The 88,000-tonne ISLAND PRINCESS, features an extensive
array of Personal Choice Cruising amenities, a substantial number of balcony
staterooms and new power generation technology.
Just as on Princess' larger vessels, Island Princess has
three distinctive show lounges, but with one added dimension. The two-story
interactive aft lounge is technologically equipped to offer full television
production capabilities and high-definition projection. Known as the Universe
Lounge, this special area features décor inspired by Jules Verne's classic tale
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' and sports three revolving stages. The lounge
will also be home to a new 'ScholarShip at Sea' program, including enrichment
courses on cooking, photography, ceramics, visual arts, computers, and other fun
and informative classes.
The ships' Personal Choice Dining lineup is comprised of
two main dining rooms, along with the popular Sabatini's Italian trattoria. New
to the program is the Bayou Café, the first New Orleans-style restaurant at sea
offering Cajun specialties and live jazz music that captures the unique spirit
of Bourbon Street. The ship also features Princess' 24-hour restaurant, the
Horizon Court, and ‘round-the-clock room service.
In addition, passengers will find a variety of new
gathering places, including a cigar lounge with its own humidor, plus a 1960s
retro martini bar -- both firsts for Princess. Meanwhile, many passenger
favorites are in evidence, with some new twists. The Wheelhouse Bar will be home
to a museum of P&O memorabilia, while Explorers Lounge, a lively spot aboard
Grand Princess-class ships, will continue the adventure with décor that
celebrates the essence of Egypt, Morocco and Bali.
As on the line's largest ships, this new vessel also
offer a wedding chapel, a nine-hole putting course, a 24-hour AOL Internet Café,
and an extensive children's centre. In addition to the expanded interior
space, guests will have more opportunities to enjoy Alaska's breathtaking
scenery without leaving their staterooms. Nearly 90 percent of the ships' cabins
are outside, and most of these feature a private balcony -- a Princess hallmark.
The vessel also features an innovative power generation
technology -- a gas turbine/diesel engine combination, with the gas turbines
placed in the ships' funnels. This configuration is not only environmentally
advantageous but also allows for the additional space inside the ship that
provides for the expanded passenger facilities.