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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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586 Reviews

It rained a lot!

Sun Princess Cruise Review by pinors

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Interior

We left Sydney in glorious sunshine at an early 3.30pm. Boarding was easy and efficient. The overall condition of the ship was good, older but perfectly acceptable and no way near the condition some reviews indicated. We stopped at 6 ports and cruised around Fiordland for a day which was brilliant. It rained at all ports except 2 and rained pretty much the rest of the time- no fault of the ship/cruiseline. This did not really affect our enjoyment of the cruise. We have tried 3 other cruise lines and this unfortunately was the worst for food we have tried so far. The choice of food in the Horizon buffet was very limited and the lunch and breakfast options changed little each day - this became monotonous very quickly. There was a buffet line each side of the ship but they served the same food. The main dining room was better, but personally I found the dish selection again uninspiring with a lot of seafood dishes and not many meat options on the menu. I like seafood but my wife does not and I could see her point of view. Ships aircon seemed to make the ship warm then cool then warm again all the time. The shows were of a good standard, with a variety of acts. Entertainment during the day was good but not as good a Royal Caribbean. I thought the drinks prices for cocktails was high and the amount of alcohol in each drink was not generous- I tried a few. The staff were great and hard working. All the passengers we met had a great time and we arrived back in Sydney to glorious sunshine.


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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin IE C230

Clean and well kept. Smallish TV, Aircon worked well enough. Comfy bed, ample storage space and adequate bathroom. Toilet flushed OK. The cabin had a creaky cupboard when there a slight swell which was cured by jamming the ship directory between the cupboard and bed. We don't hang around in the cabin too much and it was perfectly adequate.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Auckland

We walked of the ship and did some shopping. Went the Skywalk which great, watching people zip line down to the ground.

Tauranga

Very heavy rain limited our time ashore. Would be better if not raining.

Napier

Shuttle bus into the city centre. Took the cable car up the mountain, great views.

Akaroa

Small town, a few shops and great fish & chips.

Olveston House

Excellent. We did the city & surrounds tour and then a tour Olveston House. Do not miss this tour, it was really worthwhile. This stately home is incredible, all authentic. The tour guide Briar Topp was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Davina the tour bus guide was excellent. The bus picked us up at the ship and then took us back.

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