It’s not everyday you get invited on a cruise ship for lunch but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago when the Caribbean Princess was docked in Greenock as part of her UK tour. Myself, an other blogger and a small group of media (some of who go on holiday for a living and write about it, not jealous at all) were given a tour of ship and treated to lunch, not my usual Friday you can imagine.
That morning, I looked out my best nautical outfit (yes I was the only person who dressed for the occasion lol) and jumped on the train to Greenock for an afternoon on the ship. When I stepped off the train the sun was shining but it is Scotland andby the time I had arrived at the dock it was pouring of rain which was not ideal for photos. So I‘m sure you will have already guessed the picture above is not one taken while in Greenock but one the PR kindly sent me.
The ship was sailing to full capacity (3600 passengers) but honestly, you would find it hard to believe when walking about. The passengers were either on day trips, or the size of ship made it look like there was hardly anyone on board. As the ship was full, we never got a look at a cabin which I was really hoping to see but I do have a picture of one I can show you.
The tour started off in the main piazza and the first thing that caught my eye was the shops selling luxury goods such as handbags, watches and perfumes and the International Cafe which is open 24 hours a day. We then moved on to where the entertainment takes place and were shown the theatre, casino, numerous bars and two night clubs. The ship even has its own little wedding chapel where guests can get married.
If the passengers are looking for a more relaxing way to spend time on board there is a spa, gym and the movies under the stars which is a huge screen on the deck above the pool area where passengers can lie on the loungers and watch movies under the night sky, sounds amazing doesn’t it?
Just before our tour ended we were lucky enough to visit the bridge and meet one of the senior watchmen who told us a little bit about what it was like to sail the ship. I will let you into a little secret, most of it is done by a computerised system worth 3 million dollars!