World-wide itineraries across seven continents, cutting-edge activities, unique excursions and a balcony upgrade. Choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise holiday….
Icebergs breaking, husky dogs racing and captivating world wide adventures – not exactly the promotional video you would expect from a luxury cruise line. No middle aged couples holding hands on a Caribbean beach this time. I guess this sums up where Princess Cruises differ from other cruise lines. Princess Cruises sail to all seven continents – including Antartica! They have 17 ships cruising to 380 destinations. As well as their outstanding itineraries, they have teamed up with Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ to offer immersive activities on and off their ships. Check out this short video to give you a taste of what to expect.
It is not only world class itineraries that Princess Cruises are renowned for. They have also won Best Premium Cruise line numerous times and have a host of other awards and accolades that you can see here. I have teamed up with Travelnet.ie, who are part of the Barter Travel Group and have been selling holidays and cruises for over 150 years in Ireland. Suffice to say they know their stuff! They are offering a free upgrade to a balcony cabin from an oceanview on selected Princess Cruises holidays booked before the 31st of October. Still need convincing? Here are eight reasons to choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise!
They offer outstanding itineraries
Cruising Antartica is a big deal, there are not many cruise companies that can boast that accolade. Of course it’s not just Antartica that excites me, Princess cruise to 380 destinations and have won ‘best cruise itineraries’ 12 times from Cruise Critic – the cruise industries’ tripadvisor. We tend to think of Princess Cruises for Caribbean cruises and Alaska (voted best cruise line to Alaska globally), but Princess’ Mediterranean cruises are a popular choice during the summer months. I love that in some cases you can cruise from one port and return to another, which maximises the amount of cities you can see. This Mediterranean & Adriatic Explorer is one of my favourites, as it departs from Athens but returns to Barcelona, with prices from €1527 in June, including flights – see here. Always wanted to see South America? Check out their 16 night Andes & South America explorer with prices from €2610 including flights – see here. If Japan or New Zealand is on your bucketlist, Princess have some amazing cruise deals there too. And to sweeten the deal Travelnet are offering a free upgrade to a balcony cabin on selected Princess cruise holidays booked by the 31st of October. See all of Travelnet.ie Princess cruise deals here.
They have an exclusive partnership with Discovery™ & Animal Planet™
Princess Cruises have partnered exclusively with Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ – two names synonymous with exploration, to bring immersive activities on their shore excursions and onboard their cruise ships. Learn all about the major constellations from a Princess specialist as you stargaze from the top deck, get up close to sharks in Hawaii, whales in Alaska or sloths in Costa Rica. Discovery and Animal Planet tours are unique tours and are available only through Princess Cruises.
There is a Piazza on board
Like Piazzas in Italian towns, Princess Cruises have replicated this on most of their ships. Guests love to gather around the Piazza and enjoy a glass of wine from the wine bar and catch a spontaneous performance. This popular place to hang out is like an Atrium and spans over three decks, with duty free shops and casual eateries. Princess’ newest ships, the Royal Class, have an expanded Piazza and also have the first-ever SeaWalk, a glass bottomed walkway offering jaw dropping views beneath your feet.
Enjoy world class dining options
Food and Wine Magazine voted Princess Cruises the best cruise line for food lovers – I probably don’t need to say much more! Princess Cruises have partnered with three award winning chefs and boast the best cruise ship steakhouse in Crown Grill, a classic Italian trattoria, Sabatini’s, and a six course fine-dining experience at Share, from award-winning chef Curtis Stone. Their mainstream offerings are pretty good too! Cruise Critic says they have the best burgers at sea in The Ernesto and USA Today gave Princess Cruises the award for the best pizza at Sea in Alfredos.
You will love their original, award-winning entertainment.
Unlike many other cruise lines, Princess Cruises have original shows that can only be seen in Princess theatres. Princess Cruises have partnered with Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar and Grammy award winner, and composer of the massive broadway hit Wicked. This partnership has brought three exclusive shows to Princess Cruises, with a fourth due in 2019. It’s not just in the theatres that Princess Cruises excel, they have excellent shows such as Magic to Do and the hugely popular, Voice of the Ocean. This interactive song contest brings the international TV show The Voice, to to the ocean. There are auditions, mentors and even the three “I Want You” chairs! The live final is not to be missed as guests choose the winner by using special voting remotes.
The Adult only Sanctuary is superb
I know adult-only areas are available on most luxury cruise ships, but the Sanctuary is on a different level! The Sanctuary is more than just fancy sunloungers and hot tubs – it is almost like a day spa. Enjoy an alfresco massage on one of the cabanas and enjoy cocktails served to you from the “Serenity Stewards”. The food is complimentary, although there is a $3 delivery fee. You can enjoy regular top ups of water infused with fruit and healthy light snacks or go all out and have beef burgers and beer! The only snag is you have to pay to enter, with prices from $20 for a half day pass or $40 for a full day.
They have excellent kids clubs – right up to age 20!
Princess Cruises kids clubs don’t just have art classes, pizza parties and talent shows, you can become an engineer for a day with programs from the California Science Centre, try your luck at the Lego boat-building contest or learn cake decorating and jewellery making! There is a separate ‘Beach House’ for teens to hang out in. Learn cool dance moves and show off at the Rock the Boat Party. 18-20’s have their own club, with special events just for them without parents or official hosts.
There is a wide selection of family activities
I love the amount of family activities on board. Shows such as Magic to Do and the Voice of the Ocean are ideal for all the family as are Stargazing and Movies Under the Stars®. Watch blockbuster movies poolside, with complimentary popcorn, cookies and milk, and cosy blankets if required. Mystery lovers will enjoy being a detective to solve the robbery of a rare necklace. This voyage-long search for the thief involves puzzles, clues and activities to help you narrow down the suspect. The Family Fun Fair, a carnival themed party in the Piazza, has mascots, magicians and entertainers. Click here for more details on all the family activities available.
So now that I have given you eight reasons to choose Princess Cruises for your next cruise – the only decision is which cruise will you choose? Travelnet.ie have lots of special offers with Princess Cruises which you can see here. If the dates on their website don’t suit, or you have particular requirements, call their dedicated sales team on 01 5310402 or 021 4851700. Alternatively fill out the enquiry form online and they will get back with the best options to suit you.
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note not all facilities and activities mentioned are on all 17 ships. Ask your Travelnet cruise consultant for more details on specific offerings. This post was sponsored by Travelnet.ie but all views, as always, are my own 🙂