HOW TO PICK YOUR CRUISE
I'm about that #CruiseLife. It's such a fantastic way to travel and visit new places.
I've been on a couple of different cruise lines over the years. I mean, there are just so many options when it comes to cruising but there is a reason why I always come back to Princess Cruises. They're like family.
Whether I'm meeting a new crew on a brand new ship or seeing familiar faces on a ship I've been on before I know I will be welcomed with genuine and happy faces ready to really help me have the best vacation ever.
The Princess Cruise's staff and crew are award winning and for good reason. The exceptional service goes beyond just the basics. I've seen first hand how the captain of Sky Princess help a couple have their dream wedding aboard his ship when it was looking like it wasn't;t going to work out. That's just one example of how amazing the Princess Cruises team is and how they go over and beyond for their guests.
From your captain to your steward; they are all looking out for you to have the best time on board and at port.
Another reason to pick Princess is because of all the incredible deals and offers they have. When you create an account with Princess Cruises you gain access to all the Princess perks! Oh and the more you cruise with them the more perks offered.
Right now they are having a great promotion that has never happened before. It's the best way to experience a Princess Cruise for the first time.
Don’t miss out on the Best. Sale. Ever. For the first time ever, Princess Cruises is offering guests a fare that includes drinks, Wi-Fi, and gratuities when they book a cruise or cruisetour. Book today!
WHAT TO PACK
Okay so you picked your Princess Cruise so now what do you bring?
No worries. I've learned through mistakes and triumphs what are cruise life necessities. Here is a list of what you will need while at sea.
- PASSPORT - you're not going anywhere without this
- Cash for tipping tour guides and locals
- At least one formal outfit and two outfits per day (plain white tees are great to pack and so easy to style)
- Pashmina/ Scarf
- Loungewear/ Sweats
- Swimwear and coverups
- Cheap Sunglasses (DO NOT BRING YOUR DESIGNER SUNNIES -- you're guaranteed to lose them!)
- Sunscreen – FACE + BODY
- Electronic Fan
- Comfortable sneakers, flats, flip flops and water shoes or flip flops
- Clorox Wipes (for my germaphobes)
- Flushable Wipes + Poopourri
- Wrinkle Release Spray
- Travel Size Laundry Detergent + Bleach + Softener
- Motion Sickness/Anti Nausea Medications + Tylenol / Advil + Pepcid
- Vitamins, Emergen-C, Airborne, Gummies
- Underwater camera
- Portable cell phone battery
- Travel Adapter for international cruises
- Crossbody or backpack
- Deck of Cards
WHAT TO DO ON SEA DAYS
Excursion on port days are so much fun but you're definitely going to be at sea for a day or two. So what do you do on port days?
First thing first, you've got to check you Princess Patter. It's Princess Cruises daily newsletter. Every night in your stateroom you are provided with a list on the next day's activities. One of my sea days had 87 activities! You're bound to find one that you like. From comedy shows, dance competitions, trivia, of course my favorite the live entertainment from the Stars of Sky Princess, Rock Opera and 5Skies.
Exploring the ship and walking the SKY DECK.
Judging a dance competition with some of the Sky Princess crew.
Hangin' out with some of the stars of Sky Princess before their show Five Skies.
You are going to love sea days just as much as port days, promise.
We loved hanging with my favorite bartenders Juan and Jorge at the Seaview Bar on the lido deck. They make the best drinks and are so talented. Juan even tried to teach me some of his moves.
Princess Cruises doesn't play around when it comes to the food served on their ships. They're known for the finest dining at sea and their newest ship is no exception.
Sky Princess offers so many different meal options that are already included in your cruise. You can dine at their main dining that features Michelin star rated chefs. For a more casual setting you can dine at the Horizon Buffet or Slice Pizzeria.
On the lido deck, The Salty Dog became one of my personal favorites serving up street tacos, hot dogs and the most delicious gourmet hamburgers – The Triple Smoke Burger is just *chef kiss. After lunch grab a soft serve cone and chill by the pool.
Another favorite and new dining option that's also included with your cruise is at Alfredo's Pizzeria. Voted "Best Pizza at Sea" by USA Today, Afredo's serves up sizzling hand-tossed pizzas along with delicious Italian appetizers and of course beer and wine. You can watch your personal size pizza baked fresh in the oven at their open bar seating area.
The International Cafe is open around the clock and has the yummiest sandwiches, coffee and deserts. A perfect pick-me-up on the go.
There are so many food options that are included in your price. You won't ever have to worry about eating the same kind of food. But if you are interested in trying the fine dining options, you can't go wrong with the Crown Grill, Sabatini's or the newest specialty restaurant Bistro Sur La Mer and the Ocean Terrace Sushi Bar located in the beautiful atrium – the glistening town hall of Sky Princess.
MAKE SURE TO RELAX
With so many activities on and off the ship it can get overwhelming. You might just tucker yourself out!
Remember you're on vacation and you need to have time to relax too! Sky Princess has so much to offer when it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation. They've relaunched the Sanctuary, Lotus Spa + Enclave on Sky Princess with new design concepts that make it the perfect spot to get some R+R.
The Sanctuary is an adults only private area with it's own private pool, hot tub and 8 cabanas. The new design is breathtaking with endless ocean views. This is the ultimate chill day. Snack on drinks and light refreshments served by the private area crew too.
The Lotus Spa is probably my favorite place on Sky Princess. If you book any treatments try and get Rosemary or Melissa. They have super powers in their fingers, I swear.
I loved my Biotech Facial and Massage – I've might have fallen asleep and snorted myself awake.
Now that's relaxed!
Aboard the Sky Princess you're guaranteed to have a great time. The new ship has so much to offer in terms of technology, entertainment, dining and service. You're going to love cruising with Princess.
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