Enchanted Princess

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Enchanted Princess

About Enchanted Princess

Best For: Adults seeking a relaxed getaway and families who like a sophisticated cruise ship

Not For: Guests who want a ton of onboard whiz-bang features like waterslides or rock-climbing walls

Bottom Line: Enchanted Princess is a beautiful cruise ship that offers a wide range of fun activities and a solid array of dining options

Enchanted Princess is a sophisticated cruise ship that delivers a wide range of activities both outdoors and in. It features a lovely range of public spaces that appeal to a variety of tastes -- no easy task on a ship that carries 3,660 passengers. But it does so effortlessly, with great passenger flow and an environment that is inviting and relaxing.

The heart of the ship is the Piazza, a stunning, multilevel space inspired by the piazzas of Europe. Restaurants and bars surround the central space, which is always buzzing with activity, from music to balloon drops. It's the best space onboard.

Dining on Enchanted Princess is a highlight: The array of options, including reasonable specialty dining, is strong, and the service in all restaurants -- in truth, across the ship -- was excellent. We especially appreciated that crew seemed empowered to solve problems on their own and do whatever it took to ensure guests were happy. (For example, we asked for a paper list of spa services as well as a printout of the Enchanted Princess deckplan. While these aren't typically shared -- these features are available on the app -- crew scrambled to accommodate, even printing off a new deckplan when they discovered they didn't actually carry these.)

At the forefront of the Enchanted Princess experience is the ship's Medallion. While the concept itself seems straightforward -- create fast, accessible internet while providing an uncomplicated, worry-free cruise for all guests -- the technology behind it is anything but simple.

Medallion is Princess Cruises' approach to solving all cruise problems, and its done so thanks to a wearable disk and a super powerful app, plus a ship that is wired to the nines to make sure it all works.

Because Enchanted Princess is one of the few ships in the Princess fleet to debut fully loaded with all the power of the line's Medallion -- it's technically part of the Medallion Class -- we put the technology to the test on our Caribbean sailing.

We've had the opportunity to try it before, but all components of Medallion functioned on our sailing better than we'd experienced before. We streamed live meetings with our home office and watched shows on Netflix, thanks to the strong internet, which worked everywhere. We ordered food and drinks on the app, and servers found us to deliver, even when we moved around after placing our orders. We used the Medallion disk to open our cabin doors every time, with a range of about 15 feet. And we effectively tracked our traveling companions using the app. Best of all, we rarely had to swipe that disk when we bought something; most servers simply handed us our items and thanked us (by name!).

There were a few hiccups: Medallion is designed to make embarkation frictionless, but ours saw some chaos and longer-than-expected lines (the couple behind us in one line grumbled "we've found some seams in 'seamless'”), and we still found we had to swipe that disk in some locations, especially busy bars. And there was that time we tracked our brother to the women's bathroom (turns out, he was sitting at a table on the wall behind the bathroom). But overall, we were impressed with the evolution of Princess' defining feature, which enhanced our cruise.


Enchanted Princess Health and Safety

All passengers 5 and older sailing on Enchanted Princess must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This applies to all sailings through March 31, 2022. To be fully vaccinated, passengers must have received their final vaccination doses at least two weeks before boarding and show proof of vaccination at the port. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement must be pre-approved and are subject to capacity controls; no exemptions will be granted on embarkation day.

Additionally, guests must show proof of a negative antigen or PCR test, taken no more than two days before boarding. This is done at the passenger's expense. Unvaccinated passengers additionally will need a test at embarkation, for which they'll pay $150.

While booster shots aren't required, Princess "highly recommends" them for all passengers 16 years and older.

Check-in must be completed using Princess' MedallionClass app, which requires passengers to select a preferred port arrival time (so the embarkation process is staggered), complete a health questionnaire and confirm the passenger contract, accept the COVID-19 rules and attest to their vaccination status.

Onboard, most of the regular cruise activities are ongoing, though you can expect capacity controls to be in place. (One feature worth noting: the MedallionClass app allows guests to bookmark activities they want to check out; it also gives insight into how many others have bookmarked that activity, so you know how many people you might expect to show up.) Many group get-togethers take place outdoors.

The pandemic has delayed the opening of one spot onboard: the Experience Center, which is meant to host the ship's Phantom Bridge escape room. This is expected to open when the pandemic abates and restrictions ease.

Protocols and regulations here are up to date as of this writing, but CDC rules, new variants and other factors could affect rules on Enchanted Princess, even after you've booked or potentially mid-sailing.

