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Over all wonderful experience and only hiccup was we ordered wine pre cruising and when we asked for it they didn’t have it onboard and no other label we knew for similar price. We were credited but then bought wine by the glass to ... Read More
Over all wonderful experience and only hiccup was we ordered wine pre cruising and when we asked for it they didn’t have it onboard and no other label we knew for similar price. We were credited but then bought wine by the glass to find out the cabinet Sauvignon we were drinking was actually just a red blend for 42 a bottle I didn’t feel this was acceptable. Wouldn’t happen in a restaurant? Also had a few issues with reception having workers who weren’t very fluent in English. We had exceptional service from Matt Baker the cruise director and from our travitor restaurant hostess Xin Rue was certainly a highlight on our experience. Our cabin was kept beautifully and nothing was too much trouble. The destination was wonderful going to Paupa New Guinea even if we missed two of our ports due to weather. We felt the captain was very safe and thought of his passengers first. Entertainment was just the best. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for both the destination and the relaxation aboard a ship. One thing about the ship, it is quite small and there is only one other dining option which was the steakhouse, we didn't eat there but it would have ... Read More
We chose this cruise for both the destination and the relaxation aboard a ship. One thing about the ship, it is quite small and there is only one other dining option which was the steakhouse, we didn't eat there but it would have been good to have other food choices. If this was the first cruise we had done, we probably wouldn't go on another cruise. Luckily, we have been away with celebrity twice and there is absolutely no comparison. We certainly would not have wanted to be on this ship for any length of time, as there are simply not enough quality things to do, and very limited food options. We stayed in suite C747, the bed was comfortable, the balcony on the suite was a good size with good furniture. However, the suite we stayed in had a shower bath, (dreadful things), only one toilet, and the bedroom is not separate from the sitting area. The other rooms are very small, with no jug or options to make a cup of tea. The furniture in the suite was uncomfortable, and the vibrations at the back of the ship were really bad, felt like a train more than a ship. At night when we had more sea movement, the cabin doors in the bathroom rattled and banged about, given the shaking in our cabin and the noise, it was not the relaxing room we expected. We have been on the back of other ships and never had this experience. The air-conditioning was not very good in the room either, it was often too warm, we did complain but nothing came of it. They told us it was hot outside therefore the room couldnt be very cool. A lot of other people were talking about the bad airconditioning in the rooms as well. The meals in the Traviata dining room were mostly good, one of the meals was excdellent. The club class dining area in the Traviata dining room, all the waitstaff were excellent. The cafeteria on Level 14 was simply dreadful, there was not much choice. We have been on celebrity where their buffet had a lot more options, they cooked fish, chicken, steak etc. We loved this on both celebrity ships we went on previously, so the offerings in the cafeteria were a huge let down. We did have one nice vegetable curry there for a late lunch, when we returned from the island. They do have fruit though, so if you are too late for the other dining options, fruit is a good choice. As the other options are inedible. Staff were hit and miss, Manny in the bar on deck 12 was excellent. The other bar staff were not very friendly, and certainly not doing the rounds like they should be. The staff at the back of deck 14 closed early when they advertised the bar till 8, it usually closed at 7.30. They apparently needed the extra time to clean up. If it closes at 7.30, please advertise it as such. The staff at this bar seemed to be rushed and unfriendly. The spa was good, we had a few treatments and enjoyed them. The movie screen is in the middle of the pool deck, there were movies playing day and night and this is quite in your face, too loud if trying to have a drink at the bar by the pool. We also tried to bring pizza up from the pizza place downstairs, and they advised it would only be delivered to our room and could not be taken away, nor could we order pizza to be delivered to the pool area. They said if we did that, everyone would want to order pizzas there; seriously? The shows were very disappointing, there were a couple of comedians who were OK, the ship production shows were very average. Papua New Guinea was an excellent destination, we missed 2 ports due to bad weather, but the captain extended our stay to 2 days on the last stop at Conflict Islands which was excellent. We would have been really disappointed if we missed all the tender stops. So be aware of possibilities of missing the tender stops. So would we sail on Princess again? Very unlikely. After reading some other very positive reviews about this ship, I am wondering if we were actually on the same ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Outrageous wine prices $44-$60 a bottle profit is on thing but this is a corporate money grab shame on you Princess cruises. Beer one price $8.75 a stubby a glass of wine $11-$15 all other drinks $10.75-$15.75 per glass make sure you ... Read More
Outrageous wine prices $44-$60 a bottle profit is on thing but this is a corporate money grab shame on you Princess cruises. Beer one price $8.75 a stubby a glass of wine $11-$15 all other drinks $10.75-$15.75 per glass make sure you bring plenty of spending money. The meals are great and restaurant service is 5 star,if you are bringing children, single cone ice creams are $5 each, they were free on the Diamond Princess when last cruised. We will be looking for alternative options for our next cruise, do to the excessively drinks cost, these prices are out of control, unfortunately we missed two island stops and a straits cruise,due to bad weather, we are very disappointed, I think the itinerary is more suited for late March onwards do to monsoonal weather conditions, I would not recommend this trip for this time of the year to anyone. We had room service delivered to our cabin which was just perfect. If you enjoy a wine and you are thinking of travelling with Princess cruises, do yourself a favour, and bring your wine with you, and pay the $15 corkage fee, you won’t regret it. The tender service was fluid no real hold ups, the cruise tours are expensive, you usually can do a better deal at dock side. We renewed our vows whilst on board, you will need to pre book, it was an experience of a life time, the captain renewed our vows and signed the certificate, the library was turned into a chapel with all the trimmings, it was truly delightful, I f you want the extra photo package allow $399 extra, also the portraits 20x allow $2100 extra and if you want a truly very professional video allow an extra $1699 Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
