Turn 50 next year and choice for a cruise out of Brisbane next March is 11 nights Fiji on Sun Princess or 14 on Pacific Dawn NZ. Sun Princess won. So, when this two nighter came up thought it was a good way to suss the ship out and if we liked it book onboard and get lower deposit and onboard credit.
The Sun series are nice looking ships but getting a bit long in the tooth. For us Aussies, we get what we're given. We initially booked an obstructed view at what seemed at the time a really good price. We then paid a bit more to get an F guarantee and immediately were allocated a D. We would have been happy with that but then found ourselves upgraded again to a BB balcony! Fantastic.
Embarkation very easy. We'd both worked half days but so we wee group 20 and 18 was boarding as we sat down. Maybe 20 minute wait. Only took carry-ons with us so no luggage to check in or have to wait for.
Straight up to Aloha and A309. Had been set up as a twin but that was easily fixed by calling our great room attendant Romlan.
The cabin is small, only 155 sq ft. To get a decent size cabin you either book a deluxe outside or a mini. Adequate room though for a couple of weeks. Can't imagine being in an inside, a normal outside or worst of all an economy outside for any more than that. We've booked a balcony again for next March.
Comfy bed, nice flat screen tv, usable little balcony, decent amount of storage. One thing we did comment on was the good wide hallway. Very small bathroom, wouldn't want to be 190cm or you'd have to leave the door open to use the loo. Shower was actually a decent size. Nice that shampoo and conditioner aren't in a dispenser.
So, the ship - it's actually really nice - loved the back bar (Sundowners?) and Lotus pool. Main pool area looked like it would be great on a longer cruise to somewhere sunny :) Horizon Court had very narrow walk-throughs, could maybe get pretty cramped with a full ship maybe.
Nice is pretty much our word for the cruise and the ship. The food was pretty good without being anything special. Didn't have time to try the steakhouse, the pizzeria or even the grill out by the pool although the burgers looked good. Liked the lunch selections in Horizon.
The crew were all lovely, lots of smiling faces although not a hello every time you walked passed a crew member, something that happened every time on NCL and HAL.
The captain warned us that it would get a bit rocky towards the end of our second day and he was right. Was uncomfortable up in our cabin last night but fine down in the restaurant.
Sailing into Sydney Harbour at dawn was quite beautiful.
Disembarkation was a breeze, we were off at just on 8 and walked across to Circular Quay to get the train out to the airport and home.
Looking forward to 11 nights on Sun Princess in 12 months.