Have you heard of The Royal Princess Cruise Ship, one of the amazing ships of The Princess Cruise Line? Mummy was lucky enough to be invited to a book launch on board in the summer, whilst The Royal Princess was in Southampton Docks.
Over to Mummy…
“I have cruised with P&O and Royal Caribbean cruise lines before, but never been on a Princess ship and I was looking forward very much to seeing what it was like.
I was also looking forward to the book launch of Chrissie Manby’s latest book, I am covering this event in a separate post.
I met my blog bestie Zena at Newbury Services and we drove to Southampton together. As we approached the docks and I caught my first glimpse of the ship I had a huge surge of excitement – it looked incredible and every bit as impressive as the other cruise ships I have been on.
We were met by the fantastic PR Team of Princess Cruises and led on board. We went via the crew entrance, and were given a press / visitor badge – I was super excited.
We were put into groups to be shown around the ship, and we went first into the Royal Princess Atrium. It was breathtaking – seriously, absolutely stunning. I cannot use enough superlatives to explain how beautiful it was!
We all just stood for a moment taking it in, before trying our best to capture it in photographs!
Around this main area there are several things you can do including trying Italian Ice Cream in the Italian Gelato, or have a tasty bite in the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. You can also enjoy Piazza entertainment with a martini in Crooner’s, or a Bellini in Bellii’s Bar, or just sit here and relax. It really is a stunning space to spend time in.
We were then taken up to the top deck where there is the main Fountain Pool – the day I visited it was pouring with rain so unfortunately we couldn’t go out on the main deck.
There are various eating options available near the pool, including a Pizzeria and Grill with undercover seating where you can shelter from the hot sun – or in our case, the rain! The fantastic Horizon Court, Horizon Bistro and The Pastry Shop are on this deck too.
On this deck there is the innovative Princess® WaterColor Fantasy where in the evening, these top deck pools transform into an amazing interactive sound and light show where dancing fountains shoot water up to 33 feet.
A first at sea on this ship is the Sea Walk, where you walk along a glass panelled walk way that extends 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, giving a unique view of the sea and deck below. Not for the faint hearted!
You can also watch movies on this deck under the night sky on a huge screen – the first cruise line to introduce this – you can even enjoy complimentary popcorn whilst you watch the film, or enjoy a glass of bubbly in the hot tub! We saw a demo of the screen and I was super impressed by the quality of the picture. The hot tub looked so great that I am really thinking of getting an inflatable hot tub for the family.
The Princess Theatre is Princess Cruises biggest yet and is a spacious, luxurious theatre where you can watch the ships entertainment.
There is so much to this ship that I will talk about the food and dining, and the Youth and Teen Centres and facilities for under 18’s in another post!
I have to say that the Princess Cruises website has detailed, in depth information of The Royal Princess Cruise Ship, and their other ships with 360° virtual tours, deck plans and live Bridge Cams too.
Make sure that you don’t miss my other posts coming up about the rest of this amazing cruise ship.”
Have you cruised before?
Launched: August 16, 2012