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We took this cruise on the Sea Princess mainly because the itinerary included a visit to Easter Island. We had read a lot of reviews of the ship and its many problems such as bad smells, poor condition, rust,etc. We almost cancelled the ... Read More
We took this cruise on the Sea Princess mainly because the itinerary included a visit to Easter Island. We had read a lot of reviews of the ship and its many problems such as bad smells, poor condition, rust,etc. We almost cancelled the trip because of our worries about the ship being well past its "best before" date. We were booked to take the final 40 days of a world cruise that began in Sydney, Australia. Just before we left home we received email notes and a phone call asking us to accept a bump from this cruise with very generous incentives. In spite of our worries about the ship and the tempting offers, we opted to go take the cruise as planned. The Sea Princess is, as so many others have pointed out, in very poor condition. By far, it is the worst cruise ship we have ever been on and we have been cruising twice a year for the last ten years. Even though we had read a lot of negative reviews prior to boarding the Sea Princess and we were prepared for an old ship, it was surprising to see just how bad it was. I was surprised that Princess had let it get so bad. Perhaps the scheduled servicing of the Sea Princess will be able to get rid of the rust and make cosmetic improvements, however, in my opinion, it is time to retire this ship. It's just not up to the standards we expect from Princess. In spite of the ship, we had a very enjoyable 40 days and 40 nights and we were able to go ashore and take a tour of Easter Island. We had heard that weather conditions often prevent the use of tenders at Easter Island but we were very fortunate to get ashore to see the moai. It was a wonderful day and it exceeded our expectations. It was a very interesting tour, arranged through Princess. It was a once-in-a-lifetime port of call for us and it was our primary reason for selecting this particular cruise. Our day of scenic cruising at Pitcairn Island turned out to be another highlight. Almost all of the island's fewer than 50 residents came out to the Sea Princess and came aboard for the day. One of the islanders gave an informative PowerPoint presentation in the theatre. Then a "market" was opened on the pool deck. The ship's crew had set up tables around the pool deck for the islanders to sell their crafts and souvenirs to the Sea Princess passengers. Although it was crowded, it was a lot of fun. Sales were brisk. After the departure of the islanders, the Sea Princess circled Pitcairn Island but we could not go ashore because the island has no port facilities or infrastructure to cope with large numbers of visitors. We visited Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Pago Pago en route to Auckland and we disembarked in Sydney. We spent several days in Sydney before flying home. It was my first time in Sydney and I loved every minute. My husband had been there once a couple of years ago so I had a guide to show me the highlights. Sydney is such a beautiful city. I hope to return some day. Although the Sea Princess is by far the worst ship we have experienced, the service was great, and our room steward, Oscar, was outstanding. We booked this cruise in order to get to Easter Island and we were not disappointed. We will continue to sail with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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