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New Princess Cruise Ship “Crown” Launches In Spring 2006
by Roy Witman © 2008

She holds 3,100 passengers. Over 80% of her outside cabins have private balconies. And she's redefining traditional cruise ship dining altogether. Prince Cruise Line is setting a new standard with the upcoming launch of their new ship “Crown.”

A grand-class ship, “Crown” is among the largest and most well appointed vessels to navigate the Caribbean. This Princess Cruise ship sets sail June 14, 2006, and will offer some exciting changes, especially when it comes to dining.

By creating more activity in the atrium, the Princess Cruise Line vessel “Crown” will feature a variety of entertainment plus casual dining options in the piazza. Menu items from the International Café and the seafood bar will be served in the atrium by wait staff in a sidewalk café type setting. In addition, more conventional meals will be offered in the Wheelhouse Bar, which is slated to offer traditional dishes like shepherd's pie and fish and chips. An alternative steak and seafood restaurant with a totally new menu will also be onboard, serving American and International favorites.

However, the innovative dining experiences don't end there. Princess Cruises is thinking of adding a whole new twist to room service aboard the “Crown.” Balcony dining was introduced on other grand-class ships within the fleet and met with overwhelming success. Princess Cruise Line is now considering plans to offer a four-course gourmet meal, candles, flowers, a photographer, a dedicated waiter, dedicated assistant waiter and a fully dressed balcony in their balcony dining package. This extravaganza will cost $50 per person and promises to be worth every cent.

Exclusive to the Caribbean, Princes Cruises is outfitting “Crown” with some exceptional amenities. Similar to her sister ship “Caribbean,” but not identical, “Crown” will offer expanded public areas with a more welcoming feel plus more conference center space, larger casinos, digital photo kiosks and a huge, 300 square foot outdoor movie screen for viewing under the stars.

Her excursions will take her throughout the eastern and western Caribbean beginning with an inaugural, nine-night voyage departing from New York in June. Expect to find ports-of-call filled with all the excitement the Caribbean has to offer including snorkeling in Grand Cayman, scuba diving in St. Thomas and tremendous other sightseeing and activity adventures.

You'll thoroughly enjoy your time aboard the Princess Cruise ship “Crown” which features roomy cabins, most with balconies. There are several options when choosing your staterooms including mini-suites, which are substantially larger than standard staterooms plus include a sitting area, walk- in closet and more. Interconnecting suites are available for families. You can also opt for ocean view rooms, owner's suites (which give you 80% more room plus a DVD player, mini-bar, free laundry & cleaning services and more) or even the Penthouse suite.

It's all about choices when cruising and Princess Cruises gives you plenty with their newest fleet member, “Crown.” You're sure to enjoy every minute of your voyage onboard this luxury vessel.

Read more about the Princess Cruise Line.