Earlier this year, I went on a fly-cruise with Princess Cruises, flying from Singapore to Seattle and setting off from the port for a 7-day cruise to tour the Alaskan seas, stopping at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan in Alaska, America and Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada.
I will be sharing about the individual shore excursions in later posts. In this post, I would like to share on the slew of activities available onboard the Crown Princess, the ship I sailed with.
Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess cruise ships, with room for 3,080 guests. From her nearly 900 balconies, you can enjoy sweeping views of romantic landscapes across the world.
All the glorious free food
What is a cruise vacation without a free flow of good food?
If you prefer a more formal and fine dining environment whereby you are served at the table by professional wait staff, the Anytime Dining at either the Michelangelo Dining Room or Da Vinci Dining Room is the place to be.
The menu is refreshed daily so there is always something new on top of the mainstays. Here is a small sample of the good stuff I tried during my time on Crown Princess.
If you prefer sometime quicker to minimise mealtime, you can grab a bit at one of the many Casual Dining eateries like the 24-hour International Cafe, Horizon Court Buffet, Bistro Cafe or Trident Grill by the pool.
If you don’t feel like leaving your room, you can even just order room service at no additional charges!
Indulge you tastebuds with a little top-up
If you feel like indulging yourself a bit to reward your tastebuds, head down to one of the many specialty dining options like Crown Grill (steak and grill), Sabatini’s (traditional Italian), The Salty Dog Gastropub and the Ultimate Balcony Dining.
There are premium items like lobsters, Alaskan salmon, crabs and more available on the menu. The top-up still cost much less than if you choose to dine on shore at restaurants of similar standards and is a mighty good deal.
Broadway-style entertainment and other quality acts
There are lots of entertainment and nightlife onboard for everyone. Illuminating the stage in captivating productions, the performers on the Crown Princess are some of the most talented musicians, singers and dancers at sea, whipping out familiar tunes in magical musicals.
There are also guest stars like magicians and comedians. American family music group, The Osmonds were performing when I was on the ship and they drew a packed theatre.
The shows are available at the Princess Theater, Wheelhouse Bar, Explorers Lounge, among the many other entertainment venues.
Hit the gym or use the other sports facilities
The Crown Princess feature a well-equipped gym which I visited everyday to keep fit. There are free stretching and exercise classes available with qualified instructors at different time of the day.
There is also a nice jogging track on the top deck of the ship. I like to jog there in the morning to enjoy the Alaskan sea breeze. It can get pretty chilly so dress appropriately in warm sports wear if you want to jog outside.
Some brands like Swarovski crystals, Fossil, Ann Klein and DKNY are sold at great discounts on board the ship. There are also regular discounts and offers at different timing during the sailing.
Enjoy the sceneries
The views are so fantastic that I can just stand on the top deck the whole day when we are in the Glacier Bay area, watching the passing glaciers and hearing the occasional glacier popping.
There will be announcements from the ship crew when there are humpback whale or other marine lives spotted near the ship. Pay attention to those! I managed to get some awesome shots of the humpback whales, thanks to the crew.
Participate in daily games and activities
There is a variety of games and activities daily like towel folding competition and tutorial, zumba dance classes, mini-golf and many others.
Check out the daily cruise newsletter or the free online ship website on your mobile for activities to go to (you can browse it without paid internet access).
Movies under the Star
This is a unique program on Princess Cruises and one of the must-do activities. Catch a movie under the stars on the top deck.
Rest and relax in your cabin
You are in Alaska and the views are fantastic. If you can, be sure to book a room with a balcony view so you can enjoy the view from your cabin throughout the cruise.
That’s my ten to-do list to share!
Stay tuned for my next posts on the individual shore excursions in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria. 🙂