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Sea Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Good 35 night Hawaii Cruise

Sea Princess Cruise Review by WSDE

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Interior

Overall this was a very good cruise. We choose this cruise due to the itinerary and were happy with all ports of call except Suva. (the other side of the island is much nicer). Pago Pago was a pleasant surprise with a good swimming beach just 5 mins walk from the ship. (at Sadie's by the Sea, $5 to use) Kauai was a highlight, with the NaPali coast simply spectacular. Snorkeling with the Stingrays and Sharks in both Moorea and Bora Bora was also great fun.

We had good weather for the vast majority of the cruise with no rough seas at all, although they somehow managed to blame the weather for our late arrival into Auckland. I think they simply forgot daylight saving being introduced that morning.

The ship is in reasonable shape with my only moan being flaking paint in one of the spa pools. We had an internal cabin and this was fine and had everything we needed although they are not really designed for the beds to be set up as a queen. The cabin steward was excellent.

We used anytime dining and this worked well for us. We mostly eat in the restaurant on sea days and the buffet on shore days. The food was very good throughout the entire cruise. The crew were very good and our few requests or questions were handled promptly. The shops on board were a little disappointing and in particular lacked Princess branded clothing. There were regular sales which was good to see.

The evening shows were good and for a 35 night cruise I only thought one show was poor (a Bett Midler impersonator) with many people walking out. We didn't attend too many of the daytime activities, although I did attend some lectures, and mostly spent my time reading by the pool. We did use the gym each sea day and this was adequate.

Embarkation was reasonably smooth but disembarkation in Auckland was a mess due to our late arrival. People leaving in Auckland were told to stay on board (with some people fearing they were going to miss connections) as the luggage had yet to be off loaded. Some passengers, including us, went off anyway and found the luggage already waiting. A disappointing end to an otherwise very good cruise.


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Interior

Internal but perfectly adequate. Plenty of storage. Good to see a USB socket near the bedside lamp.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Auckland

Embarkation was good. Disembarkation was poorly done.

Sydney (Australia)

Just did a long walk round the botanical gardens which were nice and to the harbour bridge until it rained.

Brisbane

Long walk along the river path. Ship berths well away from the city.

Suva

Don't know why they stop here. Markets are interesting but not much else to recommend.

Pago Pago

Walked to lookout. Quite pleasant and a good view. Paid our $5 to use facilities at Sadie's by the Sea. Used the beach and bar. Very good place to go to.

Honolulu

Taxi to Diamond Head. Walked to top, great walk and view. Taxi to Waikiki. Swim and walk to Ala Moana. Picked up some things but most shopping was too expensive. Walked back to ship. Lots of walking but that's what we like.

Molokini Crater

Bus to harbour then a long boat ride to crater. Snorkeling was OK. Were able to snorkel both side of crater which was interesting. Back in time for shopping at the outlet mall.

View All 52 Molokini Crater Reviews
Hilo

Pleasant day out but nothing special about this excursion.

Kona (Kailua Bay)

Quite good snorkeling but a little too crowded at snorkeling spot.

Na Pali Coast

Best excursion I have ever been on. We were very lucky with calm seas and good weather so the boat was able to get into the sea caves which was great. The scenery along the coast is spectacular. Snorkeling was only OK but no one cared, the rest of the trip was fantastic.

View All 18 Na Pali Coast Reviews
Tahiti (Papeete)

Nice catamaran but just an average excursion. Very little to see in town.

Moorea

Did the snorkeling with sharks and rays. Quite good and a nice day out.

Shark & Stingray Encounter

Very good snorkeling trip with plenty of Stingrays and Sharks. Very nice people running the excursion made it very pleasant.

View All 47 Shark & Stingray Encounter Reviews

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