The Grand Princess was the first of her class in 1998 and was one of the most stunning and innovative ships when launched as Princess Cruises' flagship. The UK based cruise liner will now be heading to drydock in spring and will undertake the most dramatic re-fit ever seen by Princess Cruises before she returns to British shores for the summer season.
The first of the Grand class ships will be bought up to date with her newer sister ships and will take on the cruise line's new signature features such as the Piazza atrium. One of the biggest changes will see the deck 18 nightclub, Skywalker, completely removed and placed on deck fifteen, aptly re-named One5. Princess cruises believe that removing the deck will significantly improve the operational performance of the ship, along with offer much great fuel efficiency.
The Grand Princess will also benefit from some fantastic new venues. The first is the unique tea lounge, Leaves, which offers customers the chance to custom-blend a variety of teas with herbs, fruits and spices. Alfredo's Pizzeria, is already known for offering the best pizza at sea and will be a welcome addition. The Crown Grill is a classic steakhouse set in rich wood surroundings and benefits from and open kitchen, where chefs custom-prepare premium aged beef and fresh seafood.
Pieter van der Schee, head of brand marketing Princess Cruises UK said: “This is the largest makeover we’ve ever undertaken for any of our ships... Grand Princess was the most innovative cruise ship when she was launched and is already very popular in Britain. With the latest innovations from her recent sister ships added she will be an even greater attraction for British cruisers looking for a pampering, relaxing holiday.”
The 24 day refit takes place in the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport from 11th April until 4th May. The new additions will bring Princess Cruises' UK based ship up to their highest standards and will offer a refreshing experience for Princess fans looking to cruise from Southampton.
Written by Stephen Adam