Princess F55 Review (2022 Edition)

The 17m, three-cabin Princess F55 is a classy cruiser that ticks a lot of boxes for an owner operator

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Princess has ranges that cover five distinct genres from traditional V Class sportscruisers to the pseudo explorer yachts of the X Class range, but this F55 is a staple of the modern Princess line-up and a timely reminder of what this British yard is all about. With three good cabins, well-arranged deck spaces and twin shaft drive propulsion it's a tempting proposition for an owner-operator who values space on board but doesn't necessarily want to rely on crew when they go cruising. 

Princess's partnership with Olesinksi Design and Pininfarina seems to produce consistently appealing designs and the F55 is no different. Its lines are well-proportioned and perfectly judged, as is the spacious three-cabin interior. The F55 might be the most competent all-rounder in a highly competitive market, keep reading to see what it's like on board and out on the water. 

Princess F55 Key Facts

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  • LOA 58.005ft
  • Model Year 2022
  • Max Speed 29 knots
  • Status In Production
  • Generations 2
  • Yacht Type Flybridge
  • Use Type Cruising

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Performance & Handling

The F55 is available with two versions of the Volvo Penta D13 shaft drive block, with either 800hp or 900hp. For the small increase in price, the 900s are worth the outlay. Being the same block as the 800s they take up no more space in the engine room than their less powerful counterparts and that extra 200hp in total will be felt mid-season when there's some growth on the hull and a full complement of cruising kit on board. 

Princess quotes a 31-33 knot top speed and, depending on load, that is perfectly achievable. The 12.8-litre in-line 6s have plenty of punch and make easy work of shifting the F55's 31-tonne (at half load) weight on to the plane, where it will happily sit at 25 knots with noise readings in the saloon of just 73 dB(A).

Around the Marina

The F55 is only offered with shaft drives but if the joystick manoeuvrability of IPS holds great appeal don't worry, because Princess has an answer for that. As a cost option, there is a Volvo Penta joystick, which combines the twin shafts and Sleipner bow and stern thrusters to offer pod-style joystick control on a twin-shaft drive boat. The joystick isn't quite as smooth and responsive as an IPS installation but it's not far off and if the idea of using throttles and thrusters independently is a bit intimidating this is a great option to have.

Personally, I don't think a joystick is a must-have option because you have such great control with the throttles and brilliant proportional thrusters, but I would probably opt for the stern thruster for fine adjustments if you're going to berth stern-to, as is the norm in the Med.  

The absence of a door at the lower helm means that crewing isn't as easy as it is on, say, the Absolute 56 Fly or Sealine F530 but there are electric windows on both sides of the salon to aid communication with crew and natural ventilation on the main deck. 

Most skippers will probably opt to berth the boat from the upper helm, where you can see both ends of the boat very clearly when coming alongside. 

Princess F55 exterior

The day of our sea trial in Princess's home port of Plymouth brought with it stiff south westerlies and challenging sea conditions but the F55 took all of this in its stride. The twin 900hp engines have more than enough grunt to haul the boat out of deeper troughs without it getting bogged down and the hull irons out the worst of the bumps with ease. 

The handling is far more playful than you might expect of a boat of this style, the benefit being that amongst larger crests it is very easy - rewarding, in fact - to hand steer the boat through the worst of it. The steering is light but not artificially so and with just 2.5 turns from lock to lock, the boat reacts keenly to inputs from the helm station(s), banking eagerly and turning on itself within a couple of boat lengths.

It's quiet, too, with sound levels at the lower help barely registering above 70dB(A) at cruising speed, making this a very relaxing position to cover hard yards from. 

The driving position is good at both helms and with slide adjustment on the seats and adjustable steering wheels it should be easy for skippers of all shapes and sizes to get comfortable. At the lower helm, there is enough headroom to stand and drive, even for those over 6ft, and the lift bolster on each seat provides a comfortable spot to lean on. Both around the marina and at sea, the F55 is polished and easy to handle. 

Princess F55 running

Our Test Speed & Range Data

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  • 637 nm @ 9.5 knots eco
  • 251 nm @ 26.6 knots cruise
  • 241 nm @ 29.4 knots max

Princess F55 version 2022. *Data collected by Yacht Buyer during testing. View Full Test Results

Design & Build

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The Princess/Olesinksi partnership is almost as old as time itself and the two brands appear to be able to knock out cohesive, ageless designs with staggering consistency. Adding the Turin-based design house Pininfarina into that mix has done nothing to upset that synergy and has bestowed the modern Princess with a swooping curvy architecture that is restrained and beautifully clean. 

Does the F55 lack a bit of visual punch? There's an argument that it does, certainly in contrast to the rakish Azimut 53 and more bombastic designs from the likes of Absolute and Galeon. 

Fit and finish are as high as we have come to expect from Princess and attention to detail are impressive. The quality and sculptural finish of the mooring gear alone sets the tone on a boat where it's clear that designers and engineers have gone the extra mile to provide aesthetic functionality. It's not just the stuff you can see, either. Digging behind the scenes is easy because access panels are hinged and open on simple pop catches, so getting behind the helm, for example, couldn't be simpler. 

It's the same story in the engine room where the motors are mounted with plenty of space around all sides, there is lashings of sound-deadening material and plumbing and wiring are neatly labelled with functions and flow directions. It's an easy boat to drive but, for an owner-operator, it's also a very easy boat to live with. 

Interior Accommodation

Princess F55 Saloon

The curvature that characterises the F55's exterior continues inside where the neatly rounded edges are not only good on the eye but much more friendly to knock into at sea, compared to a sharp corner. There is a variety of wood and upholstery choices but the mix of oak wood and blue upholstery on our test boat (not pictured) struck a somewhat austere tone without the personal touches of an owner.

The quality can't be faulted, though, from the execution of the woodwork to the delightfully subtle use of recessed lighting and the dedicated storage for everything from cutlery to crockery and glassware.

The galley's position aft works especially well with the top-hinged window to port, which opens the kitchen to the cockpit and creates a bar between the two areas. The galley itself features a domestic fridge-freezer and induction cooking plus a decent dishwasher, replacing the slightly hopeless drawer-style machine that was fitted to the Mk1 F55. 

Another change from the previous generation boat is that there is no longer the spear of GRP running into the saloon windows, which makes for even better views out of the vast glazed area. The bulwarks neatly drop with the window line so even when sitting in the main saloon area the views out are superb. The levels of natural light drawn into the main deck are superb, too. 

Our test boat had a stylish coffee table at the dinette but there is the option to have a proper table on a hi-lo mechanism for those who want the option to dine inside the boat. 

The boat has a three-cabin layout with the option to add a (rather good) crew cabin in the transom as an option. The layout comprises three cabins and two bathrooms with the VIP and twin guest cabins sharing a bathroom, though the VIP has private access from inside the cabin. At this size, there is enough beam for the beds in the twin to be side by side, rather than bunks, and Princess has added to the functionality by adding (as an option) an electric mechanism so the two berths can slide together or apart in a matter of seconds to create a pair of twins or a decent double. 

