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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Unveiling the Luxury Spa Experience Aboard the Sun Princess: Lotus Spa, Enclave, Thermal Suite, and Salon

Welcome aboard the Sun Princess, where luxury meets relaxation in the Lotus Spa. Embark on a journey with us as we explore the tranquil oasis nestled within the heart of this magnificent vessel. From rejuvenating treatments to exclusive amenities, the Lotus Spa promises an unforgettable experience for all who seek solace at sea.







Subheadings for this post:

  1. Lotus Spa: A Haven of Serenity
  2. The Enclave: Where Luxury Knows No Bounds
  3. The Salon: Elevating Beauty and Wellness
  4. Questions and Answers: Your Guide to the Lotus Spa Experience
  5. Conclusion: Sail into Serenity

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Lotus Spa: A Haven of Serenity: Located mid-ship on Deck 5, the Lotus Spa invites guests to unwind and indulge in a plethora of rejuvenating treatments. From massages to facials, acupuncture to fillers, the Lotus Spa caters to both couples and solo travelers seeking a moment of tranquility amidst the ocean's embrace. And this is a first for us: IV therapy is offered in the Lotus Spa!

The Enclave: Where Luxury Knows No Bounds: Venture upstairs to Deck 6, and you'll discover the Enclave (also referred to as the Thermal Suite – an exclusive sanctuary dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the soothing warmth of heated stone loungers or indulge in the therapeutic waters of the hydrotherapy pool. With amenities like a dry sauna, Himalayan salt room (exclusive to the Sun Princess) and sensory showers, the Enclave promises an unparalleled spa experience. This is the level where you will check in for any treatment or the Enclave.

Sensory Showers


Heated Stone Loungers

The Salon: Elevating Beauty and Wellness: Located on Deck 18, the salon offers a range of beauty and wellness services designed to pamper and indulge. From hairstyling to teeth whitening, lashes to makeup, the salon is a sanctuary of self-care amidst the ocean's vast expanse. Featuring premium products like Kerastase, the salon ensures that every guest leaves feeling rejuvenated and radiant.


Questions and Answers: Your Guide to the Lotus Spa Experience:

  1. What is the price for the thermal suite?

    • The price for accessing the thermal suite varies but typically falls between $20 to $30 per passenger per day. It's recommended to pre-book access for the entire cruise through the cruise personalizer for guaranteed availability.
  2. Is the thermal suite included with Signature Collection Suites?

    • Unlike the Signature Sun Deck in the Sanctuary, the thermal suite is not included with Signature Collection Suites. However, Platinum and Elite members can enjoy a 10% discount on Lotus Spa treatments.
  3. Can you buy a day pass for the thermal suite?

    • Yes, day passes for the thermal suite are available, but primarily for port days, and they come at an additional cost. Pricing and availability may vary and on our cruise it was $49 per day, so it's advisable to inquire with the spa staff for the most up-to-date information.
  4. Is the thermal suite included with a spa treatment?

    • While guests are encouraged to arrive early and relax in the thermal suite before their treatment, access to the thermal suite is an additional charge and is not typically included with spa treatments. Since pricing is dynamic, the pricing and availability of combined packages may vary, so it's recommended to check with the spa staff for specific details. We asked on board, how much additional it would cost with a treatment and could not be given an answer.
  5. Is there a gratuity?

    • Gratuity is added to all treatment bills at a rate of 18%. However, there's no gratuity associated with the use of the thermal suite. Guests have the option to tip extra if they wish.
  6. Do the spa employees try to upsell you?

    • Yes, spa employees may suggest additional products or services, but there's no obligation to purchase. Guests can also find spa products, by Elemis and Kerastase online, potentially at discounted rates. We usually buy at eBay or Amazon.

These questions provide valuable insights into planning your spa experience aboard the Sun Princess, ensuring you make the most of your time at sea.

Conclusion: Sail into Serenity: As we bid adieu to the Lotus Spa aboard the Sun Princess, we invite you to embark on your own journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you seek solace in the Enclave's tranquil waters or indulge in a pampering session at the salon, the Lotus Spa promises an unparalleled experience at sea. So, set sail and discover the epitome of luxury aboard the Sun Princess. Our recommendation is that if you think you may want to use the Sanctuary, book it ahead of time on the app, secure your spot and potentially save money. On our cruise a day pass for a port day, when many of us go ashore, was twice as much as the per day cost of rebooking for the entire cruise. Check out booking options for the sun princess at Princess Cruises.

With that, we conclude our exploration of the Lotus Spa and eagerly await our next voyage into serenity. Until then, may your travels be filled with meaningful moments and rejuvenating experiences.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Sailing into Luxury: Unveiling the Sun Princess with Hannah Waddingham as Godmother

In the world of cruising, Princess Cruises stands as a beacon of sophistication and opulence, offering travelers unforgettable voyages across the seas. Now, as they prepare to welcome their latest addition to the fleet, the Sun Princess, the stage is set for a new era of maritime luxury. From the enchanting naming ceremony to the innovative features onboard, let's embark on a journey to discover the unparalleled elegance of the Sun Princess.


