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260 Perth (Fremantle) to Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

My wife and I traveled on True North which was our first time on it. It was fabulous. I felt the best attribute of the ship was the staff - their genuine warmth, engagement, fun and hospitality. It is impossible to force these traits ... Read More
My wife and I traveled on True North which was our first time on it. It was fabulous. I felt the best attribute of the ship was the staff - their genuine warmth, engagement, fun and hospitality. It is impossible to force these traits and for them to shine as genuine characteristics is to their credit. The coast is rugged, remote and spectacular. I can see why our Dutch friends in the seventeenth century didn't think much of the land for settlement. Of course their real problem was they weren't travelling in the lap of luxury with a helicopter to ferry them hither and thither. I also liked that there were only about 15 cabins on the boat and that the guests were quite interesting. We will definitely catch up with a few. The ship fostered a genuine sense of camaraderie with humor added for good measure. One of the guests wrote a song about our adventures and we had a singalong which was quite amusing. The food was always interesting, fresh and often involved the catch of the day. I might have retired to the bar once or twice which always generated much laughter and the sense of ridiculous. The hosts with the most were Jo-Lee and Coco We will be going on the ship again Bravo True North! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have previously sailed on Celebrity and enjoyed the upmarket ambiance and cultured environment BUT alas this seems to have been eroded into what has become a very ordinary cruise line. The harassment we experienced form staff as ... Read More
We have previously sailed on Celebrity and enjoyed the upmarket ambiance and cultured environment BUT alas this seems to have been eroded into what has become a very ordinary cruise line. The harassment we experienced form staff as soon as we boarded to 'purchase a package' was beyond annoying. On no less than 45 occasions we were asked to purchase on day one. This continued for 3 days and on one occasion I was even challenged to explain why I did not want to buy a 'package' .. by a wine waiter. After declining to purchase a package we then found it literally impossible to get served on deck and in the theatre unles we were standing at a bar. The other great dissappointment was the total lack of discernable dress code. Evening chic - a joke. On dressier nights it was common to see formal attire mixed with shorts and thongs. TRhe redeeming factors were .. the dining room staff who were excellent .. the room steward who was also excellent .. the Lighthouse string duo who were beacons of entrertainment .. and the best show on the ship The Hot Glass blowers .. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. It satisfied the ports we wanted to visit. The food was great, the desserts were amazing, The ship and stateroom were immaculate. The entertainment overall was soso compaired to other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. It satisfied the ports we wanted to visit. The food was great, the desserts were amazing, The ship and stateroom were immaculate. The entertainment overall was soso compaired to other cruises we have been on. The shining star was the Piano player from Geelong. The big screen is hidden up on a deck where nobody visits. It would be better on the swimming pool deck. Cruise went from Fremantle so we spent 4 days in Perth investigating the area then one night in a BnB in Fremantle. First stop at Esperance was interesting but a bit of a waste of time (Hobart would be better). Was a bit disappointed with the amount of smoke from the funnels in our beautiful Milford Sounds. The in room videos about the pod motors, electric generators, and the side thrusters were very informative, The free movie channel had to be reset twice during our voyage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This cruise is a disappointment.The food in the restaurant was never hot and the menu choice just seemed to be juggled about each night.Restaurant staff very good as usual but the wine waiters seemed to give you one glass then ... Read More
This cruise is a disappointment.The food in the restaurant was never hot and the menu choice just seemed to be juggled about each night.Restaurant staff very good as usual but the wine waiters seemed to give you one glass then disappear.The cafe is a nightmare and very difficult to find a seat not because there are not enough of them but the over 70 groups seem to just sit there for hours after they had finished breakfast and refuse to move.The Itinerary is lacking in ideas with too many days at sea and two of the ports Esperanza and one of the New Zealand ones were just stop to refuel.The Dunedin trip is a waste of time as we wandered a botanic garden for over an hour when only getting 25mins in downtown Dunedin not even time to enjoy the shops or have a coffee.Your tours are also overpriced compared to the local tours when you disembark.I have never seen such disorganisation than at Fremantle port where preferred guests are ok but others waited for over 2 hours to board.Perhaps you could cut New Zealand out of the tour and let us see Brisbane and Canberra and please arrange to dock in Sydney and not tenders.Lastly your staff on board were impeccable as usual but the bands were somewhat lacking in variation.I would not recommend this cruise to the under 30s unless they want to sit about playing cards,knitting,or sleeping in the library.CELEBRITY can do better than this Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise as it was a long time since we had been on a larger ship (Celebrity Alaskan cruise 11 years ago) and we felt like an end of summer holiday through Australian ports that we are fairly familiar with. We flew to Perth ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a long time since we had been on a larger ship (Celebrity Alaskan cruise 11 years ago) and we felt like an end of summer holiday through Australian ports that we are fairly familiar with. We flew to Perth from Auckland 4 days prior to the cruise and thoroughly enjoyed this delightful city. Embarkation was a nightmare as no training had been given to the local staff who were trying their best to process the guests with no help from the bored Celebrity staff who were wandering behind them. Once onboard we ran the gauntlet of Celebrity staff trying to sign us up for drinks and dining packages( we had been warned but they are very annoying). The cabin war excellent except for the wardrobe doors which supposedly slid and got in the way. No doors or bifold would be s vast improvement. Food in Blue and the main dining room was excellent. Also good in the buffet restaurant but the huge number of people there turned us off. We enjoy good lectures but these were scheduled at 9.00am on sea days which is crazy especially as you had lost an hour due to time changes. We also enjoy playing bridge on sea days as did a lot of fellow guests but nothing was organised. Flying paper aeroplanes and throwing bean bags is not everyone’s idea of entertainment. Shows were mixed with some very good and some less so. Overall our experience was enjoyable and good value for money but could have easily been better Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Good itinerary and ships reviews. Pablito in Al Baccio was the hardest working member of staff on the ship, a real asset to Celebrity. Platino, Kevin and Thia looked after us very well in the restaurant, very pleasant and professional ... Read More
