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Princess Cruise Lines Royal Princess Offers a Plethora of Movies

Updated on January 26, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

The Royal Princess' Movies Under The Stars screen.
The Royal Princess' Movies Under The Stars screen. | Source

Onboard the newest cruise ship in the Princess line, The Royal Princess, is an amazing assortment of movies available to passengers on their stateroom TVs, as well as on a huge screen that is on deck 16, next to the pool area. I was recently on the Royal Princess on a 15-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Copenhagen, Denmark. We left on April 27, 2014, and arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 12th, 2014. The ship stopped at only four ports during the 15 day period of the cruise. The rest of the time, passengers have plenty to do to keep them entertained, including watching a large assortment of movies on their stateroom flat-screen TVs.

You may wonder why people might take a transatlantic cruise of that duration with only four stops. The 11 days that the ship is at sea might be boring to some, but they:

1) Provide plenty of relaxation time for weary people who are exhausted from the rat race, and

2) They are often less expensive than other cruises because the cruise ship is moving to a new port for a season and has to be crossing the Atlantic, so they offer lower fares for those who don't mind a lot of days at sea.

My husband and I enjoy transatlantic cruises for both reasons listed above.

I think if one wanted to, they could spend a whole cruise just watching movies, but then again not many people want to spend a cruise watching TV unless they are a student majoring in film! For those who wonder what to do on a cruise on the Royal Princess during their down time, I am listing the current assortment of over 100 movies, mostly new, but with some classics thrown in for good measure. And of those movies, 23 are available in Spanish.

The first group is those in all categories that are recently added. They aren't listed by a category such as comedy or drama but are just listed when they become available.These movies were recently played on the Movies Under The Stars screen on the top deck of the ship.

Once played up there, are played the following day at the Princes Theater on deck 7, for those who didn't want to brave the elements of watching a movie under the open sky which sometimes includes raindrops and gusts of wind, and then they are available on the stateroom TVs. The rest of the movies in the other categories are available on stateroom TVs throughout the cruise.

I have starred the movies that I watched during our 15-day cruise:

Recently Added:

White House Down

World War Z

Searching for Sugar Man

American Hustle *

Cutie And The Boxer

Lone Survivor



Saving Mr. Banks *


Captain Phillips

Last Vegas *


12 Years A Slave *

There are six other categories in English, plus a Spanish category which include the following movies:


Anchorman 2

Austenland *

The Big Wedding *

Blue Jasmine *

Girl Most Likely

Girl On A Bicycle *

Grudge Match

The Heat

Identity Thief

The Internship

Bad Grandpa

The Kings of Summer *

Quartet *

This Is 40

We’re The Millers



Fast & Furious 6


Iron Man 3

Jack Reacher

The Lone Ranger

Man of Steel

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


Olympus Has Fallen *

Pacific Rim


Star Trek – Into Darkness

The Wolverine


27 Dresses

About Time *

The Notebook

Enough Said

Footloose ( 2011)

It Could Happen To You

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Playing For Keeps *

Plots With A View

Safe Haven *

Say Anything

This Means War

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

The Vow


August: Osage County

Before Midnight

The Company You Keep

The Counselor

Dallas Buyers Club

The East


Inside Llewyn Davis

The Invisible Woman *


Lee Daniel’s The Butler


Still Mine

The Way, Way Back


Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Escape From Planet Earth


Hotel Transylvania

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Kung Fu Panda The Kaboo

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Oz The Great And Powerful

The Pirates: Band Of Misfits

The Smurfs 2


Wreck-It Ralph

Princess Picks

9 to 5 *

The Blind Side

City Slickers

Forrest Gump

Groundhog Day


Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Pillow Talk

Romancing The Stone

Seven Year Itch

The Shawshank Redemption



True Lies




Monsters University

Ice Age: Continental Drift

The Croods


Man of Steel


The Lone Ranger

World War Z

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Oz The Great And Powerful

The Way, Way Back

To Rome, With Love

Italian Job

The Internship


The East

Blue Jasmine

We’re The Millers

Iron Man 3

Jack Reacher

The Great Gatsby

I saw 16 movies in 15 days. You may think that is quite a lot of movies, but they were so good, and there were so many I was interested in, that I didn't want to pass up a chance to see them for free. Had the trip been longer, I would have watched more. One helpful component to the stateroom TVs is that passengers can stop a movie at a certain stage, and pick it back up where is left off at a later date. I watched a lot of movies while I was changing for dinner, putting on makeup, etc. It also helps that my husband insists on getting a mini-suite when we cruise which is the same as a balcony room, except you get a couch and coffee table, and on Princess cruise lines, an extra TV in your stateroom. There is one in front of the bed, and one in front of the couch. I must say that I do enjoy these two TVs because we can each watch what we want, and except for a few of the programs on the History channel ( like Pawn Stars and American Pickers), we have very different tastes in TV shows and movies. There were also five different categories of TV shows that were pre-taped shows you could watch as well. For instance, VEEP and Community each had 5 TV episodes that one could choose under the comedy section. And Bones was a choice under drama. Oh yes, and there were five episodes of The Love Boat as a choice because after all, this was Princess Cruise lines, the cruise line of Love Boat fame!

If you ever decide to go on a transatlantic cruise or one of a long duration, I would highly recommend the Royal Princess because you will not be disappointed in the variety of movies available to watch.

My Favorite Movie on the Cruise

I watched some really great movies while I was on the Royal Princess. The one I liked the best is not a well-known movie, and it did not win any awards. It is romantic and fun and is one of those movies that just allows you to escape from the everyday routine of normal life. BUT you will only like this probably if: a) you are a woman who loves romance b) you like stories by Jane Austen, such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility and c) you enjoy Keri Russell's acting abilities!

The movie is Austenland, and it's a rom-com starring Keri Russell who plays the part of a woman named Jane who is obsessed with Jane Austen's books and the way of life in 19th century England. Jane discovers a sort of camp for Jane Austen fans and uses her savings to experience life in this period. Her experience is funny and charming and has a surprise ending so if you fit the bill for a, b, or c above; you can find the movie on Amazon!

This video shows entertainment aboard the Royal Princess Cruise ship, including the Movies Under the Stars screen

My husband enjoying dinner while waiting for the Movies Under the Stars to start. Notice the comfy pillows and blankets available.
My husband enjoying dinner while waiting for the Movies Under the Stars to start. Notice the comfy pillows and blankets available. | Source
Movies are also available in the Princess Theater, on Deck 7 of the Royal Princess.
Movies are also available in the Princess Theater, on Deck 7 of the Royal Princess. | Source
This photo shows the stateroom TV in the living room area of the min-suite with a second TV not shown but on the wall on the left, at the foot of the bed.
This photo shows the stateroom TV in the living room area of the min-suite with a second TV not shown but on the wall on the left, at the foot of the bed. | Source

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© 2014 Karen Hellier


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