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Sun Princess Cruise Review by classyzip

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Sun Princess
Sun Princess
Member Name: classyzip
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: other
Destination: Asia
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: A438
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Autumn cruise to Japan.
This cruise was enjoyable but not up to the standard of previous Princess or Carnival cruises.I felt it had been done on a real shoestring budget.

Entertainment was also done on the cheap with lots of single entertainers and lots of repeats.Some were good but some ordinary.

Regency Dinning room had a nice flower on all the tables till they died and were not replaced, not even with a decoration of any sort,just bare tables,even on formal nights. The meals were nice but not the same class as previous cruises. No hot chocolate in any dining room without paying extra.Also a first for any cruise I have been on. Horizon Court not the same quality of food or fruit this cruise.

Ship activities were sadly lacking for the amount of seas days this cruise had. Trivia was the usual American or European based questions. When asked to have more Australian questions,was told everyone would know them. That doesn't seem a problem when the cruise passengers are mainly American,maybe they don't know much about their country either.Bowls(boules) had too many wanting to participate for the time they allowed.Very few afternoon entertainment shows apart from Bingo and wooden horse racing where they make money.The movies were ancient, some B&W.This was very disappointing as we look forward to seeing some modern movies. Forget that one. Must have bought a cheap package deal of old movies. The passengers were fairly old so I'm sure 90% would have already seen these movies.Same old movies and lots of repeats on cabin TV.

The pre port talks were informative but not always the best or correct information. eg Gaum, told a few taxis available at port.Not so. Went into town on shuttle bus where lots of taxi waiting as they said passengers from cruises are all dropped off at the hotel in town. Worst maps that have ever been handed out on each port with Princess patter.

Cruise embarkation port was Brisbane which is not on the main list of ports. Best part of this cruise was that it left from Brisbane and no flying or luggage restrictions. Embarkment and disembarkment was efficient but I know it took hours to disembark 100 people in Hong Kong.

The cabins were small which is probably expected on this age ship. The balcony was so small only two chairs can fit there so no entertaining on balconies. I asked for egg crate mattress top and top sheet which was happily provided by the cabin steward who was always very obliging in anything we asked of him.

No mandatory tipping but did tip a few extra anyway. Did wonder if that is why so many things done on the cheap, like old movies, no flowers,hot chocolate etc. Or was it because 95% would have been Australian and they think we will except a lesser standard.

The cabins were small which is probably expected on this age ship. The balcony was so small only two chairs can fit there so no entertaining on balconies. I asked for egg crate mattress top and top sheet which was happily provided by the cabin steward who was always very obliging in anything we asked of him.

I don't think I will rush to do another Sun Princess cruise and will look at other lines as well.

Publication Date: 11/18/11
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