Princess Cruises

Cruises AustraliaPrincess Cruises, the British-American cruising company that was established in 1965, has a fleet of 16 ships, that make it the 3rd largest cruising company in the world. It used to be linked to P&O cruising line and now it is one of Carnival Corporation companies. To support its motto of “Escape completely”, Princess offers a great variety of destinations around the globe. They have been awarded the Best Itineraries award 8 years straight and what is special about them, is that they combine cruising with on shore touring. This way, by choosing Princess, you get to see places inland, that other cruise companies do not bother to explore.

One of the ships that depart from Sydney is Dawn Princess (however there are at least 5 others servicing the area). As the cruise line puts it, it is a “Large ship with small-ship intimacy”. Dawn Princess offers seven different types of staterooms that range from suites with balconies, to more affordable rooms with ocean view. The interior rooms, that do not have a sea view, are still comfortable and they have spacious storage space as well as their own refrigerator.

When it comes to dining, the Dawn has two classical dinning rooms that offer meals at the same time each day and the price of the meals is included in the cruise fee. If you want to go for something special, you can visit Sterling Steakhouse or the Ultimate Balcony dining. As there is great demand for these specialty restaurants, it is a good idea to make reservations. If you prefer to have smaller, casual meals while still wearing your swimsuit, there are many options. The Balcony Grill has burgers, hot-dogs, kebabs and other not-so-diet-friendly delicacies. La Scala Pizzeria will give you the chance to try Italian specialties and there is also an ice-cream bar, if you are in the mood for dessert. The Horizon Court buffet is right for you, if you want to try a little bit of everything and if you are hungry in the middle of the night, you can always call a member of the staff in your cabin, using the 24/7 room service.

If you are worried that you will get bored on board, you shouldn’t be when sailing with Princess. Dawn has a theater with great acoustics, where top-notch performers give their shows. There is also the Show Lounge, where you can enjoy live music and have a bite or a cocktail, and the Movies Under the Stars outdoor theater. Here you can watch all the newest productions. If you would like a drink, Dawn Princess has four distinct choices to offer. The Wheelhouse bar with its luxurious couches, Atrium lounge and bar for an intimate, relaxed drink, and Jammers and Magnums for some more shots. You can also visit the Grand Casino and see if luck is at your side during your cruise.

Sometimes, the only thing you want to do on a cruise is to relax and work towards your well being. Dawn Princess is a great ship to do those things, as it has a spa, the Riviera pool and a total of four hot tubs. If you are not in the mood of being around excited kids, then you can go to the adult only Sanctuary facilities and unwind. If you want to keep your fitness routine going while at sea, you can visit the Lotus Spa’s gym area, try your skills at the golf simulators and meet fellow sportsmen at the sports court. As for your mind, Princess has made sure that Dawn has a library and writing space, where you can get lost in imaginary worlds or create your own, in peace. You can also follow some of the lectures offered by experts on different subjects and visit the art exhibitions that take place on board. And if you need internet to share your newly acquired knowledge with the world, the 24/7 internet cafe is at your disposal.

Princess Cruise lines have a great collection of duty-free shops and boutiques as well, that feature brands including but not limited to: Lladro, Swarovski, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama, Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Fossil.

If you are traveling with kids, you can still have time for yourself, to enjoy your cruise. And don’t worry, your little ones won’t feel neglected, as they will be making new friends in the age-specific facilities. The Fun Zone is dedicated to kids up to 12 years, while teens have their own Teen Center. A splash pool offers tons of fun and it is supervised by specifically trained staff members. Activities vary every day, so that kids do not get bored, but you can be sure that there will be pizza and karaoke involved!

Princess Cruises have a set of standards called “The Consummate Host”. They make sure that you get the best, personalized service, that your food is fresh, warm and made with the highest quality ingredients. And they choose an Employee of the Month, to motivate their crew and make sure that their services stay as high and consistent as possible. This great service, combined with the spa facilities, the details that have been taken care of for you by the company, the carefully planned itineraries, the comfortable state rooms, they all sum up to a relaxing experience.

On the company’s official website you can find two blogs, “Inspired to Cruise” and “50 essential experiences”. You can read through them to gather not only trip ideas, but also tips and suggestions from passengers that have used Princess Cruise lines before. On the commentary, you will find satisfied clients who keep returning to the multiple award winning company.

If you feel intrigued to try the Princess relaxing experience that will take you to fascinating destinations, here are some good options: The 14-day cruise leaving from Sydney taking in Auckland and Fiordland national park. There are also a lot of on shore excursions offered in different categories, including wildlife, sightseeing and special interests. The cruise starting in Australia and ends in Southeast Asia offers you the chance to visit Bali in Indonesia and Bangkok in Thailand, as well as Darwin and Sydney in Australia. Princess Cruises has interesting packages that combine extensive touring with cruising and allow you to visit areas that are not that easily accessible otherwise. Australian Outback Adventure, Ultimate Australia Adventure and Tropical Australia Highlights cruise tours will take you to several UNESCO world heritage sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Kakadu national park.

Overall Princess Cruises offer something for the whole family with their cruises that depart from Australia. It is definitely one of the shipping lines that Cruises Australia recommends investigating if you are planning a cruise from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.

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