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Don't sail on this ship. it's only princess ship we've sailed on, so can't speak for all ships, but in general, i would recommend paying more and getting more, because princess charges extra for everything. Their flight arrangements involved many hours waiting in many airports. while we did like premium economy of air new zealand, it was truly inconvenient to have to fly into aukland, then fly to sydney to get on ship and then sail back to new zealand...and the reverse on leaving ship. direct flights to and from sydney are available...make your own arrangements, or insist on direct flights. Balcony room smelled, was drab and rundown with miniscule bathroom with chips and gouges, ridiculously small, rusted metal balcony with paint chips on chairs. ship itself was rust ridden and they were whitewashing it while in ports. only the public areas looked like they were maintained. Food was usually terrible. internet was spotty and expensive. Some of the excursions were good, but always rushed. never enough time to explore port cities. we didn't compare prices for on shore tours, but told by other passengers that princess prices were exorbitant. best excursion was swimming with dolphins. Worst was waitomo glowworms, ignore those trip advisor reviews...basically spent 15 minutes walking in cave and 15 minutes in boat looking at one dome of glowworms...after a 3hr drive there and 3 hrs back...cost $299 and not worth it. Highlights were some of the shows (though always really loud, bring ear plugs) and entertainers.

DON'T SAIL ON THIS SHIP

Sun Princess Cruise Review by SEABEA45

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Don't sail on this ship. it's only princess ship we've sailed on, so can't speak for all ships, but in general, i would recommend paying more and getting more, because princess charges extra for everything.

Their flight arrangements involved many hours waiting in many airports. while we did like premium economy of air new zealand, it was truly inconvenient to have to fly into aukland, then fly to sydney to get on ship and then sail back to new zealand...and the reverse on leaving ship. direct flights to and from sydney are available...make your own arrangements, or insist on direct flights.

Balcony room smelled, was drab and rundown with miniscule bathroom with chips and gouges, ridiculously small, rusted metal balcony with paint chips on chairs. ship itself was rust ridden and they were whitewashing it while in ports. only the public areas looked like they were maintained.

Food was usually terrible. internet was spotty and expensive.

Some of the excursions were good, but always rushed. never enough time to explore port cities. we didn't compare prices for on shore tours, but told by other passengers that princess prices were exorbitant. best excursion was swimming with dolphins. Worst was waitomo glowworms, ignore those trip advisor reviews...basically spent 15 minutes walking in cave and 15 minutes in boat looking at one dome of glowworms...after a 3hr drive there and 3 hrs back...cost $299 and not worth it.

Highlights were some of the shows (though always really loud, bring ear plugs) and entertainers.
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Hello SEABEA45, we are truly disappointed to hear that your recent Sea princess voyage did not live up to expectations. We strive to provide an enjoyable cruise vacation for all of our guests and wish that you had a better experience.
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Cabin BA 507
Our steward was wonderful. room was very small, smelly, drab, dented and chipped. metal rusty, very small balcony with limited view.
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