4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Sea Princess this time was a little disappointing. Embarkation was fine. ALL staff were amazing. Fancy having to smile to everyone all the time. We had inside cabin/stateroom and got what we paid for. Only there to shower and sleep. ... Read More
Sea Princess this time was a little disappointing. Embarkation was fine. ALL staff were amazing. Fancy having to smile to everyone all the time. We had inside cabin/stateroom and got what we paid for. Only there to shower and sleep. Comfortable beds and the nightly chocolates on pillow. Read the daily newspaper "Princess Patter" while eating my chocolate. Geronimo was our cabin steward and looked after us well. I lost my wedding ring on board,it was loose due to weight loss (on a ship..yeah right) After reporting the loss I didn't hold much luck for it's return. 3 days later it was found in Horizon Court by staff member Yeah!!! Another great idea since we last cruised was the wash basins in the Horizon Court on entering the buffet... never had cleaner hands and keep nasties at bay. Ate in Rigoletto as anytime diner and found this a great idea. after spending a day ashore then having to rush back, clean up for dinner at 5.30 is expecting too much. Food wasn't up to scratch and removal of sort serve ice cream a bit on the nose. My biggest bug bare was the coffee. In the Horizon I wasn't too sure whether i was drinking tea or coffee. We purchased a coffee card and found the specialty coffee slightly better, but they ran out of cards to purchase. A cup of coffee in Fiji was out of this world. Entertainment was excellent.Found it hard relocating from one end of the ship to the other in the evening for the various shows but did work off my dessert. It's your choice to be as relaxed or busy as. We had 3 lots of 5 days at sea. Rather challenging to keep everyone entertained all the time.Plenty of movies shown...inside and out. Australian sport re; NRL, AFL was also on cabin TV. Ports and shore stops were what it was all about. Will not book an onboard excursion again. They are half the price on shore. Due to the volcano erupting on Hawaii we didn't get to Hilo so left a day earlier and spent 2 days in Tahiti...wonderful. We cannot go against nature and thank the Captain for looking after us. Our cruise was mainly elderly people but very entertaining listening to their stories. We would not do this trip again simply because 31 days was too long for us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
What an amazing trip. The weather was perfect until Auckland. We missed 2 ports. Hilo due to the volcano eruption and Bay of Islands due to bad weather. Disappointing but could not be helped. We did some awesome shore excursions. The best ... Read More
What an amazing trip. The weather was perfect until Auckland. We missed 2 ports. Hilo due to the volcano eruption and Bay of Islands due to bad weather. Disappointing but could not be helped. We did some awesome shore excursions. The best was to visit a motu in Morea and then to swim with sting rays and sharks. The best thing to do if you get the opportunity. The device all over the ship was excellent as was the food. Good to see they have installed hand washing station in Horizon Court but need to police it more as some of the passengers could not be bothered to eah thier hands or us the sanitizer before entering. Easy to see why the sickness spread through the ship. Take a jumper to the Princess Theatre as the air conditioning was freezing at times. The entertainment was a little ordinary at times but did have some excellent guest entertainers.The trip was great value for for money. We enjoyed it so much we have booked again for the 2020 trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board including Trivia and carpet bowls were lively & fun however the entertainment was a little one dimensional with only 2 people doing the singing in a lot of the productions. I also felt that this cruise was treated as filling in time before the World Cruise with both pools being closed for 3 days for maintenance & a major renovation being done on the Atrium fountain during the day with a grinder being used along with very smelly sealant. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ports we visited and we eere blessed with great weather. There was the usual bickering over the laundry facilities, but that comes down to the people, not Princess. Shore excursions are expensive & unfortunately 3 of mine were cancelled, one of which I received no notification. The people maje the cruise & I met some wondrrful ones. Great trip overall Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We sailed on 1 May from Sydney and after Brisbane visited Fiji, then American Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands, the Tahitian islands, New Zealand, back to Sydney, 35 days in total. I loved the cruise and found the crew fantastic. They could ... Read More
We sailed on 1 May from Sydney and after Brisbane visited Fiji, then American Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands, the Tahitian islands, New Zealand, back to Sydney, 35 days in total. I loved the cruise and found the crew fantastic. They could not do enough for you and were always bright and cheerful. Our steward, Milbert, was excellent, friendly but courteous. The ship seems to have Art Deco decor that is very pleasing. There was a constant program of activities such as trivia, carpet bowls, enrichment sessions, presentations on the ports that we were visiting, hula dance classes, ukelele lessons, shopping sessions, art auctions, presentations by various health and beauty experts and much more. So there was no excuse to be bored. Rowena gave great talks on Hawaii and Kay Taylor seemed to give daily presentations for which she had done a huge amount of research on ports that we were to visit and many others as well. The entertainment was excellent - movies and films of concerts on the top deck and also current movies in the theatre. Each night there were 2 shows - 7.45 pm and 9.45 pm. These were mostly very good although some acts were not terrific . The in-house troupe I found excellent. The theatre filled up so we usually had to go 15-30 minutes before the show started to get a reasonable seat. We ate in Traviata - any time dining. We would have a drink at one of the bars, go to dinner about 7 or 7.30 then onto a show in the theatre. As