The Return of Princess Cruises: UK Summer Coastal Cruises
Princess Cruises has recently announced their return to cruising with a series of ‘Summer Seacations’ on-board the MedallionClass, Sky and Regal Princess, which are available to book now!
Princess Cruises first voyage of the season is set to embark 31st July 2021, consisting of a 3- night, UK scenic voyage on-board Regal Princess. Departing from Southampton, this staycation will include two at sea days, sailing the UK coastline, whilst offering a wide range of dining and entertainment options, including The Seawalk, Movies Under the stars and the beautiful Sea View Bar. Booking is now available for this sailing, with prices from £474pp.
You can find more information on what is available on-board Regal Princess here.
*Prices accurate at date of publishing 28/04/21.
“…these new cruises mean that UK residents can take a well-deserved holiday around the UK. We are also delighted that our new cruises will offer the choice between scenic voyages and port-of-call itineraries where guests can visit the historic UK cities of Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow.” – Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK and Europe.
If you are interested in Princess’ latest UK coastal cruising this summer, view our deals below!
Introducing the OceanMedallion
A small circular wearable device called the OceanMedallion is the heart of your voyage when on-board a Princess MedallionClass cruise. Free to all guests, the OceanMedallion can be worn inside your complimentary lanyard, or can be displayed inside an OceanTide sustainable accessory of your choice, made from 100% recycled coastline plastics, available for purchase. This piece of innovative technology simplifies your cruising experience by allowing you to be in control of many specialised features, such as services on-demand direct to you when located anywhere on-board, connect with and locate members of your party on-board, interactive gaming and informative facilities throughout the ship, the greatest Wi-Fi at sea, and much more!
Safety Measure Benefits with OceanMedallion
As a result of essential COVID-19 health and safety requirements, the OceanMedallion’s advanced ground-breaking features provide the contactless on-board experience guests desire, from the moment they embark on their Princess cruise.
- Efficient staggered check-in/boarding without waiting amongst other passengers
- Keyless stateroom entry, as a result of sensor device recognition upon approach
- Contactless payment access throughout the ship, reducing the need for cash/card handling
- Ability to order any food, beverages or shopping goods to guests exact location, minimising the need to queue at checkouts and supporting social distancing on another level
- Live updates of dining and entertainment availability accessible through the MedallionClass app, allowing social distancing guidelines to be adhered to
- Enhanced guest service – Chat function available to talk to guest services without queuing at their location
- Contact tracing
These health and safety features within your OceanMedallion highlight the personal, yet safe, services available when travelling on MedallionClass ships with Princess Cruises. This ground-breaking technology has revolutionised health and safety regulations on-board cruise lines through contactless experience, giving customers that peace of mind that safety is the number one priority.
Guests are required to have had both COVID-19 injections a minimum of two weeks prior to boarding the ship, and masks will be required to be worn where necessary.
For more information on the latest health and safety protocols for Princess Cruises click here.
Dine My Way
Princess Cruises have recently released Dine My Way, a new flexible feature within MedallionClass sailings. This enhanced attribute allows guests to specifically tailor their dining experiences on-board, offering the freedom of decision making from your device.
Benefits of using Dine My Way include the opportunity to view and select their preferred dining location choice from the options on-board, as well as specifying preferred seating within the chosen dining venue. Edits are easily managed through Dine My Way, customising reservations regarding whom is dining, preferred dining times, alerting any allergens or dietary preferences, and viewing any wait times for restaurant locations without the hassle of directly going there.
“We believe guests are going to love the control and customisation Dine My Way offers. Instead of restricting dining choices during the pandemic, we’ve been able to expand the options for our guests and thanks to the unique, innovative capabilities of the OceanMedallion, reduce wait times and eliminate the need to stand in line”, Princess Cruises president, Jan Swartz.
Also located on the MedallionClass app is OceanNow, a convenient service allowing guests to order food and beverages to their location wherever they are on the ship from the entire OceanNow on demand menu. This service prevents unnecessary queueing, enforcing safety measures, whilst creating a more personal experience for the guest with less hassle!
Summer Seacation Entertainment Line-up
Previously mentioned, both Regal Princess and Sky Princess will embark from Southampton, London, offering scenic UK cruises during July and September this year. On-board Princess have created the ultimate entertainment line-up, including names from TV, sport and entertainment within these UK Summer Seacation sailings.
Famous entertainers to look-out for whilst on-board your sailing:
|Regal Princess, three-night cruise, departing August 14th.||Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards||Former British Olympic skier, portrayed in biographical film ‘Eddie the Eagle’.|
|Regal Princess, four-night cruise, departing August 28th.||Tessa Sanderson||Former British Olympic javelin thrower and heptathlete.|
|Regal Princess, three-night cruise departing July 31st.||Shaun Wallace||Television personality, best recognised as one of the ‘chasers’ on the ITV quiz show ‘The Chase’.|
|Regal Princess, three-night cruise, departing August 7th.||Rob Rinder||Criminal barrister and television personality, starring in reality TV court show ‘Judge Rinder’.|
|Regal Princess, three-night cruise, departing August 21st.||Valerie Singleton||TV and radio presenter, longest serving presenter of Blue Peter.|
|Regal Princess, four- night cruise, departing September 5th.||Simon Weston||Veteran of the British Army, known for his charity work.|
|Sky Princess, three- night cruise, departing September 3rd.||Sally Gunnell||Former track and field athlete who won gold for Great Britain in the 1992.|
|Sky Princess, three- night cruise, departing September 10th.||Rustie Lee||TV personality, chef, actress, singer and former politician, starring in Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity Coach Trip’.|
‘We are looking forward to welcoming several household names to Regal Princess and Sky Princess, providing guests with unique and immersive experiences that can only be found on a Princess ship.’ – Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises UK & Europe vice president.
In addition to famous appearances, entertainment such as The SeaWalk, Princess Theatre, Movies under the Stars, The Piazza and many more unique entertainment amenities are provided, to keep all of our guests entertained! When on-board guests can use the event attendance indicator located within the OceanMedallion to determine how busy a specific entertainment option is, for the option to choose somewhere quieter.
MedallionNet is Princess Cruises’ incredibly fast and reliable Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to adapt with the changing environment of working and communicating through their devices with ease. Stress-free unlimited connectivity is provided by MedallionClass ships, through wireless access points within each state room, and strong bandwidth strength on-board, guests can walk around the ship freely with perfect connectivity, no matter their location.
Princess Cruises Summer Seacation cruising itineraries are on-sale now!
Comment below if you are excited to experience the new and improved Ocean MedallionClass features.