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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.

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