Princes Cruises FAQs

Pre-Cruise Questions

  • Preparing for your cruise
    • What’s included in your fare?
      • As the Consummate Host, Princess Cruises strives to provide each guest with a truly unforgettable onboard experience and an exceptional value for their vacation dollar. From an array of great-tasting dining options to engaging onboard activities to staterooms featuring all the comforts of home, you’ll discover plenty of amazing options that are included in your cruise fare, so you can simply relax, unwind and come back new.
      • Facilities vary between ships so make sure you check the “Ships” pages in the “Learn About our Cruises” section of princess.com to discover the options available on your chosen cruise.
      • Dining options freshly prepared from scratch
      • Taste your way through an ever-changing menu of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our main dining rooms, with your choice of Anytime or Traditional Dining in the evening.
      • Choose from an array of casual dining venues to satisfy any craving, including: fresh pastries and paninis at the International Café; crisp salads, hearty soups and warm rolls baked three times daily in the Horizon Court buffet; grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and hand-tossed Neapolitan-style pizza in our convenient poolside grill and pizzeria.
      • Order from a room service menu at any time of day or night.
      • Indulge in a hearty British-style Pub Lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar or alternate location during sea days.
      • Treat yourself to creamy, refreshing soft-serve ice cream – sprinkles optional – every day.
      • Delight in chilled glasses of milk and warm cookies just out of the oven, served every afternoon.
      • Dazzling entertainment from sunrise to sundown
      • Enjoy Princess Signature Shows with lively music, stunning choreography and some of the largest casts at sea.
      • Cozy up under a fleece blanket with complimentary popcorn as you watch anything from Hollywood blockbusters to live sports events and concerts on the giant poolside screens at Movies Under the Stars®.
      • Melt into your chair and relax in the inviting Piazza-style Atrium while street performers and musicians entertain you.
      • Applaud the comedy, live music and cabaret of talented guest entertainers, dance in the night club or sing your favorite tune during our Princess Pop Star competition.
      • Let loose at Princess deck parties with festive themes that go till late at night.
      • Expand your mind with dance classes, cooking demonstrations, port lectures covering topics from art history to navigation at sea*
      • Flip through a wide choice of satellite channels or relax with a Hollywood blockbuster film on your stateroom television (subject to reception).
      • Peruse the extensive onboard library with over 2,000 books.
      • Check out our incredible Youth & Teen program with fun age-specific activities from science experiments to arts & crafts to video games, makeovers and teen dance parties.
      • *A nominal fee may apply to some classes
      • Health and Wellness
      • Practice your skills with a variety of sports activities including table tennis, basketball and a jogging track.
      • Stay fit in the well-equipped Lotus Spa® Fitness Center, complete with treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, and free weights.
      • Relax and take a dip in our many fresh water pools, including some underneath a retractable glass dome to enjoy rain or shine, as well as swim-against-the-current pools and soothing whirlpool spas.
      • Comfortable Accommodations
      • Discover the friendly services of your stateroom steward, whether you’ve chosen a modest inside stateroom or a luxurious suite.
      • Enjoy the conveniences of home, including a TV, hairdryer, refrigerator, in-room safe, bathroom sundries, and more – in every stateroom!
      • Rest your weary eyes upon comfortable beds blanketed in duvets with 100% Egyptian cotton bed linens.
      • Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses as shown on your booking confirmation are included in your cruise fare. Other items are not included in the cruise fare including, but not limited to: gratuities for onboard staff, alcoholic and some non-alcoholic drinks, spa and salon services, laundry, shore excursions, travel insurance, purchases made in the onboard stores, or meals at hotels when booking pre- or post-cruise hotel stays or cruisetours.
    • Cashless cruising
      • for all your expenses and have them charged to your stateroom.
      • When you check-in for your cruise, you’ll receive a Cruise Card (a personal identification card). The Cruise Card is used to access your personal shipboard account to which all purchases are charged.
      • Upon check in, guests who have a credit card on file for their shipboard account, an authorization hold of $100 is placed on the credit card to ensure validity of the account. While you are onboard, your daily charges will be authorized at close of business each day with your card provider. These authorizations can remain on your card for up to 30 days. Due to this, on extended voyages (in excess of 30 days) your credit card on file will need to be settled at or before the 30-day mark as a result of this authorization timing limit. Following this mid-voyage settlement, a new authorization will be placed on your credit card on file and be settled again at the end of your voyage. 3rd party credit cards will not be accepted for charges onboard since the cardholder needs to sign for the charges.
      • Card must be valid for the length of the cruise. This information will be kept confidential. Princess Cruises use a “pre-authorization” system to charge credit and debit cards for onboard spend. This is standard hotel practice and places a “hold” on your credit or debit card, although your bank does not actually release any money to us. At the end of your cruise, your onboard spend will be charged in one transaction, and the holds will then be released by your issuing bank. Please note, some banks hold pre-authorized funds for up to 30 days limiting the funds available in your debit or credit account. We strongly recommend you check your bank’s pre-authorization process if you have any concerns about this system. To avoid your bank or credit card company blocking onboard transactions, please alert them of your travel plans ahead of time.
      • An itemized statement will be delivered to your stateroom prior to disembarkation. By providing your credit card in advance, you are automatically registered for Express Check-Out. There is no need to visit the Guest Services/Purser’s Desk to settle your account. We accept U.S., Canadian, British and Euro currencies, and USD traveler’s checks. American Express/Optima®, Diners Club/Carte Blanche®, Discover® Network, the JCB Card®, MasterCard® and Visa® are also accepted. Those paying by traveler’s checks or cash will be required to leave a cash deposit with the Purser’s staff at the beginning of the cruise.
      • Onboard charges are in United States Dollars (USD) with the following exceptions: for guests on Australia sailings operated by Princess Australia, all onboard charges are in Australian Dollars (AUD)
      • If you are using a credit card to pay for your onboard charges on an AUD currency sailing, a surcharge fee of 1.1% will be applied (regardless of cardholder nationality.) Debit cards do not incur a surcharge.
      • Princess Cruises® Rewards Visa® cardholders earn DOUBLE Princess points on all Princess purchases.
    • Casino charges
      • Charges for obtaining chips and tokens in the casino are limited to $3,000 USD per day, up to a total limit of $21,000 USD per person, per cruise and are only available if you have pre-registered a credit card with the Guest Service/Purser’s Desk for Express Check-Out.
      • Guests requiring extensions to daily or cruises limits should contact our Casino Department on 1-888-772-6697 prior to cruising for further details. Information and application forms for a casino credit line can be found at Ocean Players Club website under ‘VIP Services’.
      • The minimum age for gambling onboard is 18* years old.
      • *20 years old in Japan
    • Cruise change fees
      • Additional fees up to the full cost of the ticket may be assessed for changes to air tickets or air reservations.
  • Cruise personalizer
    • In advance of your cruise, visit Cruise Personalizer® to confirm your booking is complete, tell us your favorite drink, any special needs, pre-reserve shore excursions and relaxing spa treatments or print your travel documents.
    • You’ll also need to ensure your name appears exactly as shown in your passport. If the name does not match, it’s important you contact your travel agent or the Princess Reservations Department at 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) to correct this information. Also, verify that your passport details and emergency contact information are complete and correct.
    • If you do not have Internet access, contact your travel agent for assistance.
    • Guests Booked on MedallionClass Vacations
    • For a faster embarkation experience, get OceanReady®! Search for “OceanReady” in the App Store or GooglePlay which allows you to upload travel document information and get from curbside to poolside even faster! If you’re picking up your Medallion at the pier you will need to bring your Medallion Access pass in order to enter the cruise terminal. Then look for an Ocean Navigator who can direct you to the OceanReady check-in area. If you’ve had your Medallion sent to your home, be sure to bring your OceanMedallion™ to the pier and make sure to keep your travel documents with you. If you do not become OceanReady, please be sure to bring your Boarding Pass to the terminal. Contact our Ocean Navigators at (844) 525-0942 if you have any additional questions.
  • Dialysis
    • Guests undergoing dialysis should be aware that our ships’ medical facilities are similar to those of an urgent care center. We do not have available specialists or specialized facilities. Should an emergency situation arise during the course of your cruise, it is recommended that you be prepared to provide a complete list of medical conditions, medications, and allergies to the medical center.
    • Although we strongly recommend against undertaking the risks involved, Princess Cruises will allow a guest requiring peritoneal or hemodialysis to travel on our ships at the guest’s own risk. It is recommended that a guest requiring dialysis consults with his or her nephrologist prior to making travel arrangements. You should be stable on your dialysis treatments for a period of at least 12 months prior to sailing.
    • Among the many recognized risks to dialysis patients are:
    • Pericarditis
    • Cardiac tamponade
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Anemia
    • Hemorrhage
    • Death
    • Recognized risks associated with hemodialysis used in the treatment of kidney failure include but are not limited to:
    • Low Blood Pressure
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Clotting of the vascular access
    • Muscle cramps
    • Seizures
    • Before booking a cruise, the treating nephrologist should consider carefully the following:
    • There is no nephrologist available on any of the Princess cruise ships for dialysis patients.
    • Ships are not equipped with back-up battery support for dialysis related equipment.
    • A guest may be at sea for several days without any immediate hospital and/or specialist back up, and if the itinerary is not within the U.S., the availability of specialized shore side facilities can be extremely limited.
    • The risks to the guest who misses an appointed treatment are very serious, with little recourse available while at sea. The guest assumes these risks when a ship is prevented from entering a planned port of call for any reason.
    • Guests are expected to make all arrangements regarding dialysis, whether self-administered onboard or at a shoreside facility. Environmental Officers can assure that dialysis waste disposal policies are followed, including providing the stateroom with a closed lid waste receptacle lined with a bio-hazardous bag for care of bags or pouches of bio-hazardous waste.
    • Finally, you should be aware that there are charges associated with being treated in the medical facility during the course of the cruise, and that ordinary trip travel interruption insurance does not generally cover such treatment costs if you require medical consultation or treatment. An itemized bill will be provided which can be submitted to the guest’s health insurance company after the required treatment is charged to the onboard account.
    • Please contact the Fleet Medical Office at (661)753-2680 for your risk acknowledgment form and to receive supply delivery information.
  • Travel protection
    • We strongly recommend you review your health insurance coverage before cruising. Many policies, including Medicare, will not pay for services or hospitalization outside of the country or for emergency evacuation. Princess Cruises ships are foreign-flagged and are considered “out of country.”
    • You may want to consider Princess Vacation Protection to protect your vacation investment – which is available for purchase up to the time of final payment of your cruise fare. If you did not secure Princess Vacation Protection, we recommend you secure other travel protection.
  • Luggage valet
    • Princess Luggage Valet delivers your bags from your home to your stateroom, and then back home again. The service is offered in partnership with Luggage Forward® in order to make your travel experience easier. No more hauling baggage through the airport, no more long check-in lines or waiting for your luggage to arrive at baggage claim, and no more risk of being held up in lengthy bag inspections at Customs. With Princess Luggage Valet you can enjoy the ultimate in ease and convenience when you travel. Make it a carefree escape with the new Princess Luggage Valet Service.
    • Luggage Valet includes:
    • Worldwide service to and from more than 170 ports
    • All-inclusive rates charged at the time of booking, no hidden fees
    • On-time arrival with a full money-back plus $500 guarantee
  • Oxygen
    • If you will require oxygen supplementation during your sailing, please contact our Fleet Medical Department at (661)753-2680. You will be asked to send a letter or prescription from your doctor. You will also be required to let us know the type of equipment you will be using and whether you will be bringing your own supplies or if you will be having the equipment delivered to the ship.
  • Passage contract
    • With eTickets, you can access and print important Princess vacation documents conveniently online — including your Travel Summary, Passage Contract and cruise Boarding Pass.
    • Once your booking has been made, just visit Cruise Personalizer® and fill out the required voyage information. Then you’ll be able to view your booking information and print travel-related documents anytime, from any computer.
  • Accessible cruising
    • Princess is dedicated to offering the finest cruising experience to our guests with disabilities.  Our ships provide a quality of service and a variety of accessible features to make your voyage a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We are working on additional modifications to the fleet as well as our services to further enhance your guest experience. Look for details of additions and updates on this page throughout 2017.
    • Princess makes every effort to accommodate our guests with disabilities, but you can ensure a successful trip by working with us in advance.
    • Please contact us or ask your travel consultant to notify us before your voyage of your wheelchair usage, mobility or special needs and/or requests to sail with a service animal such as seeing-eye dogs and hearing-assistance dogs. Emotional support animals are not recognized by the Department of Justice and therefore are not permitted on Princess ships or in our lodges.
    • All Princess ships have wheelchair-accessible staterooms, but we highly recommend collapsible wheelchairs, as the widths of the stateroom doors vary. You may bring your own, or you can pre-reserve a wheelchair and have it and other medical equipment delivered to the ship by contacting Special Needs at Sea at 800-513-4515 (outside the US 954-585-0575). Alternatively, you can contact Scootaround at  888-441-7575 (or outside the U.S. or Canada at 204-982-0657), email at webinquiry@scootaround.comor visit the scoot around website.
    • Guests utilizing mobility devices with batteries are advised that the batteries must be a dry cell type, and must be stored and recharged in the stateroom. Mobility devices of any kind, like any other items, may not be left outside the stateroom. Because of staffing limitations, we recommend you be accompanied by someone who is physically able to assist you both onboard and onshore.
    • Travelers with disabilities should check in with the onboard Tour Office to ensure all shore excursions can accommodate them. Not all port facilities are accessible for those using mobility devices. Ports may be accessed by a variety of methods including a ramped gangway, a series of steps or by tender. In some cases, you may be able to access the tender, but the shoreside facility will not be accessible. Many ports of call use a mechanism known as a “stair climber” to assist guests up and down the gangway. Guests must transfer to a Princess wheelchair, which is connected to the stair climber and operated by the ship’s personnel. If you cannot transfer or your personal mobility device cannot be easily disembarked, you may be precluded from going ashore. With your safety and comfort in mind, the decision to permit or prohibit guests from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship’s Captain, and the decision will be final. Ports that normally use tenders to access the shore are noted on the itinerary.
    • The maximum weight of the wheelchair including guest cannot exceed 600 lbs. on transportation lifts. If you have purchased a Princess Transfer at the start or end of the cruise, be aware that lift-equipped transportation may not be available in your port of embarkation or disembarkation.
    • Tender Port Policy
    • The goal of Princess Cruises is to provide a safe comfortable cruise experience for all guests. If you will be using a mobility device during your sailing we strongly recommend you travel with a person physically fit to assist with your needs both onboard and ashore.
    • Embarking and disembarking can be challenging for those with limited mobility. Many major ports of call provide easy access for wheelchairs and scooters. However due to various conditions; steepness of the gangway, weather, shore-side facilities, tidal and sea conditions, guests using mobility devices may be required to transfer to a stair climber or be precluded from going ashore. Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 pounds (22 kg).
    • Some ports of call require the ship to anchor off shore. Guests are then taken to shore by small boats or tenders. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender, if lifting in excess of the above limitation is required. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.
    • The decision to allow any guest to board a tender or disembark the vessel will be made by the Captain on the basis of the safety and welfare of all involved and is final.
    • If guests are unable to tender or disembark because of circumstances outlined above there will be no refund or credit for missed ports. While Princess recognizes your disappointment the safety of both guests and crew takes precedence.
    • Entry regulations for service animals vary by port. Guests are advised to consult authorities at each port prior to departure for more information. Princess does not have food onboard for animals. The choice of dog litter material is limited and varies by ship.
    • Princess ships are equipped with “All-in-One Kits” with TTY that can be used in most guest cabins and at Princess wilderness lodges. Most televisions onboard provide closed captioning and most onboard theaters have assisted listening devices. Electric outlets in most staterooms are limited to one and it is helpful to travel with an extension cord for electrical equipment. ADA-compliant systems are also available in the Internet Cafe on every ship.
    • For more information regarding accessible cruising please contact the Access Office and Compliance Department at : Fax: 661-284-4408. Princess Cruise Lines’ ADA Responsibility Officer is Kelly Clark, Chief Ethics Officer & General Counsel.
  • Travel Document Requirements
    • Each guest is responsible for providing Princess Cruises® with complete and accurate immigration information. The Passenger Immigration Form (PIF) should be completed online using Cruise Personalizer®, upon confirmation of your booking.
    • Ensure your name appears exactly as shown on your travel document. If the name does not match, contact your travel agent (the travel agent must call in corrections if the booking was made through a travel agency) or the Princess Cruises Reservations Department at 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237). Please provide Princess Cruises with this information at least 45 days prior to your cruise. Failure to do so will result in delayed check-in and, possibly, denied boarding.
    • For non-US passport or non-US permanent residents disembarking in a US Port, the US Department of Homeland Security requires that before your cruise, you provide the address at which you will be staying in the US, post-cruise.
    • Travel Document requirements vary by destination and your citizenship. Below are document guidelines for both domestic and international voyages. Once a booking is made, you may view voyage specific requirements on the Cruise Personalizer
    • Document Requirements for US and Canadian Passport Holders
    • A valid passport is required for all international itineraries including Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, India, Central and South America, Panama Canal (partial and full transit), South Pacific, Tahiti and World Cruises. Although US and Canadian passport holders are not currently required to sail with a passport on most domestic itineraries (including Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico), Princess highly recommends they are carried.
    • If your cruise requires international air travel, including flights between the US and Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda or Mexico, you will be required to present a valid passport when departing from or returning to the US by air. Even if your cruise does not involve air travel outside the US, should you be required to unexpectedly depart a vessel prior to the end of the sailing, a passport would be required to re-enter the US by air.  As such, Princess Cruises continues to strongly recommend that all guests are in possession of a valid passport.
    • For domestic itineraries for which a passport is not required, US and Canadian passport holders must present one of the following valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant travel documents at cruise check-in:
    • Passport Book: Recommended travel document
    • US Passport Card
    • US or Canadian Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
    • US or Canadian Issued Identification Card (issued to minors and non-drivers)
    • NEXUS Card Air travel is limited to participating airports
    • SENTRI and FAST cards
    • I-872 American Indian Card or Enhanced Tribal ID Card (ETC)
    • PASSPORT REQUIREMENT WHEN MINORS TRAVEL WITH ONE ADULT ON VOYAGES GOVERNED BY THE U.S. WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE (includes travel within BERMUDA, CANADA, CARIBBEAN, HAWAII, MEXICO, UNITED STATES) When minors are traveling with only one adult 21 years of age or older, Princess requires that all guests must be in possession of a valid passport. We have implemented this requirement because we want to ensure that your party remains together should an emergency arise that requires one or more in your party to be disembarked in a non-U.S. port. We cannot guarantee that all members of your party will be allowed to disembark with just a WHTI-compliant document or birth certificate. Failure to present a valid passport for all guests traveling together will result in denial of boarding without refund of the cruise or cruisetour fare.
    • US citizens traveling on U.S. roundtrip or “closed-loop” voyages may also travel with an original certified birth certificate presented together with a valid government-issued photo identification. These voyages include:
    • Alaska roundtrip from San Francisco or Seattle (roundtrip Seattle cruisetours excluded)
    • Canada/New England roundtrip from New York
    • Caribbean roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale^, New York or Houston
    • Hawaii roundtrip from Los Angeles and San Francisco
    • Mexico roundtrip from Los Angeles or San Francisco
    • ^Voyages that call to Central or South America are excluded and only Passports or WHTI compliant documents are accepted.
    • US Permanent Residents are required to present one of the following at cruise check-in:
    • Permanent Resident Card (ARC/I-55 card)
    • Temporary ARC/I-55 card and valid government-issued photo identification
    • Expired ARC/I-55 card and form I-797 and valid government-issued photo identification
    • Passport with “ARC” stamp in the passport
    • Canadian Permanent Residents are required to present a valid passport and Landed Permanent Resident Card at cruise check-in.
    • Non-US/Non-Canadian Passport Holders: A valid passport is required for all non-US and non-Canadian citizens for all itineraries.
    • Passport validity: Many countries require passports be valid for six months after the completion of your travel. Check your passport to verify it will be valid for this period of time. Please ensure the name on the passport matches the name on the booking. Additionally, make certain that your passport contains blank pages for entry and exit endorsements and any visas that may be required. If necessary, allow sufficient time to renew your passport and/or obtain additional pages. US and Canadian passport holders sailing on a domestic cruise should ensure passports or other travel documents are valid through the completion of travel. There may be occasions where we retain your passport at check-in. This is to ensure that you are not inconvenienced by immigration clearance during your cruise and where face to face inspection is not required. We recommend you bring a second government issued photo ID if you wish to have one with you while in port.
    • There are over 7,000 Application Acceptance locations in the US. You may locate the one closest to you by going to the US Department of State website. The United States Postal Service also provides passport services. To obtain this information, go to the US Postal website to find a Post Office location, fees, and to download a passport application.
    • For information regarding Passport applications, please visit Department of State travel website or call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 (M-F, 5am – 5pm PST).
    • *This information is provided as general guidance. Because governmental travel requirements change periodically, you must check with your travel agent or the government authorities for all countries you will visit to determine or verify the actual requirements at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no responsibility for advising guests of such requirements.
  • Pregnancy
    • Pregnant women are not allowed to sail if they are entering the 24th week of their pregnancy by the last day of the cruise.
    • All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD) calculated from both Last Menstrual Period (LMP) and ultrasound (if performed).
    • Please fax your physician letter to the Fleet Medical Department confidential fax at (661) 753-0121.
  • Pre/post cruise hotel packages
    • Pre- or post-cruise packages offer hotels chosen for their excellent service and prime location, close to major attractions — and near to your embarkation port so you’ll be sure to board your ship on time.
    • You’ll be met by a Princess® representative who ensures all transfers and baggage handling are taken care of. You can also choose to stay on after your voyage to do some sightseeing. Either way, it’s a great option for extending your vacation with the peace of mind that Princess has handled all the details.
  • Princess Vacation Protection
    • Enjoy some peace of mind with Princess Vacation Protection.
    • Leave your worries behind when you go on vacation. Princess Vacation Protection helps make your travel experience carefree with these great benefits:
    • Cancellation Fee Waiver
      (Non-insurance features provided by Princess Cruises)
    • Life is unpredictable… but you can rely on Princess Vacation Protection. If you need to cancel for specified reasons outlined in the Cancellation Fee Waiver section of the plan you’ll receive a refund of your cancellation fees. If you need to cancel for any reason not listed in the plan, under the “Any Reason” Cancellation Enhancement feature, you’ll receive 75% of the cancellation fee amount in the form of future cruise credits under our Standard plan and 100% under the Platinum plan.
    • Travel Insurance Benefits
      (Underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, OH)
    • Sail through your vacation with less to worry about.
    • Trip Interruption: Up to total trip cost reimbursement for missed, prepaid cruise arrangements and/or the cost of one-way airfare if you must start your vacation late or need to come home early due to illness, injury and more.
    • Trip Delay: Up to $500 for any pre-cruise trip delay expenses and/or post-cruise trip delay expenses up to $1,500 (not to exceed $1,500 for both pre- and post-cruise delays) for meals, hotel and transportation
    • Baggage Delay: Up to $500 if your luggage is delayed during travel.
    • Baggage/Personal Effects: Up to $1,500 ($3,000 with the Platinum plan) if your stuff is lost, stolen or damaged.
    • Accident Medical Expense: Up to $10,000 ($20,000 with the Platinum plan) if you become injured while traveling
    • Sickness Medical Expense: Up to $10,000 ($20,000 with the Platinum plan) if you become sick while traveling.
    • Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation: Up to $25,000 ($50,000 with the Platinum plan) in the event your medical condition requires emergency medical transportation to an appropriate medical facility or in the event of your death, provides coverage to transport your mortal remains.
    • 24/7 Worldwide Travel Assistance Services
      (Non-insurance services provided by On Call International)
    • Need help while you travel? Assistance is there for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world.
    • Princess Vacation Protection is available for purchase on all Princess Cruises, Princess Cruise tours, Princess Alaska Land Tours and Princess Canadian Rockies Land Tours, and is available at two levels: Standard or Platinum. Princess Vacation Protection is available for purchase up until final payment for your trip  . Princess Vacation Protection is not in effect until the plan cost has been paid to Princess in addition to any required cruise deposits or payments.
    • 1 Non-insurance feature provided by Princess. For NY & WA residents only, Trip Cancellation benefits are underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, Ohio (NAIC #23787). In addition, residents of NY are not required to purchase the Travel Insurance Benefits in order to receive the “Any Reason” Cancellation Enhancement feature.
    • 2 Travel Insurance Benefits are underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies, Columbus, Ohio (NAIC #23787).
    • 3 Travel Assistance services are non-insurance services provided by On Call International.
    • This plan provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.
    • Note that Princess Vacation Protection is not available to residents of Quebec or Puerto Rico.
    • Princess Vacation Protection Frequently Asked Questions
    • Q: Am I protected by my Princess Vacation Protection plan if my mother, who is not traveling with me, develops pneumonia and I have to cancel my trip to care for her?
      A: Yes! Princess will refund the cancellation fees (up to the full value of the cruise vacation) if you have to cancel your trip because of a specified reason such as illness, injury or death of yourself, a traveling companion or either of your immediate family members.
    • Q: If I have a heart condition and am on continuing medication, am I protected if my heart condition flares up during my vacation?
      A: Yes! Princess Vacation Protection provides reimbursement for conditions that are stable during the 60-days prior to purchase, so if you have had no changes in your health (even if you are on continuous unchanged medication), you would be protected.
    • Q: What if my condition did change prior to purchasing Princess Vacation Protection?
      A: Rest assured, emergency evacuation benefits are still provided in the event of a medical emergency. Also, if you cancel your cruise vacation and do not qualify for cash reimbursement due to an unstable medical condition prior to purchase, you will have the benefit of cancel-for-any-reason protection from Princess.
    • Q: If my pet becomes ill and I have to cancel my trip as a result, will Princess Vacation Protection reimburse me?
      A: Although you would not qualify for cash reimbursement, as an added feature for purchasing Princess Vacation Protection, Princess will provide a credit toward a future cruise equal to 75% of the cancellation fees imposed (100% if Platinum Vacation Protection is purchased) if you choose to cancel for an ineligible reason. This benefit is provided by Princess Cruises and/or Princess Tours.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Guests are advised not to bring any prohibited items to the ship. Prohibited items will not be allowed or stored onboard the vessel with no exceptions. Guests are fully responsible for either storing these items ashore or disposing of them prior to embarkation.
    • The following items must not be allowed on board without valid lawful reason:
    • All firearms including non-firing weapons. An exception to this rule are law enforcement agents acting in an official capacity and certified armed security guards acting in an official capacity (with full permission of the ship’s Master).
    • All forms of ammunition, explosive materials and propellants, projectiles of all kinds, cartridges.
    • All imitation or replica weapons including de-commissioned weapons, those not capable of being fired and realistic imitation/toy weapons.
    • Air/Pellet guns or any other variety of projectile firing weapon.
    • All explosives and explosive device components including but not limited to military, civilian and safety devices, detonators, detonation cords, blasting caps, smoke cartridges, grenades, mines, imitation explosives/devices.
    • Fireworks, Flares and Pyrotechnics
    • Knives with a blade over 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches) or ½ inch at widest point. This includes bladed weapons, sharp pointed weapons, daggers, sabers, swords, axes, ice axes, hatchets, straight razors (shaving safety razors are allowed), razor blades not in a cartridge, box cutters, ice picks, meat cleavers and utility knives.
    • Concealed bladed weapons such as belt buckles knives, cane and umbrella knives/swords, pen knives and credit card knives.
    • Recreational Diver’s Knives unless accompanied by other diving/snorkeling equipment and a valid diving ID card/license (must be held in the custody of the Security Officer). Dive knives may be checked out/in by the owner for dive excursions during the cruise.
    • Diver’s spears and spear guns/slings.
    • Ceremonial knives/swords as well as entertainment props are at times permitted with prior notification from the Fleet Security Department (must be held on-board in the same manner as dive knives).
    • Flick knives, gravity knives, switchblades or lock knives. Small locking pocket knives with blade lengths less than 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches) and widths ½ inch or less are allowed.
    • Scissors with blades longer than 4 inches.
    • Telescopic or regular truncheons/batons/clubs/coshes/nightsticks/billy clubs/blow pipes/ASPs and or any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.
    • Archery equipment including crossbows and bolts.
    • Catapults
    • Martial Arts Equipment including flails, throwing stars, nunchakus/nunchucks, kubatons, bostaff, etc.
    • Knuckle Dusters, brass knuckles, or any other item constructed for use as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
    • Stun Guns, Tasers or any other electroshock device.
    • Handcuffs
    • Items containing Incapacitating Substances such as gas guns, tear gas sprays, pepper/mace cartridges, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable.
    • Flammable Liquids and hazardous chemicals/substances including gasoline/petrol, cooking fuel, acid, spill able batteries (except those in wheelchairs), phosphorous, oil, lighter fluid (common lighters are permitted), methylated spirits, paint thinners, acid, turpentine, spray paint, chlorine, bleach, spray paint and any other dangerous chemicals that could burn, maim, incapacitate or disable.
    • Compressed gas bottles/cylinders including propane tanks and aerosol cans (except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities). Dive Tanks are not permitted, empty or full. Medical gas bottles are allowed in connection with a certified medical condition but cannot be packed in baggage. Oxygen cylinders must be delivered to the Purser’s Office and stored in a designated safe area. Oxygen cylinders are not x-rayed.
    • Drones also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPA), and any other remote controlled aerial devices/toys.
    • Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as a weapon.
    • Hookah and Water Hookah Pipes, candles and incense, strike-anywhere matches, clothing irons, heating pads, hot plates, kettles, coffee makers, toasters and other electronic cooking appliances.
    • Alcohol in violation of the company alcohol policy.
    • All illegal drugs, including medications without proper prescriptions. This includes legal intoxicant synthetic or “designer” drugs also known as “Legal Highs” such as Lysergamides, Opioids, Methoxetamine, Synthetic Cannabis, Betel Nuts or Kava (Cava).
    • Medical Marijuana
    • Poisons
    • Noxious Items
    • Baseball bats, hockey sticks, cricket bats, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, and skateboards.
    • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Ham radios, transformers, lasers, laser pointers, electric extension cords with surge protectors*.
    • Bicycles
    • Tools of trade/hobby including any type of hand or power tool. This includes hammers, drills, drill bits, crow bars, saws, power saws, chef/cooking knives/utensils, tools greater than 7 inches in length such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers (unless prior authorization is provided by Corporate Headquarters and strict controls are maintained on-board).
    • Surfboards – (Boogie boards no longer than 42 inches in length are allowed).
    • Coolers – only coolers approximately 12 x 12 x 12 in size (holds 6-12 cans of non-alcoholic beverages) are allowed. Guests carrying larger sizes will be directed to return them to their vehicle. If the guest is without a vehicle, the cooler will be destroyed in the same manner as other prohibited items. Exception: if the cooler is larger and contains baby food/formula, kosher food/special diet food or medication – these must be hand-carried. Coolers cannot be accepted as checked baggage.
    • Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility), boats/canoes/kayaks, Segways (only permitted ashore if used for mobility limitations – cannot be used onboard the ship), Heely Shoes, Hoverboards/self-balancing scooters.
    • The above list is not exhaustive. The Ship Security Officer and Staff Captain are authorized to make a professional judgment as to the legality of any item, declared, detected or discovered.
    • *Electrical devices such as small fans, power strips, multi plug box outlets/adaptors, and extension cords without surge protectors are allowed onboard when used with proper caution. However, if such devices are determined to pose a hazard they will be removed and returned the last day of the cruise prior to debark.
    • As our guest, please follow the above precautions while traveling on any of our ships, and if possible, please refrain from taking these devices with you on board.
  • Referral Rewards Program
    • Our Refer-A-Friend program allows past guests of Princess to refer friends and relatives as new Princess guests and we will give them a shipboard spending credit for each new guest they refer. Not only that, but we’ll give their referrals a shipboard spending credit too!
    • Referral Rewards offers a $25 per guest, up to $50 per stateroom, shipboard spending credit.  The new guest must sail within 24 months of being referred and can sail separately from the Member. The Referrer will receive their reward on their next sailing within 24 months after their referral has sailed. Referrals must not have previously completed the referral process or have sailed or booked with Princess. They may not be a Travel Industry Partner or an employee of Princess Cruises or Carnival Corp. Referrals must also be successfully completed prior to new guests making a booking in order for the shipboard spending credit to apply.
  • Sharps Disposal
    • If you will be using sharps of any kind, including needles, lancets, or blades, for your safety and the safety of others you must utilize a sharps container. To dispose of sharps while on board, request a sharps container from your stateroom steward.
  • Vaccinations
    • Information regarding required vaccinations for your cruise or cruisetour is listed on your Travel Summary (if applicable).
    • We recommend seasonal influenza vaccinations for all guests. Furthermore, you are strongly urged to seek advice from your primary care physician or an approved public health advisory service to identify any specific vaccination or health precautions required for each port of call. For example, you may wish to reference the World Health Organization (WHO) or the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some countries strictly enforce certain health requirements, in which case you may be required to present a completed and original vaccination certificate. Failure to present appropriate vaccination documentation at embarkation will result in guests being denied boarding.
    • Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the developed world. The health and well-being of our guests and crew is our highest priority. There are several measures which have been placed to prevent and contain illnesses on our ships that meet or exceed standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • The simplest way for you to stay healthy is to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet. You’ll also find hand sanitizers located throughout the ship for your use after washing your hands. If you feel ill during your voyage, please immediately report to the medical center.
    • IMPORTANT: Vaccination requirements vary by destination and do change from time to time. Guests should check with their travel agent or contact the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to verify current regulations.
    • *This information is provided as general guidance. Because governmental and medical vaccination requirements and recommendations change periodically you must check with your travel agent, government authorities for the countries you will visit and/or medical professionals to determine or verify the actual requirements and recommendations at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no liability for the guest’s failure to do so.
  • Visas
  • Visa requirements for U.S. and Canadian citizens are listed on the guest’s Travel Summary under “Notices,” if applicable. All other nationalities, including those with U.S. or Canadian resident status, are responsible for verifying visa requirements for each port visited during the cruise.
  • Visas may be obtained directly from the consulate of the countries visited. Some visas are available to be obtained on board. Passport holders of the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom may obtain visas through VisaCentral at http://princess.visacentral.com. Australian and New Zealand passport holders, please use http://visalink.com.au.
  • IMPORTANT: Visa and documentation requirements vary by destination and change from time to time without prior notice. Guests should check with the consulate of each country they will visit or a visa service to verify current regulations. It is the guest’s responsibility to have proper travel documentation. They should reconfirm visa requirements with the consulate 14 to 30 days prior to the cruise.
  • The following information is provided as general guidance for U.S. and Canadian passport holders. Because governmental travel requirements change periodically, you must check with your Travel Consultant or the government authorities for all countries you will visit to determine or verify the actual requirements at the time of sailing. Princess assumes no responsibility for advising guests of such requirements.
o   Visa Guidelines for U.S. & Canadian Passport Holders
o   Traveling To… o   Is a Visa Required? o   Visa Requirements
o   Australia o   YES o   Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained prior to departure. If you require an ETA, please visit Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. You will be able to pay for and process the visa online. Some nationalities do not qualify for electronic visa application and are required to make application in person. All guests, excluding Australian and New Zealand passport holders, must verify requirements and obtain a visa in advance of travel or risk being denied boarding.
o   Brazil o   NO o   U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens no longer require a visa to visit Brazil. All other nationalities must verify their visa requirements.
o   Cambodia o   YES o   A visa will be issued on arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; one passport-size photo is required; a visa fee will be applied to your stateroom account.
o   Canada o   NO o   Some nationalities require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter or transit Canada. U.S. and Canadian citizens are exempt from this visa requirement. To verify if you require a TRV, please contact your local Canadian consulate or visit the Government of Canada website.

