8 February 1994
Builder: Fincantieri
Cost: US$450 million
Yard number: Monfalcone, 5956
Launched: 20 May 1998
Christened: 29 September 1998, by Olivia de Havilland
Maiden voyage: 27 May 1998
Refit: May 2011, March 2019
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Type: Grand-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 107,517 GT
Length: 289.86 m (951 ft)
Beam: 35.97 m (118 ft)
Height: 61.26 m (201 ft)
Draught: 7.92 m (26 ft)
Decks: 17
Propulsion: Two shafts; fixed-pitch propellers
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (cruising)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
6 tenders
  • 2,590 lower berth passengers
  • 3,100 maximum passengers
Crew: 1,100
Notes: [1]


Grand Princess was the first of the Grand-class ships, and has a different decor scheme to her sister ships, using darker woods, and the interior decor is more similar to the smaller Sun-class ships. When Grand Princess was launched, she featured in the Princess Cruises brochures as a "Sun" class ship; it was only with the subsequent launch of Golden Princess that the "Grand-class" appeared in brochures.

She is the sister ship of Star Princess and Golden Princess. Grand Princess was the setting for a task in the second series of the UK version of the reality TV show The Apprentice.

Grand Princess has a large theatre, a large central performance lounge, and an aft show lounge.

In May 2011, Grand Princess completed the most extensive drydock in Princess Cruises history that included a refit and removal of the passengers lounge from her stern.[2] This resolved her tendency to sail bow high, and has improved her fuel economy by about 3-4%. The bow high tendency was peculiar to Grand Princess, and does not affect any of the other Grand-class ships (or the derivative classes) as unlike Grand Princess they have aluminium upper decks.

In March 2019, Grand Princess underwent another drydock refurbishment.

Ports of call

As of August 2019, Grand Princess is based year-round in San Francisco, California sailing on itineraries for Alaska, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, and the California coast.[3]

In December 2020, Grand Princess will homeport in Singapore for the first time and will sail her maiden season in Southeast Asia until March 2021.[4] She will sail on itineraries that include Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.[5] In April 2021, she will return to Europe, homeporting in Southampton, and will sail roundtrip from Southampton on itineraries to the Norwegian fjords, Scandinavia and Russia, and the Mediterranean, among others.


On 9 August 2017, a dead whale was found at the bow of the ship while docked in Ketchikan, Alaska.[6]



  1. "Grand PrincessVessel Details and Current Position". Marine Traffic. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. Peter Knego (10 February 2011). "Grand Princess To Lose Her "Handle"". MaritimeMatters. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. "2019 Cruise Schedule at the Port of San Francisco" (PDF).
  4. "Grand Princess to homeport in Singapore for the first time". Seatrade Cruise News. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. "Grand Princess to Homeport in Singapore for First Time". TravelPulse. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  6. Joling, Dan (9 August 2017). "Dead whale found on bow of cruise ship entering Alaska port". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 9 August 2017.


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