From Princess Cruises


Hannah Waddingham: A Star-Studded Godmother Award-winning actress and performer Hannah Waddingham graces the Sun Princess as its official Godmother, adding a touch of glamour to the time-honored maritime tradition. Joining an esteemed group of Princess ship Godparents, Waddingham's selection underscores her status as a beloved figure in the entertainment world, promising an unforgettable christening ceremony at the Port of Barcelona on April 23, 2024. Renowned as an award-winning actress and singer, Waddingham has captivated audiences with her portrayal of Rebecca Welton in Apple TV+'s hit series "Ted Lasso." Her performance has earned her critical acclaim, including a Primetime Emmy and multiple nominations for prestigious awards like the Golden Globe and BAFTA. With an impressive resume spanning across television, film, and stage, Waddingham's presence adds a touch of sophistication and allure to the Sun Princess.

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A Symphony of Staterooms: Luxury Redefined Entertainment isn't just confined to the stage on the Sun Princess; it extends to the comfort and luxury of its staterooms. From cozy cabins to lavish suites, every accommodation is meticulously designed to provide an unforgettable experience at sea. For those seeking the pinnacle of indulgence, the Signature Collection Mini Suites offer an exclusive retreat. We have a full tour of a Reserve Collection Mini Suite on our channel where we stayed, but guests staying in Signature Collection Suites are treated to the serene Sanctuary onboard, included in their package—a perfect escape for relaxation and rejuvenation during the voyage.



Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses Sun Princess serves up a culinary extravaganza with 30 inviting restaurant and bar venues, boasting an unprecedented collection of celebrity collaborations and high-end ingredients. From Spellbound by Magic Castle to Love by Britto, each dining experience is a culinary journey like no other. Guests can indulge in exquisite dishes crafted by renowned chefs, including Dario Cecchini and Rudi Sodamin, ensuring a gastronomic adventure with every bite.

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Entertainment Extravaganza: The Ultimate Spectacle The Princess Arena takes center stage as the most technologically advanced theater at sea, offering showstopping and original productions that dazzle audiences. Meanwhile, The Dome astonishes with acrobatic Cirque Éloize performances, and the Piazza mesmerizes with its retractable stage and immersive Cascading Waterfall. Whether it's a captivating show or a breathtaking performance, entertainment onboard the Sun Princess is nothing short of extraordinary.




Conclusion: As Hannah Waddingham prepares to christen the Sun Princess, she not only adds her name to the illustrious list of Princess Godparents but also symbolizes the timeless allure and sophistication of Princess Cruises' newest "Love Boat." From the luxurious staterooms to the culinary delights and entertainment extravaganza, the Sun Princess promises an unforgettable journey across the seas. With its blend of elegance, innovation, and sustainability, it redefines the cruising experience for generations to come, ensuring that every moment onboard is infused with luxury, comfort, and unparalleled hospitality.

All You Need to Understand Regarding Brightline, Departing from Florida Ports, and the Fresh Collaboration with Princess Cruises

In the realm of travel, convenience and comfort are often as highly prized as the destination itself. Recognizing this, Princess Cruises and Brightline have forged an exciting partnership to introduce the 'Rail & Sail' program, redefining the travel experience for guests sailing from Florida ports. This innovative collaboration promises not just transportation but an unforgettable journey from start to finish, offering luxurious comfort, convenience, and seamless connectivity like never before. Let's delve into the details of this groundbreaking initiative and tell you everything you need to know from the Princess Cruises partnership, Brightline classes of travel, locations of the stations and discounts available.


From gobrightline.com


1. Swift and Seamless Travel

With 'Rail & Sail,' guests can bid farewell to the hassles of traditional travel methods. Brightline's intercity passenger rail network seamlessly connects travelers to top destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, ensuring swift and hassle-free access to Princess cruise ships. Say goodbye to long drives and airport queues – with 'Rail & Sail,' the journey becomes an integral part of the adventure itself.

2. Customized Luxury

Adding a touch of glamour to the travel experience, Princess Cruises presents a train adorned with its iconic Love Boat branding. The custom-designed cars, complete with the seawitch logo and depictions of popular ports of call, set the stage for an unforgettable journey even before passengers step aboard the cruise ship. Experience luxury from the moment you set foot on the platform.

3. Ultimate Convenience with Luggage Express Service

For those seeking ultimate convenience, the 'Rail & Sail' program offers a value-added luggage express service. Guests can check their bags at their Brightline station, knowing they'll be securely waiting for them in their stateroom upon arrival on the ship. This seamless service not only saves time and effort but also ensures a hassle-free cruise experience from the outset.

4. Special Limited Time Offer

As an added incentive, guests booking through Brightline's website can enjoy special discounts of up to 15% on Smart and Premium Rail & Sail packages. Moreover, for a limited time only, guests booking a Princess cruise through May 5 will receive a Brightline credit of up to $150 per person, based on the stateroom type booked. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to elevate your travel experience.