o   If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen and are arriving in Canada by air, you may require an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) even if you do not require a TRV. To determine if you require an eTA, please contact your local Canadian consulate or visit the Government of Canada website.

o   If you require a visa it must be obtained in advance. TRV processing times vary by citizenship and may take up to 45 days to process. Without the visa, you will be denied boarding without refund of the cruise or cruisetour fare.

o   Chile o   NO o   Australian, Mexican and Albanian passport holders entering Chile through Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, Santiago must pay a reciprocity fee:
Australian citizens: USD $95 per person – fee valid for 3 months
Mexican citizens: USD $23 per person – fee valid for 3 months
Albanian citizens: USD $30 per person – fee valid for 3 months
The fee will be collected directly at the immigration office at the airport and may be paid with cash (U.S. dollars) or Credit card (Visa and American Express). Please note that the reciprocity fee may not be pre-paid and is subject to change.
o   China o   YES o   All non-Chinese passport holders must obtain visa in advance of travel or risk being denied boarding except as noted below. Your voyage may require a single- or double-entry visa. Currently, single-entry visas expire three months after issue. For longer voyages, we recommend obtaining a double-entry visa valid for six months to ensure validity upon arrival and throughout your stay in China. U.S. passport holders are automatically issued a multiple-entry visa, valid for up to 10 years.

o   China maintains a complicated visa regime. Please visit your Cruise Personalizer or Travel Summary to view specific visa requirements and exceptions for your voyage.

o   A visa is not required to visit Hong Kong.

o   For voyages that begin or end in Shanghai and visit no other Chinese port (with the exception of Hong Kong), guests may be eligible for the 144-hour Visa-exemption Transit Policy. Please visit the Travel China Guide website for additional details.

o   India o   YES o   Most nationalities require a visa. You are responsible to verify visa requirements and obtain a visa in advance of travel or risk being denied boarding.

o   Visitors entering India via Cochin Seaport may obtain an Electronic Visa (e-Visa) by visiting the Government of India e-Visa website.

o   Indonesia o   YES o   A visa-free entry stamp will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain a visa in advance of your cruise; currently there is no fee for guests arriving by cruise ship.
o   Japan o   NO o   A visa is required for some nationalities. If a visa is required, it must be obtained in advance of your cruise and cannot be obtained upon arrival.
o   Jordan o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; currently there is no fee for guests arriving by cruise ship.
o   Madagascar o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; currently there is no fee for guests arriving by cruise ship.
o   Maldives o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; currently there is no fee for guests arriving by cruise ship.
o   Mozambique o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; a visa fee will be applied to your stateroom account.
o   New Zealand o   See Notes o   Effective October 1, 2019, most nationalities with a visa waiver for New Zealand, including United States and Canadian passport holders, will require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to visit New Zealand. Ahead of your cruise you will be able to obtain your ETA and pay any fees online. Details about obtaining an ETA are expected to be released by the New Zealand government in the second half of 2019.
o   Papua New Guinea o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; currently there is no fee for guests arriving by cruise ship.
o   Russia o   YES o   Cruises that begin or end in St. Petersburg
Most nationalities require a visa. You are responsible to verify visa requirements and obtain a visa in advance of travel or risk being denied boarding.

o   Cruises that visit Russia as a port of call
Visas are not required for any nationality if participating on a tour purchased through Princess Cruises. Guests not participating on a tour purchased through Princess Cruises may require a visa to go ashore; please check requirements with your tour provider. All guests must present their passport and have a photocopy of the photo/details page of their passport to provide to Russian Immigration when going ashore.

o   Please note this information only applies if visiting Korsakov, Murmansk, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok.

o   Schengen Agreement Countries: (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) o   NO o   Some nationalities require a visa to enter or transit countries which are members of the Schengen Agreement. A multiple-entry visa will be required if a non-Schengen country is visited in between visits to Schengen countries. The visa must be obtained in advance of the voyage. Non-U.S. and non-Canadian passport holders are responsible to verify requirements and obtain visa in advance of travel or risk being denied boarding.

o   Effective January 1, 2021, visitors from countries that do not requiring a Schengen visa, including U.S. and Canadian passport holders, will be required to obtain a travel authorization via the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) prior to their travel. Details about obtaining an ETIAS are expected to be released soon.

o   Solomon Islands o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain in advance of the cruise; a visa fee will be applied to your stateroom account.
o   Sri Lanka o   YES o   Guests who plan to go ashore in Sri Lanka require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) when visiting Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Free Intransit Visa must be processed online and obtained in advance of your cruise.

o   ETA applications must be made online. Select the “Transit ETA” option and complete all required information. Please print your ETA confirmation and bring it with you to cruise check-in to speed immigration processing.

o   United States o   NO o   A visa is required for certain nationalities. If you are an eligible passport-holder from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country, you will be able to enter/exit the U.S. without a visa provided you are in possession of a biometric passport AND pre-register online for the VWP through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA applications may be made online at the US Customs and Border Protection website and, if required, must be completed at least 72 hours before you embark for your cruise.
o   Vietnam o   YES o   A visa will be issued upon the ship’s arrival and therefore you are not required to obtain one in advance of your cruise; a visa fee will be applied to your stateroom account. If you are participating in an overland tour, or ending your cruise in Vietnam, one passport-size photograph is required.
  • Visa fees and requirements are subject to change without notice

Before you leave

    • Boarding passes and Luggage tags
      • The Boarding Pass provides information required at embarkation. There are two types of Boarding Passes: Regular and Preferred.
      • Regular Boarding Pass
      • The booking has been paid in full
      • The required immigration information has been added to the booking
      • A credit card has been registered for onboard use
      • Preferred Boarding Pass
      • The guest is either a Platinum or Elite member of the Princess Captain’s Circle or booked in a full suite
      • The booking has been paid in full
      • The required immigration information has been added to the booking
      • A credit card has been registered for onboard use
      • Printing your boarding pass and luggage tags is fast and easy! Beginning 75 days prior to sailing, you can print your boarding pass and luggage tags once the booking is paid in full and we’ve been provided with all your guest immigration information and credit card registration.
      • Guests Booked on MedallionClass Vacations
      • For a faster embarkation experience, get OceanReady®! Search for “OceanReady” in the App Store or GooglePlay which allows you to upload travel document information and get from curbside to poolside even faster! If you’re picking up your Medallion at the pier you will need to bring your Medallion Access pass in order to enter the cruise terminal. Then look for an Ocean Navigator who can direct you to the OceanReady check-in area. If you’ve had your Medallion sent to your home, be sure to bring your OceanMedallion™ to the pier and make sure to keep your travel documents with you. If you do not become OceanReady, please be sure to bring your Boarding Pass to the terminal. Contact our Ocean Navigators at (844) 525-0942 if you have any additional questions.
    • Travel Summary
      • Your Travel Summary, an electronic version of the cruise ticket, is available online via the Cruise Personalizer®. The Travel Summary provides the following booking details and options:
      • Cruise Summary
      • Flights
      • Itinerary
      • Packages & Transfers (if purchased)
      • Important Notices
      • Pre-Reserved Shore Excursions
      • Lotus Spa Appointments
      • Special Services (if purchased by the guest)
  • Age Requirements / Traveling with Children
    • Age requirements
      Guests under the age of 21 years must travel in a stateroom with a guest 21 years or older who shall assume responsibility for their care during the cruise. For family groups booking multiple staterooms, the minimum age for each stateroom is 16 years of age, provided they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian. We are unable to accept group reservations for student or youth groups that do not conform to our minimum age requirements. Each guest agrees and warrants that he/she will supervise any guest in his/her care at all times to ensure all policies, along with all other rules of the Carrier and ship, are strictly adhered to by all guests under their supervision.
    • Passport requirement when minors travel with one adult on voyages governed by the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (includes travel within Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico & United States)
    • When minors (any guest under the age of 18) are traveling with only one adult 21 years of age or older, Princess requires that all guests possess a valid passport. Carrier has implemented this requirement so that Your party remains together should an emergency arise that requires one or more in your party to disembark in a non-U.S. port. Carrier cannot guarantee that all members of Your party are allowed to disembark with just a WHTI-compliant document or birth certificate. Failure to present a valid passport for all guests traveling together results in denial of boarding without refund of the of the cruise or cruisetour fare.
    • Minimum Age Requirements:
      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.
    • Cruisetours: The minimum age for escorted cruisetours is 5 years.
    • Car seats
      US and Canadian regulations require that children up to the age of 8 years old may be required to travel in a car seat, booster seat or other child restraint system. When being transported by car, taxi, limo, van or shuttle, it is your responsibility to know the regulations and provide the applicable child restraint system.
    • Infants/Young Children and Swimming Pools
      Parents/guardians are reminded to bring their children dressed in appropriate attire with towel and sunscreen. Youth staff will not conduct children’s activities in the adult or splash pools. Parents must supervise their children at all times when using the pools. Infants and young children in diapers and/or swim diapers, and children who are not toilet trained are NOT permitted in any of the pools or spas due to public health concerns.
    • Our policy is strictly observed onboard and is intended for the public health safety of all guests.
    • Documents for guests under the age of 18
      Several countries require special documentation for children traveling with only one parent or with neither parent; these requirements are subject to change without notice. Many foreign countries require any single parent or guardian to bring a permission slip for the minor to travel abroad. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the proper documents for all of the countries that you will visit. Please verify requirements with the consulates of the countries visited prior to your cruise.
    • For guests under 21 years of age or those who are traveling with children, please note:
    • Entry into the disco after 10 p.m. is limited to guests 18 years and over. Be sure to check with the Youth and Teen Centers for special dance parties designed for kids and teens.
    • Children who are toilet-trained and accompanied by a parent or guardian are permitted in the sauna and hot tub(s) unless otherwise specified.
    • Guests under the age of 13 are allowed in the evening entertainment show lounges if they are with their parent or guardian.
    • In line with domestic U.S. age limits, as well as our company policy, the casino, cash prize bingo and horse racing are reserved for guests 18 years and older. Picture identification may be requested.
    • Guests under the age of 18 are prohibited from purchasing cigarettes or tobacco products while on board.
    • Youth programs
      Princess offers entertaining options for all ages, with our Camp Discovery programs created in partnership with Discovery Communications, especially with junior cruisers ages 3-12 in mind. The Treehouse (for ages 3-7) and The Lodge (for ages 8-12) give kids the chance to enjoy everything from arts and crafts, game tables, movies, and more.
    • Children are welcome on all Princess ships, but facilities vary. Pacific Princess® does not have dedicated Youth and Teen Centers. However, when 20 or more children ages 3 to 17 are traveling on this ship, they will enjoy a varied schedule of supervised activities organized by our Youth Team.
    • Don’t miss the orientation and registration meeting on the first night of your cruise. You and your children can meet the Youth and Teen staff and learn more about our exciting shipboard programs. Parents are always welcome to join their children in the Youth and Teen Centers.
    • ADDITIONAL REMINDERS
      Children under 3 are not permitted in the Youth Center unless accompanied by a parent at all times. Youth counselors cannot administer medication, bottle-feed, change diapers, or provide meal service. Private in-cabin babysitting is not available on any Princess ship. All children participating in the Youth Program must be potty-trained. Children who are not potty-trained are not permitted in hot tub or pool facilities.
    • CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
      Princess welcomes all children and teens ages 3-17 to participate in our programs. Let our counselors know of all medical and/or special needs for your children. We will make every effort to accommodate them. Please be advised that Princess Youth counselors do not offer individual one-on-one supervision.
    • JUST FOR TEENS
      And for cruisers age 13-17, we have The Beach House, a contemporary surf-themed lounge just for teens. The Beach House offers teens a range of activities including teen only dance parties, sports tournaments and talent shows. Or, have fun meeting other teens with the Dating Game. Those seeking a creative retreat will enjoy hip-hop dance classes, T-shirt painting, casino nights, mocktails, pizza parties or special teen-only dinners.
    • During voyages with a high number of families onboard, we will make all efforts to accommodate interested parties. However, participation in our program cannot be guaranteed. Hours of operation may change to better serve our guests.
  • Booking Shore Excursions
    • Get the most out of your experience at port by booking a shore excursion. Princess® offers a variety of excursions perfect for families, sightseeing, adventure, and exploring wildlife and nature. You can book your shore excursion with Cruise Personalizer® from approximately 180 days before travel, and up to 5 days before you depart.
  • Pre-pay your gratuity
    • For your convenience, we’re pleased to offer you the ability to pre-pay the gratuity that is included in your folio onboard at the end of your cruise. You can also utilize this service as a gift for someone else who may be cruising.
    • The gratuity amount is based on the itinerary length. It is $15.50 per guest for suites, $14.50 per guest for mini-suites and club class, and $13.50 per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms. Effective on voyages departing on or after May 21, 2019, the gratuity charge will be $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.
    • To take advantage of this service, login to Cruise Personalizer to pre-pay online, or simply call 1-855-500-7690 and reference Special Service Item #0591. Pre-payment is available up to 2 days prior to departure.
  • Pre-pay beverage packages & Cellars
    • Pre-paying beverage packages and cellars offer a great way to save time at embarkation. From a bottle of wine to beer specials to our Premier Beverage Package* option that features cocktails, fountain sodas and bottled water, there’s a beverage package to quench every thirst.
    • To take advantage of pre-payment, login to Cruise Personalizer to pre-pay online, or simply call 1-855-500-7690. Pre-payment is available up to 3 days prior to departure.
    • *Please note: Beverage Packages are calculated based on the total number of days of your cruise. Premier Beverage Package does not include bottles of wine; however, when purchased in the bars or dining rooms, will be available at a 25% discount from the menu price.
    • Package is NOT available for purchase within 3 days of sailing and is NOT available for voyages 2 nights or fewer. Package must be purchased for full length of voyage, cannot be shared, is non-transferable, and is non-refundable within 3 days of sailing. Alcoholic drinks are limited to 15 beverages per 24 hour period (non-alcoholic beverages do not have this limitation).
    • Guests that pre-purchased the All-Inclusive Beverage Package prior to September 19, 2017 or that took advantage of the 2017 Sip + Sail promotion will have terms and conditions of the Premier Beverage Package apply.
  • Pre-reserving Lotus Spa Appointments
    • Like the Lotus flower, the Lotus Spa offers a tranquil environment where you can renew your mind and body with exotic spa therapies from around the world. As you embark on this sensory journey, you’ll instantly achieve a blissful state of nirvana — leaving you completely revitalized as you welcome another day.
    • To help you achieve this revitalization, the Lotus Spa offers a full range of personalized spa treatments, including hair and beauty services, massage, sensuous wraps, aroma therapies and even teeth whitening.
    • Spa advance reservations are accepted between 120 to 7 days prior to departure. Guests must be 18 years or older to indulge in any body treatments and at least 16 years of age to utilize the fitness facilities. Other Spa services are available  to guests 13 years and older when accompanied by an adult.
  • Ship Deck Plans
    • We make it easy for you to get to know your ship. With industry-leading interactive deck plans and virtual tours, you’ll be able to see your ship before you board.
  • Port Driving Directions
    • We’ve put together embarkation port guides that provide details – including driving directions, parking information, luggage handling tips and more for your reference!
    • Guests who are driving should arrive at the pier 2-3 hours prior to sailing. Guests who arrive earlier than recommended will have to wait until embarkation begins.For sailings from Port Everglades (FLL), Houston (HOU), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (NYC), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Vancouver (YVR) guests may obtain general port information (including driving directions to the port) by viewing the PDFs below, or by contacting the port parking companies directly.
  • FLL – There are about 2,500 parking spaces available in a six-level parking garage adjacent to Pier 2 for cruise guests in the Northport Parking Garage. Prices are $15 per day per vehicle. Please note that oversized vehicles are $19 per day and any vehicles over 20′ in length cannotbe accommodated. There is NO RV parking. Cash and credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, & Discover) are accepted.Parking Prices are approximate and subject to change:
  • LAX – There are over 2,500 parking spots in a secure lot which is run by Parking Concepts Inc. Overnight parking is available at a maximum of $16 per day per parking space (if you are in a large vehicle or occupy multiple spaces, you will be charged for alloccupied spaces). Cash, travelers checks, and credit cards are all accepted. Parking is on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are required. Lot hours are between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm pst. Guests can visit the LA Cruise Center websiteor call 310-547-4357 for more information.
  • NYC – Parking is available at the Brooklyn Cruise terminal for $23 for the first night and $20 for each day after that (for multiple days) in a secure lot which includes handicapped spaces as well. Guests can visit the NYCruise website or call 718-246-2794 x303 for additional information.
  • SFO – Impark located at 80 Francisco St. San Francisco CA 94133, within walking distance to the cruise terminal. Parking is available for cruise guests for $18 per calendar day for cars and $28 per calendar day for oversized vehicles. Parking lot is run by Impark. Impark accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express at the 80 Francisco Street garage. For reservation information go to the Impark website, or guests can call 415-578-0517.
  • SEA – Parking is available at Pier 91 (provided by Republic Parking Northwest) for $25 per day or $140 per week for regular sized vehicles. For RVs up to 18′, the cost is $196 per week and for RVs 18′ and larger (including 5th wheels) is $245 per week. If guest has an RV towing a car on a trailer, they must pay both the RV and the regular sized car pricing. There are 1000+ parking spaces (including handicapped parking) and oversized vehicles and RVs are welcome. Parking is on a first come, first served basis and Republic Parking Northwest does not take reservations, however, guests can go to the Republic Parking Northwest website and pre-pay (online only) for a quicker exit post cruise.
  • YVR – On-site parking for Canada Place pier is run by Citipark (Canada Place) in a two-story parking garage. Awaiting confirmation for pricing per day. Guests may contact Citipark toll free at 866-856-8080 or at 604-684-2251 with any additional questions.
  • What to pack
    • Pre-cruise checklist
      • We want you to enjoy a rejuvenating and exciting vacation with Princess. But before you board, there are some thing you should know to help make the first day of your vacation as seamless as possible.
    • Clothing Recommendations
      • You should dress for a cruise with Princess the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort.
      • Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants and jogging suits, is the order of the day both at sea and ashore in hotter climates.
      • We recommend you bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions, depending on your destination. Due to unpredictable weather, don’t forget a hat or visor and a collapsible umbrella. Please be sure to bring proper clothing for visits to religious sites. You’ll also want low-heeled, rubbersoled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear.
      • Princess makes it easy to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard our spectacular ships. There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal.
      • Smart Casual
        Guest attire should be in keeping with what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home.
      • Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies
      • Pants and open-neck shirts for men
      • Dinner wear such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes) are not welcomed in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn.
      • 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 0 1-4
5-6 Days 1 4-5
7-13 Days 2 5-11
14-20 Days 3 11-17
21-28 Days 4 17-24
29+ Days 5 minimum 24+
  • Packing for your cruise
    • Follow these important luggage reminders:
    • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
    • Many domestic airline carriers now impose excess baggage fees for one or more bags and bags weighing over 50 lbs., so check with your carrier regarding weight restrictions.
    • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
    • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
    • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
    • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
  • Formal Wear Rentals
    • Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises; this can be arranged prior to embarkation.
    • Dress with an elegance and style that is perfect for all the formal activities on your cruise with Princess. Cruiseline Formal Wear delivers beautifully-tailored clothing directly to your stateroom.
    • To order your formal wear, please visit Cruiseline Formalwear, call 800-551-5091 or 305-252-8572. For questions, email: custservice@cruiselineformal.com.
  • Alcohol Policy
    • 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.*
    • Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship’s gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest’s stateroom on the last day of the cruise.  A member of the ship’s staff will be at the gangway to assist guests with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist guests with shipboard alcoholic purchases.
    • *Princess Cruises is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages removed and discarded by shoreside security staff. Such items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement.
  • Valuables
    • We strongly recommend you hand-carry all valuables and breakables, including jewelry, electronics and cameras as well as any medications.
  • Prohibited Items
    • Guests are advised not to bring any prohibited items to the ship. Prohibited items will not be allowed or stored onboard the vessel with no exceptions. Guests are fully responsible for either storing these items ashore or disposing of them prior to embarkation.
    • The following items must not be allowed on board without valid lawful reason:
    • All firearms including non-firing weapons. An exception to this rule are law enforcement agents acting in an official capacity and certified armed security guards acting in an official capacity (with full permission of the ship’s Master).
    • All forms of ammunition, explosive materials and propellants, projectiles of all kinds, cartridges.
    • All imitation or replica weapons including de-commissioned weapons, those not capable of being fired and realistic imitation/toy weapons.
    • Air/Pellet guns or any other variety of projectile firing weapon.
    • All explosives and explosive device components including but not limited to military, civilian and safety devices, detonators, detonation cords, blasting caps, smoke cartridges, grenades, mines, imitation explosives/devices.
    • Fireworks, Flares and Pyrotechnics
    • Knives with a blade over 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches) or ½ inch at widest point. This includes bladed weapons, sharp pointed weapons, daggers, sabers, swords, axes, ice axes, hatchets, straight razors (shaving safety razors are allowed), razor blades not in a cartridge, box cutters, ice picks, meat cleavers and utility knives.
    • Concealed bladed weapons such as belt buckles knives, cane and umbrella knives/swords, pen knives and credit card knives.
    • Recreational Diver’s Knives unless accompanied by other diving/snorkeling equipment and a valid diving ID card/license (must be held in the custody of the Security Officer). Dive knives may be checked out/in by the owner for dive excursions during the cruise.
    • Diver’s spears and spear guns/slings.
    • Ceremonial knives/swords as well as entertainment props are at times permitted with prior notification from the Fleet Security Department (must be held on-board in the same manner as dive knives).
    • Flick knives, gravity knives, switchblades or lock knives. Small locking pocket knives with blade lengths less than 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches) and widths ½ inch or less are allowed.
    • Scissors with blades longer than 4 inches.
    • Telescopic or regular truncheons/batons/clubs/coshes/nightsticks/billy clubs/blow pipes/ASPs and or any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon.
    • Archery equipment including crossbows and bolts.
    • Catapults
    • Martial Arts Equipment including flails, throwing stars, nunchakus/nunchucks, kubatons, bostaff, etc.
    • Knuckle Dusters, brass knuckles, or any other item constructed for use as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
    • Stun Guns, Tasers or any other electroshock device.
    • Handcuffs
    • Items containing Incapacitating Substances such as gas guns, tear gas sprays, pepper/mace cartridges, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable.
    • Flammable Liquids and hazardous chemicals/substances including gasoline/petrol, cooking fuel, acid, spill able batteries (except those in wheelchairs), phosphorous, oil, lighter fluid (common lighters are permitted), methylated spirits, paint thinners, acid, turpentine, spray paint, chlorine, bleach, spray paint and any other dangerous chemicals that could burn, maim, incapacitate or disable.
    • Compressed gas bottles/cylinders including propane tanks and aerosol cans (except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities). Dive Tanks are not permitted, empty or full. Medical gas bottles are allowed in connection with a certified medical condition but cannot be packed in baggage. Oxygen cylinders must be delivered to the Purser’s Office and stored in a designated safe area. Oxygen cylinders are not x-rayed.
    • Drones also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPA), and any other remote controlled aerial devices/toys.
    • Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as a weapon.
    • Hookah and Water Hookah Pipes, candles and incense, strike-anywhere matches, clothing irons, heating pads, hot plates, kettles, coffee makers, toasters and other electronic cooking appliances.
    • Alcohol in violation of the company alcohol policy.
    • All illegal drugs, including medications without proper prescriptions. This includes legal intoxicant synthetic or “designer” drugs also known as “Legal Highs” such as Lysergamides, Opioids, Methoxetamine, Synthetic Cannabis, Betel Nuts or Kava (Cava).
    • Medical Marijuana
    • Poisons
    • Noxious Items
    • Baseball bats, hockey sticks, cricket bats, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, and skateboards.
    • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Ham radios, transformers, lasers, laser pointers, electric extension cords with surge protectors*.
    • Bicycles
    • Tools of trade/hobby including any type of hand or power tool. This includes hammers, drills, drill bits, crow bars, saws, power saws, chef/cooking knives/utensils, tools greater than 7 inches in length such as screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers (unless prior authorization is provided by Corporate Headquarters and strict controls are maintained on-board).
    • Surfboards – (Boogie boards no longer than 42 inches in length are allowed).
    • Coolers – only coolers approximately 12 x 12 x 12 in size (holds 6-12 cans of non-alcoholic beverages) are allowed. Guests carrying larger sizes will be directed to return them to their vehicle. If the guest is without a vehicle, the cooler will be destroyed in the same manner as other prohibited items. Exception: if the cooler is larger and contains baby food/formula, kosher food/special diet food or medication – these must be hand-carried. Coolers cannot be accepted as checked baggage.
    • Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility), boats/canoes/kayaks, Segways (only permitted ashore if used for mobility limitations – cannot be used onboard the ship), Heely Shoes, Hoverboards/self-balancing scooters.
    • The above list is not exhaustive. The Ship Security Officer and Staff Captain are authorized to make a professional judgment as to the legality of any item, declared, detected or discovered.
    • *Electrical devices such as small fans, power strips, multi plug box outlets/adaptors, and extension cords without surge protectors are allowed onboard when used with proper caution. However, if such devices are determined to pose a hazard they will be removed and returned the last day of the cruise prior to debark.
    • As our guest, please follow the above precautions while traveling on any of our ships, and if possible, please refrain from taking these devices with you on board.
  • Shore Excursions
    • Booking Shore Excursions
      • Get the most out of your experience at port by booking a shore excursion. Princess® offers a variety of excursions perfect for families, sightseeing, adventure, and exploring wildlife and nature. You can book your shore excursion with Cruise Personalizer® from approximately 180 days before travel, and up to 5 days before you depart.
    • Shore Excursion Best Price Gurarantee
      • We want you to feel confident when booking your Princess Cruises Shore Excursions that you are getting the best price. Once you have purchased a Princess Shore Excursion, if you find that same shore excursion elsewhere at a lower price, you can receive 110% of the difference in price in the form of a non-refundable onboard credit. This currently applies to select voyages. The Best Price Guarantee is not available in Asia, Southeast Asia or Japan ports.
      • Follow these steps:
      • Purchase your shore excursion through Princess Cruises.
      • If you find the same shore excursion elsewhere for a lower price, submit your Best Price Guarantee form via email to shoreexcursions@princesscruises.com or fax to 1-661-753-1433.
      • Within two business days, you will be notified if your request meets the Best Price Guarantee criteria.
      • If your request is accepted, you will receive 110% of the difference in price to enjoy in the form of a non-refundable onboard credit.
  • The guarantee applies to shore excursions advertised with pricing and publicly available. This is valid pre-cruise only and requests must be submitted at least 7 days prior to your sail date.
  • If you have any questions regarding the Best Price Guarantee program, please contact us at 1-800-880-5608. Our hours are Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm PT.
  • For general shore excursion inquiries, please contact Princess Customer Service at 1-800-774-6237.
  • Excursion Companies
    • All excursions are operated by local, independent companies and not by Princess.
    • We selected only the most reputable companies available to provide your excursions. The companies providing your excursions are selected by Princess based on their excellent reputation for service and safety.
  • Guided Excursions
    • All excursions include local English-speaking guides except for “On Your Own” excursions and where otherwise noted.
  • Gratuities on Excursions
    • Tipping is a discretionary matter. It is, however, customary around the world, if one is pleased with their excursion, to tip the guide.
    • Here are suggested ranges (in U.S. dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate:
Service Gratuity
Tour guides $1.00 (half day of service per person)
$3.50 (full day of service per person)
  • Please extend any gratuities on an individual basis, not as a group.
  • Children’s Excursions Pricing
    • Select excursions offer children’s prices for children under the age of 12 years. Our reservation system will automatically apply a child rate on eligible tours when you make your reservation.Once onboard, check your excursion tickets to ensure you have received the correct number of child tickets. If you have received the incorrect number of child tickets, visit the Shore Excursion Desk as soon as possible to make any necessary adjustments.

