Yes, it will not be long until we pull up anchor and head to Alaska. Currently we have seventy-five(75) in our group. This is Santas, Wives and a few family and friends. Of these, 57 will be going on a Pre-Cruise, four-day, land tour Starting in Fairbanks, then to the North Pole, Denali and finally to Anchorage where we will join with everyone else and board the Regal Princess for a 7-day Cruise and our special School for Santas! (and Mrs. Claus.)
This page covers many details regarding the cruise.
- Cruise Attendees
- About the Royal Princess
- Princess Cruise Itinerary
- Dinner Schedule and Dining
- School4Santas agenda
- On board Photos
- Wardrobe – What to wear
If you have any questions on any of these items, please email me.
ABOUT OUR SHIP – THE ROYAL PRINCESS – This is one of the newest ships in the Princess Fleet. Details on the ship and its many amenities and features can be found on the Princess web site. Here is a direct link for the Royal Princess: https://www.princess.com/ships-and-experience/ships/rp-royal-princess/
PRINCESS CRUISE ITINERARY – I have posted a combined itinerary on the School4Santas web site, listing the ships daily schedule and the added School4Santas events. Click here for the entire itinerary: Alaska Cruise-Tour Itinerary
All of the regular cruise activities, shows, etc. are available for everyone on the cruise. This includes all kinds of activities, shows, entertainment, cooking and drink mixing demonstrations, contests, competitions, karaoke, talent show, choral group, etc. Each evening you get a copy of the Princess Patter, a four-page newsletter of the following days activities. Two pages will actually be the agenda for the following day including all shows, and activities.
On the three days while we are in Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, everyone is on their own. You can get off the ship and just wander about the port, or sign up for one of the excursions and activities. All of the details and excursions bookings can be found on the Princess Web Site.
DINNER SCHEDULE AND DINING – I have arranged for our entire group to have Traditional Dining every evening at 5:00 p.m. I wish to invite everyone to do this on the first evening as it will be the best time to update everyone on the cruise itinerary and the school agenda. This is the early dinner seating, which will accommodate those who like to turn in early, or for those wanting to kick up their heals, they can attend a variety of shows and evening activities. There will be daily shows in three theater areas on the ship, plus live entertainment in two lounges.
However, after the first night you can dine any time you wish and may also book dining in other specialty restaurants on the ship for an additional $25 or $30 per person. These include the Crown Grill (Steaks and Seafood), Sabatini’s (Italian), and Chef’s Table Lumiere
All of the Food and Dining can be found on the Princess web site at: https://www.princess.com/ships-and-experience/food-and-dining/
You can also dine just about any hour of the day. The Horizon Court, is a giant buffet at the top of the ship, serving food almost 24 hours a day, with breakfast buffets, lunch buffets and dinner buffets. There will also be special themed menus for dinners and lunches during the cruise and especially on days when we are at sea. Check the Princess Patter each evening for details on special dining or food events the following day.
You can also have a standard served breakfast any morning in one of the main dining rooms. Plus your cruise includes full 24-hour-a-day, room service at no additional charge, except for gratuities and Alcohol.
And for the ultimate, choose a luxurious breakfast or experience the “ultimate” romantic dinner at sea: a sumptuous multi-course meal, including succulent lobster tail and juicy steak, your beverage of choice, hors d’oeuvres, all served right on the privacy of your own balcony by our dedicated waitstaff. Treat yourself to this unparalleled indulgence and savor food, views and memories that will never be forgotten.you can order special balcony dining in your room.
At 3:00 p.m. each day they have tea in one of the dining rooms with great sandwiches and pastries.
Indulge your appetite whenever you wish on board Princess®. Every hour, their chefs are busy baking, grilling and sautéing great-tasting fare from scratch. Princess offers unparalleled inclusive dining options throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary
SCHOOL4SANTAS AGENDA – On the three days when we are at sea and visiting the glaciers, I have scheduled school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be set up in Club 6 (Deck 6-Fiesta). This will be a full School for Santas agenda, and Diplomas will be presented on the final day. There is no additional charge for this school, unless you need a course book, which would cost $40. If you already have a course book, that is all you need.
GROUP PHOTOS – During our cruise I will be arranging for two group photos. One will be on Monday, May 20, while we are visiting Glacier Bay National Park. This will be outdoors and our group will have the Glaciers as a background.
The second group photo will be our formal group photo and that will be taken at 4:00 or 4:30 pm on the second formal night, which I believe is Wednesday, May 22. I will have more details as Princess informs me.
The cost for a print of the either group photo will be less than $20 each.
ON BOARD PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS – From the moment you clear the Check-in and receive your room keys, there will be Ship’s Photographers everywhere. From Pre-Boarding Photos to Photos at events and activities, to the special Portrait Sets on Formal Nights, the Ship’s Photographers are everywhere. On select evenings, the photographers will take photos in the dining room. As you disembark in each port, there will be Photographers on the dock with costumed performers, with which you can have photos. And in some cases the photographers also go on some of the excursions to take photos. And finally there is also a special private portrait studio on board the ship where, by reservation, you can have custom portraits made.
In addition to photos, Princess will also have videographers filming at many events and activities.
The cost for photos is around $20 each, but they often have special prices for photos and video packages.
SHOPPING – In addition to all of the shopping when visit the ports, the Royal Princess has many fine shops Shopping – When we are at sea, there are shops aboard the ship with clothing, jewelry, duty free, etc. And on select evenings there will be special tables set up in the Atrium with offers on jewelry, clothing and other items. Additionally, usually on the last day at sea, the ship hosts a special sale in one of the dining rooms of overstocked items and discontinued items all at greatly reduced prices.
WARDROBE – WHAT TO WEAR ON THE CRUISE – For the most part, you are on vacation, so it is casual Santa. I recently sent everyone some checklists with recommended clothing to bring on the cruise. If you did not get this, please let me know and I will re-send it to you.
In addition to cruise clothing, some Santas and Mrs. Claus enjoy dressing up a bit and some even bring their Santa Suits, although it is not required. We will not be having any events with full Santa Suits. Some who bring their full wardrobe, do so to take advantage of getting some professional photos from the ships photographers. If you have questions, I would be glad to talk with you and give you more details.
For dinner in the evening , the cruise ship prefers slacks or long pants for the men. There are two formal evenings (originally on cruises this was when you wore a tux). Today you can opt for a suit or a tux as the preferred dress. Dress to Impress!
Read more about the cruise on the Princess web site.
OTHER RED CLOTHING – There are lots of locations to find red clothing on the internet. One site I have found actually allows men to search a large group of products by color. It is: http://www.MensUSA.com . You can search for shirts, suits, sport coats, shoes, and all kinds of clothing in red or with red highlights. Or any color you desire. Just select your color and the site pulls up every product they list that might be in that color or have some of that color. For example if you select red you will get red suits. Red zoot suits, red shoes, reddish shoes, black suits with red pinstripes, etc., etc. If you like overalls try www.Santabibs.com They make red bib overalls.
There is also Gentlemen’s Emporium and may other sites. Plus we have lots of fellow Santas and Mrs. Claus who either make or sell wardrobe items and accessories.
If you have other questions regarding the Santa agenda, please contact me. If you have questionis on the cruise or land tour, you may want to talk with Kimberly at Princess. She is our assigned Cruise Vacation Planner and handles all of our bookings 800-901-1172 ext 41758.