2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Overall this was a very good cruise, smooth sailing, good weather & well organised tours with great cruise staff. A few disappointing aspects. -Happy hour has gone. This was a great opportunity to meet people & socialise. ... Read More
Overall this was a very good cruise, smooth sailing, good weather & well organised tours with great cruise staff. A few disappointing aspects. -Happy hour has gone. This was a great opportunity to meet people & socialise. -The coffee card has gone. Your coffee purchases are now credited to your ship card. If you don't use all your credits on the cruise they are gone. The unexpired portion of the old style coffee card could be used on future cruises. -Disembarkation at Hong Kong can be disastrous if you are waiting for a taxi. It took 4 hours to get one. Princess should have warned passengers about this. A prearranged transfer is highly recommended -A better system of arranging seating for the Princess Theatre sorely needs improvement. We did not get to one performance because it was packed out up to an hour before the show. Overall a clean ship with good hygiene standards. Very few sick people noticed on board. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The free room service was great, as was the burger bar. I also really loved the free food at the 24hr International Cafe and the Ginger Twist tea there is really nice. Matt Baxter, who sang and played the guitar, was great also. I would ... Read More
The free room service was great, as was the burger bar. I also really loved the free food at the 24hr International Cafe and the Ginger Twist tea there is really nice. Matt Baxter, who sang and played the guitar, was great also. I would have preferred that the production show was an hour long rather than just 30 minutes, and the choreography was quite elementary. The dance and Zumba classes provided were good, but I would have enjoyed more. The sail-away party was a lot of fun and the music in the night club was great. The decor around the ship was very nice and since I was able to embark nice and early I had the pool to myself for a while, which was really nice. Stephanie, the entertainment director from France, was great! She was really friendly and a great dancer also. My Cabin Steward, Bong, was extremely friendly and kept my room immaculate. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
The date suited us we are family of sixteen Embarkation was a breeze staight out of cab onto ship 15 minute tops The ship is getting tied, windows are unclean, odour smells in theatre Dining room was excellent good food but had ... Read More
The date suited us we are family of sixteen Embarkation was a breeze staight out of cab onto ship 15 minute tops The ship is getting tied, windows are unclean, odour smells in theatre Dining room was excellent good food but had trouble trying to get a table for sixteen or two tables of eight, got it the last night Cafe food was up good but the fish was like leather after the first day, sweet potatos were not cooked also people are not made to wash hands they put it over the doorman The bar grill food was not cooked or overcooked, Princess always have good on board entertainment they get people involved which make for a great time Tender service was very slow getting going, because of the port authority, some of our group did get off the ship because of this. Disembarkation was a piece of cake. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess and have been on both the Dawn and The Sun several times so we knew what to expect. We were a little disappointed to see the rusty condition of the hull when it docked in Auckland prior ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess and have been on both the Dawn and The Sun several times so we knew what to expect. We were a little disappointed to see the rusty condition of the hull when it docked in Auckland prior to our cruise but were pleasantly surprised with the condition of the public areas once we got on board. The adults only area at the stern of the ship has been upgraded with new flooring and comfortable loungers and seating. Unfortunately this area became very popular and it was only possible to get a seat by getting there early. It was disappointing to see some passengers "claiming" their seats and then disappearing for long periods of time even though there are signs requesting people not to do this out of courtesy to others. We were on back to back cruises 6 days Sydney - Tasmania - Sydney and 10 days Sydney - North Queensland - Sydney. We enjoy this class of ship it is not too large, has a promenade deck you can walk right round, is easy to find your way around, and good areas for pools and hot tubs. We were disappointed to hear that this ship and I presume the Sea Princess are being retired and will be replaced by larger ships like the Majestic Princess. Although we do like the Golden and Diamond Princess, the Majestic class of ship appears to us to be a move in the wrong direction. While the cabins are small they are adequate for 2 people, there is plenty of storage and ours was kept very clean by our steward Ramon. The beds and pillows are so comfortable! There is a great app available on the TV showing live location and the other channels all worked well - not that we spent much time watching TV. The Captain and the cruise director were excellent - the best we have had and we have cruised a lot. They kept us informed about changes to our schedule made necessary by Cyclone Oma via a very detailed program in the ships TV channel. We found the food in the main dining