19 Brisbane Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as we wanted to go to the Darwin Cup and Komodo Island. All that dates aligned with the ship docking in Darwin on the date of the Darwin Cup. Paseptic Doom Room 8107 -do not go there. I was so excited to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to go to the Darwin Cup and Komodo Island. All that dates aligned with the ship docking in Darwin on the date of the Darwin Cup. Paseptic Doom Room 8107 -do not go there. I was so excited to be going on a cruise, Brisbane to Singapore, with stops at Port Douglas, Darwin, Timor Leste, Komodo Island and Benoa Bali. I had read some bad reviews and also some good reviews about the Pacific Dawn and I decided to go with the the good reviews. I booked an interior room and were surprised to have been given a complimentary upgrade to cabin 8107, obstructed view. The first night we noticed our floor vibrating, then the loud noise from the band, then karaoke (help me please). We made the decision to not come back to our cabin till after 11.30 to avoid this. We had a great few days enjoying the ship. The decor is very modern, and we soon settled in to ship life. Day 2 my partner came down with very bad head congestion and rough cough. By Day 6 I also had it. So we did not contaminate others, we lay low and and hid in our cabin. That’s when we noticed the little laneway outside our cabin carrying all kind of engineering/ seamen past our cabin window. One whole afternoon they were grinding metal outside our windows. So curtains closed during the day, and noise till 11.30 pm each night. As we disembarked in Darwin to head to the chemist for medication, we noticed a couple of 100 more people with the same problem cough. After we were feeling a little better and not contagious we ventured out. One night in the Marqee lounge, the chorus of coughing was louder than the entertainment. My guess would be that the air conditioning on this ship is very sick. We washed our hands thoroughly, used the sanitiser, I sanitised our cabin twice a day with eucalyptus spray. You can’t catch it through the food handling as the staff handle all the food. So I am guessing if you go on this ship get a balcony cabin so you can have fresh air. I am sitting by the pool right now and it is a chorus of coughing. Now down to the sewerage problem. The first couple of days all was fine, then a massive sewerage smell started sweeping over the ship. Staff outside the Marquee were spraying air freshener on to the carpet to try to cover it up. The smell was very dominant around deck 7,8,9 and 11. This is not good enough P&O. This is a major health risk to your staff and your passengers. I do hope that this is your major priority of your 2 week dry dock in Singapore. Getting off the ship at tender ports. It is so slow. Arrive Bali at 8.00am, still trying to get off at 12pm. Not complaining as I can see the problem, but just be aware if you book tours privately. Promenade bar is a great spot to get a serious drink and unwind before dinner. A very big Thank-you to John and Bella for looking out for us. Orient Bar Too noisy for me, always trivia, games, karaoke going on , but way to loud for my tastes. The Pantry Food acceptable, the only problem for me was if I wanted butter with my toast, I had to line up in 2 queues, as the butter did not live with the toast. A good concept of a food court style. Stops germs spreading. Food was ok, service was excellent. The Waterfront Gone are the days of having the same table for dinner every night. But it was ok, we got used to it. The food was of an acceptable standard and the service was efficient. Salt Grill What a disappointment We had dined here previously 10 yeas ago on the Jewel. It was brilliant back then. I ordered sashimi scallop. There was more potato on the plate than scallop, and covered in a green herb sauce that totally over powered the delicate taste of the scallop. I had a steak that was a little on the tough side for main. I had the cheese for dessert, which was the smallest serving of cheese I have seen on a platter. All in all very bad value for money at $59 per head. Nice wine list though. We also had the afternoon tea at Salt Grill which was very good at $29. I wish they would change the menu as I would have liked to this again. Chefs Table Pre dinner canapés with Australian Sparking, followed by a 7 course degustation. This was a lovely meal, the standout dish for me was the lobster bisque We had Tuna Lobster Bisque Barramundi Strawberry Daquiri Steak Mango dessert Cheese platter All dishes had accompanying Australian wines. It was a very well balanced out menu Shell & Bones Thanks Kylie for a wonderful night. The food was what I expected and the prices reasonable. We ended up esting here Twice The Grill Perfect Pizza, excellent. The Spa Did not go to the spa as the prices were off the charts. I really wanted a masssge but not at those prices. I wonder how many people would book treatments if the prices were not so high. Our Cabin 8107 Very clean, our steward James was fantastic looking after us in every possible way. Hot water is magically hot and pressure is the best. But as above, do not book this if you want privacy or peace and quiet. The Orient bar runs all day and concludes at 9.45 and some nights 11.45pm. All access tour. I really wanted to do this, it was something I was looking forward too. We had the access all area’s tour booked, but we are both so sick and we don’t want to affect anyone else’s holiday. The staff are amazing, they go above and beyond any request possible. If it were not for the bad cabin and illness I would rate this a really good