81 Perth (Fremantle) Senior Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
Started at Hong Kong, 6 days through Vietnam to Singapore, been with Princess lots of times and rated the company, however not again. Embarkation was lengthy to say the least . long lines. Ship although one of the older ones was ... Read More
Started at Hong Kong, 6 days through Vietnam to Singapore, been with Princess lots of times and rated the company, however not again. Embarkation was lengthy to say the least . long lines. Ship although one of the older ones was fine , cabins were ok bathrooms fine. Where they let themselves down was the levels of service in bars, pool areas, and anywhere where you expected staff to be which was shocking, There was very little choice of drinks in bars very little beer stocked . you had to get your own drinks at every location which is disgraceful as they charge you 15% gratuity on every drink for service and you have to get it your self. Borderline fraudulent. Complaints everywhere, no senior staff anywhere to make your views known. Ruined a great cruise as restaurant service and room service were fine. elsewhere there just was not enough staff and the stocking of bars was non existant Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
As our other cruises had always departed from Sydney,we were excited to be able to cruise from Fremantle for a change.Plus,we had never been to Malasia,Phuket or Singapore before.In the weeks leading up to our cruise,I started reading a ... Read More
As our other cruises had always departed from Sydney,we were excited to be able to cruise from Fremantle for a change.Plus,we had never been to Malasia,Phuket or Singapore before.In the weeks leading up to our cruise,I started reading a few reviews on the Sun Princess,so I was a bit anxious for a start as a few were negative.However,we found the ship,meals,entertainment ,service & excursions first class,& had a great time.Both the embarkation & disembarkation went really smoothly.We enjoyed the cruise so much,that we intend to cruise on the Sun Princess again in the future,& would recommend it to anyone wishing to have a great value for money cruise.At the end of our cruise,at Singapore,the ship is spending 2 weeks in dry dock to get a refurbish which will make it even better. The majority of the passengers were seniors (as we were),but we still managed to mix with younger couples along the way.The entertainment was first class--both the musicians and the dancers.Prices for drinks were the normal restaurant prices--about $8.75 beer & wine,&$12.00 for cocktails.We didn't use the drinks package as it amounted to $80/per day,per person,which is a bit steep,Also $29/day for internet use we thought was a bit high,especially as we only wanted to send a couple of emails.Apart from this,we had a great holiday relaxing in the spa, the pool,& around the bars listening to the great entertainment,and would recommend the Sun Princess to anyone wishing to get away. Cheers Leo. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
we enjoy new places to see. Cruising is a good holiday for someone with limited mobility always someone to help you. We enjoyed the onboard lectures on ports and topic of interest, more so than active activities. We thought that hygiene ... Read More
we enjoy new places to see. Cruising is a good holiday for someone with limited mobility always someone to help you. We enjoyed the onboard lectures on ports and topic of interest, more so than active activities. We thought that hygiene update( directed to new wash basins at entrance to buffet) was very good as we have been on one cruise where a virus infected 1/3 of the passengers. Would enjoy more ports of around our country. Choose ports where there are no tenders as Phuket was booked out for an along side birth and the sea was very rough making passengers on the return trip very sick as we bobbed around in the sea waiting for 2 other tenders to board in such rough conditions. We were out there waiting for our tun to unload up to an hour. Beware of cost of port transport from ship to hotel, use local taxis rather than ship organized transport very much cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Sipping a drink on the balcony, swimming daily and eating well in comfort while waited on by friendly. talented staff. What is not to like?? Evening entertainment was professional and well suited to the crowd attending. The shore ... Read More
Sipping a drink on the balcony, swimming daily and eating well in comfort while waited on by friendly. talented staff. What is not to like?? Evening entertainment was professional and well suited to the crowd attending. The shore excursions were well planned and carried out.with tender port handled safely and quickly, The destination selection offered variety, Our balcony cabin was maintained daily by a delightful steward who daily filled our ice bucket to enable cool drinks in the hot humid climate. A large range of movies from all genre was greatly appreciated, especially as other cruise lines charge excessive amounts for a single film. Embarkation was smooth and welcoming and had a feeling of coming home.Cabin was ready and the buffet was waiting for us' The bar service was friendly and the environment relaxing and tidy. Drink pricing has risen and many on board were unhappy about no longer having the always popular happy hour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Why did I choose this Cruise. The reasons are many and varied and in retrospect I am wondering why. Firstly this cruise started and left from my home port of Fremantle, as did my previous Princess Cruise, the 2015 INDIAN OCEAN ... Read More
