Sun launches spectacular Back To The 80s cruise – here's how to book your summer seacation

ARE you ready to rock the boat?

The Sun is launching a ­spectacular Back To The 1980s Summer Seacation cruise and YOU could be enjoying four nights of sensational entertainment at sea from just £499pp.

We’ve teamed up with Imagine Cruising to offer a four-night full-board sailing on Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess with a host of big-name Eighties acts appearing exclusively on board.

Pop sensations ABC are headlining, joined by other stars such as Nik Kershaw, The Christians, T’Pau, Toyah and Altered Images.

Setting sail from Southampton on September 5, this adults-only cruise promises the Ultimate 1980s Experience as well as the chance to sail the UK’s spectacular coastline with a port of call in Portland, Dorset, for more staycation fun.

The exclusive price of just £499pp includes four nights’ full-board in a balcony cabin with breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks throughout the day and night included.

As well as Regal Princess’ stellar entertainment programme, there will be special sets by 1980s pop legends.

Book now here or call 0330 331 4343

Enjoy the lush, dramatic power pop of T’Pau; groove to the smooth and soulful tones of The Christians; dance to the sophisticated electro pop of ABC’s Martin Fry; revel in the magnificent melodies of Nik Kershaw; party with punk princess, Toyah, and transport yourself back in time with Altered Images.

There are also original musical productions in the theatre, including the exclusive Sweet Soul Music show, as well as Movies Under The Stars with blockbuster Hollywood films shown on a huge screen poolside.

Indulge yourself with a fantastic selection of dining options in the many restaurants with everything from the freshest seafood to barbecue classics, fresh pastas, premium steaks and more.

And pamper yourself as you prepare for your night’s entertainment with a visit to the Regal Princess’s Lotus Spa & The Enclave — Princess Cruises’ largest thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool, which are available at extra cost.

When the sun shines, take to the many beautiful outdoor spaces. Enjoy a dip in the freshwater pools, soak up some rays on a sun lounger or relax in the whirling hot tubs.

And after all that action, you can retire at night to your own luxury balcony cabin.

Snuggle up under 100 per cent cotton high thread-count linens in your queen-size bed and enjoy complimentary 24-hour room service.

Upgrade to a deluxe balcony cabin with sofabed from £599pp, a mini suite stay from just £699pp or indulge yourself with a swish suite stay from £1,449pp.

If you want to really push the boat out, opt for the All-Inclusive Princess Plus Fare where, for an extra £30pp per day, you’ll enjoy a Premier Beverage Package including everything from cocktails, beer and wine to speciality coffees, smoothies and bottled water.

The package also includes unlimited wifi and gratuities.

Our four-page pullout has the lowdown on The Sun’s special Back To The 1980s Summer Seacation.

Set sail with hotel luxury

YOUR home from home on board the Regal Princess promises all the luxuries you would expect from a posh hotel plus an ever-changing gorgeous view from your own personal balcony.

With just 50 per cent capacity, everyone booking our Back To The 1980s Summer Seacation will enjoy the perks of a balcony cabin decorated in gorgeous contemporary colours.

There are floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors onto your own little private spot, complete with two chairs and a table – ideal for sitting and watching the glories of the UK coast as you sail.

Inside a standard balcony cabin, you’ll find a comfortable queen bed or two twin beds, depending on your preference, with 100 per cent cotton high-thread count linens.

There’s a spacious wardrobe with plenty of space for all your gladrags as well as a desk with chair, flat-screen TV and refrigerator.

The private bathroom with shower comes with toiletries and hairdryer.

All state rooms also come with the luxury of complimentary 24-hour room service.

Upgrade to a deluxe balcony and from £599pp you’ll get a more spacious room with sofabed.

From £699pp, you can enjoy a stay in a mini suite, complete with bathroom tub, and massage shower head, balcony with chairs, table and Ottoman, separate sitting area with sofa bed and coffee table and a complimentary glass of champagne on embarkation.

For fab fun just add water

8am:  After a well-deserved lie-in, look forward to a delicious         breakfast to start your day. Grab a croissant or pastry from the International Café, help yourself to bacon, eggs and the full works at the breakfast buffet in Horizon Court or extend your lie-in by ordering breakfast in bed. Open the app or browse the Princess Patter over fresh coffee to see what activities are available for you to enjoy today.

