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Princess Cruises relaxation giveaway

2013/08/19by Donna Hull

Relaxation. If you’re like me, there are times when I doubt that such a concept really exists, what with the hectic travel life that Alan and I lead. Whatever happened to boomer retirement? One way we like to relax is by finding a cruise itinerary with at least a few sea days. Most cruise ships offer quiet areas, usually in or near the spa, that are perfect for quiet relaxation. And of course a spa treatment or two will do wonders for soothing away a tension-filled life.

Relax your cares away at The Sanctuary on Royal Princess

The Sanctuary is an adults-only relaxation area on Royal Princess

When I cruised on Royal Princess from Venice to Istanbul, I discovered that even the largest ships offer quiet getaways. The Sanctuary, located on the top deck next to the adult pool, was an oasis of comfy lounge chairs with plenty of shady spots for getting away from the sun—great for those of us who must watch out for skin cancer now that we’re older.

Accessing The Sanctuary requires a $15 fee for a half-day of relaxation. I recommend you arrive early as this is a popular spot on the ship.

As I mentioned, nothing is more relaxing than a spa treatment while your ship cruises along on the ocean. The Lotus Spa on Royal Princess is no exception. I experienced the seaweed wrap and massage treatment, which was a luxurious stress-reliever. And the Lotus Spa has it’s own relaxation area—The Enclave (additional fee applies)—which can be visited without purchasing a spa treatment.

The folks at Princess Cruises were curious about how people relax so they asked 1,000 adults in the U.S. to define their personal relaxation style. Here are the results:

Silence or Sensory Delight?  More than a third of respondents consider themselves as “sensory relaxers,” who like to recharge by soaking up the sights and sounds of events and activities around them, such as sporting events, movies or beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Whereas, another third of respondents consider themselves as “silent relaxers,” who prefer quiet spaces, ceased conversations, and losing themselves in books or the soothing sounds of nature.

Tried and True or New?  More than half (64%) of respondents prefer somewhere new when choosing a relaxing vacation, compared to only a third (36%) who prefer a tried and true destination.

Relaxation Setting?  The most popular type of scenery found to be most relaxing when on vacation is ocean and waves (59%). Mountain scenery came in second (20%), followed by sunrises and sunsets (17%).

Play it by Ear?  Respondents were evenly split when asked if pre-planning every vacation activity (52%) or being completely spontaneous (48%) produced a more relaxing experience when planning a vacation.

To Cook or Clean?  More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents agreed that having someone else cook for them was the most relaxing way to enjoy a meal on vacation.

Enjoy a relaxing basket of products from Princess Cruises

Win a relaxation basket courtesy of Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises wants to know your relaxation style. Share it in the comments for a chance to win a Relaxation Pack Giveaway basket filled with an embroidered bath robe, bath slippers, body wash, body lotion, sugar scrub, candle and more.

The Fine Print

Winner will be chosen by random drawing. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

Don’t forget to follow Princess Cruises on Facebook and Twitter to share your photos and relaxation ideas (not a requirement of this giveaway).

UPDATE: August 27, 2013, at 11:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

Disclosure: Princess Cruises provided my travel experience as well as the products for this giveaway.

All photos courtesy of Princess Cruises.

*Survey findings are based on an online poll among 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and up, conducted July 29 – July 31, 2013, by ORC International.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

betty crawford August 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

On my last cruise I was fortunate enough to be in the spa during a slow time and I got to lounge in a private hot tub on an open private deck with the sea wind coming in. It was the most relaxing and lovely time of my life.


Cathy Truman August 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Relaxation Settings the ocean is my way to vacation,


Nancy Man
August 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I think my relaxation style would definitely include silence, a new destination, and having someone else cook/clean.

On the planning, I think it depends. If it’s a local/short trip, or if just a couple people are going, less planning. If it’s a longer/more distant trip, or it involves more than a few people, more planning — just so there’s less chaos on the vacation itself.

And on the specific type of scenery, I’m open. All those options sound nice.
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Estella miller August 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

candles and bubble bath is my perfect relaxation.


Bill August 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I think my ideal relaxaion place is any spot where you can hear the ocean waves. Can’t help but relax when hearing that…


Ally August 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

A good book and a good bath is my favorite way to relax!


Prickly Pinecone August 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

My way of relaxing is on the water or at the beach with a lovely breeze while sipping on a cold drink.


Phxbne August 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Sensory for me – fly out of my regular routine to vacation and I am all set!


Heather Cowper
August 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

What a lovely giveaway – I’m looking forward to a short cruise with Royal Princess in September, so I’ll be checking out all the relaxation and spa areas


Vera Marie Badertscher
August 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Soft music over water sounds–stream or fountain, subdued light, and most of all no one talking to me!
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Candace August 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

My relaxation style is silence along with the gentle sound of ocean waves. Ahhhhhhh….


Karl August 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Having things happen spontaneously is relaxing for me. Let’s keep things interesting, yet stress-free!


Susan August 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Relaxation is a day with nothing to do but enjoy the outdoors.


Cheryl A August 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I guess I’m ‘sensory’ – or I should say lack thereof. I enjoy the quiet or just nature sounds. Actually the best time to relax for me is during a storm. I get close to the open window, or sit on the top of the stoop and listen ~ everyone else is tucked away, hiding in their homes ~ no human element. Just the connection with nature’s raw energy.


BECKY EVANS August 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

My relaxation style is laid back and comfy…with a good book…Heaven..


GREG August 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

laying in the shade or under an umbrella with a cocktail and falling asleep


Nancy Man
September 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

Just got the basket in the mail — smells amazing! Can’t wait to try everything out. Thank you so much!


Nicole September 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hi Nancy,

Yay! I’m so happy you got it, and jealous as well! Enjoy it!



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