Why did I choose this Cruise. The reasons are many and varied and in retrospect I am wondering why. Firstly this cruise started and left from my home port of Fremantle, as did my previous Princess Cruise, the 2015 INDIAN OCEAN ODYSSEY There were no other cruise lines operating this itinerary from Fremantle, it was this or nothing, extremely limiting in this case. Having arrived at the Terminal and started the Check in procedure, all was going well until the point an impatient Staff Member snatched my documents from my hand and scattered them all over the floor along with other papers and money that I was attempting to put back in my document folder, at this point I was separated from my wife who was whisked along one of two lines, it took sometime before we met up again at Immigration, from there things proceeded quite smoothly. The cabin was fine. it was referred to as a STATEROOM, Poetic License here, but that was OK with me, I got what I expected. We chose to eat in the Horizon Buffet as we did on our previous trip when we enjoyed most meals, For this trip the Horizon was a let down, mostly the food was limited to cheaper quality meals that were mainly Luke war to just about cold in some cases. There was a distinct lack of fish dishes, Prawns that were plentiful on the last cruise, were not in evidence until the last night. The Roast Meats were predominately Pork. Having said that, the Pork was some of the best I had ever eaten. Some of the Soups were excellent and mostly HOT (Temperature wise). The choice of Bread and rolls was very good and of the highest quality. Sweets were a big let down, mostly Jellies, Bread and Butter Pudding and similar choices. The NO ICE CREAM was a poor decision to remove from the sweets menu, when people asked, they were told if the wanted ICE CREAM, that they could go down one deck and buy it. Hmmmm.!..... that went down well with everyone. Excessive volumes from the CINEMA under the Stars seemed to be in excess of OH &S safe levels, to the point, where it was impossible to hold a conversation across the small tables. Repeated requests to reduce the sound level were ignored, to the point of desperation, where I rang Princess in Sydney to ask if they could possibly intervene, this also fell on Deaf Ears, they may have encountered this excess volume in the past. This noise pollution was NEVER RECTIFIED. Outdoor seating was very uncomfortable ( old chairs from the Pizza Bar I think. Drink prices, from water to Alcohol were priced at Top End restaurant prices, considering that alcohol would have been purchased by Princess at DUTY FREE prices, it was definitely a RIP OFF considering guests were limited to two bottles of wine. The constant Sales were most annoying and restricted movement around the ship. This was fine for people who like to shop, but we were on a Cruise, not a daily trip to a SHOPPING MALL at sea. Entertainment was very good and varied, and well patronised and enjoyed by most. Internet pricing was high, having said that , I found it fast and efficient. Bar service on Deck 12 could have been much better, some Bar Staff were excellent, whilst others left a lot to be desired. The TERRACE GRILL was Top Notch with great staff and fast service, however the Menu was limited. Ships Announcements, were mostly gibberish when they were done by staff with English as a second language, in comparison to the Clear and Concise English of the Captain. General Announcements need to be improved. Princess promote themselves as Cruise specialists, This is different to what they deliver, and is far from what cruising once was, what they provide is transport, a bed and board and a shopping mall with different destinations. This may come across as a whinge, however I was asked for a review, so there it is, Warts and all. If you were on this voyage, and have no criticism, then you are just the people Princess want. as long as you accept declining standards of Cruising, this is what you get. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
It was from Fremantle and visited lots of interesting places. We loved it the food at the buffet had something for everyone ( lm a vegetarian ) and my husband a diebetic he loved the sugar free desserts and the hot porridge ( at breakfast ... Read More
