Yes, Princess limits youth and teens on each sailing to numbers that the youth staff and the youth center can handle. If your preferred date is full, you could choose either (1) another date or (2) another destination. I recommend the latter, as your teens probably would have a great time on a "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise to Alaska!
Also, as Norm stated, if they take on more teens than the teen center can hold, you end up with bored kids roaming the ship with the potential of making it less pleasant for some cruisers. I applaud Princess in trying to keep this aspect under control.
This is one of the best features that Princess has over other cruise lines. They also limit kids under 2 yrs., and all other age groups. One of the things my kids like the best about cruising with Princess is that they get individualized attention with smaller groups. The counselors are more flexible and not stressed out.
Not sure if you're talking to me, but we've been on the Grand twice and what we liked about it compared to other cruises is the quiet, laid-back atmosphere, no hocking of alcoholic drinks by the pool or in the dining room, the embarkation & disembarkation are the best we've ever seen and the pictures, Coke Cards and video games are much less expensive than Carnival and RCI.
I'm 13 and I will first tell you that your teen will LOVE their experience on the Grand. When I went it was the best time of my life! As for what I liked most about my cruise experience, there is no way that I can name one thing! Everything from lounging in the pool chairs to watching the sail away to watching the comedy show was GREAT. I hope you enjoy your cruise and congrats on getting the chance to embark on such a great ship! Happy cruising!
We saw on the Travel Channel special they have mini golf. Is there an extra charge for this and is it hard to sign up to play?
I have 2 boys who would love this- Also How many ping pong tables do they have?
It's hard to find - it's in the center round section, above the pool. There's a staircase on one side that you go up. Just watch the Princess Patter for hours of operation. There's no charge (as stated above) and it's usually not too crowded at the beginning of the cruise. It's a real crack-up because every time the ship moves, so does your ball. I almost had lots of holes in one, but the darn ship messed them up. (yeah, that's my story!)
My ping-pong fanatic son says there are 2 ping-pong tables on the Grand. Again, it's free.
Make sure you bring lots of money for the Voyage of Discovery video arcade section! Also, go on the ride there - it's fun. They change the screen daily. The Princess Patter will tell you when they have 1/2 price days for the ride & games. My sons love the Grand's video games - they're cheaper and newer than a lot of other ships.