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Grandest Facts About Grand Princess
Grand Princess measures 109,000 tons and carries a price tag of approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built. In addition to being the grandest cruise ship at sea, it also has these claims to fame:
- 710 balcony cabins, the most on any cruise ship afloat, and 80 percent of all outside staterooms offer this attractive feature.
- The largest casino afloat - 13,500-square feet.
- The first cruise ship with three main dining rooms and three main show lounges.
- The first wedding and renewal of vows chapel at sea.
- Grand Class Gold butler service - offering butler service in all suites and mini-suites.
- The first virtual reality center at sea, with a motion-based simulator ride and interactive games.
- A digital photo studio that lets passengers place themselves into a wide array of fun photographic scenes.
- The first ocean-going Southwestern restaurant, one of three alternative-dining spots on board.
- First ship with a swim-against-the-current lap pool, which is one of five pools on board.
- The first telemedicine program at sea which links the ship's medical staff with the emergency department at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
- Two-level children's and teens' centers.
- 28 wheelchair-accessible cabins across the main categories of accommodations, more than any other ship.
- Only ship to be built with duplicate operational/technical systems to ensure continued operation even in emergencies.
- The first ship ever ordered to exceed 100,000 tons.
How big is Grand Princess?
- Grand Princess (159 feet wide) is 53 feet too wide to fit through the Panama Canal (106 feet wide).
- Grand Princess is 58 feet wider than the Parthenon in Athens (101 feet wide).
- Grand Princess (201 feet high) is 84 feet taller than Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa (117 feet hight).
- Grand Princess is 50 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty (151 feet from pedestal to torch).
- Grand Princess (951 feet long) could fit 41 Venetian gondolas (23 feet long each), lined tip-to-tip, along-side it.
- Grand Princess cost $450 million to build, nearly four times the cost of TriStar's new movie, Godzilla ($120 million), starring a 20-story tall monster.
- The original "Love Boat," Pacific Princess, could fit inside the Horizon Court dining and lido areas.
Grand Princess Specifications
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins:
Cabins with Private Balconies:
Outside Deck Space:
Dining and Snacks:
Number of Crew:
Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy
Approximately $450 million
May 26, 1998
Fort Lauderdale (Caribbean cruises)
Istanbul/Barcelona (Europe cruises)
159 feet (including bridge wing)
118 feet (excluding bridge wing)
28 Suites w/ balconies (515-800 sq ft)
180 Mini-Suites w/ balconies (325 sq ft)
502 Outside w/ balconies (215-255 sq ft)
218 Outside w/ window (165-210 sq ft)
372 Inside (160 sq ft)
28 including 18 outside/10 inside
(Square footage: 240-385)
710 (80 percent of all outside cabins)
5, one can be covered and one for children
More than 72,000 square feet
Three main dining rooms
Horizon Court: 24-hour cafe
Painted Desert: Southwestern-themed restaurant
Sabatini Trattoria: Casual Italian dining
Poseidon's Pizzeria: Poolside pizza
Promenade Lounge: Patisserie/Caviar bar
Trident Grill: Hamburger and hot dog grill
I Scream: Ice cream sundae bar
24-hour room service
Three main showlounges - theater and cabaret style
12 lounges/bars for refreshments, entertainment,
Casino, four duty-free shops, health center and spa,
sports deck, virtual reality center, blue screen
production studio, photo shop, two-level children
and teen centers, disco, sports bar, computerized
golf center, nini-hole putting green, library, business
center, art gallery
British/Italian: deck, engineering, medical officers
International: hotel officers; dining and bar staff
American/British: reception and cruise staff
Filipino: accommodation staff
Two fixed pitch propellers each driven by a Siemens
electric propulsion motor of 21 Megawatts maximum
output. The propulsion power and the ship's service
power come from six Siemens generators, each of
11,520 Kilowatts driven by GMT V-16 diesel engines
14 lifeboats, 6 tenders, 2 rescue boats
Lloyd's and Rina
Giacomo Mortola, Genoa, Italy
Teresa Anderson, Princess Cruises
Winter/spring/fall: 7-day eastern Caribbean itinerary
Summer: 12-day western Mediterranean itinerary
Grand Princess Stateroom Amenities
Standard Outside/Inside Cabins (1,092)
Suites/Mini Suites (24/180) (additional features)
- Twin beds which make up into a comfortable queen-size bed
- Private balcony on 710 outside cabins
- Color television with remote control featuring movies, CNN, ESPN, TNT, CNNfn, BBC and Discovery Channel programming
- Multi-channel music system
- Spacious closet
- Bath with shower
- Turndown service with pillow chocolates
- Terrycloth robes
- Private safe
- Multi function telephone
Grand Suites (2) (additional features)
- Separate sitting area with sofa bed
- Private balcony
- Two televisions
- Walk-in closet
- Bath with tub and shower (whirlpool tub in suites)
- Butler service
Family Suites (2)
- Queez-size bed
- Separate sitting room with sofa bed and fireplace
- Large private balcony
- Hot tub accessed from both bedroom and balcony
- Wet bar
- Special suites include two self-contained staterooms that connect through living room
- Can sleep up to 10 people if four are children, eight if all are adults
- Two bathrooms
Grand Princess Public Room Overview
Sky Deck (17/18)
Sports Deck (16)
Skywalkers Disco & Observation Lounge
- A unique space suspended off the rear of the ship, 150 feet above the water, accessed only by a glass-enclosed traveling "skywalk." By day, a spectacular observation lounge, and after dark transformed into a lively nightclub.