The VIP ensuite is forward and has well over 6ft of headroom at the end of the bed and a good amount of floor space so it's easy to get changed.  There's a good variety of storage too with eye-level lockers all around, deep drawers built into the base of the bed and a large hanging locker on the starboard side. It would be good to see fiddled edges on the areas on either side of the bed, so loose items can't slide off when the boat is at sea. 

Heading amidships there is day head access to the VIP ensuite and, in the companionway leading to the master suite, a locker to house the washer and dryer, neatly placed between all three cabins.

The master cabin, as is the norm on boats in this sector, is full-beam with its own private ensuite on the port side. Princess has cleverly employed a pocket door here, which slides into the bulkhead, a neat space-saving trick that maximises the amount of room in an ensuite that isn't enormous but is nicely finished, though. 

The stateroom is spacious with plenty of headroom and a flat floor around the large double berth. Here, the hull windows are at their largest and the effect is wonderful. Princess has made the most of the view on the port side by installing a compact dinette where the owner could have a quiet coffee or do a bit of work in private. It's a great space and of more use than the ubiquitous chaise lounge.

Storage is impressive throughout as the starboard side of the cabin is almost exclusively dedicated to stowage solutions, be that deep drawers, a pop-out bureau or the double floor-to-ceiling wardrobe. In a trio of really good cabins, the master is the icing on the cake. 

A single crew cabin is an option but it's a well-designed space that could act as an ad hoc guest cabin if required. It's as nicely finished as the rest of the accommodation, has decent good light thanks to a strip of glazing in the transom and has 6ft of standing headroom. By putting the sink inside the cabin there is more space to move around in the ensuite wet room. If crew space is a priority, the Galeon 550 may be a better option as it has space for two crew.

Princess F55 guest cabin

Helm Station

Princess F55 upper helm

Both helms benefit from good ergonomics thanks to sliding seats with bolster sections and adjustable steering wheels so most skippers will be able to find a driving position that suits them. The upper helm is more stylish than its counterpart downstairs, especially in the silver paint finish that comes as part of the optional Allure pack. 

Two large MFDs (one is standard) and a smaller engine data screen handle navigation and engine information. The amount of storage for loose items at the upper helm is particularly impressive with everything from shallow slots for mobile phones to cupholders and a deep glovebox that could swallow all manner of kit. 

The lower helm is similarly well designed, though the test boat only had one large MFD whereas most buyers will likely opt for two. The dashboard design is smart and clear, with dark materials dominating so you don't get a reflection of the dash top in the windscreen on really bright days. 

There are electric windows on both sides of the boat but no side door at the helm, which means the F55 isn't quite as easy to crew single-handed as the likes of the Sealine F530 and Absolute 56 Fly. 

Princess F55 flybridge

The F55 is tightly proportioned - and all the better looking for it - but it doesn't feel as spacious on deck as a Sunseeker Manhattan 55 or Absolute 56 Fly. The spaces are well-balanced, and the inclusion of sun pads with angled backrests, a sofa and a walk-through section on the foredeck make the very most of this extra living space. 

Most boats in this sector stow their tenders on a hi-lo bathing platform (though the Prestige 520 has a tender garage) and the F55's has the capacity (450kg) to launch and recover a Williams 435 Sportjet. However, if the boat is fitted with the optional Seakeeper gyro stabiliser and a passerelle, the platform's capacity drops to 125kg. Worth thinking about if you want a decent tender on the back. 

There is symmetrical access on either side of the transom into the cockpit where there is a decent dinette with a hefty teak table. The quality stands out once again in the substantial stainless steel handrails built into the table support, inset cupholders and the finger slots that are carved into the table edge to make it easier to lift the sections. 

There is a gentle ascent onto the side decks from the cockpit where tall guardrails and well-placed grab rails on the flybridge structure make moving along the sides of the boat safe and easy.  Fender storage is a touch limited but then the crew cabin can double up as a store for the occasions when the fenders need to be off the decks. 

The flybridge is a really well-designed place with a focus on seating. The dinette bench runs right across the aft end of the top deck and there is enough space on the other side of the table for a couple of stools or free-standing chairs. The wet bar is compact but has all you need to serve guests up top including a sink, BBQ grill, fridge and optional icemaker. The bar's proximity to the flybridge hatch means those doing the cooking need to be careful not to step back and disappear down the flybridge staircase.

There is the option to have a hard top with a sunroof over the flybridge but the canvas Bimini with built-in LED lighting is a cheaper alternative that looks better and can be collapsed forward of the helm if shelter isn't required. 

Value For Money

You do tend to pay a premium for a Princess but it's easy to see where that extra money is going. The F55 feels a quality product through and through, uses high-end components and comes as standard with options that many rivals would charge extra for.

This eye on quality, the timeless styling and the fact that Princess doesn't produce in enormous numbers means residual prices tend to be better than the competition, too. 

At the time of the review in August 2022, the price of the boat we tested was £1.78 million inc VAT. 

The exact elements of the specification will be determined by where the boat is kept. If it's off to the Med then air-con, a passerelle and possibly the hard top are must-haves. 

No matter where the boat is going to live, the Allure pack is worth having as it adds an extra bit of polish here and there that really brightens up the deck spaces. 

The NAIM audio system is another good addition, not only because it sounds sensational but it also comes with an inverter that is linked to TV meaning you don't have to fire the generator up to raise/lower it when the boat is disconnected from shore power.

The larger engines are a no-brainer given the small increase in cost and the gain in performance, plus most secondhand buyers will probably be looking for a boat with larger engines. The Seakeeper is a very expensive option but a game-changer if you plan to spend a lot of time on anchor. Keep in mind that if you have that and the passerelle you won't be able to have a tender heavier than 125kg on the bathing platform. 

There was a time when a boat of the F55's size would be a flagship for Princess but its range is in a different stratosphere these days. Even so, the F55 feels like a core Princess product and, in many ways, demonstrates Princess at its best. The styling is timeless, quality and attention to detail are outstanding and there are very few compromises on deck or within the impressive three-cabin interior. 

At sea, its twin 900hp engines provide effortless performance and a decent cruising band. The hull is soft riding and refined and the handling is far more engaging than one might expect for a boat of this style. 

It's a well-worn line but it still rings true: some will find the design a bit plain for this sort of money and if you agree with that statement then something from Azimut, Sunseeker or Galeon offers more visual punch. But as an all-round package there are few boats in this sector better executed or easier to live with than the F55. 

Reasons to Buy

  • Timeless appeal
  • Quality and attention to detail
  • Solid ride and handling
  • Excellent helm ergonomics

Things to Consider

  • No side door at lower helm
  • Styling may be a little safe for some

This is one of the most hotly contested sectors in the market so, as good as the F55 is, it faces stiff competition from some of the biggest names in production boat building. 

