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Frequently Asked Questions About Princess Cruises

Trying to describe all the facets of a cruise line the size of Princess Cruises in one small blog post is next to impossible. They’re so diverse and cater for a wide audience. I believe there is at least one cruise line for everyone. So in this post I’ve researched Princess Cruises FAQs about the experience and hopefully, you’ll find an answer here…

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Princess Cruises Experience

Questions under this heading included the very generic to the very specific about the experience for families and if you can smoke onboard.

Are Princess Cruises good? Are Princess Cruises any good? How are Princess Cruises? Why Princess Cruises? How do Princess Cruises compare?

Such a subjective set of questions! The answer to which will depend on your cruising experience. Before I visited a Princess ship I had seen many across different cruise lines, everything from Royal Caribbean to 6-star Crystal Cruises. Before I sailed on Sky Princess in 2019 I had sailed on several other cruise lines, on new ships and older members of the Celebrity fleet. 

Princess Cruises has a distinct quality to it, it’s a fantastic standard of cruising. The ships are beautiful, there is a great deal of space on board. The facilities are far-reaching and they really know how to entertain onboard and ashore.

The cruise line want to be distinguished by their itineraries and their programmes at the US west coast, Alaska, Australia are really wonderful. Providing more choice in regions that other cruise lines are a little thin. 

How does Princess Cruises compare to Celebrity Cruises? I’ve sailed on the Celebrity Eclipse, and personally, maybe even controversially. I prefer Princess Cruises. Thanks to the entertainment and variety of included dining options.  

How does Princess Cruises compare to Norwegian? This is very difficult for me to call, NCL are our family’s absolute favourite. But I see us sailing on Princess Cruises next, because the standard of cruising is just as fabulous, with the same level of family entertainment but excellent value for money. (Remember on selected sailings you pay just £99 or £199 for 3rd and 4th passengers!)

Are Princess Cruises 5 star? 

Cruise ships aren’t traditionally rated the same way as hotels. But if they did this would be the criteria they would have – you can see they tick a lot of the boxes!

True five-star hotel should satisfy all these criteria:

5-Star Service

Five-star hotel employees should be polite, attentive, discreet, and can anticipate guests’ needs. All-in-all, consistently flawless excellence is the expectation  ✔
A high staff-to-room ratio—ideally above 2.5 ✔
Multilingual staff ✔
24-hour reception, room service, valet parking, butler, doorman ✔
Standalone concierge staff available at least 16 hours a day ✔
Nightly turndown ✔
Daily housekeeping that is also available upon request at any time ✔
Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, and shoe polishing ✔
Guest elevators separate from staff elevators ✔
Luggage storage in which bags are out of guest view ✔
Fine dining restaurant(s) and a standalone lounge and/or bar ✔
Transfers and executive or house car ✔
Childcare ✔

5-Star In-Room Amenities

Electric safe ✔
Laundry bags ✔
Full-length mirror with lighting ✔
Flat-screen TV with international programming ✔
Stocked mini bar ✔ (Available in Suites)
Selection of daily newspapers ✔ (Available in Suites)
Wifi ✔
At least four types of spa treatments ✔

5-Star Comfort

Guest rooms must be plush and inviting—especially the bed. Ideally, there is a memory foam bed with high thread count sheets. ✔ (They even have their own exclusively developed beds!)
Pillow menu ✔ (Available in Suites)
Blackout shades ✔
Bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and large fluffy towels ✔ (Bathrobes & slippers in suites & above)
Poolside daybeds, umbrellas, lotions, ice water, attendants, and food and beverage service ✔

Are Princess Cruises all inclusive?

Generally speaking, if you’ve bought drinks packages or bought your cruise when there’s been a promotion for free drinks. That will make your Princess cruise all inclusive. 

Are Princess Cruises good for families? Are Princess Cruises fun? Are Princess Cruises nice? 

I was completely blown away by the facilities onboard Princess Cruises for families. From the large family staterooms which become a home from home. To the pools, the dining options, the kids club, the Movies Under the Stars. Princess Cruises are a fantastic option for children. Abigail spent the day onboard Caribbean Princess with me, and she loved it! She can’t wait for our first family Princess Cruises cruise.

What can Princess Cruises onboard credit be used for? 

Onboard credit can be used towards anything that would go on your room bill, so items such as Spa services, like massages or haircuts.

Alcoholic drinks (including beverage packages)
Specialty (up-charge) dining.
Shore excursions.
Gratuities (aka service charges)
Onboard retail purchases (gift shop merch)
Gambling and other onboard games.
Internet access.

