Princess Cruises reveals Royal Princess Sanctuary and Retreat Pool

Guests onboard Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess will be able to relax in style, as the cruise line takes its popular adults-only pool and Sanctuary retreat to the next level, offering private cabanas in both spaces for the ship’s debut next June.

With a new look and feel, the larger Sanctuary will feature fresh décor plus two new private cabana options along with its plush loungers and Serenity Stewards. Meanwhile, the Retreat Pool will provide a serene spot for a dip, along with its new poolside cabanas. Cabana guests looking for a gourmet treat can also order one of the ship’s new cabana picnic baskets, packed with artisan edibles paired with a premium wine.

“The private spa-inspired setting of The Sanctuary and the calm atmosphere of our adults-only pools have made them among the more popular areas on our ships,” Princess Cruises executive vice president Jan Swartz said. “So aboard Royal Princess we’re taking both of these areas and giving them a new twist.”

The Sanctuary – Featuring all the special touches that have made The Sanctuary so popular since it was first introduced on Crown Princess in 2006 and now with a 20 per cent larger space than on the line’s other ships, The Sanctuary adds four private Sanctuary Cabanas for more luxurious experience, plus two Lotus Spa Cabanas offering an elegant private space for a range of spa treatments. Passengers can relax on luxurious plush lounge chairs or circular daybeds, while Serenity Stewards provide healthy refreshments and music players with peaceful music. Space in The Sanctuary can be reserved for US$15 for a half day/US$25 for a full day, per person. New cabana options include:

  • Sanctuary Cabanas – Four Sanctuary Cabanas will offer a more exclusive experience with amenities such as a personal television with noise-reducing wireless headphones, cushy sofas, luxurious robe and slippers, a welcome cocktail, and healthy snacks. The cabana also features a fully stocked mini-bar. Sanctuary Cabanas will be available beginning at US$80 for a half day
  • ·         Lotus Spa Cabanas – Two luxurious Lotus Spa Cabanas will offer a truly special alfresco massage experience. These larger, enclosed areas will offer added privacy, a comfortable resting area, a treatment area with two massage tables for a refreshing couples massage and beautiful ocean views out the front of the ship. A variety of packages will be available for the Lotus Spa Cabanas.

Retreat Pool – Adjacent to The Sanctuary, the Retreat Pool will offer more space and seating than the adult pools on other Princess vessels, plus new Retreat Cabanas that can be reserved for an enhanced experience. The Retreat Pool is open to all adults, and Retreat Pool Cabana rental will be available from US$50 for a half day.

The 3600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises. The ship’s 2013 maiden season will include cruises on the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall. More information and video previews of the ship are available at