One criticism that the F55 may face is that its styling is a bit safe, which isn't something you can accuse the Azimut 53  of. Designed by Alberto Mancini, it is dripping with Italian style inside and out and its IPS drivetrain promises easy close control and smooth performance out on the water. On board, there are three good cabins and the option for a crew space. It is expensive, however. 

There is strong homegrown talent in the form of the Sunseeker Manhattan 55 . This is one of the most popular models that Sunseeker has built in recent times and it's not hard to see why. A class-leading flybridge deck, head-turning looks, three spacious cabins and 30-knot performance from the same D13 900s as the Princess make for a mightily compelling cruising machine. Those looks won't appeal to everybody, though. 

The Absolute 56 Fly is one of the cleverest boats in the sector and uses the available space on board brilliantly. It's IPS only, though, so if you don't want pods it's not for you. The reward is outstanding internal packaging including a very clever VIP double with the bed mounted facing forward on the centreline, creating one of the best guest cabins in the sector. It won't age as gracefully as the Princes but in terms of quality and attention to detail, Absolute is right up there these days.

Specifications & Performance

  • Builder Princess
  • Range F Class
  • Model Princess F55
  • Length Overall 58.005ft
  • Beam 15.978ft
  • Draft 4.626ft
  • Yacht Type (Primary) Flybridge
  • Use Type (Primary) Cruising
  • Cruising Speed Max Speed
  • Fuel Capacity 726 Gallons
  • Fresh Water Capacity 164 Gallons
  • Engine Model 2x Volvo Penta D13-900

Performance Data

Princess F55 version 2022. *Data collected by Yacht Buyer during testing.

Test Engines Twin Volvo Penta D13-900

  • Liters Per Hour
  • Liters Per Mile
  •   CRUISE

Yacht Load: 85 Litres of water 97 Litres of fuel

Princess F55 Layout

Flybridge Princess F55

A hard top is an option but it does the looks no favours; the bimini is a good compromise if you need shelter on the top deck

Main Deck Princess F55

The aft galley layout makes it equally easy to serve guests in the saloon and cockpit  

Lower Deck Princess F55

A crew cabin is an option. If you don't have it this area becomes a large dry storage space 

Jack Haines

Jack Haines

Jack is YachtBuyer's Reviews Director. He is a writer, editor and presenter with 15 years’ experience testing over 350 motorboats of all shapes and sizes, from 20ft RIBs to 120ft yachts (and even the Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland ). 

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Behind the Build: Princess Yachts

  • By Patrick Sciacca
  • Updated: December 25, 2017

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Producing more than 17,000 vessels over 50-plus years is no easy task, but Princess Yachts has turned the science of boatbuilding into an artfully choreographed dance. Whether it’s the company’s craftspeople looming 1,780 miles of wire (about the distance from Miami to Maine) per year or the lamination team infusing the builder’s 131-foot 40M hull (a seven-hour process), this yard makes efficiency and stringent attention to detail part of the construction plan.

The result is a fleet of yachts that consumers can count on to be predictable, something the Princess 68 illustrated for me during a late-afternoon sojourn on England’s Plymouth Sound. The hum of her 1,200 hp MAN diesels was barely noticeable in the salon as our captain pushed the throttles to the pins, taking her up to 32 knots. She turned as if on rails, and there was nary a creek or groan while the yacht carved S-turns like a slalom skier

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As I looked around the 68’s aft-galley setup with pass-through and the U-shaped settee for six to eight guests to port, I found it hard to see even an inch of space that was wasted. The 68’s volume is optimized in part by the full-size mock-ups the builder creates for every new model, so the Princess team can see how CAD concepts work in the real world. During my time at the yard, I also got to see one of the builder’s future models in mock-up. While I can’t share exactly what I saw yet, the benefits of making the full-scale version allow the Princess team to create an aft-deck layout I’ve never seen. (Sorry about the tease, but stay tuned.)

I found it hard to see even an inch of space that was wasted. The 68’s volume is optimized in part by the full-size mock-ups the builder creates for every new model.

About 80 percent of each Princess Yachts vessel is built in-house, excluding such items as engines, air conditioning and the like, giving the builder a high level of quality control. It’s noticeable in such details as the Princess logo etched into cleats and those aforementioned seamless looms labeled for easy identification.

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The precision is partially thanks to the company’s apprenticeship program, in which employees get trained on-site, both in a workshop environment and on the production floor. That investment leads to a well-trained workforce (about 2,500 employees producing almost 250-plus yachts from 39 feet to 131 feet per year), and the builder gives those employees materials, technology and testing ability in order to ensure the final products are the best they can be. To that end, Princess creates resin-infused hulls and other large parts (some smaller parts are still hand-laid), and uses carbon fiber in areas where strength with less weight is needed to optimize performance. A CNC router creates plugs to make molds that become new Princess models.

All of the builder’s yachts are also built to a precise schedule. Princess can tell an owner exactly what should (and is) happening on a particular day in the build cycle. Every yacht’s job book lists the number of days into the build, the approximate hours required for the build, and any job delays, keeping everyone accountable for quality and efficiency without sacrificing one for the other.

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It didn’t look like there were many delays in any of the production lines I visited. They were buzzing like beehives. I’ve been visiting yacht builders for 18 years, and Princess had some of the most active yards I’ve seen, whether it was the company’s small-yacht yard (for hulls 39 to 48 feet) or the M-Class facility, where it builds the 30M, 35M and 40M mega-yachts.

The day I left the M-Class facility, Princess was giving its new 98-foot 30M her first dip in the salt before she would head to the Cannes Yachting Festival. The builder’s crew was smiling with accomplishment, and the sun, which had been hiding earlier that morning, came out to greet the yacht as the Travelift lowered her into the drink.

I looked over and noticed a covered slipway dated 1703. It’s still used. In fact, there was a boat in it. To my left was a rich history of British boatbuilding, and 200 yards to my right was the 30M showing off the country’s boatbuilding present.

If Princess Yachts keeps to the path I saw during my visit, the future there should be bright.

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Princess Yachts Y72 Review: Subtle Details And Setting Trends

Princess Y72

"High Standards Throughout." It's the direction that Princess team and the Olesinski naval architectural design firm dedicated themselves to fulfilling, not just in theory, but truly creating spaces on board where these standards are tangible. In a highly competitive market for 72-foot flybridge yachts, the Princess Y72 elevates itself through both glaring differences and subtle details that combine for palatial accommodations at sea. Versatile as she is beautiful, the Y72 can be both formal entertaining yacht and comfortable cruiser, capable of long-distance luxury travel.

Princess Yachts will debut the Y72 to North America at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and if you weren't able to travel to the Cannes Yachting Festival, this will be the first time any of us across the pond have seen the new model. The international yachting world is already a buzz as the Y72 joins an award-winning stable of Y-class models, situated perfectly in the range with the Y78 and Y85 .

