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Overall a very nice cruise for 35 days. Initially I was concerned about the 35 days as the longest we had cruised before was 19 days. Turned out to be very pleasant and would do something similar again. Australia, the South Pacific and Hawaii are a long way from anywhere so there were 2 lots of 5 continuous sea days - but I did catch up on a lot of reading. Princess had 2 'Hawaii Ambassadors' on board for nearly the full 35 days. This gave a great feel to the cruise with lessons / sessions in hula, ukulele, lei making, language, culture etc. They also provide good quality background live music and dancing throughout the ship on most days - overall it was very well done and added a lot in ambience to the total cruise. Princess also provided an excellent 'port lecturer' who was very informative and approachable throughout the entire to talk about things to do, places to see etc. He didn't only push the ship tours but gave useful info for cruisers who wanted to get out at ports independently. There were also 2 excellent (1 x Princess and 1 x non-Princess) guest lecturers who covered a lot of topics including science, astronomy, ancient history, modern history, bushrangers and war history. Entertainment was generally quite good with some diamonds and a couple of lemons who didn't quite play to the onboard demographics / sensitivities. Approx. 12 months ago, we did Singapore - Asia - Sydney and the production shows were exactly the same as today. Quality of the performers was very good although the shows are relatively short. The demographics on board didn't lend themselves to 'clubbing' so the 'disco' was usually empty although the 'live' music bands in the Wheelhouse Bar were relatively well attended (at least until around midnight - then bed) The cruise director staff were fantastic and always out and about with various activities. Always ready to have a chat. Perhaps due to the number of sea days / length of the cruise, they had 2 senior cruise directors on board. By and large, they do a fantastic job - I certainly couldn't be happy and cheerful 24/7. They also went that little bit further and organised with several of the passengers an ANZAC dawn service on 25th April. This was appreciated by many of the passengers. This is a 'small' ship by today's standards (approx. 2000 passengers) however this does have a lot of advantages , namely: - ship can dock in more downtown ports - no more 2.5hr bus trips (each way) from out of town industrial cargo terminals. - all of the crew (including the bridge crew) are more noticeable, approachable and always happy to say a quick hello. - service times are fairly quick. The ship is fairly old however still more than serviceable and a recent 'refresh' kept it looking nice. Being a small ship meant juggling of activities between venues We had a 'BE' category balcony cabin on Baja deck. A little on the small side but very comfortable without any faults and an excellent cabin steward who provided exemplary service. Food was good to very good. We mostly ate in the buffet for breakfast / lunch and the dining room for dinner. Over the 35 days there was a bit of repetition. Staff were excellent. We did the speciality steakhouse once. Very nice but I do have an aversion to paying extra for the 'experience' Drinks are always overpriced on ships however most days had a 'happy hour' where for $1 extra, you could buy another of whatever you were drinking Internet (satellite) was woefully slow - bordering on dreadful. Speeds increased significantly after 11- 12pm when most were asleep. We din't use all of our purchased 'minutes' - too frustrating Shore excursions - We find most overpriced (approx. double what you can pay dockside) but if you want a 'no think, hassle free' experience, they are of good quality. In Hawaii - all the Pearl Harbour Memorial tours were fully booked, months before sailing. Apparently, the Parks Service only release a certain number of tickets to the cruise ship. Not all is lost however - the Parks Service keeps a certain number of tickets for sale on the day at the memorial however they are 'timed admission'. We could have purchased entry for 1.30pm (we arrived at 9.00am) but we had other places to be at that time so didn't do the Arizona. Even if you don't see the Arizona, the Memorial site is very interesting and well worth attending for a couple of hours. We purchased a tour of the WW2 submarine USS Bowfin on the day - no waiting Tours to volcanoes etc. in other parts of Hawaii were excellent. Tours in the various South Pacific Islands were pleasant and interesting. Places in Samoa and Fiji are still recovering from various cyclones with some areas still awaiting repairs but the people are always friendly and inviting to have the cruise ships assist recovery via tourist $ In Papeete, everyone raved about the dockside foodtrucks selling crepes. Highly overated in our opinion but they are open late night Bay of Islands (NZ) was cancelled due to weather The day of arrival, the Sea Princess was to later that same day, start a 105 day world cruise. We would have liked to stay on board - maybe next time

Enjoyable 35 Days

Sea Princess Cruise Review by ianandjudy

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Overall a very nice cruise for 35 days.

