4 Perth (Fremantle) Spring Break Cruise Reviews

We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this ... Read More
We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this group offer this but l believe we have become used to what princess offers in regard to entertainment (night shows), meals, room service, loyalty programmes etc. Embankment & disembarkment was the quickest we have ever known for a cruise both from our home port of fremantle, w.a. But also at ports visited. Whenever a tender was needed to ferry us to shore, this was done as expediately & as safely as possible given some weather conditions were not good at times, e.g. Kangaroo island. Staff everywhere were very helpful, friendly & fairly well conversant with the english language, given their different nationalities . There were some disappointments with maintenance issues, not only in our cabin but other people spoke of problems. To their credit, within 5 minutes of being bought to the attention of the service desk maintenance people were at our cabin to fix the issues mentioned. To compensate for our inconvenience & to our surprise we were offered the choice of 2 dining venues for a complementary meal. I am sure leaving an anchor behind in a port (chain cut) because this was stuck in the mud & could not be raised by the onboard machinery is not an everyday occurrence but added to the variation & interest from the norm. At all times we were kept up to date by capt. Diego.(whom we have sailed with before). Nobody could do anything about the 3-4 m waves around the gt aust. Bright, further advised by capt. Diego hours before this started. The effect of this was a reduction in speed for 2 1/2 days meaning we by-passed busselton but this wasn't an issue because we all arrived safely home due to the skill & expertise of the captain & crew. This is an old ship, has been sold & these issues are not the norm for this cruise line. Washing hands was insisted upon before entering a dining room & always has been. Dining & food was always a1. Well presented & tasted even better. The maitre d in the deck 14 dining room was a delight. Staff were always at hand to assist with seating, & assisting the elderly whenever they saw a need for this or not, lending an arm or just carrying a plate of food. They were always asking if we wanted a drink of iced water, iced tea or coffee & used dishes cleared from every table quickly & efficiently. Entertainment was v.good with us seeing both sessions of one comedian's show. the volume in the theatres is too high, especially for those of us with hearing aids. Even removing these did not prove a viable option for me because l was still blasted. At a presentation with crew associated with productions & 'what happened behind the scenes' l did raise this issue but was told, 'lowering the sound may impede the overall effect of the production, l will speak to the sound guy & you may need to sit there or there' (pointing). My reply, 'l was sitting there last night & the lady next to me had to remove her hearing aids & told me so.' (i had seen her do so & told her). Many folk on cruises are elderly, l believe & the fact many were leaving 'in their droves' after the start of some performances must be an indication to organizers what is right & what is not. Fold up mobility scooters were plentiful here as were the bigger type. Cruises are all about doing what you want to do with your time, & the options are plentiful. Shopping was great but we also enjoyed being able to just sit in a lounge with a book of puzzles, having a quiet coffee & sitting taking in the delightful sounds of the solo or duo (at times), entertainers. Music seem to resonate every where in the ship which we enjoyed. Many people took advantage of the library playing games, borrowing books, doing jig-saws or just reading. We took a few laps of the decks from time to time. Apparently 3 laps is equivalent to 1 mile. We didn't take advantage of 'movies under the stars' because the weather was a little cool for us, neither did we swim. Some activities organized by the activities dept were little more than 40 -45 mins of 'doing your own thing'. I thought card making was going to be constructive where we would be shown a technique. On a previous cruise we were shown paper flower making & other interesting things to do. Our crew member spread items around & then ran to & fro to the department returning with other bits & bobs before saying, '5 minutes left.' We are hoping for something more next time, something we can get our teeth into, if we still have our own teeth. We attended many interesting demonstrations on board. We plan to sail with them for many years to come, hope to do another cruise within the next 12 months & have already started to plan our 2022 cruise with princess cruises for a double celebration. We both reach 70 years of age in february 2022 & celebrate 50 years of marriage in may of 2022. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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