it was the best way to get away board the Sea Princess any immediately in relax mode . This was our 8th cruise and 5th with Princess . Just a bit more class than the other Cruise Ships that we have been on. Definitely best Bars an Buffet ... Read More
it was the best way to get away board the Sea Princess any immediately in relax mode . This was our 8th cruise and 5th with Princess . Just a bit more class than the other Cruise Ships that we have been on. Definitely best Bars an Buffet . Particularly the Nook Whisky Bar . It had great ambience and Bar staff and wait staff (Derrick and Vanessa) went beyond their call of duty to provide patrons with above excellent service . Our stateroom attendant was a very accomplished steward our stateroom very well serviced( Melvin)always new towels even when I did not think we needed them. Beach Towels those boys did a magnificent job considering some Guests were using up to 5 or 6 Towels at a time. The Tender crews loading and offloading passengers in what was very difficult conditions at Conflict Island need a medal for bravery and dedication. The Captain I thought was the very best with informative chats at Noon and was very visible at times around the pool deck . A big mention of the Boys at Riviera Bar for a mighty effort to keep up a high standard of service for such a large number of Guests frequenting the area . I also think it is necessary to mention the maintenance crew who are working to keep the ship looking spic and span while we are sleeping e.g the smell of paint Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We departed from Brisbane which is our home port so did not need to do any exploring before we left. Embarkation was really quick this time and was relatively easy which was good. We have been on this ship a few times before so knew ... Read More
We departed from Brisbane which is our home port so did not need to do any exploring before we left. Embarkation was really quick this time and was relatively easy which was good. We have been on this ship a few times before so knew our way around easily. This time our balcony cabin was more to the rear of the ship and we noticed more engine noise than previously. We had traditional dining which started at 5:30. The wait staff were always pleased to see us and were very helpful with any extra requests. We found the menu a little unimaginative this time round however. The entertainment was always at 7.30 or 9.30 and you needed to get to theatre early to get a seat which was almost impossible with the early dining sitting. We would have to wait till the later performance if we wanted to see a show and then get there by at least 9.00pm. We only saw one show by the Princess performers which was excellent and the other entertainers were also worth watching, comedian and a female and then a male singer. The comedian was hilarious and not smutty at all. Apparently one entertainer was a no-show so the Cruise Director filled in. Matt Baker was a very talented and entertaining person. Unfortunately we did not get to the ports of Kitava or Kiriwina due to rough weather making tendering difficult. We did get to Alotau which had changed for the better since we were there 3 years ago. There was paving in the square as opposed to a rough road and a few more new stores. Rabaul was in difficulties due to a lot of rain and the roads were very rutted and with lots of very large potholes covering the roads making driving interesting. Conflict Islands was the jewel of the trip. A really magical tropical island. We had two days there to make up for missing two other ports. The owner has partnered with P&O to help with the infrastructure and is heavily involved in turtles and looking after the eggs and babies. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise for a number of reasons, the itinerary which took us to some pretty remote and little known regions of the pacific,it’s an easy flight from Sydney to Brisbane also a number of sea days is always a bonus. ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise for a number of reasons, the itinerary which took us to some pretty remote and little known regions of the pacific,it’s an easy flight from Sydney to Brisbane also a number of sea days is always a bonus. The embarkation process was seamless as was disembarkation. Our stateroom was on Baja Deck 10 forward and it was a surprise to see the older style of balcony compared to the later built ships of Diamond Princess for example, but in saying that the cabin was adequate, bed, TV, shower and away from the elevators. From the balcony we could watch the departure out of the Brisbane terminal and the sail away up the Brisbane River, the numerous sea birds chasing the ship as they darted above and plunged into the ocean to grab a bite to eat and the world go by as it only can on a cruise I would recommend this stateroom. Once we got into the swing of things on board it became apparent that the Sea Princess has its own vibe, starting from the Horizon Court which is outstanding including specialty nights highlighting cuisines from around the globe. The coffee is good and the pastry/cake section is just first class. The Terrace Grill above the pool deck just perfect. Activities included all the usual stuff, trivia, pool games and bingo, no surprises there. Matt and his cruise director’s staff always working hard taking into consideration all the guests on Sea Princess. The pool areas clean and tidy The atrium is similar to other ships albeit a bit smaller with the usual singer/guitarist classical duo etc. The cafe on Plaza deck was always buzzing. The entertainment on Sea Princess consisted of comedians, theatrical shows local singers and new addition the Voice at Sea which gives guests the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and be judged by members of the crew, this was I think one of the most popular activities. Personally I’d love to see Princess change up the theater shows I think the British invasion show has been going longer than 'The British Invasion' itself ! There was a huge interest in the military based discovery at sea speakers given Australia’s connection to New Guinea