Holidays in far-off Europe can be a real hassle, especially when you have young children or elderly parents in tow.
Taking a luxury cruise from city to city could be a better option because it gives you the best of both worlds - ease of access to far-flung locations as well as the opportunity to see and taste the very best of Europe.
For the voyage of a lifetime, hop on board Princess Cruises’ new Majestic Princess cruise.
In April, the ship is setting off from Italy on its maiden voyage - Princess Cruises’ best-selling 7 Nights Mediterranean cruise itinerary.
It will be sailing to unique ports such as Cartagena (Spain), Gibraltar (Great Britain) and Toulon (France), as well as big cities such as Barcelona in Spain; and Genoa, Florence and Rome in Italy.
To see more beyond the shore, combine your sea voyage with escorted land tours in Paris and the French countryside and classic Italy, which will take you to some of the greatest destinations in the region.
Leave your cares and baggage behind, be spellbound by the splendour of historic Rome, and serenaded by a gondolier rowing your gondola through the canals of Venice.
Once you are on board the Majestic Princess, all you need to do is kick back and indulge in life’s most luxurious pleasures.
The lavish ship, which can carry 3,560 passengers, is the third addition to Princess Cruises’ Royal class fleet after its sisters Royal Princess and Regal Princess.
It features signature elements from the Royal Class Ships, including facilities such as SeaWalk, Movies Under The Stars, Water Colour Fantasy, Princess Theatre, Grand Atrium, Lotus Spa and Fitness Centre and Youth Centre.
Guests will also be treated to the “ultimate night of sleep at sea” - on exclusive new luxury beds fitted in all the ship’s staterooms.
The beds - designed in collaboration with leading board-certified sleep expert Dr Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson - encompass a scientifically-engineered mattress and bed springs, a plush 5cm pillow top, European duvets and 100 per cent luxurious jacquard-woven linens to whisk you off to dreamland.
The cruise also comes with new facilities that will delight Asian guests looking for familiar activities.
If you fancy a session of mahjong, head to the Vista Gaming Lounge. It houses 16 mahjong tables, some of which feature automated technology with four-way tile distribution and automatic shuffling and organisation.
Ample comfortable lounge chairs are also provided for families to bond over tea. There is even a stage for performances and instructor-led classes.
Sing the night away with family and friends at one of the ship’s six private karaoke suites, each with a unique themed decor. Browse from a wide selection of latest and most popular Chinese and English songs.
When it comes to food, expect to be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of cuisines on the Majestic Princess.
For casual French bistro-style fare with a modern twist, visit La Mer, located at the atrium.
The French speciality dining concept is helmed by chef Emmanuel Renaut, who holds the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) as well as Chef of the Year by Le Chef.
For La Mer, chef Renaut has created an exquisite menu showcasing authentic French cuisine topped with the chef’s signature flair.
If you are longing for top-tier Cantonese classics, book a space at Harmony, the new speciality dining restaurant created in partnership with renowned chef Richard Chen. Chef Chen was the former chef of Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in North America that was awarded a Michelin star.
Seafood lovers will be delighted by the variety of fresh oceanic delights at the Ocean Terrace, including oyster shooters, sushi and sashimi, ahi tuna poke, king crab cocktail, world-renowned smoked Balik salmon and many more. The a la carte pricing is a real plus - simply pick and choose whatever you desire and feast to your heart’s content.
Craving comfort food from home?
Visit the Lobster & Dim Sum bar at the top deck for an al fresco dining experience and be served grilled lobster, kung pao lobster or salt and pepper lobster - and not forgetting the all-time favourite, dim sum.
And for something warm and satiating, the chopsticks noodle bar serves noodle soups and classic Chinese-styled wok-fried noodle dishes.
Find out about Princess Cruises at: 6922-6788, princess.com or call your preferred travel agent.