Sea Princess Review

Editor Rating:  4.5
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Why Choose Sea Princess?
  • Pro: Small size gives it an intimate vibe, but plenty of venues to enjoy
  • Con: One of the oldest ships based in Australia
  • Bottom Line: Good value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

Sea Princess Overview

By Maria Harding, Cruise Critic contributor; updated by Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor

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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By Maria Harding, Cruise Critic contributor; updated by Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor

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Member Since 2011
1 review
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I/we chose this cruise because it was different from any other cruise from Australia and neither of us had been to this part of the world before. If anyone is going on this vessel or her sister ships, Dawn or Sun Princess, my advise is ... Read more
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
26 forum posts
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The 4 of us are from Sydney. We flew to Brisbane, booked an Uber taxi to the cruise terminal. The ship is small, it my 5th cruise with the Princess line. I'm only interested in short cruises, my budget and time allows me to do this. ... Read more
Philip W
Member Since 2017
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Sailed December 2016
Personally, I don't care if the ship in which I cruise is not the newest,biggest or shiniest:what matters to me is that the staterooms are clean and full functional,the people on board are friendly and the food is of excellent quality. On ... Read more
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