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Having done our first long Princess cruise (Sydney to UK, USA back to NZ) in 2011, on the Dawn we got hooked! We have cruised every year since, on the Dawn, Sea and Sun Princess ships, with shorter cruises on the Diamond, Emerald and Royal. Now we are virtually cruise veterans, having visited most countries we are interested in, it is now a case of choosing to travel when our ever expanding group of cruise friends are travelling. This was the Pacific Circle, up through the East, to Alaska and back via Hawaii. We love the Sun Class ships as they are large enough to be large, small enough to be small and have just the right balance of options of entertainment and food. Our table mates were fantastic - pre-arranged, which may reduce the option of meeting new people a little, but is more than compensated by really enjoying dinner. We also did meet many new people and renewed many cruise friendships. The ukulele class for example, pushed us along and we made fr9ends through it. The only thing that is constant is change, so some of what Princess has done has been better than in the past, but there is always that feeling that the franchised operations such as the Salon, Photographic, Art Auctions and Jewellery outlets are flat out trying to get more money out of you and the same applies to Princess. They are relentless at times. The food in the buffet was probably the best we have had and yet the dining room food seems to have slipped, not so much in terms of quality, but in variety and options. I lost count of the number of times rib eye was the only red meat option, as the 'available every day menu' has replaced the steaks wit burgers... The much advertised Curtis Stone involvement in the dinner menu was a major disappointment, with just the 3 different dishes over the 70 days. (Seafood stew, chicken and leek pie (nothing else on the plate) and pork belly.) The Curtis Stone 'Share' restaurant got off to a very slow start indeed, as it is another pay option ($39 fixed or a la carte). We suspect it was busy towards the end of the cruise as passengers were just burning their on board credits. As always the general staff were fantastic and the entertainment team one of the very best. Guest entertainers varied from fantastic to abysmal... The ports were varied and as usual, the weather interfered, so all did not go to plan - to be expected on a long cruise. My only real complaint was the internet, where a so called upgrade at Darwin, a week in, basically stuffed up many people's ability to send emails. After 12 days without email, a fix was never communicated but what was worse, was that access to the Auckland Savings Bank was impossible, for the next 50, yes, 50 days. The bank was blocking all access, (dodgy servers or needing certification?) eliciting a formal, written complaint lodged July 29th, which was never acknowledged. I initiated a communication to the ASB and lo and behold, 24 hours later, the problem was resolved - but not only was the complaint never acknowledged, but the fact that it had been resolved, wasn't communicated either. I found out by accident. The ship is getting on a bit now, so they are chasing rust, but rust never sleeps, but still a nice cosy old ship, like an old pair of slippers. Comfortable even if tired. Overall though, a great cruise and with calm seas for all but three days and just one wet port day, we were vey lucky.

Great Staff, Great Destinations

Sun Princess Cruise Review by socram13

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Having done our first long Princess cruise (Sydney to UK, USA back to NZ) in 2011, on the Dawn we got hooked! We have cruised every year since, on the Dawn, Sea and Sun Princess ships, with shorter cruises on the Diamond, Emerald and Royal.

Now we are virtually cruise veterans, having visited most countries we are interested in, it is now a case of choosing to travel when our ever expanding group of cruise friends are travelling. This was the Pacific Circle, up through the East, to Alaska and back via Hawaii.

We love the Sun Class ships as they are large enough to be large, small enough to be small and have just the right balance of options of entertainment and food.

Our table mates were fantastic - pre-arranged, which may reduce the option of meeting new people a little, but is more than compensated by really enjoying dinner.

We also did meet many new people and renewed many cruise friendships. The ukulele class for example, pushed us along and we made fr9ends through it.

The only thing that is constant is change, so some of what Princess has done has been better than in the past, but there is always that feeling that the franchised operations such as the Salon, Photographic, Art Auctions and Jewellery outlets are flat out trying to get more money out of you and the same applies to Princess. They are relentless at times.

The food in the buffet was probably the best we have had and yet the dining room food seems to have slipped, not so much in terms of quality, but in variety and options. I lost count of the number of times rib eye was the only red meat option, as the 'available every day menu' has replaced the steaks wit burgers... The much advertised Curtis Stone involvement in the dinner menu was a major disappointment, with just the 3 different dishes over the 70 days. (Seafood stew, chicken and leek pie (nothing else on the plate) and pork belly.)

The Curtis Stone 'Share' restaurant got off to a very slow start indeed, as it is another pay option ($39 fixed or a la carte).

We suspect it was busy towards the end of the cruise as passengers were just burning their on board credits.

As always the general staff were fantastic and the entertainment team one of the very best. Guest entertainers varied from fantastic to abysmal...

The ports were varied and as usual, the weather interfered, so all did not go to plan - to be expected on a long cruise.

My only real complaint was the internet, where a so called upgrade at Darwin, a week in, basically stuffed up many people's ability to send emails. After 12 days without email, a fix was never communicated but what was worse, was that access to the Auckland Savings Bank was impossible, for the next 50, yes, 50 days. The bank was blocking all access, (dodgy servers or needing certification?) eliciting a formal, written complaint lodged July 29th, which was never acknowledged. I initiated a communication to the ASB and lo and behold, 24 hours later, the problem was resolved - but not only was the complaint never acknowledged, but the fact that it had been resolved, wasn't communicated either. I found out by accident.

The ship is getting on a bit now, so they are chasing rust, but rust never sleeps, but still a nice cosy old ship, like an old pair of slippers. Comfortable even if tired.

Overall though, a great cruise and with calm seas for all but three days and just one wet port day, we were vey lucky.
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Balcony
Cabin BE
A bit small maybe, even for a balcony, but immaculately serviced and in a location we enjoy.
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