Sail Date: February 2019
Traveled on Sea Princess on a world cruise 2years ago and it was excellent. Recently traveled to Papua New Guinea again on the Sea Princess and felt completely at home again. We like the smaller ships as they are more personal in all ... Read More
Traveled on Sea Princess on a world cruise 2years ago and it was excellent. Recently traveled to Papua New Guinea again on the Sea Princess and felt completely at home again. We like the smaller ships as they are more personal in all services offered. The Conflict Islands on this cruise was excellent and we were lucky to have 2 days there. The cabin staff and restaurants were 5 star. Boarding and leaving the ship was very well organised and stress free. We are hoping to do Circle the Pacific Cruise in 12 months. The Princess Entertainiers was so good and every show was so professional and high quality. The Princess web site was excellent with information for on board activities and managing day to day spending. Internet was easy to access and use. Special mention also goes to the Cruise Entertainiment Manager who was so much fun and a great entertainer in his own right. Well done Mat and will never forget his saying. What are we going have- A GOOD TIME! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Over all wonderful experience and only hiccup was we ordered wine pre cruising and when we asked for it they didn’t have it onboard and no other label we knew for similar price. We were credited but then bought wine by the glass to ... Read More
Over all wonderful experience and only hiccup was we ordered wine pre cruising and when we asked for it they didn’t have it onboard and no other label we knew for similar price. We were credited but then bought wine by the glass to find out the cabinet Sauvignon we were drinking was actually just a red blend for 42 a bottle I didn’t feel this was acceptable. Wouldn’t happen in a restaurant? Also had a few issues with reception having workers who weren’t very fluent in English. We had exceptional service from Matt Baker the cruise director and from our travitor restaurant hostess Xin Rue was certainly a highlight on our experience. Our cabin was kept beautifully and nothing was too much trouble. The destination was wonderful going to Paupa New Guinea even if we missed two of our ports due to weather. We felt the captain was very safe and thought of his passengers first. Entertainment was just the best. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Outrageous wine prices $44-$60 a bottle profit is on thing but this is a corporate money grab shame on you Princess cruises. Beer one price $8.75 a stubby a glass of wine $11-$15 all other drinks $10.75-$15.75 per glass make sure you ... Read More
Outrageous wine prices $44-$60 a bottle profit is on thing but this is a corporate money grab shame on you Princess cruises. Beer one price $8.75 a stubby a glass of wine $11-$15 all other drinks $10.75-$15.75 per glass make sure you bring plenty of spending money. The meals are great and restaurant service is 5 star,if you are bringing children, single cone ice creams are $5 each, they were free on the Diamond Princess when last cruised. We will be looking for alternative options for our next cruise, do to the excessively drinks cost, these prices are out of control, unfortunately we missed two island stops and a straits cruise,due to bad weather, we are very disappointed, I think the itinerary is more suited for late March onwards do to monsoonal weather conditions, I would not recommend this trip for this time of the year to anyone. We had room service delivered to our cabin which was just perfect. If you enjoy a wine and you are thinking of travelling with Princess cruises, do yourself a favour, and bring your wine with you, and pay the $15 corkage fee, you won’t regret it. The tender service was fluid no real hold ups, the cruise tours are expensive, you usually can do a better deal at dock side. We renewed our vows whilst on board, you will need to pre book, it was an experience of a life time, the captain renewed our vows and signed the certificate, the library was turned into a chapel with all the trimmings, it was truly delightful, I f you want the extra photo package allow $399 extra, also the portraits 20x allow $2100 extra and if you want a truly very professional video allow an extra $1699 Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose this cruise initially because it left from my home port of Brisbane. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The Princess cruise ships are A1. You would be hard pressed to find a speck of dust on the ship. The cabin was as ... Read More
I chose this cruise initially because it left from my home port of Brisbane. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The Princess cruise ships are A1. You would be hard pressed to find a speck of dust on the ship. The cabin was as clean as a new pin and kept that way throughout the cruise. Dining was excellent, but I was turned away from the steak dinner because I wasn't adequately dressed. But this was no biggie because it would need to be an excellent piece of steak to get me into long trousers and whatnot on a tropical cruise in the South Pacific. Enjoyed the entertainment, but a decent comedian and singers who can actually sing a tune and not screech into the microphone would be a bonus. Movies were good. Activities were great especially the table tennis and carpet bowls. Some shore excursions were curtailed by bad weather but all in all were great. The gym had a good selection of equipment. Footnote: The trivia sessions could be improved by having 3 multiple answers to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Very enjoyable 11 night cruise to Papua New Guinea. The ship was great. We really enjoyed the dining experience every night, it was excellent. We could not disembark at two ports due to rough seas but we gained an extra day on conflict ... Read More
