Having read many reviews on the Sun Princess it was obvious that some people loved the ship and the experience and others not so. Being a first time cruiser I joined my wife in Adelaide as she had sailed from Fremantle with her mother and step father. To be honest I couldn't get over the ship and it is in very good condition despite some reviewers saying that it should be scraped which is just absurd. The food on board is very good and you have a variety of healthy choices or you can indulge in the not so healthy if you wish (what the hell you are on holidays!) . To purchase soft drinks, milkshakes, mocktails , thick shakes etc you can buy a card that works out to $7 per day for a unlimited amount which is hardly a ripoff. If you like specialty coffees you can buy another card for $40 that gives you 15 coffees or about $2.80 per cup or mug, again hardly a rip off. So you are not forever forking out money for drinks .
All the food is free apart from the specialty outlets which we didn't need to visit as the regular food areas were great. Room service (24 hr) is free. The bathrooms are not large but remember it is a ship not a land based hotel. Having said that the size is quite adequate for one person at a time and it is easy to set the shower temp by adjusting the knob with the degrees on it ( it is not rocket science) The gym or fitness centre is very good and not well patronized as with 2,000 passengers the most I saw in the gym was 5 so the selection of equipment free was excellent.. Movies under the stars was a highlight and very relaxing and different experience. The floor shows are weighted to the older generation and are not "West End" standard but entertaining none the less. The staff are very good and nothing is a problem for them. The only issue we had was the elevators started to play up but they were getting a workout with the more mature passengers. We did have the dreaded virus on the ship and action was taken swiftly to put measures in place that would reduce or cease its effects. It still amazed me to see people waving their hands over the food at the buffet pointing to what they wanted rather than just reading the label and asking for the dish by name.
At the end of the day the cruise was very enjoyable and excellent value for money when compared to other holidays of the same standard. We have booked a cruise on the Sun Princess again in July 2017.