room to be generally very good although there were occasions when the meat or fish was overdone and dry. We learned to ask for it less cooked than we would normally do in a restaurant and then it was about right. The selection and variety was excellent. We ate breakfast and dinner (traditional) in the main dining room and lunch in the buffet where we would put together our own salad. We went to lunch after 2:00 pm when it was easier to get a table. The variety available was huge and each day there was something different to choose from. We had vouchers to go to Share and Sterling Steak house. Share was different, interesting and tasty. We did not have a good experience in the Steak house. My wife's Steak was overcooked when it first came out, looked ok the second time but was tough and inedible. My Lobster was large but tough and needed a sauce, the Lobster in the main dining room was much better and free. We would not pay $35 a head to go to speciality restaurants when the food is fine in the main dining rooms. It was good to see hand washing being policed at the entrance to the buffet, with the majority of people complying. The Production shows were excellent. A guest soprano who joined for the Bravo show was a highlight - simply amazing and deserved the standing ovation she got at each show. The other guest performers were disappointing. Live music was very good in the bars and atrium areas. The only things we thought could be improved was the price and range of bottled wine, and the time taken to get off the ship in tender ports. Unless you were on a ship's tour it took 2 to 3 hours to get ashore. On our second cruise we did find a separate page inside the front of the drinks menu where there were a few bottles of wine at a more reasonable price. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with this cruise, and as always the majority of the fellow passengers we spoke to were interesting and helped to make the cruise a great one as were most of the crew we interacted with. It seemed to be a happy ship thanks I am sure to the Captain and his management team. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise based on itinerary primarily, followed by our previous positive experience with a Princess. Embarkation at Sydney was smooth and our rooms were ready at check-in. Luggage arrived to the cabins before dinner. ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on itinerary primarily, followed by our previous positive experience with a Princess. Embarkation at Sydney was smooth and our rooms were ready at check-in. Luggage arrived to the cabins before dinner. Staterooms were standard, storage adequate, bed was above average. Stateroom was reasonably clean, light fixtures dusty though. Entertainment options were above average (kept us busy and happy on those days at sea). The evening productions were very good, some excellent, and there were 2 options to see each night (timed so you could see both). We chose the “dine anytime” option which worked well for us....sometimes eating at 5pm....sometimes as late as 7:30. The food options were pretty good. They were able to accommodate our lactose intolerant friend as well as having gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegetarian options. We paid for the internet....turned out to be slow, spotty service but it eventually got the job done (I do not recommend a “—-“ minutes plan. That would be beyond frustrating!). We did not eat at the “specialty” restaurants. Not impressed by the menus or the extra charges. My observation was that they were wasted space on the ship as very few of the other passengers went to them either. Disembarkation process was also smooth and organized. Overall, I am very pleased with the cruise for the price (a good value for the $$ spent). We Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
First time Princess cruisers, a good trip on an old but reasonably good small ship. The ship was very clean and the crew were continually doing some sort of maintance every day. All the staff were very friendly and very efficient no ... Read More
First time Princess cruisers, a good trip on an old but reasonably good small ship. The ship was very clean and the crew were continually doing some sort of maintance every day. All the staff were very friendly and very efficient no request was too hard for them. They were happy and always smiling Cruise Director DuVaul Gamble was excellent best CD we have ever had and we have been on many many cruises. The production shower were outstanding especially Bravo but there was little pool side activities, the area was under utilised. Fine dining was the best we have ever had at sea could not fault any meal. All the meals were served hot which is a real surprise given the number of meals being served at once. The food in the Horizon Court was horrible always looked like left overs from a few days ago and there was very little variety.D Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We, FIVE OF US, Nan 2 daughters and 2 gtranddaughtets, wanted to visit NZ also go on a Cruise, so both was ticked. We made our booking and off we sailed. Getting on ship to commence our Cruise was very smooth, no delays, actually very ... Read More
