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Relaxation & wellbeing on Royal Princess

2nd October 2015

Updated May 2019

Princess Cruises host some fantastic cruises in the Caribbean and all over the world, but what is it like to holiday with them? Often on location, our expert cruise team are busy bringing you their first hand experiences and documenting life at sea. Read all about Millie from Marketing's experience of the utterly rejuvinating ship - Royal Princess

After a recent cruise on Royal Princess, I was impressed by a lot of things; the superb food, the friendly service, the elegant interiors, the list could go on. But, more than anything, I was struck by an overwhelming air of relaxation. With more spa therapies, fitness facilities, and tranquility areas than I've seen on any other ship, I couldn't help but feel this was one of the most relaxing cruise liners at sea.



The epicentre of it all is the Lotus Spa and salon on Deck 5, which was awarded the accolade of 'Best Spa on a Cruise Ship' by SpaFinder Wellness 365TM. As soon as I got close, I knew I was in the right place thanks to the soothing aromas of oils and lotions. I was offered a tour of the facilities, and it's a good job too as there are a massive 10,000 square-feet of spa facilities!



Countless therapy rooms line the softly lit corridors, each offering a tantalising menu of facials, scrubs, massages, body wraps, and even Botox and Acupuncture. A full-service salon offers a host of hair, nails, and beauty treatments - the perfect place to head before a formal night. Men aren't forgotten either, with a fantastic barbershop offering an array of fabulous treatments.


In two beautiful, private Couples Villas, treatments can be enjoyed side-by-side in a serene setting, complete with a hot tub, soothing music and Champagne to toast your holiday. But the real jewel is The Enclave - a stunning thermal suite with a cascading rain shower, hydrotherapy pool, heated loungers, and sensory showers.


Even after just walking through this part of the ship I left with a feeling of tranquility, and headed out on deck to explore the adult-only areas. The Retreat Pool is an area exclusively for adults to relax and unwind in the sunshine, with Retreat Pool Cabanas available at an additional cost for even more comfort.

Just beyond this, at the front of the ship the private Sanctuary is an extension of the Lotus Spa, and is truly stunning. This hideaway is situated under a distinctive white canopy, with atmospheric lighting and plush loungers. Space in this luxurious area can be reserved at a daily or half-daily rate, and can be made even more special by choosing one of the Sanctuary Cabanas or Lotus Spa Cabanas.


Next, a mention must go to the exercise facilities, which are perfect for anyone wanting to keep fit on their cruise. It may not be the first thing on your mind when you book a cruise, but for one reason or another many passengers find themselves seeking out exercise on board. For me, it was the extra serving of afternoon tea and Champagne that I'd indulged in that took me in search of the gym. And I couldn't have been more impressed by the facilities that met me.

On arrival, I was offered a free foot consultation to check for any problems with my arches. This involved a pressure sensor checking whether the weight is evenly distributed across my feet, and whether any problems and pain could arise from this in the future. Offering heavily discounted foot supports to passengers that need them, this is a great touch to ensure that everyone is able to explore ashore in comfort.



Having previously sailed on smaller ships, I found the gym facilities modern, extensive, and supervised by a team of helpful and attentive staff. A huge selection of cardio equipment faces onto a large oceanview window, and a large room at the back offers all the fitness classes you could wish for - including the popular Zumba and TRX training.

On a couple of mornings I made my way to the jogging track on the top deck. What better way to start the day than drinking in the sea air and admiring the views of the approaching port. Scattered along the track there are even gym facilities for those who prefer to work out in the great outdoors.



An emphasis on rejuvenation and wellbeing is evident from bow to stern. Offering spacious areas to completely unwind, soak away your aches and pains, and balance out the indulgences of fine wine and gourmet dining, Princess Cruises really manage to make looking after yourself at sea effortless. Meaning you can say yes to that extra slice of cake, completely guilt free! Relax and unwind with a cruise on Royal Princess.

10 Ways To Spend Onboard Credit

21st November 2014

Updated July 2018


There is so much included in the price of a cruise, so why is the promotion of onboard credit always so appealing to everyone?

For those of you who do not know what onboard credit is, it's a set value of credit added to your account, which you can use freely onboard. You will not need to activate it, everything will be set up before you board so it is ready to spend as you wish.

The best thing about onboard credit is that you can spend it exactly how you want, it enables you to truly treat yourself and you can perhaps use your credit on things that maybe you couldn't justify if it was coming from your pocket.



Whether you are a frequent drinker or not, a cruise is a perfect opportunity to quench your thirst with a liquid treat. Cocktail, champagne, beer, wine or a virgin drink, everyone loves to excite their taste buds with new flavours whilst on holiday.

Using your onboard credit for drinks is a great way to keep your bill to a minimum as you can forget how many drinks you are purchasing!



Speciality Dining

A cruise truly takes you on a culinary journey like nowhere else. Most ships will have every type of cuisine available, from Chinese to Mexican and buffets to premium cuisine. During a cruise, you will have the choice of both complimentary and charged dining.

Speciality restaurants are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself and using your onboard credit for delicious food is always a winner!



The shops onboard cruise ships of today are as extensive as the shopping centres on land and you can buy almost anything on a cruise. From handbags to jewellery, to souvenirs and clothing, it is a shopping haven…especially to those with some onboard credit!

Whether shopping for someone back home or treating yourself, you are sure to find something you 'just have to have'.


Spa Treatments

Cruise line spas are among the best in the world with luxurious areas and award-winning treatments. The extensive treatment menus have everything from massages, facials, botox and weight loss treatments.



A holiday is about taking some time for you so what better way to spend your onboard credit than a treatment you have always dreamt of?


Some would say one way to make memories more special is being able to capture them to share. A cruise makes it impossible to forget any moment as their friendly photographers will be there to snap every last smile.

As soon as you look at every picture you are going to want to purchase them all so having some onboard credit to take life-changing memories home with you is a huge bonus.



Excursions offer the ultimate way to experience the fascinating destinations you will visit during your cruise. Whether you want to relax, explore or learn, there will be a range of excursions in every port for everyone.

The demand for excursions is high and they can be pricey so using your onboard credit for this is a great idea.


Do you ever feel lucky when you are on holiday? Whether you have a professional gaming hand or you want to try your luck for the first time, cruise ship casinos are definitely a fun place to visit. Even watching other people play can be a new experience to those who have never been in a casino and the exciting atmosphere is one that cannot be found anywhere else.



Some cruise lines allow guests to use onboard credit in the casinos - be sure to check this with your specific cruise line.


Some cruise lines include the gratuities in their cruise price but for most, you have the option of paying them onboard. Gratuities are a way for you to express your thanks to the attentive crew members who will be helping you throughout your time onboard.

You can ask for your gratuities to be taken from your onboard account, therefore using your onboard credit for this can be an option if you wish.



Almost all activities onboard are complimentary, however, there are a few activities that require an extra charge such as private Flowrider lessons onboard Royal Caribbean, wine tasting or cookery classes.

A cruise is a perfect time to try something new or experience something you would not attempt any other time. Having onboard credit is a great excuse to push your adrenalin or learn something new.



If you are someone who likes to stay connected, your bill can creep quite high during a cruise. Slower internet speed and high costs can make using the internet quite daunting on a cruise. Using your onboard credit to update social media, chat with friends at home or find out the latest news can be extremely helpful.


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