It was from Fremantle and visited lots of interesting places. We loved it the food at the buffet had something for everyone ( lm a vegetarian ) and my husband a diebetic he loved the sugar free desserts and the hot porridge ( at breakfast ) I liked walking the mile around the deck 3 times a day ( to offset all the food I was eating,I only put on 1 1/2 kg which isn’t too bad , I caught up on my reading 71/2 books donated 7 to the library which didn’t seem to have many books in it , our room Stewart Bernardo couldn’t do enough for us he was so nice ( from the Philippines ) also drink Stewart Tony from India and another one from BALI all were so nine and helpful , we also had a very nice “ High Tea “ thank you princess cruises for a wonderful holiday Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I was unfortunate to have a severe allergic reaction to something I ate on board and my whole body was covered in welts and a red itchy rash. I also collapsed in my stateroom. I was presented with a medical bill for almost $1600-00 for ... Read More
I was unfortunate to have a severe allergic reaction to something I ate on board and my whole body was covered in welts and a red itchy rash. I also collapsed in my stateroom. I was presented with a medical bill for almost $1600-00 for treatment of which $1070-00 was for professional services only and the rest for medication and supplies. Absolutely riduculous!!!! Not to mention the attitude of the nurse who had to attend to me because it was 2-00 in the morning. She was not very happy and certainly let me know it. The other staff, whilst polite, were very abrupt and unsympathetic. Not much better to be said for the rest of the cruise. Ship is quite old and worn in certain areas i.e. taps not working and lifts very slow or not working. Food was average. Stateroom steward was excellent. Entertainment was very good but not long enough. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This ship was recommended by our travel agent as being most suitable for us as we are pensioners and into our upper 70's .The ship is very clean, well run and efficient, all the crew are delightful and very helpful at all times. Our ... Read More
This ship was recommended by our travel agent as being most suitable for us as we are pensioners and into our upper 70's .The ship is very clean, well run and efficient, all the crew are delightful and very helpful at all times. Our cabin was comfortable and in good condition and we were very well looked after by Marychristi, our cabin steward. However, we found we were a long walk from an affordable cup of tea from from our cabin on Deck 6 to the Ocean View Restaurant on Deck 14. The staff in the restaurants were efficient and attentive, especially Mathew and Happy in the Eperney? restaurant on Deck 4. The food in these restaurants was always excellent with interesting variations and well serviced by the many waiters. We enjoyed the very good shows put on in the comfortable theatre and the many interesting talks given throughout the voyage. Our shore excursions were well organised and we thoutoughly enjoyed our many new experiences onshore and viewing from our cabin verandah, which is what we really wanted to see. But it was very unfortunate that our visit in Milford sound had to be cancelled. I think our response to "would we go again", sadly has to be in the negative. We found that the extra expenses for the wide variety of activities on board were beyond our means (on a pensioners income), so we spent quite a bit of time looking for quiet spots to read. The $350 required for wifi connection also exceeded our budget and we had to rush about on shore visits loacting wifi hotspots. We also found that the large number of fellow passengers and loud music all around the ship quite overwhelmed us. We can sum up our voyage as a very interesting and enjoyable experience on an excellent ship, efficiently run - but we have ticked it off our 'to do bucket list' and will look for other experiences whilst we remain fit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
A cruise to New Zealand featuring a day in Milford sound & vicinity was the highlight we were looking forward to. We left Melbourne. 2 hours out Captain advises us that he had to turn the ship around & return to Melbourne with a ... Read More
A cruise to New Zealand featuring a day in Milford sound & vicinity was the highlight we were looking forward to. We left Melbourne. 2 hours out Captain advises us that he had to turn the ship around & return to Melbourne with a sick passenger Through the loss of time they would have to cancel the Milford sound visit & go straight on to Dunedin So 2799 passengers missed out on the key feature of the cruise? Surely some gesture from Celebrity acknowledging the fact that we did not get what we paid for would have been good PR ? The organisation on board for so many passengers was very good Choice of restaurants made it such a culinary delight, Wait staff exceptional Entertainment was a mixed bag Half the performers professional but some very ordinary singing from the chorus ,made up for by excellent choreography Top speakers spoke on very interesting topics Accents!! From the Captain down we found it often very difficult understand many speakers The captain ,very broad accent The Cruise director too many words too fast All the cooking demos were very difficult to understand. Bear in mind the average age group & their probable lack of good hearing The excursion were great Its pretty easy to show off this beautiful country Marlborough Sound was the highlight Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star ... Read More
Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star rating mainly because of the excellent service by the staff, including our room attendant for the second leg, again this was Raymundo who looked after our every need and his service was quite outstanding. As we were in Aqua Class, we dined in the restaurant for Aqua Class guests, which is called Blu. This time in our serving section of Blu, we received outstanding service from "Uncle Jimmy", ably assisted by Sabar, with our wine sommalier, Ben, plus all other staff members in Blu who also attended us from time, ten out of ten to these assistants too. We must also mention Dimitri in the World Class Bar, who gave us superb service during our second leg. After leaving Perth, our first port of call was Adelaide again. Here we found the disembarkation a lot smoother than the previous forward visit to this port, as Celebrity used two gangways which made ease of offloading of guests much smoother. Our next stop was Melbourne. Here the ship docks at Port Melbourne which is in close proximity to the shopping district of Port Melbourne and trams into the Melbourne city precinct. Our next stop was supposed to be the Sounds, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, but due to a medical emergency by one of the guests, the ship returned to the dock of Melbourne after an announcement over the PA system at about midnight. Here we lost approximately twelve hours of sailing time and it was the decision of the Captain and the Company to miss visiting the Sounds. A large number of guests were very unhappy about this decision as the Sounds are the major highlight of this particular voyage. A more practical solution would have been to miss either Dunedin, Akaroa or Wellington. As we ourselves had seen the Sounds before, we were not quite as upset as many other guests on board. The next port of call was Dunedin followed by Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and then the final leg to Sydney Australia. As we had seen many of the shows on the previous back to back cruise, we omitted to view these on the second leg, but they did have a few new single artists who were entertaining. We noticed during both cruises that some of the entertainers we had seen previously on Celebrity Solstice cruises and these entertainers need to have "fresh" material for guests, as you are hearing the same jokes and material. The public areas throughout the ship were always kept spotlessly clean by a highly efficient maintenance team. Hand sanitisers are provided at the openings to all restaurants, but we noticed on this second leg of the cruise there were a lot more people sneezing and coughing, which even after our own stringent hand washing with our own personal hand sanitiser, we still managed to still pick up head colds and flu. As is the case, it is not the ship that causes the colds and flu, it is the guests with no consideration whatsoever for the health of fellow passengers with their sanitising procedures. Arriving home sick with colds and flu is no fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because of places I would see. We flew about 22 hours to Australia from Finland and one of the highlights was Millford Sound in NZ. One of the revuers told here why visiting came to nothing. Something fishy about the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of places I would see. We flew about 22 hours to Australia from Finland and one of the highlights was Millford Sound in NZ. One of the revuers told here why visiting came to nothing. Something fishy about the decision not to go to Sounds, we could have speeded up a bit to see at least one of the three. Ship is well maintained, food tasteful, gym good, cabin nice and cabin service excellent. We had a balcony cabin, but mostly we were outdoors by the pool or skybar. Thank you for the breakfast porridge. I put on 3 kg while cruising though I used the walkingpath and gym. Other harpours and towns were interesting and exciting. Too many seadays for not-so-good-english speaking traveler and the entertainment was too loud to a senior, exspecially bar in third level and the theatre. We had shore excursions in our own language so I cant say nothing of ships excursions. I have been earlier Independence of Seas, Royal Caribbean, There was more entertaiment for forigners, danceshows, skating show and mini-golf. I liked it better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Family members rated Celebrity and the itinerary was just what we were looking for, so we opted for this particular cruise. What we were not told about was the constant, loud and inane "background" music, from which it was so ... Read More
