Since the first Princess ship set sail in 1965, Princess Cruises has been one of the most trusted and recognizable names in the cruise industry. Remember The Love Boat? The classic 70s TV show about love and laughs at sea was set aboard none other than the Pacific Princess.
Today, Princess runs a fleet of 17 vessels that host around 1.7 million passengers a year. But this impressive history is only part of the reason we love this iconic cruise line.
Regal Princess is the newest addition to the Princess fleet
After a recent journey aboard the brand new Regal Princess, we discovered seven fantastic reasons to make your next cruise a Princess Cruise.
There’s A Cruise For Everyone
Whether you’re an adventurous traveler who takes full advantage of every port stop or a laid-back lounger who prefers sunshine and cocktails by the pool; whether you want to see the world or stick to the well-known waters of home; whether you want the bustling atmosphere of a massive ship or a more intimate setting aboard a smaller one; the Princess fleet caters to anyone and everyone.
The company offers more than 150 different itineraries, sailings to more than 300 ports on six continents. The ships can accommodate a few hundred to a few thousand guests, and between the onboard entertainment and the in-port excursions, it’s pretty much impossible to get bored. Want to get up-close-and-personal with an iceberg in Alaska? Get a dose of culture in Europe? Hold your breath as the ship squeezes through the Panama Canal? Check, check, and check Princess has you covered.
From sightseeing to skydiving, Princess wants to you make the most of your in-port excursions. Five decades of cruising has taught them a thing or two, and they work with only the most reputable tour operators to make sure you come back from your adventure safe, happy, and on-time“ and with a great story to tell.
Excursions can be booked in advance from onboard the ship, and departures and arrivals are closely monitored so that if your tour is delayed, you won’t get left behind. (Though in some destinations, getting left behind might not seem like a bad thing…)
Food, Glorious Food!
Sushi, oysters, gelato, Neapolitan-style pizza…food aboard the Regal Princess doesn’t disappoint. In addition to the main dining rooms that offer both buffet and A la carte dining (where you can eat what you want, when you want), the ship also has several specialty restaurants where, for a small surcharge, you can take your meal up a notch. Perfect for a celebration or special night out.
Alfredos is one of many specialty dining options
A Bar For Every MoodClub 6 on Regal Princess
Nightlife is a big part of any vacation, and they take it very seriously aboard Princess ships. The Regal Princess, for example, has different bars that specialise in different drinks, be it martinis, bellinis, margaritas, or wines from around the world.
Mandy & Shiree recommend the Milky Way martini from Crooner’s yum!
Try a different bar every night – it’s a great a great way to explore the ship and see parts of it that you might not venture to otherwise. Besides, you’re on vacation: who’s to say you can’t indulge on a Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday…)?
Back from an exciting day of excursions and not ready to end the fun? Good- neither is Princess. The ships offer an array of nighttime entertainment to keep you up long after the sun goes down. The Princess Production Shows (offered on every ship) feature top-notch singing and dancing from an in-house casts of professionals from all over the world. If you’re more of a performer yourself, grab the mic and get your karaoke on or learn to ballroom dance.
Themed parties are always a blast, whether the motif is a Caribbean limbo or a good ol’ Western hoedown. Or if you’d prefer something a little more tranquil, grab a blanket and a bag of popcorn and watch a movie on the ship’s top deck. It’s not every night you get to screen a new release with the sea and a sky full of stars floating by.
Staterooms Fit For States people
Image source: Discover Cruises
With so much to see and do every day, you’ll want somewhere cozy to lay your head at night. The ship’s staterooms are modern and comfortable with great beds – perfect for when you need to relax and recharge. On the nights that you need a break from the onboard bars and shows, bring some dessert back to your room, prop yourself up in bed, and watch a movie or two (or a couple of episodes of The Love Boat -well played, Princess) before you drift off.
Princess dispels the “been on one cruise, been on them” theory with their impressive array of signature facilities and activities. In addition to Movies Under the Stars, guests can relax and get pampered in the Sanctuary, mingle in the Piazza (the ship’s social hub), or sip cocktails by the sea in the SeaView bar- just a few of the onboard experiences unique to Princess.
Escape to your own private Sanctuary
Oh, and did we mention the top-notch shopping? Or the casinos, the art galleries, the swimming pools…alright, so we could name more than seven things we love about Princess Cruises. It’s a great, professionally-run, affordable ‘all-round’ cruise line and a fantastic place to start for both cruising novices and experienced veterans. Bon voyage!