during the Battle of Milne Bay and other theaters of war which took place almost eighty years ago. The ports of call were basic yet intriguing as New Guinea’s tourism destinations are underdeveloped, (we were in Rabul ten years ago and not much has changed.) We did manage lots of snorkeling on Conflict Islands. One or two negatives the service on the pool deck was a bit thin it seemed difficult to get staff members to bring a drink or clean away unused cups and plates, movies under the stars not a great selection. Now for the our best, a big and I mean big round of appreciation goes to Captain Christopher Lye and his captaincy style from his nautical noon day announcements his focus on safety for all on board and just that he was always around whether it was his daily walk around the deck saying hello or as he dinned in the Horizon Court, his safety concerns were always backed up by through explanations. Also to the deck hands who managed in difficult conditions getting guests to and from shore. Overall this was a great experience Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My husband and I were keen to try a longer cruise with more sea days. Love that we can drive to Brisbane and cruise. W have cruised on the Sun Princess and missed the International cafe - the food was lovely there and who really needs yet ... Read More
My husband and I were keen to try a longer cruise with more sea days. Love that we can drive to Brisbane and cruise. W have cruised on the Sun Princess and missed the International cafe - the food was lovely there and who really needs yet another bar. The Traviata dining room was excellent, both food and service. Enjoyed the movies under the stars, zumba and the general ambience of the ship. The cultural festival at Alotou is very good and worth a visit. Its well run and there is alot of craft etc to buy. They all take Aus $ and in most cases prefer it, so take small denominations. Also suggest you take school supplies : pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, exercise books and leave them at the timber building where the cultural festival is held - 1st room on left when you walk in. Its a community centre. They really need and appreciate practical help. At Raboul the volcano is worth visiting and so is the lookout. As the roads are very poor it can take quite a bit of time to travel much further. We hired a local taxi - (ranger ute) for $Aus 60 an hour for 2 couples. It was well worth it. The Conflict Islands were beautiful and had a lovely day swimming and resting. The average age of cruisers on this trip would have to be about 70, so bear this in mind. We were getting very bored by the music towards the end as it was aimed at them. The staff were friendly and always helpful. The shows were ok , the comedian - Scott Williams was very funny. The lectures were a great idea and were well attended, though it really feels like the entertainment needs to be switched up/revamped. Boarding and leaving the ship was very easy and well organised. Disembarking at Brisbane was quick and efficient. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Very enjoyable 11 night cruise to Papua New Guinea. The ship was great. We really enjoyed the dining experience every night, it was excellent. We could not disembark at two ports due to rough seas but we gained an extra day on conflict ... Read More
Very enjoyable 11 night cruise to Papua New Guinea. The ship was great. We really enjoyed the dining experience every night, it was excellent. We could not disembark at two ports due to rough seas but we gained an extra day on conflict islands which was great. You can do any of the shore excursions for a 3rd of price on your own so dont have to do princess ones. Just negotiate with locals at each port. Felt safe there. Visited local hospital in Rabaul which was a highlight as I am a nurse/midwife. Take your own snorkelling gear. All staff were very friendly and helpful. It was an older crowd on board. Not much to do after 11pm but that was ok. The entertainment staff were great. Shame there was no karoake in the bar areas like on most cruises just once in the lounge area. I do recommend princess cruises. All the staff seemed happy and looked after by princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I chose this cruise initially because it left from my home port of Brisbane. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The Princess cruise ships are A1. You would be hard pressed to find a speck of dust on the ship. The cabin was as ... Read More
I chose this cruise initially because it left from my home port of Brisbane. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The Princess cruise ships are A1. You would be hard pressed to find a speck of dust on the ship. The cabin was as clean as a new pin and kept that way throughout the cruise. Dining was excellent, but I was turned away from the steak dinner because I wasn't adequately dressed. But this was no biggie because it would need to be an excellent piece of steak to get me into long trousers and whatnot on a tropical cruise in the South Pacific. Enjoyed the entertainment, but a decent comedian and singers who can actually sing a tune and not screech into the microphone would be a bonus. Movies were good. Activities were great especially the table tennis and carpet bowls. Some shore excursions were curtailed by bad weather but all in all were great. The gym had a good selection of equipment. Footnote: The trivia sessions could be improved by having 3 multiple answers to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise simply for the itinerary. We didn't make it to the fiordlands due to weather, which we understand. The ship seemed understaffed and I've definitely been on happier ships. Late embarking led to harried crew ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply for the itinerary. We didn't make it to the fiordlands due to weather, which we understand. The ship seemed understaffed and I've definitely been on happier ships. Late embarking led to harried crew ordering us to our muster station, where we were told to move when we tried to put our heavy carry on luggage and stroller down. So sitting on a step which was the only available seating, we waited 40mins for the muster briefing to begin. Time enough I would have thought to drop our hand luggage and stroller in the cabin. When we did get to our cabin, it was to find a dirty plate with cold food under the bed along with a dirty sock and paper. I won't mention what was near the drinks tray, suffice to say the room felt vey dirty. Again I blame understaffing. The attitude of the crew improved toward the end of the first week however, the emphasis on 'cruise status' and the colour of your ships card was