9am:  Wannabe sailors could join The Ultimate Ship Tour this morning for a three-hour insight into the ins and outs of running a cruise ship. Explore the kitchens, laundry, hospital, the Captain’s hangout and more and learn fascinating facts about life on board, behind the scenes.

11am:  If you’re not doing the tour you could explore by yourself — fire up your app to find your way around the ship and browse the shops. If the sun is shining, head out to admire the stunning sea views.

12pm:  Lunch time! If the weather is good, you might decide to hang out in the sun and enjoy a poolside snack from the Trident Grill. For a more formal dining experience, head to the main dining room for a delicious à la carte affair.

1pm:  Indulge in some me-time as you head for an afternoon at the Lotus Spa. In addition to an extensive list of treatments, there is also the opportunity to unwind at The Enclave, a thermal suite complete with hydrotherapy pool, cascading rain shower, heated stone beds and soothing water beds.

4pm:  Head to the Vista Lounge for a spot of afternoon trivia and a coffee (or ice cream!), or relax with an afternoon film on the outdoor poolside screen and enjoy the last of the day’s sunshine.

6pm:  Kick your evening off in style by heading to the Princess Theatre for the first of the exclusive 1980s concerts as Nik Kershaw takes to the stage. After exploding onto the UK pop scene in the early part of the decade, Nik enjoyed a string of hit singles including Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle and his biggest hit, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

6.45pm:  Regal Princess offers an  extensive range of dining  experiences for you to enjoy. For an additional fee you might choose to book an evening at Sabatini’s or the Crown Grill. Enjoy authentic Italian specialities at Sabatini’s with signature pasta dishes, creamy burrata, lobster and crisp Italian wines, or indulge in fresh seafood, steak, chops and decadent desserts at the Crown Grill.

8pm:  Settle down in your seats at the Princess Theatre as you return to be serenaded by soul man supreme Martin Fry in the second of this evening’s 1980s concerts. Lead singer of ABC, his band were famed as one of the pioneering groups of the era. Sing along to epic 80s hits such as Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart.

9.45pm:  Nip to Bellinis for (you’ve  guessed it) a traditional  Bellini — a delicious cocktail of peach puree and prosecco, the perfect way to refresh yourself after the excitement of the ’80s entertainment.

10pm:  In the final instalment of today’s 1980s concerts, you can catch The Christians, famed for hits including Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Father, Born Again and Harvest For The World. If you’re all “Eightied” out then finish off the night with one of Princess’s fantastic shows, including Bravo and Born To Dance.

Midnight:  Wander back to your  cabin and if you’re  feeling a little peckish after all that excitement, order some complimentary room service and enjoy a snack on your balcony while watching the moonlight on the waves as you sail into an exciting new day.

Tech makes trip go like a dream

YOUR Sun Back To The 1980s Summer Seacation cruise might be harking back to the best music of the era but the Regal Princess is brimming with the latest technology to make your cruise experience a 21st-century dream.

A Princess MedallionClass ship, it’s ready and waiting to offer you easy contactless entry to your room and so much more.

An all-in-one app – available from the Apple Store and Google Play – interacts with the nifty little wearable technology medallion to offer a host of services to personalise your cruise.

The OceanMedallion enables everything from touch-free boarding to locating your loved ones anywhere on the ship.

Fancy a cocktail delivered to your sunbed? No problem, the app will let you order the drink and the medallion will enable your waiter to deliver it direct. You can order everything from a burger, beer or extra towels to you wherever you are on the ship with no service charge.

There’s turn-by-turn directions with the app on your phone so you will easily find your way to your favourite restaurant or bar.

The high-tech solution is also perfect for Covid-safe cruising as it reduces the need for physical contact, from staggered boarding to contactless payment.


Inaugural cruise: May 20, 2014
Length: 1,083ft
Height: 217ft
Tonnage: 141,000
19 decks
732 balcony cabins
360 deluxe balcony cabins
306 mini suites
30 wheelchair-accessible balcony cabins
81% of cabins have balconies
Three main dining rooms
Four speciality restaurants
24-hour room service
Three entertainment venues
Five bars and nightclub
Movies Under The Stars poolside screen
Lotus Spa & Fitness Centre

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