The Ocean Princess is an R-Class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. Chantiers de l’Atlantique originally built the ship for Reconnaissance Cruises at its yard in Saint Nazaire, France. The vessel entered service in 1999. In 2002 it was leased to Princess Cruises, which changed the ship’s name from Tahitian Princess to Ocean Princess. Following the end of the two-year lease agreement, it was sold to Princess Cruises.
The ship has an overall length of 181m, a beam of 25.4m and a draught of 5.8m. The displacement of the vessel is 2,700dwt. It has 334 cabins and can accommodate 680 passengers.
The R-Class ship design features smaller staterooms compared with similar cruise ships. The ship has an all-white hull and a large square-shaped funnel.
The lobby area has a staircase with wrought iron railings. A nightclub at the top of the ship has Polynesian-inspired décor and furniture, and offers forward-facing views. The public rooms take up three decks.
The interiors incorporate elegant ceiling cornices, leather and cherry wood-panelled walls and trompe l’oeil ceilings.
Staterooms are available as suites with balcony, mini-suites with balcony, Oceanview rooms and interior rooms. The balcony suites feature a queen-size bed, a separate sitting room with dining area, a balcony, and a sofa or sofa bed. Other features include a TV, refrigerator, closet, and bathroom (with a whirlpool tub or shower, depending on the suite).
Oceanview rooms include Oceanview double rooms with balcony, Oceanview double rooms and Oceanview obstructed rooms. The rooms have a queen-size bed, a sofa or a sofa bed, a picture window, a TV, refrigerator, closet and a bathroom with shower.
The interior double rooms have twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed, a sofa, TV and desk, refrigerator, closet and a bathroom with shower.
The ship has four main dining venues: the main dining room, Sabatini’s Trattoria restaurant, the Panorama buffet and the Club restaurant.
The Ocean Princess features a range of dance clubs, lounges and casinos for adults. Entertainment venues offer games and activities.
Bars include the Princess Casino and Bar, the Sterling Steakhouse, the Club Bar and the Pool Bar. The Cabaret Lounge, on deck five, equipped with a sound and lighting system, presents first-run movies and live music and hosts variety shows.
Youth and teen centres offer the latest video games and movies, arts and crafts, board games and jukeboxes. Karaoke, pizza parties and pyjama nights are also available for kids.
The Lotus Spa, located on deck 9, has aromatherapy, massage therapy, beauty services and fitness facilities. The ship has a freshwater pool on Deck 9. Other facilities include a library, a card room, an internet café, a jogging track, a golf practice cage and shuffle board.
The ship is powered by four Wartsila 12V32 main diesel engines delivering 13,500kW. The engines power two propellers. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 19.2kt and a cruising speed of 18kt.