Princess cruises provide the best quality of service we have experienced thus far (P&O Aust, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, HAL, Princess)
Food variety was good, however quality was inconsistent. The much lauded Curtis Stone menu items were extremely lack luster and quality was hit and miss. Having sent all 3 of his menu items back, both the head waiter and assistant maitre'd became nightly visitors to our table.(though this was probably a response to being a suite guest).
The cruise was the 2nd leg of a 26 night Fremantle return cruise and 1400 of the guests were completing this itinerary. The Maxim of cruising was certainly true, 'the longer the cruise, the older the passengers'. One end of the ship resembled a very nice retirement village was the other end was more akin to the critical care ward. As a freshly minted 50 year old, there were probably less than 50 passengers younger than myself.
The entertainment onboard was certainly tailored toward the blue rinse set, I occasionally heard a song played that was written in the early 70's, you know, that 'new fangled hippy music'.
Maurizio is a consummate performer and was very popular, however hearing EXACTLY the same set for 14 nights as we enjoyed cocktails became exponentially less enjoyable.
Our major complaint was the lack of suite entitlements and the knowledge of staff regarding the same. On most lines full suite guests enjoy use of a concierge, a lounge, ship's officer functions etc, none of this existed on the Sun Princess. What little perks that did exist had to be fought for. In suite dining from the restaurant menu - we had to specifically request that the menus be delivered and had to argue with room service the first couple of times to order from same.
Priority boarding of tenders- we were told in no uncertain terms by the deputy cruise director that regardless of our priority boarding cards that we must get a ticket and wait in the lounge like everyone else. After this first port we tried to clarify the position with the front desk and received conflicting stories and no apology. We also attempted to discuss the issue with the captain's circle host but after 5 visits to his unmanned niche in three corner of the casino we gave up.
Lovely cabin, though balcony is mostly exposed to elements and visible from persons on deck A above. Early morning wake-up call at 7 am each morning as deck chairs are noisily laid out on the rear of Deck A above.
Separate rooms for bath and shower was wonderful.