Princess Cruises’ ship, the Grand Princess has just undergone the most extensive drydock refurbishment in the company’s history, but to call this a refurbishment is a massive understatement.
The ship has been totally transformed from top to bottom, including the removal of Skywalkers night club from the ship’s stern and the complete demolition and rebuilding of the atrium to create the magnificent Piazza. Other modifications have seen a complete re-build of the ship’s casino, which has also enabled the creation of seven new window suites. The new Piazza atrium includes several new eateries including Alfredo’s Pizzeria and the Crown Grill, plus the cruise line’s new tea lounge called Leaves, which offers over 250 different types of teas for passengers to choose from. (EDITOR: My wife would love that!)
Further enhancements were made to the ship’s boutiques, art gallery, lotus spa and wedding chapel, and the addition of Crooner’s Martini lounge. The Skywalkers nightclub has now been replaced with the ultra cool, The One5.
As the refurbishment was such a gigantic task, Princess Cruises filmed a unique video diary of the entire event, which took place in just 24 days with over 1,400 contractors working around the clock to meet the deadline; the ship had to set sail again on the 6th May 2011 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The ship is now on route to its summer homeport of Southampton, England, where it will sail a season of European itineraries, including Mediterranean cruises and a number of shorter Interlude voyages.
Best At Cruises have numerous offers available to book on the new Grand Princess for varying cabin types and departures, with 14 or 17 night Med cruises starting from only £999.
Best At Cruises is a leading UK cruise specialist with over 20 years experience offering cruises suiting all budgets and tastes, from the ever popular Transatlantic cruises onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, to sailing around the Med on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas.
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