obvious all through the cruise. Very disappointing. The upper bunks in our cabin were incredibly uncomfortable, with mattresses like cement. We initiated a roster system so the adults could take turns having a comfortable nights sleep in the lower bunk. Princess it seems have iniated a Third Class system, keeping tradition with the Titanic. While there were some fun moments, those aimed at a younger demographic for a change, they were far and few between. Our grandson loved kids club, and was cared for beautifully by them. Sadly there were no really child friendly outdoor areas, and instead of an adults sanctuary, which was in fact the whole ship, we could have done with a family sanctuary, one to keep out the grumpy older passengers. We are a fit 63 years old, yet on this ship I felt 30 years old still the overly loud music played near the pool was a poor effort to acknowledge younger minded passengers. I'm a retired RN, and I understand the special needs of the elderly however, almost an entire ship devoted to them alone is too much. If the line only wants that demographic on board they should be fair and state as much in their marketing. Traditional dining in the Rigaletto restaurant was fantastic. Our waiter Rod and assistant waiter Joel were unbelievably caring and attentive. Service was impeccable. They were incredibly patient with our grandson and intuitive of our needs. We can't thank them enough. Buffet dining was relatively bland and hot foods were especially lacking in variety at breakfast and lunch. Food options it appears were sacrificed for a larger seating area, which given the number of passengers who ignored signs designating tables for the disabled, it seems there still weren't enough. We had no trouble finding a table somewhere everyday though. We paid over $600 to go to Hobbiton on a bus with non-existent air-conditioning for an hour both ways, were rushed back to the bus because the driver gave us the wrong time. Too huge a group meant standing for too long in the heat, with a couple of people close to fainting. Not worth the cost. Price of alcohol on board was phenomenal. A bottle of wine on board selling for $55 can be bought for $30 in Australia. Wine by the glass averaged at $15 a glass. Cocktails averaged at $15 a glass. Our cabin was noisy on port days as the ship docked and the disembarkation equipment was erected. On one night at 10.30pm a balloon drop party with loud rock and roll music was held 100 metres from our room and went on until 11.05pm, waking our grandson and his designated babysitter - grandfather, but then again third class doesn't count. Considering the complaints we had to hear from certain upper deck passengers when forced to queue at ports, I understand the need to inflict the party on us. If I sound a little unhappy it's because I am, an expensive, long anticipated holiday was a disappointment. Princess line please be honest in your marketing approach, and try to remember the colour of your cruise card just depends on how many repeat cruises you make. Mine will forever remain the colour it is. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wife and I chose to go on this cruise because two of our friends were taking it and asked us if we wanted to join them. Getting on the ship wasn’t too bad, there was some confusion emanating from being given two different sets of ... Read More
My wife and I chose to go on this cruise because two of our friends were taking it and asked us if we wanted to join them. Getting on the ship wasn’t too bad, there was some confusion emanating from being given two different sets of instructions from port side staff, but that was quickly overcome. The ship is small compared to some, so finding your way around doesn’t take long. We had a balcony cabin, I would say; if you can stretch yout money to at least this, then do it. You have enough room to move about plus you have the balcony to use at any stage of the cruise, it’s great for early in the morning when your pulling into port to jump out of bed and watch all the goings on outside. The main restaurant and the buffet were both fabulous, the food and service was always (I thought) of a very high standard. The shows were generally good, there were a couple that we went to that I just wanted to walk out on (they were that bad) but my wife kept a restraining arm on me (she said it would be rude) I said to her; that it was rude of them to offer up such dross. Hey ho.....all a matter of opinion. There are three things that we were most annoyed by.........the price of alcohol, around the $14 mark for a glass of wine and if you were feeling particularly flush, a minimum of around $50 for a bottle, and that’s at the cheap end. The Steakhouse.........it is the only “fine dining” experience on board. All be it in a partitioned off area of the main buffet (not in a separate venue). Reading Princesses blurb before coming on, they said it would cost an extra $29, on boarding that shot up to $35........HOW?? Secondly........don’t bother! I agree with a previous review; the steak was on the way to being tough and the veg looked like prison mush served up on plastic pudding plates. Save your money and just use the services provided that don’t cost any more. And thirdly I still get annoyed when you are charged extra to use the WiFi....this day and age this practice should not be happening. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I have cruised with Princess before and the staff are excelent. The ship is well set out. I always book internal cabins and they are well appointed and kept clean. I like the darkness of the internal room you can sleep in if you stayed up ... Read More
I have cruised with Princess before and the staff are excelent. The ship is well set out. I always book internal cabins and they are well appointed and kept clean. I like the darkness of the internal room you can sleep in if you stayed up a little too late which we did on most nights. The food is excellent no matter where you dine they always have something for everyone. We celabrated Australia Day on the ship and the Entertainment staff went to all lengths to provide a great day on the pool deck. They had Pie and Pavlova eating competitions, egg and spoon races and the band played great music. The entertainment for the whole cruise was great they cater for all tastes. The staff are super attentive, always there when you require something. They get to know you and what you drink where it is coffee or a cocktail. If you have toured New Zealand by land before you should try it by sea. The coastline is spectacular. We enjoyed all the ports with alot to see and do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our cruise to NZ was wonderful. We love the smaller Sea Princess, especially the promenade deck that allows you to walk the whole way around the ship. As middle age cruisers (47 and 50) we certainly are some of the younger passengers ... Read More