Perhaps the most evident difference the Princess Y72 accomplishes is in its performance. Standard power for the Y72 features twin MAN V12 1,650mhp engines that produce a stable cruise of 30 knots and a top speed of 34 knots. In comparison, the 72 Fly from Azimut Yachts is also equipped with MAN V12 engines, but only 1,400mhp, resulting in slightly lower speeds. The 720 from Ferretti Yachts features MAN V8 1200mhp engines standard, but do have an optional MAN V12 1,400mhp's available. The closest model built by Sunseeker Yachts is the 76 Flybridge which only reaches 1,550mhp as an option. Clearly, Princess aimed to lead this category when it came to speed and power on the Y72, creating a sizable advantage.

And, don't forget the optional extended range fuel tank which gives the Y72 a total fuel capacity of 1,400 gallons.

( Below: Motor Boat & Yachting Test Drive The Y72 In Choppy Condition. )

SI Yachts is proud to be one of the top Princess dealers in the world and we work closely with the shipyard for all of our clients that choose to build their own. If you're considering purchasing a new Princess, we can help you select the perfect equipment for your needs, find availability, work with the factory to secure a build slot, take your boat in on trade, and keep your new boat serviced all season long. If you're considering purchasing a new yacht, please contact us at 1-718-984-7676 or by email at [email protected] .

( Below: Youtube AQUAHOLIC is among the first to step on board the Y72 and give it a thorough review. )

The Y72 exterior lines and accents have noticeably evolved in this new model, signaling a slight variation in aesthetics for the full model range to come. The windows below deck are streamlined with a curve in the bottom, a solution which adds to the exterior look while also meeting the need for natural light below deck. The striking deep-v at the bow is the traditional Princess hull shape, honed to perfection after thousands of boats constructed. The same slope can be found in the curvature of the flybridge hardtop, which also boasts a lighter grey color to accent the lines.

It doesn't go unnoticed either that you can see clear through the salon and the lower deck thanks to the abundance of large windows.

Princess Y72 running

Beginning aft, the hydraulic swim platform is wide and features a walkway between the transom and the platform. If you've ever tried to put on scuba fins while the swim platform is down, having this area, plus the seat by the storage locker, is a welcome addition. A decent sized tender can also be carried when underway. Teak staircases port and starboard, with an extending passarelle on the portside, lead to the beautiful aft deck.

The cockpit on the Y72 (below) is spacious and fun, shaded from the flybridge for comfort, and ample seating for afternoon cocktails. Small details in this space accent the ambiance through recessed LED lighting, twin tone headliner with stainless steel trim accents, a hidden aft docking station with joystick, and so much more. The pedastal table unfolds making dining al fresco a possibility and the optional NAIM audio system with JL Audio speakers supply concert-like sound.

aft deck seating

The foredeck seating area (below) features multiple seating and sunbathing options. The sunpad can lay flat or raise the backrests to create additional seating that faces the other sofa. Stainless steel cup holders, Fusion waterproof speakers, additional storage, and teak decking complete the bow, which when cruising with the gyro stabilizers on, can be an exceptional place to enjoy the cruise.

bow seating area

The side decks connecting the bow and aft deck are wide and feature specially-formed stainless steel handrails often found on superyachts. Small details like this add to the feeling of luxury and quality, high standards that Princess aims to keep on every part of the boat.

As you ascend the staircase to the flybridge (below), the teak steps are illuminated at night and face you from the cockpit, making maneuvering around the boat safe and easy. The flybridge is exquisite with many noticeable details that create a unique experience. Beginning starboard side and aft, is a large sunpad that can fit multiple people for conversing or getting a tan. The teak flybridge railing is a nice touch, as is the glass panels that allow the sunbathers a view out of the back of the boat.

Forward of the aft flybridge sunpad is a U-shaped couch with a pedastal table that can easily be minimized or extended for dining with multiple guests. Across from this outdoor dining area is a contemporary-looking wetbar that consists of a BBQ, sink, drawer refrigeration, storage, and trash. The hardtop above offers an option to have electrically-operated louvered sections that tilt with the push of a button. Forward on the flybridge is a wonderful helm space that any owner/operator would find enjoyable to use. Seating surrounding the upper helm allows guests to enjoy the ride with the captain while the boat is underway.

flybridge on princess y72

As with most yachts of this caliber, the Y72 features an aft galley with an opening window that helps to integrate the cockpit to the main deck interior when the cockpit doors are open. It also makes serving guests from the galley quite easy.

Stepping inside the Y72, the result of incorporating the extra-large glass windows is visible in the amount of natural light, but also the nearly unobstructed views. The inside dining area is farthest aft and across from the galley which is well-equipped to prepare meals for all of your guests. Additional chairs, bar stools, a sofa, cocktail table, and hidden flat screen television create a wonderful living room space that is just aft of the interior helm.

Princess has a variety of wood and fabric selections for the Y72 that will appeal to all tastes and desires. A silver oak, in either a satin finish or a gloss finished is an upgraded option, as is the walnut interior. The galley worktops and bar are quartz, but come in a variety of color choices including black anubis, prganic white, oyster, clamshell, and others.

interior salon and galley

Four beautifully decorated and spacious staterooms are found below deck. As you head down the companionway, large storage spaces and washer/dryer are found by opening cabinets. The VIP suite is forward and features lots of light, portholes for fresh air, a large flatscreen television, lots of closet and drawer space, as well as a queen-sized berth. The VIP en suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower and storage tucked away in multiple areas.

Adjacent to the VIP suite is the guest cabin that features twin beds that can be electrically-controlled to join together into a queen. 

A private staircase that is separate from the guest stairs is found portside and forward in the salon. This leads to the master suite which is located midship and is completely incredibly roomy. From the king-sized berth, to the large windows, the entertainment system, the storage, and the additional reading area, you may never want to leave your private oasis below deck.

master stateroom on y72

For additional images of the new Princess Y72, please visit the model page here:

Other options and features on board the Y72 include:

  • Seakeeper 18 with controls at both helms
  • Sleipner Vector Fin Stabilization System
  • Optional Flybridge Crane with tender chock mounting system
  • Seabob Storage with charging ports
  • Standard ONAN 29kW primary generator with optional second ONAN 21.5kW gen
  • YachtSafe Air Purification System 

"Finished to high standards throughout, the all-new Y72s design features are comparable to those of larger Y Class yachts." - Princess

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The Princess Yachts Y Class: Yachts of Distinction

Thursday 9th March 2023

As a line of sub-100-foot mini superyachts, each of the four Princess Y Class yachts is designed to deliver cruising at its most cultured. With exquisite materials, meticulous detailing and large, open spaces bathed in natural light, guest comfort is unashamedly high-end.  And with first-class seakeeping, high-volume internal capacity and a variety of living and dining spaces, practical long-distance cruising is also a major strength.