      Child prices are not available for excursions involving flights or hotel stays. Toddlers aged 2 and younger sitting on a parent’s lap (not occupying a seat), are not charged for most excursions. If a parent would like their infant to occupy a seat or would like to utilize a safety seat, the parent must purchase an excursion ticket for the infant at the published excursion price. Parents are also responsible for bringing a safety seat for their child.

  • Excursion Age Restrictions
    • For most excursions, there is no minimum age for children as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.Guests under the age of 18 years cannot participate without a parent or guardian. A few operators may allow an unaccompanied minor on an excursion if a wavier is signed by the parent or guardian in the operator’s presence.
  • Excursion Timing
    • One very important feature of taking an excursion organized by Princess is that we closely monitor the departures and returns of all excursions. Therefore, our ships do not sail until all of our organized excursion transportation has returned, so you can be assured that you won’t miss the ship.Please keep in mind that when you make your own arrangements in port, or if you leave an organized excursion, we will no longer be aware of your whereabouts; so be sure to schedule yourself with ample time to return to the ship before it sails.
  • Excursion Cancellation
    • Cancellation of Pre-Paid Shore Excursions:
    • If you have pre-paid a shore excursion and wish to cancel, the following shall also apply:
    • If a pre-paid shore excursion is cancelled five (5) days or more prior to sailing a refund of the pre-paid amount will be made in one of the following ways:
    • If there is a shore excursion balance for the guest named on the reservation being cancelled then the pre-paid amount shall be applied to this balance.Or,
    • If there is no shore excursion balance for the guest named on the reservation being cancelled then the pre-paid amount will be refunded to the credit card used to pre-pay the shore excursion. Refunds in this instance will be made within 24 hours of cancellation. If the guest for whom the pre-paid excursion is being cancelled makes another shore excursion reservation within 24 hours of cancellation, the refund will be applied to the newly made reservation.
    • If a pre-paid shore excursion is not cancelled within the above time frame or is cancelled during the voyage prior to the “Closing Time for Cancellation” listed for the particular excursion you wish to cancel, then the pre-paid amount will be refunded to the guest named on the pre-paid reservation as a shipboard credit on this guest’s shipboard folio. Please note this is done regardless of which guest pre-paid for the shore excursion.
    • Cancellation of Pre-Reserved Shore Excursions
    • Due to the nature of excursions involving hotel accommodations, flights and private vehicles, these excursions are not refundable after the closing date, which is 30 days prior to sailing.
    • Due to the limited capacity and high demand for helicopter flights, any excursion involving a helicopter flight is not refundable unless cancelled no later than 12:00pm on the day after embarkation.
    • For other excursions in each port of call, a “Closing Time for Cancellations” is listed on the Shore Excursion Order Form found in your stateroom. This is the time when the bookings for the excursions in that port close and we notify the local operators of the final excursion requirements. You may cancel an excursion if it is prior to the closing time whether you reserve an excursion in advance of the cruise or book onboard. However, we cannot cancel an excursion if it is past this closing time, nor will we refund an excursion on which you have reserved but do not to attend.
    • Cancellation of Alaska Land Excursions
    • Alaska Land Excursions, purchased through the Cruise Personalizer, may be cancelled up to three days prior to travel without any cancellation fees.  Land Excursions cancelled prior to the cancellation deadline will be refunded to the credit card that you provided in the Cruise Personalizer to purchase your tours.  Excursions cancelled within three (3) days prior travel are subject to a 100% cancellation fee, unless the operator, at their sole discretion, is unable to operate the program due to unforeseen circumstances.  All sales of tours booked while on your land tour are considered final at the time of purchase and are 100% non-refundable except in the case of an operator approved cancellation.
  • Multiple Excursions in one port
    • Allow at least 60 minutes between each excursion. All excursions depart from, and return to, the cruise ship pier. By scheduling in this manner, you will have sufficient time to take multiple excursions.
  • Shopping
    • Where possible, time for shopping has been allowed within the framework of some excursions. However, excursions are not primarily designed for shopping, and time allowed for this purpose may be limited.
  • Safety Ashore
    • Our primary concern at Princess is your safety and security. We are in continuing contact with authorities concerning any travel advisories that might impact our cruises.
    • If the U.S. State Department advises against travel to specific locations we visit, we would make the necessary changes to the published itinerary. Although such itinerary changes occur infrequently, please understand that these changes are for your own safety and security and are beyond our control.
    • We remind all of our guests that they must ultimately assume responsibility for their actions while ashore. In this regard, we would like to remind you of some common sense precautions when visiting ports-of-call:
      • Stay in the normal tourist areas and don’t travel to out-of-the-way places without the benefit of a guided tour.
      • Do not leave any of your belongings unattended in public areas.
      • Be generally aware of people and activities around you.
      • Do not accept packages from anyone you don’t know personally.
      • Keep a low profile–dress and behave conservatively.
      • Be careful when eating and drinking ashore.
  • We thank you in advance for following these recommendations, which we believe will enhance the enjoyment of your cruise.

Onboard Questions

  • Onboard Experience
    • Onboard Atmosphere
      • Everyone at Princess is committed to ensuring you have a great time on your cruise. So, to preserve a relaxed and friendly atmosphere onboard, we ask that you observe a few guidelines.
      • When formal nights are held, please observe the suggested dress code in the Traditional Dining and Anytime Dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests.
      • Should you wish to videotape onboard during your cruise, please feel free to do so. However, videotaping the onboard entertainment performances is not allowed for copyright reasons.
      • To reflect the suggested dress code, dinner wear such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes), is not welcomed in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn.
    • Specialty Occasions
      • Princess makes your birthday, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or renewal of vows even more memorable. When you’re onboard a cruise with Princess, you’re surrounded by warm, caring people dedicated to making each day a celebration. And for those times in your life that are special, we’ve created a collection of memorable celebration experiences to help you savor those moments for years and years to come.
      • If you or your travel agent advise us of any occasions of particular importance at least 45 days prior to your departure, we’ll set our “special occasion” staff in motion to spotlight your special event in the dining room or with our special packages and fabulous “extra mile” service.
      • Choose from a selection of our Celebration offerings, with extra touches like flowers, wine and champagne. To order a gift or to plan a special event, review our selections and complete the order form.
    • Alcohol Policy
      • 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.*
      • Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship’s gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest’s stateroom on the last day of the cruise.  A member of the ship’s staff will be at the gangway to assist guests with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist guests with shipboard alcoholic purchases.
      • *Princess Cruises is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages removed and discarded by shoreside security staff. Such items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement.
    • Age restrictions on Drinking and Gambling
      • The age for gambling on Princess ships is 18 years old. The age for drinking on Princess ships is 21 years old*. Guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted in the Casino or Night Club after 11:00 p.m.
      • *For cruises between Australia/New Zealand, China, Europe and Singapore ports, the drinking age will be 18 years old. For cruises between Japan ports, the drinking age will be 20 years old.
  • Smoking Policy
    • Keeping the comfort of our guests a priority, and in consideration of consumer studies which show smokers are a small minority of guests, Princess has implemented the following smoking policy:
    • Designated Smoking Areas
      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. The Casino will also have one or more non-smoking nights (6 pm to closing), depending on length of voyage. Show lounges, dining rooms and all food services areas on board all Princess ships are non-smoking. As a safety precaution, guests are reminded to properly dispose of cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco, which are never to be thrown overboard as this may be sucked back into the ship and cause fires.
    • Stateroom Smoking Policy
      Princess Cruises prohibits smoking in guest staterooms and balconies. This reflects the preferences of a vast majority of our guests who value having their primary living space (both stateroom and balcony) smoke-free. As balconies are a hallmark of Princess Cruises, we believe it is important to keep this peaceful space clear of smoke. Violations to this policy will result in a $250 fine for each occurrence, which will be charged to the guest’s stateroom account. Keeping with the global trend toward more restrictive smoking policies and honoring the wishes of our guests, we feel this enhances our onboard experience.
    • Electronic Cigarettes
      The use of electronic cigarettes is allowed within the confines of the guest’s stateroom (balcony not included) and within designated smoking areas only.
  • Laundry Services
    • Take advantage of our onboard laundry, press-only and professional cleaning service for a nominal fee. All laundry is returned within 48 hours, or on the same day with our express service.
    • Full suite guests and Elite Captain’s Circle members also enjoy complimentary laundry and professional cleaning service, except for Presto (same day) service, which carries a charge.
    • For your convenience, Princess vessels have self-service launderettes where washers, dryers and laundry products are available for a negligible charge. Please note that irons/ironing boards are available in the self-service laundry rooms. Ironing and using personal clothes steamers are not permitted in any stateroom. Although rare, on certain itineraries environmental regulations relating to the consumption of water may impact the operating hours of the launderettes. These restrictions, when applicable will be posted in the Princess Patter.
  • Onboard Currency
    • Unless noted, onboard currency is in U.S. dollars. However, on select Australian-based itineraries, the onboard currency is in Australian dollars.
    • One of the best things about cruising with Princess is the convenience of being able to sign for all your expenses and have them charged to your stateroom.
    • An itemized statement will be delivered to your stateroom prior to disembarkation. By providing your credit card in advance, you are automatically registered for Express Check-Out. There is no need to visit the Guest Services/Purser’s Desk to settle your account. We accept U.S., Canadian, British and Euro currencies, and traveler’s checks. American Express/Optima®, Diners Club/Carte Blanche®, Discover® Network, the JCB Card®, MasterCard® and Visa® are also accepted. Those paying by traveler’s checks or cash will be required to leave a cash deposit with the Purser’s staff at the beginning of the cruise.
    • For your convenience, Automated Teller Machines for the exchange of foreign currencies are available on vessels sailing out of European ports and on selected exotic itineraries. Use of such machines may involve transaction fees that are subject to change without notice. Please visit the Guest Services/Purser’s Desk for more information.
  • Shopping Onboard
    • Our boutiques onboard offer more than just accessories and sundries you may have left at home. Shop onboard and benefit from incredible tax-and duty-free savings off suggested U.S. retail prices on fragrances, cosmetics, jewelry and gifts, apparel and liquor.
    • In addition to our everyday savings, we bring you special promotions throughout the cruise. Once onboard, please check the Princess Patter calendar for times and locations of these exciting events.
    • Plus, Elite Captain’s Circle members receive a 10% boutiques discount!
  • The internet at sea
    • Internet access is available on all Princess ships through our wireless network — available in all staterooms and public areas – and through our 24-hour onboard Internet Cafe.
    • You can access Wi-Fi through wireless-enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets or mobile devices. Or use the computers in our Internet Café to access your web-based email account, or browse the internet.
    • Information regarding available plans can be viewed pre-cruise in Cruise Personalizer, by connecting to the ship’s Wi-Fi once on board, or by visiting the Digital Communications Manager on board.
    • MedallionNet™
    • Select ships have been upgraded with MedallionNet, the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to stay connected to the web like never before. With MedallionNet, you can text, post photos, video chat and stream your favorite shows, movies, music and sports with ease.
    • Platinum and Elite Captain’s Circle members receive a specified number of internet minutes for free as a loyalty benefit. And on ships with MedallionNet, they have a choice to redeem their free minutes, or receive a discount on an unlimited package.
    • To take advantage of pre-payment, login to Cruise Personalizer. Pre-payment is available up to 3 days prior to departure.
    • Standard internet access via satellite may be significantly slower than high-speed connections on shore. Princess Cruises reserves the right to filter content accessed via the ship’s internet services. Please note high bandwidth consuming applications such as voice over IP telephony, peer-to-peer file sharing and streaming media may be restricted on board select Princess vessels.
  • Princess@sea – complimentary onboard web & messaging tool
    • Princess@Sea is our FREE, award-winning mobile friendly tool offering quick and convenient access to valuable information about the ship while you’re onboard! Plan your day’s events and activities, review the ship’s itinerary and port guides, browse restaurant menus, even access your stateroom account! Plus, the Princess@Sea Messenger allows you to send text messages to other guests onboard!
    • Getting started with Princess@Sea is easy. Simply connect to the ship’s Wi-Fi once onboard, open your browser and Princess@Sea will be the default page that appears. It even operates in “Airplane Mode”. No cellular or data charges required!
    • Princess@Sea and Princess@Sea Messenger are now available on all ships.
  • Ship Deck Plans
    • We make it easy for you to get to know your ship. With industry-leading interactive deck plans and virtual tours, you’ll be able to see your ship before you board.
  • Staying Healthy
    • The health and well-being of our guests and crew is our highest priority. And there are several measures that meet or exceed standards set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which are currently in place to prevent and contain illnesses on our ships.
    • The simplest way for you to stay healthy is to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet. You’ll also find hand sanitizers located throughout the ship for your use after washing your hands.
    • If you feel ill during your voyage, please immediately report to the medical center. All of our onboard medical facilities meet or exceed the standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Our onboard medical facilities are staffed by full-time registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.
    • Charges for medical services will be added to your shipboard account, and you will be provided with an itemized account to submit to your insurance company. Important: Princess ships are registered in Bermuda. Verify with your insurer if your coverage applies outside the United States, or purchase appropriate travel insurance.
  • Gratuities
    • During your cruise, regardless of which Princess ship you choose, you will meet staff who provide you with excellent service. Crew members often rotate to different vessels within the Princess fleet which helps to maintain our high standards on every ship. These dedicated workers reflect our philosophy that all crew on all ships are but one family who share in our success.
    • To simplify the tipping process for our guests, 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. This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who help provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet.
    • For your convenience, this gratuity can be pre-paid online via Cruise Personalizer. Alternatively, you may call us at 1-855-500-7690 and reference Special Services item number 0591. Pre-payment is available up to 2 days prior to departure.
    • A 18% gratuity is added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts, and Lotus Spa® services. This is shared amongst the beverage staff, their support staff and Lotus Spa® personnel.
    • Casino dealers and youth staff do not share in these gratuities. We know you will find these services onboard exemplary.
    • Please note gratuities will be deemed undisputed unless a request to modify is received prior to disembarking the ship.
  • Stateroom Amenities
    • The little extras you find in the best hotels — fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion — are provided in every stateroom. Waffle weave cloth bathrobes are available upon request from your stateroom steward for your comfort and convenience.
    • For those of you who wish to enjoy a relaxing drink in the privacy of your stateroom, bottles of liquor and stateroom bar packages are available for purchase at non-duty-free prices through room service. The stateroom directory available onboard lists a complete menu of offerings.
    • Mini-suites include a welcome glass of champagne, two televisions, a sitting area and a spacious closet, while full suites offer all of these premiums plus complimentary laundry, and use of the Lotus Spa® Thermal Suite (on select ships, excluding Royal Princess), one-time free mini-bar setup and use of our Disembarkation Lounge.
    • Each stateroom has other luxuries for your convenience, such as a private safe and refrigerator. In addition, each room is equipped with a 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings. Please ask your stateroom steward to check your appliances for suitability before use if you have any questions. All ships are equipped with an electric hair dryer in every stateroom.
    • Stateroom configuration
      Staterooms with 3 and 4 berths can be a pullman bed, murphy bed, sofa bed or a rollaway bed. The specific configuration can be confirmed directly through Princess Cruises Reservations or your travel agent. Photos, floor plan diagrams, and amenities represent typical arrangements and may vary by ship.
  • Television Programming
    • Getting away from it all doesn’t mean being out of touch. Every stateroom on Princess ships has its own TV set featuring our multi-channel Princess Overseas Television programming.*
    • We offer live satellite reception of MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and BBC World. In some instances and based on sailing itineraries we offer Sky News and Sky Sports News in lieu of MSNBC and Fox News. Along with a movie channel featuring a wide selection of first-run movies, we also provide the latest sitcoms and dramas, an onboard version of the Discovery Channel, and a wide selection of special programming, including the Academy Awards®. Plus, for sports fans, we offer several major sporting events such as the Super Bowl® , BCS college bowl games, NBA Finals and the NCAA basketball tournament. Closed captioning is available on most Princess ships; please check with the Guest Services Desk for information.
    • All televisions in cabins onboard Princess ships^ are equipped with the open captioning feature. All movies are open captioned. However, callers should be advised that this feature does not work with most programs shown from an international (versus U.S.) satellite (ie: CNN, etc.). When the television receives a U.S. feed, the open captioning feature will work. Most onboard theaters are equipped with assistive listening devices.
    • *Ship television programming is not guaranteed at all times due to the nature of satellite communications, which are subject to itinerary and possible disruption from weather patterns and various obstructions. Also, Internet access via satellite is significantly slower than high-speed connections on shore.
    • ^At this time, the open captioning feature is not available on Royal Princess.
  • Medical Assistance
    • Our medical centers are primarily intended to provide acute care for illness and accidents that may occur while on vacation and are not intended to provide long term care for patients with chronic illnesses or as a substitute for regular health care.
    • Our intention is to:
    • Provide quality maritime medical care for guests and crew members aboard our ships.
    • Initiate appropriate stabilization, diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers for critically ill or medically unstable patients.
    • Support, comfort and care for patients onboard.
    • Facilitate the timely medical evacuation of patients, if appropriate.
    • All of our onboard medical facilities meet or exceed the standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Our onboard medical facilities are staffed by full-time registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.
    • Charges for medical services will be added to your shipboard account, and you will be provided with an itemized account to submit to your insurance company. Important: Princess ships are registered in Bermuda. Verify with your insurer if your coverage applies outside the United States, or purchase appropriate travel insurance.
  • Religious Services
    • We respect our guests’ religious beliefs and invite them to practice on their own or with their fellow guests. Guests who wish to lead religious services may volunteer by contacting the Guest Services desk or a member of the Cruise Staff. In some cases, our shipboard staff will lead services. However, Princess Cruises does not place clergy on board our vessels.
    • Clergy traveling as Guests onboard our vessels are welcome to conduct services while sailing. They should leave their name, cabin number, and services offered at the Guest Services Desk and they will be contacted by a member of the Cruise Director’s Staff. Approval of services will be made based on schedule suitability, appropriate onboard supplies, etc. Please bring your Letter of Celebret or Letter of Good Standing with you to provide to the onboard staff.
    • Please note that during Passover, there will be a Seder service (including Passover meal) held onboard. For Hanukkah, services are available and will be guest-led with wine, Challah bread, prayers and an electric Menorah (no candles or live flames) provided by Princess. Supplies are present and available for anyone who wants to lead the service at 5:30 PM on Friday evenings.
    • If you would like to bring on your own Menorah, you may. However, since candles are prohibited onboard all Princess ships, it must be electric (no live flame).
  • Security Guide
    • CRIME PREVENTION AND RESPONSE GUIDE
    • Princess Cruises has zero tolerance for crime on board its ships.  This guide is designed to offer information to all guests on proper response procedures and available law enforcement processes in the event that an incident occurs.
    • Guests should immediately report missing persons and criminal activity to ship’s personnel so appropriate action may be taken to ensure the safety and security of all persons on board.  Timely reporting of an incident is also imperative so that necessary law enforcement notifications can be made as expeditiously as possible.  Incidents may be reported at any time by dialing the Purser’s Desk.  Missing persons or criminal activity may also be reported to the on board Security Department by dialing the Purser’s Desk.  Any situations requiring medical assistance can be reported to the Medical Department at any time by dialing 911 or through the Purser’s Desk.
    • Princess Cruises reports all missing persons and serious criminal incidents such as homicide, suspicious death, kidnapping, assault with serious bodily injury, sexual assaults as defined by existing laws, firing or tampering with the vessel, or theft of money or property in excess of $10,000 to appropriate law enforcement authorities.  In addition to our own reporting policies and other legal requirements, on international voyages that embark or disembark in the United States, U.S. federal law requires Princess Cruises to report missing U.S. nationals and the above felonies to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by telephone as soon as possible, to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security electronically, and to the U.S. Coast Guard in writing.  These U.S. requirements apply to all such incidents that occur on board in U.S. territorial waters, or at sea or in another country’s territorial waters if the individuals involved are U.S. nationals.  The U.S. FBI may assert criminal jurisdiction in all of these circumstances.  Each of the countries visited, as well as the ship’s country of registry (Bermuda), may also assert jurisdiction and impose additional reporting requirements.
    • For missing persons or serious criminal incidents that occur within countries visited or their territorial waters, and for incidents within U.S. states, you may independently contact local law enforcement authorities.  You may also contact the U.S. FBI or U.S. Coast Guard for incidents that arise at any time during the voyage.  Princess Cruises encourages all guests to learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the places you will visit.  Good resources are your library, your travel agents, and the embassies, consulates or tourist bureaus of the countries you will visit.  In addition, keep track of what is being reported in the media about recent developments in those countries.  Contact information for the FBI, U.S. Coast Guard and the National Sexual Assault Hotline is listed below.  Locations of U.S. Embassies or Consulates in the ports visited and contact information for local law enforcement in these ports is listed on the front page of the Princess Patter.
    • S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters, Washington DC
      (202) 324-3000
      Visit FBI website
    • S. Coast Guard National Command Center
      (800) 323-7233
      Visit United States Coast Guard website
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline
      Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
      (800) 656-4673
      Visit RAINN website
  • Travelling with Family
    • Preparing for your cruise
      • What is the minimum age to cruise?
      • Minimum age requirements:
      • Guests must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation and at least 12 months of age for trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries.
      • Cruisetours: The minimum age for escorted cruisetours is 5 years.
      • Guests under the age of 21 need to travel in a stateroom with a guest 21 years or older who will assume responsibility for them during the cruise. For family groups booking multiple staterooms, the minimum age for each guest is 16, provided they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian. Unfortunately we are unable to accept group reservations for student or youth groups that do not meet our minimum age requirements.
      • What travel documents do I need to bring for my child?
      • Passport requirements: Travel document requirements For U.S. and Canadian citizens
      • WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL GUESTS TRAVEL WITH A PASSPORT.
      • Documents for guests under the age of 18:
      • Several countries require special documentation for children traveling with only one parent or with neither parent, and these requirements can change without notice. Many foreign countries require a single parent or guardian to bring a permission slip for the minor to travel abroad. It’s your responsibility to ensure you have the proper documents for all of the countries you’ll visit. Please verify requirements with the consulates of these countries prior to your cruise.
      • What other supplies should I bring for my children?
      • Here are some recommendations:
      • Travel documents
      • child’s airline tickets or e-tickets
      • child’s passport, visa and other proof of citizenship
      • notarized statements from spouse/ex-spouse if traveling alone with kids under 18
      • notarized forms if traveling with grandchildren/kids under 18 who aren’t your own
      • pediatrician’s name and phone numbers (daytime and emergency)
      • child’s ID card (optional)
      • Medicines & sundries
      • child’s prescription drugs or other important medication (in carry-on bag)
      • Children’s Benadryl
      • antibiotic cream
      • anti-itch cream
      • children’s anti-diarrhea medication
      • Band-Aids
      • Children’s Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and/or aspirin
      • Pedialyte
      • sun protection – sunscreen, sunburn gel, hat
      • antibacterial hand sanitizer
      • children’s insect repellant
      • infant/child’s thermometer
      • drops/antibiotics for eye and ear infections
      • Baby/toddler items
      • diapers (Parents are given special waste bags for diapers, which are removed daily from cabins.)
      • baby wipes
      • pacifiers
      • diaper rash ointment
      • Ziploc bags (many for diapers and other messes)
      • sippy cups and plastic bottles (keep one in your carry-on)
      • baby formula
      • portable crib if needed
      • stroller: umbrella strollers are most convenient
      • bibs
      • diaper bag
      • Other handy items
      • nightlight
      • small flashlight
      • favorite stuffed animals, to
    • Onboard Activities
      • Onboard Activities
      • What is there for kids and teens to do with and without supervision on board?
      • Our Camp Discovery youth centers offer many activities. Entertaining ages 3 and up, recent programs have included: theme parties, video game tournaments, science workshops, karaoke, art projects and games suitable for all ages.  We keep children engaged with age-appropriate activities and playing with similarly aged peers.
      • Family activities include festivals, entertainment, Discovery at SEA experiences such as Stargazing, dining events and,of course, Movies Under the Stars®. Each cruise may have slightly different programs. Please contact us with any questions or reservations for specific childcare and family activities.
      • What movies are shown? I’m selective about what movies my kids watch.
      • We get it. In The Treehouse and The Lodge, kids only see G- and PG-rated movies. At The Beach House, teens view G, PG and PG-13 rated films. Stateroom TVs air a variety of films and feature a family channel with G, PG and PG-13 content, available on most sailings. Movies Under the Stars® entertains with family-friendly movies during the day and evening hours as well. Check out your Princess Patter once on board for a complete list of movies to be featured on your voyage.
      • Will my family like cruising?
      • Taking a cruise is an adventure for family members of all ages: The range of onboard activities is sure to please your toddler, teenager and mother-in-law alike. There are activities and dining options for the most adventurous and the simplest eater in your household. You can choose to be as active or relaxed as you feel like that day. And there’s entertainment for everyone, from Movies Under the Stars® to Broadway-caliber musical productions. On a cruise with Princess you have experiences to share as well as the opportunity and space to do your own thing.
      • What about “me time” for adults?
      • We want parents to enjoy their vacation too. Which is why we offer group complimentary babysitting in Camp Discovery during the day, and for a small fee, also in the evening hours. Parents can explore our Vegas-style casino, nightclubs, the Lotus Spa® and The Sanctuary – a haven just for adults featuring a pool, cabanas and a spa-inspired menu.
      • Can my kids go on shore excursions with me?
      • Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ tours are good places to start. Every excursion designates appropriate age ranges, as well as the level of activity to be expected. If you’d rather explore on your own, your children can stay on board at Camp Discovery, and utilize our complimentary Camp Discovery kids programs.
      • How do I coordinate with others in our travel party if we’ve booked separately?
      • Friends and family often travel together, so this is a common concern. The first thing to do is to call 1-800-PRINCESS or your travel consultant to link your group’s reservations. Secondly, be sure to use our Princess@Sea app to communicate on board via text messaging for supreme convenience. For MedallionClass ships, you’ll be able to locate your group anywhere on the ship using your personal device through our OceanCompass app.
      • How can I plan a birthday (or another celebration) on board?
      • Let us know about your special occasions in your Cruise Personalizer, and we’ll prepare a festive welcome aboard note. You can also order celebration packages there, everything from fun gifts to unique experiences on board, even themed stateroom decorations. If the celebration is for one of your children, notify the Camp Discovery staff, and they’ll be happy to collaborate with ideas.
    • Age Appropriate Customized Programs
      • Is there a dedicated space for kids?
      • Our youth and teen centers entertain ages 3 to 17. Our pools and sports courts are both child- and family-friendly spaces to be experienced together.
      • What is available per age group and what are the rules around signing in and out?
      • Ages 3-7: Camp Discovery
      • *Children must be at least 3 years old and toilet-trained.
      • *Children ages 3–7 must be signed in and out by a parent or person legally authorized.
      • Ages 8-12: The Lodge
      • *Parents can grant their children the ability to sign themselves in and out.
      • Ages 13-17: The Beach House
      • *Teens aged 13–17 can come and go as they please.
      • Note: Children younger than 3 can explore our centers with an adult.
      • Who operates the youth centers?
      • Our team of experienced youth counselors undergoes stringent background checks and must be recently certified in CPR and basic first aid. They’ve also undergone training focused on caring for children with special needs. In case of a true medical emergency, onboard medical staff are just a phone call away.
      • What if I want my kids of different ages to be in the same program?
      • We’ll do our best to accommodate your wishes, however we prefer children to participate in the programs for their specific age group. Our rooms and activities are designed specifically by age, and we want your children to get the most from their time with us.
      • Can adults visit the youth centers?
      • We’re happy for parents and others to join in the fun. In fact, we offer an open house event on embarkation day for loved ones to take a peek at all the fun. For the safety and security of our young guests, we only allow adults in our centers who have children participating in the program. If the center is full, we may ask parents to come back at another time.
      • How do I pre-register my child for the youth program?
      • It’s simple. Register through your Cruise Personalizer, or you can come directly to the youth center to meet the team. We look forward to showing you around and telling you about our program. FYI: Participation in our program cannot be guaranteed, especially on cruises with lots of families, but we’ll make every effort to include everyone we can. Hours of operation are subject to change.
      • Where can I find a schedule of activities for kids?
      • In your stateroom welcome packet with the Kid’s Patter. Review and plan away!
      • What about safety concerns?
      • Identification may be required for parents or other authorized adults to sign out 3- to 7-year-olds. Youth centers feature CCTV, and entry is restricted to staff, children and their parents.
    • Dining options for families
      • Where can families eat together on the ship?
      • There are plenty of casual dining options in the Horizon Court, World Fresh Marketplace and International Café. More formal options are also available any time in the main dining room. If you are in a hurry and are eating in the main dining room, please mention this to your waiter and they will accommodate a ‘quick service’ request.
      • Are there children’s menus or other foods for children?
      • Children’s menus are offered in main dining room. Pizza, burgers and ice cream can be found at various dining locations. Complimentary jarred stage 1 & 2 baby food is available, if requested in advance via the Cruise Personalizer. Additionally pureed, pureed fruits or veggies can be prepared in the main dining room.
      • Beverages on us:
      • main dining room and Horizon Court/ World Fresh Marketplace at breakfast only: apple, orange, cranberry, pineapple, tomato and prune juices (excludes freshly squeezed orange juice)
      • all-day offerings: lemonade, milk and chocolate milk
      • complimentary on ships in Alaska in the main dining room and Horizon Court/World Fresh Marketplace: hot chocolate
      • Get a booster chair and/or high chair:
      • Request on board with restaurant staff.
      • High chairs and booster seats are available in the main dining room, specialty dining restaurants and Horizon Court/World Fresh Marketplace on all ships. Quantities are determined by ship size and dining capacity and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      • Neither high chairs nor booster seats may be reserved ahead of time.
    • Seeking a babysitter?
      • Is there babysitting available on board?
        We offer our complimentary Camp Discovery kid’s programs between the hours of:
      • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
      • 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      • 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      • We also offer nighttime group sitting in our youth centers from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for children ages 3 to 12. The price is $5 an hour per child.
      • Do you have childcare while the ship is in port? We do, and it’s complimentary! Just drop the kids off, and we’ll take care of them and feed them lunch. Pick up is a 5pm each day. Early/late excursion? No problem; we’ll open early or stay late to accommodate you.
  • Safety First (and second and third)
    • What if there’s an emergency at sea?
    • Rest easy: Your crew is fully trained to respond to emergencies, following strict protocols. If the issue is medical, there’s a fully operational clinic on board, equipped to treat more than just seasickness. Youth staff members are certified in CPR and basic first aid and have experience accommodating everything from allergies to special needs.
    • Do onboard pools have age or height restrictions?
    • Parents must supervise their children at all times when using the pools, as there are no lifeguards on duty. Because of U.S. public health restrictions, children in diapers, even swim diapers, may not use the pools.
    • Do you have safety floatation devices for the children who are unable to swim?
    • No, but parents are welcome to bring their own inflatable safety floating devices appropriate for their child’s age and weight.
    • How can I communicate with my kids on board?
    • On Princess MedallionClass™ ships, we offer tracking that lets you know where your child is at any time, thanks to the complimentary, wearable device known as the OceanMedallion™. On other vessels, we can provide pagers upon request for parents with young children. For older kids, Princess@Sea messaging works great.
    • Are there age restrictions in general on the ship?
    • Yes, children must be accompanied by an adult when:
    • They’re under 18 and want to use the spa, sauna or steam room
    • They’re under 16 and want to use the fitness centers
    • Guests must be at least 18 to:
    • Receive body treatments in the spa. (Other services are okay, if a parent accompanies them).
    • Play in our casinos
    • Visit the night club after 11 p.m.
    • Take note, we’re mindful of the drinking age for the places we sail, which is:
    • 21+ in the U.S.
    • 20+ in Japan
    • 18+ in Europe, Australia, China and Singapore
  • It’s our pleasure to accommodate you
    • What if I’ve forgotten something?
    • Of course! We’re happy to accommodate special arrangements before you embark or while on board the ship. If you want to request certain items, i.e. a portable crib, please call 1-800-774-6237 (1-800-PRINCESS) or visit your Cruise Personalizer in advance. Many items, such as high chairs and boosters, can be requested once on board by calling the purser’s desk. (Quantities are limited.)
    • Can I purchase baby supplies on board?
    • We recommend buying baby supplies before embarking on your voyage. Only some ships have diapers/wipes on board for purchase. Jarred baby food, Stages 1 & 2, can be requested in advance through your Cruise Personalizer. Fresh pureed fruits and vegetables can also be requested in the main dining rooms.
    • Who should I inform if my child has special needs?
    • Simply go to your Cruise Personalizer. Under “check in,” click on the “accessibility & dietary requirements” tab. Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be added in Cruise Personalizer or sent to dietaryrequest@princesscruises.com. Additional needs can be addressed by using the “accessibility request tab” and clicking on “mobility questionnaire.” You may also email the Access Office at: accessoffice@princesscruises.com.
    • When registering for our Camp Discovery Youth and Teen Programs, please add any information you feel would assist our staff in accommodating your child. As part of the registration, there is a section to complete regarding allergies, special needs, medical conditions and more.
    • Who should I inform about my child’s allergies or medical condition?
    • Also in your Cruise Personalizer, under “check in,” click on “accessibility & dietary requirements.” Click on “dietary requirements.” These notations will notify all restaurants on the ship about food allergies, and special accommodations will be made to keep your family safe. For your added peace of mind, our onboard medical facilities are staffed by full-time registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in case of an emergency.
    • How do I reserve a crib?
    • Call 1-800-PRINCESS to reserve ahead of time, or request one from your cabin steward once on board. Cribs are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are always welcome to bring your own travel crib.
  • Children with special needs

Who should I inform if my child has special needs?

