Personally, I have never been on a relaxation trip. Busy shopping, many miles of endless walking and even work on my trip. These adds to travel fatigue though it was meant to be an unwinding on holiday. Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, isn’t it? In my recent cruise journey with Princess Cruises being in Ko Samui basically gave me a taste of what a perfect relaxation trip. If you have been following my IG @Foodgemsg ; great foods, drinks, entertainment and more. Being an active blogger/ influencer, it felt rather empty initially, missing 24/7 internet access. Well, there’s internet on sea, however it is costly at USD$0.79/ minute and at slow surfing speed. Probably a blessing in disguise! I need not check on my work and stuffs (Shhhhh!). Always feeling welcome and a part of this big family with friendly crews and passengers. Looking forwards to a list of endless activities on Princess Cruises.
Being a foodie on vacation, food play a big part on my beautiful adventure. I would have to admit that the food on board Princess Cruises are very impressive. Enjoy in the comfort of stateroom with 24 hours room service or dine at any dining room extending from casual dining to speciality restaurant, where each restaurant presents the perfect food for every palete.
Crab shack is famous for its steam seafood extravaganza. Featuring savoury freshly steamed Alaskan King Crabs. I’ve received 6 large Crab legs with a variety of fresh seafood eg. fresh clams, prawns, mussels and more! The portion is really HUGE, do visit on an empty stomach. 4 course dinner consists of appetiser, soup, main, dessert with coffee or tea at USD29 per person. UNBELIEVABLE!!! It’s definitely a steal.
The popcorn shrimp appetizer started a bang. Choice of dipping sauce in Bayou style or tartar.
Manhattan clam chowder with bacon, tomato and potatoes. Locks of love for these extra clam juice it calls for just what was in the clams.
Selection of gateaux and tarts from the pastry shop, served with coffee or tea.
2. Santa Fe/ Pacific Moon
Princess Gourmet Beef Burger: Savoury good beef patty topped with blue crab meat dressed in asparagus and hollandaise sauce. It is served with french fries.
Cream of wild mushroom soup with sun-blushed roms tomatoes.
Not the usual scallops that is laid on the plate. Sea scallop that has been hand-picked off a rock by a scuba diver. Diver scallops are more biologically amicable and less lumpy. Diver scallops also give a firmer, gentle texture with a nice colour. It comes with three beurre-blanc, vegetable julienne and red bliss potatoes. Definitely one of the must try dishes at Santa Fe.
Beautiful pink rain drops surfacing chocolate mousse on brownie.
Strawberry Sorbet to cleanse the palate. It is infused with lemon and wild thyme.
3. The Savoy Dining Room
Seafood stew with Chilean sea bass, black mussels and clams. Fresh seafood in a plate of creamy broth. Flavoured with sauteed fennel and a variety of herbs, spices and seasonings. Best to enjoy the stew with slices of toasted baguette soaking in the goodness of every drop.
Trio of premium seafood selection from lobster, shrimp and squid with orange filets lime-cilantro vinaigrette. The sweetness of seafood with the citrusy of fruits makes an amazing starter.
Double beef consomme with mini choux buns and green onions. Although its a clear soup but the stock is richly flavoured.
Watermelon and Feta cheese showering with toasted pumpkin seeds and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil lemon.
4. Buffet at Horizon Court
Something that elevates to a buffet is that they serve a wide selection of foods – but not limited to Western, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indian cuisines. It starts as early at 5am and ends at 11pm. Expect to see ribeye steak, salmon sashimi, alluring desserts and more! Buffet was delicious, consistent, even its presentation in the tray.
5. High Tea at The International Dining Room
The large selection of high tea does not impress me. Not a fan of very sweet pastry. Probably it’s just me, saving the calories at other restaurants or even the buffet!
6. Room service dining
Say yes to 24 hours room service! That gonna be one of the coolest as I get to order any meal anytime in the comfort of my personal stateroom. Breakfast served after I’ve washed up in the morning or a simple salad/ sandwich at midnight. Speedy delivery after 20-30 minutes of waiting. Hot foods served and prepared specially upon order. Besides the western breakfast, you can also order Chinese food eg. Wonton noodle! Room service can never be better.