Good itinerary and ships reviews. Pablito in Al Baccio was the hardest working member of staff on the ship, a real asset to Celebrity. Platino, Kevin and Thia looked after us very well in the restaurant, very pleasant and professional service received from them all. Kadek our steward friendly and helpful, made us feel very welcome and did a good job. Disappointed with the evening offering in the restaurant, quite repetitive, especially for desserts, would have welcomed a cheese board. Entertainment was poor, for the general age of the guests on board, most of the activities were quite childish. Artists in the theatre were not of a good standard with the exception of the magician. Lighthouse, the two young ladies with electric violin and chello were excellent, really enjoyed their music. Embarkation in Fremantle was very slow and we had nowhere to stand in the shade whilst waiting to enter the port building. All other disembarkation went without any hitches. Did not do any of the ships 'extortions' as we found the cost to be prohibitive. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise as we had done the cruise from Auckland to Perth the year before and were very impressed with the Solstice . What a difference a year makes , the ship was showing a lot of wear. The entertainment on the cruise the year ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had done the cruise from Auckland to Perth the year before and were very impressed with the Solstice . What a difference a year makes , the ship was showing a lot of wear. The entertainment on the cruise the year before was excellent , this trip it was less than average. The drinks packages had gone up and the discount they offered on board was 10% , 15% ,20% respectively as apposed to the 30% we received of the basic package last year. When we embarked we ticked the box which indicated that our account would be charge direct to our visa card at end of cruise . that didn't happen and we were charged through the cruise lines bank which resulted in a lot higher conversion rate. BE WARNED. Overall the service on board was excellent , the crew were very good and were always polite and helpful which certainly goes to making a pleasant cruise. We thought the food was a bit ordinary this time around , we dined in the GE , anytime dining . Overall an average cruise and we will probably try a different cruise line next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE embarked in PERTH for a back to back of 29 nights, to SYDNEY/AUCKLAND/FIJI/SAMOA/TONGA and back to AUCKLAND. A wonderful experience of personal service, excellent dining in the Luminea / Murano / Tuscan restaurants, ... Read More
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE embarked in PERTH for a back to back of 29 nights, to SYDNEY/AUCKLAND/FIJI/SAMOA/TONGA and back to AUCKLAND. A wonderful experience of personal service, excellent dining in the Luminea / Murano / Tuscan restaurants, especially the Luminea where all the staff were very attentive and obliging, our thanks, and deserving recognition were KAVI ( nothing was ever too much), RYAN (thanks Sunshine), DOMINIC, ALEX and JURUS ( Christine is now hooked on 'Pinot Gris'). Although the food in Ocean View ( renamed: Bread Pudding Café) a little more imagination there please Chef, was good with a wide choice to please any calorized diet. But it was MANIC a frenzied throng weaving around the food stations and hunting elusive seats and slow Bar service. ALAN from excursions was amazing, he tirelessly coordinated, organised, arranged and lectured upon forthcoming excursions, whilst expediting the vast numbers of guests ashore on their trips. LEWIS..mmm..with his extensive wardrobe, still forgot his socks! The theatre productions were very professional, enhanced by the brilliant ACROBATIC TROUPE who were phenomenal. The guest acts varied depending on your personal choice, but generally good and entertaining. All guest areas were busy and noisy, apart from the 'Silent Disco', very good ( we even joined in!) Fortunately our sanctuary was the suite guest club room, and the delightful OLGA and helpful bar steward. Now our Suite Attendant & Butler, ALDRIN (Buzz) was so friendly, caring and efficient he deserves an award, along with ROGELIO and his constant smile and attention, he made sure we wanted for nothing. The Suite Manager ANASTASIA and the lovely ALANA Guest Relation Director, whom had the unenviable task of being front line to guest complaints, including our suite issues, they deserve medals and a salary hike, they did all they could in an impossible situation, thank you both. Celebrity and RCCL as a company, seriously need to address the problems on the Solstice and others in this class during the forthcoming refurbishments. We will avoid any concierge or S2 suites on Deck 12 on these vessels. Again our thanks to all the dedicated staff and crew. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We researched heavily before we picked a cruise line and ship, broken down into tonnage, amenities and restaurant choices, as well as general destinations. We chose to book a deluxe verandah stateroom, and got placed starboard on level 7. ... Read More
