If you're following us on social media you'll know that on Friday we were blessed to be invited on board Princess Cruises Royal Princess for 24 hours for a further glimpse into what Princess cruises have to offer!
It can be hard to work out where all the cruise lines fit, they all have something different to offer and, as we say regularly, there is a cruise line to suit everyone - you've just got to find it but then that's half the fun!! So where do Princess fit? Well, they may share a royal title but they should not be confused with Royal Caribbean for they offer completely different experiences. You will not find Floating or Robotic Bars, 10 deck slides or Flowriders here. Princess are not an all singing all dancing cruise line with all the extra thrills and spills! If that's your think maybe you should stick to Royal, NCL or MSC. When you think of Princess, think of Celebrity - it's a premium cruise line with a focus on comfort, experience and service...on beautiful large ships!
We Got The Feeling...
This is just our second time on board a Princess cruise ship and on both occasions as we strolled around the beautiful ship we got an overwhelming feeling that we would have a good experience on board. This is not common!! It's normally very hard to get that sense when visiting for such a short time! Every cruise line will tell you that they offer great service but only some actually deliver. We get the feeling that Princess will definitely deliver - service is warm, friendly, genuine and real. It's not high fives have a good day sir...it's a genuinely friendly service and that makes a huge difference.
For example take Timothy Gallant, one of the stars of TV3's The Cruise...an absolute gent who is constantly being asked to pose for photo's (we're guilty!!), people demanding his time and at the same time he is going out of his way to help those passengers who have queries at his shore excursion desk! Nothing is too much trouble, even when he's having to wear other staff members uniforms as the airline lost his case!! His attitude and demeanour is typical of the staff onboard!
All the little things...
Its the little touches that will all add up to make a cruise with Princess a pleasurable experience. How about the free 24 hour room service?? Want your breakfast in bed or how about a 3am snack....you got it! Still partying but need that fix...International Cafe is open 24 hours and they've got you covered!
A good nights sleep important to you? Don't worry, Princess have award winning beds, so popular that in fact you can buy one and have it delivered to your home...an awful lot of people do!!! As we strolled to breakfast we heard countless people remark what a good nights sleep they had and how comfortable the beds were! We can't argue! Like the idea of Movies Under the Stars? Yep! Oh, this is done properly, not just a screen on deck which happens to show a movie... no no no! This is comfy loungers made up for the occasion, fresh popcorn, warm milk and cookies brought to you while you watch.... it's the little things!!
Food Glorious Food...
Princess Cruises are a foodies dream!! Top quality food is everywhere and as we said already, it's 24 hours! Every cruise line tells you they have the best pizza at sea but only Princess has won awards for it! 24 hour room service, 24 hour International Cafe, food that reflects the destination, all intolerances catered for (we would always recommend notifying in advance just so the cruise line is aware). Up around the pool alone on Princess you have the Pizza Bar, the Poolside Grill and to top it off go to the Gelateria for some tasty ice cream complete with sprinkles! Doesn't take your fancy? Walk 10 metres through the door and you have the buffet complete with cookie bar and bakery section! We like.... a bit too much!!
With lots of options included you don't need to go speciality but it's there if you want it - Crown Grill offered sublime steak and lobster complete with a range of salts to accompany. Can't choose from the dessert menu? Then have a sample of them all, all on 1 plate! The portions? Lets just say generous all round!! Foodies rejoice!
More To Come...
There are unique shows written just for Princess such as the Stephen Schwartz and Jim Henson collaboration 'The Secret Silk' which is only on Royal, entertainment around the ship and a whole focus on immersing you in the destination where other cruise lines fall down on.
There is more to cover and we're sure more for us to find out...which is lucky as we'll be back on board for a full Princess Cruise in less than 2 weeks time so if you're interested in what Princess have to offer then follow us and we'll bring you all you need to know, the highs and the lows, of life onboard Princess Cruises.
This overnight has definitely whetted our appetite! We hope this sort blog along with the pictures and videos on Facebook & Twitter have whetted yours!
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