Cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess – Part 3, Entertainment - Alvinology

Cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess – Part 3, Entertainment

Cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess – Part 3, Entertainment - Alvinology

In this third and final post on cruising with Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, I will cover on the entertainment on board the ship and a little on the offshore excursion to Penang, Malaysia.

What entertainment can one expect? Guest services include the following: The Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars poolside screen, Lotus Spa and Fitness Center, Kid’s and Teen’s Centers, an Internet Café, Lawn Court (golf putting and lawn games), a Casino, a Library, an Art Gallery, a Photo/Video Gallery, Duty-free Boutiques, a Sports Court, a Guest Services Desk, a Shore Excursions Desk, a Medical Center and even a Wedding Chapel!

The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary
Library
Library
Kids' Center
Kids’ Center
Lawn Court
Lawn Court
Activities area
Activities area
Guy enjoying a quiet moment fixing jigsaw puzzles
Guy enjoying a quiet moment fixing jigsaw puzzles
Guest Service Lounge
Guest Service Lounge
Inside the casino
Inside the casino
Slot machines
Slot machines
Art Gallery where you can bid and buy the artworks home
Art Gallery where you can bid and buy the artworks home
More artworks
More artworks
Photo/Video Gallery
Photo/Video Gallery

Showrooms/Lounges include: Princess Theater, Explorer’s Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Club Fusion, Skywalkers Nightclub and Churchill’s Cigar Lounge.

I am not too much into drinking and clubbing, but for those who are interested, there are no lack of venues for nightlife activities. I even spotted some programs targeted for LGBT to mingle!

Where all the actions are
Where all the actions are at the Mid-ship
Exploring around
Exploring around
Explorers
Explorers
Chill
Chill
Acrobatic performance
Acrobatic performance
Plates juggling
Plates juggling
Engaging with the audience
Engaging with the audience
String performance
String performance
Roving singers
Roving singers
Giant jenga for kids to play
Giant jenga for kids to play
Psychedelic entrance to the night club
Psychedelic entrance to the night club
At Skywalkers nightclub
At Skywalkers nightclub
Awesome view from the nightclub
Awesome view from the nightclub

My favourite entertainment was their Movies Under the Stars poolside screen. On the first day noon, I caught a Sheryl Crow concert while enjoying the sea breeze and running around the deck with Asher. Later the same night, I watched the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, under the stars. The feeling was amazing. It was drizzling slightly and a little chilly, but blankets were available and there is free flow snacks available.  Love it:

The top deck
The top deck
Sheryl Crow:
Sheryl Crow: “All I wanna do, is have some fun”
Movies under the Star
Movies under the Star
Go Katniss!
Go Katniss!

I also went for a spa pampering session at Lotus Spa and Fitness Center. There was a 3-in-1 promotion where you get to experience a bit of everything and I made use of that:

Lotus Spa
Lotus Spa
Waiting area in Lotus Spa
Waiting area in Lotus Spa
Spa ingredients
Spa ingredients
Inside one of the spa rooms
Inside one of the spa rooms

For the shopaholics, there are the various duty-free boutiques to head to:

Duty-free cosmetic and beauty products - whether you get a good deal is dependent on the strength of your country's currency against the USD as all items are priced in USD
Duty-free cosmetic and beauty products – whether you get a good deal depends on the strength of your country’s currency against the USD as all items are priced in USD
Watches
Watches
The Audrey Hepburn collection
The Audrey Hepburn collection
Which to wear for Breakfast at Tiffany's?
Which to wear for Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Sale
Sale

For my family, we like spending the evening at the Princess Theater as my son loves stage performances. There are magic shows as well as song and dances, all delightful experiences for Asher:

Princess Theater
Princess Theater
Songs and dances
Songs and dances
Enjoying the singing
Enjoying the singing

Usually when I go for short cruises, I skip on disembarking the ship, preferring to enjoy the facilities on board with the shop being less crowded when the majority of the guests get off. This time round, I went for a short tour of Penang, Malaysia, as Asher hasn’t been there before:

Disembarking in Penang
Disembarking in Penang
Visited the iconic Fort Cornwallis
Visited the iconic Fort Cornwallis
Cannons outside the fort
Cannons outside the fort
Chinese temple
Chinese temple
Another Chinese temple
Another Chinese temple
Stepping in
Stepping in
Stage
Stage
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Explored the hipster neighbourhood
Explored the hipster neighbourhood
Hanging bicycle again
Hanging bicycle again
Cute mural
Cute mural
That famous mural in Penang
That famous mural in Penang
Cool busker
Cool busker
HIpster coffee
HIpster coffee
Thai Buddhist temple
Thai Buddhist temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Donors
Donors
Iconic Thai-styled sculptures and figurines
Iconic Thai-styled sculptures and figurines
Colourful dragon
Colourful dragon
Burmese temple across the road from the Thai temple
Burmese temple across the road from the Thai temple
Elephant statue
Elephant statue
The large Budha statue in the Burmese temple
The large Budha statue in the Burmese temple
Burmese mythical creature
Burmese mythical creature
Repair work being done
Repair work being done
Last stop - a food centre
Last stop – a food centre
When in Malaysia, must eat Lok Lok!
When in Malaysia, must eat Lok Lok!
The skewers we ordered
The skewers we ordered
Penang Char Kway Tiao
Penang Char Kway Tiao
Headed to the famous Ghee Hiang shop to buy some traditional Chinese snacks
Headed to the famous Ghee Hiang shop to buy some traditional Chinese snacks
Awards and features
Awards and features
Shopfront
Shopfront

What I like is that after the land tour, we know we can return on board our ship and a nice meal will be waiting for us in a fancy restaurant with a sea view. Priceless.

Actually it is just as enjoyable and relaxing to just do nothing at all on board the ship. Just lounge around and enjoy the sea breeze! Look at how beautiful it is out at sea:

Lots of deck chairs to lounge around
Lots of deck chairs to lounge around
Walking around
Walking around
The view....
The view….
Life...
Life…
Rachel and Asher enjoying the sea breeze
Rachel and Asher enjoying the sea breeze
Enjoy the pool
Enjoy the pool
Or dip in a whirlpool
Or dip in a whirlpool
Get a tan
Get a tan
Or just sleep
Or just sleep

One last thing – don’t forget to check out the Golden Balloon Drop event on your last night cruising! There will be music and dance as a whole net of balloons are set free onto the guests on the lower deck. Pop the balloons – there are prizes hidden in some of them:

Dancing the night away
Dancing the night away
Ready?
Ready?
Releasing the balloons
Releasing the balloons
Balloons descending
Balloons descending
Pop the balloons!
Pop the balloons!

Visit the official website for Sapphire Princess to find out more on the full range of activities available on board the ship. 

If you are interested to try out cruising with Princess Cruises, further information about their roundtrip Singapore cruises is available by calling (+65) 6922-6788,or toll- free for Malaysia at 1 800 806656, or by visiting www.princess.com.

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