We researched heavily before we picked a cruise line and ship, broken down into tonnage, amenities and restaurant choices, as well as general destinations. We chose to book a deluxe verandah stateroom, and got placed starboard on level 7. We feel that our travel agent should have indicated to us that by paying more we would have had included all the perks and extras that we paid for anyway, but hey, she didnt, we didnt know, there you have it. The embarkation process in Perth was actually not that bad at all - a small wait in a holding area but that wasnt a drama. Do not understand why people grizzle about that when they are trying to process through as many people as you could find living in a small town. We got on board and found our cabin - it was tidy and clean. We realise that unless you board a vessel of ANY sort on its maiden voyage of course things will feel a bit pre-used, but on the whole they have gone to length to make it feel clean and fresh. For those grumbling about the black line around the toilet, I suspect that has to do with the sanitation system so maybe is just the way it is - it didnt make our bathroom smell nor did it detract from the use of the loo in any shape or form, so hey - get over it! The staff are nice and very helpful, but also pushy - a constant push to buy more, upgrade more, do this, do that. Some are extremely aggressive, some try to do it in a more subtle way - but the outcome is the same, it isnt nice when we have already paid a bit to get there and prepaid for packages and extras before we even embarked. We found the household staff a bit intense - we do not want our cabin turned down at night, dont want our things picked up and moved and dont want our already folded clothes refolded and put in one big pile. we tried to explain we didnt need the evening service thanks, which sort of fell on deaf ears so we started to put up the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door. A morning spruce-up of the cabin is nice, fresh towels etc (which sometimes when the old ones were removed no new towels were left in replacement) but this constant in and out was a bit much. The premium non-alcholic drinks package was a brilliant investment - we used that a lot. Really liked that we had this as we are frequently at Cafe el Bacio on level 5, where most of the staff who prepare coffees etc do a sterling job. We had one staff member who made ghastly coffees, frappes etc - I mentioned to the wait staff who brought the coffee that it wasnt very good at all, she made excuses for the fact it was awful, then must have gone back and told the girl who was acting as barista that day. We heard "expletive you" from behind the counter, so we consequently made a decision to AVOID the cafe if this staff member was on the machines. Because so many of the rest of the staff were really nice and some made really quite good coffees, we did not go down to Guest Relations and make a complaint. On the mainland it would have been very different. OCEANVIEW CAFE - is really okay actually, they try really hard to turn out a good selection for the masses, I think they do very well and have no complaints. A great staple with a stack of selection. Whats not to like. I will say though that real vegetable selection was sparse but once again it must be hard to carry enough of everything on a ship. GRAND EPERNAY - We went twice. It was a horrid experience and is the fly-in-the-soup of the restaurant dining experience for us. We refused to go back there again, rather using speciality restaurants most nights or good old ocean view cafe. Epernay was like a factory, noisy, seated almost right on top of the next couple where too many 2-seat tables had been crammed together. The cruise demographic did not help Epernay I suspect, all trying to turn up at the same time for dinner and of course the staff will attempt to accommodate them, but its not nice when you just want to eat in peace and the neighbours who are almost sitting on your lap feel obliged to talk to you. Other half and I obliged somewhat, but werent really there for the chitchat with others beyond the odd hello here and there so found that felt like a difficult transaction that was forced upon us because of the tight space. The food was okay but not outstanding. MURANO - We love Murano and have been many times. Small portions but you will feel stuffed when you leave, nicely prepared food. A definite 10 out of 10. SUSHI ON 5 - a hidden gem! Once again suspect because of the demographic on the ship it has been under-utilised on this trip. Good sushi, great serving staff - this was our other 10 out of 10. A really great sushi chef. MARTINI BAR - loved it. Good martinis pre dinner - candied apple martini and dessert martinis scrumptious. A fair few happy martinis pre dinner were had. The whole laundry service isnt a good concept - I have woollen items that I am NOT paying someone else to wreck, and anyway we refuse to pay at least 25USD per day on Laundry. Its not that we cant afford it, its that they warn you that its a case of caveat emptor when it comes to using laundry services. No thanks. We did pre-order two cakes off the web site for the stateroom - one choc raspberry for one week, and one choc coffee. We got the same choc raspberry each time which wasnt that great so consequently ended up getting binned. We just let it go because sometimes things can be very hard to sort, and when we mentioned it to the housekeeping girl who brought it to the room (that they had got it wrong and we received the same thing two weeks running) she just looked blank, and to be honest I couldnt be bothered going there. Be careful when ordering cakes in advance as a room treat. We didnt do organised shore packages - more just a trip into town in whatever port we were in. It was really great. Didnt go into adelaide but went everywhere else. Shop staff in esperance WA rude. We didnt do theatre etc - for us this has been about catching our breath and decompressing on a real break. The Gym and the Persian garden top up have been great. For better or worse we feel like we had a break. This has been our learning curve cruise - we now know how it works. The mistake we made is that we didnt go for suite class in the booking phase. It might have given us a bit more respite from some of the faux snobbery that seems to prevail amongst certain of the demographic, but on thorough dissection we have decided we are going to bite the bullet and go for royal suite or penthouse suite class next time if we go celebrity as that will give us the extras and packages that we bought anyway if I understand correctly, plus a suite with a bit more room will be a bonus! Dont get me wrong through - I have never felt like we are falling all over one another, but a bit more space will make it really amazing. We went down to future cruises and tried to secure something for approx 2 years away in July 2021 - the very helpful lady there told us that we could find 2021 cruises up on the site by the end of this year - that works for us. We've already worked out that we want to do St Petersburg 14 nights, Viking cruises does a better itinerary of stops in Scandinavia but we are debating giving Celebrity another go and see if booking a different sort of class of accommodation irons out the wrinkles, so to speak. All in all, a very good experience, we feel rested and like we have had a real holiday, someone else has done the driving and the cooking and the cleaning. Loved seeing Melbourne and Sydney again, the sounds are stunning and Dunedin is a southern gem. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Cunard oozes tradition at every turn; and the 'best of British' but is it suitable for families and kids ? Well we just arrived in Melbourne after a 6 night cruise from Fremantle with a 7 year old boy for my mother's ... Read More