Initially I was concerned about the 35 days as the longest we had cruised before was 19 days. Turned out to be very pleasant and would do something similar again.

Australia, the South Pacific and Hawaii are a long way from anywhere so there were 2 lots of 5 continuous sea days - but I did catch up on a lot of reading.

Princess had 2 'Hawaii Ambassadors' on board for nearly the full 35 days. This gave a great feel to the cruise with lessons / sessions in hula, ukulele, lei making, language, culture etc. They also provide good quality background live music and dancing throughout the ship on most days - overall it was very well done and added a lot in ambience to the total cruise.

Princess also provided an excellent 'port lecturer' who was very informative and approachable throughout the entire to talk about things to do, places to see etc. He didn't only push the ship tours but gave useful info for cruisers who wanted to get out at ports independently.

There were also 2 excellent (1 x Princess and 1 x non-Princess) guest lecturers who covered a lot of topics including science, astronomy, ancient history, modern history, bushrangers and war history.

Entertainment was generally quite good with some diamonds and a couple of lemons who didn't quite play to the onboard demographics / sensitivities. Approx. 12 months ago, we did Singapore - Asia - Sydney and the production shows were exactly the same as today. Quality of the performers was very good although the shows are relatively short.

The demographics on board didn't lend themselves to 'clubbing' so the 'disco' was usually empty although the 'live' music bands in the Wheelhouse Bar were relatively well attended (at least until around midnight - then bed)

The cruise director staff were fantastic and always out and about with various activities. Always ready to have a chat. Perhaps due to the number of sea days / length of the cruise, they had 2 senior cruise directors on board. By and large, they do a fantastic job - I certainly couldn't be happy and cheerful 24/7.

They also went that little bit further and organised with several of the passengers an ANZAC dawn service on 25th April. This was appreciated by many of the passengers.

This is a 'small' ship by today's standards (approx. 2000 passengers) however this does have a lot of advantages , namely:

- ship can dock in more downtown ports - no more 2.5hr bus trips (each way) from out of town industrial cargo terminals.

- all of the crew (including the bridge crew) are more noticeable, approachable and always happy to say a quick hello.

- service times are fairly quick.

The ship is fairly old however still more than serviceable and a recent 'refresh' kept it looking nice.

Being a small ship meant juggling of activities between venues

We had a 'BE' category balcony cabin on Baja deck. A little on the small side but very comfortable without any faults and an excellent cabin steward who provided exemplary service.

Food was good to very good. We mostly ate in the buffet for breakfast / lunch and the dining room for dinner. Over the 35 days there was a bit of repetition. Staff were excellent.

We did the speciality steakhouse once. Very nice but I do have an aversion to paying extra for the 'experience'

Drinks are always overpriced on ships however most days had a 'happy hour' where for $1 extra, you could buy another of whatever you were drinking

Internet (satellite) was woefully slow - bordering on dreadful. Speeds increased significantly after 11- 12pm when most were asleep. We din't use all of our purchased 'minutes' - too frustrating

Shore excursions - We find most overpriced (approx. double what you can pay dockside) but if you want a 'no think, hassle free' experience, they are of good quality.

In Hawaii - all the Pearl Harbour Memorial tours were fully booked, months before sailing. Apparently, the Parks Service only release a certain number of tickets to the cruise ship. Not all is lost however - the Parks Service keeps a certain number of tickets for sale on the day at the memorial however they are 'timed admission'. We could have purchased entry for 1.30pm (we arrived at 9.00am) but we had other places to be at that time so didn't do the Arizona.

Even if you don't see the Arizona, the Memorial site is very interesting and well worth attending for a couple of hours. We purchased a tour of the WW2 submarine USS Bowfin on the day - no waiting

Tours to volcanoes etc. in other parts of Hawaii were excellent.

Tours in the various South Pacific Islands were pleasant and interesting. Places in Samoa and Fiji are still recovering from various cyclones with some areas still awaiting repairs but the people are always friendly and inviting to have the cruise ships assist recovery via tourist $

In Papeete, everyone raved about the dockside foodtrucks selling crepes. Highly overated in our opinion but they are open late night

Bay of Islands (NZ) was cancelled due to weather

The day of arrival, the Sea Princess was to later that same day, start a 105 day world cruise. We would have liked to stay on board - maybe next time
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