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Pro's: The boarding and dis-embarking procedures were very very efficient. The cabin was ready and well prepared even though we had arrived ahead of schedule with our priority boarding pass. We had pre-booked transfers and airline flights, which were taken care of without a hitch. The evening entertainment such as the production shows are still high quality but reduced in length. Con's We have cruised with Princess 25 times. over 14 years. Since about 2013 we thought it was so much better than anything else we had tried. However, since then we have noticed the continual decline in the food and onboard activities. Some of the individual entertainers such as stand up comedians may be rejects from RSL Bucks nights. On this cruise Sydney-Circa NZ-Sydney on Sun Princess, the Discovery at Sea program was non-existent and there was only one enrichment talk/lecture, over the whole time. The Destinations talks were hopeless. The speaker whose High School English was not her primary language, rattled off a prepared list of available activities without embellishments or feeling of any kind, with the rhythm and emphases all wrong. , Since about 4 to 5 years ago the food choices in the main dining room have become more and more restricted, to the point where most of the better choices have been removed from the menu and become chargeable extras. We assume this is so that more passengers are encouraged to patronize the extra specialty restaurants that have been added. For instance, on this Sun Princess, the included Pizza cafe has been removed and replaced with a Curtis Stone speciality restaurant with a cover charge of $56 per head. At Horizon Court Buffet there was a varied selection of dishes, however all meat dishes we tried were really tough, and even some of the fish was tough !! If this trend continues we feel that many people are going to become more disenchanted with Princess Cruises.

Princess is shooting itself in the foot.

Sun Princess Cruise Review by Hamish51

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Pro's:

The boarding and dis-embarking procedures were very very efficient.

The cabin was ready and well prepared even though we had arrived ahead of schedule with our priority boarding pass.

We had pre-booked transfers and airline flights, which were taken care of without a hitch.

The evening entertainment such as the production shows are still high quality but reduced in length.

Con's

We have cruised with Princess 25 times. over 14 years. Since about 2013 we thought it was so much better than anything else we had tried. However, since then we have noticed the continual decline in the food and onboard activities.

Some of the individual entertainers such as stand up comedians may be rejects from RSL Bucks nights.

On this cruise Sydney-Circa NZ-Sydney on Sun Princess, the Discovery at Sea program was non-existent and there was only one enrichment talk/lecture, over the whole time.

The Destinations talks were hopeless. The speaker whose High School English was not her primary language, rattled off a prepared list of available activities without embellishments or feeling of any kind, with the rhythm and emphases all wrong.

, Since about 4 to 5 years ago the food choices in the main dining room have become more and more restricted, to the point where most of the better choices have been removed from the menu and become chargeable extras. We assume this is so that more passengers are encouraged to patronize the extra specialty restaurants that have been added. For instance, on this Sun Princess, the included Pizza cafe has been removed and replaced with a Curtis Stone speciality restaurant with a cover charge of $56 per head.

At Horizon Court Buffet there was a varied selection of dishes, however all meat dishes we tried were really tough, and even some of the fish was tough !!

If this trend continues we feel that many people are going to become more disenchanted with Princess Cruises.
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Cabin IF E311
We would usually have a queen size bed, however, the cabins on Princess are much smaller than some other cruise lines such as Holland America, and to avoid having to crawl over the bed to get into it, we had the set up changed to 2 beds. With each bed adjacent to one wall we then had space to move between them. This made it much easier to get in and out of bed.
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