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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
  • Major refurbishments scheduled for 2015

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 $11.50 per person (including children), per day, for passengers staying in standard accommodations and $12 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

We, as a party of 5, travelled ex BNE 12/1/16-22/1/16 to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. My wife and I have cruised several times before, the daughters only once, and then as children. Departure was somewhat painless. We elected to drive and leave ... Read more
This was our first time on Princess though others in our extended family group had been on some of the larger Princess vessels. We were a group of 8 with two kids 11 and 12, their mum and dad (me), and my wife's parents and grandparents. Most of our ... Read more
We waited anxiously to board the Sea Princess at for the Christmas cruise from Brisbane. Having sailed previously on her, we were waiting to see the remodelling that had been done in Singapore - and it didn't disappoint. Her new Horizon Court was ... 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
3.7
Enrichment
3.0
3.5
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:
93
 
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