Best List Princess Cruises Ships By Age – Newest to Oldest (2024)

Princess Cruises currently has a fleet of 15 cruise ships in service in 2024 with more under construction. If you’re planning a Princess cruise and are wondering about the older and newer ships and which is the best, then you should find this article useful.

List of Princess Cruises Ships By Age

As one of America’s most beloved cruise lines, Princess Cruises introduced a generation of kids and adult’s to the idea of a cruise vacation from watching, The Love Boat TV Show.

Princess Cruises, a name synonymous with elegance, adventure, and world-class hospitality.  Offering cruise travelers a MedallionClass® experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. The line features multicourse meals to remember, Broadway-style shows, comedy acts and bands, and comfortable staterooms featuring the Princess Luxury Bed. As they promise, The Love Boat® promises something for everyone.

Princess Cruises has been a leader in Alaska cruises and been a part of Alaska’s incredible journey, showcasing its natural beauty and cultural richness to millions of travelers from around the globe. A Princess cruise in Alaska allows you access to the untamed beauty from the comfort of world-class ships, exclusive rail service and Princess Wilderness Lodges near national parks. We hope you enjoy our comprehensive list of Princess Cruises ships:

Star Princess – 2025*

Star Princess will be the second ship in the Sun Class and will make her debut in 2025. She is actually the third ship to the hold the Star Princess name and will be the second Princess Cruises ship that will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). She will also offer more than 29 bars & restaurants to her guests onboard.

Sun Princess – 2024*

Sun Princess is the first ship in the incredible new Sphere Class cruise ship  of cruise ships currently under construction that will enter service in 2024. Sun Princess will be the largest ship built for Princess Cruises and the company’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Discovery Princess – 2022

Discovery Princess is the sixth and final Royal Class of ship to be built for the Princess Cruises fleet. She has a passenger capacity of 3,660 (based on two per cabin) and entered service on March 27, 2022. The ship was named by Godparents Randy Fenoli, Alex Guarnaschelli, Adam Savage and Page Turner.

Enchanted Princess – 2021

Enchanted Princess is the fifth Royal Class ship by Princess Cruises and entered service on November 10, 2021. She carries 3,660 passengers (based on two per cabin). The ship was named by Godparents Captain Lynn Danaher, Dr. Vicki Ferrini, and Jenifer Austin.

Sky Princess – 2019

Sky Princess is the fourth ship in Princess Cruises popular Royal Class of ships and began service in February of 2019. The ship carries 3,660 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was named by Godparents who happen to be two notable women of NASA, Captain Kay Hire and Engineer Poppy Northcutt on December 7, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Majestic Princess – 2017

Majestic Princess is the third Royal Class ship and began service in March of 2017. The ship carries 3,560 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was named by Godparents Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li on July 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China.

Regal Princess – 2014

Regal Princess is the second Royal Class ship and began service in 2014. The ship carries 3,560 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was named by Godparents Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Gavin McLeod, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan (Cast of “The Love Boat”) on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Royal Princess – 2013

Royal Princess is the first Royal Class ship, but is the third Princess ship to have been given the Royal Princess name. The ship carries 3,560 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was named by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge on June 13, 2013 in Southampton, UK.

Ruby Princess – 2008

Ruby Princess is a Crown Class ship and began service on in November of 2008. The ship carries 3,080 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Godparents Trista and Ryan Sutter (Stars of the “The Bachelorette”) on November 6, 2008 in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Emerald Princess – 2007

Emerald Princess is a Crown Class cruise and begand service in April 2007. The ship carries 3,080 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Godparents Florence Henderson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Susan Olsen (Cast of “The Brady Bunch” and “Happy Days”) on May 13, 2007 in Athens (Piraeus), Greece.

Crown Princess – 2006

Crown Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship and begand service in June of 2006. The ship carries 3,080 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Godmother Martha Stewart.

Diamond Princess – 2004

Diamond Princess began operation in March 2004 and is a subclassed Grand-class ship, which is also known as a Gem-class ship. The ship carries 2,670 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Godmother Yoshiko Tsukuda (wife of Kazuo Tsukuda, president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) on February 26, 2004 in Nagasaki, Japan. Both Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess were built in Nagasaki, Japan, by Mitsubishi Industries.

Caribbean Princess – 2004

Caribbean Princess modified Grand-class cruise ship and was launched in April of 2004. The ship carries an impressive 3,149 passengers (based on two per cabin). Caribbean Princess is larger than the other ships in her class (Grand Princess), due to an additional deck of cabins called the “Riviera” deck She also was initially designed to cruise the Caribbean year-round, so she was not given a sliding roof over the pool area for shelter in poor weather. She was christened by Godmother actress Jill Whelan (“Vicki” on “The Love Boat”) on April 2, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sapphire Princess – 2004

Sapphire Princess is the second ship in the Gem Class and debuted in May of 2004. She carries 2,600 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Nancy Gore Murkowski, the former First Lady of Alaska on June 10, 2004 Seattle, WA.

Island Princess – 2003

Island Princess is the second ship in the Coral Class and debuted in July of 2003. She carries 2,200 passengers (based on two per cabin). She was christened by Godparents by Gold Medalists Jaime Sale and David Pelletier.

Coral Princess – 2002

Coral Princess is the first ship in the Coral Class and debuted in March of 2002. She carries 2,000 passengers (based on two per cabin). The ship Coral Princess features more than 700 balcony staterooms and was custom built to navigate the historic Panama Canal. She was christened by the President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso on January 17, 2003 In Gatun Locks, Panama Canal.

Grand Princess – 1998

Grand Princess is the first ship in the Grand Class and debuted in 1998. She carries 2,600 passengers (based on two per cabin). Grand Princess was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time.

Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013. She was christened in New York by Godmother Olivia de Havillard.

List of Princess Cruises Ships Newest to Oldest

ShipClassYear
Star PrincessSphere2025*
Sun PrincessSphere2024*
Discovery PrincessRoyal2022
Enchanted PrincessRoyal2021
Sky PrincessRoyal2019
Majestic PrincessRoyal2017
Regal PrincessRoyal2014
Royal PrincessRoyal2013
Ruby PrincessGrand2008
Emerald PrincessGrand2007
Crown PrincessGrand2006
Caribbean PrincessGrand 2004
Diamond PrincessGrand2004
Sapphire PrincessGrand2004
Island PrincessCoral2003
Coral PrincessCoral2002
Grand PrincessGrand1998
List of Princess Cruises Ships By Age

The Different Classes Of Princess Cruises Ships (Biggest To Smallest)

Princess Cruises currently has four unique classes of cruise ships. Each class of ship is a different architectural design and has it’s very own layout and features onboard. Most ships in a particular class have an almost identical layout with minor changes.

The table below shows the Princess Cruises ship classes from largest to smallest, based on ship volume.

ClassShipsAverage Gross Tonnage
Sphere ClassSun Princess, Star Princess175,500
Royal ClassDiscovery Princess, Enchanted Princess, Sky Princess, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess143,755
Grand ClassRuby Princess, Emerald Princess, Crown Princess, Caribbean Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Grand Princess111,696
Coral ClassIsland Princess, Coral Princess91,627
Princess Cruises ship classes

Princess Cruises Ships FAQ

Star Princes will join the Princess Cruises fleet in 2025. She will be the second in a series of new and innovative Sphere Class ships for the brand.

What are the newest Princess Cruises ships?

Regal Princess

The newest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet are the Royal-class ships, including the Enchanted Princess and the Discovery Princess. However, The brand-new Sun Princess and Star Princess in the new sphere class are scheduled to begin service in 2024 and 2025, respectively. 

How many ships are in the Princess Cruises fleet?

Colonial Heritage Voyages

Currently, Princess Cruises has 16 ships in its fleet. With Sun Princess to join in 2024 and Star Princess in 2025.

What are the oldest Princess Cruises ships?

The older Princess ships include the Grand Princess, the Coral Princess, and the Island Princess.

What is the next Princess Cruises ship scheduled to begin sailing?

The Dome aboard the new Sun Princess

The next Princess Cruise is set to be the Sun Princess sailing in February 2024, and Star Princess in 2025.

Which ships are considered as the biggest in the Princess Cruise line?

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The new Sphere-class ships, such as the Sun Princess and the Star Princess, are among the biggest ships in the Princess Cruise fleet.

What are some of the sister ships in the Princess Cruises fleet?

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Some sister ships in the Princess Cruises fleet include the Royal Princess and the Regal Princess, as well as the Crown Princess and the Emerald Princess.

Is Princess Cruises a family-friendly cruise line?

Princess Cay

Yes, Princess Cruises is known for being a family-friendly cruise line, with activities and amenities suitable for all age groups.

What are the Island Princess and Coral Princess known for?

Island Princess

The Island Princess and Coral Princess are well-known for their Panama Canal cruises and their luxurious onboard amenities.

What is the significance of the Royal-class ships in the Princess Cruises fleet?

The Royal-class ships are considered significant for incorporating the latest innovations and technology in the cruise industry, providing a modern and luxurious cruising experience

What are the key features of the newest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet?

The newest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, such as the Sun Princess and the Star Princess, feature state-of-the-art amenities, spacious accommodations, and a wide range of entertainment options to enhance the cruising experience.

What is Princess MedallionClass?

Medallion Class

This innovative technology offers a personalized and seamless cruise experience for guests, allowing them to access their staterooms, make onboard purchases, locate their friends and family on the ship, and unlock interactive experiences through a small wearable device called the Ocean Medallion. Additionally, the Ocean Medallion allows for expedited embarkation and disembarkation processes and the convenience of ordering food and drinks to any location on the ship.

Which Princess ships have Ocean Medallion?

Ocean Medallion Disc

The Ocean Medallion technology is currently available on all Princess Cruises ships. This innovative technology offers a personalized and seamless cruise experience for guests, allowing them to access their staterooms, make onboard purchases, locate their friends and family on the ship, and unlock interactive experiences through a small wearable device called the Ocean Medallion. Additionally, the Ocean Medallion allows for expedited embarkation and disembarkation processes and the convenience of ordering food and drinks to any location on the ship. With the Ocean Medallion, guests can enjoy a more convenient and personalized cruise experience, complete with a variety of interactive entertainment options and customized recommendations based on their preferences.

What is Princess Cruises’ biggest ship?

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Princess Cruises’ biggest ship is the soon to be launched Sum Princess. This magnificent vessel is part of the new Sphere class of ships and is 175,500 GRT’s. She measures 1,133 feet in length and holds 2150 guests cabins with a total capacity of 4,300 passengers.

Which is the smallest Princess cruise ship?

The smallest Princess cruise ship is the Grand Princess, which is part of the Grand-class ships in the Princess fleet. She was the largest and was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built when she began service in 1998.

Are newer Princess Cruises ships better?

The Lido Pool (rendering) aboard Sun Princess

With the latest advancements in cruise ship design, newer Princess Cruises ships offer passengers a more comfortable and convenient experience. From sleek and sophisticated interior spaces to cutting-edge recreational facilities, these newer ships are better equipped to cater to modern travelers’ evolving needs and preferences. Whether for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, passengers can expect a truly exceptional experience on board the newer Princess Cruises ships.

John Shallo
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John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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