Princess Yachts has long been famous for the creation of midsized flybridge cruisers that combine great internal space with proven hulls and premium luxury.  But with a modern fleet spanning 21 boat models across six product lines from 40 to 95 feet, its modern fleet is in fact tremendously diverse.  The R35 open sports boat is the smallest and fastest model in the fleet.  Above that, the V Class transfers plenty of pace and agility into the luxury cruising sector.  The iconic F Class flybridge motor yachts add extra space from 40 to 62 feet, before the S Class takes up the mantle, with a range of ‘sportbridge’ motor yachts from 62 to 78 feet.  And while the new expedition-style X Class has brought fresh opportunities at 80 and 95 feet, the imperious Y Class remains a crystal-clear expression of Princess’s inherited strengths.

Princess Y72: for ‘big boat’ luxury

Introduced in the summer of 2020, this smallest of the Y Class yachts is an object lesson in on board decadence. It uses an Olesinski exterior design that is defined not by flat two-dimensional surfaces but by elegantly sculpted three-dimensional forms. Though arguably less ostentatious in appearance than other sub-100-foot ‘superyachts’, it also features full-length windows that echo those on the new Y95 flagship, plus a flybridge that provides the option of an extended hardtop with a stylish louvered roof.  The foredeck sunbathing area can be converted to include forward or aft-facing seats and, while the sociable helm is ideal for owner-operator use, there is also a twin ensuite crew cabin that doubles as an extra guest room. This adds some useful cruising flexibility to the four dedicated ensuite cabins further forward – and yet the full-beam master stateroom still has plenty of room for its own private spiral staircase. Little wonder that this beautiful yacht scooped a winner’s gong at the prestigious Motor Boat of the Year Awards in 2022.

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Princess Y80: for convivial cruising

Offering a generous beam, the new Y80 provides significant volume and flexibility with owners able to specify innovative alternative layouts to suit their needs. A choice of three cockpit designs are available: a traditional U-shaped dining arrangement with additional storage solution for two SEABOBs; a central cockpit table with free standing furniture to seat eight guests; or Princess’ new ‘infinity cockpit’ layout (first seen on the new Princess Y85) with electrically sliding seating and table mechanism to transform the area from a relaxed sofa arrangement to an informal dining area.

There is a seamless connection of each zone on the main deck, from living area to dining arrangement, from well-equipped galley to day head, through to the wheelhouse with helm station and companion seating.  Below deck, four ensuite cabins sleep eight, supported by crew quarters with two further cabins and a crew mess.  The elegant master stateroom, accessed via private stairway from the main deck, makes full use of the yacht’s impressive beam.

The flybridge features relaxed seating and dining areas, a large sunpad, fully equipped wetbar with optional stools, plus stowage capacity for a 4m tender or wetbike.  Flexibility continues on the flybridge too with two further aft layout options including a relaxed free-standing L-shaped seating arrangement or spa bath with sun loungers aft.  The foredeck has been designed to offer a secluded escape to while-away an afternoon or an elegant entertaining space to sip cocktails with guests. A conversationalist seating area can easily accommodate 10 people, which can convert to offer a spacious sunpad.

Equipped with twin MAN V12 1900hp engines, the Y80 offers powerful performance with maximum speeds in excess of 30 knots.

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Princess Y85: for on board entertaining

Designed in collaboration with Italian styling house, Pininfarina, the Princess Y85 adds some useful extra features for crewed adventures. In the open-plan single-level main deck saloon, for instance, there’s a large aft lounge, a forward dining table and a port galley with an attractive bar. There’s also a handy day heads in the forward part of the saloon – but the main deck helm station is divided off from the main living space for outstanding privacy on long-distance cruises. And at the touch of a button, the galley can also be fully enclosed to help divide the utility spaces from the party zones.

All this main deck versatility means there’s only one (rather than two) staircases to access the lower deck, but down below, there is ample space not just for four ensuite cabins but also for a class-leading separate crew quarters comprising two crew cabins and a crew mess. That space is echoed up on the flybridge, where the helm, dining area, wet bar and sunbed are supplemented with a large aft deck with crane and tender storage, helping free up the lower swim platform for watersports.  And in spite of the scale and calibre of her recreational spaces, the Y85 is an impressive performer too.  With twin MAN V12-1900 diesels, she can reach speeds of up to 31 knots and deliver a supremely quiet and refined cruise.

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Princess Y95: for ultimate indulgence

If you want the space and flexibility of the X95 but with an extra dose of classical elegance, the flagship of the Y Class range is a great solution.  Rivalling even Princess’s own previous iconic M Class for space, facilities and quality of finish, it features the longest and most expansive hull windows ever installed on a Princess yacht. That certainly helps guarantee huge views from both the main and lower decks but the really key difference on this boat is the provision of a full-beam master suite in the forward part of the main deck.

As on the X Class models, it’s achieved by means of cleverly designed side decks that lift just forward of amidships, opening out the superstructure to wonderful effect.  The master suite is afforded plenty of space for its own lounge and dressing area, plus delightful views through floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides. And the aft part of the main deck also enjoys some distinctly high-end day spaces, thanks to a large bathing platform with an optional Beach Club.  Elsewhere, there are four additional ensuite guest cabins, accessed via a large spiral staircase, plus ample crew accommodation and an ensuite Captain’s cabin with double bed.  Beautifully designed, with a flawless finish, configurable layouts and plenty of bright, wide-open space, the flagship Y95 is the perfect ambassador of what makes the Princess Yachts Y Class so special.

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If you want a sportbridge yacht that covers all bases, the Princess S72 could be the answer. Alex Smith takes it out for a sea trial

Modern boaters seem to love multi-purpose flexibility. That’s why so many expandable decks and convertible furniture solutions are permeating the market and flexibility is something that the Princess S72 offers in spades.

The love of flexibility is also why four-season adventure boats and voluminous power cats are gaining so much traction. And that’s why pretty much every major flybridge manufacturer seems so intent on offering its clientele a hybrid-style sportbridge alternative…

The sportbridge deck layout

The base principle behind any sportbridge motoryacht is to introduce a relatively compact flybridge further aft and deeper down – and the idea behind that is to help reduce the elevation and drop the weight, so the user can enjoy a great many of the benefits of a traditional flybridge but with looks and performance more akin to a sportsboat. Even on first acquaintance, it’s clear that the Princess S72 runs with that principle in a very big way.

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Locating the wet bar at the aft end of the flybridge and the fridge to starboard frees up a lot of deck space

The fly deck is so low-slung that it has virtually no impact on the profile at all, and the furniture collaborates with that very effectively. The convertible dinette and sunbed on the foredeck, for instance, perch way down low, beneath the level of the peripheral side-deck mouldings.

It means that the Princess S72’s seating errs very much on the casual (rather than formal) side of things, but in addition to cleaning up the aesthetic, this approach also makes each zone feel significantly more spacious.

That’s particularly true on the flybridge, where the low-level seating is integrated around the periphery of the deck. While there is an option for a hard top (like that pictured), our test boat uses a bimini instead.

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It’s folded flat and flush, ahead of the low-profile wind deflector and it all helps this boat feel extraordinarily wide open, while looking about as sleek and raked as it’s possible for a flybridge-equipped boat to be.