cruise. Day Trips Port Douglas Too rough to tender. Darwin Went to the Darwin cup, the buses run for free from the city service. The set up on the day is great, Hundred of long tables under cover for the public. Timor Leste We chose to tour privately with Timor Adventures. The tour was great, but we were pushed for time due to the tender process getting off the boat. Our tour was scheduled to leave at 9am, but it did not leave until 11am, whilst we waited for people to get off the boat. We drove out to the old fort, stopped at an old gaol, seaside lunch, Cristo Rei and the cemeteries where the massacre was. We learnt a lot about the struggles of the people of Timor Leste. Komodo Island We booked a private tour here with Beyond Komodo Tours. It was the highlight of my trip. We had a small group tour of the dragons, sighting 7 in total. We then went on a boat to Pink Beach where we were given snorkelling gear and were dropped straight on the the reef. It was spectacular, beautiful corals and a multitude of fish. Then we were served a delicious lunch of prawns, calamari, chicken, eggplant and stir fry with rice and noodles. Thankyou Leo from Beyond Komodo. This made our trip. Bali Another private tour in a car to Ubud, we visited the monkey forest, a traditional housing compound and a Lewakcoffee house. As we struggled to get off the ship again due to tended, we missed 4 hours of our tour. We used Hire Bali Driver. Leo was very good trying to fit in as much as possible. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our 1st ever cruise was some 10/12 years ago on P&O Pacific Star. Well, haven't things changed (for the better). We were very happy with the offering from P&O and in particular the crew on board the ship. They were a credit to ... Read More
Our 1st ever cruise was some 10/12 years ago on P&O Pacific Star. Well, haven't things changed (for the better). We were very happy with the offering from P&O and in particular the crew on board the ship. They were a credit to the Company and although the ship is an older vessel (certainly showing external signs of age) the vibe on board was friendly and efficient and the crew appeared (primarily) to enjoy their job. Admittedly we did have lower expectations having travelled with the more highly rated Celebrity and Princess Lines, however we were overall quite impressed with the majority of aspects onboard. A special mention to the bands. . . both Popcorn and The Lazy Leis were fantastic and the jam session on the last evening involving all performers was truly memorable . . . very talented. On board crew shows were excellent, a couple of guest performers are past their use by date and appeared to be simply topping up their super. Production shows were considered to be a significantly higher standard - crew shows were particularly entertaining viz LipSync Battle. Having Petro Civoniceva on board was a nice touch as well. . .thanks to him for his valuable time and open participation. A couple of constructive comments . . . the Tendering situation needs work - whoever made the decision to honour the tickets from the aborted tender operation in Port Douglas in preference to distributed tickets for Dili needs to consider their future. . . a real howler. Actual Shore time was significantly reduced in both Dili and Bali due to sea swell and the large number of Ships Tours and "Priority" passengers. Made our own arrangements re a tour in Timor Leste and also Bali - understand cruise coys favour their own shore excursions though we prefer the small group experience v's a coach load. Anytime dining in the Waterfront took a few days to sort out - many passengers had made permanent bookings which meant there was initially up to an hours wait for anytime dining - this resolved itself after 4 nights when some perm bookings were a no show and therefore cancelled. Could easily do with an additional lunch menu in the Waterfront restaurant for variety . . .only 2 menus for the 14 days. . . though there was the variety in The Pantry. Drink prices are excessive though consistent across all lines - what did happen to duty free prices??. . .would like to see a similar policy to that of Princess. . ie allowed to bring a bottle of wine pp onboard. There was sufficient entertainment with usual trivia etc however big screen movies were heavily weighted in favour of children's themes and animations - this despite the small number of children on board. Special mention to the Captain for his accessibility and daily broadcasts - very approachable and informative (luvs his "Minions") . Upon arrival in Singapore, we skipped the long taxi lines and got the MRT direct to the Airport for flight back to BNE. Very efficient disembarkation, despite the fact the ship was advertised as docking at Marina Bay - instead we turned up at Harbourfront - this caught many off guard. Singapore has such a great public transport system - even with luggage. Extremely happy with our decision to revisit a P&O Aust classic ship - overall a good value for money cruise - we will be back. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini ... Read More
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini suite(upgraded from a premium balcony), very comfortable, Excellent room service. Sea was calm until South China sea. Mostly Australian on the ship with lots of Asian from Australia. US pax are the minority. Lots of Fancy, high end stores, on board. Too expensive! Piazza was large, busy daily with all kinds of activities. Casino was fun on the Penny machines, not much table activities throughout the cruise(except for Black Jack Tournament), feel sorry for the casino attendants standing at their table side all morning, afternoon and waiting for table players to play! Love the Asian exercise equipment at the aft of the ship for stretching and muscle toning, very simple but effective! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. ... Read More