Our cruise to NZ was wonderful. We love the smaller Sea Princess, especially the promenade deck that allows you to walk the whole way around the ship. As middle age cruisers (47 and 50) we certainly are some of the younger passengers on board, but love to chat with older cruisers and hear their stories. The common complaint that Princess is simply a floating retirement village may technically be true, but take the time to enjoy an older passengers company! We always chose set time dining and had the most wonderful service staff who couldn't do enough for our table of 6. The pizzeria was excellent (as always) and the bar staff were exceptional. A small note - keep an eye on your bill nightly as sometimes drink prices differ between bars. The service desk is always happy to amend this for you. The photography team were brilliant and we left with many more photos than we had planned to purchase originally. Keep an eye out for the specials as you can pick up some great deals towards the end of the cruise. The photography team also run some excellent tutorials in how to get the best from your camera. Well worth the time. We aren't 'show' people and didn't watch a single evening production so can't comment on these, but we did enjoy participating in the day time events that are run by the entertainment staff. There is always something to do, you just have to chose to be involved. Each port day we were off early and then back late. We did our own exploring and didn't purchase shore tours via Princess. There are often comments that Princess are expensive in regards to tours, but if you do find a replica tour elsewhere that is cheaper (and have booked already through Princess), then the price difference is refunded. Worth checking. My only complaint would be about the internet team who unfortunately didn't know their product and were rude in the process. I have learnt for next cruise to do my own research before sailing away. Nevertheless, when I stood my ground they were willing to rectify my incorrect billing. Overall, we couldn't have had a better cruise. Because of weather we did miss Fjordland but were super pleased that the Captain kept us safe and out of harms way. Really, it's just another excuse to cruise again :-) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have previously sailed on this ship and similar destinations in the South Pacific. We also wanted to do this as cheaply as possible and booked an inside cabin. This won't be repeated on this ship or for this length of time. ... Read More
We have previously sailed on this ship and similar destinations in the South Pacific. We also wanted to do this as cheaply as possible and booked an inside cabin. This won't be repeated on this ship or for this length of time. (10nights) Overall very enjoyable cruise meet some wonderful people. We both found the standard of food in the dining rooms was very high and of good quality. Especially enjoyed seafood chowder and most desserts. One night we went to the steakhouse and enjoyed our meal but found we had far better dessert experiences in the dining room than what was interesting the Steakhouse. Most staff on this ship were extremely friendly and welcoming at times the wait staff in bar areas were a little slow I think this is more of a staffing issue than the quality of service. Champagne Bay was the mist favourite port highlight for its natural beauty. The silky white sand and water temperature were just amazing and very memorable for all the right reasons . Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Cruising wasn’t high on my to do list. Price and visions of ‘Titanic ‘ came to mind! Then mum and dad shouted the whole family on a 10 day cruise! 15 of us met and boarded smoothly and quickly at Brisbane port. First 2 days at sea ... Read More
Cruising wasn’t high on my to do list. Price and visions of ‘Titanic ‘ came to mind! Then mum and dad shouted the whole family on a 10 day cruise! 15 of us met and boarded smoothly and quickly at Brisbane port. First 2 days at sea gave us a chance to explore the ship. Our internal cabins were small but adequate, (could still swing a cat) had super comfy beds (and I don’t have a great back!) refreshed daily and yummy chocolate on the pillow at night! Nobody goes hungry on a cruise! Food everywhere in endless supply! They met our dietary requirements. Friendly wait staff. Big outdoor movie at night by the pool is a must! Lots of activities throughout the day so study the timetable the night before. We gave Zumba a go to try and reduce the food baby that had developed! Yes I’m unco! Teen club a must!! 16yr old boy not keen. Signed him up on day one.... hardly saw him again! He didn’t want to leave!! Shore excursions relaxing on beaches. Beautiful warm water but really hot the more north we got! Don’t forget you rash top, hat and heaps of sunscreen! Overall I enjoyed my first cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Decided to take hubby on a 14 day cruise to NZ for his 60th birthday and had a great time. Our room A302 [Aloha Deck] While small had everything we needed [an amazingly comfy bed, lovely balcony to have breakfast & drinks out on & ... Read More
Decided to take hubby on a 14 day cruise to NZ for his 60th birthday and had a great time. Our room A302 [Aloha Deck] While small had everything we needed [an amazingly comfy bed, lovely balcony to have breakfast & drinks out on & PLENTY of storage for all our gear...I had packed for winter & summer as we expected NZ to be cold, but apart from 1 cold day and 1 bitterly cold night , the weather & seas couldnt have been more perfect] Ariel was our wonderful guy who looked after us , he did a wonderful job ! Negatives with regards to the room were aircon seemed to mysteriously turn off for a few hours overnight, making it quite stuffy in the rooms....heard a lot of guests complain about it[we ended up sleeping with the balcony doors open] towels in the shower need to be upgraded to AT LEAST the size of the pool towels[we just use to take clean ones up from the pool] . And a small design fault in our room where the chair didn't fit under the desk, taking up valuable floor space. Food in Horizon could sometimes be a bit hit & miss, but their was really so much that you could always find plenty. I did notice that when it was sushi day & ramen noodle/choose your own stir fry day this was very popular. Maybe sushi on the cold selection side could considered[also where was the kewpie mayonnaise...a must with sushi] Traviato dinning [we chose any time] was always delicious , we