Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Grand Princess BridgeCam on Princess Cruises’ website, additional live cameras have been added this week to six more Princess ships and a second view added to Grand Princess. This unprecedented Internet feature allows visitors to www.princess.com to now enjoy the view from the bridges of Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Crown Princess, Royal Princess and Sky Princess as they cruise Alaskan and European waters. The debut marks the first time a website has offered such a feature.
The Grand Princess camera has allowed users to view live shots of the Caribbean, and now shows the sights of some of the great ports of the Mediterranean, including the spires of Istanbul and the waterways of Venice. With the new cameras, viewers this summer will also be able to view Northern European and Alaskan scenery. Web surfers can see European ports such as Copenhagen, Helsinki and St. Petersburg or they have the choice of cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage, marveling at the beauty of Glacier Bay, Prince William Sound and College Fjord, or passing under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. And when it’s nighttime in Europe it’s daytime in Alaska, so BridgeCam fans can now find something to watch from a Princess ship at any time of the day or night.
The BridgeCam aboard Grand Princess has been the favorite feature among visitors to the website since it debuted in March. The camera has recently received more than 77,000 views per day, with visitors spending an average of 15 minutes enjoying this unique feature.
“We were certainly surprised when the BridgeCam became such an instant hit on our website,” said Rick James, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “Now visitors to our site can see live views from both sides of the world - with more to come. Soon we will have live pictures from all of our ships and we are linking the images to a database that will tell viewers exactly which port they are seeing or where the ship is headed.”
Princess’ BridgeCams show a live view from a camera positioned on or near the ship’s bridge. The image updates every 60 seconds, allowing viewers to “sail” along with the ship.
Most of the ships debuting new cameras are currently sailing on Alaska itineraries. Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Dawn Princess and Crown Princess are each sailing on Princess’ famous “Voyage of the Glaciers” Gulf of Alaska itinerary, which includes the dramatic scenery between Vancouver and Seward. Sky Princess is sailing on an 11-day round-trip Alaska itinerary from San Francisco, and Royal Princess is sailing on a series of Northern European itineraries including Scandinavia/Russia and the Norwegian Fjords.
Princess’ website debuted as the largest cruise industry site and includes a number of innovative features, such as the largest selection of 360 IPIX photos available on any cruise line site, enabling viewers to tour Princess’ new Grand Class® ships. Visitors to www.princess.com can also access a wealth of information about Princess’ ships, onboard experience, itineraries and destinations. Other features include video clips and slide shows of special events, a travel agent locator and “cool stuff” such as a Princess screen saver and electronic post cards.