This was my husband & I's first cruise and we are now hooked! We were travelling with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and three neices aged 3 to 10. Here is our review.
We had a little delay in boarding the Sun Princess as it had been delayed on its previous cruise. Once on board we found our Stateroom on Caribe neck cabin 201 (which is right at the very front of the boat). It is an inside stateroom and I was very pleased as the closet space and drawer. It had ample room for all our clothes to be hung and folded in the drawers along with our shoes. We were also able to store our suitcases under the bed. The room, whilst small, has all that you need in it. We had the Queen configuration and a small but reasonably sized bathroom. There was also a tall cupboard with the TV, safe, the cuboard also had room to put my perfume and jewellery etc, and the mini fridge.
We then visited out family's room which was on Deck 5. This was a prime location as it was close to the atrium and the dining rooms. They had a slightly bigger room than ours and it was located in the centre of the ship which meant it did not have as much rocking as we had in our room up the front. They had a small non obstructed port hole window which was quite lovely to look out of and the window sill was big enough for the kids to sit on (which they loved).
Off we went to discover the ship and have dinner.
The food was fantastic! We ate in the dining room for most meals which I think is definitely the superior choice. Whilst the buffet was great - keep watch for the waffle station and the king prawns - delish!! - it did feel a lot more casual and more of a fight for your food, whereas the dining room was a wonderful experience and we were looked after by a waiter and waitress the entire trip. Not too mention no limits on what you order - so you feel like 3 entrees and 2 main meals and 2 desserts? You can have it! :) Delcious food! Not to mention breakfast mmmmm!! The pancakes were divine. Personally I wasn't as overly impressed by lunches in the dining room - the Grill on Deck 14 was fantastic! Hot dogs, french fries and burgers from 11am to 6pm!
Every afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30pm they served afternoon tea in the dining room which was also fantastic!. We never tried the steakhouse (which was the $20p/p surcharge) as we really didn't feel the need with such great food in the dining room. Ok so enough about the food!
The Princess Patter came every night in your stateroom mail box and I would pour over it and mark the activities I wanted to do the next day. From Shuffle Board, to Trivia to game shows to the fabulous dancing/singing shows there was always something fun to do! The Kids went to kids club which was fantastic and on lovely sunny days the pool and movies under the stars was a must! Each night there was a newish release movie either in the Princess Theatre or the Vista Lounge which is great for the movie buffs. The disembarkation at ports was extremely smooth - we were never in a mad rush however to get out first thing - so often we found having a nice leisurely breakfast and heading out about 9:30 was very smooth sailing.
The staff were all amazing - so friendly and accomodating. Our accomodation steward Allan always went the extra mile for us and made our bed (even after an afternoon nap!), changed our towels twice a day if we wished and if he was around when we were going to our room would go along and open our room for us! Absolutely amazing service.
I can't speak highly enough of the staff.
The ports in New Zealand were fantastic. The Fiordlands were breathtaking and walking up the steps on deck in Akaroa and being surrounded by luschious green mountains was sensational.
An absolutely amazing trip - saving up now for the next one :)