5. Connecting South and Central Florida

Brightline's extensive network offers multiple daily trains between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, with stops at key destinations such as West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. South Florida residents can also access the service from downtown Miami and Aventura terminals, providing unparalleled connectivity for Princess guests. Whether you're exploring the vibrant cityscape of Miami or the enchanting shores of Port Canaveral, 'Rail & Sail' has you covered.



Discover Brightline's Classes of Travel: Smart and Select

Brightline offers two classes of travel: Smart and Select. The Smart class provides travelers with comfortable seating, complimentary WiFi, and access to multiple power and USB connections at each seat, ensuring a convenient and connected journey. For those seeking additional amenities and luxury, the Select class offers premium features such as spacious seating, complimentary snacks and beverages, and access to a exclusive lounge area, providing an elevated travel experience for discerning passengers.


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Current Florida Brightline Stations:

MiamiCentral Station Located in downtown Miami, MiamiCentral serves as the southern terminus for Brightline. MiamiCentral is approximately 8 miles (about 15-20 minutes drive) from PortMiami, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Additionally, MiamiCentral is about 8 miles (around 15-20 minutes drive) from Miami International Airport, offering convenient access for travelers arriving or departing by air.

Address: 600 NW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Fort Lauderdale Station Situated in downtown Fort Lauderdale, this station provides convenient access to popular destinations in the area, including Port Everglades for cruise passengers. Fort Lauderdale Station is approximately 3 miles (approximately 10 minutes drive) from Port Everglades, making it easy for cruisers to reach the port before embarking on their voyage. Additionally, the station is about 4 miles (roughly 10-15 minutes drive) from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, offering convenient air travel options.

Address: 101 NW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

West Palm Beach Station Serving the city of West Palm Beach, this station is centrally located and offers easy access to downtown attractions, shopping, and dining options. West Palm Beach Station is approximately 50 miles (about 1 hour drive) from Port of Palm Beach, which serves as a smaller cruise port in the area. Additionally, the station is about 4 miles (around 10 minutes drive) from Palm Beach International Airport, providing convenient air travel access for passengers.

Address: 501 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Orlando International Airport Station Currently, Brightline operates a station at Orlando International Airport, providing travelers with a direct connection between the airport and South Florida. This station is part of the initial phase of the planned extension to Orlando. Orlando International Airport Station is approximately 12 miles (approximately 20-25 minutes drive) from Port Canaveral, one of the busiest cruise ports in Florida, offering convenient access for cruise passengers.

Address: 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

From Princess Cruises


Our Opinion: Enhancing the Princess Cruise Experience

As enthusiasts of travel and seamless experiences, we believe that the introduction of the 'Rail & Sail' program by Princess Cruises and Brightline marks a significant step forward in enhancing the overall cruise experience. Here's why:

  1. Convenience for Floridians: For Floridians looking to embark on a Princess Cruise adventure, the 'Rail & Sail' program eliminates the hassle of parking at cruise ports. With Brightline stations conveniently located in key cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando, residents can easily hop on board and begin their journey stress-free.

  2. Pre-Cruise Disney Visit: Families planning to visit Disney before their cruise can now do so with ease. Brightline's connectivity allows for seamless travel between Orlando's attractions and cruise ports, ensuring that families can enjoy every moment of their vacation without worrying about transportation logistics.

  3. Ease for Group Travel: The program offers greater ease for groups traveling together. With complimentary shuttle services and luggage express options, groups can navigate from station to port seamlessly, eliminating the need for separate ground transportation arrangements.

  4. Flight Flexibility: By providing convenient access to ports and airports, the 'Rail & Sail' program offers travelers more flexibility in choosing their flights. Whether arriving from afar or opting for a post-cruise extension, guests can plan their travel itineraries with greater convenience and flexibility.

  5. Proximity to Ports and Airports: Importantly, none of these transportation hubs are far from ports or airports. This proximity ensures that guests can transition smoothly between travel modes, minimizing travel time and maximizing enjoyment throughout their journey.


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    Discounts


    Make sure you look at the discount page on Brightline's website if you book this on your own and not through the partnership with Princess Cruises. There are several group discounts and discounts for children, students and teachers. Examples at the time of publication include 25% off for students or teachers and up to 50% off for children.

Conclusion: Setting Sail on an Unforgettable Journey

The 'Rail & Sail' program not only enhances accessibility but also elevates the overall cruise experience by streamlining travel logistics. Whether you're a Floridian embarking on a local adventure or a traveler from afar, this innovative partnership between Princess Cruises and Brightline opens up a world of possibilities, making every moment of your journey memorable and hassle-free. Brightline itself offers a lot of possibilities for the entire cruising industry in Florida and we are thrilled to see this partnership and more take form!

For more information on the 'Rail & Sail' program, visit princess.com/Brightline or gobrightline.com. Prepare to embark on an adventure of a lifetime with Princess Cruises and Brightline.