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Princess Cruise Lines - The Love Boat

by Shannon Kietzman, writer for Your Wedding

Princess Cruises, which was the set for the show The Love Boat, provides a combination of traditional relaxation and glamour with the excitement of a megaship cruise. As such, it is a popular choice for a romantic cruise.

Princess Cruise Line Ships and Itineraries

Altogether, Princess Cruises has fifteen ships in its fleet. Most of the Princess Cruises ships are large, yet smaller than many of the mainstream cruise lines. The Tahitian Princess is the smallest of the ships and holds just under 700 passengers. On the other hand, the largest ships carry about 2,600 passengers and are among the largest cruise ships in the world. The biggest ship in the fleet, the Caribbean Princess, carries 3,100 passengers. No matter the size of the ship, however, Princess Cruises manages to create an intimate atmosphere for each of its guests.

Princess Cruises is headquartered in Santa Clarita, California. Nonetheless, most of its excursions leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Other departure ports include Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Galveston, Texas; Seattle, Washington; New York, New York; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alaska cruises are also available during certain times of the year, which depart from Vancouver, British Columbia and from Anchorage, Alaska.

With Princess Cruises, you can choose a Western Caribbean cruise, an Eastern Caribbean cruise, a Mexico cruise through the Riviera, a Hawaii cruise, and a Panama Canal cruise. You can also take an Australia cruise or a South Pacific cruise. Most of the Princess Cruises are seven night excursions or longer. The more exotic voyages, however, can be two weeks are more and include ports of call.

Activities Aboard Princess Cruise Line Ships

Princess Cruises offers a number of activities to suit anybody’s taste. Dining room options include traditional seating times and anytime dining that involves being seated by the maitre d’. The Sapphire Princess and the Diamond Princess offer a main dining room as well as four small themed restaurants. Meals served include Asian, Italian, and steakhouse and southwestern themes. There is usually a reservations-only dining option available on the ships, as well, for an additional charge. Or, you can choose to go casual with the 24 hour buffet offered at the Horizon Court restaurant, which provides healthy dishes and vegetarian options for those with special dietary needs.

You can also enjoy a variety of Vegas-style shows, including ventriloquists, comedians, magicians, and acrobats. At the lounges and in other public areas, you can enjoy the musical talents of guitar, piano, and string arrangements great for dancing or just listening. Or, really get your feet moving by visiting the onboard dance clubs, which include state-of-the-art sound systems and outstanding DJs. In addition, you can take in a movie at the theater or participate in the onboard games and contests. If gambling is more your style, you will certainly enjoy the casino in the Diamond Princess, which is one of the largest casinos found on a cruise ship. All of the ships, however, include casinos that feature such basics as poker, blackjack, and roulette. Bingo is also available on all ships.

To get your heart pumping, you can participate in the yoga, aerobics, and Pilates classes. Or, take part in water volleyball or enjoy the swim-against-the-current lap pool and jogging tracks. You can also lift weights in the gym or take advantage of the numerous exercise machines. Afterward, get pampered in the spa with facials, massages, manicures, tanning, and body polish treatments.

The Princess Cruises offers many activities that can be enjoyed with other passengers, or you can choose to spend intimate time with just each other on your romantic honeymoon cruise.

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Celebrity Cruise Lines

The Celebrity Cruise Line Ships are generally less rowdy than some of the other cruise lines. For example, you can participate in a number of enrichment lectures. Common topics include history, photography, investment and astronomy lectures.

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