Princess Cruises currently has 14 cruise ships, with more being built in the next few years. This post includes a list of Princess Cruises ships by size and by year built. This is a handy guide to help you decide which Princess ship is best for you.
List of Princess Cruises ships by size
The smallest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet is Coral Princess in terms of number of passengers and gross tonnage but Sapphire and Diamond Princess have the least amount of decks and are shorter in length. It’s important to consider Coral Princess offers a good space to passenger ratio.
|Cruise Ship||Passengers||Length||Gross Tonnage||Number of Decks|
Which is the largest Princess Cruises ship?
The Royal-class ships are all similar in size but Sky Princess has the largest gross tonnage and therefore overall, Sky Princess is the largest ship in the fleet.
List of Princess Cruises ships by age
The table below lists all Princess Cruises ships from oldest to youngest. It’s also useful to note when these ships were last refurbished. Some of the oldest ships have had the most recent ship refits so things like beds, carpets and venues will have had a refresh and update.
|Cruise Ship||Class||Year Built||Last Refurbished|
|Grand Princess||Grand||1998||March 2019|
|Coral Princess||Coral||2002||January 2019|
|Caribbean Princess||Grand||2003||May 2019|
|Island Princess||Coral||2003||December 2017|
|Diamond Princess||Gem||2004||February 2019|
|Sapphire Princess||Gem||2004||March 2018|
|Crown Princess||Crown||2006||April 2018|
|Emerald Princess||Crown||2007||April 2019|
|Ruby Princess||Crown||2008||October 2018|
|Royal Princess||Royal||2013||December 2018|
|Regal Princess||Royal||2014||April 2017|
|Sun Princess*||New LNG class||2024|
|Star Princess*||New LNG class||2025|
Which is the newest Princess Cruises ship?
Discovery Princess, launched in 2022, is the final Royal-class ship and will spend its summer seasons in Alaska. The next two ships planned for 2024 and 2025 will be the first of a new class.
Which is the oldest Princess Cruises ship?
Grand Princess is the oldest cruise ship in the Princess fleet but was last refurbished in 2019. The ship continues to offer cruises to Hawaii, which I thoroughly enjoyed in 2015. Check out my Hawaii cruise videos to see if it’s a cruise you would like to do.
Which Princess Cruises ship is the best?
This is very subjective, depending on what you enjoy. If you don’t want to cruise on a large ship, I would recommend booking on Grand or Coral-class ships but be aware that these are some of the oldest in the fleet. One benefit of these ships is that the public areas and balconies are likely to be bigger than the newer ships.
Royal-class ships are the newest to enter the Princess fleet but are also the largest cruise ships. These ships have grand piazzas (atriums) with more venues and restaurants.
The destinations you want to visit on your cruise will also determine which ships you have to choose from. You can expect the newer, larger Princess Cruises ships to be deployed to the most popular cruise destinations: the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe.
Smaller, older ships will be deployed to more interesting itineraries (in my opinion) such as Hawaii, Panama Canal and world cruise segments.