A good night's sleep can make a relaxing holiday even better, allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the delights that the day brings. Whether you're planning on a day spent by the pool or have a busy schedule of shore excursions and dancing into the night, you'll always appreciate a comfortable place to lay your head.
Princess Luxury Beds
Princess Cruises has recognised the importance of rest, and worked with US sleep expert Dr Michael Breus (known as "The Sleep Doctor") to develop an exclusive bed which they are calling the Princess Luxury Bed - if that's not a fairytale name then what is?
What makes the bed so luxurious? It's a well-earned title. Features include a 5-centimetre thick mattress topper, a single-sided medium-firm mattress for better support, individually wrapped coils so you are less likely to disturb any sleeping partners, electronically tempered springs and a full foam casing. Topping it all off, Princess will upgrade the bedding to a European-inspired duvet and luxury linens.
Dr Breus used his knowledge of sleep and the latest comfort technology to bring about the design, and said he was thrilled to work with Princess Cruises to make sure their passengers would get the best possible cruise experience.
"It's important to remember that above all, sleep is a sensory experience and all five of your senses must be prepared for slumber in order for sleep to come easily and last all night long," he commented. "I believe we've come up with some really unique aspects for not just the bed itself, but the entire experience that will allow guests to sleep really well."
Get the best rest
Princess will roll out thousands of the new beds in the coming years, with the entire fleet set to boast Luxury Beds by the end of 2018. We aren't sure of the exact schedule yet - but you might just be lucky enough to get a luxurious sleep on your next Princess cruise!
In the meantime, here are a few of Dr Breus' tips for premium sleep which could come in handy for any cruise holiday:
- Drink water with your alcohol. While booze might help you to fall asleep, it also prevents you from reaching deep sleep, so take it slower and you'll profit from better rest.
- Drink coffee in the morning rather than later in the day - an obvious piece of advice. Many people think that caffeine doesn't affect their sleep, but it may affect the quality of it without them realising.
- Aerobic exercise, even just 20-30 minutes of cardio at some point during the day, is a great way to improve your sleep - so consider hitting the treadmill onboard!
- Don't forget to close the curtains! Light will indicate to your body that it's' time to wake up, so if you'd like a sleep in you should keep it out at all costs. We'd add to this that if sleep is number one on your priority list, especially sleeping in, an inside cabin might be a good idea - and a lot more affordable!
- Balance out your eating. You shouldn't go to bed hungry, but neither should you be over-full. A small snack at the late-night eatery is perfect!