Ship Visit Caribbean Princess
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited on a ship visit by Princess Cruises. It was to spend the day on board the Caribbean Princess while it was docked in Southampton for change over day, before embarking on its next cruise around the British Iles.
The ship has just gone through a major renovation costing $8.2 million dollars. This included 3200 new luxury beds being installed in the state rooms and with 7 new dining options being added.
They have also had a huge overhaul of the kid’s clubs. There are 3 new areas The Treehouse for ages 3-7 which has a forest and animal theme. The Lodge for 8-12 year olds with an outdoor theme. Finally the Beach House for ages 13-17 with a surf theme. They all include new activities and games including science experiments, mini golf tournaments, talent shows and LEGO boatbuilding competitions.
There was a group of us that were taken on a tour of the ship and then treated to lunch before continuing the tour then disembarking the ship.
We boarded the ship and arrived in the main atrium. It is so gorgeous and an amazing first view of the ship and gives you a really good idea of what is to come.
We then carried on our tour and were able to see some of the newly renovated areas such as the Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria restaurant, which had all be refitted to give it a more modern look. This is a speciality restaurant but can be used for breakfast at no extra cost if you are staying in a suite.
We the Carried on the Skywalkers the Night Club on board the ship. It was such a lovely place. With a travelator at the entrance, it really lends a sense of fun to the whole place. Once inside there is a light up dancefloor, so you can dance the night away. But just remember, don’t get to carried away. You don’t want to fall off the travelator as you are leaving!
We carried on exploring the ship and went for a wander out on the deck. There is 6 pools in all on the ship, located at various points. So there are so many choices no matter where you like to sunbathe or swim, you have a lot of choices. Below is one of the pools which is located at the Aft of the ship.
There is also a more central pool at the top of the ship. This is where you find Movies under the Stars. The Caribbean Princess was the first ship to have an outdoor Cinema. They play different films each night. There are cushions for the sunbeds and blankets to lie under and then you can enjoy the evening in comfort.
Another one of the new areas located just next to the pool is Coffee and Cones. An outdoor cafe which serves ice cream and speciality coffees, which previously weren’t available here. Making it easier for guest, who would have had to go down a few decks of they wanted to get speciality coffees.
We were then shown around the Lotus Spa and The Sanctuary. You can book treatments at the spa ranging from massages and manicures or you can make an appointment to have your hair done before a night out on the ship. There is also the Sanctuary. Which has a private pool and sunbathing area separate from the rest of the ship. You can get access to this from $20 for half a day. This seems like such good value to me compared to other ships I have sailed on and something I am definitely considering doing on my Princess cruise.
We had lunch in one of the newly renovated restaurants Steamers Seafood, located next to another new restaurant Planks BBQ. At night it becomes a speciality dining venue which serves special seafood selections and for a really reasonable cover charge. Obviously, all your food is included when you book your cruise but there are some charges if you choose to dine in the speciality restaurants. These start from as little as $12 each, which again I think is really reasonable compared to some ships I have sailed on.
On of the most interesting things while on board was finding out about Ocean Medalion. This is due to be rolled out on the ship from summer 2018 but you can see signs of it starting to appear around the ship already. This is a medallion that you wear about the size of a 10p. It pairs up with the Ocean Compass app. It acts as your room key, but also contains all your preferences for your holiday to work as your own concierge. You can start building up your preferences before you board the ship using the online tools. So you can for example input your favourite drink, then when you arrive at a bar on board the bar staff will already know because you will be wearing your medallion.
There will also be screens located all over the ship which connects with people’s medallions as you walk past them and they will be able to recommend things to you based on your preferences and the things that you like.
I am going on my first Princess Cruise on the Saphire Princess next year and I can’t wait. I was really excited, but now that I’ve been lucky enough to see what Princess has to offer I’m even more excited.
You can see what Princess has to offer here.
Read about another of my ship visits here.
Have you sailed with Princess before or do you have your first cruise with them already booked with them? Let me know in the comments below?