sat with a different table every night and got to realise that some people really love cruising...sat with a couple that were on their 3rd back to back & another couple that have done more than 50 cruises and have 5 more booked for this year] Our wait staff were exceptional. A few negatives , Curtis Stone where were you ? On a 14 day cruise we had a repeat of just 3 of his dishes[seafood stew with fennel...amazing, chicken & leek pot pie, just as good & pork belly...sorry pork belly just doesn't cut it without the crackling& where were the crispy potatoes advertised?] The price of wine/alcohol in general was through the roof...they were out of stock of a number of the bottle's of wine right from the start of the cruise. We ended up buying a couple of bottles of wine on our winery tour and were happy to pay the $15 corkage & have them with our dinner.Think also the wait staff should also include in their nightly talk[specials etc] If any one needs something explained please ask , I am more than happy to explain it to you. We sat on tables a number of times where people didn't know what an item was on the menu[beef wellington with truffle, madeira demi glaze...the lady next to me didn't know what any of it was , until I explained Also pork & duck rillettes was a stumper for some people ...I love cooking & eating , so was more than happy to explain when I heard anyone a little lost] , but were a bit intimidated to ask. If the wait staff included this I am sure they would get some inquiries. Its also time to can the old traditions[like the bomb Alaska parade...fake bombs with candle don't hold a match to the real thing with flames] and maybe start to invent some new princess traditions. We went on this cruise purely to relax, so the entertainment was way down on our to do list, but I do think the number of people playing the Grand Piano was excessive and even the older ballroom dancing generation barely got up on the floor. Mosaic was an excellent bank on board the ship as were the 2 girls that played the electrical strings. The rest we gave a miss, happy to catch movie under the stars most nights [2 checkerboard man shows were great] Shore tour were mostly good though very expensive...think I would go more research about private tours in future as I saw many tours on land advertised significantly cheaper than we paid . Though Princess did throw on complimentary shuttles at nearly every port, which I thought was very good of them. Staff in general is AMAZING. And go out of their way to make your holiday great. Bar staff in Crooners was probably the most disappointing. Twice we went in their for a drink and both times had to wait a good length of time to be served[they seemed to delight in having lengthy conversations with their regulars] Also more staff on the main pool deck is needed. People constantly leave their wet towels just hanging on chairs and when new people come looking for a lounger they don't know whether its taken or not[especially movie time] Also on cruises with a warmer climate I'm sure the cookies and milk would go down better in the evening. Saw the staff give out plenty of cookies during the day & very few glasses of milk. At night that would be great The specialty coffees card & soft drinks card were definitely a money saver , but could also be very hit & miss. Since when have cappuccinos been specialty coffee? Pretty standard if you ask me. We had gotten a few cappuccinos with breakfast before we realised they were coming off the card. We preferred to keep them for the iced coffee variety and special coffees. We always had a laugh when we ordered our specialty coffees and commented on how they would turn out. Because their was very little consistency with them. Some times way too much syrup in them making them impossible to drink. We found the mocktails on the beverage card to be the same. You never really knew what you were going to get. Also its time to ditch the premixes for your coctails , they really do make for a poor version of the real thing[pina colada for example] Would I go with Princess again...definitely. Is their room for improvement, yes , without a doubt. Its time to bring cruising into the 21st century and stop living in the past and just repeating the same things over that have been done for decades. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
14 nights is a great amount of nights to go. Staff are amazing. Entertainment is fantastic. Bar staff and housemaids can’t do enough for you. NZ is a beautiful country - plenty to see. The captain and his wife of the Sea ... Read More
14 nights is a great amount of nights to go. Staff are amazing. Entertainment is fantastic. Bar staff and housemaids can’t do enough for you. NZ is a beautiful country - plenty to see. The captain and his wife of the Sea Princess sat and ate lunch with me in Horizons buffet. Such a beautiful couple. This is why the staff are so beautiful because it comes from the top. Highly recommend Princess Cruises and the 14 night around NZ . Staterooms are wonderful and were cleaned up to 3 times a day. Food was amazing and entertainment outstanding especially MOSAIC. Kids were always happy and had so many activities to do, families around the ship had so many activities to choose from all day long. Bingo, casino, movies, coffee or tea, ballroom classes, Zumba, Trivia Games, Karaoke, dancing in the bars with Mosaic and do much more. Thank you Princess Cruise for another amazing holiday ❤️ Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When I knew for sure that I would be able to graduate with my PhD in December, my husband and I decided we needed to take a celebratory cruise. We just looked to see where any Princess ship was going that allowed us to be home for ... Read More
