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Published December 21st 2014
for a life-changing holiday
Want to go on a holiday that potentially changes your life? Princess Cruises has the slogan of 'Come back new', and guarantees all passengers satisfaction upon disembarking their cruises. I went on the 'Sun Princess', which is a 77,441 tonne cruise that travels exclusively to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. (For a fact sheet on the 'Sun Princess', click here).
My friend and I had the cheapest interior room, and still had 3 massive mirrors, a fridge, a safety box, a wardrobe with at least 20 clothes hangers and enough luggage to put both our luggages on the ground. Lots of people I met on the cruise however, had ocean view rooms, balcony rooms or suites. For more information on different staterooms Sun Princess offers, click here.
There are lots of onboard activities that cater for everyone during the day, including kids' clubs for children ages 3-17, art auctions, boutique shopping (everything is duty free and tax free too!), ping pong, a library, trivia, bingos, Lotus spas, gym and fitness areas and the list goes on. There are also 3 swimming pools and 5 spa pools for everyone to enjoy!
something from the food carving demonstration onboard
At night, the kids will still have the option to participate in the programs that the kids' club organises, or there are lots of other activities to choose from. Each night, Sun Princess features one or two broadway-style shows that are highlighted on your 'Princess Patter'-your daily guide to life onboard (For a sample of 'Princess Patter' on the 'Ruby Princess', click here). This along with a movie you may watch under the stars, and an abundant choice of music and dance activities to suit your pleasure such as a jazz orchestra, a jazz quartet, a cover band, a piano-voice performer and a DJ.
If you've previously been on a cruise before, you will know that the cuisine is to die for. Sun Princess offers a wide range of food choices, all for free! You may choose from the 24hr cafe, a buffet restaurant on the top deck that is opened from 5am to 11pm, an Italian pizzeria that's opened for lunch and dinner, a Swiss ice cream bar, a grill house for lunch and dinner or a traditional dining restaurant. You may also pay a little extra for 2 specialty restaurants- a sushi bar or a traditional steakhouse. Upon booking for a cruise, you can choose between either the 5.30pm or the 7.45pm assigned seatings for dinner. It doesn't really matter which one you end up choosing, as all important shows are repeated twice every night, but keep in mind that the 5.30pm session seems to be the more popular choice. My personal favourite place to eat was at the traditional restaurant, where they offered open seating for breakfast and lunch, and assigned seating for dinner (as mentioned before). Every table has at least 2 dedicated waiters or waitresses to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible.
entree at Italian Dinner in the Regency Dining Room
The traditional dining restaurant also changes their menus everyday for breakfast, lunch AND dinner, so there is definitely no room for guests to be bored of the food. Of course, there is still a section of each menu that is labelled 'always available', if you get particularly attached to a special dish.
Cruises are also an excellent way to celebrate an anniversary, a birthday, an engagement, a honeymoon or simply just a relaxing holiday. Whatever the occasion is, Princess Cruises will make your experience an unforgettable one and help you celebrate it.
Every cruise also includes formal nights for everyone to frock up, depending on the length of your cruise. Wear: Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men
If you don't like frocking up, there are always people on the cruise looking as casual as they can ever get, so you'd never feel alone.
Princess Cruises also offers a variety of totally stress-free shore excursions at each port, but keep in mind that you need to pay extra for these, and they can sometimes be quite expensive! What I simply did was do my own research by borrowing books from the onboard library and planned my means of transportation and essential tourist attractions before each port.
Overall it was just a very refreshing holiday to have. Each meals were cooked for you freshly from the kitchen, room was cleaned at least 3 times a day by a dedicated steward who'd talk to me whenever he saw me walk past in the corridors, hopping on and off the cruise was easy every time with no hassle whatsoever. I would definitely recommend people to sail with Princess Cruises, to be treated like royalty even if you're not one.