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Well this was our first cruise aboard a Princess ship and it was a bonus that we were coming onboard a ship that had been refitted (Public Areas) in Singapore just days earlier. First impressions were very good, our embarkation was around 1pm and we were all done and dusted with Customs and Immigration, with us in our cabin around 30 minutes later. Our cabin was P321, Deck 5 Plaza Deck. An inside cabin, whilst it was small it had plenty of storage space (more than enough for 15 nights), the Queen bed was very comfortable whilst the En Suite was large enough (no shoulders poking out of the shower). It had everything we needed and our cabin steward Randy was excellent (nothing was too much trouble). The ship itself was very neat and tidy, as one would expect having come just out of refit. Of particular note for those that like a drink is the new "Whisky Nook" which was on Deck 7 opposite the new "Legends of the Sea" bar. The Whisky Nook has some 63 whiskies from around the world (the Japanese Whiskies were particularly good). On the Lido Deck, the Buffet had been refitted with new carpet and furniture. The food on the ship overall was excellent be it the buffet, the main dining room or other dining options onboard. The only real complaint we had was that the "Steakhouse" was not a permanent restaurant as it operated between 6pm and 10pm with one side of the buffet closed to allow it to function. Also onboard was New Zealand ice cream, however you do have to pay for this option. The coffee onboard was okay all things considered. As for the cruise itself, the ports offered Geraldton, Lombok, Broome, Darwin and Port Douglas were pretty good. Geraldton was great with the HMAS Sydney Memorial, as well as the Batavia Museum to visit. Broome, was a lovely little town with lots of pearls on sale for the girls to look at. Its also in lovely country, Cable Beach being a particular highlight, whilst the Willie Creek Pearl Farm is a must see. Darwin was nice, our tour however was extremely poor out of some 2.5 hours onboard a bus we got around 30 minutes at the Darwin Museum, the tour itself was a waste of time. Port Douglas was lovely, we caught the local train (trip goes for approximately 75 minutes), then walked into the main street and had a lovely meal at one of the local pubs there. Entertainment onboard was hit and miss during the evenings. Chris Powley the NZ entertainer was excellent, the rest of the cruise entertainers were average ditto the shipboard entertainers. The presentations by the ship were average as well, it would have been nice to have an Australian presenting about the various ports we were due to visit instead of an American who made quite a few errors. Overall though the cruise was very good and yes we would be happy to sail with Princess again in the years to come.

Lovely Cruise on the Refitted Sea Princess

Sea Princess Cruise Review by asdf1245

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Well this was our first cruise aboard a Princess ship and it was a bonus that we were coming onboard a ship that had been refitted (Public Areas) in Singapore just days earlier.

First impressions were very good, our embarkation was around 1pm and we were all done and dusted with Customs and Immigration, with us in our cabin around 30 minutes later.

Our cabin was P321, Deck 5 Plaza Deck. An inside cabin, whilst it was small it had plenty of storage space (more than enough for 15 nights), the Queen bed was very comfortable whilst the En Suite was large enough (no shoulders poking out of the shower). It had everything we needed and our cabin steward Randy was excellent (nothing was too much trouble).

The ship itself was very neat and tidy, as one would expect having come just out of refit. Of particular note for those that like a drink is the new "Whisky Nook" which was on Deck 7 opposite the new "Legends of the Sea" bar. The Whisky Nook has some 63 whiskies from around the world (the Japanese Whiskies were particularly good).

On the Lido Deck, the Buffet had been refitted with new carpet and furniture. The food on the ship overall was excellent be it the buffet, the main dining room or other dining options onboard. The only real complaint we had was that the "Steakhouse" was not a permanent restaurant as it operated between 6pm and 10pm with one side of the buffet closed to allow it to function. Also onboard was New Zealand ice cream, however you do have to pay for this option. The coffee onboard was okay all things considered.

As for the cruise itself, the ports offered Geraldton, Lombok, Broome, Darwin and Port Douglas were pretty good. Geraldton was great with the HMAS Sydney Memorial, as well as the Batavia Museum to visit. Broome, was a lovely little town with lots of pearls on sale for the girls to look at. Its also in lovely country, Cable Beach being a particular highlight, whilst the Willie Creek Pearl Farm is a must see.

Darwin was nice, our tour however was extremely poor out of some 2.5 hours onboard a bus we got around 30 minutes at the Darwin Museum, the tour itself was a waste of time. Port Douglas was lovely, we caught the local train (trip goes for approximately 75 minutes), then walked into the main street and had a lovely meal at one of the local pubs there.

Entertainment onboard was hit and miss during the evenings. Chris Powley the NZ entertainer was excellent, the rest of the cruise entertainers were average ditto the shipboard entertainers. The presentations by the ship were average as well, it would have been nice to have an Australian presenting about the various ports we were due to visit instead of an American who made quite a few errors.

Overall though the cruise was very good and yes we would be happy to sail with Princess again in the years to come.
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Cabin IC P321
Small Inside Cabin on the Plaza Deck (5). Just a few metres away from the laundromat (you could not hear it from this cabin). The Queen Bed was comfortable, the En Suite was good and the amount of storage was very good. Randy our cabin steward was excellent for the entire sailing.
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