Tony Roberts who is the Vice President of Princess Cruises in the UK & Europe has kindly agreed to take part in this exclusive CRUISE Q&A interview for Cruise Cotterill to talk more about Princess Cruises and some of the new ships which will be joining the fleet over the coming years.
Can you give us an overview of Princess Cruises?
And we really pride ourselves on our on board service: I can tell you first-hand our crew are fantastic and really provide a warm and engaging service meaning you feel at home when on board.
How many ships do you have in the fleet?
What facilities do the ships offer?
Princess has always prided itself on leading the way with its onboard facilities so also keep an eye out for our luxury beds, which are being rolled out to all ships and without question offer the most relaxing night’s sleep at sea you’ll get; our top deck cinema screen ‘Movies Under The Stars’; and speciality restaurants including my favourite, the Crown Grill, which offers the best steaks I’ve ever eaten!
Where does the Princess Cruises fleet cruise to?
And as bit of a one-off in September 2019 we sail roundtrip from Southampton to Canada and New England via New York, which will be a great opportunity to travel further afield to a variety of bucket list locations.
Meanwhile for a long-haul adventure we cover a variety of destinations including Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, Antarctica and South America. Wherever your dream holiday is we can take you there.
What’s included in the cruise fare?
Can you tell us about your next new ship, Sky Princess?
But expect a few subtle changes to be added, which we’ll announce in due course, and Sky Princess will also be our largest ship once she sets sails with space for 3,660 guests.
Can you tell us a little more about the Sky Suites on Sky Princess?
With a sizeable living area, large day bed, outdoor TV and a private master bedroom it’s fair to say I’m keen to sample a Sky Suite for myself!
Can you describe the type of guests who choose to cruise with Princess Cruises?
Specifically, because we travel to such a large number of destinations across the globe we’re a great line to travel with if you either want to tick a few places off your bucket list or instead prefer to visit somewhere you’ve enjoyed previously. Interestingly, Asia is now the second most popular region for UK guests to visit, in part because they know they will get a full flavour of the local areas while at the same time being able to come back to a premium cruise ship and the various trappings we offer.
During school holidays we naturally have more children on board so that’s a great time for families to sail. My family set sail with Princess during the holidays and there are always other children on board for my son and daughter to make friends with. They both highly recommend our kids’ clubs!
What advice would you give to someone looking to try Princess Cruises for the first time?
My advice is simple really. To start off with make sure you do a little bit of homework – work out where you want to cruise and when, and you may also want to see if a particular Princess ship appeals to you as we have 17 in our fleet.
When looking at cruises you could also consider booking a slight shorter sailing – three or seven days – if you’re a little unsure, although my first family cruise was for two weeks and we absolutely loved every second of it. I do find cruising is a bit addictive and once you’ve sailed I’d be very confident it’s then a matter of ‘when’ your next one will be rather than ‘if’.
Head to princess.com or your local travel agent for more information, and it’s worth having a look at the various cruise message boards and blogs as they contain useful advice and guidance.
What is your favourite thing about Princess Cruises?