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.

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1.
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.

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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.

Escargots (French snails)

Escargots (French snails)

Fruit and shrimp salad

Fruit and shrimp salad

Vietnamese spring roll

Vietnamese spring roll

Braised tofu

Braised tofu

Mushroom soup

Mushroom soup

Scallops

Scallops

Salad

Salad

Smoked duck

Smoked duck

Salad

Salad

Quiche

Quiche

Soups

Soups

Seafood pasta

Seafood tofu

Starter

Roasted veggies

Calamari

Calamari

Chicken schnitzel

Chicken schnitzel

Fish

Fish

Alaskan baked salmon

Alaskan baked salmon

Steak

Steak

Grilled fish

Grilled fish

Prawn and lobster tail

Prawn and lobster tail

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Fried chicken

Fried chicken

Steak

Steak

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

Sorbet

Sorbet

Assorted desserts

Assorted desserts

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Jelly

Jelly

Cake

Cake

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

Caramelised bananas

Caramelised bananas

Signature Love Boat cake

Signature Love Boat cake

Praline cake

Praline cake

Assorted chocolate bites

Assorted chocolate bites

Assorted ice creams

Assorted ice creams

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.

Horizon Court Buffet

Horizon Court Buffet

Eat all you want

Eat all you want

Buffet spread

Buffet spread

Desserts

Desserts

My heavy buffet breakfast

My heavy buffet breakfast

Buffet lunch

Buffet lunch

If you don’t feel like leaving your room, you can even just order room service at no additional charges!

2.
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.

Dining area at Sabatini's

Dining area at Sabatini’s

Amuse-bouche

Amuse-bouche

Grilled veggies

Grilled veggies

Calamari

Calamari

Seafood spaghetti

Seafood spaghetti

Lasagna

Lasagna

Lobster tail

Lobster tail

Desserts at Sabatini's

Desserts at Sabatini’s

Dining area at Crown Grill

Dining area at Crown Grill

Crown Grill meat selection

Crown Grill meat selection

Scallops with pineapple

Scallops with pineapple

French onion soup

French onion soup

Salad

Salad

Grilled fish

Grilled fish

Lobster tails

Lobster tails

Steak

Steak

Side dishes

Side dishes

Meet the chefs at Crown Grill

Meet the chefs at Crown Grill

The Salty Dog

The Salty Dog

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.

3.
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.

Princess Theater

Princess Theater

Disco Night

Disco Night

Groove to the beat

Groove to the beat

Magic show

Magic show

Magic tricks on stage

Magic tricks on stage

Song and dance

Song and dance

Lounge singing performance

Lounge singing performance

Explorers Lounge

Explorers Lounge

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 Osmonds' cabins

The Osmonds’ cabins

The Osmonds on stage

The Osmonds on stage

Packed theatre

Packed theatre

Dancers at the Wheelhouse Bar

Dancers at the Wheelhouse Bar

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Guest singer

Guest singer

Guest comedian

Guest comedian

The shows are available at the Princess Theater, Wheelhouse Bar, Explorers Lounge, among the many other entertainment venues.

5.
Hit the gym or use the other sports facilities

Hit the gym

Hit the gym

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.

One of the many swimming pools

One of the many swimming pools

Jogging track

Jogging track

Heated jacuzzi pool

Heated jacuzzi pool

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Kids activity room

Kids activity room

Another pool

Another pool

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.

6.
Shopping

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

More souvenirs

More souvenirs

Sale items

Sale items

Sale items

Sale items

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.

Jewelry auction

Jewelry auction

7.
Enjoy the sceneries

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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.

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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.

Thanks to my trusty Lumix telephoto lens, I managed to get the tail-fin of a humpback whale!

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8.
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.

Balloon drop party

Balloon drop party

Crowd having fun

Crowd having fun

Mini golf

Mini golf

Towel folding demonstration

Towel folding demonstration

Folded towels

Folded towels

Art auction

Art auction

Casino

Casino

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).

9.
Movies under the Star

Movie under the Stars

Movie under the Stars

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.

10.
Rest and relax in your cabin

My room with a view

My room with a view

Storage area

Storage area

Bathroom

Bathroom

Balcony

Balcony

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. 🙂