Nothing beats lying on a comfort Princess bed after a long day of activities. Satisfying your senses with Princess amenities such as 100% cotton, high thread count linens and duvet, down pillows and more!
I woke up every day so psyched for what lay ahead. Probably a morning Japanese bath experience or Zumba class, followed by shopping at duty free boutiques. In the afternoon, pick a champagne at the art gallery or offshore excusion. And in the evening, live entertainment in the lounges, games at casino, enjoy a movie under the stars, the spectacular musical production or even dancing in the disco.
Highly recommended Production Show that you shouldn’t miss: Bravo
Light opera musical theater and pop opera songs show tunes exhibited in a rich setting summons a significant night at the Opera. Starring the Diamond Princess singers, dancers and orchestra. Featuring Lena McKenzie, an off-the-beaten track Soprano, who caught everyone’s attention with her perfect high notes.
The night is still young with gala balloon drop party.
Galley tour and behind the scenes for an insider’s look of how our meals are prepared.
Featuring Chef Nilo Palma presenting in a light hearted and comedy cooking demonstration.
Love boat disco deck party at Nepture’s Reef and Pool.
Participate in Princess Cruises’ onboard activities, including movie under the stars, pools, hot tubs, poolside activities, sports courts, gym and more!
Indulge in luxury spa experience named Best Spa on a Cruise Ship by Spafinder Wellness 365. The Lotus Spa provides pampering services – from manicure to massages. Or visit a simple wood paneled dry sauna and a tiled steam room.
Gymnasium, aerobics room with jogging tracks.
Elephant show exhibited the ones essentially highlighting ability and inventiveness of the elephants.
Elephant trekking with authentic jungle paths and a gentle breeze.
Wat Phra Yai, also known as the Big Buddha Temple, is a Buddhist temple on Ko Phan. It is a small island offshore from the northeastern area of Ko Samui, Thailand. The 12-meter-tall Golden Buddha takes endurance of steps flanked by two emerald dragons with the towering focal figure at the foremost. Big Buddha fulfills both the religious visitors and also the tourists. Mirroring these standards, a ring of extensive bronze prayer bells surrounds the Buddha. Tenderly influencing in the cool sea breeze. Use one of the wooden strikers to delicately ring every bell for good fortunes as you take in the eminent perspectives. I’ve recorded the process and hope anyone who plays this video gets the blessing too.
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2017 Diamond Princess Schedule | Departure Dates from Singapore
Princess Cruises; voted as “Best Cruise Line in Asia. Set sail on a roundtrip cruise holiday from Singapore through the ports of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Short trips at these weekend getaway spots from Singapore. It’s only a short cruise to many amazing holiday breaks for families, couples, friends and solo travellers.
- 5 Days 2 Ports Thailand Roundtrip from Singapore.
Available date/s: 2017 Feb 23, Thursday
Interior Stateroom starting from: $778.00* SGD per person.
- 5 Days 3 Ports Malaysia Roundtrip from Singapore.
Available date/s: 2017 Mar 11, Saturday
Interior Stateroom starting from: $778.00* SGD per person.
- 7 Days 3 Ports Thailand Roundtrip from Singapore.
Available date/s: 2017 Mar 4, Saturday
Interior Stateroom starting from: $1103.00* SGD per person.
There’s so many great spots in Southeast Asia. If you have time for a longer journey, consider a 9/11 day roundtrip cruise from Singapore calling in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam’s most popular ports of call, including the captivating city of Bangkok, the antiquity Ho Chi Minh City.
- 9/11 Days up to 6 Ports Southeast Asia Roundtrip from Singapore.
2017 Feb 8, Wednesday
2017 Mar 16, Thursday
Interior Stateroom starting from: $1688.00* SGD per person.
*Subjected to Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses
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Thanks for sharing your review! We love Princess Cruises and have been on 4 cruises with them since Alaska.
The Baltic cruise was one of our highlights.