When I knew for sure that I would be able to graduate with my PhD in December, my husband and I decided we needed to take a celebratory cruise. We just looked to see where any Princess ship was going that allowed us to be home for Christmas morning with the kids. Lucky for us, the Sea Princess was heading from Brisbane to New Zealand, a place at the top of our bucket list. And it didn't leave until 12/27, allowing us to catch a flight from LA on Christmas night. The first three totally-sea days were all about relaxation and rejuvenation: spa treatments, sleeping in, food I didn't have to prepare (we had just come through Thanksgiving and Christmas at home!), and wandering the ship to learn where everything was. The first sight of NZ were the fiords. Magnificent. We were lucky the little fog we encountered there was not enough to keep us from seeing them all. We found the ports to be full of experiences and places to explore. Our son and daughter-in-law named his cat after Port Chalmers because they had liked it so much when on their honeymoon (kitty's name is Mr. Chalmers, butler in residence...and she's a girl). We agreed. Akaroa was small but gave us some of the most photogenic shots of the trip (the Giant's House is a must-see). Wellington gave us a chance to meet up with cousins who are life long residents. What views and diversity in that city. Napier gave us a chance to work up a sweat walking up the hills to some great views and a visit to the funky prison. At Tauranga, we took the excursion to Hobbitan. Of course! We're huge Lord of the Rings fans. It did not disappoint. Our time in Auckland was used fully...what a great day; there was so much to see: gardens, the sky tower, museums, exhibits, etc. Lots of walking and hills...great. The final three days at sea were spent reading books that were not assigned to me...something I've been dreaming about for a few years now! Everything was super smooth...all transfers, etc. We did some things around the ship (not as much as others I'm sure since we needed to rest) but we did participate in a few things (wine tastings, shows, parties, etc.) and met some people we know we'll be friends with all our lives. All in all...a perfect way to end/start the year and a very long educational journey. And, just when you think what a bummer it is that it's over, you have to disembark--kind of sad. But the disembarkation process couldn't have gone any smoother so we were fine with getting back to reality. I would be happy to share some of my fabulous pictures (I can't upload them here because they are on my phone, not on my computer yet.) Just tell me where to send them. I kept up a blog-type running commentary with pics while away for the many people I have (a couple hundred) who follow me while I travel. Their comments were so encouraging--they were enthralled and many have put the cruise and the destination on their bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We took our 88 yr.old mother for her first cruise and to have Christmas lunch at sea. She really enjoyed almost everything - especially the shows and music lounges and was roaming until well after her normal bedtime. Unfortunately, ... Read More
We took our 88 yr.old mother for her first cruise and to have Christmas lunch at sea. She really enjoyed almost everything - especially the shows and music lounges and was roaming until well after her normal bedtime. Unfortunately, we missed out on Christmas lunch as the officers had decided to have it the day before on Christmas Eve as they do in Europe, and we, like many other disappointed passengers, were not informed of this change.Our table Maitre de in the dining room, when learning of our plight managed to'rustle up' some Xmas puddings from the meal we'd missed. Catrina was a 'gem'. It really took the edge off the cruise with our mother! NB, We had already booked for the 106 day World Cruise for 2018 on the same ship, otherwise would reconsider future cruises on Sea Princess. Also we had advised Princess we would need a wheelchair for my mother to board. Unfortunately, we had to wait over 1 hour in a crowded, stuffy 'waiting area' as there were not enough chairs nor handlers, causing our mother to become quite distressed. NB - We have booked a 7 nighter on Sea Princess for February as a 'practice run' for the World cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The cruise on the Sea Princess was delightful. The Horizon buffet served a wide variety of food for everyone's taste and cooked food was hot. For example, one day we'd have herring, another stuffed eggs, smoked cheese, an array ... Read More
The cruise on the Sea Princess was delightful. The Horizon buffet served a wide variety of food for everyone's taste and cooked food was hot. For example, one day we'd have herring, another stuffed eggs, smoked cheese, an array of different salads. Wonderful choices. The desserts were delicious, just sorry there was never any cheese cake available but that is an insignificant omission in the scheme of things. The MDR service was excellent with friendly, experienced and obliging waiters. The food was plentiful and hot. Butter and homemade rolls were on the table every night. Christmas was also a delightful experience with the ship adorned with lights and decorations. It was a lovely time to cruise on this ship as they tried very hard to make it an unforgettable Christmas. Duke, the Cruise Director, was the best we've ever had on our many cruises. Full marks to Duke for his energy, obvious love for his job and even his singing prowess. He was awesome! The desk staff were always pleasant and obliging. The entertainment was great with plentiful shows, music for all tastes including pianists, violinist/cellist. The highlight of the ports was Conflict Island. A beautiful island with the most amazing underwater sea life. The finest snorkeling we've ever experienced! Loved the fact that Sea Princess DIDN'T have piped music throughout the ship (like Celebrity Solstice did on a previous cruise) to annoy and disturb us. We loved the quiet moments on the deck, in the buffet, corridors, etc.Overall the Sea Princess cannot be faulted except for a couple of concerns. Although the ship has hand basins at the two entrances of the Horizon buffet, we noticed that too many passengers were side stepping the washing and entering alongside the queue with no staff watching. This annoyed us so much (think cross infection/norovirus) that after complaining to the chief honcho in the Horizon and getting no satisfaction, I wrote to the Duty Officer expressing our concern and saying the staff were not performing due diligence with respect to hand washing. He wrote back thanking me and thereafter they tightened up on the passengers' washing. However, it wasn't long before we again noticed passengers avoiding the queue to wash hands, and again slipping quietly into the buffet area. In addition, two wash basins out of the six ( 3 on either side) were "under maintenance" for the duration of the trip. That doesn't help the passengers who are keen to get into the buffet. Hand washing needs a serious review. A lift was also out of action throughout the cruise. Another gripe is the Horizon coffee. It is the worst example of coffee we have ever tasted - I would hesitate to even call it coffee. I guess the ship deliberately gives passengers lousy coffee (coloured water) in the hope they will buy a package! The cabins are very small, the bathroom pint sized, however all were kept in a clean condition thanks to our room attendant. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Papua New Guinea was of historical interest as my father fought there in WWII. Alotau and Rabaul were of particular interest to us, we booked shore tours off the ship and can thoroughly recommend them. And Kitava, Kiriwina and Conflict ... Read More
