10 Fun Things To Do Onboard Princess Cruises

If you’ve been onboard a Princess cruiseliner, you know there are fun and exciting things to do all day long. But then again, if you’ve never experienced a Princess Cruises vacation, you just might be surprised how many options you have. Of course, you’re familiar with lounging by the pool and enjoying gourmet meals. On …

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The Majestic Princess cruise ship docked at the Port of San Diego in San Diego, California

If you’ve been onboard a Princess cruiseliner, you know there are fun and exciting things to do all day long. But then again, if you’ve never experienced a Princess Cruises vacation, you just might be surprised how many options you have. Of course, you’re familiar with lounging by the pool and enjoying gourmet meals. On the other hand, did you know that you can participate in lively games shows or watch a cooking demonstration? The fact of the matter is that with Princess Cruises, you can have the ocean cruise of a lifetime. See for yourself!

Explore Your Dining Options

Is this is your first trip with Princess Cruises? If so, you’ll be pleased to see there are several dining options onboard. In fact, casual dining spots like International Café and World Fresh Marketplace are included in your fare. However, you also might want to make reservations at one or more of the specialty restaurants. Notably, you can enjoy selections from Michelin star chefs like Emmanuel Renaut at Bistro La Mer and Richard Chen at Harmony.

Current Specials

Although specialty dining normally require an additional fee, it’s included in a current special. With Princess Cruises’ Best.Sale.Ever., you can receive specialty dining, crew appreciation and even a stateroom location upgrade. The package further incudes a Premier Beverage Package and Wi-Fi for up to four devices. The offer expires March 2, 2022 but is available for both 2022 and 2023 trips.

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Pamper Yourself At Lotus Spa

To truly experience a Princess cruise, you should pamper yourself to a luxury spa treatment. After all, you’re onboard for a little rest, relaxation and of course, a little indulgence too. What’s more, Lotus Spa consistently ranks amongst the best in the cruise industry. At Lotus Spa, you can choose from a variety of spa services. In clarify, these include massages, facials, mani-pedis and more.

Talented cast of Sweet Soul Music performing onboard the Majestic Princess
Production Show, Princess Cruises (credit: Randy Yagi)

Enjoy World Class Entertainment

Another part of making Princess cruises so phenomenal is its impressive collection of live entertainment. In fact, live entertainment is presented several times daily and at multiple locations. However, the performances not to miss are Broadway-caliber shows like “Encore” and “Sweet Soul Music”. Shows are held twice nightly inside the Princess Theater, with a seating capacity that far eclipses Broadway venues.

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Try Your Luck At Casino Gaming

If you enjoy casino-style gaming, then make time to visit the Princess casino. At the casino, you can play Vegas-style games like blackjack, roulette and poker. Additionally, you may be able to play craps, as well as bingo. If you prefer the slots, there are plenty of machines onboard to try your luck. Even if you can’t spend time in the casino, you can still play for cash via a mobile device.

Visit The Shops of Princess Cruises

Are you traveling with your special someone? Likewise, are you celebrating a special occasion? If so, the Shops of Princess just might have the perfect gift for your loved one. Indeed, you can purchase souvenirs and gifts from premium brands like Bulgari, Cartier and Tissot. What’s more, your store purchases are tax and duty-free.

Visit The Art Gallery/Art Auction

If you prefer art to baubles, then the art gallery will entice you. Easily found on one of the main levels, the art gallery will feature a wide range of artwork. As a matter of fact, you might see modern impressionist paintings or artwork from Pablo Picasso and Peter Max. The majority of artwork on display are priced under $500. However, it’s important to be familiar with the artwork before making any purchase.

Book An Excursion

Wherever you plan to go, onshore excursions will undoubtedly enhance your cruise vacation. Although excursions require an additional fee, you can choose from several options for a given port of call. For instance, if you take a Baja California cruise, you might stop at Ensenada or Mazatlan. There are 12 excursions just for Ensenada, with prices starting at $34.95. Similarly, with Mazatlan, 16 excursions are available starting at $29.95

Couple sitting in the hot tub on the top level of the Majestic Princess cruise ship
Majestic Princess Pool Area (credit: Randy Yagi)

Take A Dip In The Pool/Hot Tub

One of the biggest draws on any cruise ship is clearly the swimming pool. In fact, if you happen to see a pool link on a cruise website, it might be the first thing you click. Some of the newer ships feature larger pools, like Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess. Yet, the equally impressive Majestic Princess also boasts lavish pools and spacious deck area, along with its gorgeous Hollywood Pool Club. After a full day of excursions, don’t forget to soak in one of the hot tubs.

Watch A Movie Under The Stars

Want to catch up on the latest movie releases on Princess Cruises? A nice collection of popular movies are available on the television(s) in your stateroom or suite. On the other hand, you can also watch first run movies under the stars on select ships. If that’s the case, then head up to the pool deck to see movies like Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” on the massive screen.

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Burn Calories In The Fitness Center

When you take any Princess cruise, you can expect to do plenty of walking onboard. You might even do some dancing or play table tennis. However, you can also go to the Fitness Center to pump iron or get a cardio workout. In fact, you’ll see more cardio equipment, free weights and more than in most luxury hotels. If you like Zumba or yoga, check the daily schedule for available classes.

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com.