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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Boring Christmas Cruise

Sun Princess Cruise Review by Desdemona1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2014
  • Destination: the South Pacific

The ship was beautifully decorated with an xmas theme. We enjoyed the first half of the cruise as we chilled out and relaxed, however due to a lack of activity range on board, the second half was deadly boring. On board activities were aimed at rest home level, and were regular. i.e. knitters group, craft group, bridge players group, and on it goes! There was little of interest for anyone under 50 years old and there were no new activities during the cruise.

The cruise director was dreadful. He appeared lazy and stale. His jokes were weak and he repeated them often. He was rarely seen during the day and came on after each show in the evening, and many people just walked out when he came on. The singers and dancers were great, but unless you enjoy ballroom dancing and associated music, there was nothing else to do in the evening except gamble at the casino which became expensive, or drink too much. They had one deck party during the entire cruise which was great, but needed more. We love good music but there was only the princess band which had a large brass section so could be hard to listen to, a duo who where almost karaoke with their electronic backing, a quartet which played classical and the band which occasionally played on deck who were painfully out of tune and untalented (only ok to listen to after large quantities of alcohol). The nightclub mainly played disco music. Occasionally they screened concerts by good bands like tina turner or U2 on the big screen which were great, but often at 10am??

The food was amazing. Fabulous, fresh, tasty, great selection, cannot complain.

We had an inside cabin which was quite adequate for us, but the beds were very hard and a bit lumpy.

The itinerary sounded good, but all of the Fiji ports were just that - ports or small towns. No little islands with sandy beaches and good snorkelling and swimming unless you paid for an excursion. New Caledonia ports were good though.

In general the best staff were the lower ranking ones. They couldn't do enough for you, although it soon transpired that if they put one foot out of place they were disciplined. They wouldn't even let us fill our own wine glass from the bottle on the table, or they would end up in the office of their superior. The supervisors, however in general were not great and could appear arrogant and unhelpful. Typical of such a hierarchal organisation. I would have happily fired a few and promoted their subordinates.

Overall I definitely would not travel with Princess again. They have dated and slipped behind in a hugely competitive market where there are superior ships and experiences available. My advice to Sun Princess is get rid of your Cruise Director and find someone with some fresh ideas and some get up and go.

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Cabin Review

Quite adequate cabin, however bed was very hard and a bit lumpy.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Denarau

You really need to do an excursion here. The port is awful and has no interest at all. You can get on a bus which will take you to close by resorts. Not good.

Sydney (Australia)

This is where the cruise boarded. The other ports were: Suva (main city in Fiji - very noisy with locals incredible pushy trying to get you to go on their tours or in their taxis). Quite good shopping if you want to run the gantlet of pushy locals at the port.Savusavu - very pretty marina area. Lovely main street in small town, felt like time travel back 100 years. Friendly locals.Lifou - Our excursion here was cancelled due to lack of interest which was surprising because it was to a nice beach. Not much to see but quite good swimming near jetty.

Amedee Island

Best day of entire cruise. Beautiful location, crystal clear water, amazing buffet lunch with wine which was a surprise. Great day out, loved it!

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