we said , at home there would be no way that we could do that every night so that was special. WE especially like listening to the Marjdor Duo and watching couples dancee, usually before and after going to a show. Some people complained about the food but we found it terrific. Huge platters of smoked salmon at breakfast and a wide range of other items, both hot and food and heaps of desserts in the buffet and mostly good a la carte offerings in the 2 dining rooms. One night we ate in the Italian restaurant Corniche and it was OK if you just wanted pizza. If you did not like what you ordered waiters were only too happy to get you something else. The pastry chefs and curry makers were particularly good. We had 5 formal nights when the food was particularly special - lobster, filet mignon etc and the souffles and frozen souffles were superb. I have been on other cruise ships that had norovirus go across the ship but this did not happen on this ship. I was delighted to see that there are wash stations at the buffet and most people were diligent about using them. The coffee, whether room service or in the buffet or in the restaurant was poor in my opinion so we bought coffee cards in order to be able to buy an espresso each day. Well worth while. I always took the stairs, never the lifts, and actually lost weight on the cruise. Many people only took the lifts. Unfortunately my partner had an accident early on and his whole cruise was compromised due to his inability to walk without pain. The doctor on the ship was excellent, as were the nurses all of whom attended to me when I came down with 'flu and was put in isolation (fortunately that was on sea days.) Several people were coughing from the beginning of the cruise so I was not surprised that I got sick. The airconditioning was very cold especially in the theatres and I needed a warm wrap each night. There seems to be a laundry and ironing board on each deck and you simply swipe your sea pass to use the washer and dryer (iron is free). We heard of arguments and more or less avoided it, washing out daily in the stateroom and deciding to use everything we had packed and do a major wash on our return home. Some booked ship's excursions were disappointing - the trip on "le truc" in Bora Bora was very bad for us - we were at the back and were badly bounced around and my partner's knee was injured even more - it seems like it is a new Mercedes body on a wooden chassis with little to no rear suspension -I was most upset and cross about this. And we had the briefest of stops at Matira beach and a long stop at sarong making and sales - oh no - the beauty of Bora Bora lies in the wonderful lagoon - what a let down this was for us and on our return we had to go back to the ship - no time at all to go back to the beach - I will never be able to return and am so sad about that. The island tour in Pago Pago I found so so with only little information coming from the guide. The glass bottom boat trip in Kona was brief and very close to the coast so I did not find any of what we saw very impressive. In Honolulu, after a good ship's tour of the eastern end of the island and the magnificent Pali (mountains) we took ourselves to the fabulous iconic Royal Hawaiian hotel for lunch and had the original Trader Vic's recipe mai tais in the Mai Tai bar almost on Waikiki - what a thrill - and then we moved to lunch at a table right next to the sand - lovely. That was a highlight. Other highlights were Moorea for the drama and romance of the sharp volcanic peaks and the beauty of the lagoons and crystal clear water in Bora BOra. We could not go to Hilo due to the volcano and instead had an extra day in Papeete - that was great and suited us well. We also could not go to Bay of Islands (NZ) due to weather and that was most disappointing especially as we then took 3 days not 2 to cross the Tasman. I hope this helps. We found the cruise almost too long for us and were happy to go home. But it was the only cruise we could find that started and ended in AUstralia and included a reasonable length of time in Hawaii and Tahiti. The cabin (we had a balcony on deck 9 was well located (near the sites) and quiet but we found it cramped and smaller that we had on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
It was on our bucket list, and we are glad it was. From start to finish it was excellent . The staff in all departments were so helpful and always smiling. Quite lot of passenger's should take lessons from them. Our cabin steward ... Read More
It was on our bucket list, and we are glad it was. From start to finish it was excellent . The staff in all departments were so helpful and always smiling. Quite lot of passenger's should take lessons from them. Our cabin steward was(John) looked after all our needs and was always helpful and smiling. Dining was magic and the Rigoletto waiters made it all worthwhile. Entertainment , apart from a very good guitar soloist (Cameron.) the rest were great, except The Elton wanabe . Worst show we have ever seen. Even though we missed out on couple of ports, we would rather be safe than dead . So good choices by the Commodore. Shore excursions were great and what we expected. You may be able to buy cheaper onshore , but at least you have security, knowing that the ship will wait for you if the unexpected happens. TOTALLY had great time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Have been on a Princess cruise before and it was fantastic . This cruise was nowhere as good as last time. It was like a floating nursing home. The entertainment was poor during the day, nothing for the men to do and they were very bored, ... Read More
