The Best Princess Ships for Every Type of Cruiser
If you’re looking to take a Princess cruise in our own region, here are five of the best.
Best for families: Emerald Princess, Fiji and South Pacific
One of Princess’s largest ships, Emerald Princess, has plenty to keep the whole family amused, including several pools, a video arcade, and youth centres. Adults can enjoy the likes of the spa, Vines Bar and Club Fusion. But this 14-day cruise from Sydney also provides a huge range of shore excursions and sights that are bound to be family pleasing too, including a visit to Ekasup Cultural Village in Vanuatu, a fire-walking demonstration in Fiji, farm visits, and great shopping and snorkelling in New Caledonia.
Best for couples: Sun Princess, New Caledonia and Vanuatu
Few places are better for romance than Pacific islands, and this 10-day round-trip cruise from Sydney has the requisite coconut palms, white-sand beaches and blue lagoons. Relax on the utterly gorgeous Isle of Pines, enjoy the spectacular scenery and beaches of Lifou where you can swim among angelfish, and perhaps take an adventurous wreck-dive off Vila. There’s romance on board too: on Sun Princess you can enjoy movies under the stars, a hot-tub float and enjoy an elegant meal at Kai Sushi restaurant.
Best for adventurers: Sea Princess, Papua New Guinea
Sail away on a 10-day cruise round trip from Brisbane and discover a country of rainforests, volcanoes and a rich cultural life, highlighted in festivals and village visits. Papua New Guinea also has a fascinating World War II history. The ship calls in at Alotau, site of the fierce Battle of Milne Bay, and Rabaul, with its bunker complex and collection of aircraft wreckage. You can also snorkel, hike and explore, then retire for a well-earned pampering at The Sanctuary spa on board Sea Princess.
Best for the active: Dawn Princess, Round Australia
Circumnavigate Australia (and pop into the Indonesian island of Lombok) on this 29-day cruise that gives you the full overview of our great continent. There’s plenty of variety to get you going, from visits to the urban attractions of Brisbane, Fremantle and Hobart to camel rides on the beach at Broome, hiking in Daintree National Park near Port Douglas and snorkelling in the Whitsunday Islands. There’s plenty to do on Dawn Princess as well, including basketball, paddle tennis, lectures, art classes and jogging tracks.
Best for nature lovers: Emerald Princess, Fiordland and New Zealand South Island
A New Zealand cruise is for anyone with an interest in history, culture and city life. Lovers of landscapes, however, will be especially happy on this 11-day journey, which includes an exploration of Milford Sound, one the world’s most dramatic cruise destinations. Other scenic highlights are Taieri Gorge near Dunedin, Akaroa’s beautiful bay, sailing through Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton and scenic cruising in Marlborough Sounds. Book a balcony stateroom on Emerald Princess and you won’t miss the scenery, even when you’re in your cabin.