Family members rated Celebrity and the itinerary was just what we were looking for, so we opted for this particular cruise. What we were not told about was the constant, loud and inane "background" music, from which it was so difficult to escape. Even on the helipad, for our departure from Wellington, we were unable to escape! On the tender from the ship to Akaroa, we were blasted with loud music, interrupted only briefly by the safety announcement which was nigh on impossible to hear clearly. A complaint to Guest Relations was met with total indifference. Compared to the dining we enjoyed on our Emirates Business Class fights from the UK to Australia, the dining on board the Celebrity Solstice was rather disappointing, although, to be fair, we found the fried bread in the Oceanview cafe to be outstanding. Our meal in the Tuscan Grill is also worthy of mention, although, even at a reduced cost of $35 each, it was overpriced.. The big plus for us was the excellent service we got from our cabin "stewardess" Marion - friendly, cheerful, polite and very helpful in getting a damaged shoe repaired for us. In conclusion, Celebrity will need to up its game somewhat if we are to be persuaded to sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had cruised with Celebrity Cruises in the past and had been pleased we had.Liked the ports of call on this relaxing cruise. Food was great as was the service. Good choice of restaurants and bars as you would expect from Celebrity. We ... Read More
We had cruised with Celebrity Cruises in the past and had been pleased we had.Liked the ports of call on this relaxing cruise. Food was great as was the service. Good choice of restaurants and bars as you would expect from Celebrity. We had great service from our cabin and dining stewards. The staff everywhere were obliging and friendly. Embarkation was hassle free and we were on board within the half hour from our arrival at the port. Our stateroom was ready within a short time after embarkation which was good. We were on the waiting list for My Time Dining before the cruise. Once on board we saw the concierge and no problem being reassigned to my time from the 8:30pm which was great as we were able to dine with our friends. We had done a similar cruise calling at some of the same ports but this was not a problem as you can't see eveything in the one day so visiting again was not a problem. All in all a good cruise from a great Cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was a getaway for a group of friends. It was a marvellous time, going to Albany and back. The food was amazing every night, could not be faulted. I definitely recommend the Astor for people looking for a wonderful relaxing time. ... Read More
This was a getaway for a group of friends. It was a marvellous time, going to Albany and back. The food was amazing every night, could not be faulted. I definitely recommend the Astor for people looking for a wonderful relaxing time. We were lucky enough to have an upgrade and got a small suite on the Atlantic deck, which was an unexpected surprise. The shows in the Astor lounge were fantastic, I really enjoyed the ABBA show, and throughout the day there were quizzes, bingo, and in the afternoon music from various members of the entertainment group. One of the members of our group had a significant birthday and the crew provided her with a cake and a number of staff singing happy birthday to her. Which was a huge surprise to her, however she really appreciated the moment. This is not a cruise ship with casino, huge pools etc, which is not something I was looking for, but if that is what you want, the Astor is not for you. This was my second time on the Astor and I will be back again, thank you very much Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose to cruise on Astor to check the ship out on a short cruise while contemplating a longer cruise on it. The prominent marketing in Australia of this boat sailing out of Perth-Fremantle using "pay for one and the second person ... Read More
We chose to cruise on Astor to check the ship out on a short cruise while contemplating a longer cruise on it. The prominent marketing in Australia of this boat sailing out of Perth-Fremantle using "pay for one and the second person travels for free" was an inducement. The daily charge of $10 Aust per person turned out to be more than better ships that we have cruised on. This is an old German ship which doesn’t have up to date procedures; e.g. a huge key and fob for entry to the cabin and a swipe credit type plastic card to transact on board both to be carried at all times, long slow queue to disembark and hand in the key etc. The mostly European crew were surprisingly curt. The PA system was unintelligible resulting in passengers looking at each other puzzled and asking ‘what did that announcement say?’ We bought the drinks package for $34 per person per day. We could have saved about $100 by simply buying drinks as we went. There was no advice about how to ‘register’ for the drinks package before you ordered your first drink at embarkation and paid full price. There were too many exclusions in the drinks package and no clarity about what was included; e.g. coffee was not included. The same drink was a different price depending upon which bar it was bought at. There was a receipt to be signed every time a drink was purchased, only one drink to be purchased at a time resulting in not being able to buy a friend a drink on your drinks package card, but a separate cash receipt had to be signed with that charged to your on board account which was tiresome and petty. There are only 2 dining rooms, a dining room with waiters and starched table cloths, and a cafe. Both are reasonable depending upon what you want and whether you want to be served. Both are small and usually busy with queues at the only coffee machine. The