Wakeview Pool on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Wakeview Pool on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Balcony Stateroom on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Balcony Stateroom on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Enchanted Princess Atrium Rendering
Enchanted Princess Atrium Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Sanctuary on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Sanctuary on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Main Pool on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Main Pool on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Sabatini's on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Sabatini's on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Lotus Spa on Enchanted Princess Rendering
Lotus Spa on Enchanted Princess Rendering / Princess Cruises
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Enchanted Princess

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Enchanted Princess, the fifth ship in Princess Cruise Lines’ Royal Class and the second with enhancements introduced on 2019’s Sky Princess, joined the fleet in September 2020 and is expected to debut in May 2021 after the cruise pause necessitated by the global pandemic. Carrying 3,660 passengers, the ship will spend the summer cruising the Mediterranean from Rome and Barcelona before a transatlantic voyage to Fort Lauderdale, where it will offer Caribbean itineraries through the winter. As on Sky Princess, the Royal Class’s signature SeaWalk has been tweaked to include two arcing glass-floored walkways allowing views of the waves 128 feet below, with the Seaview Bar now tucked between them. The adults-only Sanctuary and Retreat Pool remain the same. Like all Princess ships going forward, Enchanted Princess will have the high-tech MedallionClass system to expedite boarding, access the best Wi-Fi, and help passengers navigate the ship, keep track of family and friends onboard and order food or drinks for delivery.

What We Love

The Pools and Hot Tubs: Enchanted Princess has the most pools (two deep-tank pools on the Lido Deck, a Retreat Pool and an aft Wake View Pool) and hot tubs (10 total) in the Princess fleet. We were already fans of the relaxing, infinity-edged Wake View Pool on Sky Princess and this one looks just as awesome.

The Sky Suites: Introduced on Sky Princess, these two suites on the Sky Deck (deck 18) are each 1,873 square feet, including a 1,000-square-foot wrap-around balcony offering 270-degree panoramas and private viewing of Movies Under the Stars. They feature two bedrooms, two baths and a sofa bed, accommodating up to five guests.

The Dining Options: Quality complimentary dining is a Princess hallmark—the hand-tossed personal pizzas in Gigi’s (it’s Alfredo’s on other ships, named for the fleet’s former executive chef) are among the best at sea and there are Crafted by Curtis Stone menu selections in the Main Dining Room as well as Chocolate Journeys desserts by famed chocolatier Norman Love—but the cruise line really steps it up in some of its specialty restaurants. Sabatini’s Trattoria is authentically Italian in all the best ways and Wine Cellar Dinners offer wine-paired menus created to complement vintages from guest wineries. Bistro Sur La Mer features French cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Emmanuel Renaut, while the Salty Dog Gastropub by Chef Ernesto Uchimura offers creative takes on pub favorites. And tried-but-true Crown Grill satisfies carnivores with aged, cooked-to-order cuts of steak, lobster and seafood, along with all the traditional sides.

Best Known For

Movies Under the Stars: A Princess trademark, this nighttime ritual encourages passengers to claim a chaise around the Lido Deck pool, grab some free popcorn (or pizza or soft-serve ice cream) and enjoy a hit movie or a live sporting event on the massive screen overhead.

Crooners Piano Bar: This lively bar on deck 6 is classic Princess and features an enthusiastic piano player taking requests from passengers, who often join in for a spirited sing-along.

Who It's Best For

Families with Kids Who Love to Learn or Perform: With its Princess Live! TV production studio, Voice of the Ocean singing competition, and Discovery at SEA partnership, Princess ships are a great fit for kids into the creative arts and sciences. Also on Enchanted Princess: Jim Henson’s Inspired Silliness, a puppet show featuring short sketches for all ages, and “The Love Boat” Disco Deck Party. 

Cruise Traditionalists: Princess has added The Phantom Bridge escape room to Enchanted Princess, but you won’t find any of the other “bells and whistles” offered on many large cruise ships. There’s no waterslide, ropes course or race track. You will find a terrific walking/jogging track, a basketball court, mini-golf, ping pong tables and, yes, shuffleboard.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Theatrical Productions Can Be Hit or Miss: Princess doesn’t offer the big-name Broadway musicals some other large ships do. Instead, the cruise line creates one-of-a-kind productions, which some passengers love and others just aren’t that into. On Enchanted Princess, the offerings will include the avant-garde Rock Opera (blending classic rock, opera and musical theater) and 5-SKIES, a virtual-reality-game inspired production show.

Princess Ships Are Pretty, Not Cutting-Edge: From its gold-hued European-inspired Piazza to its illuminated dancing fountains on the Lido Deck, Enchanted Princess, like her sisters, is an elegant ship with lovely design details—just don’t expect them to wow your Instagram followers.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger