Best Large-Ship Cruise Lines
No. 10 Princess Cruises
Besides a role in The Love Boat, Princess is also famous for its signature experiences, among them: Movies under the Stars (complete with popcorn, cookies, and blankets), Scholarship@Sea (courses in ship navigation, ceramics, and art history), and Sanctuary (an adults-only area with private cabanas and health-oriented menus). Fittingly for the former star of the ’70s series, Princess was also the first to launch weddings at sea.
What’s New: The Royal Princess, set to debut in 2013, will feature an overwater Seawalk, a glass-bottom walkway that stretches 28 feet over the ocean.
Number of Ships: 16.
Destinations: Just about everywhere: from Hawaii, Tahiti, and South Pacific (where it dedicates eight ships) to Asia, India, and Africa (running 28 voyages annually). Princess has an extensive European lineup and seasonal Caribbean sailings. A notable trump card: Princess’s program in Alaska, where it operates its own wilderness lodges and railcars.