Operating 11 ships, with four more in the pipeline debuting by 2006, Princess Cruises –
now part of the Carnival Corporation line-up -- offers nearly 150 itineraries calling at
nearly 260 ports. Princess itineraries range from seven to 72 days. Personal Choice Cruising
gives passengers opportunity to customize cruise their experiences with extensive choices in
dining, entertainment, amenities and more. Princess’ Scholarship@Sea program has proved so
popular that it has expanded fleetwide to provide innovative enrichment courses including
culinary arts, visual arts, computer skills finance, and more. Assorted features, including
the industry’s first onboard pottery kilns, have been added to Princess ships including the
Dawn Princess to facilitate these courses.
The excitement aboard Dawn Princess starts at the four-story Grand Plaza atrium,
the ship’s main social hub, with shops, entertainment and dining as a focal point,
along with a 24-hour reception desk. A second smaller atrium is aft of the Grand Plaza.
With 93,000 square feet of outside deck space, Dawn Princess has a promenade that
harkens back to days of the grand ocean liners tih an open-air broad teak Promenade
Deck encircling the ship featuring canopied steamer deck chairs. Dawn Princess sails
summers in Alaska, winters in the Caribbean and Mexican itineraries during shoulder
periods. A seven-night Acapulco to Los Angeles itinerary includes calls in Ixtapa
(Zihuatanejo), Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas with a relaxing day at
sea. Also sailing the Mexican Riviera with enticing itineraries are Sapphire Princess
and Diamond Princess.
A $10 per person, per day gratuity is automatically applied to shipboard accounts for
dining and cabin staff and may be adjusted upward or downward at any time during the
cruise. Passengers wishing to tip in the traditional manner may do so.
Dawn Princess has 19 (seven outside and 12 inside) wheelchair accessible cabins.
Amenities for visual and hearing impaired guests include Braille elevator call buttons,
audible arrival sounds and infrared listening assistance systems in the theater are part
of what Dawn Princess offers guests.. Kits, available upon request, feature phone amplifiers,
visual smoke detectors, door knock sensors, text telephones (TDD), and other aids.
In-cabin movies feature closed captioning, and the ship library has books on tape.
Princess welcomes service animals, and has hosted a variety of seeing-eye dogs,
hearing-assistance dogs, and a “helping hands” monkey.
Dawn Princess and Sun-Class sister Sun Princess are filled with multi-million dollar
art collections accenting extensive use of light woods. Dawn Princess is refined
without being stodgy providing an ideal backdrop for staging fabulous times at sea.
One glance into the Grand Plaza atrium, with ocean views, marble floors and brass
staircases (and ranking as one of the most stunning lobbies afloat), confirms prospects
for a worthy cruise experience. The spectacular atrium is just one of the features
making Dawn Princess a favorite. More than 70 percent of the ship’s outside staterooms
have balconies, and other features include a spa with an ocean-view gym, a pair of
showrooms, four swimming pools, a premium steakhouse, a wine and caviar bar, a gallery
of shops, a computerized golf center, and a business center with three IBM desktops,
a MAC, a laser printer, color printer, fax modem and assorted software.
Categories include six suites, 32 mini-suites, 372 standard outside cabins with balconies,
193 standard outside cabins without balconies and 372 inside cabins.
Each stateroom has a television movies and CNN, hair dryer, terry cloth robes, safe,
mini refrigerators, beds that convert from twin to queen size. Suites have separate
sitting areas, wet bars, and dual sinks in baths, plus whirlpool spa tubs.
Kid & Teen Stuff
Two age specific youth centers help make Dawn Princess ideal for family vacations.
The Fun Zone for toddlers has a splash pool, castle, doll’s house, children’s theater
and more. The Fast Lane has video games, a refreshment bar and a teen disco. A full
schedule of organized activities rounds out each cruise.
The elegant Florentine and Venetian main dining rooms with their etched glass and hand-painted
paneling, each have a separate galley. As an alternative, Sterling Steakhouse lets passengers
choose their own prime cut from a presentation tray and watch the chef cook to order. Other
dining choices on board include the 24-hour Patisserie for relaxing over a cup of cappuccino,
the hamburger and hot dog grill, sushi bar and 24-hour room service. Made to order pizza draws
raves at LaScala, with a contemporary “winter garden” feeling. Grill restaurant is adjacent
to the pool for casual breakfast and luncheon buffet before transforming into the 70-seat
Sterling Steakhouse at night. Room service is available 24 hours. With Personal Choice Dining,
passengers choose from traditional cruise dining with a set dining time, the same waiters and
tablemates each evening, or restaurant-style seating allowing passengers to dine when and with
whom they please.
Sports / Health / Fitness
From a computerized golf simulator with a fee to a jogging track, there are few sports/fitness
activities not found aboard these ships. The multi-level Oasis Spa, featuring fitness with a
view, has a whirlpool, exercise equipment with personal trainers, and a salon for massage and
other treatments. Riviera Deck has two large pools, two whirlpool spas, a waterfall, a band
stand an island bar and deck chairs. A splash pool is on Sun Deck. The Beauty Center has a
full array of men’s and women’s grooming services. A paddle tennis court, adaptable for
volleyball and badminton, is on Sun Deck.
Two main show lounges (Princess Theater and the cabaret style Vista Lounge keep things jumping.
Princess Links is a computerized golf center where passengers can enjoy simulated play on the
world’s famed courses . Passages Library is a richly paneled area with an old-world feel and
comfortable chairs looking at to sea.
The Grand Casino, with a stained glass ceiling sculpture simulating a moving roulette wheel,
has more than 150 slot machines, plus a roulette wheel and table games including blackjack
Promenade Deck has the Wheelhouse Bar, modeled after the officer’s bar of yesterday’s liners;
an Atrium Lounge with a dance floor; Jammers, also with a dance floor; and the 12-seat Magnums
for champagne, wine and caviar. Lido Deck has the Oasis Bar overlooking spa activity below,
and Sun Deck has Windjammers, an outdoor top-of-ship bar.