Another Princess cruise ship has completed an extensive make-over while in dry dock. Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess spent 10 days in Freeport, Bahamas as part of the cruise line’s “Come Back New Promise” campaign. The cost to refurbish this Princess cruise ship contributed to the total amount of the planned $450 million to be spent across the fleet.
Crown Princess enhancements
Enhanced Top-Deck Dining Venues
- The Salty Dog Grill (formerly Trident Grill)
Serving a variety of signature Princess burgers with 100 percent all-beef patties and buns freshly baked onboard. There’s also new Street Tacos made with grilled chipotle-lime chicken or roasted sweet potato-green chile. For a fee, “The Ernesto” burger, from Chef Ernesto Uchimura, is also available. Selections come with loaded fries in varieties that include chili cheese and bacon & cheese. Classic hot dogs are also on the menu at the new on-deck dining venue.
- Slice (formerly Prego Pizzeria)
Featuring west coast and east coast offerings, Princess guests will enjoy the cruise line’s signature classic Neapolitan-style pizza. New menu items include Deep Dish Focaccia layered with marinara, meatballs and cheese, California Artisanal Toast including Cali-Avocado or Caprese, as well as Sliced Stromboli, an east coast take on an Italian calzone filled with deli meats and cheese.
- Coffee & Cones (formerly Sundaes Ice Cream Bar)
Gourmet ice-cream sandwiches, complimentary ice cream cones and now brewing specialty coffee on the top deck, serving New Grounds Crafted Coffee.
- The Mix (formerly Mermaid’s Tale)
Poolside bar has been refreshed and the brightly lit surroundings create a festive atmosphere for guests celebrating the day or catching up with friends and family.
Princess Luxury Bed
Available in every stateroom aboard Crown Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess Cruises in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus and renowned HGTV designer Candice Olson. The bed offers the ultimate night of sleep at sea combining the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design and recently received the highest ranking for “Best Cruise Ship Beds” by Cruise Critic.
Club Class Mini-Suites
Crown Princess offers Club Class Mini-Suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This elevated mini-suite category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with expedited seating and expanded menu options, as well as priority embarkation and disembarkation.
Around the ship
Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center
For cruisers ages 3-17, Crown Princess will offer a reimagined youth center – Camp Discovery – created in partnership with Discovery™, as part of the cruise line’s Discovery at SEA program. Catering to specific age groups, kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities specially designed to help them discover, play, create and huddle. Camp Discovery programs are being delivered onboard while we continue the transformation which will be completed by early summer.
Enhancements to the Shops of Princess, offer an upgraded shopping experience. There will also be new products to choose from featuring a collection of Princess branded athletic wear and logo apparel displayed in a newly designed Logo shop.
New carpet, light fixtures and bar TV screens.
Lotus Spa & Fitness Center
Salon and treatments rooms have been upgraded and the latest in fitness equipment is now available.
Crown Princess now proudly displays the line’s signature logo on her bow, too.
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