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Sea Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Cost Cutting Taken to Extremes

Sea Princess Cruise Review by Ppeonie

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

Princess has now taken cost cutting to a whole new level.

Only PLASTIC picnic plates, mugs and tumblers are provided in the buffet, Horizon Court. This really is unacceptable. Huge fares are still being charged and, with these changes, they shouldn’t be. I don’t eat off plastic at home when I’m not paying a huge fare.

The food here is also extremely boring. Exactly the same ingredients on the salad bar were provided every single day, never changed. The “fresh” fruit was sliced and floating in some sort of liquid. Most of the hot food was sitting in fat of one sort or another. The general atmosphere in this area is like feeding time at the zoo. The service, however, is excellent.

The food in the dining room wasn’t much better and two of the people on my table complained so bitterly that they were given the next night’s menu to see if there was anything acceptable and, if not, they could order something they wanted. It was very apparent that the choice of food was better in the buffet as the numbers in the dining room had greatly dropped.

The cabins are extremely small with no lounge or armchair. Shampoo and conditioner are not provided but some detergent-like substance in a container in the shower which does nothing for hair but makes lots of suds, that is after you’ve managed to extract it from the container. Shower caps and bath robes are only provided on request. The televisions are tiny and not worth trying to watch especially as there’s no programme provided.

The cabin steward, Melvin Valesquez, was excellent. The bed was very comfortable and the cabin was very quiet. Then again, the whole ship was quiet by 11pm as that’s when bars and lounges close and the vacuuming of the public areas begins.

Lorentz, Assistant Cruise Director, was excellent in the Ryder Cup Golf Challenge in which 55 people participated. We all thoroughly enjoyed his imaginative and inventive holes.

Entertainment was mediocre with too many comedians. “Encore” was an excellent show by the on-board singers and dancers which I would be happy to see again. Donny Lee Ivins (a singer) was excellent. Chris Pawley (a singer) was also very good.

I would avoid Princess at all costs if this is now the standard they are offering. Plastic is definitely not the way to go in this current environment. There are too many other cruise lines now operating out of Australia and Princess needs to lift its standards if it intends to compete.

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