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Recently we cruised on the Sea Princess out of Brisbane, Australia. This was the first time we have cruised on a Princess Boat even though we have cruised some 20+ times previously on P&O Australia, Carnival, Costa, MSC, Celebrity, NCL etc. out of the Americas, Europe and Australia. Only one of which, I am glad to say I was disappointed with (MSC). We boarded the Sea Princess with the knowledge that my parents, who are in their late 70’s-80’s recommended highly and are in fact Elite passengers on the Princess reward system. As mere youngsters in our late 50’s we did not realise how much of a god’s waiting room this ship was going to be and how much the ship targeted is entertainment etc for that market. To say that we were youngsters if not in body but in mind, was an understatement. When one of the lead entertainers starts her show with “Roll Out the Barrel”, I think you get my meaning. Having said all that, we have never not enjoyed a cruise. We just enjoy some less than others and Princess would be second bottom on our list. The saving grace for our Princess cruise was Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a relatively new and as such exciting destination. The land is still relatively primitive and untouched and to my knowledge P&O Australia and Princess (both of which are now owned by Carnival) are the only two cruise lines visiting there at this time. The people are friendly and welcoming whilst still living a true third world existence. Motor boats are present but dugout canoes are still a major vessel for fishing etc.. Children are still excited by being given colouring pencils and electricity is not necessarily available at all ports visited. A traffic jam occurs when the passengers from the ship block the path of the ONE VEHICLE on the island on their way to visit the one school and one the village. It was simply a fantastic destination. As for the ship, as I alluded to earlier, it was God’s Waiting Room with entertainment to match. To be totally fair there was some good entertainment including a singer who was part of the Lion King Show in London and another male singer/comedian from London (who did a great comedian impersonation of Tom Jones). The show band and dancers were good as well but majority of the rest of the entertainment were second rate English Pub entertainers, including the cruise director Tim. To add to our disappointment we had problems with the toilet not only in our stateroom but as well as regularly problems with the toilets in the public areas being closed for unknown reasons. The main dining restaurant was good with our dining companions making for good conversation each evening. But the scheduled dining times being either too early or too late for our satisfaction. The buffet restaurant seemed to have large sections of it closed off no matter what time you went there to dine. Further no matter what time of the day it was at least one section of the tea/coffee or water/lemonade was closed. This meant that you were required to walk all over the restaurant to get a drink or try and flag done one of the staff who it was near impossible to get a smile from. No matter how good the food is a smile makes all the difference, even when the Bomb Alaska parade has a fake flames on a flake plastic Bomb Alaska. All in all we enjoyed our cruise to Papua New Guinea even though we may have enjoyed on more on another ship

Great Ports. Ship could have been better

Sea Princess Cruise Review by JOHNKIRK

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Recently we cruised on the Sea Princess out of Brisbane, Australia. This was the first time we have cruised on a Princess Boat even though we have cruised some 20+ times previously on P&O Australia, Carnival, Costa, MSC, Celebrity, NCL etc. out of the Americas, Europe and Australia. Only one of which, I am glad to say I was disappointed with (MSC). We boarded the Sea Princess with the knowledge that my parents, who are in their late 70’s-80’s recommended highly and are in fact Elite passengers on the Princess reward system. As mere youngsters in our late 50’s we did not realise how much of a god’s waiting room this ship was going to be and how much the ship targeted is entertainment etc for that market.

To say that we were youngsters if not in body but in mind, was an understatement. When one of the lead entertainers starts her show with “Roll Out the Barrel”, I think you get my meaning. Having said all that, we have never not enjoyed a cruise. We just enjoy some less than others and Princess would be second bottom on our list.

The saving grace for our Princess cruise was Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a relatively new and as such exciting destination. The land is still relatively primitive and untouched and to my knowledge P&O Australia and Princess (both of which are now owned by Carnival) are the only two cruise lines visiting there at this time. The people are friendly and welcoming whilst still living a true third world existence. Motor boats are present but dugout canoes are still a major vessel for fishing etc.. Children are still excited by being given colouring pencils and electricity is not necessarily available at all ports visited. A traffic jam occurs when the passengers from the ship block the path of the ONE VEHICLE on the island on their way to visit the one school and one the village. It was simply a fantastic destination.

As for the ship, as I alluded to earlier, it was God’s Waiting Room with entertainment to match. To be totally fair there was some good entertainment including a singer who was part of the Lion King Show in London and another male singer/comedian from London (who did a great comedian impersonation of Tom Jones). The show band and dancers were good as well but majority of the rest of the entertainment were second rate English Pub entertainers, including the cruise director Tim.

To add to our disappointment we had problems with the toilet not only in our stateroom but as well as regularly problems with the toilets in the public areas being closed for unknown reasons. The main dining restaurant was good with our dining companions making for good conversation each evening. But the scheduled dining times being either too early or too late for our satisfaction. The buffet restaurant seemed to have large sections of it closed off no matter what time you went there to dine. Further no matter what time of the day it was at least one section of the tea/coffee or water/lemonade was closed. This meant that you were required to walk all over the restaurant to get a drink or try and flag done one of the staff who it was near impossible to get a smile from. No matter how good the food is a smile makes all the difference, even when the Bomb Alaska parade has a fake flames on a flake plastic Bomb Alaska.

All in all we enjoyed our cruise to Papua New Guinea even though we may have enjoyed on more on another ship
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Size of cabin was a little larger than some but problems with toilet were disappointing.
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