If you’re looking for a touch of class when you sail, Princess Cruises delivers luxurious experiences that will make you feel special from port to port. Add in the new Ocean Medallion Class, which debuts on Regal Princess in November, and the experience goes hi-tech luxe.
Carry the digital Ocean Medallion, which communicates with readers on board and in select ports, so crew know who you are and can serve you better. Use it for payments, unlocking your stateroom door, and speeding up embarkation. It can also locate family and friends on board, plus offers suggestions for and directions to activities. So whether it’s chic accommodation, indulgent spa treatments, fine dining, or intelligent activities, here’s how to feel like royalty at sea.
Opt for Club Class Mini-Suites, which come with priority embarkation, exclusive dining – that means your own private entrance and dedicated wait staff – a premium cabin location, evening canapes, complimentary in-room wine, upgraded bathrobes and more. Meanwhile, in your mini suite, the Princess Luxury Bed awaits. Developed with the help of sleep expert Dr Michael Breus, it features a five-centimetre-thick pillow top, a 23-centimetre, single-side medium firm mattress, individually wrapped coils for less partner disturbance, and 100 per cent cotton linens. You can even buy one to take home.
Continue the serenity in the morning at The Sanctuary – a top-deck retreat just for adults. It features plush lounge furniture, a Serenity Steward, soothing music, healthy food and drink, and open-air massages. Or float away on a sea of bliss at the Lotus Spa, with aroma stone therapy, detoxifying ocean wraps and exclusive facials among more than 50 different treatments, including a selection just for men.
Is there anything more indulgent than chocolate? Master chocolatier Norman Love has created Chocolate Journeys, a range of feel-good chocolate goodies for passengers. You will find 12 chocolate desserts on offer in the main dining room, as well as other restaurants. Or enjoy a premium chocolate and wine tasting in the Vines wine bar; feel delicious with a hydrating, anti-oxidant chocolate body treatment in the Lotus Spa; or order some Norman Love Confections to be shipped home.
For your special someone, arrange for Ultimate Balcony Dining, where dedicated wait staff will serve cocktails, with fresh flowers, Champagne, and a four-course meal featuring sweet lobster tail or juicy steak on your stateroom balcony. Or you could opt for breakfast, with pastries, fruit, quiche, smoked salmon and sparkling wine.
For an upmarket take on pub grub, head to The Salty Dog Gastropub experience in the Wheelhouse Bar on board select ships. From the hand of award-winning chef Ernesto Uchimura, enjoy gourmet small plates, such as The Ernesto rib-eye burger, Pale Ale pork cheeks, and beef short rib poutine, accompanied by Seawitch craft beer. Follow it all with a glass of whiskey from the extensive Whiskey Bar Menu. Try a Scottish dram, an American bourbon, an Aussie or Kiwi single malt, or choose from a selection of whiskeys from Canada, Ireland and Japan. The whiskey menu is also available in other venues on select ships.
If wine is more your pleasure, try a Wine Maker’s Dinner on select ships, featuring a specific menu crafted to pair with wines from the Mondavi (Napa Valley) and Frescobaldi (Tuscany) families. You can also enjoy Grapevine Wine Tasting and Maitre d’ Wine Club events on board select ships.
Princess Cruises has launched Discovery at Sea activities, partnering with the likes of Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel to bring extraordinary experiences to passengers. View the stars from the top deck with the help of a Princess Stargazing Specialist. Learn how to find your bearings and discover how to identify constellations, as well as the folklore around them.
Or see the world through expert eyes with Discovery At Sea Encounters – a destination expert will share historical context, local cuisine and insider tips. Or get closer to nature with an Encounters Naturalist, whose stories can connect you with everything from Alaska’s back country to Hawaii’s deep sea reefs. Also look out for Discovery at Sea tours.
Fashionistas will adore Style At Sea – learn how to look and feel your best on board a cruise with the help of TLC’s fashion experts. Afterwards, indulge in some world-class shopping at sea with the duty-free Shops of Princess, featuring European and American designer brands, from Chanel to Dior, and Longines to Ray Ban. Or drop in to the Princess Shopping Host for the inside track on where to shop in port.
Art lovers will enjoy the Champagne Art Auctions at the Fine Art Gallery. View and bid on a wide range of art, from artists such as Thomas Kinkade, Wyland and Michael Godard. Or get hands-on with a ScholarShip @ Sea visual or creative arts course.
Options range from ceramic art, which is fired in onboard kilns, as well as hand-building and wheel-throwing pottery classes. You might also try the hour-long presentation Art History @ Sea: Botticelli to Warhol, The Evolution of Art. ScholarShip @ Sea programs also include a range of other skills, from photography to navigation.
Finally, make like a high roller on the high seas, with Princess Cruises’ Las Vegas Style casino. Shoot some craps, take a spin at the roulette wheel or join a tournament. It’s a sure bet for fun.
* Featured image: Wash away your worries with the Lotus Spa's rain pool. Images courtesy of Princess Cruises.