Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a seasoned seafarer, you’ll probably have questions before you book a cruise. If you do, then you’re in the right place. In this overview, we’ll look at Princess Cruises – recently awarded the prestigious Best Premium Cruise Line 2020 at the Silver Travel Awards – and will introduce you to what makes cruising with them such a unique and memorable way to travel, where you can go, what the rooms are like, what you can do onboard, how and how to get started planning.
Cruising into the future
For more than 55 years, Princess Cruises has invited guests to enjoy holidays on ships that have been made to feel like home. The wellness of guests has always been paramount, now even more so, and with MedallionClass ships, whether you choose to explore near or far, you’ll experience a holiday like no other with full peace of mind.
Guests have the option to choose the popular all-inclusive Princess Plus package – this can be done at the time of booking or at a later date by calling Princess Cruises contact centre. The Princess Plus package started life as a promotion but proved so popular it is now available permanently.
What’s included in Princess Plus
- Premier Beverage Package with service charge: Enjoy everything from cocktails, beer and wine to speciality coffees, smoothies and bottled water.
- Unlimited Wi-Fi: Premium internet package allowing you to video chat and text with family back home, stream your favourite shows and check email (but only if you want to).
- Full crew incentive paid to our crew on your behalf: No need to worry about tips and gratuities – that’s all handled in the price.
If you want your cruise to be hassle-free with everything at hand, Princess Plus is well worth considering. Guests can upgrade to the all-inclusive Princess Plus Fare for just £30pp per day, with a value of over £65pp per day.
The Princess MedallionClass Experience
A Princess MedallionClass cruise offers the ultimate in effortless, personalised cruising. It begins with your Medallion™, a wrist wearable device that enables everything from touch-free boarding to locating your loved ones anywhere on the ship, as well as enhanced service like having whatever you need delivered.
MedallionClass is a great innovation not only does it enable you to minimise physical contact, and it also allows you to be more carefree. You’re no longer tied to your wallet or handbag, your Medallion streamlines everything from staggered boarding to contactless payment, you can still enjoy next-level service while staying safe at sea, and it puts you in complete control of your holiday experience.
The world is your oyster
With more than 380 destinations across seven continents, you could justifiably claim wherever there’s an ocean, Princess can take you there.
Whether you choose to cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean or Europe, you can be sure that not only will you receive first-class care aboard ship, you’ll also have the chance to experience the award-winning* shore excursions that are the hallmark of Princess Cruises.
Escorted tours will take you to the most memorable sites and let you experience the culture of each port of call. Princess offers a variety of shore excursions to first-time cruisers based on interests, activity levels as well as some tailored for families. Guests are also offered the chance to take a cruise tour, which combines a cruise with a multi-night land tour to inland destinations that the ship can’t reach.
Indulge while you cruise
When you sail with Princess, you’ll find that when and where you eat is entirely up to you – and it doesn’t cost extra.
A la carte fine dining is included in your cruise fare and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a new menu each day.
Your time onboard is all about your experience and enjoying your cruising your way. Princess has taken all the hassle out of eating, you can eat alfresco on deck with a choice of burgers, pizza and tacos – all with an amazing ocean view.
In the World Fresh Marketplace or Horizon Court buffet-style eateries, you’ll find casual dining any time of day – breakfast, lunch or dinner – with waiters ready to serve you fresh offerings and bring you your favourite drink.
You’ll find all your favourite treats and comforts from home, and if you want to dine on your balcony or while catching a sunset on the top deck, it’s easy with OceanNow®. Order your favourite food and drinks on your smart device, stateroom TV or directly through a crew member, and they’ll be brought right to you – with free delivery! Sit back, relax and enjoy not having to stand in line or deal with crowds.
OceanNow is part of the Princess MedallionClass experience. Your orders are placed through the MedallionClass app on your phone, tablet or portals located around the ship. The GPS technology in your Medallion lets crew know exactly where you are and your order is delivered straight to you. Everything from food, drinks and shop items such as sun cream can be requested via OceanNow.
Princess has also partnered with some of the world’s finest chefs to bring guests regionally inspired, perfectly balanced creative cuisine.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on your cruise with the speciality restaurants** available. The Crown Grill is a sophisticated steakhouse that serves aged, hand-cut, cooked-to-order steaks and premium seafood, including grilled shrimp and lobster. With a rich wood décor and a theatre-style open kitchen, no wonder it has been rated one of the “Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses” by USA TODAY.
At Sabatini’s, you can eat like an Italian, with a modern trattoria-style, rustic restaurant. They have handmade pasta, authentic sauce and exquisitely prepared seafood – infused with the flavours of the Mediterranean. You’ll also have a choice of artisanal family-produced recipes and an extensive range of Italian wines and cocktails.
You can enjoy an extravagant multi-course dinner at the Chef’s Table or savour exquisitely made fresh sashimi and sushi at Kai Sushi or Ocean Terrace Sushi Bar. While, if you are a fan of French bistro-style dining, you’ll fall in love with the authentic French dishes at Emmanuel Renaut’s Bistro Sur La Mer.
The dining options are endless, you can meet your friends for a Chinese culinary journey at Harmony or relax in the warm, inviting surroundings of The Salty Dog gastropub and if you seek a setting that is more intimate, the Princess Ultimate Balcony Dining*** experience will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime. Choose a luxurious breakfast or a romantic sunset dinner at sea. This sumptuous multi-course dining experience, including succulent lobster tail and juicy steak, drinks of your choice, hors d’oeuvres, is served on your own private balcony with your own dedicated waiting staff.
More ways to treat yourself well with Princess Cruises
If you are seeking relaxation and an opportunity to unwind while on your cruise, the wellness services available onboard are second to none. Princess Cruises not only provide cream-of-the-crop luxury through the fantastic facilities, they also give you the time and space to completely pamper yourself. Wherever your cruise takes you, you can cast off any stresses of home life and enjoy a carefree voyage with your every need met by the ship’s ever-attentive staff.
Princess is renowned for its wellness offering to guests. You can revitalise in the Lotus Spa, named Best Spa on a Cruise Ship by Spa finder Wellness 365TM. You can choose from a variety of treatments, such as aroma stone therapy massages and detoxifying ocean wraps each specially designed to help your stresses melt away.
Princess Cruises also have an adults’ only retreat, The Sanctuary. Plus on select ships the Lotus Spa has an Enclave with sauna, steam room, water beds and hydropool.
If you are ready for some cardio, you’ll find the whole Princess Cruises fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness centres offering exercise and spinning courses, free and machine weights, treadmills with ocean views and more to energise yourself while on your cruise. What’s more, if you like the outdoors, there’s a jogging track a few decks above the waves.
For those who enjoy participatory activities and exercise, there are onboard Zumba, Yoga and Tai Chi classes.
Wellness and relaxation are not limited to the hours that you are awake. Princess Cruises is committed to guest wellness and ensuring you come back from your cruise feeling refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated. In collaboration with sleep expert Dr Michael Breus, they’ve developed the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed, rolling out more than 44,000 beds to every stateroom across the fleet. Named the Best Cruise Ship Bed by Cruise Critic, you’ll enjoy the ultimate night of sleep at sea!
For more information about cruises and itineraries offered by Princess Cruises, see here.
**Speciality restaurants do cost extra, but are excellent value with a small cover charge between $25-$29.
*** Additional charges apply.
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