When most people think of cruising, they think of a giant floating town of over 2000 guests and nearly 1000 crew members, each of them with their own space aboard a massive cruise ship destined for sunny waters or fascinating ancient vistas. Yet the Ocean Princess defies all of these expectations by being a small, fast cruise ship which hosts over 600 passengers on each trip, bringing travellers to even more exotic and unusual destinations. As a smaller ship (part of the Princess lines’ Small Ships of Princess fleet) it is able to break out of the mold in all of its features, from its decor (rich, polished dark woods and luxurious carpeting throughout) to the activities and entertainment you’ll find on board.
Built in 1999, the Ocean Princess is pure royalty, with all the trimmings you’d expect from a larger ship but on a much smaller scale. Dedicated to cruising the most exotic and fascinating destinations in the world, the Ocean Princess runs a schedule which includes Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and Africa. The smaller number of guests gives each trip a community feel, wherein you begin to bond with the other passengers who are also on this cruise of a lifetime, and you’re able to settle in to your new life on the ship the way you’d settle into a new home. As always, Princess Cruise Lines boasts some of the best hospitality, dining options, and activities in the industry, and all passengers will soon realize that this trip is exactly what they needed to escape from the trials of their everyday life.
As a smaller cruise ship, the Ocean Princess has a slightly different dining style than larger cruise ships in the Princess fleet. The Club - the Ocean Princess’s main dining room - is open for early and late dinner services at 6:15 and 8:15 pm. The Club features some of the most delicious and carefully planned menus you’ll find anywhere, with delicious traditional and modern favourites served throughout the day. With breakfast menus changed daily and lunch menus overflowing with mouthwatering offerings, it’s easy to eat at the Club every day! The Ocean Princess takes pride in its hospitality, so you know you’ll also get the most attentive, caring service you could imagine.
If you want a change, the Ocean Princess also features two specialty restaurants which operate on alternative nights due to the smaller size of the cruise ship. For Italian you won’t find a better meal than at Sabatini’s, where food is prepared with a great love for the rich heritage of Italian cuisine, and the Sterling Steakhouse serves up fantastic grilled options for a celebratory night.
The Ocean Princess’s intimate feel extends to its entertainment in the best of ways. Instead of a massive Vegas-style theatre, guests are treated to a glamorous cabaret lounge where you’ll be able to take in comedy, magic, and Broadway showtunes.
If you want a cozy place to sit and while away the hours, the Casino Bar features nightly live piano (and you can play the slots in between songs if the urge strikes you). Like other Princess cruises, the Ocean Princess also hosts fascinating classes, ranging from photography and technology to ceramics firing (which makes a wonderful, unique piece of art for you to take home from your trip).
Take a dip in the cooling pool, relax in one of the luxurious whirlpools, be pampered at the spa, and then laugh the night away at the Tahitian Lounge; there’s never a lack of something to do, and if you do get bored, you can try out the ping pong, get a massage, or whatever strikes your fancy in the moment.