  • Go to your Cruise Personalizer, and under “check in,” select the “accessibility & dietary requirements” tab. Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be added here or sent to dietaryrequest@princesscruises.com. Additional needs can be addressed by using the “accessibility request tab” and clicking on “mobility questionnaire.” You may also email the Access Office at accessoffice@princesscruises.com.
  • When registering for our Camp Discovery youth and teen programs, let our youth staff know of any medical, special needs and/or allergies, and we will make every effort to accommodate them. Please be advised that youth staff may not offer one-on-one supervision or administer medication.
  • Dining and Nightlife
    • 1st day dining
      • Shortly after we welcome you onboard your spectacular Princess ship, you’re invited to relax and dine at the Horizon Court* or in one of the ship’s multiple dining rooms.
      • Open from 5 am to 11 pm (12 am on select itineraries), the Horizon Court offers a wide selection of buffet meals or snacks. A primary feature of Princess ships, the top-of-the-ship restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning sea views as a backdrop.
      • Or join us in one of our main dining rooms for lunch served up by a staff — from chefs to waiters — dedicated to making your dining experience something special.
      • Together, Princess’ unique combination of gracious dining staff, fine continental cuisine and new friends make every meal onboard a memorable occasion.
      • *Horizon Court is referred to as Panorama Buffet or World Fresh Marketplace on select ships.
    • Anytime Dining
      • *Anytime Dining offers a flexible dining experience – just like a restaurant would – and gives you the freedom to dine with whomever you wish, at your convenience between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in elegant, upscale venues.
      • Should you need to change this request, call your travel consultant no later than three weeks before you sail. Requests for preferences and changes are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not always possible to alter dining preferences or seating arrangements once they are reserved.
      • Once onboard and subject to availability, you may attempt to switch preferences with 24 hours notice to the Maitre D’. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.
      • *NOTE: Anytime Dining is not available on Pacific and is not available on Diamond Princess while in Japan.
    • Traditional Dining
      • With our Traditional Dining option, you get the classic cruise experience, having dinner the same time each night, at an early, first or second seating, in our upscale main dining rooms. You’ll enjoy the same table with the same company and wait staff throughout your voyage.
      • Should you need to change this request, call your travel agent no later than three weeks before you sail. Requests for preferences and changes are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not always possible to alter dining preferences or seating arrangements once they are reserved.
      • Once onboard and subject to availability, you may attempt to switch preferences with 24 hours notice to the Maitre D’. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.
      • Dining options, seating times, menus, locations and venues may vary.
    • Specialty Restaurants
      • Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to gourmet fare. That’s why Princess offers several Specialty Dining options for you to choose from on every ship.
      • These distinctive restaurants provide intimate dining in an upscale atmosphere. Reservations are suggested at these popular venues. And because these restaurants at sea are truly a special treat, a cover charge will apply per person.
      • SHARE by Curtis Stone
        Experience a more refined approach to the traditional steakhouse. Enjoy the best, most tender cuts of beef, such as New York steak and porterhouse, plus a prime-rib carving station. Available now on Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Sun Princess.
      • Sabatini’s
        Sabatini’s serves up an authentic Italian dining experience in a remarkable eight-course meal. The stellar menu features both local seafood specialties and other regional favorites.
      • Bayou Café & Steakhouse
        Experience the first New Orleans-style restaurant at sea, and enjoy fabulous Creole and Cajun traditional cuisine, such as jambalaya, etouffee and crawfish gumbo.
      • Crown Grill
        Crown Grill entertains guests with an open, theater-style kitchen where chefs custom-prepare steamed shellfish – such as lobster, scallops, clams and mussels – and cooked-to-order steaks and chops.
      • Sterling Steakhouse
        Experience a more refined approach to the traditional steakhouse. Enjoy the best, most tender cuts of beef, such as New York steak and porterhouse, plus a prime-rib carving station.
      • Specialty restaurants vary on a ship basis.
    • Casual Dining Venues
      • When a casual mood calls, you have plenty of choices – even on formal nights. Whether it be the buffet at the Horizon Court, the pizzeria, burger & hot dog grill, or 24-hour room service, you’re able to choose how you dine with us.
    • Dietary Restrictions and Requirements
      • Princess is happy to meet your request for low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar and vegetarian diets. Visit Cruise Personalizer® to indicate your dietary preferences.
      • In addition, kosher meals and baby food are available upon advance written request. Any other special diet requests must be authorized in advance by the Princess corporate office.
      • You or your travel consultant must advise Princess in writing of any special diet, allergies or medical needs. Requests must be received no later than 35 days prior to departure for cruises to Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal and Coastal Getaways.  For all other cruises, requests must be received no later than 65 days prior to departure.  Once onboard, please check with the Maitre D’ to confirm your request.
      • Any special dining requests (name brands, daily food order requests, sample menus, etc.) not related to medical or allergy requirements should be directed to the onboard dining staff and is not handled by our Dietary
    • Room Service
      • Guests may call for personal complimentary Room Service at any time of the day or night. To have continental breakfast delivered to the stateroom, fill out the breakfast card included in the stateroom portfolio (one is also placed on the pillow) and hang it out at night on the stateroom door in order to receive delivery the next morning at the time of your choosing. For a full stateroom menu, guests may review the stateroom portfolio, call the number listed in the telephone directory or press the “Room Service” button on their phone.
      • Below are some examples of what’s offered on the complimentary Room Service Menu. Please note that Coffee, Iced Tea and Milk are available 24 hours a day.
      • Sandwiches (served with your choice of french fries, potato chips or coleslaw).
      • Club House
      • Roast Beef
      • Roast Turkey Breast
      • Tuna Salad
      • Peanut Butter & Jelly
      • Vegetarian
      • Soups and Salads
      • Soup of the Day with Saltine Crackers
      • Assorted Mixed Garden Greens
      • Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips
      • Chef’s Salad
      • Hot Dishes
      • Beef Chili with Black Beans and Tortilla Chips
      • Baked Italian Lasagna
      • Moroccan Vegetable Crock Pot with Pita Bread
      • Croque Monsieur
      • Grilled Hamburger or Cheeseburger
      • Hot Dog
      • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
      • From the Pastry Shop
      • Caramel Flan
      • Chocolate Fudge Cake
      • Chocolate Chip Cookie
    • Formal Nights
      • We want to make it as easy as possible for you to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard. See below for an example of formal night schedules based on the length of your cruise.
Length of Cruise Number of Formal Evenings
1 – 4 Days 0
5 – 6 Days 1
7 – 13 Days 2
14 – 20 Days 3
21 – 28 Days 4
29+ Days 5 Minimum
  • Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises – this can be arranged prior to embarkation.
    • Formal Wear Rentals
      • Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises; this can be arranged prior to embarkation.
      • Dress with an elegance and style that is perfect for all the formal activities on your cruise with Princess. Cruiseline Formal Wear delivers beautifully-tailored clothing directly to your stateroom.
      • To order your formal wear, please visit Cruiseline Formalwear, call 800-551-5091 or 305-252-8572. For questions, email: custservice@cruiselineformal.com.
    • Onboard Entertainment
      • Fill every day with a wide variety of exciting onboard activities from paddle tennis to painting lessons. Take a galley tour; enjoy wine tasting; experience our traditional Champagne Waterfall; or join in games by the pool. You can even take a backstage tour, or take center stage at our karaoke lounge. Ships filled with amenities, equal in luxury to the finest landbased resorts – that’s what makes Princess Cruises the ultimate vacation and a complete escape.
      • Or opt for an exciting array of stage shows, most of which are written, costumed and choreographed exclusively by Princess. Curtain times vary; check your onboard newsletter, the Princess Patter, for show times.
      • Don’t forget to bring along your dancing shoes, because Princess has several dance venues and live entertainment to get you into the swing of things. We start early and finish late. Just check Princess Patter for the times and places to give your partner a whirl.
      • Every cruise also features a great selection of first-run feature films for your viewing pleasure. On select ships, guests can also experience Movies Under the Stars®, our 300-square-foot outdoor movie screen and watch the latest films, sporting events and concert videos – all from a comfortable deck chair. Movies Under the Stars lights up your life – day and night.
      • Guests can also be stars. You can kick up your heels at our Country & Western Party – bring your cowboy boots and hats and join the line dancing. Or bring your tropical wear for our Island Night deck party on all warm weather sailings. There will be limbo contests, games and calypso music for “dancin’ in the aisles.” And don’t be shy – audition for Princess Pop Star and share your vocal talents with the world.
  • Casino Games
    • Our casinos offer the most popular table games, including blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud poker and craps (available on most ships). We also feature a full range of exciting slot and video poker machines, as well as regular Snowball Jackpot Bingo sessions held throughout the cruise.
    • Complimentary gaming lessons for slots and table games are held on each cruise, along with exciting tournaments. Plus, if you want to surprise your friends with a lucky side bet, you can choose a $25, $50, or $100 credit, redeemable in the shipboard casino.
    • Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to gamble or remain in the casino. For those guests interested in playing at our higher limit tables, please contact our Casino Department at 1-800-5CASINO (1-800-522-7466) for more details.
    • Which forms of payment can you use at the Princess Casino?
      Credit cards are not accepted in the casino; all activity is charged to the guest’s stateroom account, which must then be settled prior to disembarking from the ship. Cash or traveler’s checks may be exchanged for casino chips.
    • What are the Casino’s hours of operation?
      Hours vary from ship to ship, depending on the itinerary. We recommend guests check their Princess Patter (or Princess@Sea) for casino operating hours. We offer 24-hour* slots while the ship is at sea.
    • What are the rules on cameras?
      Guests are allowed to take still photographs in the casino but video recording and cellphones are not allowed. Guests are asked to respect the privacy of other guests as they use their cameras.
    • Is smoking allowed?
      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.
    • *Not offered on Australian controlled ships.
  • Keeping In Touch
    • Travel Summary
      • Your Travel Summary, an electronic version of the cruise ticket, is available online via the Cruise Personalizer®. The Travel Summary provides the following booking details and options:
      • Cruise Summary
      • Flights
      • Itinerary
      • Packages & Transfers (if purchased)
      • Important Notices
      • Pre-Reserved Shore Excursions
      • Lotus Spa Appointments
      • Special Services (if purchased by the guest)
  • Contact Phone Numbers
    • To provide greater peace of mind while you’re away from home, give friends and relatives the following information on how to telephone you. Contact your phone company directly for rates, your phone company will charge you directly for calls made to the ship. When calling, please include guest name and stateroom number to ensure quick delivery.
    • Guests may use their personal mobile devices onboard while at sea in international waters and in other areas where such use is permitted. A compatible mobile device and a service plan capable of roaming internationally with Maritime Communications Partners AS is required. Please contact your wireless service provider for availability and rates.
    • For calls originating outside of the US and Canada, the following numbers should be used, preceded by your country’s International Direct Dialing (IDD) code and the global ocean code 870. Please contact your long distance service provider for pricing. For example, if you would like to call the Diamond Princess in the Pacific Ocean from the United States, dial 011 870 773 933 441.
SHIP PHONE NUMBER FAX NUMBER
Caribbean Princess 764 947 526 764 947 528
Coral Princess 765 068 575 765 068 582
Crown Princess 764 597 398 764 597 410
Diamond Princess 773 933 441 783 928 667
Emerald Princess 761 118 492 761 118 494
Golden Princess 773 930 736 323 500 829
Grand Princess 765 077 833 765 077 841
Island Princess 773 801 227 783 403 039
Majestic Princess 773 266 085 783 930 558
Pacific Princess 765 073 115 765 073 116
Regal Princess 765 120 542 765 120 547
Royal Princess 765 111 847 765 111 852
Ruby Princess 764 877 443 764 877 445
Sapphire Princess 773 930 015 783 150 835
Sea Princess 765 087 732 765 087 734
Star Princess 765 079 556 n/a
Sun Princess 764 050 768 764 050 770
  • En Route Delays
  • If you encounter unforeseen flight or weather-related delays on sailing day, we suggest you immediately advise an airline representative at the airport that you are a cruise guest destined for sailing that day. Typically, airlines are able to arrange alternative flights at the airline counter for passengers to continue with their travel to the point of embarkation. It is the airline’s responsibility to make alternate flight arrangements resulting from a delay or cancellation.
  • In the event costs are incurred, you are responsible for out of pocket expenses. If you have purchased travel protection, costs incurred as a result of trip delay are likely to be covered by Trip Delay protection. Please ensure to keep all receipts for submission and contact your travel plan administrator for assistance and clarification.
  • If your delay involves missing the ship in the port of embarkation, you must immediately contact the En Route Desk to confirm that you will be permitted to join the vessel at the next port of call. In certain instance, you will not be permitted to join the vessel at the next port, if the late embarkation will result in a violation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA).
  • Upon learning your new flight arrangements, we ask that you immediately contact Princess with your new flight information for our records. You may call us toll-free at 800-545-0008. This special number is operational only in the United States and Canada.
  • Outside of the United States and Canada you may reach us at 661-284-4410. Within Australia, use 13 24 88. Princess representatives are available to answer this emergency en route line from
    5 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Saturday and Sunday.
  • After hours support is available in the event of “en route” delays. These calls will be routed to our customer service centers in Australia or the United Kingdom, subject to the time of call. Our representatives will record your new flight information into your booking record.
  • If your checked baggage is delayed or misdirected by a common carrier, immediately report this to the carrier. Once you arrive onboard, report this delay to the Passenger Services Desk, providing the claim number and bag description.
  • As a courtesy, the onboard staff will assist in following up with the airline; however, any costs incurred in forwarding the luggage to the ship is at the guest’s expense. Guests who have purchased travel protection should verify with their policy carrier regarding Baggage Protection, which may include baggage delay coverage. Please keep all receipts for submission and contact your travel plan administrator for assistance.
  • If you have purchased Princess Vacation Protection and Princess FlightChoice Air and experience a delay reaching your cruise or land package, and you require assistance booking flights, accommodations, and transfers, please contact On Call International toll-free at 866-509-7712, or from outside the U.S. or Canada call collect at 603-894-9386. Payment is required up front for these arrangements, but can be submitted to the plan administrator for reimbursement of eligible expenses after your trip. Once your new arrangements are confirmed, the representative at On Call International will contact the En Route Desk to provide us with the details.
  • IMPORTANT: The En Route numbers provided above are for unforeseen delays. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel consultant. Princess is not responsible for any airline delays regarding Baggage Protection, which may include baggage delay coverage. Please ensure to keep all receipts for submission and contact your travel plan administrator for assistance.
  • The internet at sea
    • Internet access is available on all Princess ships through our wireless network — available in all staterooms and public areas – and through our 24-hour onboard Internet Cafe.
    • You can access Wi-Fi through wireless-enabled devices, such as laptops, tablets or mobile devices. Or use the computers in our Internet Café to access your web-based email account, or browse the internet.
    • Information regarding available plans can be viewed pre-cruise in Cruise Personalizer, by connecting to the ship’s Wi-Fi once on board, or by visiting the Digital Communications Manager on board.
    • MedallionNet™
    • Select ships have been upgraded with MedallionNet, the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to stay connected to the web like never before. With MedallionNet, you can text, post photos, video chat and stream your favorite shows, movies, music and sports with ease.
    • Platinum and Elite Captain’s Circle members receive a specified number of internet minutes for free as a loyalty benefit. And on ships with MedallionNet, they have a choice to redeem their free minutes, or receive a discount on an unlimited package.
    • To take advantage of pre-payment, login to Cruise Personalizer. Pre-payment is available up to 3 days prior to departure.
    • Standard internet access via satellite may be significantly slower than high-speed connections on shore. Princess Cruises reserves the right to filter content accessed via the ship’s internet services. Please note high bandwidth consuming applications such as voice over IP telephony, peer-to-peer file sharing and streaming media may be restricted on board select Princess vessels.
  • Princess@sea – complimentary onboard web & messaging tool
    • Princess@Sea is our FREE, award-winning mobile friendly tool offering quick and convenient access to valuable information about the ship while you’re onboard! Plan your day’s events and activities, review the ship’s itinerary and port guides, browse restaurant menus, even access your stateroom account! Plus, the Princess@Sea Messenger allows you to send text messages to other guests onboard!
    • Getting started with Princess@Sea is easy. Simply connect to the ship’s WIFI once onboard, open your browser and Princess@Sea will be the default page that appears. It even operates in “Airplane Mode”. No cellular or data charges required!
    • Princess@Sea and Princess@Sea Messenger are now available on all ships.
  • Cell phone at Sea
    • Every Princess ship is equipped with an advanced cellular communications network. This network allows you to send as well as receive voice calls, text messages and data services on your personal mobile device. Mobile device service is available for use when the ship is at sea, in international waters and in other areas where such use is permitted. All charges will be conveniently billed to you by your mobile device provider.
    • For guests on Royal and Regal Princess: Your mobile phone provider must have a roaming agreement with Maritime Communications Partner AS (MCP) in order for you to use your phone with this service. Not all prepaid phones are supported. Your mobile phone must be able to roam internationally. BlackBerrys and other mobile data services may continue to receive messages while roaming on the ship’s network. For questions about your service or about pricing and billing, please contact your mobile phone provider’s customer service department prior to sailing.
    • For guests on all other ships: Your mobile phone provider must have a roaming agreement with Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) in order for you to use your phone with this service. Not all prepaid devices are supported. Your mobile device must be able to roam internationally. BlackBerrys and other mobile data services may continue to receive messages while roaming on the ship’s network. For questions about your service, pricing or billing please contact your mobile device provider’s customer service department prior to sailing.

Post Cruise Questions

  • Disembarkation
    • Disembarkation
      • On the majority of our cruises, you will be required to identify and clear your luggage through customs. As you leave the ship, you will be directed by Princess representatives to the luggage claim area. As many bags are similar in appearance, please check each luggage tag to ensure you are claiming your own luggage.
      • Due to U.S. and local customs restrictions, guests may not leave the ship until all luggage is off-loaded. With this in mind, we suggest that you relax in one of the many public lounges to wait for customs clearance and disembarkation by pre-designated groups.
      • Customs and immigration inspectors will review with you the customs declarations form upon which you have listed all the articles bought in foreign ports or in the ship’s boutiques. U.S. residents returning to the United States are allowed a duty-free exemption of $800 USD per person, which includes the cost of one liter of alcoholic beverages (if purchased onboard or ashore) for each guest 21 years of age or older. Canadian citizens, when out of the country for more than 48-hours, may bring back up to $800 CAD duty-free. It is recommended that guests keep their sales receipts handy for declaring their purchases. Food items should not be brought into U.S. ports.
      • On cruises calling at ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or American Samoa, U.S. residents are allowed an additional exemption of $1,200 USD when returning to the United States, including four liters of alcoholic beverages provided you have the proof of purchase from the designated ports. Of your $1,200 USD exemption, no more than $600 USD worth of articles may have been purchased in the islands. Articles acquired in these islands need not accompany you but may be sent to the United States and claimed under your duty-free personal exemption if properly declared. Please note that family members, who live in the same home and return together in the United States, may combine their standard personal exemptions. Children are allowed the same as adults, with the exception of alcohol and cigarettes. Please note that these are current exemptions and are subject to change.
      • For further customs information, we recommend that you attend the Cruise Director’s disembarkation talk given during the last days of the cruise.
      • If you have purchased a Princess ship-to-airport transfer, Cruise Plus Hotel Package or are participating on a cruisetour, you will be directed by uniformed Princess representatives to the transfer departure point.
      • If your friends or relatives are meeting you at the pier, please be advised that disembarkation may take up to four hours after the scheduled arrival of the ship in order to clear immigration and customs.
    • Report a Lost item or luggage
      • Princess Cruises makes every effort to reunite items left behind or lost during a cruise with their rightful owners. Unfortunately, not all items are identifiable.
      • If you lost or left behind personal property, please complete a lost item report. Once the report is complete, it will be automatically uploaded into our lost item tracking system.
      • Rest assured we will make every effort to find your item. As items are all shipped to our main office in Santa Clarita from all over the world, it takes time for us to receive found items and match them to loss reports. Your patience during this process is appreciated. You will hear from us shortly. Shipping fees to return items left behind will apply.
    • Princess Cruise Captains Circle
      • Princess Cruises offers an exclusive loyalty program called Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle. If you are cruising with us for the first time, congratulations! Your Membership in the Circle is automatic upon completion of this cruise, when you will receive your new membership details.
      • We at Princess Cruises believe in recognizing and rewarding your loyalty. That is why the more you cruise with us, the more benefits you receive.
      • Among the benefits you can expect are a complimentary subscription to the Member’s quarterly magazine, as well as Member savings on select cruises. Members only access to the Circle Center Online allows you to take advantage of exclusive programs including Referral Rewards and our StandBy Program.
      • Exclusive onboard events, hosted by the Captain and your Circle Host are a great way for you to get to know your fellow Members.
    • Referral Rewards Program
      • Our Referral Rewards program allows our Members to sign up friends and relatives as new Princess guests and we will give them cruise credits towards their next booking. Not only that, but we’ll do the same for their referrals!
      • The rewards offered are $25 per person, up to $50 per booking. The new customer must sail within 24 months of being referred. Referrals must not be currently, or have previously booked or sailed with Princess, must not have been nominated by another Member, or be ‘known’ by Princess (by requesting a brochure or registering at princess.com). Referrals must also be successfully made prior to new customers making a booking in order for the discount to apply.

Cruisetours Questions

  • Alaska Cruisetours
    • Flight guidelines
      • The following charts offer recommended flight arrival and departure times:
      • Note: Please be aware that your hotel room may not be available until 4 p.m. on the first day of your cruisetour.
Arrival Locations Suggested Flight Arrival Time
Anchorage No later than 11 p.m. first night of cruisetour. Hotel check-in is 4 p.m.
Fairbanks Arrive at any time first night of cruisetour. Hotel check-in is 4 p.m. When making airline reservations please be aware of check-in times as many flights in/out of Fairbanks are in the middle of the night. Due to high capacity in the summer, the hotel cannot always accommodate early check-in or late check-out. You may need to book an additional night.
Seattle Arrive at any time first night of cruisetour. Refer to your detailed cruisetour itinerary (found in the Cruise Personalizer®) for information on the first night of your cruisetour in Seattle.
  • Note: Please be aware that your hotel room may not be available until 3 p.m. on the day of your arrival.
Departure Locations Suggested Flight Departure Time
Vancouver Pier to Vancouver Airport No earlier than 11 a.m. domestic/12:00 p.m. International on disembarkation day.
Vancouver Pier to Seattle Airport No earlier than 4 p.m. disembarkation day.
Transfer time: 5 hours.

Cruise First, Then Land Tour

Arrival Locations Suggested Flight Arrival Time
Seattle for Vancouver Sailing No later than 10 a.m. embarkation day.
Transfer time is 4 hours.
Vancouver No later than 2:30 p.m domestic / 2:00 p.m. international on embarkation day.
Departure Locations Suggested Flight Departure Time
Anchorage Refer to your detailed cruisetour itinerary (found in the Cruise Personalizer®) for information on the last day of your cruisetour to determine departure time.
Fairbanks Refer to your detailed cruisetour itinerary (found in the Cruise Personalizer®) for information on the last day of your cruisetour to determine departure time.
Seattle Refer to your detailed cruisetour itinerary (found in the Cruise Personalizer®) for information on the last day of your cruisetour to determine departure time.
  • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
    US & Canada only 800-545-0008
    Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
    Within Australia 13 24 88
  • Special Needs / Access
    • Lift-equipped motorcoaches, accessible hotel rooms and seating on trains are limited and need to be secured in advance. Should you need a wheelchair, it is imperative that you bring your own or make arrangements for one to be provided.
    • You can pre-reserve a wheelchair and have it and other medical equipment delivered on land by contacting Special Needs at Sea at 800-513-4515 (outside the US 954-585-0575) or by visiting the Special Needs at Sea website.
    • Alternatively, you can contact Scootaround at 888-441-7575 or visit the Scootaround website. For any special accessibility requests, please put your request in writing and fax it to the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4408 at least 30 days prior to your travel.
    • Or if you have questions about the program in general, please call Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237.
  • On land in Alaska
    • There are important differences between the cruise and land portions of your cruisetour. Please read the following section to better understand those differences.
    • Time Zones
      All Princess destinations in Alaska lie in the Alaska Daylight Time zone, which is one hour earlier than Pacific Standard Time. Seattle, Washington is on Pacific Standard Time, as is Canada’s British Columbia and Yukon Territories.
    • Currency/Banking Information
      On your Alaska cruisetour, you will enter both the US and Canada. All land expenses incurred in Alaska are in US currency (USD). Any expenses you may incur in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, will be in Canadian currency (CAD).
    • Cash Expenses
      Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: meals at your lodge and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, non pre-reserved optional land excursions and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge meals, drinks or phone calls to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival at your destination to establish credit.
    • Meals/Dining
      All meals onboard our railcars, at our wilderness lodges and at other hotels are at your own expense unless otherwise specified in the daily tour itinerary. Princess is pleased to offer pre-paid meal packages for the land portion of the Alaska cruisetour. Please contact your Travel Agent or Princess at 1-800-774-6237 for more information. The following is a low-to-high range of what you can expect to pay (in US dollars) for meals in Alaska:
Meals in Alaska Range
Breakfast entrée $9 – $14
Appetizer $6 – $16
Soup & Sandwich $9 – $14
Deluxe Hamburger $10 – $13
Salmon dinner $26 – $37
Steak dinner $26 – $33
Dessert $4 – $10
  • Note: Price ranges are approximate and subject to change. Princess will make every effort to meet your special requests for low-sodium, low-fat, low sugar and vegetarian diets. Ask to see the Food and Beverage manager or Hotel Services Manager at your lodge or hotel to communicate your needs.
  • Tipping
    Gratuities are not included during the land portion of your cruisetour. Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. Below are suggested ranges (in US dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate. Please extend any gratuities on an individual basis, not as a group.
Service Gratuity
Meals Average 15% gratuity for server (gratuity is included in pre-paid meal plans)
Driver Guides and Train Staff $2.00 (half-day of service per person),
$4.00 (full-day of service per person)
Escorted Tour Director $5 – $7 (per person, per day)
Housekeeping $2.00 per room per night
Princess Tours® Land Excursion Guide 10 – 20%
  • Electricity Information
    The US operates on a 110-volt system, and uses a plug with two flat parallel prongs. Most US electrical outlets will have a third round, ground hole. A two-prong plug will still work in a three-hole outlet. If you are traveling from outside the US, you may need a plug adapter and/or voltage converter for electronic devices.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Given the areas through which you will be traveling, wireless reception may be limited or in some cases, non-existent. Please take this into consideration prior to your departure so that your family and friends are aware. Contact your cell phone carrier to determine limitations and services that exist in Alaska and Canada.
  • Traveling with Children
    While traveling in Alaska with infants or children, it is prohibited for the operator of a motor vehicle to transport any person under the age of 16 if they are not secured in that vehicle using a safety device approved by the US Department of Transportation. Alaska law requires that infants and children under the age five be secured in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or other child restraint system. Children and teens five to 16 years of age must be secured using a safety device which is appropriate for that person. It is imperative that you bring any device, beyond a seat belt, that you deem necessary to properly secure your child. Some land or shore excursions utilize smaller vehicles and will require you and your child to be secured while traveling. This includes tours into Denali National Park.
  • Climate
    Cruisetours cover a broad range of destinations with an equally wide variety of weather possibilities, so we suggest you bring clothes that are suited to layering. This will offer the greatest flexibility in adapting your clothing to the conditions of the day.
  • This average low/high temperature chart will give you an idea of what to expect:
  • Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit)
Destination May June July August September
Coastal Alaska/British Columbia: Mild summers, frequent rain 46/54 54/62 58/66 56/64 48/55
Interior Alaska/Interior Canada: Sometimes hot/dry in summer 48/70 55/70 61/90 56/80 45/60
  • Altitude
    Many guests have concerns about the altitude encountered during their journeys. The following chart shows the maximum elevations you will encounter on your cruisetour:
Location Highest Altitude
Denali National Park 3,900 ft. (Tundra Wilderness Tour)
2,800 ft. (Natural History Tour)
Copper River cruisetours 4,068 ft. (to and from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge)
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge 1,040 ft.
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge 1,600 ft.
Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge 920 ft. (Turnagain Pass)
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge 720 ft.
Anchorage 101 ft.
Fairbanks 440 ft.
  • Insects
    Take measures to avoid being bitten by insects and wear light colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs. Regularly apply an insect repellent.
  • Wildlife Encounters
    You may encounter some of Alaska’s abundant wildlife while ashore. We strongly suggest you keep a good distance from wildlife to avoid danger, and never attempt to touch or feed any of the animals you may see from the ship or while ashore.

