Is Princess Cruises Club Class Worth the Cost?

Princess Cruises Club Class Cabins - Are They Worth it

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One of the newest additions to cruising with Princess Cruises is their Club Class cabins. These are available on every ship in the fleet, and come with several benefits that add extra conveniences and luxuries that may enhance your cruise vacation.

However, since the cost of a club class mini suite is higher than a standard mini-suite, you may be wondering if Princess Cruises club class cabins are worth the extra cost.

After hearing positive feedback from cruisers who have tried Club Class, I wanted to look a little more closely and compare options.

In this post, we’ll go through the benefits of club class mini suites, and the additional amenities included so you can decide if Club Class is worth the extra cost for your next Princess cruise.

Are Club Class Cabins Worth it on a Princess Cruise?

Princess Cruises Mini Suite Stateroom
Royal Princess Mini Suite Stateroom – Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

The Standard Princess Cruises Mini-Suite Experience

First, let’s take a look at the standard amenities included in a Princess Cruises mini-suite stateroom.

Princess Cruises mini suite cabins are lovely, spacious, and comfortable at approximately 323 square feet. In your state room, you’ll have the standard furnishings including a Princess Luxury Bed (it really is that comfortable!), 2 night tables, a T.V., a mini fridge, a desk and chair. You’ll also have a separate living area with a sofa bed, coffee table and T.V.

Sliding glass patio doors lead to a private balcony with a table and 2 patio chairs.

One of the nicest things about a mini-suite, is the larger bathroom with a bathtub, which isn’t available in standard inside, ocean view and balcony cabins on a Princess cruise ships. An upgrade over other Princess cabins are the plush 100% Egyptian cotton terry cloth towels. Standard bathroom amenities (shampoo, shower gel and body lotion) are provided.

Finally, you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly at embarkation, a nice way to start off your cruise!

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Princess Club Class Mini Suites Benefits

Princess Club Class Cabins include all the features of standard mini suites, but include a several extra benefits that you may enjoy. Let’s take a look.

Princess Cruises Club Class Mini Suite Priority Embarkation
Club Class Mini Suite Priority Embarkation – Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Premium Cabin Locations

Club Class mini suites are located in the best locations on each Princess cruise ship, usually mid ship and middle decks where cabins are both above and below. These cabin locations are preferred by many cruisers as you have close access by elevator or stairs to the various venues on the ship, while not being in high traffic or noisy areas.

Mid ship cabin locations are also great for anyone concerned about potential seasickness when cruising.

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Club Class Dining

Princess Cruises Club Class Dinner
Club Class Dining – Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Many passengers love the exclusive club class dining experience. You’ll have a dedicated part of the dining room, with a separate entrance and host, that’s reserved for club class and suite passengers. It’s open for breakfast, lunch on sea days and dinner.

You’ll have priority seating, so there’s no need to make reservations in advance through Dine My Way on the Princess Medallion App. The dedicated wait staff and additional daily chef’s specials add to the dining experience.

Priority Embarkation and Disembarkation

Royal Princess Cruise Ship
Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Club Class staterooms offer priority boarding and debarkation, helping to alleviate some stress as you start and end your cruise vacation. If you’ve cruised before, you know that disembarkation day is hectic, to say the least. Mini class suites come with a private disembarkation lounge where you can relax up until departure.

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Complimentary Wine Set-up on Embarkation Day

As part of the club class amenities, you’ll have 2 half bottles of wine provided in your stateroom on embarkation day – 1 white and one red.

Something to note is that if you have Princess Plus, a premium beverage package is included so you can have wine at dinner as well as other drinks at any time.

Related: Princess Plus – What’s Included and Is it Worth it?

Priority Specialty Dining Reservations

If you plan to book specialty dining, you’ll get assistance and have access to priority dining reservations.

Related: Princess Cruises: What Food is Included and What’s Extra?

Pre-dinner Canapes

Princess Cruises Club Class appetizers
Club Class Evening Capapes – Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Each evening you’ll have evening canapes delivered, upon request, to your cabin. There’s a nightly selection of small bites including cured meats and seafood, and you can choose what you like best.

The reviews about the evening canapes are mixed. Some passengers enjoy them while others choose to opt out and noted they would have liked different choices, but substitutions aren’t made.

Premium Bathrobes

The upgraded premium terry bathrobes are a nice touch of comfort you’ll receive in a club class stateroom.

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Princess Club Class Mini Suites vs Mini Suites – Cost Difference

The difference in price between a standard mini suite and a club class mini suite varies. As I researched several cruises and itineraries, I saw that on average it was about $60-70 US per person, per day, higher for club class than a mini suite.

It’s possible for the price to be a bit more or less depending on the ship and sail date.

When booking on the Princess cruises website, you must first choose a mini-suite as a cabin choice, then you’ll be able to see and book club class. When going through a travel agent, they’ll be able to manage your booking and cabin choice.

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Final thoughts: Is Princess Cruises Club Class Worth the Cost?

For cruise passengers who want a little more luxury and pampering, without booking a full suite, club class mini suite cabins are a great option.  The extra amenities and upgrades will add to your cruise experience. However, whether Princess Cruises club class mini suites are worth it, is a personal decision based on your preferences.

Have you cruised in a club class mini suite stateroom or are you considering it? Please let me know what you think and if these cabins are worth the cost.

Happy cruising!

Ilana

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