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Cruise Ship Statistics

The following table shows statistics for Princess ships. The ships are listed in alphabetical order:

My what a lot of ships!

The ship's name and class are self explanatory. Tonnage, peculiarly, is a measure of the amount of cargo a ship can carry (the enclosed volume for cruise ships) rather than weight. Launch dates are slippery. Princess uses the date of the first cruise with paying passengers. "Last Referb" (sic) is the date the ship was last refurbished. Notice that Princess used the economic downturn as an opportunity to refurbish the entire fleet. PAX is industry speak for passengers. Princess quotes the maximum number of passengers as the number of lower bunks. That is, they don't count upper bunks for families traveling with children.

The number of decks includes all decks, not just ones with passenger cabins. The length, height, and width of the ships should be self explanatory. Draft is the depth of the ship underwater (presumably when loaded). It determines what ports a ship can use. The maximum speed is nominal. We've been on ships that exceeded these limits by one or two knots when they needed to (for example, to make up time to the next port or to avoid bad weather). I thought the country where the ship was built was interesting as well.

In a few cases, the information is incomplete. This is particularly true for the Royal and the Regal because they're so new. Fields where there's no information yet have been filled with question marks. In a few cases, I have made educated guesses about fields that were either incomplete or incorrect based on other information for the class of ship.  These have been flagged with asterisks. Note that this information has been collected from several sources. While the data is generally consistent, there is no guarantee of accuracy.

Personally, I've found that patterns among the ships are easier to see if they're sorted by class rather than ship. This has been done in the following table. To make the patterns even more obvious, I've ordered classes by their earliest launch date and ships within a class by launch date:

It's harder to find your ship, but I think this order is more interesting.

The table clearly shows that Princess ships have been getting bigger over time, particularly in length and height (which together determine tonnage) and the number of passengers. At the same time, the width, draft, and speed haven't changed much. There are a couple of notable exceptions.

The small ships (Explorer class) were not built by Princess, but acquired from Renaissance Cruises when they went broke in 2002. The Panamax class ships are smaller than average because they were specifically designed to fit in the (original) locks of the Panama Canal.  The Caribbean Princess also stands out. Although it's listed as the last of the Grand class, it actually foreshadows the Crown class in size (notice the tonnage, number of passengers, and number of decks).