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About Princess

Our journey begins

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service.

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A storied history

Princess Cruises catapulted to stardom in 1977 when Pacific Princess was cast in the lead role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the idea of a seagoing vacation, was an instant hit, fueling our company’s, and the cruise industry’s, dramatic expansion.

It all began more than 50 years ago with a cruise to Mexico and a single ship — Princess Patricia®. Today, we take our guests to the world's greatest cruise destinations onboard 15 magnificent cruise ships while introducing them to new experiences they will never forget.

Awards & accolades

Princess Cruises’ shipsitinerariesshore excursions, customer service, and cuisine are stand-outs for our guests and industry experts alike. The awards and honors we receive each year are gratifying reminders that we do it right.

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A culture of innovation

Since our founding in 1965, Princess Cruises has led the way with new and exciting innovations that delight our guests. In fact, a number of Princess creations have been adopted by the entire cruise industry.

We’re proud of our many cutting-edge contributions including affordable private balconies on outside staterooms, onboard activities, and an array of culinary experiences such as 24-hour dining, specialty venues, local flavors, and our Chef’s Table. Princess ships also debuted Movies Under the Stars® poolside theaters, The Sanctuary oasis just for adults, and Tie the Knot weddings at sea. Regal Princess® and Royal Princess® launched features such as the over-water Seawalk®, the Princess Live! television studio, and a special Chef’s Table Lumiere that surrounds diners in a curtain of light.

As diverse as the locations we visit

Our team of 35,000 employees worldwide serves—or supports those who serve—1.7 million guests sailing to 300 destinations each year. Our employees call more than 70 countries home, creating a diverse and welcoming environment throughout the company along with many rewarding multicultural experiences.

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Our commitment to safety and the environment

The safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority. We meet, and often exceed, U.S. and international regulations that govern our operations as we sail the world’s seas. Our officers undergo extensive training, including exacting instruction at our corporate parent’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training in Almere, Netherlands.

All of our onboard medical facilities meet or surpass standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians. We are inspected regularly by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of its Vessel Sanitation Program.

We’re equally passionate about the environment. Princess has invested millions of dollars in state-of-the-art technology and equipment to protect the oceans, marine life, and air—and each of our ships has an Environmental Officer on board. We meet the strictest regulations set forth by the International Maritime Organization and the U.S. Coast Guard. Princess pioneered the use of shore power in port, which lets us turn off our engines and plug into power supplies on land. And our next class of ships will be powered by eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG)!