Sea Princess Cruise Review by Scoop368
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Boarded at the main Auckland harbour and able to get on earlier than scheduled with only a fairly short wait. No fuss and pretty straight forward baggage drop off and processing as only a couple of hundred guest embarking at this port.
Spent 4 nights crossing the ditch to Sydney at a leasurily pace with a little bit of bump at one point but hardly noticeable. So uneventful trip over.
We really liked the ship's layout and decor, the boat is probably an older generation but we found the condition whilst not Premium Luxury was at a very good standard. we also found the size/capacity to be about right for our tastes - not too large (as the trend) but also not to small. As Goldilocks would have said "just right".
Generally, throughout the ship we found the service by all staff to be excellent and no complaints.
The captain did make a regular 12 midday announcement which was a nice touch and informative.
The bulk of guests on the ship had completed 102 days of their around the world cruise almost entirely Aus/NZ mix. Most were getting off at Sydney or Brisbane and from chatting with a few of them - I think the cruise was well received and enjoyed. A few had enough but some didn't want to get off the boat.
We found the dinning experience on board at the main dining rooms was very good and substantially better than on the Norwegian Jewel (christmas cruise) or Carnival Spirit. We travelled on the Ruby Princess to Alaska and found the dining on that ship was slightly better the the Sea Princess but still a nice experience.
The Whisky Bar was a nice touch and we availed ourselves of the opportunity to try a few different offerings.
The entertainment on board - from our view seemed to be selected to cater for the passenger demographics - and we managed to enjoy a couple of the shows that were well patronised.
We did find a bit of an issue trying to locate a good seat around the boat to relax/read - I think this was due to the less than inviting weather (cooler/cold) that discouraged use of the main outdoor decks/pools etc. But this was not a big issue.
Overall we had a lovely relaxing few days on board the Sea Princess and very happy with the service and comfort provided.
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The cabin was fine if a little on the small side and does show some signs of wear but still very presentable. Lots of good storage space with plenty of hangers, drawers, mirrors etc.
The ensuite was pretty typical with curtain shower cubical that was fine, vanity etc.
The bedding mattress and sheets were excellent and information provided suggested they had been recently updated to a higher standard, which to us was evident in the quality - big thumbs up to Princess for this which assisted with a very pleasurable sleeping experience.
The cabin also had a substantial TV screen around 40 inch or close to it - this was probably an update also and nice touch.
Our cabin attendance Voltaire was also excellent - and all of our needs were taken care of almost invisibly.
We also noted there was no Towel Animals during the cruise, which to be honest suited us better as whilst a nice novelty - not needed.
We were very happy with this cabin for the short cruise but would consider upgrading to a balcony for anything over 7 days - mainly to get the fresh air.