Sea Princess Cruise Review by eileendoyle63: SOME GOOD ASPECTS AND SOME BAD !!!
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SOME GOOD ASPECTS AND SOME BAD !!!
Embarkation: Perth (Fremantle)
Cruised to Indonesia with Sun Princess August 2014. The ship was a little tired, but stateroom was comfortable and adequate. Crew overall were very nice, friendly and efficient. We dined mostly in the Horizon Court Buffet on Level 14 and the food was consistently very good and pretty varied and available round the clock.
Formal dining room was lovely too, but we preferred the casual setting of the buffet.
Some very good entertainment some nights, but you had to occupy a seat an hour before the show started to be assured of a seat - pretty boring!
Some of the entertainment /activities were depressingly aimed at centenarians. At times if seemed like we were in an upmarket nursing home. There was a huge focus on marketing - selling foot arch supports, selling spa treatments for age spots, acupuncture treatments, selling photographs of every aspect of the journey, selling coffee cards - if you want a cappuccino or a flat white you must pay! The coffee card is More $35 and well worth getting if you like decent coffee and unlimited hot chocolate. Spruiking of the Day Spa Treatments and the Wine Tasting & Sales was continuous. Day time activities are pretty ordinary - knitters and natters sessions, goofy golf, indoor bean bag throw, bowls etc. Definitely aimed at very old folk. (We are in our late 60's and felt very young!). The final night concert was a British Pub singalong - It's a Long Road to Tipperary, My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean (with all the movements), Suzy sits and Shines, Down at the Old Bull and Bush etc - definitely party night at the Nursing Home!!!
Internet access was very expensive, and was not available for most of the journey. We asked for, and got a refund on our unused portion of credit, but I know many others did not ask for a refund.
Princess is noted for it's art auctions on board. BEWARE!!! When you "win" a raffle during their presentations, you will be presented with an invoice. The piece of art work you win is a coloured print. The art work , I was told, is "of course FREE" - however I would have to pay $65 for postage !!!! This is because the prints for the raffle prizes are held at their gallery in the USA. This, as far as I am concerned, is downright dishonest. It is just an underhanded way to sell prints, I am sure some of my fellow passengers who won raffle prizes were conned into signing the invoice and paying $65 for a print they would never otherwise have purchased. The on-board art is a very slick marketing operation with some very slick sales people. Disappointing!
The excursions were very poor value. I did enjoy seeing the Komoda Dragons, a very popular choice.
However the facilities were abominable. The boats ferrying passengers to the park were local fishing boats and most unsuited for the purpose. There were some unfortunate falls, grazes and bumps, and a lot more discomfort than one would expect on an organised tour of this sort. Our 1 day trip to Ubud (Bali) was no better. It took ages for the tender to get us from ship to shore (over an hour loading), and after arriving back at the port at 5.15pm we did not get back on board till 8.15pm. Most of the time spent standing waiting as there was a huge shortage of seating available shoreside. Princess needs to realise it must take care of it's passengers at shoreside as well. It was very stressful and unpleasant, especially for the many very elderly passengers.
Overall, a relaxing cruise in pleasant surroundings, although the fittings are very much in need of upgrade or refurbishment. Excellent food and service. Be very selective with your
excursion choice - or just enjoy staying onboard!!
We were on Level 11 toward the rear Port Side. Less
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