It’s particularly interesting then that when you head down to the main deck saloon, the impact of that sunken sportbridge feels very minor indeed. You can see where the deckhead dips amidships, and in spite of the fact that the saloon is all on one level and step-free, a six-footer still gets at least a foot of space above their head.

It looks good too, not least because Princess has incorporated a set of winding, semi-linear LED strips into the ceiling that meander their way aft and continue out into the ceiling above the external cockpit seating.

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Shifting the sunbeds forward and the seating aft works well on the tapering foredeck

It does a great job of providing a stylistic, as well as physical, link between the inside and outside zones, but before we investigate that further, it’s worth acknowledging another benefit of the sportbridge concept – a large sunroof above the lower helm for a main deck that feels far brighter and more open than that of a conventional flybridge motoryacht.

The saloon layout makes good use of that with three seating zones: a raised companion section opposite the helm; a central lounge area framed on both sides by plunging windows; and an aft L-shaped dinette, integrated into the port side opposite the aft galley.

In the standard fit-out, there’s a storage cabinet with a wine fridge and a lifting TV opposite the central lounge area but you can add a neat little armchair here too, built into the cabinetry for extra sociability without any major impact on storage space or functionality.

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The S72’s wraparound aft galley integrates beautifully with the big aft cockpit

A better aft end

In contrast to the Y72, a relatively short saloon illustrates the fact that this boat is actually more about usable outdoor space than outright internal volume and the cockpit reflects that.

At the aft end of the saloon, the starboard galley projects out onto the external deck, thanks to a large bar with a hinge-up window and three-part sliding patio doors. A full-height fridge-freezer and ice-maker are well positioned to serve those in the aft cockpit and the seating is set up to take advantage of that.

In addition to a wraparound C-shaped dinette with fold-out table, there’s a neat little corner seat on the port side, nestling into the apex of the superstructure’s aft bulkhead for lovely protection from the elements.

You can also spec this as a service unit with storage and a fridge – and if you do so, it’s good to know that the dinette’s two inward-facing seats can be disconnected from the deck and relocated for a more natural face-to-face meal.

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Thanks to plunging windows and a big sunroof, the saloon feels wonderfully bright

That said, the arrangement of the Princess S72 feels even more rewarding as you move toward the very back end. While the equivalent Y Class model uses a transverse crew cabin, the space here is split between a port tender garage and a fore-and-aft crew cabin on the starboard side.

There’s plenty of space in the garage for a 3.9m tender and the lid is also used for a clever cabinet that can be opened at chest height, enabling you to slide your Sea Bobs in and out with ease.

There’s also an elevated sunbed with raised headrests and peripheral rails on top of this big aft unit. That’s easily big enough for four or five people and although there’s no option to spec the twin ensuite crew cabin as anything else, it does a great job either for extra storage or as an overspill cabin, adding an extra couple of bunks to the berths provided by the four cabins further forward.

The way the engineroom is configured is also very user-friendly. The main section, which houses pretty much nothing but the engines, is cordoned off by a solid bulkhead from an engineering space further aft and to port.

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More of the wraparound aft galley

That houses the generator, the Seakeeper and the batteries, and separating the two spaces off from one another like this has plenty of benefits. For a start, the smaller engine bay naturally helps limit reverberation, as illustrated by the fact that we register just 66.5Db of noise at the lower helm during a 20-knot cruise.

It also provides some useful extra separation between the noise of the generator and the lower deck accommodation. And while it certainly limits the space around the engines themselves, it also means that if you want to inspect your auxiliary equipment after a passage, you no longer have to do so in a hot engine bay.

Y Class accommodation

The Princess S72 adopts the same four-cabin arrangement as the Y72, with a forward VIP and a full-beam owner’s cabin, split by a pair of bathrooms and a pair of guest twins. But while the VIP’s starboard ensuite is relatively long, the port bathroom (and day heads) is orchestrated in a broadly transverse direction.

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In spite of the saloon’s single-level deck, a six-footer still gets at least a foot of space above their head at the aft end

That enables the port cabin to shift a little further forward than the starboard one – and this cleverly staggered arrangement also helps free up some extra space further aft for that most welcome of features: a private owner’s staircase.

Accessed behind the main deck companion seating, the spiral stairs take you down to a transverse entry hall, with a full-height mirror and lots of storage built into the forward bulkhead. Stepping aft, the owner’s cabin itself occupies a completely regular space with no dip in ceiling height or fluctuation in deck level.

It’s bookended on either side by enormously deep hull windows and it’s backed up by a transverse bathroom that distances it from the engine bay. There’s also a big storage space back here, plus an integrated dressing table to starboard of the bed and a built-in settee to port.

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The full-beam owner’s cabin is lavished with its own private staircase, generous headroom and masses of light

The VIP cabin is also a good size, with a raised central bed, high-level storage and plenty of hanging storage. In spite of the fact that there’s a big washer-dryer integrated into the central companionway’s starboard locker, the VIP’s starboard ensuite also does a good job with an uneven space, providing a good size of separate rain shower.

And in the smaller twin cabins, the management of space is equally thoughtful. Each drop in deckhead level is matched by a corresponding drop in the deck itself to help optimise ergonomics and ease of movement.

There is also plenty of storage, both in hanging lockers and in under-bed drawers and the satin walnut finish down here feels particularly attractive thanks to the use of contrasting fabric bulkhead panels.

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The dinette’s side seats can be unscrewed and relocated elsewhere

Pace and poise

It’s a lively day in Plymouth, with robust southwesterlies stoking up some agitated four-footers so we nestle quietly into the shelter of Cawsand Bay to compile our performance figures.

Now according to the guys at Princess, the base MAN V12 1600s will see this boat to around 36 knots, but with the test boat’s uprated 1800s, we have no trouble at all pushing on toward the 39-knot mark. That’s a good haul for a 75ft boat that weighs more than 50 metric tonnes and our range is also pretty strong.

In fact, in addition to our standard 4,500 litre tanks, the test boat is fitted with the optional range-extending 900-litre bow tank so at cruising speeds, the test boat looks particularly long-legged.

Everything from 20 to 27 knots returns efficiency figures of 12 to 13 litres per mile for a range of 330 to 350 miles. But even without factoring in that optional tank, we’re still seeing a range of between 200 and 300 miles at everything from 20 to 37 knots.

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There’s room aft for a tender garage, a Sea Bob locker and-a twin ensuite crew cabin

Once we pop out beyond the shelter of the headland, it’s also interesting to see how the Princess S72 handles itself. As you would expect of a boat with such significant forward volume, the ride is serviceably soft and dry rather than brilliantly so.

But while the wipers are busy clearing saltwater from the screen, it’s the refined and easy composure of the experience that really hits home. In spite of a thick frame for the skipper’s side door and a central stanchion in the two-piece screen, visibility is very good from the lower helm.

