Princess Cruises are elegant and relaxing, offering a chance to embrace new destinations and cultures while relaxing in the surroundings of your ships’ dining venues, entertainment and sun decks.

With a fleet that offers fun, excitement and indulgence, here is a small guide on what to expect on a cruise with Princess Cruises.

Before you sail

Can I take alcohol on-board my Princess Cruise?

Guests are prohibited from taking alcohol on-board their Princess ship, with the only exception being one bottle of wine or champagne no larger than 750ml per adult of drinking age. If consumed in your stateroom, guests will not be subject to a corkage fee, however those consumed in public areas are subject to $15 corkage fee.

What’s included in my fare?

All guests embarking with Princess Cruises receive the following inclusions as standard:

  • Flights and transfers to and from your ship
  • On-board accommodation, meals and entertainment
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses

The Sanctuary - Princess Cruises

On-board your ship

What drinks packages are included with Princess?

There are a number of beverage packages to choose from when sailing with Princess, including:

  • Unlimited Soda & More (from $8.05 per person/per day)
    – Unlimited fountain soft drinks, mocktails, juices and complimentary hot chocolate
  • New Grounds (from $35.65 per person/per day)
    – Entitles you to 15 espresso-based speciality coffees at any time of day
  • Premier Beverage Package (from $59.99 per person/per day)
    – Includes cocktails, wine, beer, bottled water, teas, fountain soda, speciality coffees and more

Can I charge my devices on-board?

All of Princess Cruises’ accommodation include 110-volt, 60-cycle AC standard U.S. plug fittings, meaning you will need to bring adaptors to charge any devices or use suitable appliances within your stateroom.

Can I upgrade my booking to be all-inclusive?

Through Princess Cruises’ Cruise Personalizer, guests can select a number of packages to enjoy before embarking or even during your sail. However, Princess Cruises do not offer all-inclusive options.

Stateroom on-board Princess

What is included in my stateroom?

All the little extras one would find in a luxury hotel room are included in every Princess stateroom, including fresh fruit, evening turn down, chocolates on your pillow, complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. Additional inclusions are:

  • Private safe
  • Refrigerator
  • Bottles of liquor and bar packages are also available for purchase
  • 24-hour room service
  • Discovery at Sea programs
  • 100% cotton, high-thread count linens
  • Flat-screen TV

Mini-suites also come with:

  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • Two televisions
  • Sitting area
  • Spacious closet

Full suites also include:

  • DVD/CD player, with free access to DVD library
  • Complimentary laundry
  • Use of the Lotus Spa Thermal Suite
  • One-time free mini bar set up
  • Use of the Disembarkation Lounge

How does my luggage get transported on and off the ship?

Princess Cruises offers a luggage valet service, whereby guests’ bags are taken from home to your stateroom and back again in partnership with Luggage Forward. This makes it much easier to transport on and off the ship and makes your experience with Princess Cruises carefree.

During standard procedure, you take your luggage with you on-board, through security checks and customs, and during disembarkation you collect your luggage from the cruise terminal’s luggage claim area.

What is the dress code on-board Princess?

Standard dress code during the day on-board Princess includes:

  • Casual sportswear, shorts, lightweight pants and jogging suits

For dining on-board Princess cruises there are two options:

  • Smart Casual
    – Skirts, dresses, slacks and sweaters for ladies
    – Pants and open-neck shirts for men
  • Formal
    – Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women
    – Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men

Ocean Medallion on-board Princess Cruises

What is the Ocean Medallion and what benefits do I get with it?

The Ocean Medallion is a wearable device which you wear before, during and after your cruise with Princess. The device holds a unique digital identity and communicates with readers dotted around the ship to offer on-demand food and drinks, interactive games, custom entertainment, smart locks on your stateroom and speeding up your embarkation. The device can be worn as a wristband, pendant, clip or be kept in your pocket or bag.

Guests need to select the option when booking their cruise, upon which the price of the Ocean Medallion will be included and the device will be shipped to you before you embark.

What is the difference between Anytime Dining and Traditional Dining?

Anytime Dining is a fully flexible dining experience, offering the freedom to dine with whoever at any time between 5.30pm and 10pm. Traditional Dining is the classing cruise dining experience, offering set times for dining where you are seated at the same table, with the same guests and staff each night.

Is Wi-Fi included on-board Princess Cruises?

All Princess vessels offer 24-hour internet access in the on-board Internet Cafe and wireless network. Guests can purchase Internet packages while sailing, which can be booked through the Cruise Personalizer.

Are there any adult-only areas on-board?

Children are welcome on-board all Princess cruise ships, but there are areas which are reserved for adults only. This includes The Sanctuary, a luxurious spa featuring plush lounge furniture, attentive Serenity Steward service, soothing music, refreshing beverages and even an open-air massage in your own private cabana. There are additional charges to use The Sanctuary.

Book your cruise with Princess

Princess Cruises offer elegant and relaxing sailings to some of the far reaches of the world. Enjoy cruising the coastlines of exotic shores and cityscapes as you sit back and relax on-board.

There is a wide variety of cruises with Princess on offer at, with a choice of stunning ships to pick your favourite! Browse all Princess Cruises Deals

If you have any further questions about Princess Cruises, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 for award-winning advice and expert service.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

4 Responses to “Princess Cruises: All you need to know”

  1. James Ellis

    We are booked on the Sky Princess cruise to the Canaries next week with special guests Anton Du Beke
    and Erin. Will there be any tea dances or opportunity to ballroom or sequence dance on board.


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