Sun Deck (15)
- Paddle tennis, volleyball and basketball courts with space for spectator seating. Also includes Center Court Bar.
Fun Zone/Off Limits
- Two-story kid's and teen's centers with private pool, games, video arcade, disco and regularly scheduled activities.
- Whirlpool spa area with outdoor Oasis Bar.
Lido Deck (14)
- Gym and health spa, including a swim-against-the-current pool, exercise machines, whirlpool spas, sauna and massage, aerobics room, outdoor track and refreshing Juice Bar.
- Haircare, facials, manicures and other beauty treatments.
Fun Zone/Off Limits
- Bottom story of youth centers.
Sea Breeze Bar
- Mid Deck Bar
- Golf Center with simulated play on the world's greatest courses and 9-hole putting green.
- A glass-enclosed outdoor sitting area with music.
Voyage of Discovery
- The first Virtual Reality Center at sea, with a motion-based simulator ride and dozens of games featuring interactive technology and a cyber-age gift shop.
Promenade Deck (7)
Neptune's Reef and Pool
- Fanciful sculptures, colorful mosaics, lavish pool, whirlpool spas and abundant sunning areas. Includes:
- Mermaid's Tail (Midship Bar)
- Poseidon's Pizza (Outdoor Pizza)
- Trident Grill (Outdoor Grill)
- I Scream Ice Cream Bar (Outdoor Ice Cream Bar)
Calypso Reef and Pool
- Pool area with simulated coral reef and "beach" and retractable crystal dome. Includes Calypso Bar (Outdoor Bar).
Horizon Court (24-hour Cafe)
- Twenty-four hour dining with indoor and outdoor seating (on connecting Horizon Terrace). Features panoramic views and theater-style cooking area. Includes Horizon Terrace/Alfresco's (Aft Bar).
Fiesta Deck (6)
- Full theater with 36-foot proscenium arch stage for comfortable viewing of Princess' trademark Broadway-style entrtainment.
The Painted Desert
- The only Southwestern restaurant at sea offers the look and feel of Santa Fe and exotic flavors of the southwest.
Hearts & Minds Wedding Chapel
- The first wedding chapel at sea for weddings or renewal of vows ceremonies.
- Digital photo studio where passengers can add their own faces to a variety of fun photographic scenes.
- Duty free boutiques for everything from fine fashions and jewelry to perfume and collectibles.
- If you must keep in touch.
Promenade Lounge & Bar
- With Coffee Bar/Patisserie and Wine/Caviar Bar.
- A lounge where Indiana Jones would feel at home, designed to evoke the wonders of Egypt, Morocco and Southern Africa. Entertainment includes cabaret acts, singers, magicians and comedians.
- A classic, private club atmosphere filled wiht P&O history and nautical memorabilia. A great spot for music or cocktails.
- Casual Italian dining with fresh pasta, pizza and other Italian specialties in an authentic trattoria setting.
- Features Vegas-style entertainment and late-night casual dining.
Plaza Deck (5)
- Lower level of two-deck theater.
Snooker's (Sports Bar)
- Features sporting event broadcasts and sports memoribilia.
- The largest casino at sea at 13,500 sq. ft., with an underwater theme and 3D artwork and holograms to entertain while playing the latest in casino games.
Da Vinci Dining Room
- One of three dining rooms on board.
Botticelli Dining Room
- Another of three dining rooms on board.
Princess Fine Arts Gallery
- Museum-class collections of contemporary art. Guests can purchase high-quality reproductions and original prints.
Grand Plaza Atrium & Lobby Bar
- Three-story Atrium with the Lobby Lounge/Bar at the base.
Quiet Corner (Library)
- Reading room with an extensive book collection and CD computer terminals.
- A cozy place to write letters and postcards.
Players Card Room
- Get a group together for a game of bridge, backgammon, checkers or chess.
Michelangelo Dining Room
- The third dining room on board.
Grand Princess Fun Facts
What does it take to stock the world's largest cruise ship? Place settings in the restaurants, supplies in the staterooms and provisions in the kitchen, among other things, are required for the passengers and crew aboard. Just some of the items needed to supply Grand Princess include:
Daily food consumption aboard Grand Princess includes:
- 96,396 pieces of glassware
- 13,200 bath towels
- 23,000 bed sheets
- 18,000 rolls of toilet paper
- 51,612 pieces of silverplated flatware
- 8,640 boxes of facial tissue
- 59,300 wooden coat hangers
- 200 pounds of salt
- 322 pounds of carrots
- 1,431 pounds of game/poultry
- 1,170 pounds of potatoes
- 3.900 muffins
- 1,600 pounds of beef
- 551 pounds of butter and margarine (salted and unsalted)
- 960 pounds of bananas
- 852 pounds of shellfish
- 104 pounds of smoked salmon
- 910 pounds of ice cream
- 390 pounds of bacon
- 306 pounds of veal
Grand Princess Inaugural Season Itineraries
12-Day Grand Mediterranean May 26 through August 18 1998 Departures
||Istanbul, Turkey (Overnight Onboard)
||Ephesus, Turkey (Kusadasi)
||Athens, Greece (Piraeus)
||Venice, Italy (Overnight Onboard)
||Florence/Pisa, Italy (Livorno)
||Monte Carlo, Monaco
||Barcelona, Spain (Overnight Onboard)
7-Day Eastern Caribbean Oct 4, 1998 - Apr 11, 1998 Departures
||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
||St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
||St. Maarten, French West Indies
||Princess Cays, Bahamas (Private Island)
||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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