At the beginning of September I was lucky to be invited on board Royal Princess cruise ship to celebrate 5oth anniversary of Princess Cruises. It was my first time on cruise ship and I must say – it was an amazing experience and I wish I could sail away for a cruise to explore all the beauty ship had to offer!
Let’s start with food! Before we sat down for three course meal especially created for us, we went for a tour around the kitchen with a head chef David McDonald to see how a well organised team can feed 6000 people on board by cooking 20,000 meals a day from scratch! By the end of the day 80 people are responsible to keep the kitchen spotless with that said there is 57 people making sure the dishes, china and cutlery are cleaned every day after each meal (around 70,000 dishes to clean daily!!). If you’re celebrating something special there is a table called “Table Lumiere” where you can dine with head chef behind the curtain made out of lights with illuminating table centerpiece. That must be a great experience!
Next we headed to the top deck area just for adults where a lovely stuff treated us to some cocktails and popcorn while showing off some skills during demonstration. Let’s call this place a bar with a view! They have this glass floor where you can see all the decks under and if you’re afraid of heights better don’t step on this one 😉
On the same deck you have few swimming pools, sun loungers and a massive LED screen which you can enjoy 24/7 whether ship is moving or not. Sounds like a perfect idea for “date night” under the stars, huh? I’m already saving for a cruise holiday for this very reason! But there is more to come….
With adult only area on the top deck you can buy a package in a place called “The Sanctuary” which is basically an outdoor SPA for grown ups (I’ve heard that whenever they are cruising around Caribbean – The Sanctuary is fully booked!). Beautiful light decor, light meals and entertainment this is definitely a place to relax!
If you’re travelling with small kids or teenagers there is also a place for them! Royal Princess have this great Kids Club and Teenagers cave where they can stay while you’re enjoying the adult-only areas of the ship. With well trained staff you don’t have to worry about the safety of your little ones. Older kids will definitely enjoy hot tub or sun loungers outside and lots of computer games with private DJ cave inside!
Finally we were treated to a scrumptious meal at Sambatini’s with chef David McDonald explaining in details menu he put together especially for us! My appetizer was “Chilled Seafood Assiette Sampler” consisting of Lobster medallions, pickled cucumber, sour cream and caviar & Beet, orange and dill cured salmon gravalax & Ahi Tuna Poke with avocado and also dressed baby shrimps. For my main I went for Butternut Gnocchi with asparagus spears in sage and walnut butter sauce and roasted garlic, sprinkled with Grana Padano, other enjoyed a Rack of Lamb with french mustard herb crust, seasonal baby vegetables and garlic potato tart with red currant reduction and mint jelly. Dessert was a special Norman’s Love – chocolate & raspberry mousse heart, vanilla creme brulee and crunchy shortbread later on came coffee and tea. Heaven on the plate!
I had a great time on board Royal Princess and would like to thank Princess Cruises for inviting me to celebrate with them this special anniversary! This was my first but after this wonderful experience definitely not last time on board the cruise ship 😉