Food and Drink
You really will be spoilt for choice with a vast array of restaurants available across all of the Princess Cruises ships. For special occasions there are signature restaurants like Sabatini's Italian Trattoria, the Sterling Steakhouse, and the Crown Grill, or for more casual dining there is the Horizon Court buffet restaurant. All of the ships offer traditional fixed seating dining in the evening, as well as the more flexible anytime dining which is available on all ships except Pacific Princess. In addition to these restaurants you will find pizzerias, 24-hour cafes, ice cream parlours, pool-side grills, plus much more, so there is sure to be something to suit every taste.
Princess Cruises offer an endless choice of facilities and activities throughout the day and evening. During the day you can join in with pub quizzes and competitions, port talks, fitness classes, and deck games, or just relax by one of the pools or in the adults on Sanctuary. There is also an extensive list of enrichment classes available through the [email protected] programme, which gives you the chance to learn new skills and hobbies. In the evening you will be spoilt for choice, with production shows in the theatre, cabaret acts and comedians in the show lounges, and live music and dancing in the many bars.
One of the highlights has to be the theme parties and formal nights that are held throughout the cruise. On a typical 7 night sailing there will be one formal night where you can get dressed up in dinner suits and evening dresses, as well as several fun themed nights like Caribbean, Country and Western, and Hawaiian night. These aren't forced upon you though, so if you don't want to attend you don't have to.
Princess Cruises have an exceptional range of activities for children and teenagers so they are an excellent choice for family cruising. The Princess Kids and Teens' Off Limits programme are the dedicated children's clubs, and they are split in to several age groups from 3 - 17 years old. In the FunZone younger children can play in ball pools in the indoor playroom, as well as taking part in a whole host of fun activities like drawing, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, plus movies, cartoons and interactive learning games. Many of the ships also have a play area out on deck and a splash pool.
Teens can enjoy doing typical teenage things in the Teen Centre, like playing the latest video games, watching movies and listening to music, as well as being able to take part in sports tournaments, karaoke and talent contests. The clubs are usually open from 9am until around 10pm, although the Teen Centre is usually available until midnight. For children 12 and under there is a group baby-sitting service available from 10pm until 1am, with a charge of approx $5 per child, per hour.
Princess Cruises introduced a number of 'firsts' to the cruise industry and they are always striving to add new and exciting innovations to their ships. In June 2013 their next generation of cruise ship did just that, with the launch of Royal Princess. At 141,000 tonnes and able to carry some 3,600 passengers, Royal Princess - along with sister ship Regal Princess, which launched in 2013 -they are the largest ships ever built for the fleet. Of the new features, the SeaWalk is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated. This glass-floored walkway will give the most spectacular sea views as it is suspended 128 feet above the sea and over 20 feet beyond the ship's edge.Princess Cruises recently announced that a third 'Royal Princess' class of ship will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, with an expected arrival date of Spring 2017. The Majestic Princess will be similar to her sister's Royal and Regal Princess, but will also feature a number of exciting new experiences.