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Princess Cruises Ocean Princess Review

The smallest ship in the Princess fleet has big ideas on where to sail.

December 31, 2013
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With just 338 cabins, Ocean Princess offers a diverse range of accommodations, with décor that will be new (if slightly outdated) to anyone familiar with cabin design on other Princess ships. Sixty-eight percent of the accommodations have balconies—a good quantity for an older ship—but only four units are designated as wheelchair accessible.

Interior cabins, 26 in all, are fairly consistent in size, and located on decks 7 and 8 (plus one on Deck 4)—none of these have windows of any kind. There are 80 Oceanview cabins (what we stayed in), and these range in size, configuration and view. For this category in particular it’s worth examining deck plans carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. Half the accommodations on the ship are Balcony cabins, which are 216 square feet including the balcony. For a little more real estate, consider one of Princess’ Mini-Suites, 322 square feet and located on Deck 8 (the highest cabin area). Suites on Ocean Princess are all corner units on decks 6 through 8 and encompass a generous 786 square feet or more (including the balcony). Perhaps next time.

Our Cabin: Oceanview

For our cruise we stayed in what appeared to be a fairly typical Oceanview cabin, at least based on collateral material from Princess, measuring about 163 square feet. The size seemed okay—other Oceanview units on Ocean Princess range 146 to 206 square feet, and some have obstructed views. The floor plan of the cabin was conventional, and not too snug except for the bathroom (more on this in a moment). There was a big mirror facing the bed that helped open up the space, and another large mirror over the desk.

The beds could be configured as two twins, or as a single queen, sharing a single padded headboard. We found the mattress and bedding sufficiently comfortable for sleeping. There were two small nightstands with lamps for each side of the beds; the lighting was not quite adequate for reading in bed. The main cabin lighting was controlled by a switch at the entrance and by a switch in the middle of the headboard.

Our cabin had a small wood desk with a stool. Next to it was a mini fridge—empty except for an ice bucket, which was filled by our cabin attendant on request (on the desk was a small collection of sodas and bottled water that could be purchased). At the desk were two NEMA (North American) style electrical outlets, for 110V, 60-cycle AC power, along with two Schuko (European 230V) outlets.

Above the mini fridge was a safe—too small for even a small-sized laptop. Above this was the TV, a 22-inch ViewSonic—a bit small for viewing from the far side of the bed, but adequate from the couch. The couch was 50 inches wide—just big enough for two. The coffee table was large enough only for a couple drinks or maybe a single plate of food. The window for our cabin measured 31 by 35 inches in size, and there were sheers plus a curtain that could be pulled closed to block out the light.

Though storage space was not as generous as we find on most Princess ships, a couple that packs sensibly will find sufficient closet and drawer space. The main closet was 35 inches wide, with 18 wood hangers on a rod. Next to it was an additional space, 17 inches wide, with another clothes rod (but no additional hangers); this space was open for the top half, with four drawers below for storing loose items. Additional storage was found in the small drawers on either side of the desk, in a cubbyhole between the safe and the TV, and there was space to store luggage under the beds. We also found the “shelf” under the window to be handy.

The cabin bathroom was tightly configured. The shower stall—41 inches by 24 at its widest and deepest points—was so small there was barely any room to turn around. The awkward space was made worse by a flimsy shower curtain that clung to our legs like a bad dog. There was little shelving around the sink, so our toiletries were jammed into the small cabinet shelves next to the mirror. There was no makeup mirror, and the hairdryer was mounted above the toilet; inside the shower was a retractable laundry line. There was a bottle each of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, branded to Princess’ Lotus Spa. These were thin products, nothing we felt like pocketing at the end of the cruise.

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Cabin Amenities

Our cabin had a 22-inch ViewSonic TV. In addition to the usual ship channels there were four news stations, a channel devoted to TV shows and three channels for movie programming, one of which was for family oriented fare. The TV shows and movies shown on our cruise were highlighted in a printed guide and there were three or four different movies on each channel repeated through the day—a decent selection overall.

We also had a phone, a small safe, a mini fridge, cans of soda and bottled water, bottles of Princess branded shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and two pool towels stocked under the sink (replaced on request by cabin attendant). Waffle-weave cloth bathrobes were available on request. Fresh fruit was delivered on request—we asked for banana and pear, one was overripe, the other too crunchy.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Princess Cruises. Note that photos below have been provided by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Interior
The Interior stateroom is approximately 158 square feet and richly appointed with fine amenities. Some also have pullman beds to accommodate 3rd and 4th passengers.

Oceanview (Obstructed)
The Obstructed Oceanview stateroom is approximately 146 to 165 square feet and features the same fine amenities as our Oceanview stateroom, but either the view from the picture window is obstructed or the stateroom features a porthole instead of a picture window.

Premium Oceanview
The Premium Oceanview stateroom is approximately 206 square feet and features a picture window for memorable views. The Premium Oceanview stateroom is richly appointed with fine amenities.

Obstructed Balcony Stateroom
The spacious approximately 216-square-foot Obstructed Balcony stateroom is appointed with the same fine amenities as our Balcony stateroom but features outstanding views from either a forward-facing or rear-facing 36-square foot balcony.

Balcony
The spacious approximately 216-square-foot Balcony stateroom is appointed with fine amenities and outstanding views from an approximately 36-square-foot private balcony.

Mini-Suite with Balcony
The luxurious Mini-Suite offers approximately 322 square feet of comfort and a separate seating area with a sofa or double sofabed for sleeping a third or fourth passenger. The spacious balcony is approximately 55 square feet and the bathroom offers a combination tub and shower.

Suite with Balcony
Premium accommodations and luxurious appointments are the signature of our expansive approximately 750 to 932-square-foot Suites. Suite staterooms include a spacious cabin and large approximately 288-square-foot balcony, along with special suite-only benefits. Suites include a separate seating area with a sofa or sofabed, walk-in closet, full bathroom and deluxe amenities.

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