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.