We were excited to be sailing on the Majestic, given that she's the newest and biggest ship in the fleet. We'd only sailed on the Sea and Dawn Princesses before, and we enjoyed those, so we figured we'd love the Majestic. However, this ship missed the mark for us. We opted for Traditional Dining initially, but the Allegro Dining Room styling was quite dark, and had many areas sectioned off, so it felt a little claustrophobic. Our table was one of the many that had a bench seat, with access on only one side, so one diner would have to slide across the seat. Not a fun prospect in formal attire! And given that Allegro was on deck 6, but could only be accessed from deck 7, we quickly switched to Any-time Dining. The theatre, although quite high tech, was nowhere near big enough, only holding 1000 people on a ship of 3500. That meant if you wanted to see the show, you had to be there AT LEAST half an hour early to have any hope of getting a seat. And if you wanted a seat in the middle section, you were looking at being forty five minutes early, minimum. We usually like to attend the ballroom and line dancing classes. However, on Majestic, these are held in the Pizza, and I certainly didn't want to be on display while I fought with my two left feet! There didn't appear to be a decent dance floor anywhere on the ship. Princess Live was one option, but wasn't utilised, as was the Vista Lounge. However, neither venues were really suitable. Pool deck was also a little disappointing. A lot of pool space is lost to the fountains, which although lovely, were only used four times on a 20 day cruise. When the band played out on deck, they were incredibly loud - to the point where you had to move if you wanted to have a conversation. The Hollywood Conservatory is, to our mind, a bit of a waste of space. I can imagine that the Chinese market like it, but to us it was a bit of a waste of space. The Hollywood Pool wasn't bad, although the smell of chlorine smacked you in the face every time you walked in there. A common comment among the people we met was that the gym was woefully inadequate. I didn't experience this myself, but hubby did, and he said there were waaaaay too many treadmills and bikes, and not enough of the weights machines to go around. There was a lot of waiting for those to be free. Now for the good stuff. Our balcony cabin was lovely, and our bed and pillows were very, very comfy. The best we've had on a ship. For the first time on a cruise, there was an abundance of deck chairs - we never had a problem finding somewhere to lie in the sun. The World Marketplace, although a little confusing at first, is actually the best buffet we've had on a ship. Because of the multiple lines, we never had to wait, and not once did we have trouble finding a seat. Would we go on Majestic again? Probably not (although I never say never!). It's a little bigger than we like, and it feels a bit like a live sheep carrier - they've crammed as many guests in as possible, sacrificing some of the common areas in the process. I'd be interested to try another ship of the same class to see if it's the ship, or the target market that is the problem. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We ... Read More
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We chose this cruise because we wanted a cruise that terminated in Hong Kong. My cabin was comfortable except for the very soft pillows that Princess now has. Also, there was a strong smell of stale urine in the bathroom. This was also the case on the earlier cruise when I had an inside cabin. Despite several attempts on both occasions by the cabin stewards to remove the smell, it lingered. Dining: The food overall was very good. We had anytime dining, and ate in the dining room sometimes. We also ate at the International Marketplace, Harmony Restaurant, Crown Grill, Alfredo's, La Mer, and the Noodle Bar, and we did the Chef's Table dining. I thought the Crown Grill on this ship was the best of any ship. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. I didn't care for the food in the Harmony Restaurant. One of the dishes was very nice but the others were rather bland. La Mer was OK. We ate at Alfredo's quite a few times. Like the food there. Had quite a few lunches at the Noodle Bar. The Chef's Table was not as good as some I've had in the past; more emphasis on presentation rather than flavour. And the food in both the dining rooms and the International Marketplace was pretty good. Ship: I don't particularly like its design which I understand was tailored to the Chinese market. The ship lacks the bar/lounge areas which Australians, including me, seem to like, such as Wheelhouse, Explorers, Skywalkers and Crooners. There was a Crooners on the Majestic but it was the casino's high rollers room converted. Not a crowd-friendly space and tucked away in a corner next to the casino. This was also the nightclub but it didn't really work as that either. The ship has a space called Princess Live on Deck 7 midship. It's like a small theatre. It doesn't really work well for most of the events that it's used for. The seating is quite uncomfortable; there is no bar and wait staff from the nearest bar up the passage have difficulty taking orders and delivering drinks. Apart from a bench across the back of the room, there are no tables so activities like trivia and bingo are difficult there. Also, the