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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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SouthEast Asia- Sun Princess 26 day cruise

Sun Princess Cruise Review by dbn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We wanted to visit countries in southeast Asia that were on our bucket list. This cruise fit the bill and we were also able to spend another week in Australia. The ship was a nice size.. roughly 2000 passengers. Ship was clean but there was a lot of rust on the ship.

Our room B547 was a standard balcony room. The patio door was not airtight and needed a small block of wood to be wedged into the window frame to force an air tight seal otherwise the patio door whistled at all hours of the day and night.

The food was average in the dining room, buffet and outdoor terrace buffet. On a long cruise, you will find that the food menu starts to look boring after the first 14 days.

Also found the steak I ordered in Sterling's to be full of gristle. Looks like Princess is cutting back of staff and other amenities... there are no longer any wine packages or laundry packages available. The staff in the buffet area seems to be very thin for the food counters and cleanup crews. I was hard to find tables where there were no dirty dishes on it. A bonus was that there were only 2 ports that required a tender boat.

Two ports required a very long taxi or bus trip into the town. Phu My, Vietnam involved a 1.5 hour drive to get to Ho Chi Minh City and Laem Chabang, Thailand involved a 3 hour drive to get to Bangkok and a 2 hour drive back to the ship. Needless to say, we lost 3 hours and 5 hours respectively from our private tours.


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Cabin Review

Balcony

Great location, comfy bed, and quiet. Balcony was full of rust and needed a paint job.

Patio window needed a retrofit. Air whistled in at all hours of the day or night. We were given a block of wood to wedge in between the patio frame and the sliding patio door.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Perth (Fremantle)

Went on our own to visit the Perth Mint, Perth Bell Tower and the Perth Kings park.

All locations were very enjoyable

Lombok

Hired a taxi for the day from the port. Driver stayed with us all day. Way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You can stipulate which tourist areas you want to visit and the amount of time you wish to stay at each stop.

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Hired a taxi for the day from the port. Driver stayed with us all day. Way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You can stipulate which tourist areas you want to visit and the amount of time you wish to stay at each stop.

Penang

Hired a taxi for the day from the port. Driver stayed with us all day. Way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You can stipulate which tourist areas you want to visit and the amount of time you wish to stay at each stop.

Langkawi

Hired a taxi for the day from the port. Driver stayed with us all day. Way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You can stipulate which tourist areas you want to visit and the amount of time you wish to stay at each stop.

Phuket

Hired a taxi for the day from the port. Driver stayed with us all day. Way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You can stipulate which tourist areas you want to visit and the amount of time you wish to stay at each stop.

Singapore

Took the Princess shuttle to the mall and then got a taxi to the Singapore Gardens by the Bay. The Skywalk in the Trees and the botanical garden domes are a must do... fabulous!!

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Took a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City that was arranged by another Cruise Critic member. The tour guide was very knowledgable and informative.

Sihanoukville

Hired a taxi for the day.. driver stayed with us for the day and is way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You just create your own itinerary on the fly and the taxi driver is happy to oblige

Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

Took a private tour of Bangkok City that was arranged by another Cruise Critic member. The tour guide was very knowledgable and informative BUT the drive from the ship to the city took 3 hours and the drive back to the ship took 2 hours... Needless to say, the tour was not as expected as most of the attractions to visit were taken off of the itinerary due to time constraints.

Koh Samui

Hired a taxi for the day.. driver stayed with us for the day and is way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You just create your own itinerary on the fly and the taxi driver is happy to oblige

Bali

Hired a taxi for the day.. driver stayed with us for the day and is way cheaper than booking a Princess excursion. You just create your own itinerary on the fly and the taxi driver is happy to oblige. Had a wonderful seafood platter cooked over an open pit at a local seaside restaurant.

Unfortunately, I got very sick the next day... I suspect food poisoning.


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