Cunard oozes tradition at every turn; and the 'best of British' but is it suitable for families and kids ? Well we just arrived in Melbourne after a 6 night cruise from Fremantle with a 7 year old boy for my mother's 80th birthday present. We probably would not normally have chosen Cunard with a child but my mother had a lifetime dream which we wanted to fulfill of traveling aboard the QEII so this was our best option. Embarkation in Fremantle was a little 'hit-and-miss' with the requested wheel chair for mum nowhere to be found and her walker arriving just before the 4:15pm safety briefing. The staff were all very accommodating but this really wasn't the best start given our previous wonderful experiences with P&O departing out of Fremantle. Yes, there is a kids-club with ages separated into 2yrs to 8yrs and 8yrs to 14yrs. The staff were delightful and so attentive to the 12 children travelling. You can rest assured that the kids will have plenty to do with the club open from 10am -12noon, 2pm - 5pm and then 6pm - 11pm on sea days. While there are no fancy water slides or fun character shows or bumper cars there are the traditional shuffleboard, bowls, tennis and a wonderful library and card room with plenty of board ganmes to borrow. This is traditional cruising the way it use to be with none of the frills and excitement that family orientated ships now include. So come prepared for the occasional 'I'm board' because there is not 24/7 entertainment - kids have to make up their own fun for a change ! The age profile is very much slanted to the older end of the spectrum which means plenty of adopted grannies and pas around who are mostly young at heart and only too delighted to engage with young, well mannered little people. However, it's a bit like visiting Grandma's home where there are rules to obey. The ship's decor is all in a magnificent Art Deco style with plush interiors and carpets. So running through the atrium in a bathing suit with an icecream is absoultutely NOT OK !! The food options more than cater for kids with free flowing icecream, fish and chips, plenty of delicious choices and the chef will even adapt to various food alergies if required. Somehow the needs of both old and young are often very similar ! The rooms are all wonderfuly comfortable and cater for famileles of up to 4 in a room. The room stewards are all very helpful and room service is free for those nights when you just want a pizza and a movie in bed. Cunard would not be our first choice for young children as there is a need to really encourage a slightly older approach to cruising that relies on children being able to makeup their own fun and not be constantly entertained. Having said this, that's not necessarily a bad thing but parents will need to be ever present. We had the most wonderful 'multi-generational' cruise and 6 nights was the perfect length. Having done 8 cruises now as a family we were fairly well prepared for this type of holiday but it's not for everyone and you need to do your research. Thank you Cunard and Her Majesty QE for a most delightful and charming walk back in time to an eara of gracious opulance when kids were well behaved and had to use their own imgination to have fun ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Booked this cruise from Fremantle to Fremantle for 5 nights. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before. We both loved it! A great first experience on a grand old lady. Our room was bigger than expected with an ocean view room ... Read More
Booked this cruise from Fremantle to Fremantle for 5 nights. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before. We both loved it! A great first experience on a grand old lady. Our room was bigger than expected with an ocean view room with a double bed. Very clean room which was cleaned twice a day by Augustine. A lovely man who placed balloons on our door and organised an anniversary card for us. Hot and strong water pressure in the shower. Never used the fridge. Plenty of storage. We were on the baltic deck, room 417. A bit rough the first night, but I got used to the movement of the boat in consecutive days. We ordered the CMV Premium drinks package at $48 per person per room per day. I kept all drink receipts and we ending up drinking $110 more than the drinks package. Glasses of white and red wine, sparkling, most spirits, cocktails, mocktails included in the price. Gede the barman was a great asset to the ship. Food in the Waldorf restaurant was very good, however I did not find a good dessert. The afternoon tea in the Ubersee club was ok, but the cakes, scones etc tasted stale. Breakfast in the Waldorf was help yourself with lunch and dinner served to you. We ate at the Mediterranean and Asian fusion restaurants as well, and the food was spectacular. An extra $15 per person which was well worth it. 6 courses and they were all good. Some staff in the restaurant were friendlier than others, thank you Anastasia who gave outstanding service in the Waldorf. Activities weren't that exciting, we did enjoy the quizzes which were on twice a day. Karaoke and the disco was also fun. Activities were centred around the older clientele (70 years plus), we are in our 40's. This did not cause too much of a problem though, we just had another drink! Lol. Did not try the pools or spa/ beauty salon. On our wedding anniversary we received an anniversary cake with sparklers and had our photo taken. The company has just sent me an email of this photo, thank you very much. This ship is lovely, a pity it will finish cruising off Fremantle this season. A bigger ship is coming in its place so it will be interesting to compare them. My husband and I definitely would love to go on another cruise again. Thank you to all staff on board for a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Sydney Harbor for NY Eve reason for trip. Supposed to see fireworks from ship, docked at White Bay - poor dockage - back view of bridge, lack of transportation to/from. Bought an overpriced NY Eve party at the zoo. It was awful, to ... Read More