food is average compared with other ships on which we have travelled. Passengers shared serving utensils at the buffet and breakfast which is a potential health hazard not found on other cruise boats. Before we embarked we understood we had arranged for our party of 8 to all sit together each evening, but the dining room concierge refused to honour this. They insisted that it was "free dining". The staff wouldn't let a couple sit at empty tables for 2 insisting that they join people at larger tables that were not full. This resulted in the newcomers at the table being ignored by the serving wait staff who had previously served those at the table who had arrived earlier. One night at the main dining room all but 2 of our group were at the restaurant door ready to be seated, but the concierge refused entry until all were present. This resulted in 2 ladies over 90 (one on a walking frame) having to stand for 15 minutes outside the door which was rude and discourteous. Some dining room staff (such as those clearing tables) went about their tasks oblivious to the diners, with the result that there was some ‘congestion’. The average age of the cruisers was about 75 and more than several had walking frames or wheelchairs. The ship is not set-up for these devices with door sill projections at the entrance to some cabins, toilets, and bars resulting in people having to step over them. They need ramps at each of these obstructions. There is no ramp at some ports so they use the ship's stairway. This is very difficult for those people who had difficulty climbing the steep stairway. The ship rolled about as it slugged its way South to Esperance. Several passengers were seasick. None of these experiences are particularly worrying, just tiresome, petty and inconvenient when you are on a cruise expecting it to be enjoyable and relaxing. A reconciliation of all expenses [fare, travel insurance, drinks package, on board expenses], associated with this 5 day cruise resulted in a cost of $770 a day. In hindsight, at this rate we would expect a better cruise experience than we had. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Visited places I had not been before . got see the updated Sea Princess was last on her 2 years ago great to see the improvements great new beds some one said its like sleeping on marshmallows or clouds, great new seating no more back ache ... Read More
Visited places I had not been before . got see the updated Sea Princess was last on her 2 years ago great to see the improvements great new beds some one said its like sleeping on marshmallows or clouds, great new seating no more back ache or sinking to the floor, most of the crew were great especially the dining room staff and my cabin steward, my cabin was good updated bathroom,but TV still to small, only saw the captain once that was at the party, Princess again very well organised getting on and off the ship and shore trips . The bands and musicians were good and the guest entertainers the ships dancers and singers average, entertainment crew just a couple stood out the usual quiz,bingo etc . Food was good in dining rooms and the buffet but tea still not made with boiling water , would I go again with Princess yes Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our ... Read More
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our cabin (9672) as well as approximately 150 others had problems with the stool in the bath room not flushing or flushing when it wanted to and it took 5 days for problem to be solved. I needed a frig or cool for my insulin but ours didn't work, replacement mini cooler malfunctioned and froze as well as the transformer almost burned up. Second mini cooler wasn't much better as it froze up also. Finally got a frig that worked 7 days into the 16 night cruise. The aft elevators, over looking the center of the ship, on the port side of the ship had problems. The forward elevator didn't work for over have the cruise and the aft elevator had door closer issues and would cycle constantly because the inner door would NOT close completely. Letting guest services know, several different time, didn't seem to get any action. Was able to show someone with supposedly some authority what was happening and got it to malfunction over half way threw the 16 night cruise finally got some action, but not enough to fix the on going problem. The shops left a lot to be desired. There wasn't the normal wide verity or amount of goods and those that were on the shelves were very high prices. I an say, the cabin steward was fantastic and our table captain her helper were outstanding and made our dinner time a real pleasure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane (15 Days) to see Broome, Kimberley Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and PNG. There were Myself, wife and 3 other couples travelling together. Broome and Darwin was fine as we organised ... Read More
