Accommodation ranges from N-grade inside twins to AA deluxe suites with verandah, and there are 19 cabins equipped for disabled passengers.
All cabins are equipped with colour (but not flat-screen) TV, radio, a hairdryer, safe and minibar; all have individually controllable air conditioning and (with the exception of three and four berth staterooms) beds which can be arranged either as twins or a double.
Top-grade suites and mini-suites have substantial balconies; balconies on outside double cabins are partially enclosed and more compact -- with room for just a low drinks table and two sit-up chairs -- but they are attractively presented in clean white with nautical blue flooring and chair seats.
My cabin -- A745 -- was cosy and comfortable, with a fresh cream, blue and peach colour scheme and a well-designed, if small, triple wardrobe providing perfectly adequate storage for a week's run out of Southampton. The bathroom was tiny and cramped, though -- so much so that I had to stand in the shower cubicle to dry off.
And one thing I missed -- being British and therefore obsessed with tea -- was a facility for brewing an early morning cuppa; I would happily have traded the substantial fruit basket which was supplied for a kettle and hot drinks kit, which wasn't.
That's a minor quibble, though, as room service is available around the clock, with hot drinks offered alongside a substantial selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs, croque monsieur and pastries. Service is free but you can sign for a gratuity.
A plus point is that Princess has resisted the temptation -- a keen one in an upfront price competitive market -- to hike up drinks prices.
Minibar drinks range from $1.75 for sodas to $3.85 for Miller or Coors beer, $4.50 for Courvoisier cognac, while room service will bring you a bottle of Pouilly Fuisse for $32 or a fine Chianti Classico for $31 (and even in the restaurants, a bottle of Mouton Cadet claret costs a reasonable $24). Bear in mind, though, that all drinks prices are subject to an additional 15 percent service charge.
Passengers who like to enjoy a pre or post-prandial snifter out on the balcony can save cash on a Stateroom Beverage Package; these range from $17.50 for a "Liquor and Mixer Package" comprising a 375 ml bottle of gin, vodka, rum, bourbon or Scotch and three appropriate mixers.
Six beers cost $18.75; six sodas $8.75, and $17.50 buys four 187 ml bottles of wine.
Room P347 on Sea Princess. Typical Princess cabin with four bunks, plenty of storage and a small bathroom which handles one at a time! Quite noisy, it is one cabin away from the port access openings so if you dock on that side there is noise from an early hour as the crew...continue
We were in D742. We were two people (friends) and wanted 2 single, but we were put in a bunk room.
The room was very clean, our stateroom kept clean was really really good.
The room was great for 2 people.
We sailed Sea Princess room D742 21 Feb to 6...continue