Caribbean Princess at St. Thomas, USVI on May 2, 2011
|Port of registry:||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Builder:||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Cost:||US $500 million|
|Christened:||April 2, 2004 by Jill Whelan in Fort Lauderdale|
|Maiden voyage:||April 3, 2004|
|In service:||April 2004|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9215490
Call Sign ZCDG8
|Class & type:||Grand Class cruise ship|
|Length:||951 ft (290 m)|
|Beam:||118 ft (36 m)|
|Draft:||26.2 ft (8.0 m)|
|Decks:||17 total, 15 passenger|
|Installed power:||2 diesel-electric propellers (42,000kW each)|
|Speed:||22-knot (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
MS Caribbean Princess is a Grand Class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises, with a capacity of over 3,600 passengers, the largest carrying capacity in the Princess fleet up until June 2013 when the new Royal Princess, another Princess ship superseded its record. She has 900 balcony staterooms and a deck of mini-suites. She was the first modern cruise ship with an outdoor theater, which Princess bills as "Movies Under The Stars".
Caribbean Princess is slightly larger than the other ships in her class (Star Princess, Golden Princess, and Grand Princess), due to the addition of an additional deck of cabins called the Riviera deck. Another difference is that, being initially designed to cruise the Caribbean year-round, there is no sliding roof over the pool area for shelter in poor weather.
On March 12, 2012, Caribbean Princess suffered an issue to her port side propulsion engine, which required her to return to her home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico after a stopover in St. Maartin. The problem caused Princess Cruises to cancel the next two trips (scheduled for March 18 and 25).
Caribbean Princess sailed her maiden European season from Southampton, England. She later repositioned back to New York City, New York sailing to Canada/New England as well as Bermuda. She then moved to Ft. Lauderdale to sail to 7-Day Southern Caribbean cruises. In April 2013 she moved once again back to Europe, sailing out of Southampton, where she sailed various cruises around the British Isles & Northern Europe during the summer and fall. In November 2013, she began sailing out of Houston, Texas. She will reposition to Fort Lauderdale on the summer of 2014 for a whole series of Caribbean Cruises.
Stern of Caribbean Princess in Aruba, taken from Bow of Coral Princess
Caribbean Princess at Princess Cays
Caribbean Princess sails out of Port Everglades.
Caribbean Princess bound for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Taken from Coral Princess
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