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When Princess Cruises launched this 3,560-passenger ship (its largest ever) in 2013, fans of the line's traditional style held their breath. They need not have worried. The updated ship adds just a touch of contemporary but is still classically Princess.

What We Love

The Piazza: By adding a bit of dazzle — including grand staircases, theatrical balconies, live entertainment, and new places to grab a drink — Princess turned the ship's atrium into the can't-miss hangout spot.

Alfredo's: The best pizza at sea is at this complimentary pizzeria in the Piazza. You can even watch the chefs hand-toss the wonderfully thin-crusted pies and apply your choice of toppings, including prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella.

Best Known For

The Views: The ship has a walkway with see-through floors on the upper deck — you can look down at the sea some 128 feet below. And, at the SeaView Bar, there's the fun distraction of bottle-tossing bartending demonstrations.

Romance: This "Love Boat" offers plenty of opportunity for together time. You can book couples massages in special villas in the Lotus Spa or in the cushy adults-only sunning area, the Sanctuary. Or, order up a steak and lobster dinner served on your private stateroom balcony.

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Who It's Best For

Couples and Singles: The ship has plenty of spaces indoors and out to hang out and relax. There's also a nightlife scene that will appeal to all ages — as long as you don't expect anything too frenetic.

Families: Youth facilities attractions include video games and outdoor play areas (teens even get their own wading pool). On-deck Movies Under the Stars is another family favorite.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Expect Lots of Upcharges: There are many attractive additions on Royal Princess, but they carry extra fees — whether for gelato or oyster shooters at the Piazza's seafood bar. Budget accordingly.

There's Not Much Whiz-Bang: You won't find such activities as rock-climbing walls or water slides on this ship.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.

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Royal Princess at a Glance
  • Line: Princess Cruises
  • Class: Royal
  • Number of Passengers: 3560
  • Ship Size: Mega
  • Launch Date: 2013
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