Are you a cruiser? What do you think of when you first hear the word, cruise? You definitely might have your reservations but I can say I am officially a bonafide cruiser and I can't wait for my next one!
I recently sailed the Caribbean for a week with Princess Cruises aboard their Caribbean Princess to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel!
Here's the breakdown of my trip.
DAY 1 • Arrive at Fort Everglades Port and sail off celebration!
DAY 2 • Full Day at Sea
DAY 3 • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
DAY 4 • Roatan, Honduras
DAY 5 • Belize City, Belize
DAY 6 • Cozumel, Mexico
DAY 7 • Full Day at Sea
DAY 8 • Arrive at Fort Everglades Port in FLL and head home
Of course cruising the Caribbean was amazing but Princess Cruises really went over and beyond to make sure that each cruiser has a one of a kind experience thanks to the MedallionClass Experience.
The MedallionClass is a tech savvy innovative way to make your cruise experience personal, effortless and more enjoyable and it all starts with something as small as a quarter.
Every cruiser is given the OceanMedallion -- this device can be worn in a few different ways depending on the accessory you pick; a sports band, clip, bracelet or a pendant.
I opted for a bright pink clip --- shocker, right?! It matched my bikini and I was very pleased.
This Medallion is literally your key to stateroom and makes ship embarkment and disembarkment so easy!
So I got prepped weeks before my cruise right at home with the OceanReady app. It's an exclusive Princess MedallionClass app where I could enter all of my personal information and travel documents before embarking so just with a simple tap of my Medallion I was able to board Caribbean Princess and get poolside with drink in hand in no time flat. You can either have your Medallion shipped to you before your trip or pick it up when you embark.
In typical Thamarr fashion of course I forgot my Medallion at home! 🤦🏾♀️ Of course I was freaking out but the Princess team came to the rescue and printed out a new Medallion for me at the Information Desk. *Obviously try not to leave your Medallion at home.
With so many people on board if everyone left their's at home it would be a big mess at the information desk. I was so thankful to the entire crew for helping me get everything squared away to start using the linked features of the Medallion.
The Medallion also makes interacting with your ShipMates and the rest of the crew so much easier.
With my Medallion and the OceanNow app I could order food and drinks without leaving my lounge chair. The Medallion essentially lets the crew know where you are on board so that when you order a slice of a pizza or an Ultimate Pina Colãda-- my personal fave-- they bring it right to you, whether you're poolside or in your room!
It's pretty awesome especially when you just don't feel like disturbing your vacation mode on the lido deck! You can check out my Instagram Story Cruise Highlights to see how it's done!
Speaking of Instagram -- I was able to stay connected, post, share and even go-live while aboard Caribbean Princess with no problem because of the best WiFi at sea, MedallionNet.
Those are the two massive spheres on the top of the ship.
It was insane how quickly I could stream music or movies on my iPad while we were cruisin'. It was reliable even in my cabin or on my balcony. Also super affordable -- just $9.99 a day when you buy the package for the entire trip.
Caribbean Princess is a massive vessel housing up to 3,000 passengers and over 1200 crew members! You can imagine how easy it could be to get lost but not with your Medallion and the OceanCompass app.
This app helps you navigate your way on board the ship with Wayfinding. It's basically like GPS for the ship.
OceanCompass also allows you to stay connected with your ShipMates too. You can find their location minus the getting lost part! We'd set up a group chat for everyone in our travel party. This app was so helpful on board and we used it everyday with ease.
While exploring Caribbean Princess you will find large interactive portals on the walls of the ship; another interactive way to stay connected. I created my own OceanTagalong, a digital avatar companion that follows you around the ship on the portals. I named mine, Celia the Sea Turtle.
With your personal OceanTagalong you can play games under the stars on the lido deck which is actually pretty cool. You're literally in the middle of the ocean playing on a massive screen under the twinkly lights of the night sky.
You can also play location based scavenger hunts on board. This is a great feature with families with little kids; they will have fun and stay busy during days at sea exploring the ship. Or you can play a game of word search like me while waiting for the elevator on the way to dinner at the Crown Grille -- my favorite restaurant on board Caribbean Princess.
There is just so much to see, do and take in both on and off the ship because of the MedallionClass Experience. I can definitely say that cruising the Caribbean with Princess Cruises has completely changed my concept of sailing the seas.
I can't wait to share with you more about my time on and off Caribbean Princess. Next Stop was our first port, Grand Cayman where I actually swam with stingrays. Stay tuned for my next cruise post next week!
Oh and don't forget to let me know if you have any questions that you'd like me to answer about the cruise life with Princess Cruises.