92 Perth (Fremantle) Senior Cruise Reviews

Excellent trip all went well emergency entertainer added in Fremantle was a nice surprise. All fill in Acts were very good as were the large showtime shows in the Theatre. The waiters in the Marquis Restaurant & Horiizon Court ... Read More
Excellent trip all went well emergency entertainer added in Fremantle was a nice surprise. All fill in Acts were very good as were the large showtime shows in the Theatre. The waiters in the Marquis Restaurant & Horiizon Court buffet were attentive, helpful & friendly. The cabin staff also very good, kept the cabin very clean and stocked with fresh towels. The cabin had plenty of coat hangers and a soft bed. The cruise staff were continuously cleaning, giving us a sense of safety. The wash tubs at the buffet were very efficient to keep guests safe as possible from the Corona virus it being so easily passed to everyone at this time. We visited Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide & Kangaroo Island,but our voyage finished there due to Burnie in Tasmania and Melbourne closing their ports to cruise ships,due to the virus. Princess has offered a geneorus refund with two refund choices for our loss Worth another cruise ASAP Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Originally, the ship was going to Komodo Island, but this was cancelled and Lombok was one of the destinations instead. However, we were told before we took the cruise. We had travelled on the ship before in 2006 when it was Holland ... Read More
Originally, the ship was going to Komodo Island, but this was cancelled and Lombok was one of the destinations instead. However, we were told before we took the cruise. We had travelled on the ship before in 2006 when it was Holland America's 'Statendam' but we only found out after we had booked. The ship looks totally different and the most outstanding feature for us were the three restaurants with different food and ambience and we could go to any one of these without additional cost. The food was very good and alcohol prices were reasonable compared with other cruise lines. Our cabin was kept very clean. Plumbing is a problem on this ship. We encountered it on the ship in 2006 and it is still an issue today. However, when our toilet blocked as it did all those years ago, it was promptly fixed, The air conditioning couldn't be adjusted in the cabin and at times it was too hot at 26 degrees, but again , the crew worked on it promptly. Our cabin attendants were very friendly and helpful. We had access to movies in our cabin but as they couldn't be wound back to the beginning, we didn't watch any. Also, we didn't go to shows, preferring our own company and our books. Shore excursions were enjoyable and there was little delay in getting off the ship and onto the buses. Shopping was rather woeful as the merchandise was generally unappealing for a bunch of older women.Nothing to buy for children, grandchildren or friends back home. The clothes offered for sale were not what larger , older women would wear either. However, we would be happy to sail on Vasco da Gama again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our first cruise on C.M.V. so we were unsure what to expect. We had the quickest ever embarkation in Freemantle and first impression of the ship was very favourable and that opinion did not alter. The décor, layout and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on C.M.V. so we were unsure what to expect. We had the quickest ever embarkation in Freemantle and first impression of the ship was very favourable and that opinion did not alter. The décor, layout and cleanliness of the ship was first class. We had chosen an inside cabin 5240 and again was pleasantly surprised with the space, layout and décor and it was available as soon as we got on the ship, followed very closely by the luggage. During the 26 nights we probably ate half of the time in the self service restaurant in the evening and the other half in the Waterfront Restaurants. The self service was O.K. but considering that 99% of the passengers were either Brits or Aussies I think that there was to much "foreign" food and not enough traditional food, but that is only my opinion. The Waterfront restaurants were on a freedom dining basis and it did work very well. The food in the Waterfront varied so much between very average and good. The quality of service also varied tremendously depending on your waiter, at times they were leaning over diners to serve, removing some peoples plates whilst others were still eating, never asked if you required a second drink. Generally not the quality of service you would expect on a cruise ship. The entertainment team were first class and very hard working, they were all talented and performed probably 10 different shows to a very high standard. I have never seen a team perform so many different shows and that is apart from doing solo and duo spots around the ship at other times. Where the entertainment was let down was by the lack of different acts been brought on board, it was day 15 before a guest act was brought on board and then he was poor. In all I think we had 5 guest spots, including local dancers in 26 nights. To make matters worse after leaving Singapore on day 12 they reduced the show to one performance per night which led to having to be in the theatre 45 minutes before performance time to get any sort of a sea. There were other varied activities during the day but to be fair laying in the sun was a better option for us. Service in bars and drink waiters was very good and apart from in the theatre very swift. Our first port of call was Geraldton in Australia and because we had been there before we didn't get off the boat, there isn't lot there for a second visit. Next stop was an overnight stay in Broome, we caught the shuttle into town and made use of the free Wi Fi and sorted out arrangements to visit Cable Beach in the evening