The Best Family Cruise Lines - Princess Cruises
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Princess Cruises, the original "Love Boat," although part of the mass-market category, floats upscale ships with tasteful décor and good food. With the line's Personal Choice Dining, choose from either fixed mealtimes with the same tablemates and waiter or come-when-you-want service.
When the Crown Princess debuted in June 2006, the line rolled out an enhanced kids' program, too. Princess Pelicans offers activities for ages three to seven. Kid cruisers renamed the eight- to 12-year-olds' program Shockwaves and christened the teen program Remix. With Junior Chefs@Sea, kids go into the galley to make sushi rolls and decorate cakes. The Hip-Hop Dance Program teaches 'tweens and teens the latest moves, and with Teen Makeover, adolescents get consultations from a beauty advisor in skin care and makeup.
The Remix teen center, along with its Internet access and big-screen television, adds a whirlpool spa. Teens have deck parties, DJ workshops, and midnight movies under the stars; the newer Princess ships feature movies on outdoor LED screens, an experience that marries the fun of an old-fashioned drive-in with the unique ambience of sea breezes. The line's newest ship, the Emerald Princess, debuts April 2007 with a 12-day Greek Isles itinerary.
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