    • Pre Pay Land Excursions
      • Princess is pleased to offer you the ability to purchase your excursions for the land portion of your cruise tour using the Cruise Personalizer at princess.com. Included is a list of land excursion options customized to best fit your itinerary with detailed information about each excursion. When you are ready to purchase your land excursions, go to the Cruise Personalizer  and have your booking number and credit card information ready to enter. Princess accepts Princess Visa, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diner’s Club. Confirmed excursions can be viewed at any time in your detailed itinerary in the Cruise Personalizer and will also be listed on your Welcome Envelope that you’ll receive at each cruise tour location during your Princess Land & Sea Vacation. Land excursions may be cancelled up to three (3) days prior to travel without a cancellation fee. Cancellations made within three (3) days of travel are 100% non-refundable. Note that excursion availability is based on cruise tour date, capacity limitations and suitable weather conditions. Land excursions are subject to change at any time and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to book early as space is limited and flightseeing tours in particular may not be available right up to tour departure date. Prior to travel, print your Travel Itinerary which will have a list of all your confirmed land excursions. Make your cruise tour with Princess an even more memorable one and purchase your land excursions today.
      • Note: For those guests without internet access or requiring assistance, you may call 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237). All phone reservations must be received five days prior to your cruisetour departure date and all cancellations must be received three days prior to your cruisetour departure date.
      • Cancellation Policy
        Alaska Land Excursions, purchased through the Cruise Personalizer, may be cancelled up to three days prior to travel without any cancellation fees.  Land Excursions cancelled prior to the cancellation deadline will be refunded to the credit card that you provided in the Cruise Personalizer to purchase your tours.  Excursions cancelled within three (3) days prior travel are subject to a 100% cancellation fee, unless the operator, at their sole discretion, is unable to operate the program due to unforeseen circumstances.  All sales of tours booked while on your land tour are considered final at the time of purchase and are 100% non-refundable except in the case of an operator approved cancellation.
      • Children
        Provided that children are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, there is typically no minimum age required on most excursions. Children’s prices are available for most tours; in most cases there is no charge for children under the age of two, provided they do not occupy a seat. Individuals under 18 may be required to provide parental written consent if attending the tour alone. For tours involving travel by van, children under the age of five or who weigh less than 40 lbs. must be seated in a child safety seat. (Federal Law does not require child safety in motorcoaches).
        On helicopter tours, children need to be two or older and require their own seat. On fixed-wing flightseeing tours, children under 24 months of age are considered lap infants and may ride free of charge.
      • Clothing
        Given Alaska’s fluctuating climate, we strongly suggest you dress in layers and wear comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes or sturdier shoes for activities such as hiking. You might want to bring a fold-up umbrella and a light jacket in your carry-on. Bringing sunglasses on your excursion is highly recommended.
      • Conditions
        In selling tickets (including coupons or vouchers) or otherwise promoting or making arrangements for excursions – whether for air, land or local water transportation; tours; sports or any other recreational activities; shore accommodations or meals or for any service, facility or activity other than onboard Princess ships – Princess acts only as agent for the independent tour operator supplying such excursions or services. Participation by a guest on excursions is conditioned upon such guest’s acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth in the Passage Contract, the excursion ticket and, depending on the activity, other documents which, among other things, expressly release Princess from any liability for such participation. Participation may also be subject to the independent tour operators’ own terms and conditions.
      • Excursion Departure Times
        Guests are requested to report to the specified departure location at least ten minutes prior to the time designated on your Welcome Envelope or tour ticket. Checking in with our tour desk hosts is encouraged to reconfirm all tour times.
      • Excursions with Limited Participation
        Excursions may be purchased in advance of your departure on a first-come, first-served basis. Many excursions have limited participation and reservations will be processed in the order received. When excursions are fully subscribed, guests are not placed on a waiting list. Guests are encouraged to check in at our tour desks to see if any space has opened up on tours that were previously noted as sold out in the Cruise Personalizer.
      • Fishing Guidelines
        – Conditions and seasonality
        Fish runs are dependent on spawning seasons, weather, river levels, commercial fishing pressure, and numerous other variables. Your fishing location and/or destination could change depending on these conditions and state regulations at the time of your visit. Please remember you have purchased an opportunity to catch fish, not a guarantee to do so. Water conditions vary. Rivers fed by glacier water appear gray due to the high silt content and rivers fed by lake water are clear. The Copper River section features fishing tours on both glacier fed (the Klutina) and clear water (the Gulkana) rivers. Kenai offers clear water fishing on the upper and lower Kenai River. Seasonality of species varies with each river as is mentioned in the tour descriptions.
        – Regulations
        If the Alaska Department of Fish and Game determines that there are not enough salmon entering the river to sustain an adequate regeneration population, the fishing season may be cut back, catch limits decreased, or other similar regulatory rules implemented. In order to conserve salmon and other species, current regulations require you to stop fishing once you have retained the maximum limit by law. Information on Alaska’s current regulations can also be found online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If your tour is not designated as catch and release, your catch can be processed and shipped home for an additional charge. In most cases, this service can be arranged through the fishing guide or the tour company. Due to Alaskan law, the lodges are not allowed to process and/or cook any sport caught salmon. Because of its perishable nature and US Customs regulations, your catch may not be sent outside of the United States in most cases.
        – Licensing
        Fishing licenses are not included in the excursion price. Fishing licenses will be handled locally. We will assist you with arranging a fishing license, either through the guide service, or at the lodge location. Prices for a license will vary depending on the number of days you choose to fish. A one day non-resident sport fishing license is $20. King Salmon require an additional $10 stamp. Go to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for more details on pricing. Children under 16 do not need a fishing license.
      • Flightseeing Excursions
        Due to weight and balance limitations of small aircraft, as well as for your own safety and comfort, flightseeing operators require Princess to provide the individual weights of all our guests. As a result, prior to your flightseeing excursion, lodge personnel will be requesting this information from you so that we can provide it to the flightseeing operator in a timely manner. Helicopters may carry up to 6 guests depending on combined group weight and carry-on items are limited to a camera that can be carried on your lap. Please note, the flight length and amount of time spent on the glacier, shown in the duration section of each tour, are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions.
      • Personal Possessions
        Personal articles should remain at all times under the guest’s custody and control. Be careful that you do not leave your possessions unattended at any time in the vehicle or coach in which you are traveling, unless instructed otherwise. For most flightseeing tours you will be asked to leave behind all carry-on’s and our operators have been instructed to secure these for you while you are on tour.
      • Prices
        The prices for the excursions are in US dollars and subject to change without notice. All quotations made include conveyance according to the itinerary and, where applicable, meals, refreshments, guides, and entrance fees, unless otherwise stated. Children, other than infants in arms, will be charged full fare unless noted otherwise.
      • Refunds
        In the event of any excursion being canceled for reasons beyond our control, a full refund will be made. Land Excursions that were pre-reserved, auto charged and then cancelled due to weather will be refunded using the same credit card used to book your excursions. These refunds will typically be reflected on your credit card statement between 7-10 business days after cancellation. Tours booked while on your land tour are considered final at the time of purchase and are 100% non-refundable except in the case of a cancellation by the vendor. Should any excursion have to be abandoned through force majeure or difficulties en route, the best possible refund will be arranged according to the circumstances.
      • Service
        Princess is dedicated to providing the best tour experience possible for our guests and we work with a number of companies to provide a diverse and entertaining tour product for you to choose from.  Each season excursions that surpass expectations and individual guides who provide excellent service are presented awards.  You can assist us with recognizing outstanding tours and guides by simply completing the short service recognition form available at the sales desks at each sales location.  If you experience a problem while on tour, we ask that you immediately contact one of our local managers so that we can work to resolve it while you enjoy the rest of your vacation.
      • Smoking
        We have a no smoking policy while our guests are on transportation tours of any kind or in an enclosed environment.
      • Tipping
        Tipping is a discretionary matter. However, it is customary, if one is pleased with the tour, to tip the tour guide.
      • Transportation
        The standards of transport vary considerably throughout the state. Air-conditioned coaches are not available in many areas. Guests wishing to travel with friends should all leave together, as this will help the Tour Staff to allocate them space in the same vehicle. For the comfort of all guests, smoking is prohibited aboard the sightseeing vehicles.
      • Wheelchairs
        For guests using wheelchairs, we recommend reserving the accessible sightseeing tours as designated by the wheelchair icon in the Cruise Personalizer. Some tours not designated as suitable for wheelchairs may be adaptable to your unique circumstances depending on your abilities. If a particular tour is of special interest, please inquire as to what limitations exist to see if they apply to you. Wheelchairs are not provided by our Tour Suppliers.
      • Wildlife guarantee
        We cannot guarantee that you will see wildlife. Our Tour Suppliers make every effort to fulfill a tour’s description; however, weather, time of season and other factors beyond our control can affect wildlife sightings and scenic views.
      • Withdrawal of Tours
        The Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw any excursion through lack of demand and to make any alterations that they may deem advisable for the comfort of the guests, bearing in mind the convenience and best interest of each group.
    • Denali National Park Tours
      • Most Princess Alaska cruisetours include an exciting tour through the park; however, Princess offers the flexibility to choose your preferred experience from three unique tour options. Select the appropriate Denali National Park tour experience for you.
      • For cruisetour guests without an included park tour, you may book your tour through Land Excursions by going to the Cruise Personalizer® on princess.com.
      • To change the Denali Park tour on an existing Alaska cruisetour booking, please have your Travel Agent call Princess. If you didn’t use a Travel Agent to book your cruisetour call a Princess Representative at 1-800-426-0442. The price difference will be applied to the booking. Don’t wait; availability is limited. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Not all requests can be accommodated. Changes must be made 14 days prior to departure.
      • Note: No tour operator, including Princess, is authorized to use their own motorcoach inside the park boundary. Sightseeing tours inside of Denali National Park use school buses. Children under 5 years and/or 40 pounds are required to be in a child safety device (car seat) to ride on buses. Guests must bring their own child safety device.
    • What to Bring?
      • Clothing Suggestions
        Alaska is very casual both in the evenings, as well as the day. Casual, active sportswear is the best option, as you will likely be enjoying tours and activities outdoors. You’ll want comfortable clothes and good walking shoes, and the ability to be layered for everything from sunny afternoons to chilly nights. As the weather can be unpredictable, a warm jacket is advisable.
      • Here is a brief listing of suggested items:
      • Daytime
      • Water repellent coat or jacket
      • Rain hat
      • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
      • Lightweight windbreaker
      • Sweaters
      • Pants or shorts
      • Evening
      • Warm coat (temperatures can get lower in the evening)
      • Same attire as worn during the day – casual
      • Other Recommended Items
      • Cameras
      • Binoculars
      • Travel alarm clock
      • Insect repellent
      • Car seat for those traveling with children
      • US National Parks pass (not required)
      • Collapsible umbrella
      • Sunglasses
    • Luggage
      • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion of your vacation, we’ll take care of transporting your luggage from one location to the next.
      • Important luggage reminders:
      • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
      • All Alaska luggage tags for the land portion of your cruisetour will be distributed by Princess Representatives in Alaska. Luggage tags for the cruise portion of your cruisetour should be printed prior to leaving home.
      • Luggage fees imposed by airlines are the responsibility of each guest. Please check with each carrier prior to departure for specific guidelines.
      • Many domestic airline carriers now impose baggage fees for one or more bags and bags weighing over 50 lbs., so check with your carrier regarding weight restrictions.
      • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
      • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
      • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
      • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
      • For guests who have purchased an Air Advantage package, please refer to your detailed itinerary found in the Cruise Personalizer® for additional details regarding luggage.
      • Packing for your Land Tour
        Cruisetours involve many modes of transportation including motorcoaches, trains and sightseeing vehicles so make sure you take only the things you need to ensure comfort for you and your fellow travelers. There are different types of bags to consider for the land portion of your cruisetour.
      • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
      • You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials.
      • Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats.
      • Your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zip enclosure.
      • Wheeled carry on cases that are used to carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches and trains.
      • “Join Me Tonight” Luggage
        You are allowed one piece of “Join Me Tonight” baggage per person on the land portion of your cruisetour. You will simply pack one bag and place luggage where instructed. Our handlers will pick it up and deliver it to your room at the next overnight location on your land tour.
      • This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
      • Items to put in this bag include clothing, sleepwear, nonessential toiletries, extra shoes and anything else you might need at your hotel but do not need access to during the day.
      • “Join Me Onboard” Luggage (for guests who cruise after their land tour)
      • Guests who cruise after their land tour should pack a separate bag for items they will not need on land.
      • This bag is perfect for the items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes, or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is always casual so there is no need for any formal wear.
      • All luggage is delivered to the first destination on your land itinerary. Upon departure from that city, the “Join Me Onboard” tagged bags will be securely stored until they are delivered to your stateroom onboard.
      • “Join Me in Fairbanks/Anchorage” Luggage (for guests who cruise prior to their land tour)
      • Guests who cruise prior to their land tour should pack all the items they used on their cruise and will not need on land in this piece of luggage. After disembarkation from the ship, these bags will be inaccessible until delivered upon your arrival in the final destination of your itinerary.
      • Please identify your chosen pieces of luggage (excluding the one “Join Me Tonight” bag) with the “Join Me” tags based on your final destination.
    • Transportation
      • Rail Travel
        • Government-issued photo identification and boarding information are required prior to embarkation.
        • Storage space is limited; we request that your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zipper enclosure.
        • Please do not bring food for consumption onboard.
        • Smoking is prohibited in the train cars and the outdoor viewing platforms.
Rail Rail Segments Duration Car Type Food Service Other
Direct-to-the-Wilderness Between Whittier and Denali (for service to/from Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge) Approx. 9.5hrs^^ Double-decker glass domed rail cars Dining is available onboard the train^ *Princess Rail Guides provide narration en route
*Gift Shop onboard
*Open-air viewing platform
Direct-to-the-Wilderness Between Whittier and Talkeetna (for service to/from Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge) Approx. 5.5hrs^^ Single-level glass domed rail cars Dining is available onboard the train^ *Princess Rail Guides provide narration en route
*Club car onboard
Princess Rail Service Between Anchorage and Talkeetna; between Talkeetna and Denali Approx. 4hrs^^ Double-decker glass domed rail cars Dining is available onboard the train^ *Princess Rail Guides provide narration en route
*Gift Shop onboard
*Open-air viewing platform
Alaska Railroad Service Between Denali and Fairbanks Approx. 4hrs^^ Single-level glass domed rail cars Dining is available onboard the train^ Alaska Railroad Rail Guide provide narration en route

^Expect to pay prices similar to a hotel restaurant. If meals are included or pre-purchased they will be specified in your itinerary in the Cruise Personalizer®.
^^Travel time is an estimate and varies.

  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • Princess provides trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
  • Motorcoach segments between all points tend to be shorter in duration than rail.
  • Seating aboard the coaches is not assigned, but guests may be asked to rotate throughout each day to allow everyone access to the forward seats.
  • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
  • Coaches are equipped with restrooms.
  • All sightseeing tours inside Denali National Park are operated by the National Park Service concessionaire. No tour operator, including Princess, is authorized to use their own motorcoach inside the park boundary. Sightseeing tours inside of Denali National Park use school buses.
  • Accommodations
    • Hotel Stays
    • Princess utilizes both Princess-owned-and-operated lodges as well as independent 3rd party hotels and your cruisetour could include overnight stays at either.
    • Check-in time for Anchorage and Fairbanks hotels is typically 4 p.m. on the first day of your cruisetour, while check-out time is no later than 11 a.m. on your final day at each lodge or hotel. If you have charged items of a personal nature to your room, please settle your account at least one hour before departure time.
    • You will be assigned a hotel prior to travel. This information will be available in the Cruise Personalizer® 21 days prior to departure and a notification will be sent to your travel agent.
    • Hotels are selected for their location, amenities, staff services or historical significance. In larger cities you will find more modern full-service hotels with televisions and telephones in each room and a choice of restaurants. In smaller cities and in the more remote locations, the hotels, though comfortable, are more rustic and the services are limited.
    • Air conditioning is not available at most hotels.
    • We communicate the bed configuration requested, but bed types are limited and room assignments are at the discretion of the management of each hotel. As a guideline, accommodations for two guests sharing the same room usually consist of one double/queen bed, two twin beds or a double/queen bed with a fold-out couch. Accommodations for the three guest are one double/queen bed with a fold-out couch or rollaway. Accommodations for four guests are two double/queen beds.
    • Smoking is prohibited in the hotel rooms, dining venues and common areas at Princess-owned properties. For other Alaska accommodations, we communicate the smoking or non-smoking preferences, but due to availability, these room types are not guaranteed.
    • Some Alaska hotels do not have elevators. If you have special requests or concerns regarding accessibility, or if you would like to request disabled or easy access hotel rooms, refer to the Special Needs/Access section for instructions and contact information.
    • Shopping
      Each Princess wilderness lodge features a gift shop where you can purchase sundries as well as gifts and souvenirs. For those that purchase items at the gift shop but don’t have room in their luggage, Princess offers our “Ship Shop” program. For your convenience, we offer shipping for your purchases from any of our gift shop locations. A small handling fee will apply in addition to the actual shipping costs, based on local post office rates.
  • Asia Cruisetours
    • Flight Guidelines
      • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
        US & Canada only 800-545-0008
        Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
      • Airport to first hotel transfers
        If you purchased a transfer through Princess, you must provide your air arrival information to ensure that we are able to meet and transfer you.
      • Please add air arrival and departure information into the Cruise Personalizer®.
      • Note: Most flights arrive in Beijing, China between 2 p.m. – 10 a.m. local time.
    • Special Needs/ Access
      • Princess requires notification in advance if you choose to travel with a wheelchair.
      • In general, we request that non-ambulatory guests be accompanied by someone who is able to assist them throughout the duration of the tour. We will request additional information to help us determine how best to meet your needs. Many areas require advance planning to be ready to accommodate wheelchairs and we cannot guarantee your needs will be met in the absence of this information.
      • We have a department designated to assist you in the coordination of these details so that we can provide you with a quality experience. If you have special requests or questions regarding accessibility, please have your travel agent contact Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237. You are required to provide your own wheelchair for travel on land tours.
    • On land in Asia
      • There are important differences between the cruise and land portions of your cruisetour. Please read the following section to better understand those differences.
      • Time Zones
      • China: +8 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or +16 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
      • Currency
      • China: Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
      • Exchange rates fluctuate daily; we suggest you check for the most current exchange prior to your departure. Major credit cards are accepted at hotels, souvenir shops and most venues on tour.
      • Cash Expenses
        Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: non-included meals at your hotel and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge incidentals to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival to establish credit.
      • Meals/Dining
        Daily breakfast (buffet hot and cold selection) is included in your tour, along with select lunch and dinners. We strongly recommend drinking bottled water while in Asia. Visit the Cruise Personalizer® for your detailed itinerary regarding specific inclusions for your tour. Your tour director will also be able to provide you recommendations for meals on your own as well as the hotel concierge.
      • As a reference point in US Dollars, an espresso coffee in a café will cost between $3.50 – $4.25, bottled water about $2, and sandwich $8 – $14 depending on what city you are dining in.
      • Tipping
        Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. The customary end-of-tour gratuities to your tour director, full day touring motorcoach driver, local guides and other service staff are not included, as they are at your discretion.
      • Below are suggested ranges for China to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate.
Service Gratuity
Meals Not expected for service in restaurants
Motorcoach Driver $20 (CNY) or $3 (USD) per person, per day
Escorted Tour Director $48 (CNY) or $7 (USD) per person, per day
Local Guides $34 (CNY) or $5 (USD) per person, per day
Yangtze River Cruise Staff $205 (CNY) or $30 (USD) per person, per day
  • Electricity Information
    China is 220 volts. An international adapter is recommended and can be requested at hotels. A converter plug is not an adapter. In each country electrical receptacles may be different than those used in the US. Please make sure the plug you are using is always through an adapter and converter that fit the outlet properly as an electrical fire can occur with only a converter.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Given the areas through which you will be traveling, wireless reception in Asia may at times be limited or in some cases, non-existent. Please take this into consideration prior to your departure so that your family and friends are aware. Contact your cell phone carrier to determine limitations and services that exist.
  • Traveling with Children
    Due to heightened security, many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a child will be traveling with grandparents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent stating the dates of travel and granting authorization to travel. We suggest that you also contact the appropriate consulates and airlines, who may have additional requirements.
  • The CDC recommends that you speak with your child’s doctor about your travel plans outside of North America. He or she can give you recommendations on which vaccines or medicines are safe for your child. You may also want to consider bringing your child’s car seat, as the availability and quality of such seats abroad may be limited.
  • Climate
    These average low/high temperature charts will give you an idea of what to expect on your cruisetour.
  • Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit)
  • China
Destination March April May September October November
Beiijing 52/31 68/45 80/56 82/62 62/53 50/31
Wuhan 51/38 62/45 72/54 84/68 80/60 54/37
Xian 58/38 69/47 78/56 77/59 67/49 53/37
  • Optional Land Excursions
    • There are no optional land excursions available at this time on Asia cruisetours
  • What to Bring
    • You may experience a broad variety of weather on your cruisetour. We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable clothes for sightseeing while on tour.
    • In China we suggest low-heeled comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, a warm sweater or jacket, a collapsible umbrella as well as an all weather coat. Some venues may restrict entry if clothing is inappropriate or overly casual. Your tour director will inform you in advance as to appropriate dress before visiting these venues.
    • No formal attire is required at any of the hotel properties or restaurants on tour; however smart casual attire is more appropriate for dinners out.
  • Luggage
    • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion or your vacation, your luggage will be transported via motorcoach and delivered to your hotel room. Please check with our airline carrier for luggage allowance/restrictions and guidelines prior to departure.
    • Follow these important luggage reminders:
    • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
    • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
    • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
    • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
    • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
    • Air regulations for domestic air travel in China require that each guest check one suitcase with a maximum weight of 44 pounds on the domestic flights. Weights over 44 pounds may be subject to the excess charges which you will need to pay. These rates vary by carrier and can be as high as 2 USD per pound.
    • Luggage needed during Land Tour
      Pack one bag per person to travel with you on the land portion of your vacation. This piece of luggage should include items you might need at your hotel after check-in but do not need access to during the day. The bell staff will deliver the luggage from the motorcoach to your room and vice versa. Your tour director will give you instructions on where to place your luggage. This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
    • If you are on the Best of China cruisetour, your excess baggage will remain in a secure location at your Beijing hotel during the Xian segment of your tour. We suggest you pack a bag that is manageable for use during the 2-night stay in Xian. If you are on the Best of China cruisetour that includes Shanghai, all of your luggage will travel with you throughout the entire land tour.
    • For the Yangtze Experience cruisetour, you are allowed to bring one bag of 44 lbs. during the Xian, Yangtze River and Wuhan segments of your tour. Any excess baggage will remain in a secured location at your Beijing hotel where you will be reunited with it upon your return.
    • You will be allowed to stow up to two suitcases per person in Beijing.
    • Luggage not needed during Land Tour
      These bags should contain items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is casual so there is no need for any formal wear.
    • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
      You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials. Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, collapsible umbrella and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats. Your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zip enclosure. Wheeled carry-on cases that are used as carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches in Asia.
  • Service
    • An experienced and knowledgeable tour director will personally join you on your travels on the land portion of your vacation, taking care of all the details. A welcome letter with further details will be provided with your room key upon arrival at your first hotel indicated in your itinerary. It should be noted that the tour director does not accompany you on the cruise portion of your vacation.
  • Transportation
    • Motorcoach Travel
      • Princess contracts with trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
      • Seating aboard the coaches is assigned daily. Your tour director will explain the details.
      • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks. Please note some coaches may not be equipped with restrooms.
      • Coaches are comfortable, equipped with PA system and are air-conditioned.
    • Accommodations
      • Hotel Stays
        Hotels are selected for their location, amenities and staff services. Princess communicates bed configuration requests to the hotels, but bed types can be limited and room assignments are at the discretion of the management of each hotel. While we forward the request, non-smoking rooms are not guaranteed. Disabled rooms are available at the hotels but must be requested in advance. Please put the request in writing and fax it to the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4408 at least 30 days prior to your travel. Or if you have questions about the program in general, please call the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4521.
      • Your tour director will provide a key packet upon arrival at each hotel and assist with your hotel questions and check-in information. Credit card check-in/check-out is not necessary unless you plan to charge incidentals to your room (phone calls, room service, etc.). Incidentals must be cleared one hour before departure. As a general rule, check-in time at all hotels is not prior to 4 p.m.
  • Australia Cruisetours
    • Flight Guidelines
      • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
        US & Canada only 800-545-0008
        Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
      • Airport to first hotel transfers
        If you purchased a transfer through Princess, you must provide your air arrival information to ensure that we are able to meet and transfer you. Please add air arrival and departure information into the Cruise Personalizer.®
      • Note: Most flights arrive in Sydney, Australia between 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. local time.
    • Special Needs / Access
      • Princess requires advance notification if you choose to travel with a wheelchair.
      • In general, we request that non-ambulatory guests be accompanied by someone who is able to assist them throughout the duration of the tour. We will request additional information to help us determine how best to meet your needs. Many areas require advance planning to be ready to accommodate wheelchairs and we cannot guarantee your needs will be met in the absence of this information.
      • We have a department designated to assist you in the coordination of these details so that we can provide you with a quality experience. If you have special requests or questions regarding accessibility, please have your travel agent contact Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237. you are required to provide your own wheelchair for travel on land tours.
    • On land in Australia
      • There are important differences between the cruise and land portions of your cruisetour. Please read the following section to better understand those differences.
      • Time Zones
      • Cairns, Port Douglas and Sydney:  +10 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or +18 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
      • Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and Darwin: +9.5 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or +17.5 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
      • Note: Sydney observes daylight savings time and will be +19 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST) during the Australian Summer months, December – February.
      • Currency
        All additional expenses will be paid in Australian Dollars (AUD). Exchange rates fluctuate daily; we suggest you check for the most current exchange prior to your departure.
      • Cash Expenses
        Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: non-included meals at your hotel and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge incidentals to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival to establish credit.
      • Meals/Dining
        Daily breakfast (buffet hot and cold selection) is included in your tour, along with select lunch and dinners. Visit the Cruise Personalizer® for your detailed itinerary regarding specific inclusions for your tour. Your tour director will be able to provide you recommendations for meals on your own as well as the hotel concierge. As a reference point in Australian Dollars, an espresso coffee in a café will cost about $4, bottled water $2, and sandwich $8 – $12 depending on what city you are dining in.
      • Tipping
        Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. Below are suggested ranges (in Australian dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate. The customary end-of-tour gratuities to your tour director and full day touring motorcoach driver are not included, as they are at your discretion.
Service Gratuity
Meals Average 10% gratuity for server in upscale restaurants
Motorcoach Driver $4 (AUD per person, per day)
Escorted Tour Director $5 – $7 (AUD per person, per day)
Taxi Drivers Do not expect tips
  • Electricity Information
    Australia is 240 volts, 50 cycles AC designed for three flat pins. An international adapter is recommended and can be requested at hotels. A converter plug is not an adapter. Please make sure the plug you are using in Australia is always through an adapter and converter, as an electrical fire can occur with only a converter.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Given the areas through which you will be traveling, wireless reception may be limited or in some cases, non-existent. Please take this into consideration prior to your departure so that your family and friends are aware. Contact your cell phone carrier to determine limitations and services that exist in Australia. In Australia the emergency dial is 000 (not 911). This will link you to the ambulance, fire and police services. Phone cards are also available from selected newsagents and stores. Public phones accept credit cards and should you need call assistance dial 013.
  • Traveling with Children
    Due to heightened security, many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a child will be traveling with grandparents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent stating the dates of travel and granting authorization to travel. We suggest that you also contact the appropriate consulates and airlines, who may have additional requirements.
  • The CDC recommends that you speak with your child’s doctor about your travel plans outside of North America. He or she can give you recommendations on which vaccines or medicines are safe for your child. You may also want to consider bringing your child’s car seat, as the availability and quality of such seats abroad may be limited.
  • Climate
    This average low/high temperature chart will give you an idea of what to expect on your cruisetour.
  • Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit) 
§  Destination December January February
Alice Springs/Ayers Rock (Uluru) 98/70 92/72 92/72
Cairns/Port Douglas 92/74 92/78 92/78
Great Barrier Reef – Average Ocean Temperature 86 88 88
Darwin/Kakadu National Park 96/80 94/80 94/80
Sydney 80/64 82/66 82/68

In the tropics humidity can often be high and the weather transitional. Protect against sunburn at all times, strong sun block should be applied regularly and hats are highly recommended.

