Princess details new cabana, Sanctuary features aboard Royal Princess

Royal Princess Sanctuary with new cabanas Royal Princess Sanctuary with new cabanas

When Royal Princess debuts in June, the expanded Sanctuary and adults-only pool will sport private cabanas, the first time Princess Cruises has offered this amenity.



Located near the forward end of the top deck, these two areas together provide a peaceful haven. With a new look and feel, the larger Sanctuary will have a fresh décor and two private cabanas, along with its plush loungers and Serenity Stewards. Meanwhile, the Retreat Pool will offer a serene spot for a dip and poolside cabanas.


Princess said three private cabana options will give passengers the opportunity to personalize their relaxation time, with elegant Sanctuary and Lotus Spa cabanas in The Sanctuary, and the Retreat Pool’s poolside cabanas. Cabana guests can order one of the ship’s new cabana picnic baskets, packed with artisan edibles paired with a premium wine.



The Sanctuary will reprise all the special touches that have made it popular since the space was introduced on Crown Princess in 2006, plus a number of new features. With a 20% larger space than on the line’s other ships, Royal Princess Sanctuary adds four Sanctuary Cabanas and two Lotus Spa Cabanas with a range of spa treatments.

Beneath a white canopy, The Sanctuary includes strategically placed rock gardens and special topiary planting with atmospheric lighting. These new elements create a path leading to a new central pavilion. Passengers can relax on plush lounge chairs or circular daybeds, while Serenity Stewards provide refreshments and music players with peaceful music. Space in The Sanctuary can be reserved for $15 for a half day/$25 for a full day, per person.



The four Sanctuary Cabanas offer amenities such as a television with noise-reducing wireless headphones, cushy sofas, luxurious robe and slippers, a welcome cocktail and snacks including nuts and fruit. Each cabana also features a fully stocked mini-bar with waters, sodas, beer and wine. Sanctuary Cabanas will be available starting at $80 for a half day.



The Lotus Spa Cabanas afford an al fresco massage experience. These larger, enclosed areas give added privacy, a resting area with a television and plush chairs, a treatment area with two massage tables for a couples massage and ocean views looking out over the front of the ship. A variety of packages will be available.



Adjacent to The Sanctuary, the Retreat Pool on Royal Princess will offer more space and seating than the adult pools on other Princess vessels, plus the Retreat Cabanas. The Retreat Pool is open to all adults, and Retreat Pool Cabana rental will be available starting at $50 for a half day.



Passengers reserving a cabana in The Sanctuary or the Retreat Pool can order a gourmet picnic featuring a premium bottle of wine paired with antipasti, artisan sandwiches, pizza and fresh-baked desserts. Picnic items may include spinach salad with Stilton, pancetta chips, toasted pecans and black pepper vinaigrette; ahi tuna poke with avocado, red onions, sesame seeds and crisp wonton skins; and Alfredo’s surf & turf pizza with lobster medallions and beef tenderloin. Baskets serving two people will begin at $40.

Posted 21 November 2012

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