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Sea Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Great itinerary, but the vessel needs work.

Sea Princess Cruise Review by Lindy Webster

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2016
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Terrific itinerary to PNG to places hard to get to any other way. Doini Island particularly memorable with spectacular snorkelling almost onshore for nervous swimmers. Solomons always interesting....hire a local taxi rather than an expensive shore excursion. Vanuatu a surprise substitution for Loganville.

Shore excursions were as expensive as if we were cruising the Mediterranean and visiting cathedrals and museums. Also Princess need to review their policy of not carrying Png currency on board urgently.Travellers were paying locals in Australian dollars which they cannot cash in in remote islands.This is Not helping local economies.

The vessel stank of sewerage through the air conditioning for most of the trip. This necessitated keeping the balcony door open.

No tea and coffee making facilities in the room on the basis they are a fire hazard.As other cruise lines don't have a problem with this, it seems to be just another ploy to get clients to pay for basic services.

Alcohol prices were excessive and smacked of price gauging: $8 minimum for a glass of very standard white wine.

Finally the guest lecturer was well past her use by date and would have been offensive if not so laughable. Kept implying scientists didn't know what they were talking about and then launched into a plate techtonics lecture derived from Wikipedia.Clearly used to lecturing fifth graders rather than adults who knew more about the subject matter than her,which wasn't hard. The local guide talks were much better and useful.

All in all the itinerary was great but our first experience with a Princess cruise was less than expected.


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC B747

Quite a small cabin with a very cramped balcony,barely room for the chairs.Most days we had the external dirty gantry tied up beside the balcony. However the main problem was the ever present sewerage smell in the air conditioning which meant having to leave the balcony door open in the tropics.


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