  • Optional Land Excursions
    • There are no optional land excursions available at this time on Australia cruisetours.
  • What to bring
    • You may experience a broad variety of weather on your cruisetour. We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable clothes for sightseeing while on tour. In the tropics, shorts, sunglasses, swimsuit, small travel umbrella, comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle will make your touring days comfortable. In the Outback, temperatures cool at night and a light jacket and casual pants may be needed. No formal attire is required at any of the hotel properties or restaurants on tour. If you plan on doing an optional scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef, you will need to be certified by a recognized program (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI) and show proof of certification.
  • Luggage
    • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion or your vacation, your luggage will be transported via motorcoach or by truck and delivered to your hotel room. Please check with your airline carrier for luggage allowance/restrictions and guidelines prior to departure.
    • Follow these important luggage reminders:
    • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
    • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
    • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
    • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
    • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
    • For domestic Qantas flights within Australia, you are allowed to check one piece of luggage per person, not to exceed 50 lbs per bag. One piece of carry-on baggage is allowed, not to exceed 15 lbs. If you have more than one checked bag you will be required to pay a $40 (AUD) excess baggage fee per additional bag for each domestic flight segment.
    • If you have more than 50 pounds, a heavy surcharge of $30 AUD fee will be assessed. Please note: baggage fees are subject to change by the airlines at any time. These prices are accurate as of 2013.
    • Luggage needed during Land Tour
    • Pack one bag per person to travel with you on the land portion of your vacation. This piece of luggage should include items you might need at your hotel after check-in but do not need access to during the day.
    • The bell staff will deliver the luggage from the motorcoach to your room and vice versa. Your tour director will give you instructions on where to place your luggage.
    • This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
    • Luggage not needed during Land Tour
    • You will be allowed to stow one suitcase per person in Sydney while you are on the land portion of your vacation that will be reunited with you in Sydney when you return.
    • This bag should contain items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes, or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is always casual so there is no need for any formal wear.
    • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
    • You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials.
    • Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, insect repellent, and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats.
    • Your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zip enclosure.
    • Wheeled carry on cases that are used to carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches in Australia.
  • Service
    • An experienced and knowledgeable Australian tour director will personally join you on your travels on the land portion of your vacation, taking care of all the details. A welcome letter with further details will be provided with your room key upon arrival at your first hotel indicated in your itinerary. It should be noted that the tour director does not accompany you on the cruise portion of your vacation.
  • Transportation
    • Motorcoach Travel
      • Princess contracts with trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
      • Seating aboard the coaches is assigned daily by your tour director.
      • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
      • Coaches are equipped with restrooms, PA system and are air-conditioned.
    • Accommodations
      • Hotel Stays
        Hotels are selected for their location, amenities and staff services. Princess communicates bed configuration requests to the hotels, but bed types can be limited and room assignments are at the discretion of the management of each hotel. While we forward the request, non-smoking rooms are not guaranteed. Disabled rooms are available at the hotels but must be requested in advance. Please put the request in writing and fax it to the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4408 at least 30 days prior to your travel. Or if you have questions about the program in general, please call the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4521.
      • Your tour director will provide a key packet upon arrival at each hotel and assist with your hotel questions and check-in information. Credit card check-in/check-out is not necessary unless you plan to charge incidentals to your room (phone calls, room service, etc.). Incidentals must be cleared one hour before departure. As a general rule, check-in time at all hotels is not prior to 4 p.m.
  • Canada & New England Cruisetours
    • Flight Guidelines
      • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
        US & Canada only 800-545-0008
        Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
      • Airport to first hotel transfers:
        Historic America Cruisetour
        Transfers from the airport to your hotel are on your own. Transfer times vary due to traffic conditions, and taxi/shuttle bus prices can fluctuate, but the following is a guideline to assist you if you make arrangements on your own:
      • Washington National Airport to the Doubletree Hotel – 3 mi, 15 min., $25
      • Washington Dulles Airport to the Doubletree Hotel – 28 mi, 35 min., $60
      • Maple Explorer Cruisetour
        Princess offers transfers for you to purchase. Please provide your air arrival information to ensure that we are able to meet and transfer you.
    • Special Needs / Access
      • Princess requires notification in advance if you choose to travel with a wheelchair.
      • We will request additional information to help us determine how best to meet your needs. Many areas require advance planning to be ready to accommodate wheelchairs and we cannot guarantee your needs will be met in the absence of this information.
      • We have a department designated to assist you in the coordination of these details so that we can provide you with a quality experience. If you have special requests or questions regarding accessibility, please have your travel consultant contact Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237. you are required to provide your own wheelchair for travel on land tours.
    • On Land in Canada and New England
      • There are important differences between the cruise and land portions of your cruisetour. Please read the following section to better understand those differences.
      • Time Zones
        Cruisetours are fully within the Eastern Time Zone.
      • Currency
        Historic America cruisetour: This tour travels within the United States and all additional expenses will be paid in US Dollars.
      • Maple Explorer cruisetour: This tour visits cities and sights all within Canada and additional expenses will be paid in Canadian Dollars. Exchange rates fluctuate daily; we suggest you check for the most current exchange prior to your departure.
      • Cash Expenses
        Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: meals at your hotel and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, non pre-purchased optional land excursions and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge incidentals to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival at your destination to establish credit.
      • Meals/Dining
        Daily breakfast is included in your tour, along with select lunch and dinners. Visit the Cruise Personalizer® for your detailed itinerary regarding specific inclusions for your tour. Your tour director will be able to provide you recommendations for meals on your own.
      • Tipping
        Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. Below are suggested ranges (in US dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate.
Service Gratuity
Meals Average 15% gratuity for server
Motorcoach Driver For the Maple Explorer cruisetour, the gratuity is included. For the Historic America cruisetour, we have a suggested gratuity amount of $4 (per person, per day)
Escorted Tour Director $5 – $7 (per person, per day)
  • Electricity Information
    North America operates on a 110-volt system, and uses a plug with two flat parallel prongs. Most US electrical outlets will have a third round, ground hole. A two-prong plug will still work in a three-hole outlet. If you are traveling from outside the US, you may need a plug adapter and/or voltage converter for electronic devices.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Given the areas through which you will be traveling, wireless reception may be limited or in some cases, non-existent. Please take this into consideration prior to your departure so that your family and friends are aware. Contact your cell phone carrier to determine limitations and services that exist in Canada.
  • Traveling with Children
    While traveling with infants or children, it is prohibited for the operator of a motor vehicle to transport any person under the age of 16 if they are not secured in that vehicle using a safety device approved by the US Department of Transportation. Local law requires that infants under age five be secured in a child safety device suitable for infants, and that children and teens, five to 16 years of age, are secured using a safety device which is appropriate for that person. It is imperative that you bring any device, beyond a seat belt, that you deem necessary to properly secure your child. Some land or shore excursions utilize smaller vehicles and will require you and your child to be secured while traveling.
  • Climate
    This average low/high temperature chart will give you an idea of what to expect on your cruisetour:
  • Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit)
Destination May June July August September October
Gettysburg 74/51 82/60 87/64 84/62 77/55 66/43
Montreal 66/50 54/39
Ottawa 66/49 54/38
Philadelphia 74/54 82/63 87/69 85/67 78/60 66/48
Toronto 68/50 56/39
Washington D.C. 76/57 84/66 88/71 86/70 79/62 68/51
Williamsburg 79/55 86/63 89/67 87/66 82/60 71/48
  • Optional land Excursions
    • There are no optional land excursions available at this time on Canada & New England cruisetours.
  • What to bring
    • You may experience a broad variety of weather while on your cruisetour. We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable clothes for sightseeing while on tour. No formal attire is required at any of the hotel properties.
    • If you are traveling on the Maple Explorer tour, we encourage you to bring clothes that are suited to layering as temperature can fluctuate greatly this time of the year.
  • Luggage
    • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion or your vacation, your luggage will be transported via motorcoach and delivered to your hotel room. Please check with your airline carrier for luggage allowance/restrictions and guidelines prior to departure.
    • Follow these important luggage reminders:
        • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
        • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
        • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
        • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
        • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
  • Luggage needed during Land Tour
    Pack one bag per person to travel with you on the land portion of your vacation. This piece of luggage should include clothing, sleepwear, nonessential toiletries, extra shoes and anything else you might need at your hotel but do not need access to during the day. The bell staff will deliver the luggage from the motorcoach to your room and vice versa. Your tour director will give you instructions on where to place your luggage. This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
  • Luggage not needed during Land Tour
    Guests who cruise after their land tour should pack a separate bag for items they will not need on land. This bag is perfect for the items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes, or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is always casual so there is no need for any formal wear. All luggage is delivered to the first overnight hotel on your land itinerary. Upon departure from that city, the bags will be securely stored on the motorcoach during your tour.
  • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
    You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials. Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats. Your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zip enclosure. Wheeled carry-on cases that are used as carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches.
  • Service
    • An experienced and knowledgeable tour director will personally join you on your travels on the land portion of your vacation, taking care of all the details. A welcome letter with further details will be provided with your room key upon arrival at your first hotel indicated in your itinerary. It should be noted that the tour director does not accompany you on the cruise portion of your vacation.
  • Transportation
    • Motorcoach Travel
      • Princess contracts with trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
      • Seating aboard the coaches is assigned daily by your tour director.
      • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
      • Coaches are equipped with restrooms.
  • Accommodations
    • Hotel Stays
      Hotels are selected for their location, amenities and staff services. Princess communicates bed configuration requests to the hotels, but bed types can be limited and room assignments are at the discretion of the management of each hotel. While we forward the request, non-smoking rooms are not guaranteed. Disabled rooms are available at the hotels but must be requested in advance. Please put the request in writing and fax it to the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4408 at least 30 days prior to your travel. Or if you have questions about the program in general, please call the Princess Access Office at 661-284-4521.
    • Your tour director will provide a key packet upon arrival at each hotel. Credit card check-in/check-out is not necessary unless you plan to charge incidentals to your room (phone calls, room service, etc.). Incidentals must be cleared one hour before departure. As a general rule, check-in time at all hotels is not prior to 4 p.m.
  • Europe Cruisetours
    • Flight guidelines
      • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
        US & Canada only 800-545-0008
        Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
      • Airport to first hotel transfers
        If you purchased a transfer through Princess, you must provide your air arrival information to ensure that we are able to meet and transfer you. Please add air arrival and departure information into the Cruise Personalizer.
    • Special Needs / Access
      • Princess requires notification in advance if you will be traveling with a wheelchair. In general, we request that non-ambulatory guests be accompanied by someone who is able to assist them throughout the duration of their tour. There are no lift-equipped motorcoaches available and hotels may not have wheelchair accessible rooms. It’s imperative that you bring your own collapsible wheelchair if needed; wheelchairs with air filled tires are better for uneven surfaces which are prevalent in Europe.
      • If you have special requests or questions regarding accessibility, please have your travel consultant contact Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237.
    • On land in Europe
      • While in Europe, exercise the same common sense you would in any large city or unfamiliar place. Carry only small amounts of cash, and keep it in several locations. We recommend that you leave your valuable jewelry, keys and address books at home. Take the necessary safeguards against petty street crime, as it is not uncommon in tourist areas. Essentials like your passport, credit and ATM cards, cash, and travel documents should be kept in a money belt and in your possession at all times or in the hotel safe.
      • Time Zones
    • Europe’s Imperial Treasures – Central European Time +9 hours Pacific Time
    • Classic Italy – Central European Time +9 hours Pacific Time
    • Ring of Kerry – Irish Standard Time +8 hours Pacific Time
    • Swiss Splendors – Central European Time +9 hours Pacific Time
    • Paris & the French Countryside – Central European Time +9 hours Pacific Time

Currency

Swiss Splendors Currency Used
Switzerland Swiss Franc
Europe’s Imperial Treasures Currency Used
Austria Euro
Czech Republic Crown (Koruna)
Germany Euro
Hungary Forint
Classic Italy Currency Used
Italy Euro
Ring of Kerry Currency Used
Ireland Euro
England Pound Sterling

Exchange rates fluctuate daily; we suggest you check for the most current exchange prior to your departure.

  • Cash Expenses
    Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: non-included meals at your hotel and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, non pre-purchased optional land excursions and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge incidentals to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival at your destination to establish credit.
  • Meals/Dining
    Daily breakfast is included in your tour, along with select lunch and dinners. Visit the Cruise Personalizer® for your detailed itinerary regarding specific inclusions for your tour. Your tour director will be able to provide you recommendations for meals on your own.
  • Dinners & Lunches: Please check your itinerary to see where included. Unfortunately we cannot process requests for special meals. Some venues may be able to provide for a special diet, such as vegetarian or salt-free, but this cannot be guaranteed, and where provided, tends to be repetitive. Any special requests usually cost extra. Please advise your Tour Director at the beginning of the vacation of any food allergies or special requests.
  • To help you budget: Approximate cost of soft drink/mineral water/coffee Euro 2.40 – 4.00, sandwich Euro 4.80 – 6.40. Please note that soft drinks and mineral water are often as expensive, if not more expensive than wine or beer in Europe.
  • Tipping
    Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. Below are suggested ranges (in Euro) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate.
Service Gratuity
Meals Average 10% gratuity for server, may be included on the bill
Motorcoach Driver Included
Escorted Tour Director €3 – €5 (per person, per day)
  • Electricity Information
    Voltage requirements can vary throughout Europe. Most continental countries visited will use 220 volts (AC) with two round prongs. England and Ireland use 240 volts with three thick, flat prongs. An international adapter and power convertor is recommended.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Ask your tour director for information, as long-distance calling cards (AT&T/MCI/Bell/Telstra/Telcom, etc.) are not always your best option. If you do use them, please be aware that different access codes apply, depending on the country you are calling from (remember to bring this information with you from home). Hotels will probably make a connecting charge even to toll-free numbers. Various international long distance calling cards or local phone cards may be available at tobacco stores/kiosks/post offices.
  • For your mobile phone to function abroad, remember to activate “roaming” or global network-searching option (but find out the possible tariffs before you leave home, as this commodity can be very expensive).
  • Traveling with Children
    Due to heightened security, many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a child will be traveling with grandparents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent stating the dates of travel and granting authorization to travel. We suggest that you also contact the appropriate consulates and airlines, who may have additional requirements.
  • The CDC recommends that you speak with your child’s doctor about your travel plans outside of North America. He or she can give you recommendations on which vaccines or medicines are safe for your child. You may also want to consider bringing your child’s car seat, as the availability and quality of such seats abroad may be limited.
  • Climate

This average low/high temperature chart will give you an idea of what to expect on your cruisetour.

Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit)

Destination May June July August September October November
Budapest 71/53 77/58 81/61 80/60 72/54
Vienna 71/56 76/61 79/64 79/64 69/56
Prague 67/47 72/53 75/56 76/56 67/49
Munich 65/46 70/51 74/54 74/54 66/48
Berlin 66/49 71/55 75/58 75/58 66/52
Venice 71/56 77/62 82/66 83/65 75/59 65/51 53/41
Florence 75/54 83/61 89/65 89/65 80/59
Rome 73/54 79/61 84/65 85/66 79/62 72/56 63/48
Como 75/59 79/64 79/64 72/57 61/50
Ireland 62/50 64/53 64/53
Zurich 82/42 85/46 84/45 76/40 68/32
Interlaken 68/50 75/55 73/54 68/50 57/43
  • Optional Land Excursions
    • Optional Land Excursions are available upon arrival in each city via your Tour Director.
  • What to Bring
    • We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable, easy-care clothes for the land portion of your cruisetour. Please be aware that when visiting places of religious importance, certain dress codes are required. Kindly show your respect and avoid wearing shorts, bare shoulders, low-cut tops and short skirts (above the knee) if scheduled to visit religious sites. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. An umbrella or rain gear may come in handy. Dress for evening excursions is smart casual; no formal dress required.
  • Luggage
    • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion or your vacation, your luggage will be transported via motorcoach and delivered to your hotel room. Please check with your airline carrier for luggage allowance/restrictions and guidelines prior to departure.
    • Follow these important luggage reminders:
    • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
    • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
    • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
    • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
    • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
    • Luggage needed during Land Tour
    • Pack one bag and place luggage where instructed by your tour director. The bell staff will pick it up and deliver it from your room to the coach each morning you depart your hotel.
    • This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
    • Items to put in this bag include clothing, sleepwear, nonessential toiletries, extra shoes and anything else you might need at your hotel but do not need access to during the day.
    • Luggage not needed during Land Tour
    • Guests who cruise after their land tour should pack a separate bag for items they will not need on land.
    • This bag is perfect for the items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes, or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is always casual so there is no need for any formal wear.
    • All luggage is delivered to the first destination on your land itinerary. Upon departure from that city, the bags will be securely stored and returned to your hotel room the final night of the tour.
    • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
    • You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials.
    • Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats.
    • Your hand-carry tote bag should be a size that is comfortable to carry and should be able to be stowed under your seat. We recommend soft-sided tote bags or backpacks no larger than 17″ x 14″ x 4″ with a zip enclosure.
    • Wheeled carry on cases that are used to carry-on luggage on airlines are too large and are not suitable as hand-carried luggage on motorcoaches and trains.
    • Classic Italy Cruisetour
      All of your luggage will travel with you throughout your land tour. Your Tour Director will provide further instructions. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom within a few hours of embarking the ship.
    • Imperial Treasures Cruisetour
      All of your luggage will travel with you throughout your land tour. Your Tour Director will provide further instructions. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom within a few hours of embarking the ship.
    • Paris & French Countryside Cruisetour
      All of your luggage will travel with you throughout your land tour. Your Tour Director will provide further instructions. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom within a few hours of embarking the ship.
    • Ring of Kerry Cruisetour
      Please note that the luggage allowance on the flight from Cork to London is 44 pounds per person. You will be required to pay for excess weight at check-in if the luggage accompanies you on the flight. Please have a credit card or other funds available for this process. Excess baggage fees range from 10-11 USD per pound. Air tickets for this flight will be given to you by your Tour Director. As an alternative, excess luggage may be transported separately by land and sea from Ireland to Southampton by the tour operator. If you choose this complimentary option, your excess luggage will be collected on your final morning in Killarney and will meet you in your stateroom after embarkation.
    • Swiss Splendors Cruisetour
      All of your luggage will travel with you throughout your land tour. Your Tour Director will provide further instructions. Your luggage will be delivered to your stateroom within a few hours of embarking the ship.
  • Service
    • An experienced and knowledgeable tour director will personally join you on your travels on the land portion of your vacation, taking care of all the details. A welcome letter with further details will be provided with your room key upon arrival at your first hotel indicated in your itinerary. It should be noted that the tour director does not accompany you on the cruise portion of your vacation. Local guides are used as well for their unique perspective and experience in their areas of expertise.
  • Transportation
    • Motorcoach Travel
        • Princess contracts with trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
        • Seating aboard the coaches is rotated daily.
        • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
        • Coaches are equipped with restrooms. Due to limited maintenance facilities, we ask that the restroom be used for emergency situations only.
  • Accommodations
    • Hotel Stays
      While we communicate specific requests, bed types and room locations can be limited; therefore room assignments are at the discretion of hotel management. While the requests are communicated, non-smoking rooms are not guaranteed. As a general rule, check-out is before noon and check-in is after 4:00 p.m. Air conditioning is not available at some hotels.
    • Shopping
      Sales tax or VAT (value added tax) is already included on price tags; VAT refunds, if applicable, may take up to three months to process. In order to obtain VAT refunds, special forms usually have to be stamped by customs. Please check with stores at time of purchase for information.
    • Shopping Specialities:
        • Austria: Swarovski silver crystal, Viennese enamel jewelry, Geiger lodenware
        • Czech Republic: Bohemian crystal, artistically designed multicolor glass, linen, classical music CDs
        • Germany: wood carvings and religious items (Bavaria), cuckoo clocks (Black Forest), glass, crystal, Meissen and Rosenthal porcelain, knives and scissors (Solingen), Christmas decorations (Saxony), toys (Nürnberg)
        • Hungary: peasant embroidery, Herend porcelain, paprika
        • Italy: craftwork, designer goods
        • Ireland: Aran sweaters, Donegal tweed jackets, Waterford crystal
  • Note: Anyone purchasing counterfeit items such as CDs/DVDs, bags, wallets, watches, sunglasses, etc. risk a substantial fine (equivalent to thousands of dollars); plain clothes policemen circulate in crowds.
  • South America CruiseTours
    • Flight guidelines
      • To report delays en route (flight/weather)
        US & Canada only 800-545-0008
        Outside US & Canada 661-284-4410
      • Airport departure taxes may apply in Santiago, Lima, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and are payable in local currency. These will be the responsibility of the guest.
      • All U.S.,  Australian, Mexican and Albanian citizens entering Santiago, Chile,through the International Airport must pay a reciprocity fee before passing through customs. It’s very important to know that this fee cannot be paid in advance and must be paid by every person directly at the Immigration Office at the International Airport. It must be paid in USD by cash or credit card (American Express or Visa) or American travelers checks. Amounts are subject to change without previous notice and are as follows:
Santiago Fees
U.S. citizens n/a
Australian citizens $95.00 per person – the fee is valid for 3 months
Mexican citizens $23.00 per person – the fee is valid for 3 months
Albanian citizens $30.00 per person – the fee is valid for 3 months
  • Argentina Reciprocity Fee
  • Canadian, and Australian passport holders visiting Argentina are required to pay a reciprocity fee online.
  • This fee must be paid by credit card prior to your cruise and is required regardless of whether you choose to remain onboard or go ashore. The reciprocity fee amounts are as follows:
U.S. citizens n/a
Canadian citizens $92.00 USD per person for multiple entries for 10 years.
Australian citizens $100.00 USD per person valid for multiple entries for 1 year.
  • Once paid, print and bring the electronic ticket with you to cruise check-in. Please note, the ticket reads “TASA DE RECIPROCIDAD” at the top and has a bar code at the bottom. Do not pack the reciprocity document in your checked luggage, as you must present the ticket with an official bar code at cruise check-in or risk being denied boarding.
  • Special Needs / Access
    • Princess requires advance notification if you will be traveling with a wheelchair. In general, we recommend that non-ambulatory guests be accompanied by someone who is able to assist them throughout the duration of their tour. There are no lift-equipped motorcoaches available and hotels do not have wheelchair accessible rooms. It’s imperative that you bring your own collapsible wheelchair if needed. If you have special requests or questions regarding accessibility, please have your travel agent contact Princess Cruises at 1-800-774-6237.
    • Iguazu Falls Experience and Iguazu Falls Adventure
        • Touring in Argentina does not involve a considerable amount of walking , but guests who depend on wheelchairs for mobility or who require assistance walking, will find it difficult to participate in some sightseeing.
        • The Argentinean side of the Falls is accessible; the Brazilian side is not.
  • Machu Picchu Explorer
        • If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, you should consult your doctor first.
        • Cusco has an elevation of 11,203 feet above sea level.
        • At Machu Picchu there are approximately 200 steps to walk up, so you must be in good general health to do this tour. It is not wheelchair accessible.
  • On land in South America
    • While in South America, exercise the same common sense you would in any large city or unfamiliar place. Carry only small amounts of cash, and keep it in several locations. We recommend that you leave your valuable jewelry, keys and address books at home. Take the necessary safeguards against petty street crime, as it is not uncommon in tourist areas. Essentials like your passport, credit and ATM cards, cash, and travel documents should be kept in a money belt and in your possession at all times or in the hotel safe.
    • Time Zones
      Iguazu Falls Experience and Iguazu Falls Adventure
        • Argentina Time +5 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
        • Brazil Time +6 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Machu Picchu Explorer:
        • Peru Time +3 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • Currency
    Iguazu Falls Experience and Iguazu Falls Adventure:
        • Iguazu Falls & Rio de Janeiro – Brazilian Real
  • Machu Picchu Explorer
        • Chile – Chilean Peso
        • Peru – Nuevo Sol
  • Cash Expenses
    Unlike cruising, cashless travel does not apply on land. Make sure to have cash and/or a credit card and valid ID on hand. Additional expenses will include and are not limited to: meals at your hotel and elsewhere, room incidentals, shuttle services, laundry, and gift shop purchases. If you wish to charge meals, drinks or phone calls to your hotel room, stop by the front desk upon arrival at your destination to establish credit.
  • Meals/Dining
    Daily breakfast is included in your tour, along with select lunch and dinners. Visit the Cruise Personalizer® for your detailed itinerary regarding specific inclusions for your tour. Your tour director will be able to provide you recommendations for meals on your own. Included dinners generally feature beef options, please provide any dietary needs to your tour director the day of arrival.
  • Following is a general price range of what you may expect to pay for meals (in US dollars):
Meals in Rio de Janeiro Range
Lunch $20 – $40 per person
Dinner at hotel restaurant $20 – $40 per person (drinks not included)
Meals in Iguazu Falls Range
Lunch: Sandwiches or salads in the snack bar $25 – $30 per person
Dinner $25 – $60 per person (drinks not included)
Meals in Buenos Aires Range
Lunch $10.00 – $15.00 per person
  • Tipping
    The customary end-of-tour gratuities to your tour director and motorcoach driver are not included, as they are at your discretion. Gratuities are a personal matter and an expression of appreciation for genuine, personal service provided by knowledgeable and creative professionals. Below are suggested ranges (in US dollars) to assist you in determining what gratuity amount is appropriate.
Service Gratuity
Meals Average 10% gratuity for server, may be included on the bill
Motorcoach Driver $1 – $3 (per person, per day)
Escorted Tour Director $3 – $5 (per person, per day)
  • Electricity Information
    Electricity in Argentina, Peru and Chile is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). Wall outlets usually take continental-type plugs, with two round prongs. Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro are 110 volts that use three prongs; two flat and one round. An international adapter and power converter is recommended.
  • Cell Phone Coverage
    Ask your tour director for information, as long-distance calling cards are not always your best option. If you do use them, please be aware that different access codes apply, depending on the country you are calling from (remember to bring this information with you from home). Hotels will probably make a connecting charge even to toll-free numbers. Various international long distance calling cards or local phone cards may be available, so ask your tour director to direct you to the most convenient location to purchase.
  • For your mobile phone to function abroad, remember to activate “roaming” or global network-searching option (but find out the possible tariffs before you leave home, as this commodity can be very expensive).
  • Traveling with Children
    Due to heightened security, many countries have adopted practices to prevent international abductions of children. If a child will be traveling with grandparents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent stating the dates of travel and granting authorization to travel. We suggest that you also contact the appropriate consulates and airlines, who may have additional requirements.
  • The CDC recommends that you speak with your child’s doctor about your travel plans outside of North America. He or she can give you recommendations on which vaccines or medicines are safe for your child. You may also want to consider bringing your child’s car seat, as the availability and quality of such seats abroad may be limited.
  • Climate
    This average low/high temperature chart will give you an idea of what to expect on your cruisetour.

Average Low/High Temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit)

Destination December January February March
Lima 76/66 80/68 81/69 81/68
Cusco 69/43 65/43 65/43 66/43
Machu Picchu 66/45 65/46 64/45 65/45
Santiago 82/52 84/54 84/52 81/48
Rio de Janeiro 84/72 85/74 85/74 82/71
Iguazu Falls 90/65 91/67 90/68 88/65

Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu’s rainy season is December – March.

Altitude
Many guests have concerns about the altitude encountered during their journeys. The following chart shows the maximum elevations you will encounter on your cruisetour:

Location Highest Altitude
Aquas Calientes 6,693 ft.
Cusco 11,203 ft.
Lima 490 ft.
Machu Picchu 7,710 ft.
Sacred Valley 9,160 ft.
  • Optional Land Excursions
    • There are no optional land excursions available at this time on South America cruisetours.
  • What to Bring
    • Clothing Suggestions
      We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable, easy-care clothes for the land portion of your cruisetour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. An umbrella or raingear are recommended. Dress for evening excursions is smart casual; no formal dress is required.
    • Here is a brief listing of suggested items:
    • Daytime
      • Water repellent coat or jacket
      • Rain hat
      • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers
      • Lightweight windbreaker
      • Sweaters
      • Pants or shorts
  • Evening
      • Same attire as worn during the day – casual
  • Other Recommended Items
      • Cameras
      • Binoculars
      • Travel alarm clock
      • Collapsible umbrella
      • Sunglasses
  • Luggage
    • All Princess cruisetours include our hassle-free luggage handling service every step of the way. During the land portion of your vacation, your luggage will be transported via motorcoach and delivered to your hotel room. Please check with your airline carrier for luggage allowance/restrictions and guidelines prior to departure.
    • Important luggage reminders:
      • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
      • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
      • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
      • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
      • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.
  • Iguazu Falls Experience Cruisetour
    Please be sure to pack an overnight bag for your stay in Iguazu Falls. All other luggage will be stored at the hotel in Rio de Janeiro. The checked baggage allowance on the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls is 50 pounds per person. One piece of carry-on baggage is allowed not to exceed 11 pounds.
  • It is important to remember to keep all valuables, medications and documents, including your passport, on your person. Please don’t pack your airline tickets or cruise documents in your checked luggage.
  • Iguazu Falls Adventure Cruisetour
    All of your luggage will travel with you throughout the entire land tour. The checked luggage allowance on the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls is 50 pounds per person. One piece of carry-on bag is allowed not to exceed 11 pounds. The checked baggage allowance on the flight from Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires is 33 pounds per person. One piece of carry-on luggage is allowed not to exceed 6 pounds. Princess Cruises will pay for any overweight checked luggage fees up to 50 additional pounds per person.
  • It is important to remember to keep all valuables, medications and documents, including your passport, on your person. Please don’t pack your airline tickets or cruise documents in your checked luggage.
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Cruisetour
    You are allowed a checked bag not to exceed 44 pounds per person on the flight from Lima to Cusco and vice versa. All other luggage will be stored in Lima where you will reunite with it when you return. The checked baggage allowance on the flight from Lima to Santiago is 50 pounds per person. One piece of carry-on luggage is allowed.
  • Please follow these recommendations for packing:
  • Luggage needed during Land Tour
      • Pack one bag and place luggage where instructed by your tour director. The bell staff will pick it up and deliver it from your room to the coach each morning you depart your hotel.
      • This bag will be transported separately from you and will not be accessible during transit.
      • Items to put in this bag include clothing, sleepwear, nonessential toiletries, extra shoes and anything else you might need at your hotel but do not need access to during the day.
  • Luggage not needed during Land Tour
      • Guests who cruise after their land tour should pack a separate bag for items they will not need on land.
      • This bag is perfect for the items you may need on your cruise but will not need on your land tour, such as formal wear, dress shoes, or dinner jackets. On the land portion of your cruisetour, the dress code is always casual so there is no need for any formal wear.
      • All luggage is delivered to the first destination on your land itinerary. Upon departure from that city, the bags will be securely stored and returned to your hotel room the final night of the tour.
  • Hand-Carry Tote/Backpack
      • You’ll want this bag with you every step of the way, so include only the essentials.
      • Items to pack in this bag include travel documents, photo ID, important medication, toiletries, camera, and any extra layers of clothing such as jackets or hats.
      • It is important to remember to keep all valuables, medications and documents, including your passport, on your person. Please don’t pack your airline tickets or cruise documents in your checked luggage.
  • Service
    • An experienced and knowledgeable tour director will accompany you on your travels, taking care of all the details. Included meals will be noted on your itinerary. The tour directors will do their utmost to accommodate individual preferences within the pre-reserved times. Unless otherwise stated, he or she accompanies you throughout your land travels, but does not accompany you on any flight between the cruise and tour, or on your Princess cruise. Local guides are used as well for their unique perspective and experience in their areas of expertise.
  • Transportation
    • Motorcoach Travel
      • Princess contracts with trained and knowledgeable drivers for your motorcoach travels.
      • Ample stops are made for photo and rest breaks.
      • Coaches are equipped with restrooms.
  • Accommodations
    • Hotel Stays
      While we communicate specific requests, bed types and room locations can be limited; therefore room assignments are at the discretion of hotel management. While the requests are communicated, non-smoking rooms are not guaranteed. As a general rule, check-out is before noon and check-in is after 4 p.m.
    • Shopping
      Santiago shopping highlights include leather goods, shoes, cashmere sweaters and wine.
    • The handicrafts in Peru are highly prized throughout the world. A large variety of silverware, alpaca and vicuna woolen goods and garments in pima cotton can be bought. Original antiquities (“huacos”, ceramics, colonial-era paintings, Inca textiles and metal objects, etc.) which may be considered Peru’s cultural heritage, cannot be taken out of the country.
    • Brazil offers a wide range of shopping options, from the various kinds of handicraft to sophisticated clothing, at very reasonable prices. Beautifully designed jewelry is found with prices much below international standards.

