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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
I have never been so disgusted in a cruise like the ship the aria what a disappointment to the point of serving off food (no hygiene at all empty hand dispensers) people were not washing hands this food area was not controlled like other ... Read More
I have never been so disgusted in a cruise like the ship the aria what a disappointment to the point of serving off food (no hygiene at all empty hand dispensers) people were not washing hands this food area was not controlled like other cruise I have been on. Its a wonder we all didn't come down sick mind you I had an upset stomach the whole cruise and was very careful as to what I ate not that there was a lot of choices no salt and pepper shakers you had to ask, bad service, the entertainment wasn't good at all. the food selection was appalling no cheese or cold meets offered 2 choice of salads same selection the whole 10 days some of the food I wouldn't serve to a dog . xmas day what a joke no see food the whole cruise only fish that was horrible, I don't know of anyone on the cruise that was happy ,smokers were treated badly (I don't smoke) but was there and seen for myself discussing. cabin nice but had to get our cleaner to change sheets as they were badly soiled with a substance I wish not to mention , these were apparently just changed, bathroom toilet had to ask to clean a gain, several time during the 10 days cruise the whole experience was awful the places we stoped were not worth seeing except canes staff were not fully trained and lack of service. Value for money nil no coffee cards available, everything was a con nothing free on this ship plus over charged on account and couldn't prove it, I could say a lot more but ill leave it at that, thank you from unhappy customer never again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We went on New Years cruise with friends. Overall the cruise was great. We had been on the Pacific Dawn in September and this boat is definitely nicer. Our boarding was delayed due to Norovirus on the previous cruise and the ship needing ... Read More
We went on New Years cruise with friends. Overall the cruise was great. We had been on the Pacific Dawn in September and this boat is definitely nicer. Our boarding was delayed due to Norovirus on the previous cruise and the ship needing extra cleaning. On board our cabin had not been properly cleaned out from previous tenants. All food on the cruise was handled by staff only (even the salt and pepper shakers). Despite this people on our cruise got sick as well. The Princess line seems to cater better for older people. The shows were dated and had some obscure old time songs that were not well known. The Cruise Director did a great job and looked and had mannerisms very similar to "Dicko". We had Jonathon Welch, Jackie Love and a magician as our entertainment. Most shows had two showtimes so it was easy to make time to go to them. NYE was handled very well with an four different parties to cater for different age groups. Formal nights were good with most people dressing up and joining in. The food was fabulous. Wait staff were very attentive and the dining room was very grand. So was the Princess Theatre and Atrium. At times it was hard to get drink service - especially lunch time on deck or the buffet or on party nights. As per other reviews there is a distinctive sewerage smell on the boat. You do get used to it but it is unpleasant. Alcohol was at usual cruise prices, however each adult can take one bottle of wine onboard for consumption in their cabin. More bottles can be brought on if you pay $15 each bottle. We decided to do this and between 4 adults had 2 dozen bottles. We were happy to pay but there was much confusion going through customs when the wine is taken off you and trying to get it back once onboard. It took 2 days to locate the wine, which was disappointing. When we asked at the pursers desk we were informed (quite loudly) that the wine was confiscated, it was quite frustrating trying to sort this out. Our cabin steward was good but it took two days to get pool towels. He kept saying, "It's not my problem"??? Isle of Pines was our first port. It has good snorkelling and a beautiful beach. For $15 each the locals for a 1 1/2 hour tour. Vila we hired a taxi for $100 to go the waterfall ($25 entry fee each) - it is a good idea to go early as it gets quite crowed later in the day. Port Denauru was surprisingly nice. I went out to Bounty Island snorkelling for the day $160 Fiji. My husband went on a V8 trike tour for $165 Fiji. At Suva locals offer tours for around $30. The city itself does not have much and watch for the Fijians pulling you into stores and not letting you leave until you buy something. The usual offerings for activities, bingo, trivia, golf, table tennis etc. Movies under the stars is a nice touch (with popcorn). Breakfast in bed and room service were good and free. Definitely a step up from P&O but they can still improve. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We went on New Years cruise with friends. Overall the cruise was great. We had been on the Pacific Dawn in September and this boat is definitely nicer. Our boarding was delayed due to Norovirus on the previous cruise and the ship needing ... Read More
We went on New Years cruise with friends. Overall the cruise was great. We had been on the Pacific Dawn in September and this boat is definitely nicer. Our boarding was delayed due to Norovirus on the previous cruise and the ship needing extra cleaning. On board our cabin had not been properly cleaned out from previous tenants. All food on the cruise was handled by staff only (even the salt and pepper shakers). Despite this people on our cruise got sick as well. The Princess line seems to cater better for older people. The shows were dated and had some obscure old time songs that were not well known. The Cruise Director did a great job and looked and had mannerisms very similar to "Dicko". We had Jonathon Welch, Jackie Love and a magician as our entertainment. Most shows had two showtimes so it was easy to make time to go to them. NYE was handled very well with an four different parties to cater for different age groups. Formal nights were good with most people dressing up and joining in. The food was fabulous. Wait staff were very attentive and the dining room was very grand. So was the Princess Theatre and Atrium. At times it was hard to get drink service - especially lunch time on deck or the buffet or on party nights. As per other reviews there is a distinctive sewerage smell on the boat. You do get used to it but it is unpleasant. Alcohol was at usual cruise prices, however each adult can take one bottle of wine onboard for consumption in their cabin. More bottles can be brought on if you pay $15 each bottle. We decided to do this and between 4 adults had 2 dozen bottles. We were happy to pay but there was much confusion going through customs when the wine is taken off you and trying to get it back once onboard. It took 2 days to locate the wine, which was disappointing. When we asked at the pursers desk we were informed (quite loudly) that the wine was confiscated, it was quite frustrating trying to sort this out. Our cabin steward was good but it took two days to get pool towels. He kept saying, "It's not my problem"??? Isle of Pines was our first port. It has good snorkelling and a beautiful beach. For $15 each the locals for a 1 1/2 hour tour. Vila we hired a taxi for $100 to go the waterfall ($25 entry fee each) - it is a good idea to go early as it gets quite crowed later in the day. Port Denauru was surprisingly nice. I went out to Bounty Island snorkelling for the day $160 Fiji. My husband went on a V8 trike tour for $165 Fiji. At Suva locals offer tours for around $30. The city itself does not have much and watch for the Fijians pulling you into stores and not letting you leave until you buy something. The usual offerings for activities, bingo, trivia, golf, table tennis etc. Movies under the stars is a nice touch (with popcorn). Breakfast in bed and room service were good and free. Definitely a step up from P&O but they can still improve. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013

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