Despite what the name might suggest, Caribbean Princess is no stranger to British waters and she’s back in Southampton in 2017.
Princess Cruises have recently announced a refit which is scheduled to take place before the 112,000 tonne ship arrives here. Starting next week in the Bahamas, the two week refit comes packed with changes that will benefit families
The youth offerings have been upgraded with Princess’ Discovery at Sea programme providing the best edutainment at sea. The whole programme will be named Camp Discovery and will be made of three sub groups in their own area of the existing deck 16 complex:
- The Treehouse (for ages 3-7 inclusive) will take the space of what used to be Pelicans. The space will be themed around forests and animals and will give the youngest guests the opportunity to learn about the world through hands-on activity.
- The Lodge (for ages 8-12 inclusive) will take the space of what was Shockwaves. Themed around the great outdoors and will give kids the kids the opportunity to lounge and/or explore.
- The Beach House (ages 13-17 inclusive) will replace what was Remix. The room will be based around a modern beach theme, where older kids can socialise and connect.
Across the programme, the Treehouse and the Lodge will operate revamped edutainment programmes for children across four core principles (Play, Discover, Huddle, Create). Planned activities include arts and crafts, cooking, talent shows, theme nights, sports activities and educational activities and sessions in conjunction with the Discovery brand.
The Beach House will take a more adult approach whilst laying on parties, competitions, modern dance classes and down time for that age group.
All programmes will look to capture the essence of the area the ship is sailing to immerse children in the customs, culture and nature of the region.
In a slightly unusual move, Princess have captured the needs of young adults at sea; those usually too old to attend organised activity, but who still holiday with their family. They’re calling this Club 1820 and it caters for passengers aged 18, 19, or 20. Touted as a ‘secret society’, activities and programmes will be an outward secret for those passengers who need that independence they’re used to at home.
Elsewhere on the ship for families:
- The Movies Under The Stars screen is being upgraded. Caribbean Princess was pioneer of the outdoor movie screen – and the screen is being updated to HD and will have double the resolution of before.
- Interconnecting doors are being added between 87 pairs of staterooms making a larger stateroom out of two – meaning that families of 5-8 people can share the space connected by a door without being split up.
- After fun-filled days with (or without!) your kids, you can relax on upgraded bedding in the Princess Luxury Bed. All 3,200 mattresses and linen sets will be upgraded with science -these mattresses have been developed with a sleep expert!
Other announced upgrades on the ship include:
- Upgraded technology for the Ocean Medallion (which will debut next year), and;
- A sub-class of staterooms with an upgraded experience for Mini-Suite guests (including dining upgrades and priority embarkation/disembarkation).
Caribbean Princess will arrive in the UK on the 20th April sporting the revised Princess Cruises livery and will start a season of cruises out of Southampton before making her Panama Canal debut at the end of the year, using the new and wider locks at Agua Clara.
Mini Anchor Man says: “Can you make pizza there? I want to do that and then I want to eat it.” When asked what he’d put on it he said “Chicken and cheese”. Find out more about Mini Anchor Man here.
All pictures: Princess Cruises.
A later article on new family dining options from the 2017 refit can be found here.