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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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A taste of New Zealand

Sun Princess Cruise Review by cat2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2010
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

November 2010 we boarded the Sun Princess, we were a bit concerned while waiting to board as the average age of passengers appeared to be high and a lot of wheelchairs

However once on board this was not the case, except for the wheelchairs, these appeared to increase as the cruise progressed. Several appeared to be part time! not able to walk during tours ashore yet capable of maneuvering around the buffet, having to wait while a large person is priority loaded on and off tour buses then watching same person get up and walk when back on ship with food in view, very annoying to say the least. This need to be addressed by the cruise line

Entertainment top class, plenty of variety something for everyone. Theme nights the weather was against Hawaiian nights in the cold and rain did not work. Pre cruise advice re themes would have been nice

Food excellent, could not have asked for better.

Dinning arrangements were a problem, fixed dinning at 1745 meant that you missed the ship leaving port, important to a photography buff. So had most of our meals at the buffet. Next cruise have booked anytime dinning to cover this.

Cabin was clean and well appointed, small hotel room with en-suite, balcony a must to prevent that closed in feeling, plus nice to relax in private sometimes and watch the sea

Had our Wedding anniversary on-board, truly special event, Staff made the day memorable

Did not book tours though cruise line, went online myself and did own research and booking, better value for money. Cruise run, very expensive in comparison

Would recommend Sun Princess to anyone the staff were top class could not have been anymore helpful, pleasant and polite

Have already booked next cruise with Princess


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC C425

Cabin C425 great location, bathroom small difficult to dry oneself in with hitting things. In centre of ship minimal movement, near lifts

Plenty of storage space

Very quiet, view from balcony great no obstructions.

Cabin Stewart the best!


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Auckland

Very hilly built on extinct volcanoes Sky jumped off the Sky tower "the BEST adrenalin rush" plus great views of the city and surrounds Ice bar near the Quay cool, something different

Wellington

Great city pleasant helpful people Went on cable car ride to top of hill above city, then walked down though the most beautiful garden back down to the city. If going do not buy return ticket for cable car as once you have waked down you will not feel like hiking back up the hill to get the cable car down! many people wasted money on the return journey Great place for souvenir shopping, best shop near bottom of hill as you walk back into city, willing to explain different grades/types of jade carving

Christchurch

What can I say about Christchurch, I saw a beautiful city with a winding river with the most stunning garden banks, people punting up the river, very English The cathedral was beautiful to see, cool inside with the most gorgeous stained glass windows I watched with horror as the pictures of the damage from the recent earthquake splashed across the TV, the Christchurch I saw and loved is gone

Dunedin

Pretty little seaside town

Stunning old railway station worth a look at

Took a tour out to see the Albatross's, seals, sea-lions & yellow eyed penguins with Elm wildlife tours, saw them all up close, plenty of time for photos etc, very informative

Small personal group, on private beach, excellent packed lunch provided

Thoroughly recommend


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