Additional Questions

Cruise Tips, Advice, and Information

  • New England Vacations: Spend a Day in Newport, Rhode Island
    • If you really want to get to know New England, spend a day in Newport, Rhode Island. Known for its famous mansions, breathtaking ocean vistas, countless colonial buildings, and boutiques, Newporthas a style and flavor all its own. On New England vacations, you can cruise the colorful shores of Canada and New England, explore this paradisiacal locale, and take in views of the rocky coastline and seaside beauty that Newport is so well known for.
    • There’s a lot you can see and do when you’re in Newport. If you’re stopping by for the day, put some of these Newport shore excursions at the top of your must-do list:
    • See the Mansions
    • On an excursion, you can step inside The Breakers, considered to be the most impressive (and perhaps imposing) of the Newport mansions. Designed for Cornelius Vanderbilt II by architect Richard Morris Hunt, and completed in 1895, this home cost approximately seven million dollars to construct — an amount that, today, would total over $200 million. You’ll also have the chance to see the Marble House, which boasts over 500,000 square feet of white marble.
    • Or, take a scenic tour of Newport, where you’ll have the chance to see a wide breadth of Newport’s famous mansions. You’ll pass The Elms, the eighteenth-century-style summer residence of the Berwind family, with its enormous gardens and ornate decor; Rosecliff, a mansion that has been used in such films as The Great Gatsby and Amistad; and the Marble house — all before a visit to the Touro synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the United States.
    • Take a Cliff Walk
    • Put on your good walking shoes and stroll along the path between Bellevue Avenue’s palace-like cottages and Newport’s coastline. As you walk, take time to capture some photos of the ocean below you, and the mammoth mansions and manicured lawns that overlook the coastline. Smell the fresh sea water and let your mind drift out to sea. This is a great experience if you want to reflect, and refresh your mind, body, and soul.
    • Take a Ride along Scenic Ocean Drive
    • Known as the “Ten Mile Drive,” Ocean Drive covers much of the southern coastline of Aquidneck Island. One of the most famous Newport attractions, an excursion along this drive is a great way to experience the beauty and to get to know some of the more historically significant aspects of the city. After a light lunch by Newport harbor, you’ll get the opportunity to experience life in the Gilded Age on a tour of The Elms. As you head back to your cruise ship, reflect on the memories you’ve made on these meaningful New England excursions.
    • Looking for more ways to experience Newport? Explore more Newport shore excursions and historic attractions available on a New England cruise with Princess. Adventure into the heart of the region for an unforgettable experience.
  • How to plan a cruise: Five Things to consider when choosing a cabin
    • Whether your idea of a perfect vacation is basking in the warm Caribbean sun or touring destinations along the Mediterranean, the perfect cruise vacation requires a lot of planning. When researching how to plan a cruise, the most important detail (after selecting a destination) is choosing cabin accommodations on the cruise ship. Here are some additional things to consider when planning your next cruise:
    • With whom are you traveling?
    • The people you cruise with will help de­ter­mine the type of cabin you need. Most cruise ships offer staterooms or suites for additional space. Most staterooms have twin low­er beds, which can be combined to make a queen-size bed if you’re cruising with a spouse or significant other. If you’re traveling with friends, consider checking to see if a cabin comes with additional pullman beds. Be sure to look at bed configurations to best suit the dynamics of your group.
    • Where is the cabin located?
    • In addition to choosing the right size of cabin, it’s important to ensure that it’s in the right lo­ca­tion on the ship. Consult your ship’s deck plans to see where the cabins are located. Keep in mind that grand suites in the very back of the ship usually have balconies along with impressive views of the ship’s wake. If you book a for­ward-fac­ing balcony cabin, you will be able to enjoy the same views as the captain.
    • Does noise matter to you?
    • Before selecting a cabin, consider its proximity to dining areas and activities. Depending on your preferences, you may want to be closer to (or further away from) the action on board. When reviewing the ship’s deck plan, get an idea of where the dance floors, bars, dining rooms, pools, and gym centers are located. If you’re a light sleeper, consider booking a cabin away from these traditionally noisy areas.
    • What amenities are important to you?
    • Almost all cruise ship cabins come with satellite TVs and private bathrooms equipped with showers, but beyond that, not all cabins come with the same list of standard amenities. If you opt for a suite, your cabin will likely include multiple TVs, upgraded mattresses, a complimentary minibar, and a spacious closet. Cabin amenities vary depending on the ship, so be sure to review what’s included in your room when booking your cabin.
    • Do you want an unobstructed view of the ocean?
    • Consider the amount of time you plan to spend inside your cabin. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your cabin, a good view of the ocean will be important. Interior staterooms don’t offer ocean views. However, balcony cabins often offer floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a small seating area on a private patio, as do most mini-suites and suites. Ocean-view cabins offer a window but no private balcony that can be partially or fully obstructed depending on the cabin location, so be sure to check if there’s any obstruction.
    • When learning how to plan a cruise, consider these points in order to choose the cabin that suits your needs and preferences. With the ideal location and room size, your perfect vacation is bound to be a success.
    • Booking your dream cruise is simple. Check out the variety of destinations and excursions you can experience today!
  • How to plan a vacation with your entire family
    • Between long work hours and the miles that separate you, it can be tough to keep in touch with your family. It’s not that you don’t want to get together with Mom, Dad, and your siblings, but squeezing the entire family into one home for a few days can be tough. How can you spend meaningful time with everyone you love and still get the relaxation and piece of mind you crave?
    • Thankfully, there’s an answer to this question that everyone can get behind: plan a vacation for the group. Cruises make for perfect group vacations because they offer a variety of activities that you can do together, as well as plenty of things that you can experience on your own. And, with three meals a day taking place onboard, you’ll have plenty of family meals (none of which you need to cook) so you can spend more time on a lounge chair or exploring a port.
    • Ready to start planning your family group getaway? With the help of these four simple tips, you and your family will be on your way to the time of your lives:
      • Pick a Time to Discuss the Details
        Vacation planning can get complicated, so you’ll want to choose a time when everyone can sit together and discuss the details of your upcoming trip. Consider taking time to plan your cruise during the holidays, when most people usually gather in one place. Even if one or two family members can’t be present, you’ll still have enough to discuss relatives to discuss it with — and you can always call the missing members, or use Skype to get them involved.
      • Have Suggestions Ready
        Make sure you are prepared before you open up the discussion. Take a look at possible cruise destinations, locations from which the different ships depart, general prices, and the dates and durations of cruises you’d love. Also, consider where the members of your family live: For example, if the majority of the family lives on the west coast, a cruise out of Los Angeles or Seattle might be best.
      • Discuss a Season and a Date
        Present your family with your ideas, and see which itineraries seem most popular. Once you have narrowed down your destinations, settle on a season during which you would like to cruise. Some itineraries may be more flexible than others — for instance, you can sail to Mexico nearly any time of the year, but you can only cruise to Alaska between late spring and early fall. Narrow your options down to just a few before your family disperses.
      • Talk to a Vacation Planner
        Keeping all the information you gathered at hand, contact a group vacation planner. With one phone call, you can get the best group prices available, advice on which cruise would be best, and transportation information. You can even make arrangements to celebrate any special occasions — such as Grandma’s birthday — during your voyage. You won’t need to do anything else to plan a vacation, regardless of how many family members are going.
    • Interested in taking a meaningful trip with your loved ones? Tweet us your thoughts, or share them on Facebook.
  • Plan a vacation with these 5 common travel and cruise questions
    • Getting ready to plan a vacation? If you’re eager to head out on a meaningful adventure but have questions about when to book, where to go, and what to wear, you’re not alone. Thousands of people ask the same questions every year before planning a cruise or destination vacation. Fortunately, there are tips that can help you plan your dream getaway. Here are answers to five of the most frequently asked questions about travel and cruising:
    • How Far in Advance Should I Book?
      • There’s no simple answer to the question of when to book your vacation. That’s because it depends on multiple variables, ranging from your destination and chosen type of travel, to airfare prices and the size of your group. If you’re working with specific dates, plan ahead: Book international travel about four months early, and book about three months ahead of time for domestic travel. If you want to plan a vacation during a popular holiday or travel period, be sure to book even further in advance than that.
    • When Is the Best Time to Cruise?
      • The best time of year to cruise depends on your destination. If you plan to cruise Alaska, do so between May and September to avoid the extra chill. And while you can cruise the Caribbean throughout the year, the best months to travel are December through April, when the islands are dry and comfortably warm. Hawaiian cruises are best in spring, and if you’re heading to Mexico, go between December and April if you want to avoid rainy days.
    • Do I Really Need to Purchase Travel Insurance?
      • Insurance is always a good idea if you have invested a lot of money in your ticket. After all, travel is unpredictable: There are trip interruptions, flight cancellations, baggage losses, and medical problems that can occur. So, while you don’t need to purchase travel insurance, paying a bit extra to secure yourself, your belongings, and the money you paid for your ticket is a smart thing to do before you travel.
    • What Should I Wear?
      • First-time travelers and cruisers might wonder what to wear on vacation. For warm, land-based resorts and cruises, casual attire (such as shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals, and sundresses) is perfect. For cruises that travel to colder destinations, be sure to pack long pants, a jacket, and a sweater. When it comes to evening wear, bring dress clothes with you — such as cocktail dresses, heels, dress pants, dress shoes, suit jackets, and button-down, long-sleeved shirts. Many cruise lines and resorts have mandatory dress codes for dining.
    • What Are the Best Travel Destinations?
      • The best travel destinations are those that are meaningful to you. If you love sunshine, you’ll adore vacations to Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia, and South America. Those who enjoy history, landmarks, and museums may prefer exploring Alaska or Europe. The beauty of travel is that you get to decide where your next adventure will take you — so plan a vacation that speaks to your passions, and you’ll come back new.
  • Cruise Activities Galore: 3 Reasons to celebrate your birthday on a cruise
    • A birthday celebration at sea can turn a special day into a meaningful event. Think about it: Instead of just a one-day celebration on land, why not spend an entire cruise celebrating you?
    • Here are three reasons to celebrate your birthday on a cruise:
      • It’s Luxurious. Cruise activities are so much more than shuffleboard, bingo, and shopping alone. While you’re onboard your ship, you can indulge in wine tastings and culinary demonstrations, try your luck at the casino, or catch a movie under the stars. Looking for some revitalization? Some birthday cruise packages include onboard credit that can be used for a relaxing massage or facial. Or you can opt to lounge about in a brand new, cozy waffle robe while sipping your favorite cocktail.
      • It’s Delicious. Speaking of indulgence, there’s no better way to treat yourself than by savoring some fine onboard dining. Visit one of your ship’s many restaurants and cafés to satisfy your craving for fresh sushi and tapas, an amazing burger by the pool, or even a slice of hand-tossed pizza. You can even have a celebratory dinner at one of the specialty dining venues. After enjoying your birthday dinner, head back to your room and enjoy champagne and chocolates, both of which are available in birthday cruise packages.
      • It’s Convenient. Onboard your ship, you can immerse yourself in a new culture, exercise your mind at the library and your body at the fitness center, and then grab a drink and dance — all in one day. Top that with a customized celebration package, and you’re well on your way to your best birthday yet.
    • Birthday cruises make excellent surprises. And with a bit of planning, a simple birthday cruise celebration can turn into an unforgettable party. Whether you choose to celebrate a birthday at sea as a solo passenger, with a special person, or with 100 beloved friends and family, birthday cruise activities can help you create memories that last a lifetime. Head out on a birthday cruise and you’re sure to come back new.
  • A beginner’s guide to meaningful cruises
    • Cruises are filled with world-class experiences, exotic ports of call, fabulous onboard shopping, and adventures that can change your entire outlook on the world.
    • Only on a cruise vacation can you choose to dine on fine cuisine, dance the evening away, fall in love with history, and witness the rise and fall of the sun from atop the ocean. Before you book the cruise that’s perfect for you, ask yourself these three key questions:
    • What Type of Cruise Vacation Are You Looking For?
      • Are you looking for luxury and nonstop VIP-style pampering? Want to spend your time basking in warm tropical sand and sapphire waters, or breathtaking views of icebergs and snowy mountaintops? Want a fun-filled family vacation, or something romantic and intimate? Jot down a list of the desires that would make your cruise vacation meaningful — from cruise destinations you’d like to explore to things you’d love to do — and then start your research. The sooner you figure out what your dream cruise looks like, the sooner you can make it a reality.
    • How Long Should Your Cruise Be?
      • Would a quick getaway from your day-to-day lifestyle melt your stress away, or are you dreaming of a long vacation where you can absorb the culture and history of a unique locale? You’ll find that whether you have a few days or a several weeks, there are cruises that are just right for you. Decide how much time you’d like to spend away, and use that knowledge to guide your search.
    • What’s Your Cruise Budget?
      • When you’re trying to decide on the perfect vacation for you, think about how much money you’d like to spend on the experience, and how much you’d like to set aside for any shopping you’d like to do. The best souvenirs can be the photos, stories, and smiles you share with your loved ones when you return from a Princess cruise — and you’ll have plenty of those to go around.
      • Remember, your cruise experience is about you. With a little planning and research, you’ll find an amazing cruise opportunity, sail the world, and come back new.
  • Food in Vancouver: Cruise to taste the Pacific
    • The Asian and Pacific Northwestern influences on Vancouver, British Columbia, are especially evident in the city’s food scene. With a stunning array of cuisine from different cultures, access to fresh seafood and a strong trend toward “locavore” dining, Vancouver offers a variety of dining options. From casual to fancy, you can find food in Vancouver to satisfy any palate. The city’s dedication to fresh and local means that some dishes might switch in and out from season to season (spot prawns, for example).
    • In addition to culinary delights, Vancouver is also host to a number of distilleries and breweries, while nearby vineyards provide the wine. You can find the perfect pairing to any meal in this town, from dumpling soup to sushi. Before or after you cruise, leave time to enjoy some of the best food in Vancouver.
    • Sample the Seafood in Vancouver
      • Vancouver’s location is prime for fantastic seafood. You’ll find the menus of local restaurants filled with oysters, salmon, prawns, mussels, Dungeness crab, and many other forms of Pacific Northwest seafood.
      • Traditionally an English favorite, fish and chips is a top seller in Vancouver, too. Many Vancouver seafood menus will offer their own versions of this dish made with halibut, a popular fish in this area. However, some restaurants will make it with snapper or salmon as well.
    • Savor Asian Cuisine
      • Much of Vancouver’s food has been heavily influenced by Asian cultures. Some dishes have become especially popular:
      • Essentially Japanese tapas restaurants, izakaya bars have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Locals and visitors alike flock to these venues for the atmosphere, as well as dishes like the pan-fried gyozas and seared mackerel.
      • You don’t have to book a table to get a Japanese-style hot dog. These hot dogs are sold on the street through popular Canadian vendor Japadog. Don’t look for your typical mustard and relish here — these dogs are usually topped with items such as seaweed, kurogoma (black sesame), and wasabi.
      • Authentic Chinesefood. Vancouver is also the place to indulge in authentic Chinese food. Check out one of the city’s Chinese restaurants for soup dumplings, curried beef brisket, and hot pot soup that will transport your taste buds to China.
    • Gorge on Granville Island
      • Whether you take a Coastal cruise or an Alaska cruise, it’s impossible to taste all the local delicacies offered by food in Vancouver before you sail, but you have a good chance of trying many varieties if you head to Granville Island. The enormous market here is known for a selection of ethnic food, as well as fresh fish, bakery goods, and produce. There are tables inside and outside by the water, so everyone in your group can enjoy a snack or meal together.
      • Before you leave Granville Island, be sure to sample some of Vancouver’s famed coffee — a cappuccino here will rival anything you’ll find at home. One sip, and you’ll feel brand new.
      • Ready to plan your cruise from Vancouver? Discover the Pacific Coast cruise that’s perfect for you.
  • 5 Cruise tips for first time (or experienced) cruisers
    • Whether you’re new to cruising or are taking off on your umpteenth cruise vacation, it never hurts to have a little guidance. As cruise ships get more sophisticated, cruisegoers have more and more choices available to them. Where should you go first? What shouldn’t you miss? Follow these five cruise tips, and it’ll be smooth sailing all the way.
    • Packing for Your Cruise
      • The best mantra to follow when you’re packing for your next cruise is this: Pack light. You’ll want to start with the essentials. If your cell phone can take high-quality photos, leave your camera at home. Where clothes are concerned, pack minimally and bring a wrinkle-releasing product that allows you to wear an outfit more than once. And do your research — if your stateroom will already be supplied with a robe and some toiletries, you can leave those things at home as well. Save space so you can travel light and even bring home a souvenir or two!
    • Dining
      • You’ll never go hungry on a cruise ship — and no need to fret over dining options. You can always hit the pizza bar or the buffet if you feel like having a casual evening, or even order room service. A selection of internationally-inspired dining options is always available; don’t feel pressured to make an early decision about whether you’ll want late or early dining on your cruise. One piece of advice, though: If you think you might like to indulge in fine dining, you’ll want to make a reservation ahead of time. Those specialty restaurants tend to book up at the beginning of each cruise.
    • Onboard Activities
      • You won’t need to memorize all the activities and events each day. During turn-down service, your cabin steward will leave you a copy of the Princess Patter, a newsletter that will tell you when the casino opens, the hours for the health and fitness center, what pool the volleyball game is taking place in, daily tips for cruising, and an hourly listing of all other happenings on board.
    • Cruise Shore Excursions
      • One of the most important steps you can take before your next cruise is to do your excursion homework before you depart. It won’t take long to navigate through shore excursions to plan your vacation days. Availability for everyone is not guaranteed on each excursion, so you’ll want to pre-reserve shore excursions early for anything you want. The other advantage to planning in advance is making sure you bring anything that an outing might call for, such as hiking boots or water shoes.
    • Shopping
      • Keep an eye on the Princess Patter and the Princess Shopping Host — available at the tour office and on your stateroom television — before you make purchases. This is where you’ll get insider cruise tips on when there are onboard boutique sales. You can also check with your host about any onshore purchases you are interested in making, that way you’ll get the best bargains and quality.
  • Know Before you go: 5 Handy Cruise Tips
    • Are you new to cruise vacations? Whether you’re exploring a variety of cruise destinations or simply enjoying the amenities on board your cruise ship, knowing some of the ins and outs of cruising before you set out to sea can enhance your entire travel experience. Here are five cruise tips to help you save time and make your trip more meaningful.
    • Plan a Cruise Early
      • Once you decide to take a cruise, you can start planning where you’d like to go and what you want to do. Take time to figure out what kind of cruise works best for you, then try to book as early as you can. Booking early means you’ll have more choices for accommodation, such as a specific area of the ship that you would like to stay in. You can often book six months to a year in advance.
    • Choose Off-Peak Travel Times
      • There are excellent opportunities to cruise throughout the year, but the most budget-friendly times to book are non-holiday periods. And if you’re looking to avoid crowds, you might want to choose an off-peak time such as May or September, when school is in session.
    • Book Shore Excursions Early
      • There is a wide variety of memorable shore excursions to choose from on every cruise. To make sure you get to see all the cities, historic sites, and other attractions you’re interested in, be sure to book as early as possible.
    • Check Customs Regulations
      • Many travelers like to purchase foods and spices from international destinations, but they don’t always get to bring them back home. Be sure to check customs regulations regarding plants, foods, spices, and other items you may consider purchasing on your trip.
    • Arrive a Day Ahead
      • If you’re flying to your port, try to be there a day early so that you’ll easily be able to meet your departure time. That way, you can help avoid potential flight delay issues and spend the extra day relaxing before you set off on your cruise.
      • Enhance your cruise vacation by taking note of these and more insider cruise tips, and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • 5 Reasons Why cruise Vacations are better than resort stays
    • If you’re thinking about your next escape, you may be wondering whether cruise vacations or resort stays are the best option. Though both vacations have something to offer avid travelers, cruises tend to be the most versatile, inclusive, and exciting. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why cruise vacations rule over resort stays:
    • Quality at Your Fingertips
      • Resorts offer activities and experiences to guests, but there’s no level of quality and attention quite like that on a premier cruise line. When you go on a cruise vacation, you have so much more than unique shore excursions to look forward to — on board, you’ll find top-quality Broadway-style shows, musical performances, and casino gaming. In addition to the onboard entertainment, there are also spas, art auctions, poolside activities, and plenty of opportunities to learn. As for the cuisine, a wide array of world-class, internationall-inspired dining options awaits you, including chocolate tastings from famed chocolatier Norman Love. You’ll be surrounded by friendly staff who go that extra mile for you.
    • Something Fun for Everyone
      • Most cruise vacations involve activities for voyagers of every age — from babies and teens, to teens and adults. Whether you want to bring your family abroad for their best family cruise vacation yet, spend time with a best friend or loved one, or just treat yourself to a getaway cruise, you’ll find activities that are guaranteed to inspire. If you’re bringing a family, your children can safely play games and water sports while you try your hand at golf, relax in a spa, or dance the night away. Together, you can make any cruise vacation truly yours.
    • An Ocean View
      • One especially great thing about cruise vacations is that you can enjoy a breathtaking ocean view. After a fun-filled day, cruises offer you the option to lay out on deck and stargaze like you never have before. Take in the illuminated swirl of the cosmos while your cruise ship peacefully glides along the sea. There’s no other experience like it.
    • Excursions and Adventures
      • When you’re cruising, you can take time to hop off your cruise ship on immerseive shore excursions, which allow you to explore select ports. If you want to experience a variety of places, cultures, and cuisines, choose a cruise. Why not cruise to South America and see the amazing Iguazú Falls, or famous Machu Picchu — one of the most important UNESCO sites in Latin America? There are endless opportunities for adventure while on a cruise.
    • A Variety of Experiences
      • Imagine visiting a different country every day. On a cruise, you can visit various islands, cities, and entire countries in a week or two at sea. When you cruise the Caribbean, you can visit Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, and Bahamas all within 10 days. Or, on a South America cruise, visit exotic Rio de Janeiro, explore rainforests in Limon, Costa Rica and enjoy spectacular wine tastings in Santiago, Chile.
      • Cruise vacations are meaningful experiences that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. When you cruise the open sea, exploring ports of call and taking in new cultural experiences with Princess Cruises, there’s no question that you’ll come back new.
  • 5 must try cruise tips to pamper yourself on your next Hawaiian cruise
    • There are few better places than Hawaii for getting away from everything. If you’re one of those types that has trouble letting go of the real world or if you’re just looking for things to do, Princess has a great list of ways to relax in Hawaii. Feel the “aloha spirit” on your next Hawaiian cruise— and give in to the pampering that you deserve with the following five cruise tips for relaxing in Hawaii.
      • Indulge in Luxurious Spa Treatments
        • Relaxing during Hawaiian cruise vacations are musts in our hectic lives. Spoil yourself with a facial, scrub, or massage at the Lotus Spa while you’re aboard your cruise ship. Try the aroma stone therapy, which combines the heat of volcanic stones with traditional massage techniques and warmed aromatic oils. After one visit, you will understand what it means to really relax in Hawaii.
      • Expand Your Horizons
        • There’s nothing more relaxing than trying something new — hula dancing, for example — surrounded by people who are just as excited to learn as you are. Bring your dancing feet and fall in love with elegant storytelling hula. A cruise to Hawaii offers so many possibilities for personal enrichment: Want to learn how to strum a ukulele or take a native language class? You can do that too!
      • Taste the Complex Flavors of Tropical Rum
        • Rum is a beloved spirit of Hawaii, featured in piña coladas and mai tais in bars across the islands. Rum has a complex flavor comprising of caramel and spice notes. Put your taste buds to the test and find your favorite new rum at an on-board rum tasting. What better way to relax in Hawaii than with a drink in your hand?
      • Feast on Island Cuisine
        • The chefs aboard your cruise ship will spoil you with the best flavors of the islands — from local-style ahi tuna poke to kalua pork in ti leaves. Nourish your body with traditional food (and feel free to order a mai tai on the side).
      • Soak Up the Sun
        • Tropical weather is one of a Hawaiian cruise’s biggest draws. Find yourself sunning on the deck of your cruise ship, a drink in one hand and a good book in the other, and give in to the luxury of the tropical sun. You’ll find that the longer you stay, the more your cares and worries will melt away.
    • Whether you are soaking in the sun after an exfoliating facial, or daring yourself to shake a limb in hula class after a rum tasting, as you relax in Hawaii you’ll rejuvenate your spirits — most importantly, you’ll come back new.
  • The Military Cruise Benefit Program Can send you on the cruise of your dreams
    • If you’ve always wanted to embark on an Asia cruise to get a dose of China’s exotic culture or a European cruise to see the splendors of London, there’s surely a Princess Cruise package that fits within your budget, especially if you’re a service member.
    • Princess Cruises is dedicated to providing special discounts to those who have served our country, meaning you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank if you qualify. The Military Cruise Benefit Program can give you the opportunity to book a Europe cruise or a vacation to a region you’ve always dreamt of visiting.
    • Qualifications
      • In order to qualify for the Military Personal Benefit Program, you must have served in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves or the Canadian National Defense Forces. The program is also open to British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Reserves. Active and retired members of these services are also eligible to apply.
      • Those who want to apply for the Military Personal Benefit Program can do so by printing out the request form on the Princess Cruises website. Individuals must also be able to provide proof that they have served or are active members of one of these forces. Once your request is approved, you can embark on the world cruise you’ve been saving for.
    • Restrictions
      • Before you fill out your application for the Military Personal Benefit Program, you might want to consider the restrictions in place. The offer is non-transferable and your application must be received 14 days prior to the departure date of your chosen cruise. You cannot combine the program benefits with casino credits, but it’s possible to combine them with on board credits. However, many of these restrictions are easy to abide by, and a Princess Cruise representative is always willing to speak to you if you have any questions.
    • Onboard credits
      • Onboard credits can help former and current military members sail on the ideal cruise without having to worry about their expenses. Those who receive approval will get a $50 credit for a cruise lasting six days or less. For a trip scheduled for 7-13 days, a credit of $100 will be applied. Service members traveling for more than two weeks get a $250 credit.
      • If you’ve always wanted to experience the luxury of traveling on a cruise, there’s no better way to do so than on a Princess cruise.
  • The Royal Princess is set to launch in June 2013 with endless amenities
    • If you’ve always wanted to take a European cruise vacation to explore the architectural marvels in London or you’ve dreamt of taking a trip to Greece on a Mediterranean cruise, there’s no better way to do so than on a Princess Cruise. While on one of these vessels, you can ensure that you’ll never miss an opportunity to indulge in exotic culture and cuisine.
    • One ship that is in the making is the Royal Princess. Set to launch in June 2013, this highly-anticipated cruise ship has all the works – luxurious dining, live entertainment and activities for the kids. If you’re interested in a Europe cruise or you’ve always wanted to try a Caribbean cruise to relax in the Bahamas, there’s no better way to get there than on the Royal Princess.
    • Royal Princess staterooms
      • Perhaps one of the biggest highlights of the Royal Princess is its staterooms, many of which have balconies that look out onto the ocean, meaning you’ll never miss a sunset. If you book a suite with a balcony, you’ll enjoy two 42-inch flat screen televisions, a separate tub and shower and marble flooring and countertops.
    • Dining
      • Dining on the Royal Princess is another key benefit of traveling on this vessel. There are both casual and private dining options, as well as restaurants offering various cuisines to satisfy your palette. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian food or sushi, you won’t have any trouble finding it on board the Royal Princess.
    • Entertainment
      • While you’re at sea, you won’t have any shortage of entertainment while traveling on the Royal Princess. There are four different lounges on the ship, all of which provide delicious cocktails and the perfect atmosphere to relax. Two theaters, Princess Live! and the Princess Theater, are also slated to be constructed on the vessel and will offer evenings full of live music, game shows and comedy. Princess Live! is designed as a TV studio where broadcast-ready events are on view for the audience.
    • Royal Princess highlights
      • Lounges, bars and restaurants are always welcome accommodations, but there is much more to the Royal Princess that will be exclusive to this Princess ship. The vessel will have an expanded atrium and dining area for those who want a quaint place to unwind. There is also a large top-deck pool where light and water shows will be held each evening, and a new feature – The SeaWalk. This is a glass walkway extended 28 feet beyond the ship for magnificant views of the ocean. The options are endless while you’re on board this ship!
  • Cost of Cruising
    • World cruises are convenient and fun, and they offer nonstop excitement that no other vacation can match. There’s no worrying about where to go to dinner or where to have fun, and best of all, no packing and unpacking to visit the next destination. So how can you afford a world cruise and what can you expect to spend during your cruise?
    • Cruising – what’s included
      • A cruise isn’t an all-inclusive vacation, but it can be a great deal because of what is included in the cruise fare – generally, all meals, snacks, entertainment, games, activities and most sports and fitness activities come in the bundle. Of course, there are many extras you can spend money on, and these can certainly add up at sea, just as they do when you stay at a shore side resort. Things that aren’t included in the basic cruise fare are airfare, shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, souvenirs and casino games.
    • Types of cruises
      • The cruise you choose will also affect your total cost. A longer world cruise vacation costs more than a shorter one, of course, but the cruise line matters, too. Cruise lines are divided into three categories – contemporary, premium and luxury. Contemporary cruises are typically less expensive, but the staterooms, food and service are not as lavish as on premium and luxury cruises. Luxury world cruise vacations are the most expensive, but they typically offer smaller ships, gourmet cuisine and individual attention. In the middle are premium lines, like Princess Cruises, which generally offer a diverse fleet of medium-sized and larger cruise ships, along with accommodations and services that fall between contemporary and luxury offerings.
    • Your stateroom
      • If you’re on a tight budget, you can save money on your cruise by choosing an inexpensive cabin such as an inside stateroom. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the scenery and have your own place to escape to, then choose a balcony stateroom or suite. Stateroom rates can vary widely, but regardless of which type you choose, you have access to the same dining rooms, pools, public areas, amenities and shore excursions as any other passenger on the ship – the choice of stateroom is purely a matter of budget and comfort.
    • Getting to the ship
      • How you get to the port of embarkation will have a significant impact on the overall cost of your cruise vacation. For long distance travel, you may want to compare the cost of airline tickets, bus tickets or train tickets. Air travel is usually the most preferred method of travel, but it is the most expensive. Sometimes it pays to drive your own vehicle to the port city. Your cruise line can give you information on long-term parking.
    • Onboard extras
      • Cruise lines have always charged additional fees for shore excursions, alcoholic beverages and spa treatments, and now they are offering many new onboard extras – everything from artwork to alternative restaurants to wine tastings. Almost all cruises operate on a sign-and-go basis, which means you can select any fee-based activity and use your stateroom key as a charge card. This system is very convenient, but it also makes it very easy to run up a large tab by the end of the cruise. Take a look at your bill periodically – every two days or so – just to make sure you know what you’re spending. The purser’s office can always provide you with this information. On many new ships, you will also have account access through your stateroom television screen.
      • Cruising isn’t always a cheap vacation, but it certainly offers a tremendous value for each dollar spent. Bon voyage!
  • Timeline for planning your cruise
    • You’ve worked hard to save for your world cruise and you want to cover all your bases as you get ready to go. However, planning can be stressful if you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips for pulling off a glitch-free getaway.
    • Thinking about a world cruise vacation
      • Read travel magazines and shop for travel guidebooks.
        – If you don’t already have one, find a travel agent who specializes in world cruise vacations and begin a discussion about how to plan the best cruise vacation that will meet your interests and desires.
        – Ask family and friends for suggestions.
        – Decide on what you would like to see and do on your cruise. Do you want to climb glaciers and kayak in Alaska, snorkel in the Caribbean or Tahiti, or visit historic sites in Europe, Asia, or Australia on your trip around the world?
        – Visit cruise line websites or contact the cruise lines directly to request brochures and pricing information.
