Royal Princess set sail as part of Princess Cruises' fleet in June 2013. This contemporary ship has true royal connections with the Duchess of Cambridge as her Godmother, complimented by her stylish interiors, innovative features and a dazzling array of on-board facilities. The Piazza Atrium that rises from the Plaza Deck serves as multi-faceted hub with a plethora of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues lining the balconies. A romantic stroll around the Promenade Deck or the cantilevered Sea Walk are unique experiences to treasure.
Days at sea are the optimum time to savour the highlights of Royal Princess. The Fountain Pool on the Lido Deck is a sunbather's dream by day and transforms into a water and light show with dancing fountains by night. Step one deck up to discover the adult-only oasis of The Sanctuary, where private cabanas, whirlpools and the Retreat Pool create an aura of calm. This feeling continues in the Lotus Spa and The Enclave thermal suite, perfect for indulgent hot stone massages and hydrotherapy treats. The Pelicans and Shockwaves Centres offer fun and games for 3 to 12 year olds, while the Remix Teen Lounge is tailor-made for teenagers. Evenings bring Movies under the Stars, Hollywood-style shows in the Princess Theatre and dancing until late in Club 6.
Royal Princess brings together a world of flavours and dining styles in her restaurants and eateries. The Allegro Dining Room hosts fixed time Traditional Dining and the Symphony and Concerto eateries offer Anytime Dining options, each with five courses of culinary delights. Casual dining in the Horizon Court includes buffet-style dishes by day, transforming into the Horizon Bistro in the evening with themed dinners. Alfredo's Pizzeria is the perfect spot to relax with authentic stone-baked Italian delights or discover fast food and burgers in the Trident Grill. Savour cakes and pastries as you sip your morning cappuccino in The International Cafe or tuck into authentic Italian ice cream in Gelato.
The speciality restaurants take the culinary experiences on Royal Princess to a spectacular level. Sabatini's Restaurant showcases a menu of Italian and Mediterranean dishes alongside seafood specialities. Seafood and prime steaks are served in the impressive surroundings of the Crown Grill. The Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, and also The Crab Shack and Fondue Dispensary events add to the culinary treats. Indulge in the ultimate dining experience with an evening at Chef's Table Lumiere or savour a Wine Maker's Dinner in the Wine Cellar.
With no less than fourteen bars and pubs to choose from, there are two for every day of the week. Sip a glass of Chardonnay in the Vines wine bar, people watch with a cocktail in Bellini's or sip Martinis as you enjoy the entertainment in Crooners. Tapas snacks are served with drinks in the Ocean Seafood Bar and ice cold imported beers are available in the British-style Wheelhouse pub. Alfresco cocktails in the Sea View and Outrigger Bars come with stunning ocean vistas.
Evenings on Royal Princess offer something to match your every mood. The Princess Theatre presents Hollywood-style production shows or discover comedians, singers and musicians in the Vista Lounge. Princess Live is the first TV studio at sea, hosting chat shows, game shows, Q&A sessions, murder mystery events and trivia games. Chance your luck at the roulette wheel and slot machines in The Princess Casino, before bringing your day to a close in style with late night dancing in the Club 6 nightclub.
Day 1: UK to Vancouver (BC), Canada
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Vancouver and make your way to a guaranteed four-star hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 - 3: Vancouver (BC), Canada
Vancouver unites a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a backdrop of wilderness adventure. This Canadian city is home to an eclectic selection of neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Punjabi Market, Gastown, and Yaletown. Walk to Stanley Park for Canada’s largest aquarium and the scenic seawall leading to English Bay Beach, or enjoy some culture at Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery and Orpheum Theatre. Make sure you visit iconic Canada Place — where you can ride the FlyOver Canada simulator and see the country from coast to coast! You can take a thrilling walk across Capilano Suspension Bridge - which hovers 230 feet above Capilano River — and hop on a ferry to Granville Island to find craft shops, a public market, and Canada's first microbrewery.
Day 4: Vancouver (BC), Canada (Embarkation Day)
After check out, make your way to the port to board Royal Princess for your seven night cruise.
Day 6: Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier (Scenic Cruising)
Azure waters, thrilling waterfalls, and rugged rocks are just a few of the highlights of the charming Endicott Arm. The fjord is 40 miles long and cuts into the mainland of Alaska, almost reaching the border with Canada. Along the way admire the floating icebergs and take a trip down Ford's Terror - an inlet located halfway down Endicott Arm. Immerse yourself in wilderness at Dawes Glacier - an actively receding tidewater glacier. Notice how it drops its ice directly into the sea; as well as admiring local wildlife including harbour seals, which use the floating ice as a platform to give birth to their pups.
Day 7: Skagway, Alaska
Skagway, commonly known as 'The Gateway to the Klondike' was born out of the Kondike Gold rush of the 1890s. Once home to saloons, dance halls and gambling houses, Skagway now has only about 1,000 residents. Relive the town's 'heyday' with an interesting downtown walking tour and gold panning excursion. Visit Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to see thousands of historic photos and archaeological artefacts. For the little more adventurous, take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad past glistening glaciers and picturesque waterfalls.
Day 8: Juneau, Alaska
Juneau is the state capital of Alaska, and it is not hard see why people would want to settle here. Juneau is one of the natural beauty hotspots of the world; take a trip to the 2000-feet deep Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring in the area. With wild bear viewing areas, The Tongass National Park is also a great spot for camping, fishing, and hiking amongst lush green surroundings. Marvel at water views from Mount Roberts Tramway and treat yourself to unique souvenirs from the gift shop. Nugget Falls is a spectacular waterfall downstream of the Nugget Glacier; capture unforgettable photos here with loved ones. Take a tour of Juneau Icefield with over 40 huge glaciers to admire or kayak over the icy waters of Medenhall Lake.
Day 9: Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan can be described as the first city of Alaska. Situated in the most southern part of the state and surrounded by deep fjords and lush forests, this small fishing town is a popular stop with cruise lines. Take a walk down the waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring views. Enjoy a tour to the 40-acre Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary to view bald eagles and black bears. Visit the totem poles at Totem Bight State Park and Potlatch Totem Park or journey to the glacier-carved wilderness at the Misty Fiords National Monument. You can also ride an off-road vehicle and try zip lining, kayaking and hiking.
Day 11: Vancouver (BC), Canada to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way to the airport for your return flight back home.