One of the most difficult decisions when booking a cruise is deciding which cruise line is the best fit for you. Do you want a vacation with exciting exploration or indulgent relaxation? Do you prefer intimate experiences or the energizing buzz of a massive ship? Are you in it for the ports or is the ship itself your main destination? As you think about what you’re looking to get out of your vacation, here are six reasons why Princess Cruises may be the right fit for you:
1. If you’re looking for enriching itineraries
Boasting over 150 different itineraries spanning six continents and 350 ports, there’s a reason Princess Cruises has snagged Recommend Magazine’s Best Cruise Line Itineraries award for 12 years running. It’s one thing to provide variety, but Princess Cruises goes a step further in making their itineraries extra special. For example, itineraries to Japan not only stop at the most enticing ports, they’re also crafted to coincide with the country’s most sought-after experiences like spring cherry blossoms or the Kumano Fireworks Festival which can be viewed right from the ship while in port! Early booking is recommended for these season-specific itineraries as they sell out quickly.
2. If you really want to relax
Is relaxation high priority for your vacation? Whether you choose to get pampered at the onboard Lotus Spa® or get your zen on at a yoga class on deck, there are plenty of opportunities to recharge with Princess Cruises. Their tagline is “Come Back New” after all!
For a more relaxing experience, you can visit the Retreat Pool and Bar which is an area exclusive to adults guests. You can also upgrade that experience by visiting The Sanctuary, a spa-like retreat that you can access for a small entrance fee and enjoy an open-air massage in your own private cabana
Perhaps best of all, the Princess Luxury Bed, created by sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson, has been named the best bed at sea by Cruise Critic. If you love it, you can even have the whole sleep experience shipped to your home after your cruise—right down to the pillowcases.
3. If you like to really get to know the places you visit
If you’re looking to create a meaningful travel experience by truly immersing yourself in a destination, look no further than Princess Cruises. Not only is Princess known for having the best itineraries at sea, they also give guests more time to spend in port than many other lines. Keep an eye out for their More Ashore port calls which mean you won’t have to be back onboard until at least 9pm (and sometimes overnight), allowing you more time to explore the culture, cuisine and nightlife offered by the destination.
Princess Cruises‘ Local Connections program also offers an amazing opportunity to get to know the destinations you visit through excursions with local experts who share their stories and favorite experiences in port. You can take an eco-tour through a kauri forest in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands or embark on a beer tasting adventure with a Master Brewer in Tallinn, Estonia, just to name a few.
4. If you’re all about the latest travel tech
Gadget geeks will love Princess Cruises’ Medallion Class which will be expanded to many ships in the Princess fleet over the next two years. Guests travelling in this class are given an OceanMedallion™, a magical, clip-on pendant the size of a quarter which provides keyless entry to your stateroom among other amazing features.
Through MedallionNet™, it delivers land-like wi-fi allowing you to stream your favourite shows or FaceTime with grandma from the middle of the ocean. The medallion is also GPS enabled helping your friends, family and even the drinks you just ordered find you wherever you happen to be on the ship!
5. If you’re a family that loves to learn on vacation
Princess Cruises may not be the first cruise line you think of for a family vacation, but they’ve enhanced their kids’ programs over the past few years. If your family thinks of travel as an educational experience, Princess Cruises is a great option for getting to know your surroundings.
The cruise line partnered with the Discovery Channel in 2014 and offers shore excursions and onboard programs based on popular shows like MythBusters, Shark Week and Deadliest Catch. Kids can make shark teeth necklaces, learn about the local wildlife and even experience a typical day as a crab fisherman in Alaska! The learning continues after the sun sets too with constellation viewing guided by an onboard Princess Stargazing Specialist.
6. If you like to be rewarded for customer loyalty
More than half of all guests on any given Princess Cruise have cruised with Princess before. How do they foster such devoted loyalty you ask? With amazing incentives to book with Princess again of course!
Princess Cruises’ Captain’s Circle Program is arguably the best cruiser loyalty program in the industry. Being in the circle offers enticing rewards including preferential pricing, onboard credits, and ‘members only’ events to enjoy on your next Princess cruise. Once you reach Elite status (16 cruises or more), the VIP perks really start rolling in with free onboard laundry service, a complimentary mini bar, and canapés in your stateroom!
With a focus on interesting itineraries and ultimate relaxation, guests who find their fit with Princess Cruises tend to be fans for life! We hope this breakdown of a typical Princess Cruises guest helps you determine whether this cruise line is the right choice for your next vacation.