MS Island Princess (2002)

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Island Princess
Island Princess in Tallinn, 2023
NameIsland Princess
Owner Carnival Corporation & plc
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Port of registryHamilton,  Bermuda
BuilderChantiers de l'Atlantique
CostUS$330 million
Laid down2001
Launched2 July 2002
Christened11 July 2003
Completed18 June 2003
Maiden voyage12 July 2003
In service12 July 2003
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and typeCoral-class cruise ship
Tonnage91,627 GT
Length294 m (964 ft)
  • 32 m (106 ft) (waterline)
  • 37 m (122 ft) (bridge wings)
Height62 m (204 ft)
Draught7.9 m (26 ft) [1]
Decks16 (12 for passengers)
Installed power
Speed21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)[1]
Capacity2,214 (double occupancy) passengers

Island Princess is a Coral-class cruise ship for the Princess Cruises line. She is the sister ship to Coral Princess and together they are the only Panamax ships in Princess's fleet. She was constructed at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, France.[2]

Route and history[edit]

Island Princess's main itinerary consist of seven day Alaskan cruises from Vancouver, British Columbia to Whittier, Alaska during the summer months. During the fall, winter, and spring, Island Princess and her sister ship Coral Princess run 10/14-15 day Panama Canal cruises with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, San Juan del Sur, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Cartagena, Colombia, and Oranjestad, Aruba.

The ship has had outbreaks of community-spread illnesses. Norovirus hit the ship in March 2006 (72 passengers, 16 crew), October 2006 (109 passengers, 11 crew), January 2007 (179 passengers, 37 crew), January 2018 (71 passengers, 7 crew), February 2019 (101 passengers, 9 crew), e. coli and Shigella in April 2009 (100 passengers, 8 crew), and unknown outbreaks in two May-June 2004 sailings (441 passengers, 68 crew).[3][4]

In 2015 Island Princess sailed on cruises for the first time in Europe, traveling between Barcelona and Venice.[5]

In 2019/2020 cruise season, Island Princess will continue to operate the West Coast cruises.[6]

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships, the ship repatriated crew members to Asia in April 2020. In May 2020, the summer cruise schedule for the ship was cancelled.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Princess Cruise : Island Princess - Ship Details". Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ "About Your Ship: Island Princess". Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Cruise Ship Outbreak Updates | Vessel Sanitation Program | CDC". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Island Princess February 8-18, 2019 | VSP | CDC". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Princess Announces Europe Schedules for 2015". 13 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Princess Cruises Sends New Ship to California Coast for 2019/2020 Cruise Season - Princess Cruises". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Coronavirus: Princess, Holland America extend cruise cancellations; lines expand cancellations, rebookings". USA TODAY. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Princess Cruises Provides Update on Crew Members". Cruise Hive. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.

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