Exercise! There are many ways to exercise on the Grand Princess. April loves Zumba and I like to walk. When she is in class, I walk the decks, although I admit on a couple of occasions I laid in the sun instead. There are yoga classes and a fitness center, line dance and hula lessons, so no excuses!
|Zumba Class Grand Princess|
|Aft Pool Grand Princess|
|Lido Deck Pool Grand Princess|
|Lido Deck Pool Grand Princess Rough Seas|
Take a photo! Bring along your favorite camera. There are plenty of photo opportunities on board. I have taken some of the best photos of my life on cruise ships. If photo taking is not your "thing" don't worry, the ship has a bevy of photographers who will document your cruise memories.
|Photo Op Grand Princess Hawaii Cruise|
|Photo Op Grand Princess|
Watch a movie! You can either watch on the jumbo screen on Lido deck or in your cabin. There is mix of new releases and classic movies. One of our favorites was Dirty Dancing, "Nobody puts baby in the corner!"
|Jumbo Screen Lido Deck Grand Princess|
Read a book! Just give me a Tom Clancy novel and a comfortable chair and I'm good for hours. There is a lending library on board, but I purchased Clancy's "Locked On" in the ship's store. In case you don't read paper anymore, the Library will loan you a Kindle for free preloaded with a bunch of books. I'm still a paper guy for now. I'll let you in on a secret. Most of the ship's bars are available space for reading during the day. We hid away in the rear of the Wheelhouse Bar by the window. Just remember to save us a spot.
|Wheelhouse Bar Grand Princess|
Stop and smell the flowers! The ship has plenty of fresh flowers and magnificent art work on board. Enjoy it!
|Flowers Grand Princess|
Get Educated! There are more classes on board than some high schools have. On our Hawaii cruise Gary Shanahan, a former teacher, talked about the culture of Hawaii and gave great tips on navigating the islands. Classes for photography, knitting or even how to play "Texas hold em." One of my favorites was the wine tasting class. Now that is my kind of education!
|Wine Tasting on The Grand Princess|
Be entertained! All day long there are entertainers and musicians playing in different venues. There are first class shows nightly featuring singers, dancers and a live orchestra. If you like comedy, you won't be disappointed. On one night there was Mark Merchant, a ventriloquist whose puppet named Wing Tip Shu, made me laugh so hard I could not breath! Be prepared to be amused!
|Mark Merchant and Wing Tip Shu|
|Grand Princess Singers|
|Grand Princess Orchestra|
I know it does not seem like it, but I've just scratched the surface of the fun stuff. I haven't even talked about food and drink. That will be in the next installment of Grand Princess Hawaii Cruise.