We were aware of the Sea Princess engine issues before we leftand knew one port had been cancelled and the time shortened in most ports. The only port were this presented a problem was Benoa (Bali) where independent travellers had to wait for ship's excursions to leave by tender first, making a late start for independent travellers.I was surprised at how well the Sea Princess looked after reading reviews on cruise critic.
This was our seventh cruise and the first in an inside cabin. After reading comments on cruise critic, we asked for twin beds. This certainly gave us more space and I would recommend this configuration in small inside cabins. We loved the position of our cabin on deck 6 in the middle of the ship. Because this deck has mainly public space, there were fewer cabins and less competition for the laundry. We didn't need to use the lifts, as the restaurant was on this level and the Princess Theatre, Vista Lounge and Promenade Deck were only up one flight of stairs. Air-conditioning worked well and the one time we had trouble with the toilet flushing, it was attended to promptly.
We always eat in the restaurant, rather than the buffet, and the food was fabulous. The menu was repeated on the way back from Singapore but that allowed a chance to choose favourites again or try something different. Our waiters, Genesis and Siri, were excellent and certainly knew our preferences after dining with them for 26 days. Our room steward Jay was great too. We look forward to the entertainment on board and were satisfied with what was offered. Not five star but reasonable. Tim the cruise director did repeat his routines on the second part of the trip, so it was less amusing the second time. Given that half the passengers were doing the back to back cruise, Tim should have made allowances for this and varied his spiel. We organised our own shore excursions before leaving Australia and were very happy with all our independent arrangements - no waiting in the Princess theatre, no waiting for 38 people to get on a bus, half the price and personalised service. We did the ship's tour for Bangkok and Ho Chi Min because of the political unrest and distance from the port. We enjoyed this cruise and the free internet we had as Platinum members.