for the famous sunset over the sea. We did this in the evening and it was good spoilt only by getting a round of drinks in that cost £40 for 4 pints of lager. The day after we had arranged a tour through Viator to be picked up at the ship and have a tour of the area. This worked well, along with another 8 off the boat, we were driven by a local in a small coach to see all that Broome had to offer. We than had a day at sea then Bali, This was the first little problem with Corona, we were due for a late arrival anyway but were delayed due to additional health checks by the local health officials, some trips, ours included, had to be cancelled due to lack of time. Instead four of us hired a taxi and had an enjoyable run round to gardens and a coffee plantation and look around the countryside. Next day we were in Lombok with a ship trip to a small offshore island which was good especially the high speed boat ride to it. Our next stop was Semerang in Java where we were met by a delightful local lady who showed us around the area and included meal in a local restaurant. This was again arranged through Viator and worked very well. We found out later that the port closed the day after to all cruise ships. We then made our way to Singapore where a lot of people got off and a few got on so the ship appeared to be only half full. The next stop after a couple of days at sea was Kota Kinabulu in Borneo where we did a short trip of the ship in the morning and then into town in the afternoon. Again after a couple of days at sea we were in Phu My in Vietnam for two days, the first day we went on a ship trip to Vung Tai, a holiday resort for a tour round, interesting but too much focus on markets. The second day we stayed on board, we virtually had the ship to ourselves, quite a weird feeling really. On to Ko Samui, we were on a ships trip around the local area finishing on a beautiful beach. Very good. Next stop, Sihanoukville in Cambodia, we got a taxi to the nearest beach, Sokha Beach, absolutely beautiful but apart from a hotel it was deserted. The journey to the beach was through their main road which was the biggest building site I have ever seen, through dozens of tower blocks all being erected, all being worked on with apparently Chinese money behind it. Goodness knows how they are going to fill them. Laem Chabang in Thailand was the last stop and this is where we had the second problem with Coronavirus. We were ready to disembark when the local authorities decided that they wanted face to face contact with the passengers with their passports in their hand, but the ship had them. The was an awful scramble to get our passports back and then queue to be inspected by the authorities. All in all it delayed us by a couple of hours but in light of later events we goy off very lightly. When we got to our trip we went to Pattaya for the rest of the day, a very big seaside resort which was interesting. We then were at sea for a couple of days and back to Singapore. With regards to excursions the shops trips were all interesting and well organised but like all cruise ship excursions overpriced. I always look before we go on a cruise at other alternatives and use Viator quire a lot. We have been on a lot of trips organised by them and never been disappointed and usually about half the ships price. The other surprising thing with this cruise was the Captain. He attended the welcome ceremony and his performance was poor and during the whole 26 days we saw him only once more, not very good at customer relations. All in all we did enjoy the cruise but it was let down with those little touches of finesse which you get with many other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
A small ship, 500 passengers, no children, Sea of Cortez, what could go wrong? The passengers were older. A guess of the average age was approximately 75. The attitude of the ship management. The restaurant staff, bar staff and ... Read More
A small ship, 500 passengers, no children, Sea of Cortez, what could go wrong? The passengers were older. A guess of the average age was approximately 75. The attitude of the ship management. The restaurant staff, bar staff and entertainment was excellent. The cruise director and assistant were part of the show staff. The pianist was excellent. Liz, a classically trained singer has an amazing voice. There was as sign on the passenger assistance desk “the ship is is completely full, there are no up grades available”. However, several staff members told us there was only about 300 passengers on board. We were contacted three times that we didn’t have a credit card on file. Each time we talked with them they said it was on file. Our cabin was four doors down from a sixth floor fan tail outdoor sitting area. A delightful area with 180 degree view and a little bar, that was only open the last day of the cruise. Every day when I ask the head service manage when it would open, I was told tomorrow. When I informed the bar the 3 floors below that people were sitting there were sitting there the waiters would climb the stairs about every 1/2 hour. The food was was excellent but on two occasions out of about thirty three meals we received atrocious service. One lunch we missed an event due late service. The other was a dinner that we were literally forgotten by the waiter. Four of the six people were served. A entre from one couple and myself were not served. We were seated 7pm and when after about 15 minutes after the others were eating we asked about our meals. I spoke with the head waiter. About 9:15pm were finally served entres. There are 2 banks of 2 elevators aft and aft and amid ship. There is on elevator forward. THE ELEVATORS QUIT WORKING DAY TWO AND DID NOT WORK THE REST OF THE CRUISE. That’s tough on elderly people. With the exception of the two meals, attitude of the management and the elevators is was. Great cruise. The passengers on board were delightful, the entertainment and wait staff superb. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
