Princess Cruises, long a top choice among cruisers seeking out exotic destinations, is upping its game when it comes to adventure.
The line is launching an enhanced Discovery at Sea program in conjunction with Discovery Communications, the company that produces TV shows for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and more.
The idea is to give travelers a more immersive experience when onboard and on excursions when ashore during their sailings. Princess will offer Discovery and Animal Planet shore excursions that give cruisers interactions with animals or sites not available through independent tours. The Princess Cruises and Discovery collaboration takes advantage of unique relationships Discovery has fostered throughout the world for its cable TV programming to develop one-of-a-kind experiences for Princess Cruises' passengers. For example: a "Meet the Sloths" excursion to visit to a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.
Princess also continues to offer a "Stargazing at Sea" program developed with Science Channel's Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi to take advantage of the clear skies available when a ship is at sea. Passengers head to the top decks to learn about the stars and universe on display. Cruise programs highlight when certain special celestial events are due to happen.
Discovery at Sea onboard activities include "Shark Week at Sea," with games, challenges and programming highlighting sharks, a "Finding Bigfoot" contest and several other games and events.
Princess Cruises' ships, especially the newest ones, are among the best in the industry, with well-designed and elegant spaces and amazing dining options. But the experience onboard has always been fairly sedate. I love the idea of adding these energetic activities to the onboard experience as well as the more immersive excursion experiences. They will definitely make cruising with Princess even more fun for the active traveler.