Sydney Harbor for NY Eve reason for trip. Supposed to see fireworks from ship, docked at White Bay - poor dockage - back view of bridge, lack of transportation to/from. Bought an overpriced NY Eve party at the zoo. It was awful, to their credit, I received a full refund - that can't cancel out an event of a lifetime. Shore excursions cancelled, private transfer booked (shore excursions person to meet me on shore - he didn't, then tried to blow it off as a 'miscommunication'. I called him out - then he said he had something else to do). I was told I received emails (at least 3) I didn't. ..including the final statement - they proudly state they are 'eco friendly' - I would get an email statement (should I pay $30/hour to check my email on the ship...really...shame on them). Thank goodness I asked for the paper statement so I could see my $1000 credit for the NY Eve mess. Crew and passengers embark/disembark at same location on the ship - it makes a mess...long lines to get on/off ship. Buffet was self serve - passengers and crew were coughing and sick...not surprising. Soon people were reaching for the food with their hands, staff didn't care. Staff uses passenger elevators/stairs and are constantly moving tables and chairs thru the public areas. If you are in their way they just push you.It was really bad . won't be back Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Booked this cruise nearly three years ago so, looking forward to Christmas and NY on board ship and especially fireworks in Sydney harbour. The day we boarded in Fremantle, Western Australia the temperature was 41c, like anoven. Great ... Read More
Booked this cruise nearly three years ago so, looking forward to Christmas and NY on board ship and especially fireworks in Sydney harbour. The day we boarded in Fremantle, Western Australia the temperature was 41c, like anoven. Great to get on board, no queuing which was good. Didn’t have to wait long for our luggage to arrive. Then up to get some lunch in Windows Cafe. We booked a Club Balcony, Port side. Having been on Azamara ships before we knew what to expect especially the small bathroom and shower with the plastic curtains!! However, all clean. It was a lovely balmy evening when we sailed out of Fremantle although we did head into rougher seas during the night. Our first port of call was Albany which we had been to many times before as we lived in Perth for a number of years. Albany was much cooler and good to walk around and stretch those legs. Christmas Day was spent cruising the Great Australian Bight. We went for the brunch at around 10am, very busy but some amazing choices of food. The main meal being in the evening which was great. No complaints about food on this cruise what so ever, well, breakfast was pretty much the same each morning but, I did enjoy the black pudding!! We did a ships tour when we docked in Adelaide, which to be honest was not great due to the fact our tour guide could not get the microphone to work. Anyway, we toured around Adelaide,headed for Mt Lofty to get some amazing views over Adelaide and the coast. Then headed to Hansdorff in the hills. A stinking hot day 41c. Hansdorff is a very pretty little town settled a century ago by the Germans and still retains a lot of character. The following day we were docked in Kangaroo Island. Then two days at sea before we sailed into Sydney Harbour. Went shopping as the January sales were on. I must say at this point, we did not do any tours as we live in Australia and have been to all the places on this cruise before. Shuttle buses were provided each day we were in port, on NYE they were dropping guests at Central Station from there you can catch a train to Circular Quay and elsewhere in Sydney. This was because a number of roads were closed due to the fireworks that Evening. Day two we were dropped at Darling Harbour from where you can catch a ferry into Circular Quay. All buses ran smoothly each day. New Years Eve, the ship put on alfresco dining on the main deck but, unfortunately there was a heavy down pour at 8pm which ruined everything. Fortunately, we had decided to eat in the main dining room. At midnight we went up on deck to watch the fireworks and although we were seeing them from the backside of the bridge they were still amazing. I gather people who went to the zoo got drenched due to the earlier downpour. So glad we never paid the extortionate price the ship was asking. Day two in Sydney we met up with a friend for lunch in Darling Harbour. Our last port of call was Hobart, Tasmania. Most unusual for Hobart it was stinking hot, 36c. Walked around the dock and took photos of some of the yaghts that were still in dock after finishing the Sydney to Hobart race. Last stop Melbourne where we disembarked. The disembarkation was very smooth as was the coach trip back to the airport, all handled very well. My main moan, too many days at sea, did we really need to go straight from Adelaide to Sydney. The evening entertainment, well 4 opera singers gets a bit boring. Variety is needed. Too many people going down with coughs which I ended up with. Ships stewards were great, always smiling. They work so hard. Food was good, much better than our last cruise on Azamara Journey in July 18. Overall, a good cruise, met some lovely people. Oh, nearly forgot, we did enjoy the Ships Expo they put on for one of our sea days, excellent, good to see and chat to staff who work in the background keeping everything ticking over Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Whilst we had an enjoyable time on the cruise, we met some great people and in general the crew were fabulous and hard working. There are always one or two who have not taken their customer service training to heart. The beds and pillows ... Read More
Whilst we had an enjoyable time on the cruise, we met some great people and in general the crew were fabulous and hard working. There are always one or two who have not taken their customer service training to heart. The beds and pillows were amazing as always but we felt the cabins were a big let down. The brochure images do not prepare you for the tiny, enclosed metal balcony with barely enough room to put two chairs and a tiny side table. It would have been interesting if we had decided to take advantage of the balcony dining option! There was a lot of rust in evidence and generally the ship is showing its age. It had been a couple of years since our last Princess cruise and as many have mentioned drink prices have gone through the roof - we do not drink a lot but an average of Au $14 per drink is a might ambition. The restaurant food was generally good - but on a 17 day cruise it started to be a little repetitive. The usually much anticipated lobster night was a major let down, with the concensus being it was as tough as old boots! There was plenty to do, activities wise on sea days and the shore days were great with the exception of Alotau PNG - whilst I appreciate this is to enable tax free prices (I would hate to think they could be any more expensive). The Shoes were great and the singers fantastic- a guest singer was just fabulous. Embarkation and disembarkation were a dream, with the exception of Brisbane- the first Australia port after PNG, so everyone had to go through customs, which took forever and therefore significantly reduced an already short shore day where most people wanted to shop. All in all an enjoyable time but with reservations about a repeat cruise on Sun Princess, which I understand will be cruising in the Southern Hemisphere for at least another couple of years. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I won a cruise voucher in competition. I had never been on a cruise before. I chose a short cruise just to see how we would like it. We had a fantastic time! The cabin was very comfortable, I chose a balcony as I hadn't been on a ... Read More