Promenade deck walking area does not go right around the ship. It does run up both sides of the ship but it's very narrow in parts and walking is very difficult if there's anyone else in the area. The Princess Theatre has 800 seats for 3500 passengers. This meant that you'd need to get there more than half an hour before a show to have any chance of getting a seat. Most of the activities were held in the Piazza as there was really nowhere much else to have them. A couple of times when we were dining at Alfredo's (on Deck 6 in the Piazza), the music in the Piazza was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The Majestic has an adults area on Deck 17 called the Hollywood Observatory. It's an indoor area that has a good sized pool, a bar, lots of lounges and other seating, include cabanas which can be closed off for privacy. A lovely area except for two things - some recorded birdsong which is really unnecessary and gets on your nerves after a while; and the fact that the whole area is air conditioned. That's OK if you've gone there just to read or play games, etc, but it makes it very cold when you come out of the pool! Entertainment: The entertainment was very good overall. Some excellent performers, and the production shows were great. Lots of activities. We never had trouble finding something enjoyable to do. Service: The service on the ship, as always, was excellent, although I noticed that there seemed to be less wait staff than usual in some areas. This meant that there were sometimes delays in getting vacated tables cleared, or getting a drink. This was my fourth cruise with Captain Dino Sagani at the helm. While his daily noon navigation reports were always informative, I've never seen him or his officers out and about the ship other than at official functions. Ports: While the number of ports was small (only 6 including Hong Kong), there was plenty to do at each. I found the destination presentation for Kaohsiung to be very helpful in getting a feel for the logistics of the place. The only Princess shore excursion I did was to Long Tan and Nui Dat in Vietnam. So much Australian military history in that part of the world. We were privileged to participate in a short memorial service while at the Long Tan Memorial. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Would I go again on the Majestic? Probably not. I don't care for that class of ship. I much prefer the Grand or Gem class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise as a short break as for people that are time poor these are really good cruises to jump on. The ship itself was nice and I found it to be a younger demographical for age pax is it was repositioning. I found the food in ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a short break as for people that are time poor these are really good cruises to jump on. The ship itself was nice and I found it to be a younger demographical for age pax is it was repositioning. I found the food in both the dining room and the buffet to be really nice and even though I didnt get to see a show on board there was lots of other things to do. I really enjoyed my time in the Sanctuary and Budly on board made sure that we were well looked after. I think the Sanctuary is well worth the money especially for short cruises if you want to get away from the mainstream of passengers and relax.Our cabin was a more than adequate for the short cruise however I would probably like a mini suite if I could afford it for a longer duration. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no ... Read More
Booked two Suite cabins #11117 and #11116 - Cabin was ok but a little dated - clean and reasonable size - bed was comfortable, but pillows cheap and hard. Cabin attendants were really good. When you book a suite with P&O you have no recognition or any worthwhile benefits at all and certainly don't feel like a VIP. They need to take note of what Royal Caribbean do for guests who book suite's. We were suppose to have priority boarding, but apparently there was a wedding party that they decided had priority above suite guests. It started to rain and only when bitterly complaining (as i had my mother in a wheel chair outside) that they finally allowed us in to register and board. The common areas were over crowded at all times (except when we docked at Airlie Beach) and you could never get seats around the pool. Dining areas were also way overcrowded (what i would refer to as a pig trough) and constantly bumping into people and queuing for meals. It would take nearly 20 minutes or more to get a meal then line up to get a drink at the bar - by then my food was cold. Food on the whole was really average and in some cases disgusting. The main restaurant was really old, boring and nothing more than a Coles cafeteria. If your disabled and in a wheelchair then forget it as it's so not wheelchair friendly. Had so much trouble pushing the wheelchair around and doors that were constantly closed made it impossible. Even corridors that seemed blocked all the time, which meant i had to go all the way back and around the ship. Lifts were a real pain and spent so much time waiting to get to different levels on the ship. Entertainment and activities were just average. I would never step foot on another P&O cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. ... Read More
