"Island Princess"
Views and Deck Plans

 

Maiden Voyage  July 2003  Passenger Capacity  1,970
Gross Tonnage  92,000   Length  965'  Beam  105'
Draft  26'  Cruising Speed  24 knots
Crew  900   Cabins  987


The Island Princess brings vibrant new dynamics to "Love Boat" cruising. (The ship, after all, does have a name to live up to.  She succeeds the TV show's original floating star, the former Island Princess.)  Luckily for romantics, there's almost never a crowded feel, even with 1,970 passengers aboard.  There are lots of nooks for sunning, reading or sipping cocktails.  Even the main dining rooms are cleverly divided into small spaces.

Overall, the look is bright and breezy from upper to lower deck, from bow to stern.  An island theme unfolds throughout, be it the bright tropical reef patterns woven into the carpets by the elevators, or the Balinese statuary adorning the Lotus Pool.  So how does an island motif fit in with Alaska, where the ship spends summers cruising between Vancouver and Whittier?  Perfectly. Hundreds of lush, forested islands dot the Alaskan coastline.

There's so much to do on an Island Princess cruise, particularly in Alaska where the show outside-whale watching, bear spotting-rivals onboard activities.  Fortunately, private ringside balcony views come with 75% of the staterooms. Expansive walls of glass highlight many public rooms as well.  Passengers can see spectacular scenery from the casual Horizon Court restaurant, the gym, card room or library.  Other enticing activities, part of Princess' ScholarShip@Sea program, include pottery lessons, computer classes and cooking demos.


Our Cabin Selections
Interior Double - Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Refrigerator and TV. Spacious closet. Bath with shower. Approximately 156-166 square feet.
Oceanview Double - Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Picture window. Refrigerator and TV. Spacious closet and desk. Bath with shower. Approximately 162 to 212 square feet
Oceanview Balcony - Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Sitting area with desk. Balcony. Refrigerator and TV. Spacious closet. Bath with shower. Approximately 217-248 square feet including balcony
Mini-Suite with Balcony - Twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed.  Separate sitting area with sofa bed. Balcony.  Two televisions.  Refrigerator. Spacious closet.  Bathroom with tub and shower.  Approximately 280-302 square feet including balcony.

Personal Choice Dining is all the rage, and for good reason.  Passengers get to choose when, where and with whom they dine, 24/7.  Meals and snacks are available round-the-clock in the Horizon Court.  This casual restaurant, located forward on Deck 14, offers a buffet at any time, except for the hours of 11:00 pm to 4:00 am when there's a Bistro menu with table service.  Other casual options are a poolside pizza counter and a grill, both open 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Room service is available 24 hours a day.

There are two main dining rooms.  Provence features traditional, assigned dinner seating at either 5:45 or 8:00 pm.  The slightly larger Bordeaux offers Personal Choice Dining, which means open seating at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The dining rooms are attractively furnished and lined with picture windows on two sides.  The curtains were usually drawn at dinner, so we always asked our waiters to open them for the stunning views. (In Alaska, it's light long after dinner.)

Island Princess' dining extravaganza takes place in Sabatini's Trattoria, one of two alternative restaurants.  It's Italian through and through-decor, china, menu, generous portions and warm hospitality.  It's well worth the $15 per person cover to spend an evening feasting on prosciutto, gnocchi and gamberi (shrimp), for a start.  The N'Awlins-style Bayou Cafe, the second alternative venue ($10 cover), comes complete with live jazz.  The menu offers regional dishes such as gator ribs, gumbo ya-ya, and sweet potato pie.  Both Sabatini's and the Bayou Cafe are open for brunch on sea days from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cover charges apply.  The wine list is very reasonably priced.


ATRIUM

CASINO

INTERNET CAFE

CROONERS BAR

WHEELHOUSE BAR

UNIVERSAL LOUNGE

Across the Princess Lines the menus are standardized and thematic; the following are the highlights of the week:

These are all delicious dinners with many more choices, too many to list them here.


BAYOU CAFE

BOURDEAUX DINING ROOM

LA PATTESSERIE

LIBRARY

MAGRADOME POOL

PIZZA & GRILL

A marble stairway encircling the four-deck atrium links most of the public rooms, starting with the reception and tour desks on Deck 5.  The shops (jewelry, logo, perfumes, gifts) and casino are found on Deck 6.  The Explorer's Lounge is the scene of well-attended art auctions. You will love the whimsical carpet picturing lions, giraffes and zebras.  Sabatini's and the Bayou Cafe are located on Deck 7.  It takes 2.8 laps around the teak promenade to make a mile and walk off a few calories.  Two bars border the atrium. Crooner's is a cheery martini bar decorated with photos of the Rat Pack celebrities.  Churchill Lounge is an enclosed area for cigar smokers.  A few steps down the corridor lead to the clubby, nautically themed Wheelhouse Bar, the ship's favored gathering spot for cocktails.  At the top of the atrium (Deck 8) are the library and card room.  The 24-hour Internet Cafe is actually two adjacent areas with 14 computers for surfing the web (50 cents/minute).


SABATINI'S

LIDO POOL

EXERCISE GYM

Daytime fun takes the form of "edu-tainment" via ScholarShip@Sea classes.  Professional cooking demos are held in the bright, brassy Universe Lounge.  The two-deck-high showroom is all swirls and curves.  The wedding chapel is being used for computer classes.  Ceramic vases and mugs can be purchased and painted in the ceramics studio.  They are fired in a kiln below passenger decks.

At night, the Universe Lounge's kitchen transforms into a high-tech stage for the fast-paced musical, "Tribute."  The more traditionally designed Princess Theater offers flashy revues with dozens of costume changes.  Various lounges feature magicians, comedians and disco.


PRINCESS THEATER

PRINCESS THEATER

PRINCESS THEATER

DESERT BUFFET

PROMENADE

ALASKAN BUFFET

The Island Princess has something for everyone, no matter the age ... and with dress codes for only two dinners, packing is pretty easy.  Smart Casual means slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, skirts, and blouses.   Formal attire includes suits and ties or tuxedos for men, and party dresses for women.  No shorts, torn jeans, or halter tops are allowed in the dining rooms at dinner.  SO ... we hope you can and will join us on the tour AND on board for this marvelous Alaskan Adventure!


DECK PLANS


PLAZA DECK

FIESTA DECK
PROMENADE DECK
EMERALD DECK
DOLPHIN DECK
CARIBE DECK
BAJA DECK
ALOHA DECK
LIDO DECK
SUN DECK
SPORTS DECK


Excellent Cruise Review at: http://www.cruisediva.com/island_princess2.htm

 

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