Can you smoke on Princess Cruises? 

Yes. Clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas” are available onboard and include a sufficient number of ashtrays that are emptied regularly. Generally, these areas include cigar lounges, a section of the nightclub, as well as a portion of the open decks. The Casino and Casino Bar are non-smoking areas on board, with the exception of designated slot machines where guests are permitted to smoke only while playing at those machines. All table games are non-smoking. Princess Cruises prohibits smoking in guest staterooms and balconies. The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within the confines of the guest’s stateroom (balcony not included) and within designated smoking areas only.

Can you bring alcohol on Princess Cruises?
As provided in the Passage Contract, guests agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded

Princess Cruises which nights are formal?
When formal nights are held, please observe the dress code in the Traditional Dining and Anytime Dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests.

  • Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women
  • Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men

Length of Cruise

Number of Formal Evenings Number of Smart Casual Evenings

1-4 Days



5-6 Days



7-13 Days



14-20 Days



21-28 Days



29+ Days 5 minimum


Can you wear jeans to dinner on a Princess Cruise?
Think about what you would wear to a nice restaurant at home, so designer jeans, well fitted, with no tears and fraying would be acceptable. 

Princess Cruises FAQs

Princess Cruises Ships

Which Princess Cruises are Ocean Medallion? What Princess Cruise ships are Medallion Class?

Find cruises on MedallionClass ships: Caribbean Princess® | Crown Princess® | Regal Princess® | Royal Princess® | Sky Princess®

Coming soon to:  Ruby Princess® (Jan 27, 2020), Grand Princess® (Mar 29, 2020), Enchanted Princess® (Jun 15, 2020), Emerald Princess® (Aug 16, 2020), Coral Princess® (Oct 16, 2020), Island Princess® (Dec 20, 2020), and Discovery Princess℠ (Nov 3, 2021)

Which Princess Cruise ship is best for Alaska?
The Ruby Princess is fresh from dry dock with upgrades to Medallion Class as well as new dining venues, new beds etc. Not only that but she enjoys homeports of Seattle and Los Angeles. Itineraries include ports: Juneau; Ketchikan; Skagway; Victoria, BC; and Glacier Bay National Park (scenic cruising).

I also love the exclusives experiences, a top-deck party with live music, dancing under the midnight sun and more. Puppies in the Piazza which is sled dog puppies come onboard for a day! The hidden gem is the Terrace Pool has the most spectacular wake views. 

Can babies go on Princess Cruises?
Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail. Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days.

Which Princess Cruise ship is the largest? Which Princess Cruises ship is biggest? Which Princess Cruises ship is newest?
As of November 2019, Sky Princess is the newest and biggest ship. The ship measures 145,281 GT and has a capacity of 3,660 passengers. 

Cost of Princess Cruises

How much is Princess Cruises beverage package?
There are three beverage packages on Princess Cruises. Classic Soda Package ($9.99 per person per day), Premier Coffee & Soda Package ($19.99 per person per day) and Premier Beverage Package ($$59.99 per person per day)

How much are Princess Cruises gratuities?
A discretionary gratuity of $16.50 per guest for suites, $15.50 per guest for mini-suites and club class, and $14.50 per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms

What do Princess Cruises include?


Anytime Dining or Traditional Dining

(breakfast, lunch & dinner)


with the following exceptions:

Not available on Pacific Princess. Not available on Diamond Princess while in Japan.

Room Service (24 hours) Included
Casual Dining Venues Included

with the following exceptions:

Exceptions: Vines Wine & Seafood Bar & specialty drinks at the International Café

Beverages (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, Tea varieties, Non- Specialty Coffee) Included

with the following exceptions:

Exceptions: Sodas, Alcoholic Beverages

Specialty Restaurants (including Chef’s Table) Additional Fees May Apply
Balcony Dining (breakfast & dinner only) Additional Fees May Apply

What are Princess Cruises loyalty levels?
There are many membership benefits to the Captain’s Circle, the loyalty program with Princess Cruises.

Does Princess Cruises offer free drink packages?
Often for a limited period, Princess Cruises will offer free drinks packages as part of a promotion or incentive to book. 

Does Princess Cruises have senior discounts?
From our research it appears that Princess Cruises don’t offer seniors discounts. 

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About the Author
I've worked in travel for 13 years. As a marketer I've worked for Thomas Cook, Going Places, Direct Holidays, Gill's Cruises, Virgin Holidays and cruise brands,, and Strawberry Holidays was born because I LOVE TRAVEL. In the last 5 years my family and I have been to 39 places and 17 countries.