I have recently had a fantastic experience on board the Crown Princess sailing from Southampton to Spain for 7 nights. The Crown Princess is one of Princess Cruise’s largest ships in their fleet and offers some fantastic facilities on-board.
Once on-board I was able to take time to look at some of the main facilities on-board and even take a tour around their fantastic spa area. The spa had many treatment rooms available as well as a fully equipped gym and hair salon. Princess cruises are the creators of Movies under the Stars which is a large screen up on deck 16 near the centre pool area. During the day they feature music concerts however from 5pm the entertainment changes to Movies. The later movie showing time has a lovely atmosphere as the sun sets you are laying there with a blanket and popcorn watching a movie. If however you would prefer to be inside there is plenty of activities available, a Casino, Theatre, bars and lounges.
A very popular bar is the Explorers bar on deck 7, here you will find entertainment such as singing competitions, karaoke or even live music from the ships band. The shows on-board are fantastic, possibly the best shows I have seen at sea. The Princess singers and dancers are west end standard featuring different themes with music and dancing – a real feel good evening entertainment. The ships atrium known as the Piazza is another great venue. It is home to the Champagne fountain and balloon drop on formal night as well as singers and acrobats. Around the Piazza you will also find the Crooners bar and lounge, Internet café, sushi bar, International Café, shops and wine bar.
When the sun is out there are so many places up on deck to relax on a sun lounger or have a swim in the pool. In total there are 5 pools including the Lotus Spa pool. There were always sun loungers available either around the pool or quieter places such as the sun terrace. There is an exclusive adults only area known as the Sanctuary, you can book for half or full days at a small supplement. The Sanctuary is located on deck 17 featuring luxury sun loungers and cabanas in a peaceful relaxing area.
Whilst I was on-board I found I was spoilt for choice for dining options. They have the International Café which is open till late offering pasta, sandwiches and taster deserts. You also have the choice of dining in the main restaurant where you receive table service, course by course, alternatively there is the Horizon Court which is their self-service buffet restaurant. They also have two speciality restaurants; Sabatini’s (Italian) and Adagio (Grill – seafood). You can also dine in your cabin on your balcony with room service.
During my week on-board there were various daytime activities available such as quiz’s, cooking and food/ice carving demonstrations, dancing, bingo, water sports such as water volleyball and golf chipping and many more. For young ones they have children’s clubs available offering various different activities suitable for different ages.
My overall experience on-board was very enjoyable and I wouldn’t hesitate booking another cruise with Princess Cruises.
Written by Naomi, Sussex Cruise Club
Contact Naomi on 01243 871664
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