Very enjoyable 11 night cruise to Papua New Guinea. The ship was great. We really enjoyed the dining experience every night, it was excellent. We could not disembark at two ports due to rough seas but we gained an extra day on conflict islands which was great. You can do any of the shore excursions for a 3rd of price on your own so dont have to do princess ones. Just negotiate with locals at each port. Felt safe there. Visited local hospital in Rabaul which was a highlight as I am a nurse/midwife. Take your own snorkelling gear. All staff were very friendly and helpful. It was an older crowd on board. Not much to do after 11pm but that was ok. The entertainment staff were great. Shame there was no karoake in the bar areas like on most cruises just once in the lounge area. I do recommend princess cruises. All the staff seemed happy and looked after by princess. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
it was the best way to get away board the Sea Princess any immediately in relax mode . This was our 8th cruise and 5th with Princess . Just a bit more class than the other Cruise Ships that we have been on. Definitely best Bars an Buffet ... Read More
it was the best way to get away board the Sea Princess any immediately in relax mode . This was our 8th cruise and 5th with Princess . Just a bit more class than the other Cruise Ships that we have been on. Definitely best Bars an Buffet . Particularly the Nook Whisky Bar . It had great ambience and Bar staff and wait staff (Derrick and Vanessa) went beyond their call of duty to provide patrons with above excellent service . Our stateroom attendant was a very accomplished steward our stateroom very well serviced( Melvin)always new towels even when I did not think we needed them. Beach Towels those boys did a magnificent job considering some Guests were using up to 5 or 6 Towels at a time. The Tender crews loading and offloading passengers in what was very difficult conditions at Conflict Island need a medal for bravery and dedication. The Captain I thought was the very best with informative chats at Noon and was very visible at times around the pool deck . A big mention of the Boys at Riviera Bar for a mighty effort to keep up a high standard of service for such a large number of Guests frequenting the area . I also think it is necessary to mention the maintenance crew who are working to keep the ship looking spic and span while we are sleeping e.g the smell of paint Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Our cruise to NZ was wonderful. We love the smaller Sea Princess, especially the promenade deck that allows you to walk the whole way around the ship. As middle age cruisers (47 and 50) we certainly are some of the younger passengers ... Read More
Our cruise to NZ was wonderful. We love the smaller Sea Princess, especially the promenade deck that allows you to walk the whole way around the ship. As middle age cruisers (47 and 50) we certainly are some of the younger passengers on board, but love to chat with older cruisers and hear their stories. The common complaint that Princess is simply a floating retirement village may technically be true, but take the time to enjoy an older passengers company! We always chose set time dining and had the most wonderful service staff who couldn't do enough for our table of 6. The pizzeria was excellent (as always) and the bar staff were exceptional. A small note - keep an eye on your bill nightly as sometimes drink prices differ between bars. The service desk is always happy to amend this for you. The photography team were brilliant and we left with many more photos than we had planned to purchase originally. Keep an eye out for the specials as you can pick up some great deals towards the end of the cruise. The photography team also run some excellent tutorials in how to get the best from your camera. Well worth the time. We aren't 'show' people and didn't watch a single evening production so can't comment on these, but we did enjoy participating in the day time events that are run by the entertainment staff. There is always something to do, you just have to chose to be involved. Each port day we were off early and then back late. We did our own exploring and didn't purchase shore tours via Princess. There are often comments that Princess are expensive in regards to tours, but if you do find a replica tour elsewhere that is cheaper (and have booked already through Princess), then the price difference is refunded. Worth checking. My only complaint would be about the internet team who unfortunately didn't know their product and were rude in the process. I have learnt for next cruise to do my own research before sailing away. Nevertheless, when I stood my ground they were willing to rectify my incorrect billing. Overall, we couldn't have had a better cruise. Because of weather we did miss Fjordland but were super pleased that the Captain kept us safe and out of harms way. Really, it's just another excuse to cruise again :-) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I have cruised with Princess before and the staff are excelent. The ship is well set out. I always book internal cabins and they are well appointed and kept clean. I like the darkness of the internal room you can sleep in if you stayed up ... Read More
I have cruised with Princess before and the staff are excelent. The ship is well set out. I always book internal cabins and they are well appointed and kept clean. I like the darkness of the internal room you can sleep in if you stayed up a little too late which we did on most nights. The food is excellent no matter where you dine they always have something for everyone. We celabrated Australia Day on the ship and the Entertainment staff went to all lengths to provide a great day on the pool deck. They had Pie and Pavlova eating competitions, egg and spoon races and the band played great music. The entertainment for the whole cruise was great they cater for all tastes. The staff are super attentive, always there when you require something. They get to know you and what you drink where it is coffee or a cocktail. If you have toured New Zealand by land before you should try it by sea. The coastline is spectacular. We enjoyed all the ports with alot to see and do. