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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Sun Princess Cruise Review by alycat444

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2015
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)

The Ship

Sun Princess is an older ship. She is very pretty and has a capacity for 2000 guests. Sun Princess has two main dining rooms located on Decks 5 and 6 in the middle of the ship. Located on the Deck 14 is the Horizon Court Buffet, and the Stirling Steakhouse (Covercharge). Deck 8 boasts the Verdi Pizzeria (No charge) and the Casino. Shops are located Deck 6 Atrium and on Deck 5 is Customer Service and the Coffee Shop (There is a charge for specialty coffees, but the food is included in cruise cost. There are many bars both inside and outdoors. There is an adults only area called "The Sanctuary" (Covercharge). Decks 7 includes the Vista Lounge at the back of the boat, (this was my favourite place for shows), the Princess Theatre at the front of the ship (very small and claustrophobic), Shooting Stars Night Club (briliant), photo gallery, Kai Sushi Restaurant (Charges apply), Wheelhouse Bar, Crooners Lounge and Bar, Library, Card/Games Room, and Internet Room. On Deck 12 were the Kids Clubs, the Gym, and the Lotus Spas and Salons (Charges apply). The Medical centre was located on Deck 4.

Cabins

Cabins are small but adequate for sleeping. Bathrooms are very tiny in the cabins. If you are a large person, it is quite a tight fit. We had an outside cabin with an obstructed view. This means that there were life boats outside our window. This did not bother us at all as we picked a cabin with a window view looking between two life boats. There were four of us in the cabin. During the day our cabin steward raised the top bunks to allow us some extra room. No problems. There is storage under the lower beds for suitcases and enough cupboard and drawer space for four people. There is a television with access to movies, documentaries, and account information in each room, plus a small bar fridge. Big enough to hold 6 bottles (water, wine) etc.

Food

There are two menus in each dining room for dinner. An everyday menu and a specialty menu. Except for the formal nights, we preferred to eat at the buffet, where there was a larger selection of dishes. The Horizon Court Buffet is the best ships' buffet we have encountered. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ware excellent. The coffee shop food was also excellent. We had a complimentary Dinner at the Stirling Steakhouse. This was the only disappointing thing about the food. It took 75mins from the time we ordered to the time our food was placed before us. Even though our steaks were cooked the way we wanted, they were either tasteless or full of fat. We were not impressed at all and didn't bother ordering drinks or dessert. The $25 cover that is normally charged is not worth it. Verdi's Pizzeria was excellent. Very quick service and the pizzas were excellent. We ate there a few times.

Activities

We enjoyed the game shows and trivia and bingo. There were at least one or two Trivias on each sea day. However, we have been on a number of cruises and felt there could have been more activities on the six full sea days we had. We did have an older demographic on this cruise which may have impacted the activities offered.

Crew

The Crew on board from the Room Stewards to the Captain were absolutely awesome. Everyone was so friendly and approachable. I think the bar tenders were all part time comedians, they were brilliant. The Cruise Director, Billy London and his staff were a cut above the rest. They organised the trivia, game shows, shuffelboard, sports events and bingo, and were always smiling laughing and mingling with the guests.

The Princess Singers and Dances were very talented and performed many shows throughout our cruise, however, due to the small size of the Princess Theatre, we only attended two of them. They were both awesome.

Entertainers

While on board we had the pleasure of seeing a beautiful young couple called the Lado Strings Duo, who played their violins beautifully. There were guitarists and pianists as well. We also had the pleasure of watching three amazing comedians, each completely different, but equally entertaining. Simon McKinney, Greg Hayes and Toni Stevens. It is nice to listen to comedy that contains NO smut at all.

Ports

The 6 ports and 1 scenic cruising that was offered on our NZ cruise were spectacular. We have already made plans to return and spend more time in each one. The only place we missed was the Fiordlands and Milford Sound owing to very nasty weather. But instead we cruised through Marlborough Sound which was breathtakingly beautiful.


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Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OW D610

Cabins are small but adequate for sleeping. Bathrooms are very tiny in the cabins. If you are a large person, it is quite a tight fit. We had an outside cabin with an obstructed view. This means that there were life boats outside our window. This did not bother us at all as we picked a cabin with a window view looking between two life boats. There were four of us in the cabin. During the day our cabin steward raised the top bunks to allow us some extra room. No problems. There is storage under the lower beds for suitcases and enough cupboard and drawer space for four people. There is a television with access to movies, documentaries, and account information in each room, plus a small bar fridge. Big enough to hold 6 bottles (water, wine) etc.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Auckland

We elected to do our own sightseeing in Auckland. It is a very pretty city with lots to see. We took a 15 minute walk through the town to visit the Sky Tower. This is a must see. The views are awesome. We had lunch in the Tower Cafe overlooking our ship in the harbour.

Napier

We caught the shuttle into town and walked through the city. Very friendly locals, very beautiful city.

Wellington

Wellington was very windy and cold the day we arrived, but we elected to walk the 25 mins trip to the city. While exploring the city we chanced upon the Cable Car. We decided to take it to the top and back. Well worth the trip. The views over Wellington were awesome.

Akaroa

We took the Tender from the ship to the shore. Akaroa is very tiny but has a huge personality. Very pretty, lots of souvenir shops, cafes, and scenery.

Dunedin

We took the shuttle bus into town and walked around the streets, churches and shops.


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