    • Six months or more ahead
      • Settle on a budget for the cruise. Make sure to take into account every possible expense: plane tickets, transportation to the pier, hotels, shore excursions, spa treatments, shipboard activities, bar bills and even cruise wear.
        – Book your trip through your travel agent or cruise vacation planner. A good travel agent will keep you on track and help you sort through everything from stateroom choices to visa requirements.
        – Select your ship and stateroom. Cabin choices range from suites to inside staterooms without windows, and they’re priced accordingly.
        – Consider signing up for a travel protection plan to protect your vacation if the unexpected should happen. Research travel protection plans offered by the cruise line, your credit cards, travel agent or an independent agency.
        – Obtain your passports and visas. This is especially important for individuals on world cruisesthat stop at various ports around the globe.
    • Two months ahead
      • Make sure you have a camera and luggage ready for the trip. If you buy a new camera, learn how to use it before leaving on the cruise.
        – Start researching your ports of call and your opportunities for shore excursions. To avoid disappointment, book popular tours in advance on the cruise line’s website.
    • One month ahead
      • Make a packing list.
        – Reconfirm all reservations.
        – Start making arrangements for pets and home care.
        – If you’re on any medications, make sure you have plenty of your prescription on hand for the trip, and be sure to have a second pair of glasses if you wear them. Carry all medications with you (do not put them in checked luggage) in their original prescription bottles to avoid any difficulty at customs. Some locations may require you to have documentation from your doctor to allow you to travel with your medication. Square this away with your physician before leaving.
    • Two weeks ahead
      • Collect travel documents (cruise tickets, airline flight information). Read all material carefully to make sure the information is correct. If it’s not, your travel agent can correct it.
        – If you don’t want to use your credit card on your trip, consider obtaining traveler’s checks (store the check numbers someplace safe in case the checks are lost or stolen).
        – If you will need any foreign currency on the trip, consider exchanging some dollars before you leave.
        – Keep plenty of one dollar bills on hand for tips to crew members, tour guides and taxi drivers.
    • One week ahead
      • Touch base with your house and pet sitters to reconfirm arrangements. Arrange to have mail held at the post office and stop newspaper delivery for the duration of your trip.
        – Print a copy of your itinerary and contact information and leave with family or friends.
        – Make two to three sets of photocopies of your passport, credit cards, insurance, traveler’s check numbers and any other paperwork you would need if your wallet were lost or stolen. Give one copy to a family member or friend.
        – Set out clothes to pack and buy what you need.
    • Three days ahead
      • Reconfirm overseas flights.
        – Make sure you have reading material for your trip.
        – Make arrangements for your rides to and from the airport.
        – Leave a copy of your itinerary and a set of house keys with a relative or close friend in case of emergency.
        – Check weather forecasts for your destination.
        – Prepare your house or apartment for your departure – eat or dispose of perishable food, water plants, set timers, pay bills, etc.
    • One day ahead
      • Reconfirm domestic flights.
        – Make sure all your luggage, including carry-on luggage, is labeled both on the outside and inside with your name, flight information, hotels, cruise itinerary and phone number.
        – Change your voicemail and e-mail messages at work to let others know that you will be away.
    • A little organization can make your pre-trip planning easy and stress-free, leaving you to embark on your cruise vacation with a big smile on your face.
  • Packing efficiently for your princess cruise to a chilly region
    • If you’ve always wanted to explore Northern Europe or an out-of-the-way state like Alaska, why not do so on a cruise? There are many ships that can take you wherever you want to go, whether you’re interested in a European shore excursion or Iceland cruises through some of the region’s most beautiful nature preserves.
    • Depending on when you want to travel, the weather may vary, meaning it’s important for you to pack accordingly in order to stay comfortable. If you’ve visiting a colder region of the world, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right clothing in your suitcase. Here are some tips on how to pack appropriately for your cruise to a cold region and get the most out of the space in your bags.
    • Pack clothes you can layer
      • Just because you’re heading on a Europe cruise vacation through chilly regions doesn’t mean you need to stuff your suitcases full of bulky sweaters! The easiest way to pack efficiently when you’re headed toward a colder region of the world is to think in terms of layers. Instead of packing numerous sweaters, opt for one or two that you can use to layer with different long-sleeved shirts. This can give you a different look to wear on a daily basis without having to bring too many clothes along for the trip.
    • Have outerwear on hand
      • If there’s one thing you should make room for in your suitcase, it’s outerwear. Whether you intend to travel on a Canada cruise or you’re headed to the frigid waters of Alaska, it’s always best to be prepared with the right outerwear for the region.
      • Try to make room in your suitcase for a warm winter coat as well as a rain slick. This clothing will give you the opportunity to see the sites from the deck, even if the weather is not optimal. It’s also helpful to have cold weather wear on hand if you happen to dock in a chilly region and want to explore the area.
    • Don’t forget about your skin
      • As the climate changes from region to region on your cruise, the atmospheric conditions can wreak havoc on your skin. Itchy, dry skin can be irritating and put a real damper on your trip, so it’s best to be prepared. In addition to making room for crucial outerwear in your suitcase, don’t forget to pack plenty of moisturizer. Look for fragrance-free varieties to make sure you don’t cause more irritation to your skin once it’s applied.
    • Familiarize yourself with laundry services
      • Many cruise ships now have laundry facilities that guests are welcome to use for a small fee. If you don’t want to have to worry about running out of clothes to wear on your trip, ask your cruise line about these services and the cost before you leave. By finding out this information ahead of time, you can pack efficiently and find room for more cold weather items such as thick coats and boots.
    • Don’t forget about accessories
      • One way to make sure you’re never too chilly on your cruise to a cold region is to pack essential accessories. Gloves, hats and scarves can all make your trip a bit more enjoyable and make you want to spend more time outdoors, even when the temperatures start to drop. In the end, packing efficiently and being mindful of cold weather necessities can help you make the most of your Princess Cruise.
  • Land Exploration While Cruising
    • What better way to see the world than from the deck of a world cruise ship? Once you arrive onboard and settle in, sit back and let the ship take you to a variety of ports, places and countries. No more flying, airports, wasted travel days, immigration, security hassles or lines! Simply hang on to your wine glass, enjoy the onboard entertainment and fabulous food, then wake up every morning in a different port on your world cruise vacation.
    • Planning your trip on land
      • The secret to a wonderful day ashore is to plan ahead. Have an idea of what you want to see before you begin your cruise. Your ship brochure tells you a few things about each port and you’ll usually be given some information aboard ship before you arrive.
      • Most cruise lines offer pre-planned shore excursions. Traveling in a group to a port’s major highlights is a great way to see it all and make new friends. By paying a bit more, you’ll eliminate the worry and responsibility of planning and operating your own tour. Be prepared, however, to move at the group’s pace, which means spending more or less time in some places than you would if you were on your own. Many cruise lines will allow you to pre-book shore excursions on their websites.
      • If you prefer to wander on your own, pick a registered taxi that is often at the pier when a ship is in port. Before you get in a taxi, negotiate an agreeable price for the number of hours you wish to tour. In the negotiating process, you can also determine if the driver speaks enough English to give you a proper guided tour.
      • Your driver will generally expect a tip on top of the price you’ve agreed upon if he or she does a good job of explaining things and suggesting what to see. Do not go with a freelance taxi driver – check the vehicle and make sure it’s a registered taxi. Often, the licensed taxis will be available immediately at the gangway, while the freelance taxis are outside the gate. Make your choice wisely as the cheapest price is not necessarily the best deal.
    • Arriving and leaving port
      • Don’t be startled if you notice that your legs are a bit wobbly when you first go ashore. After you get your sea legs, they sometimes take a while to adjust to being back on land. When planning a day onshore, choose comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes as there may be cobblestone and uneven surfaces in many of the older ports. In the summer months, expect temperatures to be hot and humid, especially if you’re on a South America cruise heading close to the equator.
      • If you visit places of worship while on your European cruise, make sure to dress conservatively – shorts and sleeveless dresses should not be worn. A smart tactic is to bring a wrap or shawl so that you can be comfortable and cover up.
      • Lastly, don’t be late getting back to the ship – it’s possible that the ship will leave you behind. Guests who don’t make it back on the boat before it leaves port have to cover their own expenses to get to the next port, so make sure you keep your eye on the clock and have it synchronized with the ship’s time.
      • The ultimate cruise experience is much more than just choosing a great ship. Although the onboard amenities and ship’s grandeur play a big part, the itinerary, sights and local shore excursions can make for the most amazing cruise vacation.
  • Small or Large Cruise Ship
    • When choosing a cruise vacation, it can be easy to get carried away by the destinations and exciting ports of call. Often, it can be easy to forget about the cruise ship and what it offers. When it comes to booking your world cruise, the size of the ship should be considered along with where you want it to go. Depending on your lifestyle and other people you may be traveling with, you might be better suited for one type of ship over another. Doing your research ahead of time can help you make sure your vacation is everything you had hoped for.
    • Cruise type
      • Cruise vacations offer a range of options from expedition-style journeys to far-off destinations to classic voyages that visit the world’s greatest cities. Traveling by cruise ship offers a wealth of things to do to suit all tastes, abilities and inclinations.
      • However, the size of the cruise ship does matter. There are benefits to both large and small ships, therefore, it’s imperative for prospective cruisers to define what’s important to them. Do you want a vessel small enough to call at remote ports or one large enough so there’s a never-ending list of organized activities? Do you prefer to wear formal clothes or casual ensembles?
      • Also, keep in mind the kind of facilities you want on your cruise. After all, the amenities of the ship are an essential part of the cruise experience. What matters to you most: a state-of-the-art spa and gym, a lively casino, multiple dining venues, Vegas-style entertainment, children’s programs – or all the above?
    • Small ship
      • There is something to be said about the more personal and intimate aspects of small ship sailing. Anyone who cruises knows the potential for crowds in ports when numerous large ships have tied up to the pier on the same day. When docking in port, small vessels are often able to moor at the center of town allowing more accessible sightseeing without the big ship crowds. Additionally, getting on and off the ship is much easier, so there are fewer lines and more time to spend in port.
      • Smaller ships have an advantage over bigger ships in that they can visit remote destinations and undiscovered areas. With their smaller size, these ships can visit more exotic ports, traverse rivers and call at tiny islands off limits to larger cruise ships. This might be of interest to you if you’re taking a South America cruise and want to see remote towns or a Europe cruise to visit small islands.
      • An important factor in choosing a ship is the other passengers. At the end of a trip on a ship with thousands of passengers, you will still be seeing many people for the first time, whereas small ship cruises have a small town atmosphere. Here, you’re more likely to socialize and see familiar faces.
      • That being said, there are some issues to consider with small ships. The number of dining areas is limited and seating options could vary from open to assigned tables. Nightlife tends to be less vibrant and that could pose an issue for those who prefer a robust entertainment selection. Some expedition vessels don’t have elevators, which may be a problem for older or mobility-challenged guests. Additionally, for those traveling alone, small cruises rarely offer dedicated singles events like the big ships do.
    • Big ship
      • When it comes to booking a cruise vacation, it’s easy to think bigger is better. Indeed, the majority of new ships are getting bigger and bigger each year with many carrying over 3,000 passengers. The aforementioned figure can be hard to comprehend. With so many passengers, how will the onboard service be? Regardless of size, cruise lines do a very good job taking care of their guests. It’s also worth noting that the bigger the ship, the more facilities and capabilities will be available to absorb those massive numbers.
      • If you’re looking for premium restaurants and extensive facilities with large spas, gyms, organized activities, casinos and glitzy shows, bigger cruise ships tend to offer more round-the-clock entertainment choices.
      • If you have young children, booking cruise vacations on larger ships may be more likely to keep the kids entertained since these vessels tend to have more to offer, including children’s clubs. There is typically child entertainment on hand, as well as babysitting facilities.
      • Cruise vacations are traditionally popular with older travelers since facilities are accessible and easy to get around. With on-board facilities and entertainment, elevators from deck-to-deck and organized activities, world cruise vacations are the perfect option.
      • Big or small, there is a ship out there that will fit your idea of the perfect cruise vacation. All it takes is a little detective work to end up on your dream boat.
  • Sail together, save together on a group cruise vacation
    • Going on a world cruise with a group of friends, family or coworkers isn’t as hard as you might think, and it’s often less costly than the traditional cruise booking route. Best of all, depending upon the cruise line, your group could end up with some terrific onboard perks.
    • Group cruise basics
      • The first step is to find a travel agent that understands booking a group. Work with him or her to find the best possible option and deal for your vacation, whether you’re interested in a South American cruise or a tour through the Caribbean. The person who works with the travel agent will become the designated “tour conductor.” Tour conductors work with a travel agency to make all the travel and onboard arrangements for the group.
      • Off-peak sailings sometimes offer more generous terms, with some cruise lines offering groups a free fare to every 10th or 14th person. Generally, higher-end cruise lines require fewer paid fares to qualify than do the more mainstream cruise lines.
      • But what if you can’t round up enough friends or family members to get group benefits? There is still a way. Many large travel agencies hold what is known as “block space” on ships. This means that they have reserved space at group rates and can offer attractive pricing.
      • Sometimes these agencies hold aside several of the group cabins for individual clients who might be able to depart on the group date – this is called “piggybacking.” So if a group of friends wanted to go on a Mediterranean cruise, this would be a great way for them to take advantage of a group cruise rate without being in a large group.
    • Group cruise perks
      • Some cruise lines also offer special perks available only to group cruisers. For example, many cruise lines are now awarding “group amenity points” based on the number of people in the group: the more people, the more perks. Amenities can include things such as private-hosted cocktail parties, cabin upgrades and shipboard credits.
      • The details of group-travel offerings vary widely by cruise line, itinerary, time of year – even the nature of the group. Have you been dreaming of a South America cruise but worry about the cost? Don’t be daunted. Travel agencies that specialize in group cruises can help find you find the best sailings and negotiate the best possible deal for your trip.
  • Older Cruise Ships Get Shipshape
    • It’s not easy being an older cruise ship in a sea of modern fleets. Many cruise lines are finding they must modernize older vessels to keep pace with the newer ships’ vast offerings and expanded on-board activities.
    • The cruise industry has always been proactive in responding to the ever-changing vacation styles and wishes of its customers, which usually means numerous enhancements of facilities and amenities. It’s no surprise that older ships are undergoing comprehensive stem-to-stern multi-million dollar renovations, which is great news for those looking to take a vacation, whether they desire an Alaska cruise or an ocean tour around Europe. More travelers are also finding it easier to save money on their cruise vacations through booking trips on these remodeled, state of the art ships.
    • Extreme cruise ship makeovers
      • The revamping of the older ships makes sense for cruise lines, as it’s more cost-effective than building new vessels. By fixing up what they already own, they can add all of the features of the new ‘mega-builds’ but at a smaller passenger capacity, which many veteran cruisers appreciate. Some vacationers like the quaint comfort that comes with a small populated ship.
      • Recently, Princess Cruises’ upgraded a number of its ships with new dining venues, adults-only Sanctuary areas, Movies Under the Stars screens and new suites. Additionally, on a few ships, the Atrium was transformed into the now-signature Piazza – very popular with Princess enthusiasts. This gives travelers a place to wine and dine in between activities on board.
      • Some older ships are considered small to mid-sized by today’s standards, but many passengers are fans of these ships because they can offer a more personal experience. Old ship fans are frequently delighted when their favorite ship is enhanced and often book a sailing just to see the finished results.
      • Most cruise lines want to ensure that their existing fleet matches the state-of-the-art standards of their newer additions. Among the many enhancements planned are spa facilities featuring advanced treatment areas, new dining venues, transformed atriums, updated public rooms, computer labs and expansive areas dedicated to children and teens. Many of the world cruises also now have areas specifically catered to adults. These types of renovations make cruise ships the perfect vacation choice for families and newlyweds alike.
      • In addition to these new facilities, most refurbishments include replacing carpets, furnishings, linens, wall coverings and – perhaps most importantly – updating mechanical, electrical and technical systems, such as fire safety apparatus, navigational equipment and waste treatment facilities. These changes make everything from Canada cruises to adventures to the Far East more enjoyable and comfortable for passengers on board.
    • Great value
      • A number of veteran cruisers will tell you that after a major revitalization project, a ship actually becomes more valuable than when it was new. You get all of the benefits of newer ships often at a better rate than recently-built big ships. Itineraries on newly refurbished vessels can run the gamut of more homeland cruising that sail from ports close to home to a whole new world of cruising destinations with unique ports of call.
      • When it comes to cruise travel, a new ship isn’t always better. Most importantly, as cruise lines renovate and even overhaul the structure of older vessels, those mature ships are emerging as refreshed stunners. Whether you intend to take an Australia cruise or a trip to the Mediterranean for your next ocean voyage, you might want to consider a remodeled ship. In addition to saving money, you’ll be given the same amenities and opportunities to enjoy all that the high seas have to offer.
  • The value of pre- and post – cruise vacation stays
    • Cruise passengers often wake up at the crack of dawn in order to catch flights to their ship’s port. After arriving, many cruisers find themselves exhausted, and the first day of the cruise is often overshadowed with trying to catch up on rest. Disembarking starts the whole process over again with an early morning wake-up call along with the subsequent rush to the airport to catch flights home.
    • Regrettably, many cruise travelers are so focused on booking their cruise they often don’t give thought to adding a few days to enjoy the city of embarkation and/or disembarkation. For those sailing on an Alaskan cruise vacation or starting off on a European cruise , it’s a shame to fly all that way and not savor some of the world’s most exciting places. Thankfully there is a better way to enjoy your cruise vacation and it’s called pre-and post-cruise stays.
    • Pre- and post-cruise vacation stays
      • Most cruise lines offer convenient one, two or three-night pre- or post-cruise hotel packages in which the hotel, roundtrip airport and pier transfers are included. You can also consider alternative packages at other hotels than those offered by the cruise lines.
      • A day in port, and often a different port each day, defines the majority of cruise itineraries. But many of the world’s most amazing places are a bit too far from port to explore in a matter of hours. In these destinations, extended port stays and multi-day shore adventures, even the option of leaving the cruise ship in one port and re-embarking in another, add an unforgettable new  dimension to many cruises.
      • Extended port stays – sometimes 18 hours, more often two full days – showcase some of the most exciting, culture-rich and unique cities on earth. The extraordinary history and culture of Istanbul in Turkey, the unique glamor and style of Rome, the fun and beauty of Sydney, the pomp and charm of London: these are among the many world capitals and great cities where passengers can spend time before or after their cruise. A European cruise vacation can turn out to be the perfect way to explore several iconic countries in a short amount of time.
      • Other examples include striking Asian cruise destinations, like Hong Kong and Singapore. A number of itineraries feature cities with exceptional nightlife, from San Juan to Puerto Rico to Buenos Aires. A South America cruise might be just what you need to explore all this region of the world has to offer. By booking this type of vacation, you can give yourself multiple opportunities to explore other cultures.
      • Extended stays are a particularly popular feature on Alaska cruise Most cruise lines offer a variety of extended cruise-tour package options which take passengers deeper into Alaska via train and include land stays at lodges. Highlights range from hiking and sightseeing in Denali National Park to “flightseeing” across the massive Yanert Glacier via helicopter. An Alaska cruise vacation can give you the opportunity to explore a whole new territory of the U.S. that you have never visited before.
      • Just think of the true value of being able to decompress before or after your cruise. Pre- and post-cruise stays allow the stress to melt away, which can only enhance the overall cruise vacation experience. Whether you’re going on a Mexican cruise or sailing to the Far East, planning ahead can help you get the most out of your vacation. In the end, you’ll be glad you took the time to do so!
  • Tips for booking a shore excursion
    • One of the best parts about going on a cruise vacation is the variety of available shore excursions. Travelers looking for a fast and easy way to check off a handful of items from their bucket list can rest assured that with Princess Cruises, they will see and experience all the world has to offer. Princess Cruises is the destination expert, and all tours are carefully selected to bring you the highest quality.Here are some useful tips for making the most of your time off the ship.
      • Plan shore excursions ahead
        • Passengers who decide to book shore excursions through Princess Cruises can spend more time enjoying their experience and less time stressing about transportation or reservations. Thinking about visiting the Colosseum during a Mediterranean cruise? With a planned excursion, travelers can avoid the crowds and enjoy the added advantage of sharing their adventures with newfound friends.
        • Because there are limited seats for some shore excursion programs, passengers should decide what they want to do several weeks before their ship departs. Travelers with special requests such as wheelchair access and dietary concerns should inform their booking agent, cruise vacation planner or Princess directly to ensure that they can fully enjoy their time on land. Families with small children who may need strollers should take extra consideration when selecting excursions. Many Caribbean shore excursions, for example, involve snorkeling and water sports – some of which may not be suited for youngsters.
        • Additionally, depending on what passengers decide to do during these fun activities, prices will vary – the details of which are available online.
      • Independent touring
        • Passengers who speak multiple languages have an added advantage and can ask locals for advice once they disembark, whether they are looking for a favorite local restaurant or hidden beach.
        • Most destinations with Princess Cruises have informative tourism offices that travelers can check out before departing. Because many port cities are accustomed to welcoming international travelers, they make it easy for cruisers to book adventures or tours mere minutes after leaving the ship. Explorers should also ask local businesses questions about how long they have been in operation and if they have insurance plans to make sure nothing goes awry during their adventure.
    • Independent cruise travelers should also keep in mind time constraints. While participants of Princess’ shore excursion programs have an optimal and tight schedule, those exploring on their own may lose track of time while immersing themselves in another culture. Booking an excursion through Princess ensures that the ship will wait for any tours that may be running late.
    • Additional considerations
      • During a European or Asian cruise, female passengers may want to research customs and cultural dress codes. In Thailand, for example, women rarely wear shorts or skirts above their knees and tend to wear sleeved shirts, no matter how hot it gets. Even in some parts of the Caribbean, beach-going visitors should cover up when walking to and from the shore so as not to offend locals.
      • With any shore excursion, passengers should leave their valuables onboard and avoid bringing too much cash. Travelers should always bring proper identification once leaving the ship – including passports and visas – as well as specific information about their ship just in case they get lost.
      • If a port is cancelled or an arrival delayed, Princess will also refund all shore excursions.
  • All the Single Ladies: Cruising is Perfect for Bachelor Travelers
    • Cruises are notoriously romantic, featuring candlelit dinners, colorful sunsets and the chance to visit some of the most honeymoon-friendly destinations all over the world. What about single travelers? Whether passengers are traveling alone or happen to be the third wheel, cruising makes it easy to meet new people – and who knows, a future spouse may be just on the other side of the boat.
    • Singles-only nights
    • While speed dating may seem like a quick and easy way to get to know a stranger, cruises dress up the rat race with evening cocktail parties and singles-only events for those who want to connect with someone during their cruise vacation. Rather than finding a soulmate at the top of the Eiffel Tower during a European cruise, why not stay onboard for the chance to meet another cruising enthusiast?
    • Additionally, passengers can grab a dancing partner during any number of these singles-only parties to see whether there’s any real chemistry.
    • Onboard activities catered to singles
      • Tennis courts and yoga classes cater to groups of people, and passengers traveling alone can get fit while working up a sweat with new friends. After exercising, singles can enjoy a casual, healthy lunch at the Sanctuary, which is available only for adults and lends a tranquil atmosphere that is perfect for getting to know new people.
      • If passengers want to enjoy more intimate social interactions, they should reserve a spot in a cooking class or wine tasting session, which is a sure-fire way to find someone who shares the same passion for food.
      • Of course, singles who go to the casino are nearly guaranteed to make new friends and may want to try their luck asking someone special out for a romantic dinner later during the cruise vacation.
    • Leave the ship with new friends
      • Caribbean shore excursions are also a great way to meet people during a cruise, whether passengers are going scuba diving, hiking or simply walking around seaside villages. Based on the activities they choose, passengers can share an afternoon with like-minded travelers who love the outdoors.
      • Have a flair for European art? Take a shore excursion to Venice, Italy, where cruisers will have an excuse to talk about Renoir with other passengers and potentially find a new traveling buddy for cruises in the future.
  • When is the best time to go cruising?
    • Travelers thinking about booking an unforgettable cruise vacation may be curious as to which destinations are best suited for the changing seasons. The truth is, even if it’s the middle of the summer in Alaska, the rugged mountains and massive glaciers are still a breathtaking sight, and winters in the Caribbean are, not surprisingly, the same as just about every other season in the tropical climate.
    • Trip planners should keep in mind that some cruise lines offer deals for off-peak seasons, while prices may go up during busy holidays like summer vacation and winter breaks. No matter where or when passengers choose to sail, Princess Cruises will make sure their getaway is nothing short of spectacular.
    • ‘Tis the season: Where to go during fall and winter months
    • Seasonal locations across the globe offer different natural wonders as Earth tilts away from the sun and the air dips to sweater-wearing temperatures. Travelers looking for a winter wonderland during their vacation should consider an Alaska cruise, which are offered from May to September. Booking agents will often advise vacationers to reserve their journey during the first and last months of this time period – right at the moment when seasons are changing. In May, mountain blossoms are in full bloom throughout the region, while the September months bring prime wildlife viewing opportunities during Alaska cruisetours through coastal national parks.
    • Few autumns are better than those in New England, where millions of trees transform from green to fiery red in the span of just a few weeks. On a New England cruise during September and October, travelers should have their cameras poised to capture kaleidoscopic photos of the prismatic foliage.
    • Cruising all year
      • A number of destinations are beautiful throughout the year, and Princess Cruises takes full advantage of warmer locales that boast ideal temperatures even in the middle of February.
      • Travelers considering booking a Caribbean cruise should keep in mind that hurricane season runs from late August to early October – and check out Princess’ website for discounted prices during these months, as there will still be windows of perfect weather during these months. Additionally, people thinking about visiting Polynesia on a Hawaii or South Pacific cruise may want to check the forecast between November and March – the Pacific’s rainy season.
      • Despite minor seasonal concerns, the temperatures of these tropical destinations are typically perfect throughout the year, meaning passengers won’t have to pack extra sweaters and can instead fill their suitcases with swimsuits, flip-flops and summer dresses.
      • Thanks to new onboard features, passengers can also enjoy cruises to the Mediterranean year-round. With a number of retractable domes and special greenhouse-like solariums, cruisers have the chance to use the outdoor pool areas even during colder seasons.
    • What to do when the weather turns sour
      • Even if travelers are cruising during the off-season, that doesn’t mean they won’t have one of the best vacations of their lives – Princess Cruises makes sure to provide the best plan B shore excursions when the weather is less than optimal. Disappointed the Panama Canal cruisetour was canceled due to heavy showers? Shore excursion booking agents can rearrange a trip to suit the season, whether travelers opt to spend the day in a museum or simply stay onboard. Cruisers can even make a reservation at the Lotus Spa, where they will surely forget about the unfortunate weather outside and instead enjoy an indulgent massage or facial.
  • What activities can you do on a cruise ship?
    • No matter where adventurers sail, onboard activities are practically limitless and ships are buzzing with excitement 24/7, whether passengers are looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience or want to enjoy an evening of spectacular live performances.
    • Getting educated onboard
    • Both adults and kids can learn a lot while on a cruise ship. Youth-friendly programs like Edutainment are a great way for youngsters to learn about the wildlife in regions where Princess sails before getting there. Pretty soon, they’ll be telling their parents all about the flora and fauna of Tahiti. Additionally, children who participate in the Pete’s Pals zoology program will go home with an adorable stuffed animal as a souvenir.
    • Older passengers looking for some brain stimulation during the time onboard can do so through wine tasting seminars, photography how-tos and dance lessons will make that New Zealand cruise ten times more enriching.
    • State-of-the-art fitness facilities
    • From gym facilities with the latest equipment to full-size lap pools as well as basketball and tennis courts, the amenities onboard a Princess cruise ship put most resorts to shame. Additionally, Princess has trained youth counselors on staff to take care of kids and give them a high-five as soon as they reach they climb out of the pool.
    • The entire family can get in shape together at the Lotus Fitness Center, or, if passengers are looking for more time in the sun, they can splash around at one of the many top deck pools.
    • Travelers looking to relax can also indulge for several hours at the Lotus Spa, which offers a full array of luxurious treatments including facials, full-body massages and slimming wraps – perfect for the day before disembarking on a Caribbean shore excursion.
    • Evening entertainment
    • A number of world-class performers got their start on cruise ships, from vocal sirens and rock bands to gravity-defying acrobats and mystifying magicians. Almost every evening is filled with more than one type of entertainment performance every night, along with a production show so that passengers can pick and choose what they’re in the mood for on a particular night. Feel like dancing? Put on some comfortable shoes and head to one of the many dance floors, where awesome DJs and live musicians will play genres ranging from hip-hop to salsa.
    • If travelers want to laugh until they cry, they can peruse the evening entertainment schedule for a comedy or improv show that will undoubtedly knock their socks off. That’s not to mention the magic of Movies Under the Stars.
    • Casino nights
    • Travelers who like to live in the moment need only walk around the ship to discover the countless activities onboard. Those who enter the casino can cross their fingers and hope that luck is on their side before sitting down at a blackjack or poker table. Of course, all Princess Cruises’ casinos feature an extensive cocktail menu for men and women to sample amazing libations before tossing a pair of die onto a craps table.
  • Cruising Converts: Going sailing for the first time
    • Pico Iyer, a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, recently described his first experience on a cruise ship, which happened to be on Emerald Princess, and concluded that voyages are one of the best ways to see the world.
    • “Here was a chance to wander freely (as I love to do), to see the sights (as my mother loves), and to stay in a comfortable floating hotel where, every day when we awoke, some new wonder was appearing right outside our window,” wrote Iyer. “Though cruise-skeptical friends ask me how I can bear to be trapped on a ship with more than 3,000 people I’d otherwise never spend time with, I never feel trapped.”
    • Thousands of travelers can safely call themselves converts after taking their first cruise vacation, and those who are hesitant about whether sailing vacations are right for them might be curious as to what the hoopla is all about. Here are a few things to ask before booking a cruise:
    • Where to go?
      • Seafaring vacations go all over the world, whether exploring the southern tip of the Land Down Under on an Australian cruise or heading to the northernmost point reachable by a passenger vessel in Norway. Before reserving a trip, future passengers should think about where they want to go and what they’re looking for in a getaway.
    • When to go?
      • Although some cruises are available throughout the year, some travelers might want to consider seasonal differences when making their plans, taking into account whether they want to see fall foliage in New England or enjoy perpetual sunlight in the Caribbean. Additionally, budget travelers should keep in mind that discounts are available during off-peak seasons. Talking with a cruise agent is a great way to get advice and weigh the options between summer and winter packages.
    • What to do?
      • Even if potential cruisers are like Iyer, who has spent most of his travel time backpacking, Princess offers an array of onboard activities and shore excursions to ensure that passengers stay entertained. With evening entertainment, open buffets and numerous options to mingle with people in the same age group, travelers can share their first-time experience with new friends who they may keep in touch with for years to come. Who knows – maybe the next cruise vacation will include these new buddies.