To get on in our home city was a great advantage as no flying was involved. The cruise to Singapore was very good with all ports interesting. The cruise back to Fremantle was enjoyable with the exception of the Cambodian Port. ... Read More
To get on in our home city was a great advantage as no flying was involved. The cruise to Singapore was very good with all ports interesting. The cruise back to Fremantle was enjoyable with the exception of the Cambodian Port. This was awful and to have been charged $77.00 each for a visa was disgraceful. For us and many of the other passengers who did not even get off this was a huge put off. Many said they would never go again on this leg of the cruise as the ports of Cambodia and Vietnam were cargo ports, shuttles were expensive and the visas too dear. especially for a family of 2 adults and 2 teens. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. So much time and effort was put into making it a wonderful experience. The lead duo of the singers were so talented and great voices. Enjoyed the magician acts very much. So clever. The comedians so, so. The last one told jokes that I have heard many years ago and were not funny. The ship was spotless and the public areas always having someone attending to them. Every one washed their hands so we were lucky the the dreaded virus did not appear. Cabins were comfortable and so clean. Our cabin steward was exceptional Meals were enjoyable as I did not have to cook them. We have cruised many times on the Sun and been to the same places before but just wanted a break for 4 weeks. Will continue to cruise with Princess but not to the above ports if on a cruise in future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Christmas is a difficult time with having step-families, and families unable to get together on Christmas Day, so we decided this year to do something different. We're in our autumnal years and don't do the Christmas hype, so it ... Read More
Christmas is a difficult time with having step-families, and families unable to get together on Christmas Day, so we decided this year to do something different. We're in our autumnal years and don't do the Christmas hype, so it was brilliant to find a cruise that had us sailing away over that time - no stress! We love this idea so much we have booked another one, with Princess Cruises, for next Christmas / New Year. We are heading to New Zealand. Another thing we loved about this cruise was that it was out of Perth and we didn't have to fly anywhere; not that we mind, as a cruise is always worth it. As a writer, I find there were so many places on board to write. And looking at the beautiful ocean is very cathartic. Who wouldn't be inspired to write their next novel? The dining rooms were excellent, and the general eating area was good too. Food was in plentiful supply, so I'm thankful for elasticated waists and loose clothing! And for not having to shop, prepare and cook for over two weeks ... and at Christmas. LUXURY! The staff were incredibly friendly, yet professional, in everything they did. I also noted many acts of kindness to the very senior people on the cruise, of which there were quite a few. They were a great bunch, reliving their teenage years I think! There was a real mixture of passengers; quite a few families, and extended families as well. The Christmas spirit was alive, and the ship was decorated beautifully. Do yourselves a favour and book a cruise. You'll love it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Out of Fremantle. Cabin very comfortable plenty of cupboard space . Restaurant any time dining very tired food just average. Leaving ship very easy well organised.Entertainment ok bands play outrageously loud no consideration of the age of ... Read More
Out of Fremantle. Cabin very comfortable plenty of cupboard space . Restaurant any time dining very tired food just average. Leaving ship very easy well organised.Entertainment ok bands play outrageously loud no consideration of the age of guests Shore excursions very expensive just like the alcohol outrageous pricing ! The Christmas Day Lunch was disgraceful extremly disappointing. Seem to always have young cruise directors shouting at guests rather than just talking normally. No idea of the music we like to hear ie 50’s & 60’s. The age of the majority of guests certainly doesn’t lend itself to late night partying those days are long gone ! The wait staff in the main are very good although it would be great to see them smile occasionally. The pizza restaurant has gone which is a shame as it made a nice change now an extra cost. The cosy Nook bar has gone again a paid Japanese restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Liked the itinerary and wanted to try Cunard. From the start it was annoying. Could never get on the cruise Personaliser . Kept complaining to our agent and Cunard direct but took weeks before they fixed the problem. By that time it ... Read More
Liked the itinerary and wanted to try Cunard. From the start it was annoying. Could never get on the cruise Personaliser . Kept complaining to our agent and Cunard direct but took weeks before they fixed the problem. By that time it was only a couple of weeks before our cruise. No cabin number was assigned until a week before. They couldn’t send us an itinerary as they said it was less than a month! Did enquire online if there was a shuttle from train station to ship. I got a reply one week AFTER our return from the cruise. Grrrrr. . On arrival on the ship we went to the reception to talk about the daily gratuity. The staff were close to being rude. Disembarkation was a disaster. They were disembarking by decks and not by what time our flight departure times were. Our friends who we were travelling with , were on different decks so had different times, which meant they would have missed our