We, FIVE OF US, Nan 2 daughters and 2 gtranddaughtets, wanted to visit NZ also go on a Cruise, so both was ticked. We made our booking and off we sailed. Getting on ship to commence our Cruise was very smooth, no delays, actually very impressed how well organised it was. Our luggage was delivered to our Cabins, excellent. Both our Cabins were well furnished, the beds comfortable, very clean,lots of room to unpack and put our clothes etc away. Everything we needed was supplied. The dining in Horizon was great, lots of food to choose from,also no need to rush as food was on going quite late,we especially liked dining in The Regency, we had to book ahead however this was not a problem. The food and service was top class. Lots of entertainment going on all through the day for young and old, bingo, trivia,production shows, craft,Movies etc. Duty free shopping on board is quite good, but we were getting over it by day 3 especially with the continuous leaflets to try and get you to buy. The art much the same, however the paintings were beautiful. We enjoyed everything about New Zealand, such a beautiful place, very clean and no huddle and bustle in traffic. We did a bit of everything- The Hobbit tour was absolutely worth doing,even though we happened to get a lot of rain, we went canoeing so good, also we shopped as well as checked out some history in the Museums, visited some beautiful churches, went to some local markets and talked to the locals over all lots to do and enjoy. Each time getting on and off ship was very quick, the crew are very polite and helpful. When we returned to Sydney, we all agreed that we had fun and possibly in the near future we shall take another Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Wanted to have a Christmas and New Year at sea, Princess did every thing to make the season of the year very good, Service and friendly crew made the trip very good. Destinations were very good. Excursions bought on board were a little ... Read More
Wanted to have a Christmas and New Year at sea, Princess did every thing to make the season of the year very good, Service and friendly crew made the trip very good. Destinations were very good. Excursions bought on board were a little expensive bur very good except for the Chu Chu train excursion in Noumea audio did not work proberly and you felt they wanted to get the trip over and done with. Policing of dress code and Children on board of children not done efficiently by crew as was the taking over of spas by children, also not showering before entering pools.The Movies under the stars children a problem again parents not controlling them, had to tell children to sit down and be quiet as could not hear movie finally gave up and watch movie in cabin, food at buffet was not hot and crew hard to find for service. Also had trouble trying to get a table, gave up in end and ate in dining room Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Sea Princess has only changed a little over the years and she still impresses. First time inside cabin was excellent for napping and sleeping, but I'd still prefer a source of daylight. Cabin was neat n tidy every time upon returning. ... Read More
Sea Princess has only changed a little over the years and she still impresses. First time inside cabin was excellent for napping and sleeping, but I'd still prefer a source of daylight. Cabin was neat n tidy every time upon returning. Cabin Staff exceptional hardly ever seen but always available. Marquee Dinning was excellent, the service and food, Five Star. The lunch time Grill was a sensation, fantastic concept and an essential. Cafeteria, as usual neat clean always present with all foods for all times of the day, evening and night. Crab Shack and Steak House, are a must do. Curtis Stone's Share also an experience that should be done. Good Food, Good Wine, Good Family and New Friends. On n off the ship, not a problem, easy, quick and staff courteous and informative. On n off the ship via Tenders also trouble free and ran smoothly and effectively considering the numbers going ashore. Overall a great cruise. Staff from the ever informative Captain to the cabin attendant all helpful, courteous and able to answer all questions and all willing to provide suggestions and alternatives. First time away for myself and family over the Christmas / New Year period and found it totally enjoyable and a great experience, would love to do it again. Better half already sending me information regarding our next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Sun princess was an enjoyable experience with mostly good weather for most of the cruise. Was very disappointed with our cabin layout as we had a bunk bed & were expecting three single beds at floor level . This was difficult for my ... Read More
Sun princess was an enjoyable experience with mostly good weather for most of the cruise. Was very disappointed with our cabin layout as we had a bunk bed & were expecting three single beds at floor level . This was difficult for my husband who is 70 & opted to take the top bunk . This could possibly have been my fault as I booked the cruise on line , however I feel that I should have been made aware of the bed arrangements from someone at princess lines due to our ages . I would have gladly upgraded to larger cabin had I been made aware of this when I booked the cruise . We did timed dining at 5pm daily & were very fortunate to have two wonderful gentlemen who waited our table . They were Patricio Castillo - waiter & Ranilo Torrance - assist waiter 10 . They made our dining experience so very enjoyable , always called us by our names with lots of warm smiles , a dash of humour & at all times very professional & prompt with servicing our table , a big well done from us . The entertainment on board was varied & enjoyable . The excursions we did were enjoyed by all . Overall a very enjoyable cruise . Read Less
Sun Princess Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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