Grand Princess

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Grand Princess anchored in South Queensferry
Grand Princess anchored in South Queensferry
Career
Name: Grand Princess
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda
Ordered: 08 Feb 1994 (announced)
Builder: Fincantieri
Cost: US$450 million
Yard number: 5956
Launched: 20 May 1998
Christened: 29 Sep 1998, by Olivia de Havilland
Maiden voyage: 27 May 1998
In service: 26 May 1998
Identification: IMO number: 9104005
Official Number: 10853
Call Sign: ZCBU5
Status: in active service, as of 2019
General characteristics
Type: Grand Class Cruise ship
Tonnage: 109,000 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 289.86 m (951 ft)
Beam: 35.97 m (118 ft)
Height: 61.26 m (201 ft)
Draft: 7.92 m (26 ft)
Decks: 17
Propulsion: 2 Fixed Pitch Propellers
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h) (cruising)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
6 tenders
Capacity: 2,592 lower berth passengers
3,100 maximum passengers
Crew: 1,100 crew

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone (Hull Number 5956), Italy, at a cost of approximately US$450 million, she was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess primarily operates in Europe during the summer to early Autumn, and then operates in the Caribbean during winter to late spring.

Grand Princess was the first of the Grand-class ships, and has a different decor scheme to her sister ships, using darker woods, and the interior decor is more similar to the smaller Sun-class ships. The cabin layout is also marginally different in the arrangement of the bathroom and the walk-in wardrobe. At a recent refit, the Movies under the Stars feature was added.

She is the sister ship of the Star Princess and the Golden Princess. The Grand Princess was the setting for a task in the second series of the UK version of the reality TV show The Apprentice.

The Grand Princess has two large theaters and a large central performance lounge. The inaugural season featured performances by artists including Lorna Luft, Al Martino, Bob Anderson, Red Buttons, Rita Moreno and showbands including Dominic Halpin with his swing band and Canadian band the Mud Sharks.

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