I won a cruise voucher in competition. I had never been on a cruise before. I chose a short cruise just to see how we would like it. We had a fantastic time! The cabin was very comfortable, I chose a balcony as I hadn't been on a cruise before and thought an inside one without windows might be a bit claustrophobic, but now I have been I would be happy to be in either type on any future cruises, there is so much to do on the ship and so many quiet places to sit and read or do other things that you hardly spend any time in the cabin anyway. There is also plenty of places to sit and watch the ocean, you don't need your own balcony. The entertainment was awesome, you were made to feel welcome and encouraged to join in with the dancing and activities and I mean encouraged in a good way, not pushy. There was so much to do on the ship, great live shows in the theatre, movies in the theatre or outside under the stars, parties, dancing, bars, casino, kids club, library, gym. You can make your holiday a quiet relaxed one or you can party every day, make it whatever you want. We had a wonderful time and will definitely go on another cruise with Princess. I travelled with my 12 year old daughter and she loved it, she met a lot of other kids on the cruise and made some friends, they then met up and did activities together, she said the kids club was great. It was Halloween and the kids club took the kids trick or treating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Princess cruise have the best staff- keep everyone safe and ensure quality and good service. We had a great time and enjoyed talking with other cruisers and staff. It was a shorter cruise and no passport required which always brings a ... Read More
Princess cruise have the best staff- keep everyone safe and ensure quality and good service. We had a great time and enjoyed talking with other cruisers and staff. It was a shorter cruise and no passport required which always brings a party demographic but still enjoyed the food and entertainment. Thank you to the Captain for keeping everyone safe in poor weather. Some were disappointed by the cancellation of some onboard entertainment and also the cancellation of Busselton port, but we were thankful for the Captains call and appreciated his decision to put the safety of those onboard above pleasing the masses. It was a short get- away in difficult weather with uncomfortably big waves. However, the smiles and pleasant nature of staff onboard made our little holiday fun!! May I also take this opportunity to publicly offer a Thank you to Suresh, Harold, Rudielo, Phoebe, Adrienne, Daisy, George , Alvivio and our Captain for all your efforts. Non Voyage until next time. Keep up the great work and fabulous standard. Wish we could have brought you all home to our place and made you dinner. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have cruised with Princess 10 times and wanted a getaway with no flights. Which is very rare in Perth as the Cruise Lines are ignoring Perth especially for Fremantle return cruises and North instead of cold rough South cruises now ... Read More
We have cruised with Princess 10 times and wanted a getaway with no flights. Which is very rare in Perth as the Cruise Lines are ignoring Perth especially for Fremantle return cruises and North instead of cold rough South cruises now almost never happen. Princess think Aussies love cruising now at any cost and are continually increasing cruise prices drink prices and decreasing service just to see how far they can go I think. Drinks in a year have almost doubled shots of Drambuie for instance last year $7.95 this year $13.75 for 45ml. Stopped all Happy Hours so the Wheelhouse bar is now like a morgue and used to be the party place. Most passengers in bed by 10pm now as to expensive now to party an enjoy. Closed the fantastic free pizzeria to put another rubbish over priced almost unused restaurant. No Kettle in the rooms is ridiculous they prefer us to call room service continually for boiling water and have staff walking the corridors with that thinking its safer. Surely two adults in a cabin can have a kettle even if we signed a waiver. Cabins are tired an outdated, bed was very good though. Guest entertainers were very good but the same old Princess shows every time we are with Princess gets boring. Need much better music by the pools with Aussie themes not Jamaican, and use the big screen for up to date music videos to get a great pool atmosphere not old movies blaring out while passengers trying to enjoy relaxing and the pool area. Almost no pool area drinks service you have to queue at the over used pool bar with everyone sitting in front of it so almost impossible to get served. Princess need to listen to their passengers especially in Perth an base a newer larger ship here and do more Fremantle return cruises and go North not South, bring back Happy Hours, Pizza and fun! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Thought it would be a great little spring get away..Was not disappointed. It was a 4 day cruise to Albany and Busselton From Fremantle. Service was great.The ship looks pretty good after her small facelift..The Food was as usual ... Read More
Thought it would be a great little spring get away..Was not disappointed. It was a 4 day cruise to Albany and Busselton From Fremantle. Service was great.The ship looks pretty good after her small facelift..The Food was as usual very good and the New Curtis Stone restaurant, Share was excellent. Due to the inclement weather we were unable to stop at Busselton on the way back however the activities on board kept us entertained.. I have cruised many many times. The Sun Princess is not The QM2 and does not pretend to be ..nor is she the Oasis but she is a clean and comfortable..with wonderful staff.. My only request would be, better Coffee in the Horizon Buffet and not such long queues for a coffee at the Coffee shop. I do prefer a ship of the Sin Princess size. it is easy to get around.The Lounges and Atrium areas are lovely with lots of entertainment..There are also nice quiet areas such as The Library if you want some quiet time.Great Value. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wished to go on a Fremantle to Fremantle cruise and this was the first available for a booking. Happily we received an upgrade from the balcony cabin booked to a club Class Mini Suite We found the experience restful, comfortable and ... Read More