Sound readings are also every bit as cruise-friendly as the engine arrangement suggests they ought to be. And just as the handling of this low-slung cruiser feels crisp and obedient, so the windage is conspicuous by its absence, enabling you to helm this boat through complex sea states with very little to think about except your pace and direction.

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A large transverse bathroom divides the owner’s cabin from the engineroom

Princess S72 verdict

The Princess S72 feels like a modern masterclass in conceptual common sense. While various other boats in the Princess fleet feel quite specific in their market and applications, this is a genuine crowd pleaser.

It marries the style and dynamism of a V Class sportscruiser with the space and practicality of an F Class flybridge, and it combines all of that with the kind of scale and luxury you might expect at the entry point to the celebrated Y Class.

There’s nothing radically new or different in that of course; nothing that leaves you especially surprised or taken aback. But from the cleverly arranged lower deck and the sleek S Class aesthetic to the brilliantly practical aft end, the wide-open external spaces, the bright, sociable saloon and the intelligently considered options, the line this boat treads is supremely well judged.

So whether you’re a committed Princess fan, a newcomer to the brand, a seasoned traditionalist or a youthful party boater, you can rest assured –, this is a Princess pretty much everyone can enjoy.

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As a relatively large model, the S72 gets Böning’s integrated ship control system

Princess S72 specifications

LOA: 75ft 9in (23.09m) Beam: 18ft 1in (5.52m) Draft: 5ft 8in (1.72m) Displacement: from 55,461 kg (light) Fuel capacity: 4,500 + 900 litres Water capacity: 836 litres Engines: Twin MAN V12 1650-1800s on shafts Contact:

Princess S72 costs & options

Price: From $6,505,000 ex VAT.

Test boat includes the following options: Twin MAN V12 1800s: £POA Extended range fuel tank: £POA Electrically operated saloon sunroof: £POA Seakeeper 18 gyro stabiliser: £POA Variable speed bow and stern thrusters: £POA Third helm to port of aft cockpit: £POA

Price as reviewed:

£5,102,782.00 ex VAT

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Years of experience and skill have been invested in the Princess brand, making it synonymous with the highest quality, outstanding performance and the ultimate in sea keeping, safety and comfort

The origins of Marine Projects can be traced back to a day early in 1963 when three men set about starting up a boat chartering business. Cliff Viney a former merchant navy engineer working as a marine engine tuner. David King a serving officer in the Royal Navy and Brian Phillips also a serving officer in the Royal Navy; decided to purchase a Senior 31 hull and deck moulding to fit out in their rented shed in Newport Street, Plymouth. The 31 foot hull and superstructure arrived within a few days and the men decided to form a limited company.

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The original name Marine Enterprises had already been registered, so they thought up another name and that was how Marine Projects came into being. At first they made slow progress until King and Phillips left the Navy and joined Viney full time. They found it difficult to get deposits on firm bookings and decided to sell the boat instead. To their surprise this was easily achieved and the ‘Project 31’ sold for £3,400.00. After selling the boat they realized that there was a potential market for offshore cruisers using the ready made Senior 31 hull. And between 1966 and 1969 more than 150 of them were produced.

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The success of Project 31 led to premises expansion and the companies first venture into GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) moulding, after the hull supply company had difficulties meeting the rising demands. Once Marine Projects were granted rights to mould under license they decided to concentrate more on the new 32 foot model – the first in the Princess range, also the first moulded in-house. The Princess 32’s debut at the 1970 boat show was also successful due to its better standard of finish and equipment than its preceding boats (Project 31 and Pilgrim 30).

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The Princess 32 also became the Marine Projects boat priced to sell via the trade. Home and overseas agents were appointed and a network of Princess dealers established. The production of the Princess 32 continued for ten years and with more than 1200 sold, it was the most successful model in the companies history. In 1973 the company turned to designer John Bennett to design two new boats to complement the 32. The first of these was the 18 knot Princess 37, introduced at the 1974 London boat show. The second boat was the Princess 25, also launched in 1974, despite design changes it remained reminiscent of the Princess 32 and was capable of over 30 knots.

In 1973 and 1974 political and economic uncertainties threatened sales, but thanks mainly to their overseas dealers, Marine Projects were able to ride out the storm. But when the Yom Kippur war threatened world fuel supplies, they decided to venture into less fuel dependant products – sailing yachts. A.H. Moody and Sons were renowned for their bespoke yachts, and a deal was agreed with Marine Projects, who have since, continued to produce all of Moody’s centre and aft cockpit designs. The years 1975 to 1981 (the first flybridge years) saw a range of variations on the Princess 37 theme.

The larger range now being produced and an expanding market required a need for larger premises. Newport Street was already fully utilized and the Plympton side was in use for sailboat production. New premises were found at Lee Mill and the new complex was opened as a moulding shop for all models. By 1980 David King noticed the trend towards bigger and faster craft. Designer Bernard Olesinski was invited to design a threshold Princess.

Princess today manufacture a range of 20 models ranging from 42-130ft

The Princess 30DS was the first in a new generation of designs, which were to typify Princess styling in the 1980’s. The 30DS sold over 500 between 1981 and 1989. Olesinski’s next design, the Princess 45, was even more advanced and it also met the demands of those who were seeking up to eight berths and over 30 knots. Launched in 1981 it satisfied the export markets and was effective in helping to overcome the recession of the early 1980’s, whilst also finding new markets world-wide. The 45 sold over 400 in nine years and was then replaced by the Princess 455.

In 1983 Olesinski designed a sports boat (the 286 Riviera) to satisfy Mediterranean dealers demands. This broke away completely from the traditional Princess design and the 286 almost sold as many as the 30DS. But more importantly it established the Riviera series of high speed sports cruisers. 1990 saw the launch of Olesinski’s Princess 65, aimed principally at the Mediterranean market. Marine Projects could claim once again that their flagship was Britain’s largest production boat. It was a gamble that paid off in the face of a threatened worldwide recession.

As in the earlier years, the 1990’s saw Marine Projects expanding even more with many new boats being introduced into the ranges of motorboats and yachts, including the largest boat yet to be built at Marine Projects the 25 Metre. On 1st August 2001, Marine Projects became Princess Yachts International plc. Princess Yachts International’s Head Office is based on Newport Street, Plymouth, alongside waterfront factory; in addition they have four other production units in the Plymouth area, totaling around 1,000,000 sq ft (94,000 sq m).

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Today they manufacture a range of 20 models ranging from 42-130ft and are recognized amongst the world leaders in the boat building industry. The work of craftsmen in Plymouth boatyards has spread the Princess reputation across Europe to the Middle East, from the Pacific Rim to the Americas. At the heart of this success lies a total commitment to quality. Traditional skills meet with computer-aided design and precision manufacturing to create a beautifully crafted product at the highest level of efficiency.

Additionally, Princess family ties to LVMH where the highest levels of quality and unparalleled luxury always come as standard. The strength and heritage of LVMH ownership ensures that Princess style never stands still and enables collaboration with some of the most illustrious fashion houses, enjoying a close relationship with Fendi Casa. The recently introduced range of M Class superyachts continues to grow, with two exciting new models due to be launched in 2015 to add to the award winning flagship of the range, the Princess 40M.

