Everything You Need to Know to Get a Deal on a Princess Cruise

by  Dana McMahan | Jan 31, 2017
Princess Cruises' The Sanctuary
Princess Cruises' The Sanctuary / Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises' claim to fame may be starring in the 1970s television series "The Love Boat," but the line has come a long way since. Today, they've made a name for their elegant-yet-comfortable approach to cruising — equally appropriate for couples young and old and families, too.

Best of all, if you look in all the right places, you could even snag a decent deal.

Our advice for finding a low price? Start by checking back into this page frequently for the best deals. There are some great rates available: We've seen eight-day Caribbean cruises for as little as $549 and and 15-day Hawaii cruises from $1,499 recently.

Knowing when to book can also help you save. No matter the destination, you'll find the best prices during the off-season (the fall and winter months). And during Wave Season, which runs from January to March, when most people book their cruises, you'll find the best deals of the year. And, if you're booking during the 2017-2018 season, you can get in on the Princess Anniversary sale, with up to $600 in onboard spending money.

If you're hunting for a specific destination, here are a few details to remember: The California-based line offers a lot of regional cruises, so keep an eye out for low prices to Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California, and Baja Mexico. If your heart is set on the sunny Caribbean or Bahamas, you can find low prices on short five-night itineraries that are, say, under $600. The line sometimes offers deals on Panama Canal cruises too, especially if you book last-minute or far in advance. (See one for $800 or less? You should snatch it up quickly.)

So, how can you tell if Princess is the right cruise line for you?

Princess offers a low key cruising experience without the wild, theme-park activities of other mainstream lines (no waterslides, rock climbing walls or ropes courses here). Adults can head for the luxurious open-air retreat called the Sanctuary for some downtime, for example, or to the Lotus Spa for some blissful chances to unwind. In the evening, guests head to the piazza for live music and acrobatic performances.

While the line introduced a lot of firsts at sea over the years that have made modern cruising what it is today (they pioneered the first round-the-clock restaurant, offered the first balconies, and built the first onboard wedding chapel) the line keeps improving. Recently, Princess teamed up with celebrity chef Curtis Stone to offer "Crafted by Curtis" dishes in the main dining rooms as well as a new specialty restaurant, SHARE (on Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, and Sun Princess) which features family-style comfort food. Also new on Ruby, Emerald, and Crown Princess is the Salty Dog Gastropub, which offers craft beer, small plates, and an impressive whiskey collection. 

Princess passengers will also find new entertainment additions. On Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, and Crown Princess, Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz (best known for "Wicked") is bringing onboard four new original shows, beginning with "Magic to Do" – a popular musical production inspired by his fascination with magic.

Travelers looking for a deeper connection with the wildlife in the places they visit will appreciate the activities Princess has recently lined up in partnership with Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. As part of these programs, guests can sign up for shore excursions that get you up close and personal to local animals. Now, you can swim with sharks in Hawaii, spot bears and whales in Alaska, and even visit a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, where you might just get to pet the docile, furry creatures.

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