We wished to go on a Fremantle to Fremantle cruise and this was the first available for a booking. Happily we received an upgrade from the balcony cabin booked to a club Class Mini Suite We found the experience restful, comfortable and a joy to undertake. The two highlights were the friendly staff (particularly the Regency club class staff and our cabin steward Joseph) and the amazingly comfortable bed with cloud like pillows. Also worthy of mention are the spacious cabin (Club Class mini suite), some top class entertainment (notbly singer ..Joli), amazing food in the Regency dining room, some fun activities and great shopping opportunities. Less positive were that we could not go ashore in Busselton due to weather concerns keeping the ship overnight in Albany, and subsequent less than comfortable travelling in the morning. Still, we can see Busselton any time and got to experience more luxury on board. I would repeat that trip in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The reason for this cruise was because it was the Sun Princess and this was our third time on this ship. The cruise was perfect for a four night getaway to just relax. The embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and professionally ... Read More
The reason for this cruise was because it was the Sun Princess and this was our third time on this ship. The cruise was perfect for a four night getaway to just relax. The embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and professionally done. Our cabin was a mini suite and it was so lovely and clean and it was kept clean all throughout the day. There are so many options to choose from or just chill out like we did. The food is lovely and so much to choose from. There are so many good movies to watch in the room if you want or there are outside movies and concerts to watch on the outdoor screen. There is a theatre room with lots of fantastic entertainment. The Captain and all the crew are just so friendly and will always attend to your needs. We really do enjoy cruising on the Sun Princess and we will definitely cruise again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise as it was convenient sailing out of and back to Fremantle , the sun princess is s but jaded but would be fine for new cruisers , the entertainment was first class and the food superb, attention to detail with service ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was convenient sailing out of and back to Fremantle , the sun princess is s but jaded but would be fine for new cruisers , the entertainment was first class and the food superb, attention to detail with service is shy we return to princess cruises time after time, the stateroom was ideal as my partner gets motion sickness and being on plaza deck near midship has less motion and greatly convenient to the piazza, coffee shop and all the shops , how the staff in the coffee shop can remember my type of coffee with 2000 passengers aboard is magic , we make the ship our destination not the ports it’s going to, weather was stunning and staff amazing in all aspects, if you want s cruise out of Fremantle I would book early . Would do this cruise again for the short 9 daybreak again . Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because It was Fremantle to Fremantle. The people of Perth have been neglected by the cruise lines for choice and Fremantle return cruises, perth people appear to be treated second class by the cruise lines. Giving us ... Read More
We chose this cruise because It was Fremantle to Fremantle. The people of Perth have been neglected by the cruise lines for choice and Fremantle return cruises, perth people appear to be treated second class by the cruise lines. Giving us very limited options and usually the small tired old ships. Bring back the 12-17 day Top end or Singapore cruises from Fremantle and return, which saves money and hassle on flying and makes the holiday stress free. The entertainment onboard was very good apart from Princess still repeating the same old shows that I’ve seen on past cruises like British Invasion etc. The big screen needs more music videos not blaring out rubbish movies ,cirque du soleil, or documentaries while passengers trying to enjoy pool area and relaxation. The 24 hour cafe is very good great food however coffee not very good an waiters are miserable. Guest services desk very helpful and sorted out any problems. Dining Room was perfect, food very good but menu sometimes basic and repetitive, the Buffett was generally very good although vegetables were scarce and seats sometimes very hard to find. Princess Cruises decision to almost double drink prices in a year since my last cruise and remove Happy Hours is a ridiculous and terrible decision! It has also ruined the Wheelhouse bar which used to be packed and had a party atmosphere but now mostly empty and depressing. Eg: Drambuie $7.95 now $13.75 and no Happy Hour. The removal of the pizzeria another terrible decision and to just replace the great pizzas with thick doughy square slices at the grill instead of real pizza is stupid idea. Embarkment and Disembarkment was perfect very quick no queues. After a 121 days with Princess I wont be going again unless they reverse the silly decisions and also give the people of Perth better, modern and larger ships and better cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have cruised many times with Princess, and are yet to have a bad experience. Of course, having reached "Elite" level in their loyalty program, we are treated very well indeed, and it does add to an experience that is already ... Read More
