Sea Princess Review

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Why Choose Sea Princess?

  • Small size gives it an intimate vibe
  • Less-traveled itineraries include Australia/NZ, Hawaii and world cruises
  • 2015 refurb introduced The Sanctuary and other new features

Sea Princess Overview

By Maria Harding, Cruise Critic contributor; updated by Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor
Editor Rating
4.5
After a brief excursion into the fleet of sister brand P&O Cruises (where it was known as Adonia), Sea Princess reverted to its original name, rejoined her original brand and is sailing varied itineraries -- including Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii and even a world cruise -- from its homeport of Sydney.

The ship, launched in 1998, is mid-sized and offers traditional features that make it a good choice for cruise travelers who want to feel like they're onboard an oceangoing vessel rather than a theme park at sea.

True, Sea Princess needs a bit of cosmetic work in parts -- particularly its exterior, which is starting to show significant signs of rust -- but it's due for a 10-day dry dock in Singapore in 2015. (The line hasn't announced what, specifically, will be done to spruce up the ship.) It also received new upholstery, carpets and bedding in minor refurbs in 2009 and 2012.

But even without a lick of paint being applied, it's a cozy, welcoming, lovely ship whose atrium area and Vista Lounge are among the most attractive at sea.

Sea Princess Fellow Passengers

Because Sea Princess sails primarily from Sydney, most of its passengers are Australian with a mix of those hailing from New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. You'll find plenty of young families on shorter sailings, but the passenger base on longer itineraries generally comprises those in the 55- to 70-year-old range.

Sea Princess Dress Code

This is a somewhat casual ship; even on formal nights, smart suits with ties are as acceptable as dinner jackets, and passengers who dislike dressing up can dine casually at Cafe Corniche or the Horizon Court buffet.

Even there, though (and quite rightly), a reasonable degree of smartness is expected; slacks and polo shirts are fine, but T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops should be confined the daytime out on deck.

Sea Princess Gratuity

Gratuities, which are automatically charged to onboard accounts, are $12.95 per person (including children), per day, for passengers staying in standard accommodations and $13.95 for passengers staying in mini-suites and suites. A 15 percent gratuity is added to beverage purchases onboard, including wine at dinner. Spa and casino staff members do not share in the gratuity charges -- if you use these services, tips are advised. Note: Prices for things such as spa services and alcoholic beverages are listed in Australian dollars, the official onboard currency. We noted that prices for wine and mixed drinks range from $7 to 11 AUD, and alcohol-free mocktails will set you back $4.50 AUD. Milkshakes are available from any bar for $3 (U.S.).
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Sea Princess Member Reviews

10/16
A cruise I had wanted to do for a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed the ports of call, Geraldton, Broome, anchor in the Kimberleys, Darwin, Cairns and Alotau. Loved the locals and all their attention in Geraldton, along with their $5 hop on hop off ... Read more
10/16
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to Broome and Darwin. It was our first cruise with Princess and we really enjoyed it. The Sea Princess is showing a bit of age but nothing to complain about. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Dining ... Read more
Restaurant has to many fish dishes. Not as good as Celebrity. Horizon service was poor. Food very good. Need cushions on out door chairs. Entertainment very repetitive. Sure excursion expensive and often not good. Doesn't sound like it but I ... Read more
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Sea Princess Ratings

Editor Rating 4.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
4.0
4.2
Cabins
4.0
3.8
Entertainment
5.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.6
Family & Children
4.0
3.7
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.6
Enrichment
3.0
3.4
Service
4.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.8

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Ship Stats
Crew:
900
Launched:
1998
Decks:
15
Tonnage:
77,500
Passengers:
1,998
Registry:
Bermuda
CDC Score:
96
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