Before Boarding
• Original vaccination card or digital QR code proving you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing
• A negative COVID test -- PCR or antigen -- completed no earlier than two days before embarkation
• Filling out of check-in materials on the MedallionClass app; includes health questionnaire and attestation
• Onsite testing for unvaccinated passengers who have received pre-approved vaccination exemptions
• Masks must be worn by all passengers 2 and older during embarkation at the port
• Arrival is restricted to designated times

Onboard
• Guests are required to wear masks in all public indoor spaces; nonvaccinated passengers are required to wear masks at all times and further maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Princess recommends surgical masks.
• Mask aren't required in staterooms, outdoors or indoors while seated and actively eating or drinking
• Passengers must carry the Medallion wearable disk so contact tracing can be completed if necessary (Princess provides a lanyard for the disks; fun or fancy accessories like bracelets or pendants can be purchased onboard)
• Children 2 or younger aren't required to wear masks
• Muster drill is completed by watching a long video in your cabin; guests must additionally check in physically at their muster stations on the first day
• Sanitizing stations are set up all over the ship, including outside restaurants and lounges as well as the casino
• Enchanted Princess features an enhanced air filtration system that includes HEPA filters in key areas. The systems replace air in cabins and public spaces every 5 to 6 minutes
• Camp Discovery youth and teen programs operate at reduced capacity
• Self-service meals have been eliminated; crew serve passengers at the World Fresh Marketplace buffet, and may of the items are preportioned and preplated to make grab-and-go easier and eliminate lines
• Menus are available on the MedallionClass app or by scannable QR codes found on tables in restaurants; paper menus are available as well, on request

Off the ship
• Vaccinated guests may explore independently in most ports of call (some ports might have further booster requirements or decline independent exploration, regardless of vaccination status)
• Unvaccinated might be limited to ship-sponsored shore tours or might not be able to visit certain destinations at all
• Masks could be required on tours, especially on shuttle buses and private transport, in some ports and in certain businesses

Cabins

Enchanted Princess has 35 cabin types available

Inside Cabins

6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

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6 Inside types to choose from

Inside Cabins

6 Inside types to choose from

Outside Cabins

1 Outside types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

Balcony Cabins

14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

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14 Balcony types to choose from

Suite Cabins

14 Suite types to choose from

Suite Cabins

14 Suite types to choose from

Suite Cabins

14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

Suite Cabins

14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

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14 Suite types to choose from

Deck Plans

15 deck images available

Activities and Entertainment

Daytime Fun

Daytime Fun

Enchanted Princess' approach to fun isn't all about the sun; the ship really utilizes the indoor space all day, so it tends to eliminate crowding.

The main pool, called the Sky Pool, is located on Deck 16. It's actually two pools, connected in the center and flanked by hot tubs. It's suitable for adults and kids, and you'll see plenty of both on sunny sea days. Shaded and full sun lounge chairs are located on the pool deck as well as the overlooking sun deck.

Movies play during the day on the giant Movies Under The Stars screen.

An additional infinity-style pool is located at the aft of the ship, with a large bar and beautiful views of the wake. 

Our favorite pool is the quiet Retreat Pool, another deep plunge pool open to adults only. It has a small bar nearby and chairs for relaxing. It's also just steps from the adults-only

Sanctuary

, a lovely escape that offers shade, deeply cushioned lounge chairs, hot tubs and even an exclusive spa menu, with fruit skewers and the like. Guests can purchase half-day and full-day passes for the Sanctuary, though on our Caribbean sailing, both sold out quickly on sea days. Cabanas are also available for rental, and you can even get spa treatments there.

Tip: The Retreat Pool is a hidden gem that many passengers don't discover until a few days into their sailing. Look for it at on Deck 17 forward.

Enchanted Princess also has a sports court and small mini-golf course.

On most days, Enchanted Princess' vibrant multilevel Piazza serves as a hub of activity. In the morning, guests gather at the International Cafe for coffee and snacks and genial conversation with other passengers. During the day, you might catch a little light music, like a steel pan player or musical trio, and this continues into the evening.

The other daytime hotspot is Princess Live, a large venue with a stage and video screen. During the day, you might enjoy dance lessons or participate in trivia sessions. Enchanted Princess also has a good lineup of enrichment lectures, and many are hosted here. These are further enhanced by the line's partnership with Discovery. On our sailing, well-attended lectures covered topics like "Birds of the Caribbean" and "What's it Like to Come Face to Face with a Great White Shark?"

Other daytime activities include wine or spirits tastings (usually with a fee) and afternoon tea, as well as bingo (also with a fee).

