Island Princess

In order to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided it best to head back to where we celebrated our honeymoon – a Princess Cruise.

Island Princess along the California Coast.
Island Princess along the California Coast.

We started our adventure by deciding what cruise to take, and how we would be able to afford it. Luckily, we signed up for email notifications after cruising with Princess to Alaska, and it paid off! Before we knew it, I had us booked on a three-day repositioning cruise from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, British Columbia.

This cruise – aboard the Princess Island – set sale on May 8th and we got our feet back on solid ground on May 11th. We even got to cruise with the bar steward we’d become friends with on the Ruby Princess in Alaska, Aris. I’ve been asked a few times now, “Was a repositioning cruise worth it?” The short answer is: absolutely!  Let’s review some of my favorite parts.

Our second cruise with Aris on Pricess.
Kelly, Aris and I.

Let’s start out with the food on the Princess Island. It was fantastic to try some items that were different from our Alaskan cruise. When speaking with the restaurant staff, they said Princess customizes the menu based on the itinerary selected. This ship had just come from the Panama Canal, so the food consisted of crawfish, Cajun spices and other varieties of seafood, such as mussels, squid, clams, oysters and more. I of course couldn’t try everything. While I guess Princess would let me, my waistline would protest.  Still, I never had a disappointing meal, and was always excited to try something new at the next dinner, as Princess offers a new item each evening.  You also cannot beat the amazing dessert options Princess offers; I love their New York style cheesecake.  Princess is a great place for grazers and snackers as well, with quick food available in the Horizon Court buffet, The Bar & Grill, and Princess Pizzeria.

I couldn't pass up this amazing cheese cake and delicious strawberries. My wife who doesn't like cheesecake even enjoyed the cheesecake offered by Princess.
I couldn’t pass up this amazing cheese cake with delicious strawberries. My wife, who doesn’t normally like cheesecake, even enjoyed this one.

The entrainment options were endless on this three day cruise. With no ports to worry about stopping at, it was easy for us to enjoy the onboard entertainment, including their Movie Under the Stars (they played Star Wars: The Force Awakens), a comedy show with Jammin Jay Lammont, and On the Bayou in the Princess Theatre.

It may have been cold outside but you can't beat watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It may have been cold outside but we came prepared.

It was great to finally be able to watch the new Star Wars movie that everybody was raving about. The fresh air and the waves made it seem like we were in the action scenes as the boat rocked back-and-forth. The comedy show with Jammin Jay Lammont was a good show, I laughed a few times at the start and then it really turned into a show for the older demographic.  My favorite show was the onboard original production, On the Bayou. Princess Theaters and their production team do a phenomenal job at putting on a full, fast-paced show in 45 minutes. The show was about a love story that took place in New Orleans and the variety of set and outfit changes truly allowed you to escape into the story.

While the entertainment was great, my favorite part of the repositioning cruise had to be the fact that there was no need to set an alarm. I love stopping at different ports, as it allows you to get off the

A sunset from the Island Princess
A sunset from the Island Princess along the California Coast.

ship for a little bit and explore different cities or take part in excursions. However, not setting an alarm for 6:30AM so we can get off the ship at the port by 7:00AM was really nice. The only schedule we had to keep was for the activities we wanted. This allowed for us to sleep in until nine if we wanted to, swim all day, or relax in the hot tub. A repositioning cruise is the perfect way to get away, disconnect the cell phone and social media, and truly enjoy time with your significant other.

Have you cruised? If so, which cruise line? Any thoughts, suggestions or questions about cruising, please post them below in the comments.


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