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. The food was excellent, having anytime dining we tend to eat late and was seated straight away at a table for 2. The world market place, I found the food fantastic, and in fact the 2nd night we had dinner there, as we did not fancy anything on the main dinning room menu. We enjoyed the noodle bar for lunch. The production show we thought was fantastic, it was new, and very enjoyable. We got to the Princess theatre 15 minutes before the show, and had to seat up the front, to het a better seat maybe 1 hour to 30 minutes before showtime Would I travel on Majestic Princess in the future, yes, have I cruised other cruise lines before, yes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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My friend who has not cruised wanted a 3 day experience. As a 4 time cruiser the food was appalling cold, hard to put a fork into and no taste, bland and unappetising. No beverage package available. My friend doesn’t have a credit card ... Read More
My friend who has not cruised wanted a 3 day experience. As a 4 time cruiser the food was appalling cold, hard to put a fork into and no taste, bland and unappetising. No beverage package available. My friend doesn’t have a credit card as was paying cash as her load and go card was not accepted everywhere else but P&O cruises. Beds hard pillows too soft. Staff unfriendly and not helpful except our cabin staff, 1 bar staff, spa staff and 1 pantry staff member. I also had the privilege of catching up with ex work members on the cruise for the same reason and also appalled by the cruise. Good thing was leaving the ship. On exiting I have never had to take my own bags off a ship until Jewel. I will never sail P&O again and word of mouth is a powerful tool. My survey has not received by email so I am voicing my dissatisfaction on behalf of me and ny friend. I have been informed jewel is being sold off but any P&O experience will not be on my radar. You need to go Royal Carrabien and a good experience and upgrade you services. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
HOLLAND AMERICAN CRUISE 11/06/17 A few months prior to our cruise we consulted our Holland American Cruise Consultant, Amy, who kept us up to date on last minute offers and any information that might be helpful to us. Boarding was ... Read More
HOLLAND AMERICAN CRUISE 11/06/17 A few months prior to our cruise we consulted our Holland American Cruise Consultant, Amy, who kept us up to date on last minute offers and any information that might be helpful to us. Boarding was as smooth as I have experienced over many cruises. We had access to our cabin immediately. After reading the many horror stories about the Holland American Line ship Maasdam we kept our reservation with some trepidation. Upon entering our cabin we were pleasantly surprised to find everything spotless and in excellent condition. After our first day on the cruise all was good, No negative issues. Our two cabin Stewarts are great. I used the Wi-Fi in our cabin and it was “cruise ship super slow” as expected. So far so very good! Other reviews will follow. Ten days into the cruise. We have had meals in the dining room, the Camelitto restaurant, the cafeteria style restaurant and room service. The food in all venues was excellent as was the service. We have no complaints about the food selection quality, quantity or service. We have had interaction with many of the staff and all have been professional, helpful and very cheerful. The ship itself is fine, she is a beautiful vessel. We can’t understand the comments that she is ready for the scrap yard. These folks must have been going around with a magnifying glass looking for issues to complain about. The entertainment is fine for a cruise ship; we live in Las Vegas so our idea of live entertainment is skewed to the “over the top” end of the spectrum. Twenty days into the cruise we are still very happy with the ship and crew. The shore stops leave much to be desired but this is not the fault of HAL, the stops after Hawaii – Pago-Pago, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia are places with some interesting things to do, but primitive. How many native villages do you want to see? Disembarking in Sydney was fast and easy with a very efficient shuttle to the airport. Overall I give this ship five stars. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I took a 3 night "party cruise" on this ship on the 5th October 2017 from Brisbane to Sydney Australia with one stop in Newcastle. I have been on the ship before but not since it was refurbished inside. The Sun Princess is a ... Read More
I took a 3 night "party cruise" on this ship on the 5th October 2017 from Brisbane to Sydney Australia with one stop in Newcastle. I have been on the ship before but not since it was refurbished inside. The Sun Princess is a unique ship as that it is smaller than the other Princess ships and has some nice public rooms but also outdated areas that cannot be fixed. Since the refurbishment Princess have turned the nightclub from what used to be a dark and dingy place into a bright and roomy sports bar. This was a quiet and good place for an evening drink or before the party crowd came in at the late hours. Also the bars around the Atrium are popular but with limited spaces. If you have anytime dining then you will have more chance of getting a seat at these bars. The bar service is great and the seats are comfortable. I found the entertainment to be rather mediocre for Australia. The theatre itself does not seem to have the ability to put on the high tech and energy filled production shows that the newer ships can cater to. None the less the entertainment was interesting enough to not ruin the experience, but at the same time I have seen better from Princess on other sailings. In some way it was good because I enjoyed more time at the bar. Food in Australia is hit and miss. All the Princess favourites are removed from the main dining menu. I absolutely love the baked New York cheesecake for desert in the main dining room and to have it completely removed on Australian based cruises in favour of a pavlova is rather disappointing. It is also sad to see all the regular wines disappear from the menu as well. To sum up it is still a decent ship and can offer a really good and enjoyable party cruise or short cruise. I would cruise on this ship anytime for a short party cruise but would not do it for a longer holiday. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We needed 10 nights to make Diamond status with C&A - so this 11 night cruise from Brisbane to Singapore was perfect. Having been on the Allure OTS (12 nights -which we loved) and the Ovation OTS recently (15 nights - which we ... Read More
We needed 10 nights to make Diamond status with C&A - so this 11 night cruise from Brisbane to Singapore was perfect. Having been on the Allure OTS (12 nights -which we loved) and the Ovation OTS recently (15 nights - which we didn't really enjoy) it was wonderful to be back on a smaller ship again. Being her last cruise out of Australia, the ship and the staff excelled themselves, making it one of the best cruises we have undertaken. The food was fantastic and there were many extra dining opportunities offered at random - including culinary tours on a daily basis. We met new friends and our only issue (and it was minor) was the Pianist in the Schooner Bar had the volume up too loud, which drove people away as they were tired of yelling at each other. Entertainment was good - some better than others, which you find on any cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our first cruise and we thought a short cruise would give us an idea if we liked cruising. We loved it! The Sea Princess was an elegant ship that had plenty of bars and public areas. The decor is a little dated but still ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we thought a short cruise would give us an idea if we liked cruising. We loved it! The Sea Princess was an elegant ship that had plenty of bars and public areas. The decor is a little dated but still elegant. The dining was fantastic in the Rigoletto Dining Room and we loved going to High Tea (it was included in the fare). The Horizon Court Buffet was good and there was also a pizza restaurant and pool side buffet included. The pool area was great and there was a large adults only Sanctuary but that was closed on our sailing. The entertainment was great. Live music was fantastic and the karaoke in the Sports Bar was fun. We paid to do wine tasting and it was worth the money. We liked the fact you could use the sauna, steam room and spa in the Day Spa for free. A lot of things were included in our fare and that was really surprising. We had a lovely time. We loved the friendly staff. I'd love to go on a Princess Cruise again, however I would book an Ocean View. We had an obstructed view room and it was tiny. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Couple in our late 40's. My 2nd cruise, reluctant husbands first. My first cruise was also a sampler on the Pacific Jewel so thats where I am coming from. Very similar sized ship to the Jewel, with an overall older clientelle. The ... Read More
Couple in our late 40's. My 2nd cruise, reluctant husbands first. My first cruise was also a sampler on the Pacific Jewel so thats where I am coming from. Very similar sized ship to the Jewel, with an overall older clientelle. The atrium and public areas a little glitzier and brighter. Public areas more open, less intimate. Firstly let me say, that I was expecting a 3/5 experience, similar to pac jewel and in this respect this cruise surpassed it. At this price range I wasnt expecting big and lavish and new but comfortable and pleasant and thats what we got. We had no itinerary issues, no major plumbing issues (once I understood how to work the shower....check the cabin comments) and no drama's per se. We did receive a smaller, clean comfortable cabin with a very comfy bed, a pausity of sockets (do bring a power board Aussies), a small balcony and great service. For food we were assigned the late seating in the regency dining room. This we had 2 lunches in, which we enjoyed. They were not 5 star but a solid 4 and given that we are dealing with mass food production , hot enough and enjoyable. The breads and pastries, as well as service were great. We had dinner one night at curtis stones Share and I had the chicken which was simply one of the nicest dishes Ive ever had. I dont eat mushrooms so the options were limited. Husband had the beef pot pie and it was good. We also had some superb steaks in the Sterling Steakhouse. I like my medium-rare quite pink and it was cooked to perfection. In fact our server asked us to cut the steak upon delivering it to make sure we were happy. Breakfast in the horizon dining room less hectic than the jewel, and the service was better than the pantry. The food was better I think and I prefer serving myself but each to their own. Very sad that the pizzeria went. The pizza I saw on deck looked crap. Coffee everywhere was truly horrible. Bring your own drip filter if you can. Alot more staff in the bars, and they seemed happier. Embarkation at portside a bit of a shamozzle as the low tide meant a manual walk up the gangway and with the elderly demographic, slow going. But our luggage was outside our rooms and we were on in about an hour and a bit. Could hear many people grumbling but I expected to queue and wait. Port staff were polite. Getting off in Sydney was a doddle and you cant beat the location at the OPT. Only