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My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess and have been on both the Dawn and The Sun several times so we knew what to expect. We were a little disappointed to see the rusty condition of the hull when it docked in Auckland prior to our cruise but were pleasantly surprised with the condition of the public areas once we got on board. The adults only area at the stern of the ship has been upgraded with new flooring and comfortable loungers and seating. Unfortunately this area became very popular and it was only possible to get a seat by getting there early. It was disappointing to see some passengers "claiming" their seats and then disappearing for long periods of time even though there are signs requesting people not to do this out of courtesy to others. We were on back to back cruises 6 days Sydney - Tasmania - Sydney and 10 days Sydney - North Queensland - Sydney. We enjoy this class of ship it is not too large, has a promenade deck you can walk right round, is easy to find your way around, and good areas for pools and hot tubs. We were disappointed to hear that this ship and I presume the Sea Princess are being retired and will be replaced by larger ships like the Majestic Princess. Although we do like the Golden and Diamond Princess, the Majestic class of ship appears to us to be a move in the wrong direction. While the cabins are small they are adequate for 2 people, there is plenty of storage and ours was kept very clean by our steward Ramon. The beds and pillows are so comfortable! There is a great app available on the TV showing live location and the other channels all worked well - not that we spent much time watching TV. The Captain and the cruise director were excellent - the best we have had and we have cruised a lot. They kept us informed about changes to our schedule made necessary by Cyclone Oma via a very detailed program in the ships TV channel. We found the food in the main dining room to be generally very good although there were occasions when the meat or fish was overdone and dry. We learned to ask for it less cooked than we would normally do in a restaurant and then it was about right. The selection and variety was excellent. We ate breakfast and dinner (traditional) in the main dining room and lunch in the buffet where we would put together our own salad. We went to lunch after 2:00 pm when it was easier to get a table. The variety available was huge and each day there was something different to choose from. We had vouchers to go to Share and Sterling Steak house. Share was different, interesting and tasty. We did not have a good experience in the Steak house. My wife's Steak was overcooked when it first came out, looked ok the second time but was tough and inedible. My Lobster was large but tough and needed a sauce, the Lobster in the main dining room was much better and free. We would not pay $35 a head to go to speciality restaurants when the food is fine in the main dining rooms. It was good to see hand washing being policed at the entrance to the buffet, with the majority of people complying. The Production shows were excellent. A guest soprano who joined for the Bravo show was a highlight - simply amazing and deserved the standing ovation she got at each show. The other guest performers were disappointing. Live music was very good in the bars and atrium areas. The only things we thought could be improved was the price and range of bottled wine, and the time taken to get off the ship in tender ports. Unless you were on a ship's tour it took 2 to 3 hours to get ashore. On our second cruise we did find a separate page inside the front of the drinks menu where there were a few bottles of wine at a more reasonable price. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with this cruise, and as always the majority of the fellow passengers we spoke to were interesting and helped to make the cruise a great one as were most of the crew we interacted with. It seemed to be a happy ship thanks I am sure to the Captain and his management team.

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Sun Princess Cruise Review by suearl

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My wife and I have cruised many times with Princess and have been on both the Dawn and The Sun several times so we knew what to expect. We were a little disappointed to see the rusty condition of the hull when it docked in Auckland prior to our cruise but were pleasantly surprised with the condition of the public areas once we got on board. The adults only area at the stern of the ship has been upgraded with new flooring and comfortable loungers and seating. Unfortunately this area became very popular and it was only possible to get a seat by getting there early. It was disappointing to see some passengers "claiming" their seats and then disappearing for long periods of time even though there are signs requesting people not to do this out of courtesy to others. We were on back to back cruises 6 days Sydney - Tasmania - Sydney and 10 days Sydney - North Queensland - Sydney. We enjoy this class of ship it is not too large, has a promenade deck you can walk right round, is easy to find your way around, and good areas for pools and hot tubs. We were disappointed to hear that this ship and I presume the Sea Princess are being retired and will be replaced by larger ships like the Majestic Princess. Although we do like the Golden and Diamond Princess, the Majestic class of ship appears to us to be a move in the wrong direction.

While the cabins are small they are adequate for 2 people, there is plenty of storage and ours was kept very clean by our steward Ramon. The beds and pillows are so comfortable!

There is a great app available on the TV showing live location and the other channels all worked well - not that we spent much time watching TV.

The Captain and the cruise director were excellent - the best we have had and we have cruised a lot. They kept us informed about changes to our schedule made necessary by Cyclone Oma via a very detailed program in the ships TV channel.

We found the food in the main dining room to be generally very good although there were occasions when the meat or fish was overdone and dry. We learned to ask for it less cooked than we would normally do in a restaurant and then it was about right. The selection and variety was excellent.

We ate breakfast and dinner (traditional) in the main dining room and lunch in the buffet where we would put together our own salad. We went to lunch after 2:00 pm when it was easier to get a table. The variety available was huge and each day there was something different to choose from.

We had vouchers to go to Share and Sterling Steak house. Share was different, interesting and tasty. We did not have a good experience in the Steak house. My wife's Steak was overcooked when it first came out, looked ok the second time but was tough and inedible. My Lobster was large but tough and needed a sauce, the Lobster in the main dining room was much better and free. We would not pay $35 a head to go to speciality restaurants when the food is fine in the main dining rooms. It was good to see hand washing being policed at the entrance to the buffet, with the majority of people complying.

The Production shows were excellent. A guest soprano who joined for the Bravo show was a highlight - simply amazing and deserved the standing ovation she got at each show. The other guest performers were disappointing. Live music was very good in the bars and atrium areas.

The only things we thought could be improved was the price and range of bottled wine, and the time taken to get off the ship in tender ports. Unless you were on a ship's tour it took 2 to 3 hours to get ashore. On our second cruise we did find a separate page inside the front of the drinks menu where there were a few bottles of wine at a more reasonable price.

Overall we were pleasantly surprised with this cruise, and as always the majority of the fellow passengers we spoke to were interesting and helped to make the cruise a great one as were most of the crew we interacted with. It seemed to be a happy ship thanks I am sure to the Captain and his management team.
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Small but adequate for 2 people - tired but kept very clean by our steward
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