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In this final installment in Princess Cruises‘ Grand Princess drydock video diary, the passengers have boarded.  Martyn proudly showcases the new Piazza-style atrium’s many features, as well as the Crown Grill.  On hand to help celebrate the ship’s Grand Opening are many Princess Cruises executives and crew members, including Executive Chef Alfredo Marzi (for whom the new Alfredo’s Pizzaria is named), the Grand Princess’s Sommelier, Maitre d’ and others.

The pastries and coffee in the International Cafe look very tempting, the Sommelier mentions a few exquisite wines available onboard, Chef Marzi serves Martyn the first pizza made in his new namesake restaurant, and the ambience in the new Crown Grill is superb.

And if you’ve been following my posts about the Grand Princess’s renovations, you know that’s just a few of the new features onboard.  What a magnificent new ship the Grand Princess has become!

Just one day before welcoming passengers onboard the newly-renovated Grand Princess, cruise director Martyn takes us on a whirlwind tour of the completed areas, including the Princess casino, the family sunbathing area (complete with a new splash pool), the fitness center and Lotus Spa (You’ll even get the hairdresser’s perspective on the new salon and spa areas while she gives Martyn a haircut!).

In Istanbul Ignites a Spirit of Adventure, I really like how Captain Kent of Princess Cruises‘ Star Princess relates his desire to be at sea and to travel to pop culture and his family’s history.  When he describes finally having the chance to visit Istanbul, the realization of his dream is palpable.   I’m happy to know that Captain Kent will have the opportunity to visit Istanbul once again when the Star Princess returns to the Mediterranean this summer!

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

The Famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

In this episode of the Grand Princess’s drydock video diary, we get a glimpse of the hull of the new Princess Cruises ship being painted.  Next, cruise director Martyn shows us the final preparations being made in the newly-expanded Horizon Court Buffet, on deck, on the atrium stairs, and in staterooms. 

I’m sure the newly-renovated Grand Princess will deliver a wonderful cruise experience for its passengers.

I wanted to share this video of the ceremony and tribute paid to Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, one of the small ships of the Princess fleet.  The ship was officially handed over to Princess Cruises’ sister company, P&O Cruises, based in the United Kingdom. 

We look forward to welcoming the new Royal Princess to the Princess Cruises fleet when the name is bestowed on a new ship currently under construction.

Watch as workers refurbish Princess Cruises‘ signature Movies Under the Stars system atop the Grand Princess.  Also, witness the celebration of a cruise industry milestone, as well as a toast to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine!

In this episode of Princess Cruises‘ Grand Princess video diary, a visiting artist shows us the process of restoring paintings onboard ship.

We also get a look at the work going on in the theatre.  If this backstage look at the show production area interests you, tours of the stage, prop, and dressing rooms backstage are conducted on some sailings.  We took part in this tour on our Princess cruise to Alaska, and it was lots of fun.


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