disappointment I had was having preorganised and prepaid for some champagne, bourbon, chocolates and canapes and wanting to surprise hubby for our anniversary - Id assumed theyd be in our cabin waiting for us with my loving notes attached....nup. Coupons. We had to run around the boat collecting these at the various venues and it was a major hassle, especially the champagne that room service refused to deliver as theyd not received the correct coupon(was still attached to our coupon)...sucked the romance out of it for sure. Also the canapes were horrible...piped mystery creams on circles of stale bread. Total waste of effort and dont recommend doing this. And having a dud cabin card that was unable to be remagnetised until the next day (why???) was annoying...but not a deal breaker. I do recommend purchasing the half bottles of liquor, and buying the soda can deal. ($22AUD for a half bottle of JB and $13 for 6 cans of coke) This saved us quite a bit of money, as did the happy hour buy 2nd drink for $1 deal in the Wheelhouse bar, which was very busy. The staff did well and whilst there was a small wait it was well staffed and quite a buzzy atmosphere. Wine in the dining rooms could be kept between meals which I thought was a great idea, as it was expensive even by the bottle. We did bring a bottle of wine each on board too but you have to drink these in your cabin. Overall a pleasant and enjoyable cruise. I ate well, slept well, enjoyed sitting on our balcony looking at Australia go past, watched the sun go down and spent a romantic few days with my loved one. Would I do it again. Yes! Would I do it again on the Sun Princess. Yes! She is dated and a little kitschy but her staff were lovely...solid 4 stars from me. If you go looking for fault you will find it, no doubt, its all about the attitude that you chose to adopt. If you decide to have a good time you will. If I'd paid top dollar and this was a once in a lifetime trip that Id set my heart on being perfect I may have a different view but for a few days it was great and we came back new.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Cruised 18 days Brisbane, Australia to Hong Kong. Embarkation okay, a few computer problems, but not bad. Cabin very nice - superior balcony, deck 7 #7112. Very roomy, lots of storage, nice bathroom. Pros: Purchased Ultimate Drink ... Read More
Cruised 18 days Brisbane, Australia to Hong Kong. Embarkation okay, a few computer problems, but not bad. Cabin very nice - superior balcony, deck 7 #7112. Very roomy, lots of storage, nice bathroom. Pros: Purchased Ultimate Drink package on sale last year for US$19/day instead of $59.95 - really a steal!; contract entertainers were very good, RC singers and dancers were average for the industry; good service by all "hands on" staff; nice outdoor movie screen; lots of very comfortable public seating; great cabin; temperature on the ship was very well-maintained; although the staff at Guest Services sometimes had issues with English, they always followed up with a call to see if the problem had been resolved; buffet very well-organized, no lines, not much variety - same carrots, cauliflower, broccoli vegetable mix EVERY day, but good Indian food; casino was non-smoking (Yay). Cons: No self service laundry, laundry "specials" were US$30 for a bag of underwear and PJs only - no outerware (as a result, sometime the ship looked like a Sicilian tenement with laundry hanging from many of the balconies when we were in port - I should have taken a picture!!!); limited choices in the Main DIning room, but the pasta was excellent; the pool deck in the Solarium was very slippery when wet, so I could did swim as that was the only pool with stairs into the pool - a problem for elderly clients; age limits of 65 on some of their shore excursions (2 out of 4 in Palawan); unable to store our suitcases under the bed (smaller ones will probably fit); not every balcony cabin had a refrigerator ( ours did) some guests were upset that they did not; you cannot hear the overhead announcements in your cabin (speakers turned off, no TV channel to turn to)-you have to open your door-ridiculous!; buffet set up in the main dining room for breakfast - if you ordered fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc., you were expected to go get it yourself - the reason most go to dining room is to be waited upon, not carry your own plates; the shore excursion meetings need to be revamped - very inconvenient for the passengers who have to enter the theater, walk down to the stage, and walk back up to the exits, fighting the people coming down. When asked why they did it this way instead of handing out stickers at the entrance, they answered "This way is easier for us.". We enjoyed this cruise, but prefer NCL and Princess, so may not return to RCCL - this was our second cruise with them and it fell short of meeting our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cruise was fine very flat seas , but the ship looked tired and old , lots of rust and everywhere there was lights out. The Shower rail was worn out in its track and the shower curtain fell of just about every time we used it.The staff ... Read More