At Night

Enchanted Princess spreads the nighttime fun around multiple venues, each with their own personality. Passengers tend to find their favorite spots and stick to them

Princess Theater

The two-level Princess Theater hosts the ship's big production numbers. Enchanted Princess offers two of these: Rock Opera and 5-SKIES. Both feature a mix of modern hits as well as older music and offer stunning costumes and a bit of over-the-top theater. Neither is exclusive to Enchanted Princess; if you've sailed on Sky Princess, you likely seen these before. But they're both worth a repeat viewing.

Other acts, like comedians and magicians, perform here on nights when there isn't a production show going on.

Princess Live

This space is all about fun, and it's usually standing room only here. Part of the appeal is the layout; Princes Live is set up as a lounge with a stage at the front. But it's wide open to passersby, who often will stop and check out the action, lingering near the nearby bar or straight-up joining in the fun.

In the evening, you'll participate in trivia or watch the ship's gameshows, like the Yes No Game.

Princess Live also hosts mixers and get-togethers, like the 18-20s meetup.

Tip: If you want to play trivia, you must arrive early if you want a seat. We never saw a session that wasn't full. You can check your app to see how many people have bookmarked sessions to get a sense of what the crowd might be like.

Vista Lounge

Another spot for more organized entertainment, the Vista Lounge is vast and has a great bar serving up a menu of craft cocktails. Catch live music, shows, comedians and more here. This is also the venue for late-night dancing, thanks to a DJ.

Movies Under The Stars

Movies Under The Stars

is a Princess-original concept, though other lines have taken the idea and run with it as well. Each night, you'll find a different moving playing on the pool deck. To enhance the experience, lounge chairs are covered in red velvet, and crewmembers provide popcorn and fleece blankets to guests. Movies range from classics to just released.

Princess Casino

The casino on Enchanted Princess features table games and slot machines. It also hosts tournaments routinely. The Medallion app gives passengers the ability to gamble from anywhere onboard, playing the slots from their mobile devices or getting in on the onboard lotto.

Princess also offers a sports book at sea, where passengers can bet on the action of many games being played all over the world, from NBA to English Premier League soccer. This can only be done virtually; you can't place a bet with a real person at the casino. We tried it out on our sailing, putting $5 on an NFL game (we lost). The process had some kinks -- we got booted out a couple of times and ended up logging four bets even though we only made one -- but we're chalking this one up to a new ship. (Still, double-check your folio to make sure your bets are registering correctly.) Princess has told us live, in-game and proposition betting is on its way.

Bars & Nightlife

Enchanted Princess has a solid selection of bars and lounges, suited to a variety of tastes. What is especially appealing is that you can order using the Medallion app and have drinks from virtually any venue delivered to where you are -- no lines or wandering around. (We tried this one night at dinner at the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, ordering a drink from Good Spirits and were pleasantly surprised by how quickly it was delivered.)

Our Picks

Heart of the Action

Good Spirits at Sea is located on Deck 5, just off the ship's Piazza. Here, you get inventive drinks and a bit of a show.

For Great Jazz

If you like jazz and swanky cocktails, Take Five is your spot. The lounge hosts jazz late at night, every night, and we were impressed with the variety of exclusive gin cocktails offered.

For the Views

Visit the Wakeview Bar for the best scenery around. We love this at sunset.

To Have a Quiet Drink

You don't have to be eating at the Crown Grill to enjoy the adjacent Crown Grill Bar. It's a nice spot to get together with friends and enjoy an intimate drink, with seating at deep couches and armchairs.

For a Bit of the Bubbly

Bellini's Bar offers everything from mimosas (it's open in the morning) to high-end bottles of Champagne and sophisticated cocktails. It's also a nice spot for people watching in the Piazza.

To Get Your Martini Fix

Crooners Bar is a Princess staple, specializing in martinis. It's a favorite of Princess fans, and chances are, you'll chat with an avid cruiser here.

Dining

Included

Enchanted Princess includes 25 bars and restaurants, with a mix of included and for-fee options. It's easy to focus on the up-charge venues, which offer a little something special, but we appreciate that diners can enjoy a great meal no matter where they eat. Enchanted Princess' included options are filled with variety and offer diners a chance to stay in -- or venture from -- their comfort zones.

The most formal of the included options are the ship's three main dining rooms: Capri, Amalfi or Santorini. All three offer the same menu, but hours and who can dine there vary. Passengers can expect at least one restaurant will be open for breakfast; all are open for dinner. Lunch is only offered on sea days. The three restaurants are beautiful open spaces, though space between tables, especially in the coveted window spots, can be a bit tight.