Chose this cruise for a couple of reasons, 1 left from Fremantle, 2 Sun Princess, love it. Embarkation, no complaints at all getting better compared to other cruises we have done from Fremantle. Love taking my bottles of Prosecco on ... Read More
Chose this cruise for a couple of reasons, 1 left from Fremantle, 2 Sun Princess, love it. Embarkation, no complaints at all getting better compared to other cruises we have done from Fremantle. Love taking my bottles of Prosecco on board too! Cabin interior, small but we knew that, comfortable bed and pillows, NO smells and spotlessly clean thanks to our wonderful steward. Food was amazing in the buffet or dining room. We cruised with friends who had only cruised Cunard Queen Mary before and they said that the food and ambience on board SP was better. The shows were good, played Trivia most days, loved the Crossing of the Equator ceremony which is probably my only muse that P&O do their theme nights and parties better, Princess could have at least one per cruise. Never had a problem getting a sun bed and Movies Under the Stars with popcorn was great. The seas were calm and the weather warm. Monsoon came in on time this year with us getting very wet in Phuket at Patong, which you could get to and most people did go ashore. It was a long ride to Patong and the weather did spoil it but not Princess's fault. We were on a local ferry for the tender and that was a bit dodgy. Tendering process when used was very efficient hardly any waiting. Captain made nice announcements and speeches but gave off a clear message not to make contact with him when he walked around ! Great staff behind the counter who had to deal with some horrible, nasty guests complaining about things they should have known about eg turning up on the last night with wads of cash to pay their account which had already had holds put on their credit card everyday and going nuts that they couldn't be taken off...if you have the cash put it on up front and the credit card does not get touched. And some complaining about the end of Ramadan holiday and the monsoon season, maybe research next time. Apart from that we loved that there were not a lot a whingers around the ship as we have had on other cruises, again just them nothing really to complain about! Would love to go on her again especially after the refurb she is currently undergoing, just loved every minute of every day. Some people are just hard to please and I can be as well but no complaints here on this cruise. Getting off in Singapore a breeze compared to previous cruises, new terminal straight out and into maxi cab no waiting. Stayed at Furama as part of the Princess deal, loved it again with Executive Club room and extras. Love Singapore. Only gripe was the Qantas flight home, again as part of Princess package, very small plane, hot cramped, non reclining seats, 2 loos for all economy class, tiny hard seats, miserable crew. All passengers complaining about this plane, much too small for this length of flight.Will book on larger plane myself next time as have done for previous cruise very cheap flights on large airbus with Scoot. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was a (long) weekend cruise from Fremantle, which is 30 minutes from home for us. We enjoyed the cruise overall but felt the Dawn Princess is looking a little tired and dated. Embarkation was a bit slow but not too bad. We ... Read More
This was a (long) weekend cruise from Fremantle, which is 30 minutes from home for us. We enjoyed the cruise overall but felt the Dawn Princess is looking a little tired and dated. Embarkation was a bit slow but not too bad. We enjoyed the entertainment on board, particularly The Beatles Boys, the were brilliant! There was a good variety of quiz shows and trivia comps and the entertainment crew were all engaging and seemed genuinely happy to be there. The crew were good, but sometimes a bit light on we thought. Quite a few times we had to wait for drinks, Happy Hour in particular was a fiasco if you waited for table service, we quickly learned to go up to the bar ourselves. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room, Florentine, I think, but weren't that impressed by Sterling Steakhouse or Horizon Court. The Afternoon Teas were worth going to. We cruised on Carnival Legend in January and were very disappointed in comparing Sterling Steakhouse to their specialty restaurant, which was superb. Disembarkation was very smooth. Neither of us suffer from sea sickness so the 3.5 metre seas didn't bother us. The seas of Fremantle are notoriously rough and I would never suggest a first time cruiser sail out of Fremantle. We spoke to a few people onboard who were discouraged from cruising because of the rough seas, which is a bit unfortunate I think. Of the 12 cruises we've been on, the two we've done from Fremantle have been the roughest waters. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and have been scouring websites since to find a weekend cruise for later in the year or next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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