Chose this cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane (15 Days) to see Broome, Kimberley Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and PNG. There were Myself, wife and 3 other couples travelling together. Broome and Darwin was fine as we organised our own Mini Bus, enjoyed cruise around the Kimberley Coast. For some reason, not told to us, Port Douglas visit was cancelled and all excursions for Cairns and Port Douglas were organised ex Cairns. Excursions from Cairns was an absolute disaster with hundreds of people waiting to get on tour buses with no effective organisation. The organisers had no control or 'game plan'. The cabin and restaurant service on the boat was excellent. On board communication was poor, For 4 days we had stinking sewage smell wafting through the passage ways and cabin. One of our party had water leaking down into his wardrobe. Only half of the washing machines worked. We also had frequent power and 3 days TV outages. I booked an excusion to visit PNG. When we went to the desk we were told that I couldn't go as I had a walker. I did not care for the attitude of the woman we were dealing with. She was very abrupt and dismissive. Food was average in the Dining room. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were really looking forward to a most enjoyable holiday with friends. Broome and Darwin were fine as we organised our own Maxi Taxi and had a great tour with our own driver. Our so called 'Stateroom' with balcony was tiny, ... Read More
We were really looking forward to a most enjoyable holiday with friends. Broome and Darwin were fine as we organised our own Maxi Taxi and had a great tour with our own driver. Our so called 'Stateroom' with balcony was tiny, hardly room to move but the cabin service was excellent. The meals in the Dining Room were only average but again the service was great. We were supposed to call into Port Douglas, but for some reason, not conveyed to us, it didn't stop there. Instead all excursions for Cairns and Port Douglas were organised out of Cairns. The departure for these excursions was absolute chaos, there was little communication and poor organisation leaving many passengers angry, annoyed and upset. The Sun Princess is showing its age with power outages and loss of TV over a number of days. We also experience stinking sewage small wafting through the cabin and walkways. Only one washing machine was working on our deck. One of our party had water leakage come through his wardrode soaking his clothes. The balcony railing was rusted and painted over many times. The Sun princess is showing its age and is due for a major refit or scrapping. It seems to me that Princess Cruises operating out of Fremantle are sub standard. All the good cruise ships, with some exceptions, operate in the northern hemisphere. Harvey J Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, staff were great, so helpful, nothing too much trouble, the shows were the best we have seen on board other ships, entertainment staff and all acts were second to none and we had a ball. The attention to cleanliness was very impressive and the choice of restaurants were excellent (both Angelo's, Dragon Lady were like dining in any top restaurant in Perth, the Waterfront was great if you wanted to be waited on; if you wanted to do your own thing, you had lots of choice in the "Pantry" (food hall) the best thing was that your food was served up to you instead of it being open to everyone breathing and coughing around it, causing health risk and shocking waste, though there was still no limit to the amount of food you could have on any serving, hence I saw no evidence at all of sickness on board and we would not hesitate to book on the Pacific Eden in the future. We were especially surprised at the space we had in our cabin and bathroom compared to previous trips. Embarkation and disembarkation ran like clockwork as did all stops, with very well run excursion times on and off the ship,extremely professional. Thanks to the fabulous crew, especially the entertainment guys, second to none. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Arrived at the departure port of Fremantle by train which involved a long walk dragging cases to the terminal. Shuttle buses to the terminal would have been good, or even better the old terminal renewed and relocated adjacent to the ... Read More
Arrived at the departure port of Fremantle by train which involved a long walk dragging cases to the terminal. Shuttle buses to the terminal would have been good, or even better the old terminal renewed and relocated adjacent to the station. The first stop was Exmouth but we didn't get off as we had been there before on caravan holidays.. The next stop was Kuri Bay which was the ships first tour of this small pearl farming camp site. Access was by ship's tenders to a small jetty then a walking tour of the facilities. All of this was a bit daunting and tiring for the older aged passengers in the heat of this location and the unmade tracks through the bush. At the next stop at Broome, the extensive shuttle bus service was excellent. Food, entertainment and facilities on this ship were quite satisfactory. It was a good opportunity to relax with friends we were travelling with. Would I travel again? quite possibly on this ship but not to these destinations. And the Fremantle Terminal is an embarrassment and needs upgrading and relocating. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017

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