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This is: Voyage of the Glaciers (2015)

Cruise Ship 'Grand Princess'

Grand Princess Facts (provided by Princess Cruises)

Built: Monfalcone, Italy
Named by: Olivia de Havilland
Inaugural cruise: 26 May 1998
Registered in: Hamilton, Bermuda
Guest capacity: 2,606
Crew: 1,150
Tonnage: 107,517
Length: 949 feet
Height: 188 feet
Beam: 118 feet (158 feet, including bridge wings)
Draft: 28 feet
Decks: 17
Lifeboats: 22 lifeboats including tenders, plus 2 rescue boats
Guest accommodation:
26 suites with private balconies
180 mini-suites with private balconies
502 balcony cabins
218 ocean view cabins
366 inside cabins
Pools: 4 pools and 1 splash pool
Dining and snacks:
Three main dining rooms
Sabatini's (Italian restaurant)
Crown Grill 
Alfredo’s Pizzeria
International Café 
Vines (wine bar)
Leaves (Tea lounge and library)
Ultimate Balcony Dining 
Trident Grill (burger and hot dog grill) 
Horizon Court (buffet restaurant)
Prego Pizzeria (poolside pizza)
Sundaes (ice cream bar)
24-hour room service 
Princess Theater
Vista Show Lounge
Explorer's Lounge 
The One5 Nightclub 
Wheelhouse Bar
Crooners (Martini bar)
Snookers (Cigar bar)
Passenger Services:
The Sanctuary (quiet area on deck)
Movies Under the Stars (poolside screen)
Lotus Spa and fitness centre
Piazza-style Atrium 
Wedding Chapel 
Grand Casino 
Kids' and teens' centres 
Internet café 
Art Gallery 
Photo/video gallery 
Duty-free shops 
Putting course 
Sports court 
Passenger Services desk 
Shore Excursions desk 
Medical centre 

Stateroom D110

Our accommodation on this cruise was a mini-suite at the front of the port side of Dolphin deck. Although less spacious than the layout that we had enjoyed on Sun Princess in 2014, this was still a comfortable arrangement, featuring a separate seating area adjacent to the balcony. Our beds were made up as a double on arrival, but reconfigured as twin singles on request. The bathroom had a combination bathtub and shower.

Wheelhouse Bar

This once again turned out to be our favourite on-board watering hole.