Papua New Guinea was of historical interest as my father fought there in WWII. Alotau and Rabaul were of particular interest to us, we booked shore tours off the ship and can thoroughly recommend them. And Kitava, Kiriwina and Conflict Island were all beautiful with really good snorkelling and swimming. Both embarkation and disembarkation were very easy and quick, and our cabin was ready for us straight away. We chose traditional dining so ate in the same dining room each evening with the same people. Our stewards were amazing and very attentive. The food was great, and there was always something on the menu to suit individual tastes. The shows at the Princess Theatre were varied, some were great others not so much, plenty of seating but the earlier show time filled up quickly. Movies under the Stars was very enjoyable and a nice relaxing way to spend a few hours. We really enjoyed the whirlpool spas and pool on deck 14 at the back of the ship, adults only, lots of sunlounges, and quieter than the main pools and spas. Our cruise was over Christmas so the ship was decorated beautifully, very festive. Overall a very enjoyable 11 night cruise, can definitely recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose to cruise on the Sea Princess as it was a smaller ship for our first cruise and We had read good reviews. All our expectations have been fulfilled. The crew & staff were friendly, helpful & always with a smile. The balcony ... Read More
We chose to cruise on the Sea Princess as it was a smaller ship for our first cruise and We had read good reviews. All our expectations have been fulfilled. The crew & staff were friendly, helpful & always with a smile. The balcony cabin was spacious & comfortable. Dining was a feast of amazing variety & quality. We were entertained day & night by concerts, comedians and carolers ( Xmas cruise). Most of the shore excursions were educational & enjoyable, especially meeting & talking to the villagers & children. The ship decor was beautifully decorated with lots of very comfy places to lounge in. You can do as much or less as you want, even room service was a treat after a long day. We have already booked another cruise, again on the Sea Princess and have told our friends of our great experience, with all positive views. Disembarkation was less hassle than embarking on the ship, but perhaps that was because it was our first venture into port check in. Loved ‘ Movies Under The Stars’ up on the pool deck, views of sunrises from our balcony, and suppers at Horizons food court after a show. Thanks Sea Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We have sailed with Princess for 9 voyages, 8 of which were on Sea Princess. Every cruise has been filled with friendly outgoing staff, from the Head Waiters right thru to the Cabin Stewards. We were on the ship straight away and this ... Read More
We have sailed with Princess for 9 voyages, 8 of which were on Sea Princess. Every cruise has been filled with friendly outgoing staff, from the Head Waiters right thru to the Cabin Stewards. We were on the ship straight away and this time our luggage was there about 5 minutes after we arrived. We have had a balcony on every cruise but 1 and would have to recommend these cabins, they are spacious with fridge and a great balcony for some private moments. The entertainment is first class with something for every one's taste. We always go with the traditional dinning, because it allows us to get to know our servers and fellow passangers at our table. Well worth considering. In all the times we have cruised with Princess we have never had one complaint about the service we receive. The staff- even though they have to deal with some INTERESTING clients-always come through with dignity and respect ( much more than I would have). We do not do many of the excursions, but have heard a lot of positive comments. We do not travel with children, but think they must be well looked after because, when we do see them on the ship, they seem to be having a great time. We have only cruised on one other line, and they do not compare to Princess. We wil continue cruising-but only with Princess- for many years to come. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My father served in Milne Bay , and Rabaul durning the war so I was very interested in these ports. We have been to Rabaul before and done the war tour. The islands and colour of the water is beautiful and just so pieceful. You have to be ... Read More
My father served in Milne Bay , and Rabaul durning the war so I was very interested in these ports. We have been to Rabaul before and done the war tour. The islands and colour of the water is beautiful and just so pieceful. You have to be prepared to give donations though as that is what they expect. It is such a beautiful cruise and the captain was outstanding and his staff were lovely. We really couldn’t fault any thing. We were the first princess ship to go to Conflict Island, that is absolute beautiful and the snorkeling is the best in the world (they say) If you haven’t done this one put it on your bucket list. We really enjoyed it and could properly do it again later. We did private tours on both those ports as I wanted to go to certain places which Princess didn’t cover. A great cruise could have been longer. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Cruise was great despite 4 floods,a fire in the library and a broken down engine in cairns. Food overall was excellant except for the stirling steakhouse. .where the meat was dreadful and the vegetables likened to prison mush. The ports ... Read More
Cruise was great despite 4 floods,a fire in the library and a broken down engine in cairns. Food overall was excellant except for the stirling steakhouse. .where the meat was dreadful and the vegetables likened to prison mush. The ports of call were good but princess needs to expediate the tender service. Leaving everyone in 34 degrees plus heat for exceptionally long periods of time is not acceptable. On board facilities were an acceptable standard however the attendants would leave the male and female change room doors open at the gym. As the signage is on the door people kept getting confused. Twice i had a lady walk in on me in the shower and the sauna in the mens change room. Princess cruises are great but the shine has definitely tarnished. Entertainment was excellant and the cruise director was good at his job. The room attendant was very good and s9 obliging. You do get what you pay for and princess is a good mid range cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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