The Best Cruise for First Timers

Okay, so you all know by now that I love Princess Cruises.  But you still have your doubts on whether you should try cruising in general and why Princess, right?

So here is why I know Princess Cruises will be the best experience for you, especially for first time cruisers.

SKY PRINCESS + OCEAN MEDALLION

I highly suggest booking a vacation on one of Princess Cruises newest ships, SKY PRINCESS.

It’s the very first of it’s kind to be built from the ground up with Ocean Medallion Technology.

The Ocean Medallion that you see me wearing throughout my trip is more than a fashion statement.  This wearable quarter size device is free to every guest and is what makes cruising with Princess really special.

It connects you to the ship and provides a completely new level of service.  Before you receive your Medallion in the mail before your trip, you log in and create your profile.   This allows the entire crew to get to know who you and your likes and dislikes all before you can say ahoy matey!  

The Ocean Medallion Technology allows you to embark the ship with ease.  With a few taps you are on board and starting your vacation.

You also don’t need to worry about bringing your passport off the ship and possibly getting it lost (WORST FEELING EVER!).   Your Ocean Medallion acts as your identification so there’s no stress disembarking.

When approaching your door, the Ocean Medallion recognizes you so that it unlocks your statetroom, sans hands.  It also allows you to purchase things on board so you don’t have to worry about carrying cash.  Tap and pay as you go!

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The piazza of SKY PRINCESS is like the prettiest Town Hall you’ve ever seen.  This is the central hub of the ship.  You can find lots of entertainment and plenty of complimentary cafes and restaurants.
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Gelato certified by the Italian University of Gelato — yes, that’s a real thing.  Definitely one of the best perks on traveling on SKY PRINCESS.
Fun fact: Gelato isn’t ice cream.  It’s actually made with less butter fat and has fewer calories. It’s also made fresh daily on board SKY PRINCESS.Princess Cruises, Sky Princess, Plus Size Travel, Cruise Vacation, Mediterranean Cruise, Venice, Kotor, Athens

 

ENTERTAINMENT

I know entertainment on cruise ships might get a bad rep but not on SKY PRINCESS.

From the hilarious comedy shows, trivia night, the constant live music in the piazza and the world premiere of their latest show, ROCK OPERA, you’re going to experience world class performers that will keep you coming back night after night.

At sea days are so much fun!   I challenge you to do something different every day you’re at sea.

 

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VISIT MULTIPLE COUNTRIES IN ONE TRIP

What better way can you travel to 3 different countries while you sleep in 1 week?

I’ll wait.

Cruising to me is the absolute best way to travel to multiple countries without breaking the bank.  (Princess Cruises practically has a special offer every week!)

On my latest cruise I traveled to Italy, Montenegro and Greece.  Cruising with Princess not only brings amazing opportunities to travel and connect to different cultures but it also exposes you to countries that may not have been on your radar.

I never knew I wanted to go to Montenegro, but my goodness, I’m so glad Princess Cruises did.  What a beautiful and charming country.

Believe it or not, you really do have plenty of time one you disembark at each port.  Most port days have an early arrival and late depart time.  So depending on the excursion you  choose, you can be wrapped early enough in the day to still explore the country on your own.

On my 5 day Mediteranean cruise I planned it out to spend 4 days prior to embarkation day.  So that meant 4 full days of exploring Venice!  It was so much fun and felt like a separate trip before a trip.

From Venice I also visited the colorful island of Burano.  Then once on board SKY PRINCESS we traveled to Kotor, Montenegro and Athens Greece.

Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy
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Perast, Montenegro
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MAKING CONNECTIONS AND MEETING NEW PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Doesn’t it seem that everyone you meet while on vacation is in such a good mood.  Who wouldn’t be, right?!

It’s really easy to make connections and make new friends from all over the world while cruising with Princess Cruises.

Their fleet of ships brings people from all over the world together to experience another level of service and vacationing that you can’t get anywhere else.

Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.  So, go on!  Get paid!

 

Met and struck up a conversation with these stylish girls from Ohio inside of the most glam gelato shop in Venice, Italy.Princess Cruises, Sky Princess, Plus Size Travel, Cruise Vacation, Mediterranean Cruise, Venice, Kotor, Athens
Debonita, a UK based blogger is ready to take me on a food tour the next time I’m in London. Princess Cruises, Sky Princess, Plus Size Travel, Cruise Vacation, Mediterranean Cruise, Venice, Kotor, Athens
This Italian Don was just sharp not to meet.  He only spoke Italian but we had an understanding that went beyond language – FASHION!Partied with travel blogger Kate from the UK at the SKY PRINCESS Sail Away Party.
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Exploring Perast with Courtney and Kerrie.Princess Cruises, Sky Princess, Plus Size Travel, Cruise Vacation, Mediterranean Cruise, Venice, Kotor, Athens

 

Princess Cruises allows me to venture out and see this big beautiful world in the most fantastic and tech savvy way.  I hope you find this post helpful and feel inspired to go cruising in 202o!  Princess Cruises will be launching 5 more MedallionClass ships!  Just think of all the amazing places you will be able to go with just a tap of your Ocean Medallion.

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Stay Lovely,
xx
Editor's Notes

Photo Credit: Black Tie and Co.

Thank you Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Stay Lovely,
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