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We sailed with a group of 22 and this itinerary was the first choice of the group, many of whom hadn't cruised before. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. For a large group it was difficult to find any public area on sea days to meet together without us paying for a meeting room. In the end we met in the Horizons buffet dining area mid afternoon but not as comfortable as a lounge area. The entertainment was very good - The Adele experience and A NZ singer giving excellent performances and the food was satisfactory. The ship was full and I was told that this is always the case as it is a cruise for which you need no passport so is very popular with Australians. The staff were courteous and clearly working very hard and didn't have much time for casual interaction of to go the extra mile. We were late to embark as the ship had extra cleaning due to the Norovirus on the previous cruise and 2 days into the voyage the captain came over the PA to say that again they had to take serious measures to combat the gastro intestinal illness on the ship. This measure was accepted by everyone I saw and it meant extra vigilance, hand washing, and you couldn't serve yourself in the buffet or drinks which slowed everything down considerably. Two people in our group became ill and were confined to the cabin which is standard procedure. The weather was gorgeous and the port sparkly and warm. We took the little Sugar train in Port Douglas which was a trip of about 20 minutes each way with a short stopover in the middle. It's a little bit of history and quite pleasant without being strenuous. The train stop is next to the wharf. We didn't take any of the ship's shore excursions but noted there were independent operators at the wharf in each port. Tendering in Airlie Beach and Port Douglas was assisted by huge catamarans which joined the ships tenders transferring passengers, making it a quick and comfortable journey.

Old, smelly ship doing its best

Sun Princess Cruise Review by pixtip

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We sailed with a group of 22 and this itinerary was the first choice of the group, many of whom hadn't cruised before.

Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth.

For a large group it was difficult to find any public area on sea days to meet together without us paying for a meeting room. In the end we met in the Horizons buffet dining area mid afternoon but not as comfortable as a lounge area. The entertainment was very good - The Adele experience and A NZ singer giving excellent performances and the food was satisfactory. The ship was full and I was told that this is always the case as it is a cruise for which you need no passport so is very popular with Australians.

The staff were courteous and clearly working very hard and didn't have much time for casual interaction of to go the extra mile.

We were late to embark as the ship had extra cleaning due to the Norovirus on the previous cruise and 2 days into the voyage the captain came over the PA to say that again they had to take serious measures to combat the gastro intestinal illness on the ship. This measure was accepted by everyone I saw and it meant extra vigilance, hand washing, and you couldn't serve yourself in the buffet or drinks which slowed everything down considerably. Two people in our group became ill and were confined to the cabin which is standard procedure.

The weather was gorgeous and the port sparkly and warm. We took the little Sugar train in Port Douglas which was a trip of about 20 minutes each way with a short stopover in the middle. It's a little bit of history and quite pleasant without being strenuous. The train stop is next to the wharf. We didn't take any of the ship's shore excursions but noted there were independent operators at the wharf in each port.

Tendering in Airlie Beach and Port Douglas was assisted by huge catamarans which joined the ships tenders transferring passengers, making it a quick and comfortable journey.
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Balcony
Cabin BC A535
Our stateroom A 535 was old, dated and smelly as was the corridor outside, sometimes smelling of sewage. It was noisy early in the morning when they moved the deck chairs around on the deck above.
The bed linen was lovely and the bathroom amenities average. Pump soap & shampoo in the shower and a small body lotion on the vanity. No other vanity itmes supplied.
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