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Deciding whether a cruise vacation is right for you can be a complex choice, filled with considerations about what you value most in your travel experiences. Cruises offer a unique blend of convenience, variety, and entertainment, but they also come with certain limitations.

To help you navigate this decision, let's explore some of the most significant pros and cons of embarking on a cruise adventure. Understanding these aspects will guide you in making an informed choice that best suits your travel desires.

  • Less Planning, Less Stress: One of the standout benefits of choosing a Princess Cruise is the drastically reduced need for planning. When you book a cruise, all of the major aspects of your vacation—from destinations to dining and entertainment—are pre-arranged and included. This means you can focus more on enjoying your holiday and less on the logistics of planning every detail.
  • Easy to Budget and All-Inclusive: Cruising with Princess offers exceptional value with its all-inclusive pricing. Your accommodations, meals, and onboard entertainment are all covered in one upfront cost. This not only makes it easier to budget without worrying about unexpected expenses but also ensures a world of options at no extra charge.
  • Fun for Everyone: Whether you're traveling as a family, a couple, or a large group, cruises provide a versatile vacation solution that caters to everyone. With a variety of activities, kids' clubs, adult-only areas, and entertainment that spans all ages, everyone can find something to love without having to split up.
  • See Multiple Exciting Places in One Trip: A cruise allows you to wake up in a new destination almost every day. From the bustling streets of Barcelona to the serene beaches of the Caribbean, you can experience a variety of cultures and locations in a single journey, making every day an adventure.
  • Meet New People: Cruises are a fantastic way to meet new people from around the world. With group excursions and onboard activities designed to foster interaction, you’re likely to make new friends and share memorable experiences together.
  • Choppy Seas and Seasickness: While modern cruise ships are designed to minimize the feeling of being at sea, choppy waters can still be a challenge for some. Seasickness can affect many travelers, although remedies and preventive measures are available to help mitigate this.
  • Limited Time at On-Shore Locations: Although cruises allow you to visit multiple destinations, the time spent in each port is often limited. This can be a downside for those who prefer to deeply explore a new place, as you might only have a few hours to see the sights before returning to the ship.
  • Lack of Control Over Itinerary: When you choose a cruise, you are committing to a pre-set schedule and route. This can be less flexible compared to other types of vacations where you can change your plans on the fly or decide to stay longer in a place that captures your heart.
  • Often Crowded Ships: Especially during peak seasons, cruise ships can be quite crowded. This can mean more time waiting in lines and difficulty securing spots at popular events or venues on the ship, which might detract from the relaxation aspect of a vacation.
  • Hidden Costs: While many aspects of your cruise are included in the initial price, there are often additional costs for things like specialty dining, certain beverages, internet access, and spa services. These can add up, affecting your overall budget.
  • Pricey On-Shore Excursions: While exploring the ports, you might find that organized excursions through the cruise line can be expensive. These activities are an additional cost and can quickly increase your total spending on the trip.

How Cruises Compare to Other Vacations

When planning a vacation, the choices are often as varied as the destinations themselves. So are cruises worth it? Although traditional vacations offer a tailored experience, cruising presents a unique all-inclusive package that can simplify travel planning significantly. Understanding the differences between these options in terms of scheduling, cost, flexibility, and logistical requirements can help travelers make the best decision for their needs.

Scheduling and Itinerary Planning

Traditional vacations require meticulous scheduling. From selecting flights to align with your available days, to planning each day’s activities, the flexibility comes with the need for detailed preparation. This can be exhilarating for some but daunting for others.

In contrast, cruises offer a predetermined schedule where the itinerary is set before you even pack your bags. You know your departure and return dates, and the ports you’ll visit, without the hassle of coordinating these details yourself. This can be particularly appealing for those looking for a more relaxed approach to vacation planning.

Cost Considerations

Budgeting for a traditional vacation involves several separate expenses: flights, hotels, meals, local transportation, entertainment, and more. These costs vary widely depending on the destination and your choices, and they can add up quickly and unpredictably.

Cruises, however, often come at a fixed price that includes most of your travel needs. While there are additional charges for certain services like specialty dining or excursions, the overall cost is generally more predictable and can offer significant savings compared to piecing together the elements of a traditional vacation.

Flexibility and Personalization

Flexibility is one area where traditional vacations shine. Travelers can choose every aspect of their trip, from the type of accommodation to the dining venues and daily activities. This allows for a highly personalized experience tailored to individual interests. Cruises, while less flexible in terms of itinerary changes, still offer a range of activities and excursions that can cater to diverse interests, from adventure sports to cultural tours or relaxation on pristine beaches.

Flights and Accommodations

Booking flights and hotels can be one of the most time-consuming parts of planning a traditional vacation, with prices fluctuating and options varying by destination. This complexity also increases with the need to align multiple flights or accommodations if visiting several locations.

Cruises eliminate these concerns by providing your transportation and lodging in one. Once on board, your floating hotel transports you from one destination to another without the need to constantly pack and unpack.

Planning Meals

Meal planning on a traditional vacation can be both an adventure and a challenge, especially in unfamiliar destinations where food options might be unknown or unsuitable. In contrast, cruises offer a variety of dining options that are included in the price, catering to all tastes and dietary requirements. This serves to both simplify budgeting and ensure that dining out remains a pleasure, not a chore.

While both traditional vacations and cruises offer their own sets of advantages, cruises ultimately stand out for their exceptional convenience and value. The all-inclusive nature of cruises, where accommodations, transportation, meals, and entertainment are all taken care of for one price, provides a hassle-free way to explore multiple destinations. This, combined with eliminating the need to coordinate flights, hotels, and meal planning, makes cruising a compelling and cost-effective vacation option. For many, the simplicity of planning and the breadth of experiences offered make cruises not just an alternative but a preferable choice compared to the complexities of planning a traditional vacation.

Is a Cruise for You?

Ultimately, there are numerous benefits to Princess Cruises, as well as certain considerations that come with this style of vacation. From the ease and convenience of having a pre-planned itinerary and all-inclusive pricing to the excitement of waking up in a new destination almost daily, cruising presents a unique vacation format that appeals to many.

You can expect a variety of advantages, including minimal planning and cost-effectiveness. Even the potential downsides pale in comparison to the many conveniences of a cruise. With everything from luxurious staterooms to fine dining and entertainment just steps away from your door, the value proposition of a cruise becomes clear. It's not just about seeing the world, but about making the journey as delightful and effortless as the destinations themselves.

Now that you know everything about cruising, what do you think? Are cruises worth it? Does the idea of unpacking once and having everything taken care of sound like the perfect vacation? If you're nodding yes, then why not consider making your next vacation a cruise?

A cruise with Princess Cruises could very well be the best fit for your next adventure. Embark on an experience you’ll love with Princess Cruises, make sure to check out our current cruise deals when booking your adventure.

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