Explore What’s New on Princess Cruises®

There’s plenty new on Princess Cruises® ships, like savory specialty restaurants, trendy technology and snappy musical shows

The Chocolate Journeys experience is available on ships fleet-wide.

Photo: Courtesy Princess Cruises

If there’s a cruise line California can call its own, it’s Princess Cruises.® Princess Patricia began sailing from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera more than 50 years ago; today, Princess is the third-largest cruise company, and the only one headquartered in California. The line continues to be the leader in cruises from California to the Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and points beyond, with many of those itineraries aboard the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess.®

The line has introduced a number of fresh new elements to its cruising experience; check out what’s new on Princess Cruises.®

A Moveable Feast

On the food front, SHARE raises the bar for specialty restaurants at sea. Conceived by chef Curtis Stone, whose restaurants Maude and Gwen are two of the hottest in Los Angeles, SHARE offers a six-course menu (with vegetarian options available) served family-style. There are standalone SHARE restaurants aboard Emerald Princess®, Ruby Princess® and Sun Princess,® and select Crafted by Curtis menu items are offered in the main dining rooms of the rest of the fleet.

On select ships, the Salty Dog Gastropub takes over for the Wheelhouse Bar in the evenings, with a menu curated by Umami Burger’s Ernesto Uchimura. The juicy Ernesto burger earns raves, as does the gastropub’s craft cocktail list.

The exclusive Chocolate Journeys experience is available fleetwide in partnership with acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love, and it allows guests to indulge in deliciously rich experiences like custom-crafted signature desserts, wine and chocolate pairings, specialty chocolate cocktails and even chocolate spa treatments.

The musical Magic to Do can only be seen on a Princess cruise.

Photo: Courtesy Princess Cruises

That’s Entertainment

Princess has been working with Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony-winning composer Stephen Schwartz on new theatrical productions. The musical revue Magic to Do revives memorable songs from Wicked, Pippin and other Schwartz musicals, and weaves magical illusions into the storyline. Born to Dance is a celebration of professional dancers and features performances highlighting song-and-dance numbers from West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Chicago and other Broadway hits. Both shows are available on select ships.

Princess debuted its new Ocean Medallion technology on Regal Princess,® which sails seven- and 14-day Caribbean cruises this winter. The wearable discs will store each cruiser’s profile, serving as a room key and charge card for onboard purchases and providing recommendations for activities. The technology will be installed on Royal Princess,® Caribbean Princess® and Island Princess® in early 2018.

The Cook My Catch dining experience is available during port calls in Juneau and Ketchikan.

Photo: Courtesy Princess Cruises

The 49th State

Princess Cruises® sails more passengers to Alaska than any other cruise line, with 112 departures on six different ships this summer. Several new offerings are in store for guests sailing to the 49th state this year. Ships stopping in Skagway will be treated to Puppies in the Piazza, wherein passengers can interact with the next generation of Iditarod sled dog champions. Those who sign up for a Princess Land & Sea Vacation will enjoy an interactive presentation by mountain climbers who have conquered Denali at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Most enticing of all: The new Cook My Catch program lets guests embark on several different fishing-themed shore excursions in Alaska and bring their catch back on board for the culinary team to prepare for lunch or dinner.

Now that’s fresh.

AAA Travel offers a variety of Princess Cruises® departures from West Coast ports—including San Francisco. Check out what’s new and book your next cruise today.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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