flight. Once again we had to approach reception to ask for different times. Not very helpful as usual!, Sailaway parties were held 2 hours BEFORE departure and entertainment staff were happy to just dance with each other and not interact with passengers. Change of time zones were done at 9am instead of the usual midnight. One morning lots of passengers missed out on bfast as a result. Bfast times changed daily as well??? There seems to be shortage of bar staff. Had to wait ages to get service in the bar outlets. Admin certainly needs looking into as well as their website. In saying all this the ship was lovely. Great decorations for Xmas. However sadly, I will not be choosing Cunard again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday. Good points 1) very good service and meals at the traditional sitting (7.30 pm) 2) good company once again at the traditional setting 3) ship is clean and continually being ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday. Good points 1) very good service and meals at the traditional sitting (7.30 pm) 2) good company once again at the traditional setting 3) ship is clean and continually being maintained to keep it up to date. The sun princess was built in 1995 and is in good condition considering its age 4) The crew were polite and courteous as we have grown accustomed to with princess cruises Bad points 1) The wine list has become too expensive for the average working man as far as I am concerned. The cheapest cabernet sauvignon was a french wine ($42/bottle) and it was terrible. We found a decent South Australian wine from the Coonawarra but it cost $55/bottle. Princess used to provide decent Australian wines for $30/bottle which I was happy to pay but $55/bottle? We did not drink much this time. 2) We toured SE Asia and the cruise was not sympathetic to my wife who is disabled with rheumatoid arthritis. She was stranded on the ship for 8 of the 11 ports. The buses in Asia are not disabled-friendly. If you are not active then forget SE Asia. 3) You get ripped off at every port due to the cartel having first options for taxi services. Be patient and walk an extra 10 - 15 minutes and you might get a fair deal. The monopoly of the few needs to be broken. 4) The tours are too expensive. It is time competition was allowed into the ports for those who wish to explore on there own. Let a cruise become more of an adventure in this globalised world. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Cruise ruined by not addressing the norovirus properly.At no stage did we hear the captain say that if you think you have it, the cost of the doctor visit and tablets would be waived.People vomited in swimming pool and restaurants by not ... Read More
Cruise ruined by not addressing the norovirus properly.At no stage did we hear the captain say that if you think you have it, the cost of the doctor visit and tablets would be waived.People vomited in swimming pool and restaurants by not going to see the doctor omitting they have caught it. Stewards allowed people to go into top floor buffet without washing their hands after outbreak of Norovirus.In the end 85 people had it and ship on red alert. People just went thru the area where you get out after your meal ,not waiting to wash hands. 2000 people had to get off in Singapore for them to fumigate the ship. Amount showed on voucher for Specialty restaurants not honoured Was $47 actual $35. Fitness centre did not have any usable cycles, mentioning that parts for bikes not available until we left boat 12 days later. Difficult to get anyone to help. Lecture at theater difficult to hear because production crew were busy talking and laughing at the back. Passenger service not helping with certain issues. One of the ports the itinerary description by Princess was not accurate.Phuget own your own was just a $70 shuttle service with pick up 3 hours later. On the positive,service at the anytime dining was great with good menu selection and stewards very helpful. Disembarkation excellent for my wife that needed a wheel chair. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We wanted to visit countries in southeast Asia that were on our bucket list. This cruise fit the bill and we were also able to spend another week in Australia. The ship was a nice size.. roughly 2000 passengers. Ship was clean but there ... Read More
We wanted to visit countries in southeast Asia that were on our bucket list. This cruise fit the bill and we were also able to spend another week in Australia. The ship was a nice size.. roughly 2000 passengers. Ship was clean but there was a lot of rust on the ship. Our room B547 was a standard balcony room. The patio door was not airtight and needed a small block of wood to be wedged into the window frame to force an air tight seal otherwise the patio door whistled at all hours of the day and night. The food was average in the dining room, buffet and outdoor terrace buffet. On a long cruise, you will find that the food menu starts to look boring after the first 14 days. Also found the steak I ordered in Sterling's to be full of gristle. Looks like Princess is cutting back of staff and other amenities... there are no longer any wine packages or laundry packages available. The staff in the buffet area seems to be very thin for the food counters and cleanup crews. I was hard to find tables where there were no dirty dishes on it. A bonus was that there were only 2 ports that required a tender boat. Two ports required a very long taxi or bus trip into the town. Phu My, Vietnam involved a 1.5 hour drive to get to Ho Chi Minh City and Laem Chabang, Thailand involved a 3 hour drive to get to Bangkok and a 2 hour drive back to the ship. Needless to say, we lost 3 hours and 5 hours respectively from our private tours. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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

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