The cruise was fine very flat seas , but the ship looked tired and old , lots of rust and everywhere there was lights out. The Shower rail was worn out in its track and the shower curtain fell of just about every time we used it.The staff were fine but our main gripe was the ship tours in many of the ports our tour of the Batak Tribe with cruise was a complete joke with the tribe not interested at all and the cruise along the rive was in a boat that had not muffler and ran into the banks for half a km then rang aground. The tour was portrayed in the ships tour guide as an experience at its best. At $160.00 US dollars it was the worst thing that you could go on DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR. F302 Batak Tribe Cultural Encounter and Mangrove Forest River Cruise Absolute Rubbish! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was just a 2 day cruise from Brisbane down to Sydney so we were disappointed that boarding had changed to Fisherman's wharf as it is definitely out of the way and harder to get to. This was our 13th princess cruise and it ... Read More
This was just a 2 day cruise from Brisbane down to Sydney so we were disappointed that boarding had changed to Fisherman's wharf as it is definitely out of the way and harder to get to. This was our 13th princess cruise and it started out OK. Getting onto the ship at the grain terminal at Brisbane was a bit disorganized and could of been handled better but we eventually made it on board. The food was good and the new horizon court was set out well.The sail away party was different to what we are used to on previous cruises because princess was giving away bottles of wine and massages. If you have cruised before you would know that princess do not normally give away anything so this was a nice touch. We always purchase a coffee card and enjoy sitting in the Atrium for a cappuccino and were pleasantly surprised when our waiter who was a very lovely young lady, (unfortunately I didn't get her name) recognised us from previous trips. If she is on our cruises again I will definitely get her name. Our room was R343 on deck 12 and was very handy to lifts, stairs and the deck. As usual our room steward was very helpful and we received our extra pillows, dressing gown and the ice we requested very quickly. Everything was going smoothly until our last night on the ship. We turned in early getting ready for disembarking the next day when we were woken up at midnight by banging and hammering outside our door.This continued for about 15 minutes until I got up and went outside to tell the workers that people are trying to sleep. The person next to our room also was awake and telling the workers to keep the noise down.The complaints were falling on deaf ears so I rang the pursers office and complained about the noise. He told me he will investigate and get back to me. He rang about 20 minutes later and said all he can do is to send up some EAR PLUGS. Naturally I was angry with his solution as I did not go on a cruise to wear ear plugs to go to sleep. Princess needs to start thinking about their customers as I did not go on a cruise to have it end this way. We did not do an excursion in Sydney as we had been there before and had an early flight home. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ... Read More
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ship was clean, ports were different, Manila arrived on a Sunday, so quite quiet, able to visit the old city and surprisingly viewed some weddings at a number of churches. Puorto Princess on the island of Palawan was next port, said to be the cleanest city in the Philippines and lived up to that. The highlight was the subterranean river National park a Unesco listing, some 80kms away as the port time was too short the ship did not offer an excursion to it,a private tour was too risky to undertake a disappointment to many. Next stop Kota Kimabulu-excellent, Bali-excellent, then Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach in Australia, to experience the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and wildlife. My disappointment with the ship was the over crowding for casual meals, the dining room for breakfast/lunch was very slow. The full buffet Windjammer Cafe always crowded, due to this staff made announcements (in a nice way) asking people to leave. 2nd choice the small Park Cafe offering breakfast/lunch sandwiches which disappointed many. Many ships have a smaller buffet poolside. Disappointed The iconic Skylounge is no longer, now a extra charge restaurant. internet prices also disappointing, no per minute rates, only daily, also very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I have been on many cruises leaving from Australia, America, Spain. This cruise we got on in Brisbane to Singapore we had the best time ,it just felt really comfortable and relaxing , It had great cabana beds around the adult pool at ... Read More
I have been on many cruises leaving from Australia, America, Spain. This cruise we got on in Brisbane to Singapore we had the best time ,it just felt really comfortable and relaxing , It had great cabana beds around the adult pool at the back of ship it was amazing lying on the cabana and watching that great ocean. We had breakfast & diner in the dining room and lunch just had a snack ,I have a special meal Gluten free so was looked after extra special ,our steward was great always had a chocolate ,and a Towel made into some kind of animal left on the bed at night ,have been on Carnival breeze from Barcalona to Miami ,Carnival Splender Mexican riverera ,Carnival Victory around the Carribean ,out of all the Carnival ships I found this the best one ,Carnival Spirit was going to Singapore to be refurbished, they had started to take down a few things getting ready for the refurbishment,near our door on the roof they took a small section down ,you wouldn't even notice if you didn't look up ,we got a credit of nearly $1000 for putting up with it as I say we didn't even notice ,so that was a nice surprise Read Less
Sail Date August 2015

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