Caribbean Princess VIP Day




The Cruise Ship

You probably remember the four part fly-on-the-wall documentary about life onboard the Royal Princess, called ‘The Cruise Ship’ which, aired on ITV. Princess Cruises ran a competition for travel agents which was for the best tweet of the week to win a VIP Day onboard Caribbean Princess.  I tweeted like crazy and one of my tweets was picked as a winner.

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Caribbean Princess Atrium

Caribbean Princess

On the day, Victoria Sneglar Princess Cruises Sales Communications and Events Executive, met us at the cruise terminal.  She was the perfect hostess and took us onboard.  We entered the stunning atrium on the Caribbean Princess.  The atriums on Princess cruise  ships have a sense of opulence and beauty with a very relaxed atmosphere. Delicious pastries, paninis, salads, cakes and desserts can be found at the  International Cafe, which is also located there. At a white grand piano is a pianist playing beautiful songs. The marble floors, glass lifts and sweeping staircases give the air of being in a fairytale.

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Bruno the Guide Dog

Bottoms Up

Vikki took us to Crooners Bar for a cocktail to start the day in style.  Bruno the Guide Dog was with us for the day and attracted a lot of attention from embarking passengers.  First of all, we sipped our wonderful cocktails. I ordered a margarita on the rocks, no salt which is my holiday drink. Victoria told us, while enjoying our cocktails, that we would shortly be taken to the Canyon Ranch Spa for a treatment.

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Enjoying a 24K Gold Margarita prior to my spa treatment
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Aerial view of the atrium

I thought a neck and shoulder massage or a mini manicure was what we would get, but on arrival we were told we would be having a full body exfoliation and moisturising treatment, followed by a full body massage and a hot stone treatment. Each room has it’s own shower cubicle, so I was able to wash off after the exfoliation before starting the body massage.  All the products are Elemis and smell and feel divine.

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Canyon Ranch Spa Treatment Room

After our treamtments, we met the Cruise Director who showed us around a few of the staterooms.

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A category S7 window suite located on deck 6 319 sq ft but no balcony Room F303
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Window Suite category S7

A Galley Tour

We were then treated to a very special tour of the Caribbean Princess galley.  I took this video and if you watch to the end, you will get a little glimpse of the crew mess.

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For lunch and we were treated to the Crown Grill menu in the main dining room.  This is a speciality restaurant and there is usually a $25 cover charge, but looking at the quality of the food, it is certainly great value for money.

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Mediterranean-Style Spiny Lobster Cake, Tarragon Foam, Cured Olives, Grilled Asparagus
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The Grill Salad – Grape Balsamic Dressing, Mesclun Greens, Roasted Bell Peppers, Hass Avocado
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Chilean Sea Bass and Brioche Breaded King Prawns, Leeks and Mushroom Ragout, Champagne Mousseline
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The Crown Dependence – The Executive Pastry Chef’s Sampling of their Featured Desserts
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Bruno is such a good boy, and sits under the table at his Dad’s feet during lunch.

A Journey with a Difference

After eating ourselves silly, washed down with a couple of chilled chardonnay, Vikki told us they had a Chocolate Journeys experience lined up for us.  Ok, I thought, I can handle a couple of little chocolates, but this was more than that. Created by Norman Love, one of the top master chocolatiers in the world, Chocolate Journeys is an experience of chocolates, sweets and cocktails.

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Sampling some of the Chocolate Journeys range of sweets
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and delicious drinks

Caribbean Princess crew spoilt us rotten and the day, which far exceeded my expectations.  As we disembarked, crossing paths of boarding guests, I was still trying to take in what an incredible day it had been, but most of all, how kind and generous Princess Cruises had been to organise this for us.

It is a day I will never forget.  Thank you Princess Cruises.

 

 

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