We have cruised many times with Princess, and are yet to have a bad experience. Of course, having reached "Elite" level in their loyalty program, we are treated very well indeed, and it does add to an experience that is already great. Why Sun Princess? - She's just the right size, and although there are a few frayed edges, it's like putting on a favourite old pair of slippers - She wraps herself around you, and says "Hi, welcome back - I've missed you!" The crew and service personnel are all first class. They all greet you with a smile, and very quickly get to remember your name. Our cabin steward - Ronaldo - was excellent. A man of few words, but great at his job. Sometimes I think he knew what we wanted before we did!! We were in the "Madeira Suite" on this cruise, which meant that we were able to access "Club Class" dining. The food was not that much different from that served in the MDR, but the ambience and attention to detail were fantastic. Full marks to waiters Tarra, Nikola and the rest - they helped to turn a good cruise into a great cruise. We ate once in "Share by Curtis Stone" - The food was fine, but I have to say that this restaurant suffers from a poor location. It used to be a Pizzeria, and worked just fine, but as a quality upmarket offering it doesn't work when passengers are continuously walking past your table, and there is a lot of noise from the Plaza area. Horizon Court was OK, but we did feel that the overall variety and quality of food offered had gone down. What we saw of the entertainment was fine. A particular shout out to Patrick McMahon - he is a true talent, who obviously loves what he does - and it shows!. I have to say that the Lifeboat safety drill was an absolute debacle! Whilst we were please not to have to carry our lifejackets with us, having to wait in a hot overcrowded room for almost an hour, only to hear a VERY brief safety message was unacceptable. Some blame must go to those passengers who ambled in, late, as though it didn't matter - one only hopes that they would have moved faster in a real emergency! Finally, we have just one concern. We were left with the impression that Princess is "dumbing down" it's offering - the gap between it and P and O Australia does seem to be closing.We have always seen Princess as offering a very comfortable experience - moderately luxurious, but without the snobbery that one sometimes finds elsewhere.I hate to say this, but on this cruise, we saw many passengers who frankly would have been better served by P and O Australia - Nowhere was this more evident than in the dining room, where on formal nights, people were being admitted in T-shirts and jeans. All in all, though, we had a wonderful time, on a wonderful old Lady of the Sea Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise, it being the only one Fremantle to Fremantle because being from Perth we didn’t want to fly. Embarkation was great, no waiting and staff were very friendly. We have been on this ship a few times now but were very ... Read More
We chose this cruise, it being the only one Fremantle to Fremantle because being from Perth we didn’t want to fly. Embarkation was great, no waiting and staff were very friendly. We have been on this ship a few times now but were very disappointed that they have taken away Verdi’s Pizzeria which was always popular and replaced it with an over priced restaurant (Curtis Stone). There was no pizza anywhere else, they classed the squares of thick basically bread with little toppings at the Grill as the pizzeria. The horizon court food was very tasty but needed a lot more variety as there was a very small amount of vegetables being mainly potatoes and carrots, no cauliflower, pumpkin or broccoli. And I was very disappointed that there was never prawns up there. On previous cruises with Princess there was always an endless supply. Another item of food they’ve deleted from the menu to save money. Another surprise for us was the removal of Happy Hour, what are you’s thinking?? The drinks have gone up to ridiculous prices, almost double and no Happy hours. The wheelhouse bar which is usually packed and rocking was always empty! It’s been spoilt by Princess. Plus the waiters in the wheelhouse bar tried hard not to notice you when they walked past and spent most of the time at the bar. The dining room was always very nice food, our waiter could’ve had a bit more of a personality. Entertainment in the Theatre was great except the Princess dancers and singers doing the same routines and acts on every ship. British Invasion and Motown etc which I’ve seen many times. Didn’t do any excursions as they were also overpriced. The cafe on deck 5 has great pastries, rolls and desserts but the coffee was very weak. Being a cafe it’s the one place you think they’d get it right. Plus I got ignored by the waiter. He served people around me like I wasn’t even there. Quite rude. They need more music around the pool area also. All these 30 min shows are pointless and put some music videos on the big screens! All this Cirque du Soleil crap hour after hour and documentaries are boring and annoying. People want good pool party music. Also the public toilets on several occasions were disgusting! Need more frequent cleaning. I’ve done 105 days with Princess but are thinking of switching to Rccl if things aren’t changed. Bring more Princess ships to Fremantle, Not Astor! do return trips, bring back Happy Hour, bring back the Pizzeria and put the drinks prices back to where they were. Seems like Princess are trying to see how much they can rip us off before we complain. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Princess do a great job - value for money is certainly a focus for us and Princess always deliver. Are things always perfect - well no of course not - but then we don't have an over inflated opinion of our own importance and as a ... Read More
Princess do a great job - value for money is certainly a focus for us and Princess always deliver. Are things always perfect - well no of course not - but then we don't have an over inflated opinion of our own importance and as a result don't let little inconveniences dominate our lives as it appears some do. The trip was from Fremantle to Albany and then to Broome and back to Freo. Overall an excellent cruise with good food, great service and terrific entertainment. What wasn't perfect - well the wine available was limited - which meant either the ordering department didn't do it's job or the suppliers let Princess down. Was it a problem, well not really, just inconvenient - there were many options but not the wine style my wife liked - however this was not the end of the world. What was excellent was the transition we had to make from one cabin to another after four days as the trip to Broome was another cruise entirely. If we had wanted the excellent cabin staff would have moved us - we didn't need that support as we were more than capable of doing the move ourselves but it was instructive to know the service is available. We missed two ports due to bad weather - that's unfortunate but well explained by the Captain and certainly safety is a premium for the crew and passengers Overall and once again Princess proved that they go above and beyond. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018

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