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise simply for the itinerary. We didn't make it to the fiordlands due to weather, which we understand. The ship seemed understaffed and I've definitely been on happier ships. Late embarking led to harried crew ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply for the itinerary. We didn't make it to the fiordlands due to weather, which we understand. The ship seemed understaffed and I've definitely been on happier ships. Late embarking led to harried crew ordering us to our muster station, where we were told to move when we tried to put our heavy carry on luggage and stroller down. So sitting on a step which was the only available seating, we waited 40mins for the muster briefing to begin. Time enough I would have thought to drop our hand luggage and stroller in the cabin. When we did get to our cabin, it was to find a dirty plate with cold food under the bed along with a dirty sock and paper. I won't mention what was near the drinks tray, suffice to say the room felt vey dirty. Again I blame understaffing. The attitude of the crew improved toward the end of the first week however, the emphasis on 'cruise status' and the colour of your ships card was obvious all through the cruise. Very disappointing. The upper bunks in our cabin were incredibly uncomfortable, with mattresses like cement. We initiated a roster system so the adults could take turns having a comfortable nights sleep in the lower bunk. Princess it seems have iniated a Third Class system, keeping tradition with the Titanic. While there were some fun moments, those aimed at a younger demographic for a change, they were far and few between. Our grandson loved kids club, and was cared for beautifully by them. Sadly there were no really child friendly outdoor areas, and instead of an adults sanctuary, which was in fact the whole ship, we could have done with a family sanctuary, one to keep out the grumpy older passengers. We are a fit 63 years old, yet on this ship I felt 30 years old still the overly loud music played near the pool was a poor effort to acknowledge younger minded passengers. I'm a retired RN, and I understand the special needs of the elderly however, almost an entire ship devoted to them alone is too much. If the line only wants that demographic on board they should be fair and state as much in their marketing. Traditional dining in the Rigaletto restaurant was fantastic. Our waiter Rod and assistant waiter Joel were unbelievably caring and attentive. Service was impeccable. They were incredibly patient with our grandson and intuitive of our needs. We can't thank them enough. Buffet dining was relatively bland and hot foods were especially lacking in variety at breakfast and lunch. Food options it appears were sacrificed for a larger seating area, which given the number of passengers who ignored signs designating tables for the disabled, it seems there still weren't enough. We had no trouble finding a table somewhere everyday though. We paid over $600 to go to Hobbiton on a bus with non-existent air-conditioning for an hour both ways, were rushed back to the bus because the driver gave us the wrong time. Too huge a group meant standing for too long in the heat, with a couple of people close to fainting. Not worth the cost. Price of alcohol on board was phenomenal. A bottle of wine on board selling for $55 can be bought for $30 in Australia. Wine by the glass averaged at $15 a glass. Cocktails averaged at $15 a glass. Our cabin was noisy on port days as the ship docked and the disembarkation equipment was erected. On one night at 10.30pm a balloon drop party with loud rock and roll music was held 100 metres from our room and went on until 11.05pm, waking our grandson and his designated babysitter - grandfather, but then again third class doesn't count. Considering the complaints we had to hear from certain upper deck passengers when forced to queue at ports, I understand the need to inflict the party on us. If I sound a little unhappy it's because I am, an expensive, long anticipated holiday was a disappointment. Princess line please be honest in your marketing approach, and try to remember the colour of your cruise card just depends on how many repeat cruises you make. Mine will forever remain the colour it is. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I chose to go on this cruise because two of our friends were taking it and asked us if we wanted to join them. Getting on the ship wasn’t too bad, there was some confusion emanating from being given two different sets of ... Read More
My wife and I chose to go on this cruise because two of our friends were taking it and asked us if we wanted to join them. Getting on the ship wasn’t too bad, there was some confusion emanating from being given two different sets of instructions from port side staff, but that was quickly overcome. The ship is small compared to some, so finding your way around doesn’t take long. We had a balcony cabin, I would say; if you can stretch yout money to at least this, then do it. You have enough room to move about plus you have the balcony to use at any stage of the cruise, it’s great for early in the morning when your pulling into port to jump out of bed and watch all the goings on outside. The main restaurant and the buffet were both fabulous, the food and service was always (I thought) of a very high standard. The shows were generally good, there were a couple that we went to that I just wanted to walk out on (they were that bad) but my wife kept a restraining arm on me (she said it would be rude) I said to her; that it was rude of them to offer up such dross. Hey ho.....all a matter of opinion. There are three things that we were most annoyed by.........the price of alcohol, around the $14 mark for a glass of wine and if you were feeling particularly flush, a minimum of around $50 for a bottle, and that’s at the cheap end. The Steakhouse.........it is the only “fine dining” experience on board. All be it in a partitioned off area of the main buffet (not in a separate venue). Reading Princesses blurb before coming on, they said it would cost an extra $29, on boarding that shot up to $35........HOW?? Secondly........don’t bother! I agree with a previous review; the steak was on the way to being tough and the veg looked like prison mush served up on plastic pudding plates. Save your money and just use the services provided that don’t cost any more. And thirdly I still get annoyed when you are charged extra to use the WiFi....this day and age this practice should not be happening. Read Less
Sea Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.8

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