Both the Sanctuary and adjacent Retreat pool are popular on the line's other ships, Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president said. "So aboard Royal Princess we're taking both of these areas and giving them a new twist."
New elements in the Sanctuary, which on Royal Princess is 20 percent larger, include rock and topiary gardens that create a path leading to a new central pavilion in which passengers can relax on plush lounge chairs or circular daybeds while Serenity Stewards provide refreshments. Entrance to the Sanctuary costs $15 for a half day or $25 for a full day, per person.
However, the main new "twist" for both is private cabanas.
In the Sanctuary, four cabanas will be available, all with personal televisions with noise-reducing wireless headphones, comfy sofas, a robe and slippers, welcome cocktail and healthy snacks like nuts and dried and fresh fruit. A fully stocked mini-bar offers water and soda as well as a choice of alcoholic options. Prices for the Sanctuary Cabanas start at $80 for a half day. Also located in the Sanctuary will be two Lotus Spa cabanas for outdoor massage experiences. Each Lotus Spa cabana will offer a resting area with television and plush chairs and a treatment area with two massage tables for couples' massages. Several packages will be available with pricing yet to be determined.
At the Retreat Pool, six poolside cabanas will offer private poolside space with two loungers per cabana. Rental costs start at $50 for a half day.
Available to all cabana purchasers will be the gourmet cabana picnic baskets, packed with antipasti, sandwiches, pizza and deserts, and paired with a premium wine. Baskets serving two people begin at $40.
The 3,600-passenger ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Among the many features already revealed are an innovative SkyWalk, a cantilevered, glass-enclosed walkway that will extend 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and 128 feet over the water; Princess Live! television studio; largest ever Princess Theater; an expanded thermal suite; a new approach to the Chef's Table; a sports complex featuring a laser shooting range and batting cage; and the elimination of nonbalcony outside cabins.
Checkout our countdown to launch page for more information about Royal Princess.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor