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67 Princess Brisbane Cruise Reviews

We really enjoy Princess, in particular the level of service experienced onboard is 1st class. Food was excellent, the Staff, as usual were excellent. The Cruise Director, Jody was innovative and met with Guests every sea day for a ... Read More
We really enjoy Princess, in particular the level of service experienced onboard is 1st class. Food was excellent, the Staff, as usual were excellent. The Cruise Director, Jody was innovative and met with Guests every sea day for a Coffee/Chat. This is the first time I had experienced something along that line. Her Team also were energetic and involved with the Guests. Our Captain, Tony Ruggero regularly walk around the ship meeting with and talking to any passengers who liked a chat. And he did so with a high degree of interest in what they had to say. The weather on sea days during this voyage was ordinary to say the least, however, the up side was that on each Port day the sun came out and weather was close to,perfect. I can do without Suva as a Port, there are many more inviting islands of Fiji that would be better for a day stopover. Pago Pago is an interesting Port with many worthwhile drives at very reasonable prices. Hawaii and Her Islands speak for themselves as does Tahiti. Swimming with the Sharks and Sting Rays is a must and there are plenty of options available on shore. Land Tours around the Tahitian Islands are interesting and the scenery is to die for. Some of the most beautiful scenes you could ever wish for. Then onto NZ, Auckland is a Capital City and as expected. The Hop on Hop Off Bus is worth the money with many very interesting places visited. Then onto Bay of Islands. Beautiful from the sea/land, even more so from a Helicopter flight. The locals put on a Market with many wonderful and interesting items for sale. (Much better than the normal Markets) found in other places. Now the Ship, Sea Princess is showing her age, however she is still in very clean and presentable shape. Food onboard was very good with a number of changes to previous menus. The Pub Lunch has an expanded menu with a larger variety other than Fish and Chips, which is still very tasty. I would recommend you attend the Cooking Demonstrations which not only highlight a number of dishes, it is also a light hearted comical and entertaining experience. We did Anytime Dining which worked very well with no problems in finding a table. The Buffett was always available with a good selection of various style meals with regular presentation of menus of specific style and taste from various countries. For outside eating, the Pool Grill presented hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage on a roll, salads, chips etc. we never went hungry. We had an Interior Cabin A204 at the front of the ship. A small cabin but it did have the essentials, cupboard/hanging space, plenty of drawers and a workable (if not large) bathroom. In rough weather you could feel the larger waves, not that it caused us any discomfort, we were just rocked to sleep at night. When you run into 7mtr. waves, one must expect a bit of movement, however that just added to our experiences. The onboard entertainment was not up to the usual Princess standard. Some good shows, some not so good. The Production shows were very good, just not as many as we have experienced in the past. All in all, our group of 7 adults enjoyed the cruise and I would do the same itinerary again. We have done this cruise twice in past years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Always wanted to visit Hawaii and Tahiti. The ship should be commended on their staff. They are the greatest asset. The food was very good, with heaps of choice. Entertainment was poor and somewhat disorganised. The tours in ... Read More
Always wanted to visit Hawaii and Tahiti. The ship should be commended on their staff. They are the greatest asset. The food was very good, with heaps of choice. Entertainment was poor and somewhat disorganised. The tours in Suva, Pago Pago and Moorea, were great value and very well organised and presented. One of our Hawaiian tours to the crater and ocean centre was very good and well worth the money, however the other 4 tours in Hawaii were very over priced and disappointing. Our tour at Bora Bora, helmet five was cancelled once we were on board. We enjoyed Bora Bora as we managed to do a tour with a local taxi driver, Dora. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. Moorea is beautiful as well and our tour to the tiki village was fantastic. The Dining experience was good and the service outstanding. The steak house not worth the money - as though good - the normal free dining was as good. Entertainment - such as voice of the sea was very poorly organised. Craft lessons were very poor. No presentations other than ones that tried to sell you something. In saying that - I would do this cruise again, but I’d do many things differently. I cruised with 5 other people who made my trip amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was the 2nd time we enjoyed this cruise, last was 2015. Great opportunity to see different things ashore. Pity that it was a bit rough this time but no one can control the weather! Have sailed on Sea Princess many times & wish ... Read More
This was the 2nd time we enjoyed this cruise, last was 2015. Great opportunity to see different things ashore. Pity that it was a bit rough this time but no one can control the weather! Have sailed on Sea Princess many times & wish they would upgrade the televisions to movies on demand. Also be fabulous if she had the 24 hour International Cafe. Legends for the Elite evenings just didn’t work for us , too crowded but lots enjoyed them. Lots of choices entertainment wise & plenty of activities to keep fit & healthy (without gaining weight!) Cruise director & staff ALL exceptional, kept me as busy as I wanted for 5 weeks Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini ... Read More
Like the itinerary with lots of Sea days to rest and recharge. Also got to see Darwin Australia, Kaohsiung(Taiwan) besides the usual Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Phu My(Vietnam) and Hong Kong. Ship was big, and nice. Room was a mini suite(upgraded from a premium balcony), very comfortable, Excellent room service. Sea was calm until South China sea. Mostly Australian on the ship with lots of Asian from Australia. US pax are the minority. Lots of Fancy, high end stores, on board. Too expensive! Piazza was large, busy daily with all kinds of activities. Casino was fun on the Penny machines, not much table activities throughout the cruise(except for Black Jack Tournament), feel sorry for the casino attendants standing at their table side all morning, afternoon and waiting for table players to play! Love the Asian exercise equipment at the aft of the ship for stretching and muscle toning, very simple but effective! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We ... Read More
This was my second repositioning cruise on the Majestc. The first one was from Shanghai to Sydney in Aug/Sep 2018. Cabin: On this current occasion I traveled with friends (a couple). We had adjacent balcony cabins on deck 14. We chose this cruise because we wanted a cruise that terminated in Hong Kong. My cabin was comfortable except for the very soft pillows that Princess now has. Also, there was a strong smell of stale urine in the bathroom. This was also the case on the earlier cruise when I had an inside cabin. Despite several attempts on both occasions by the cabin stewards to remove the smell, it lingered. Dining: The food overall was very good. We had anytime dining, and ate in the dining room sometimes. We also ate at the International Marketplace, Harmony Restaurant, Crown Grill, Alfredo's, La Mer, and the Noodle Bar, and we did the Chef's Table dining. I thought the Crown Grill on this ship was the best of any ship. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. I didn't care for the food in the Harmony Restaurant. One of the dishes was very nice but the others were rather bland. La Mer was OK. We ate at Alfredo's quite a few times. Like the food there. Had quite a few lunches at the Noodle Bar. The Chef's Table was not as good as some I've had in the past; more emphasis on presentation rather than flavour. And the food in both the dining rooms and the International Marketplace was pretty good. Ship: I don't particularly like its design which I understand was tailored to the Chinese market. The ship lacks the bar/lounge areas which Australians, including me, seem to like, such as Wheelhouse, Explorers, Skywalkers and Crooners. There was a Crooners on the Majestic but it was the casino's high rollers room converted. Not a crowd-friendly space and tucked away in a corner next to the casino. This was also the nightclub but it didn't really work as that either. The ship has a space called Princess Live on Deck 7 midship. It's like a small theatre. It doesn't really work well for most of the events that it's used for. The seating is quite uncomfortable; there is no bar and wait staff from the nearest bar up the passage have difficulty taking orders and delivering drinks. Apart from a bench across the back of the room, there are no tables so activities like trivia and bingo are difficult there. Also, the Promenade deck walking area does not go right around the ship. It does run up both sides of the ship but it's very narrow in parts and walking is very difficult if there's anyone else in the area. The Princess Theatre has 800 seats for 3500 passengers. This meant that you'd need to get there more than half an hour before a show to have any chance of getting a seat. Most of the activities were held in the Piazza as there was really nowhere much else to have them. A couple of times when we were dining at Alfredo's (on Deck 6 in the Piazza), the music in the Piazza was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The Majestic has an adults area on Deck 17 called the Hollywood Observatory. It's an indoor area that has a good sized pool, a bar, lots of lounges and other seating, include cabanas which can be closed off for privacy. A lovely area except for two things - some recorded birdsong which is really unnecessary and gets on your nerves after a while; and the fact that the whole area is air conditioned. That's OK if you've gone there just to read or play games, etc, but it makes it very cold when you come out of the pool! Entertainment: The entertainment was very good overall. Some excellent performers, and the production shows were great. Lots of activities. We never had trouble finding something enjoyable to do. Service: The service on the ship, as always, was excellent, although I noticed that there seemed to be less wait staff than usual in some areas. This meant that there were sometimes delays in getting vacated tables cleared, or getting a drink. This was my fourth cruise with Captain Dino Sagani at the helm. While his daily noon navigation reports were always informative, I've never seen him or his officers out and about the ship other than at official functions. Ports: While the number of ports was small (only 6 including Hong Kong), there was plenty to do at each. I found the destination presentation for Kaohsiung to be very helpful in getting a feel for the logistics of the place. The only Princess shore excursion I did was to Long Tan and Nui Dat in Vietnam. So much Australian military history in that part of the world. We were privileged to participate in a short memorial service while at the Long Tan Memorial. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Would I go again on the Majestic? Probably not. I don't care for that class of ship. I much prefer the Grand or Gem class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise as a short break as for people that are time poor these are really good cruises to jump on. The ship itself was nice and I found it to be a younger demographical for age pax is it was repositioning. I found the food in ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a short break as for people that are time poor these are really good cruises to jump on. The ship itself was nice and I found it to be a younger demographical for age pax is it was repositioning. I found the food in both the dining room and the buffet to be really nice and even though I didnt get to see a show on board there was lots of other things to do. I really enjoyed my time in the Sanctuary and Budly on board made sure that we were well looked after. I think the Sanctuary is well worth the money especially for short cruises if you want to get away from the mainstream of passengers and relax.Our cabin was a more than adequate for the short cruise however I would probably like a mini suite if I could afford it for a longer duration. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First time traveling to New Zealand and first time on Princess line. Unexpected problem at the start and cruise cut short by 3 days due to cyclone.. can't help the weather. Just myself and best friend on this trip. Embarkation ... Read More
First time traveling to New Zealand and first time on Princess line. Unexpected problem at the start and cruise cut short by 3 days due to cyclone.. can't help the weather. Just myself and best friend on this trip. Embarkation went smoothly as did disembarkation when we returned. Entertainment was fantastic something for everyone.Especially one group in particular- Mosaic was their name..great band.All staff were amazing very friendly knowledgeable approachable. Food was amazing we had anytime dining. Service terrific staff amazing food fantastic Lots of areas to have quiet time or be active.. enjoyed very relaxing massage inn the spa.. staff running activities were easy going friendly Cabin was very clean and tidy. Looked after each day by amazing staff.. had arranged day tours before arriving. Organisation of these was well done.. buses were then when required. Left on time. Ticked off a couple of things inn my bucket list . visited Tauranga and went to Hobbiton and while in Aukland violated Sky Tower.. amazingly stunning views Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were supposed to cruise on the 24th February, but a cyclone off the Brisbane coast stopped that. We managed to get out of port on the 27th instead. Great communication from Princess but alas we missed the South Island of NZ as a result. ... Read More
We were supposed to cruise on the 24th February, but a cyclone off the Brisbane coast stopped that. We managed to get out of port on the 27th instead. Great communication from Princess but alas we missed the South Island of NZ as a result. But NZ put on its very best weather for us. It was like Queensland, beautiful one day, perfect the next. I loved the new beds they’ve been on about. Very comfy. 2 fabulous comedians on board keeping us entertained and in stitches. The show band was also very entertaining. I’m doing this cruise again soon, this time hopefully I’ll get to see the South Island. The food was brilliant, I asked for anytime dining and being alone, I met new people every night. The menu was varied and food was plentiful, Lobster Tails, Atlantic Salmon, Beef Wellington, Lamb, New York Steak. And then the entrees and desserts. I think I overindulged a bit. 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
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
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
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
The embarkation was a pleasant experience up until we boarded the ship as the embarkation staff were very helpful and quick in providing the cabin key and other necessary documentation. Once I got on the ship myself and all the other ... Read More
The embarkation was a pleasant experience up until we boarded the ship as the embarkation staff were very helpful and quick in providing the cabin key and other necessary documentation. Once I got on the ship myself and all the other passengers could not go to our cabins because they were not ready. The ship is old and a little bit tired, there were numerous leaks from the overhead pipes on the promenade deck, they attempted to patch them but without much success, The public areas of the ship were generally OK. I was in Cabin 747 on Caribe Deck the cabin was very clean except for the fact there where a pair of ladies jogging pants and a top in one of the draws, The hot water in the shower didn't work for the majority of the journey. The balcony was lovely and we had a number of excellent meals on as there was a table and three chairs on it. I enjoyed being able to relax on the balcony and watch either the sun rise or set. I mainly used rooms service for breakfast, it was alway delivered on time and was exactly what I required, Fabio the room service steward alway made sure the table was set ready to start my breakfast. I dined once in the speciality restaurant (Steak House), whilst the food wand service was OK the ambiance was terrible and it is a part time restaurant made up of one half of the Horizon Buffet restaurant divided by a number of wooden screens which provide no audible or visual separation would not recommend this restaurant at all. I had anytime dining in the Traviata Dining room food was OK nothing really special staff were excellent but service was too fast for my liking. Used the Horizon restaurant a few of times the less said the better. The Pizza restaurant was OK for the no cost pizzas if you liked them drowned in cheese and the base not crispy. The you paid money for the pizza then it was very good. I suppose you get what you pay for. The bars were very good, excellent staff who were extremely attentive once they got to know you. Entertainment of the ship was inline with all the other ships I have been on. They like a curates egg good in parts but generally pretty bad especially the princess players the guy could not hold a note if his like depended upon it. They danced like they were robots whilst they smiles only went as far as they lips. My room steward (Prichiet) was excellent, nothing was too difficult, he always happy. The ports we visited were Port Charmers (Dunedin) Taieri Gorge by Train , excellent excursion, magnificent scenery , excellent commentary and good food and wine. The volunteers on the train did a very good job of looking after us. Akaroa Lovely little town, Didi the harbour nature cruise, saw a number of little penguins in the water preening their feathers, two hughes dolphin mothers with their days old babies. It was absolutely wonderful. Wellington Went on the Museum and Cable Car would not recommend this tour as it was too rushed and really didn't get to see anything Napier Went on a wine tour, enjoyed it there was a lot of wine to sample at the three wineries we went to Auckland The jet boat was fantastic and very good value for money. The disembarkation was a breeze, very well organised and executed/ Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. ... Read More
We booked this cruise using Marriott Vacation Club points for the 2 nights from Brisbane to Sydney. We wanted to experience the maiden voyage into Sydney. We found the ship to be in very good condition and enjoyed the experience very much. The food was excellent, having anytime dining we tend to eat late and was seated straight away at a table for 2. The world market place, I found the food fantastic, and in fact the 2nd night we had dinner there, as we did not fancy anything on the main dinning room menu. We enjoyed the noodle bar for lunch. The production show we thought was fantastic, it was new, and very enjoyable. We got to the Princess theatre 15 minutes before the show, and had to seat up the front, to het a better seat maybe 1 hour to 30 minutes before showtime Would I travel on Majestic Princess in the future, yes, have I cruised other cruise lines before, yes. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise with sister in law for her 60th birthday. Can't fault the staff they were brilliant and dining waiters made our experience a very fun and memorable one which we looked forward to each evening. The night before ... Read More
Chose this cruise with sister in law for her 60th birthday. Can't fault the staff they were brilliant and dining waiters made our experience a very fun and memorable one which we looked forward to each evening. The night before disembarking was disappointing as things went wrong e.g. drinks charged to our account which shouldn't have been as we had drinks package. Reception staff were very good at trying to fix problem however it required going back to them 3 times. Sister in laws door card had to be replaced 4 times as it wouldn't open door. One photo staffer was extremely rude on formal photo night which we witnessed again later towards his own staff members on raffle draw. Were refused a coffee at Cafe as staff argued we didn't have a drinks package when we did. Theatre is far too small and requires lots of sitting around early in order to get seats for second show. Captains Circle event was disappointing. Much prefer P & O's approach where you walk in get given canapes and a drink and then line up to get photo with Captain. This event was just sitting in the Theatre hearing a couple of songs from the Princess singers and getting given a free drinks coupon as we left. Over way too quickly. Found the age demographic too old for our age group however in saying this found lots of very friendly people who would strike up a lovely conversation. Just too many wheelie walkers and wheelchairs for our liking. Entertainment staff definitely generated lots of fun throughout the cruise. Shows didn't go long enough - each one only half an hour. Darwin disembarking was horrendous and our tour Jumping Crocodiles very disappointing. Tour included a 1 hour croc tour on the river and a visit to the Humpty Doo Pub. Spent 1 hr at pub and arrived at croc tour at 5 pm, on water at 6 pm and told we were turning around at 6.30 pm. Got lovely sunset photos but that's not what we were there for. Saw 2 crocs on the bank that looked really disinterested as sun had gone down and tour should have been cancelled by ship as we were late getting off ship to begin with and then there were 4 big coaches that headed out there far too late. When heaps of people complained they denied we weren't on the river for 1 hour and preferred to listen to the videographer who said we were, instead of the passengers however all our cameras had the times on the photos as proof but they didn't want to know about it. Our stateroom however was fantastic. Shower was generous and bed was the most comfortable I have slept in on a cruise ship. Position was good as there were no noise problems however because our doors faced each other on a V angle our doorway entrance was quite tight fitting. Food was fantastic and lots off different varieties of places to eat e.g. the restaurants, Horizons Buffet or Terrace Grill. Would have no problem choosing the Princess line again however probably not the Sun as it is a very old ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We are regular cruisers. We like to have a change of environment about twice a year. There was no special reason for this particular cruise. It just happened to be about the right time of the year for us. We choose Princess because ... Read More
We are regular cruisers. We like to have a change of environment about twice a year. There was no special reason for this particular cruise. It just happened to be about the right time of the year for us. We choose Princess because they are one of the few cruise lines to operate from Brisbane. Also, they have the best loyalty program. We have been using Princess Cruises mostly, but we may need to re-think our priorities if Princess continue to downgrade their food quality, and menu choices.The quality deterioration is especially noticeable in the buffet area, but the restricted menu applies generally. Smoking is still encouraged on cruise ships by providing smoking areas in public spaces on board. Passengers are encouraged to complete the survey at the end of the cruise. This will take about half an hour, No acknowledgement is ever made of any comments or suggestions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife and I wanted to see Cairns Australia and travel on the Kuranda railway. We selected this cruise for this purpose, but unfortunately the ship could not dock in Cairns because of high winds. This also applied to other ports on this ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to see Cairns Australia and travel on the Kuranda railway. We selected this cruise for this purpose, but unfortunately the ship could not dock in Cairns because of high winds. This also applied to other ports on this cruise, except for Airlie Beach. Apart from this disappointment the actual cruising was great. I must also mention that it had been my policy, not to cruise with other Australians. It is difficult to put this diplomatically, but I went against this policy for the efficiency of embarking in Brisbane, not far from our home, where we could drive to the port and park nearby. To say we were soon disappointed and embarrassed with our fellow Australians (and some New Zealanders) is an understatement. The "bogans" as we call them here were everywhere. The wandering of the ship with beer bottle in hand by poorly attired men (and some women too) was repulsive. I better leave it at that, but I could go on a lot further. Needless to say, I will re-instate my previous policy from now on. The dining room (Traviata Dining Room) staff were outstanding. It was an absolute pleasure meeting them and to be served by them. The dishes we tried each night were superb, if a little low on volume. I cannot see Americans accepting the low portion sizes. The usual problem with finding a table in the Horizon Court was in evidence on this ship also. It seems to be a universal problem. I do not like being forced to eat food at a table with people I do not know. I was expecting The Sea Princess to look a little dated after reading feedback from other people. I know it has been refreshed lately, but I found its condition to be superb. Apart from previously mentioned disappointments I enjoyed this cruise for what it was. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Not the best of cruises ... thanks to Queensland's notorious February weather. Had to question the wisdom of Princess Cruises sending one of their ships north from Brisbane and into the tail end of a cyclone and monsoonal weather! ... Read More
Not the best of cruises ... thanks to Queensland's notorious February weather. Had to question the wisdom of Princess Cruises sending one of their ships north from Brisbane and into the tail end of a cyclone and monsoonal weather! As expected, we encountered high seas for much of the voyage, missing out all but one port ... and that stop was only possible on the way back to Brisbane after first abandoning it on our way north. Cairns, Port Douglas and scenic sailing around Willis Island. also had to be abandoned. Luckily, we were able to anchor off Airlie Beach and spend a few hours on dry land after battling rough weather for five days. Then a small hop to Brisbane and we were home! Can't understand why the ship was not rescheduled to sail south into calmer waters (maybe Sydney and Tassie for instance) and away from the awful weather off the Queensland coast. Maybe the bitter pill would have been sweetened a little had Princess attempted to make up for our disappointment at missing ports ... but not even a free glass of wine was forthcoming let alone any future cruise credit. It could be argued that we should have been aware of Queensland's February weather when we booked ... but that does NOT excuse Princess for sending us into rough seas when we were aware what was happening with the weather TWO weeks before sailing. Apart from that, the cruise was quite enjoyable. Fabulously comfortable and quiet cabin, except when the side thruster was being used. The huge almost floor to ceiling window was much appreciated. Entertainment and food quite good. Trivia was great. Staff very good, though our cabin steward did miss out on the nightly bed turndown and chocolates, and forgot to give us dry towels, on two evenings. The ship oozes luxury and is kept immaculately clean. In my book, Princess still offers great cruising and is to be recommended. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our son and his family live in Toowoomba so we come over from the UK as often as we can and being keen cruisers in Europe we have been adding on a cruise from Brisbane whenever we can. A year ago we travelled up to PNG and our son got ... Read More
Our son and his family live in Toowoomba so we come over from the UK as often as we can and being keen cruisers in Europe we have been adding on a cruise from Brisbane whenever we can. A year ago we travelled up to PNG and our son got totally lost in the roadworks when trying to get us to the ship. It now looks as though the area might be nice when it is finished but it is still chaotic. I think the worst thing is the almost total lack of road signage. There are a limited number of short term parking spaces alongside the Portside shops. The staff dealing with embarkation do a good job with what is a pretty poor building. It is very crowded with fellow passengers pushing against each other at the counter. We are Princess Elite level which made life much easier. It was one of the less obvious benefits of the black card. Our baggage was with us in double quick time and we met Mar our excellent cabin steward. He quietly dealt with whatever needed to be done throughout the cruise and it is no surprise that he has been working for the line for well over 20 years. We particularly like a table for two and managed that for every night apart from the Captain’s night when we were later to arrive at the Anytime Dining Traviata Restaurant.(To be sure of getting a table to ourselves we found that we had to turn up when the doors opened which was a bit of a pain but worth the effort). Along with others we accepted sitting alone on larger tables. We had many different tables throughout the week and the service was consistently as good as we have ever had in over 40 cruises. We are reasonably easy to please and found the food to almost always be very acceptable. I love my soups and found them to be excellent. We always ate in the Traviata except on the last night when we were packin but wanted to see the show. The Horizon Court was perfectly acceptable and really quite busy. Unlike some we found the entertainment to be generally fine. The Australian comedian was a bit of an embarrassment but the shows were typical cruise fare with the ship’s entertainment group being outstanding in a production called Edge. We thought the standard of musical entertainment in the lounges was very high. I was a bit disappointed in that there was very little going on outside. I think that there was one half hearted attempt to play shuffleboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This is the first time we took a 14 days cruise toNew Zealand.It was wonderful. We felt we had a very good trip and the itinerary gave us a very good exposure in New Zealand. The weather was very kind to us ,we saw beautiful scenery and ... Read More
This is the first time we took a 14 days cruise toNew Zealand.It was wonderful. We felt we had a very good trip and the itinerary gave us a very good exposure in New Zealand. The weather was very kind to us ,we saw beautiful scenery and had wonderful experience . We booked 3 tours but we did not use the Princess's Tour. I do think the tours in the cruise ship are very overprice. Nowadays, most people can go in the internet and book tours using the internet. Most people can read review and do their own research, so I think the cruise company needs to rethink about the pricing of the their tours. The passengers in this trip were mostly older clients. If you were 30 and under, you maybe feel a bit "not fit in".The staff in the Sea Princess were alway there to provide a wonderful service. We love the movie under the star with warm blanket and popcorn provided . We love this 14 days tour. We will go again . Love the Itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Whilst my wife and I really enjoyed the cruise (destinations, ship service and restaurants), you quickly learn that you, as a first timer on Princess, don't know all the perks and idiosyncrasies. Mainly location, location, location. ... Read More
Whilst my wife and I really enjoyed the cruise (destinations, ship service and restaurants), you quickly learn that you, as a first timer on Princess, don't know all the perks and idiosyncrasies. Mainly location, location, location. We booked an interior stateroom and whilst it was very nice, it was really small (146 square feet) Joining the two beds to form one required access via the end of the bed only!! (our mistake I guess). There are however many great staterooms (oceanview and balconies) at the rear(aft). Alas for the love of money they seem to be booked to eternity by the many repeat guests (in the know). Please advise if you have nice advice. Overall the cruise was wonderful.The entertainment was first class The rules on board the ship were relaxed. The food in the restaurants was varied and top quality.The age groups on board were about our age (60 and up). Will definitely sail with Princess again (but gee it would be nice in one of the Holy Grail staterooms) Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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