Sea Princess Cruise Review by EddR
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Balcony
This was our first time in a "Sea" Class Princess ship. Total passengers 2000, average passenger count 1900. Our opinion is that the public areas are too small. Inside cabin passengers tended to sit in the bars and read, blocking others who wanted bar access. To be fair it was cool in NZ so sitting outside wasn't always an option.
We had a basic balcony room which seemed small to us. Our room attendant was great though, and we enjoyed our balcony.
The itinerary was very good and we took advantage of seeing the different parts of Australia. We had only had been to Sydney prior, and NZ was beautiful.
We have also discovered that the longer the cruise, and the more sea days, equates to older and many more medically challenged passengers. That isn't a bad thing, but it is a data point most people should understand.
We don't go to the restaurants on ships anymore, only the buffet. If you have to wear long pants I won't go. And the Horizon Court Buffet on this ship was the best layout we have ever seen. Lots of room and large isles make it easy to move.
I should also state that one of the reasons that we like Process is because we feel they are more flexible than most cruise lines. They allow excursion cancellation within 48 hours and BIG POINTS for having laundarmats on most floors.
Having said that, this ship had two washers and two dryers on most floors which is a reduction from 4 and 4 on other ships. Add to that the machines were substandard at best, and the advantage to Princess is eroding rapidly. Whoever made the decision to choose these inferior machines should have been fired - period. Or, is it a strategy of Princess to get passengers to pay for laundry due to the frustrating experienced of washing your own clothes? (and saving a lot of money)...
We probably won't book another Princess Sea Class Ship as we didn't care for the lack of public space. We still prefer Princess, but if they continue to 'cost cut' on the passenger experience we may find another cruise line.
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