Have been on a Princess cruise before and it was fantastic . This cruise was nowhere as good as last time. It was like a floating nursing home. The entertainment was poor during the day, nothing for the men to do and they were very bored, I don’t call bouncing a ping pong ball into a bucket, or a bean bag into a box adult entertainment that would be for kindergarten. Playing carpet bowls right at the entrance to the coffee shop made it difficult to move. You couldn’t see the ice carving in such a small area. There should not be smokers at the door on deck seven, went outside for a walk and nearly choked. The rooms were very small and only one chair per room, only American TV on, no Australian news at all. We ate in the Rigaletto restaurant which was very nice, as the buffet food was terrible. The best thing about the cruise was your staff, they were all super friendly, helpful and talkative, not one staff member ever gave less than 100% of themselves, they are all to be congratulated. I would certainly not go on another cruise with Princess and feel let down as we are only pensioners and saved hard for our holiday. Surely some lectures about the ship or world events could have been organised for people in their early seventies interested in life. Could not have a swim so many children jumping in and out of the pool and spa, didn’t seem to be any supervision. We really enjoyed the Ventriloquist Show and Danial Elliott was amazing, more of him would have been good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Chose this cruise because i had never been to any of the ports we went too.The whole ten days was fabulous.Food on tap all day and most of the night.Entertainment was so professional.Activates were always a laugh.The cabin was serviced ... Read More
Chose this cruise because i had never been to any of the ports we went too.The whole ten days was fabulous.Food on tap all day and most of the night.Entertainment was so professional.Activates were always a laugh.The cabin was serviced regular.Didnot enjoy all of excursions,that was my own fault.It is what i had chose to do.The ship it self was great.Apparently there was approximatly two hundred children on the ship.Know way did you ever see them all togeather.You were lucky to see six at time.The ship has a children program.The ship has a deck where you can walk all the way around the ship.Alot of people used this as their daily exercise.I found it good to sit on a lounger with my book and watch the silly buggers.The waiters were all very friendly and helpful.they become your friends.They enjoy a joke.I would tell any one to try a cruise.You will get hooked.I hope to do another in the next two years. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
chosen for seeing the barrier reef and that was accomplished with scuba diving and snorkel - great excursions at ports. ship appeared newish and lounges great. entertainment by princess dancers and singers was fantastic, very talented, ... Read More
chosen for seeing the barrier reef and that was accomplished with scuba diving and snorkel - great excursions at ports. ship appeared newish and lounges great. entertainment by princess dancers and singers was fantastic, very talented, however guest comedians etc were awful and not enough. most nights just a movie. food in dining room was excellent, no real specialty restaurants, just a partitioned part of horizon court, not nearly as good as other larger princess ships for dining options- no soft serve ice cream, no pizza on deck. entertainment staff not very good compared to other cruise ships, envy not at all funny and really let the team down. ports were excellent, highlight of cruise, cabins nice, staff really pleasant. movies good selection on deck - tv selection ok. really old passengers even though school holidays, not many young people. the embarkation was really smooth- no one followed the deck gradual times, anyone boarded when they arrived. no waiting, no lines. shore excursion zip line was excellent, the small group was good and staff excellent and safety first always. a really good fun tour and saw lots on the way there and back. highly recommended. very little to do in evening if you didn’t want to sit and listen to music or dance. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We had a credit from Princess from another cruise and chose this one as we had done it before, but didn't see Cairns the first time, but had enjoyed the other ports it went to. We were really disappointed with this cruise. The food was ... Read More
We had a credit from Princess from another cruise and chose this one as we had done it before, but didn't see Cairns the first time, but had enjoyed the other ports it went to. We were really disappointed with this cruise. The food was no where near the normal Princess standard ,and in fact we had the same menu we had when we traveled with them 16 months ago. We didn't go to the pizza restaurant as it took to long to get served pizza ,you just want to be able to have a slice by the pool, and no free ice cream. No cookies at the buffet and the desserts were the same everyday, no variety. No Happy hour! and to make matters worse on day 3 they put he beer up 13% and didn't tell anyone.We found out when we went to pay the bill. Some of the entertainment was great but the production shows were not to the normal standard. The comedy act was pathetic. We had booked transfers to take us from the ship to the airport on the last day and when we queried the time, told us they couldn't get us to the airport, here is a refund, find your own way. Other than one person on the front desk over the transfers all the other staff were great, very helpful and friendly. We are due to go on this ship again in December and we are hoping there will be a great improvement. Mind you it couldn't get worse. It felt like they were cost cutting and we were on the P and O ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We are regular cruisers. We like to have a change of environment about twice a year. There was no special reason for this particular cruise. It just happened to be about the right time of the year for us. We choose Princess because ... Read More
We are regular cruisers. We like to have a change of environment about twice a year. There was no special reason for this particular cruise. It just happened to be about the right time of the year for us. We choose Princess because they are one of the few cruise lines to operate from Brisbane. Also, they have the best loyalty program. We have been using Princess Cruises mostly, but we may need to re-think our priorities if Princess continue to downgrade their food quality, and menu choices.The quality deterioration is especially noticeable in the buffet area, but the restricted menu applies generally. Smoking is still encouraged on cruise ships by providing smoking areas in public spaces on board. Passengers are encouraged to complete the survey at the end of the cruise. This will take about half an hour, No acknowledgement is ever made of any comments or suggestions. Read Less
Sea Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.8

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