These are the restaurants people think of when they think of traditional cruise dining: Guests are seated and served plated, multicourse meals. You can elect to dine at the same table and same time each night, or you can choose a looser, dine-when-you'd-like approach.  

Tip: Your food preferences and allergies follow you, thanks to your Medallion disk. We talked with vegetarians who told us servers at restaurants made menu suggestions unprompted.

World Fresh Market

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, World Fresh Market is the ship's buffet restaurant. Enchanted Princess has done a fine job of setting up a space that creates stations and eliminates lines. We're especially enamored of the salad station, which includes a variety of grab-and-go premade options as well as a build-your-own spot, where a crewmember will put together a salad just the way you like it. In fact, a shining spot for Enchanted Princess is the sheer variety of preplated choices throughout the buffet; it's ideal during the pandemic, when we're all concerned with sharing utensils. But it also cuts down on food waste and time standing in lines.

Gigi's Pizzeria

Gigi's might be the best included

pizza joint on the waves

. Pizza is made-to-order, crusts are perfectly soft and chewy and salads and calzones complete your order. It's worth repeat visits, as the menu offers a great variety.

Tip: Visit Gigi's on embarkation day, before everyone else finds out about it. You'll have the place mostly to yourself and can skip the crowds that usually hit World Fresh Market on the first day.

Salty Dog Grill

Burgers, barbecue, hot dogs and fries, this poolside venue has a nice selection that's perfect for a casual nosh when you just don't feel like leaving the sun.

Tip: Skip the crush at lunchtime and order a burger (for free!) from your app. A server will bring it to your lounge chair.

Slice

The poolside pizza restaurant. If you're looking for fast and convenient, eat here. But if you're looking for great pizza, hit Gigi's.

International Cafe

Located in the heart of the Piazza,

International Cafe

is a buzzy little spot throughout the day. Coffee lovers go here to get their jolt of caffeine, but it's the selection food that makes us happy. Open 24 hours, there's always something tempting behind the glass display cases. We enjoyed the breakfast sandwich, a satisfying quick bite. But you can get anything from soup to quiche to sweets here, depending on the time of day.

Gelato

For-fee gelato served throughout the day. Options rotate, and sugar-free selections are available.

Specialty Restaurants

If you're willing to spend a little extra, Enchanted Princess offers several restaurants that enhance the ship's dining offerings. While we've seen prices for specialty dining on the rise throughout the industry, offerings on Enchanted Princess are reasonably priced, mostly coming in at less than $30 per person.

Crown Grill ($$)
The ship's steakhouse,

Crown Grill

is the restaurant you should choose if you only are visiting one. (Unless you're a vegetarian, in which case you have better options.) Cuts of beef and lamb are served perfectly, with a great selection of side dishes. We especially like the selection of salts designed to enhance the flavor of your meat.

Sabatini's Italian Trattoria ($$)
Serving up a variety of Italian favorites as well as more modern dishes,

Sabatini's

is a multicourse affair that is created to give you a little taste of everything. If you're so inclined, you can walk through five courses, including antipasti and dessert. Not to be missed is the burrata starter -- ask for the balsamic glaze -- and the seafood linguine. One minor complaint: Courses were so large, we filled up well before our entree was served.

The Catch by Rudi ($$)
A joint partnership the line's head of culinary arts, Rudi Sodamin, The Catch by Rudi debuted on Enchanted Princess in 2023, replacing the ship's French bistro, Bistro Sur La Mer. Featured dishes include Asian-fried calamari; lobsters with garlic butter crust and a whole Dover Sole. The jaw-dropping seafood trolley features lobster tail, shrimp, oysters and mussels. Though the menu is dedicated to seafood, there is also surf and turf and vegetarian dishes on the menu.

O'Malley's Irish Pub ($)
Replacing the former Salty Dog Gastro Pub, which has moved to the Lido Deck, O'Malley's brings Scotch eggs, fried pickles and pan-fried Guinness chicken, along with Irish beers, ales and whiskeys. A new Irish Whiskey tasting experience will also be available here, along with Guinness cocktail classes.

Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar ($)
An a la carte sushi/sashimi bar that sits on the Piazza, Ocean Terrace is great for a meal or to pick up a roll or two as an appetizer before heading to another restaurant.

Chef's Table ($$$$)
A great pick for foodies, the Chef's Table is a multi-course tasting menu, paired with wines.

Our Pick
Our favorite restaurant is Crown Grill, which provides an upscale steakhouse experience without paying high-end prices. You can't make a bad choice here.

The restaurant we'd go back to time and again is Sabatini's, in part because the menu is so extensive, we had a hard time choosing. (If you're with tablemates willing to share, you'll cut down on the FOMO.)