Sun Princess Cabins
- Pro: New venues added in 2016, interesting itineraries, good food and welcoming crew
- Con: One of Australia's oldest ships, and young couples may find it a bit quiet
- Bottom Line: The elegant midsize ship offers varied cruise options and outstanding service
Sun Princess Cabins
Traditional-style cabins are finished in blonde wood, warm beige tones and white linen. Peach coloured curtains effectively block light out in exterior cabins and interior cabins are naturally dark. With the exception of suites, Interior and Oceanview cabins are similar in size and small compared to other ships, though room configuration makes good use of space. A family of four comfortably fits in a standard cabin without feeling cramped.
During its dry dock in 2016, Sun Princess cabins also received the new Princess Luxury Bed, which have a 23-centimetre medium-firm mattress with a 5cm-thick mattress topper, plus individually wrapped coils for less partner disturbance. Each bed has a new duvet and Jacquard-woven cotton linens.
All cabins include a hairdryer, room safe and mini-refrigerator with ice replenished daily. A flat-screen TV features recent on-demand movies and TV shows. Satellite broadcasts include ESPN, CNBC, BBC and Fox News. The Princess reruns on port destinations are worth a quick scan. Cabins offer three styles of electrical power sockets: US sockets are 110v US, 60-cycle, while UK-style square pin sockets and Australian sockets use 220v 60Hz power.
The compact bathroom (shower only, save for suites) features a small stall that could be awkward for larger passengers. Basic toiletries include soap, body lotion and in-shower dispensers of shampoo and conditioner. The in-shower retractable clothesline can hang three to four wet garments. Three small shelves above the vanity provide adequate storage for personal toiletries. There is not much space around the curved vanity basin; towels can be moved from the low-lying shelf under basin for additional storage.
There are nine wheelchair accessible cabins (11 inside; 6 outside; 1 mini-suite). Families can also request quad-share cabins with Pullman beds and Family Suites accommodate eight people in two balcony cabins, interconnected by a living room.
There is ample lighting and the desk/vanity stool may serve as a breakfast table. There is sufficient closet and drawer storage for a 10-day cruise. Overall the cabins are clean, comfortable and functional but would welcome further refurbishment. Brass fixtures have dulled; carpets are frayed and curtains well worn.
Cabins on decks 5 and 6 closer to the waterline may be disrupted from waves slamming against the side of the ship during rough seas.
Interior: Sun Princess offers 408 inside cabins measuring 135 x 148 square feet. Some have Pullman beds to accommodate third and fourth passengers. Similar in size to the Oceanview rooms minus the picture window. Cabins have no natural light. The interior cabins are a good budget option for passengers not planning to spend too much time in the cabin or who prefer a dark room at night.
Oceanview: The ship has 193 Oceanview cabins measuring 135 x 173 square feet and featuring a picture window. Some have Pullman beds to accommodate third and fourth passengers. Obstructed Oceanview cabins are the same size and with the same amenities as an Oceanview stateroom but the picture window is partially or fully obstructed (by tenders or ship structures). Obstructed Oceanview cabins on Deck 6 have glimpses of the ocean through tenders tied up on Deck 6. It may appear more favourable than having no natural light at all; however tenders cause a constant knocking sound as they sway against the wind. On port days, passengers are woken up early and abruptly as tenders are lowered into the water. On the plus side, port days welcome unobstructed sea views. Premium Oceanview cabins have all the amenities of an Oceanview cabin, but are larger at 173 square feet.
Balcony: 372 Balcony cabins measuring 222 square feet make up the majority of cabins on Sun Princess. Some have Pullman beds to accommodate third and fourth passengers. The 41 square-feet balconies are not the most spacious, but provide a small private outdoor space complete with two chairs and a table for passengers to enjoy the ocean air.
Mini-Suite: Passengers receive a welcome glass of Champagne if staying in one of the 26 Mini-Suites with private balconies located on decks 8 and 10 measuring 370-536 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling glassed balconies are a spacious 68 square feet, providing passengers ample space to either sit or lounge on balcony furniture. The 370 square-feet cabin features a bathtub, shower and walk-in robe. Two flat-screen TVs are featured, one in the separate bedroom and the other in the seating area with sofa bed. Suites can sleep up to 4 people by requesting a separate rollaway bed.
Premium Mini-Suites offer all the amenities of a Mini-Suite but are larger in size, measuring 413 to 536 square feet. They offer spacious 85-160 square feet rear-facing balconies with wake views.
Suite: Sun Princess has 12 luxurious suites located on decks 8, 9 and 10. Private balconies measure 538 to 695 square feet with sprawling 98 to 249 square-feet balconies and upgraded furniture.
Suites feature a separate bedroom, queen bed with pillow top mattress, luxurious linens and flat-screen TV. An additional TV is found in the separate seating area with sofa bed that can sleep an additional person. Passengers are offered a wealth of premium amenities including upgraded toiletries, complimentary one-time minibar stocked with beverages of your selection, fresh flowers, complimentary laundry and shoe polish, free use of Lotus Spa thermal pool, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, extended room services, complementary flower corsage on first formal and priority passenger services, shore excursion reservations, embarkation, disembarkation and tender access at ports.
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