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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating
586 Reviews

Fabulous 13 days..thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Sun Princess Cruise Review by Noele

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2018
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cruise booked in Dec.2016 .A bit apprehensive about going on the Sun with the recent cases of Noro Virus but we decided to go ahead & take our chances. We were notified the day before departure that the Sun was being sanitized (again) as well as White Bay our boarding time was delayed till 5pm... We thank Princess for notifying us well in advance .Embarkation went smoothly We waited approx. 1 hr before we could get into our cabin so a quick cuppa & cake @ Horizon Court was just the ticket .We didnt get underway til 8pm but that didnt matter, the Sydney Skyline lit up & the cruise under the Harbour Bridge was superb & we were underway. Weather crossing to NZ was bad at times, Cyclone Hola didnt help, excursions were great, due to cancellations, refunds appreciated..Food great, entertainment,excellent. Some public toilets on all decks including disabled toilets were either blocked or under maintenance .. one elderly lady was locked in a toilet & had to wait til crew could rescue her..Capt Kent's daily anecdotes & trivia was very entertaining. Hygiene in food areas was excellent. Crew very friendly, helpful always greeted us with a smile & a "hello"

So despite the rocky crossing, 2 missed Fiords, the trip back out into the Tasman ( from Wellington) to avoid Cyclone Hola, 2 missed excursions, a fire in the kitchen ,seasick passengers.. we had a ball..We met some lovely people everyday & thoroughly enjoyed their company.. The cruise out to Lord Howe Island & Ball's Pyramid was a highlight.

The Sun Princess is a grand old lady & with an upcoming refit I'm sure she'll "come back new " & we'll be on her again in Feb 2019 to Tassie


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Cabin Review

Oceanview
Cabin OC C634

Our cabin was clean & tidy... only complaint was the window was very dirty & it got dirtier as the cruise went on til we couldnt see out of it at all. Two workers on a stage came & cleaned the window surround & painted it but did not clean the window.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Botanical Garden

Excellent commentary

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City Tour

Great insight into Dunedin.

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Dunedin Train Station

Beautiful old station.

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Christchurch City Tour

WoW !!! great tour around Christchurch ...again.. good commentary .

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Cable car

We had never been on a cable car before , thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Lady Norwood Rose Garden

Beautiful gardens...excellent lunch at the cafe inside the Gardens.

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Napier

Had a tour booked but didnt go to Napier due to Cyclone Hola.

Tauranga

Again... a tour booked but didnt get there due to Cyclone Hola

Sea Life Aquarium

fascinating

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