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Sea Princess Review

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Sea Princess
4.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Classic decor and small size offers an intimate onboard vibe


One of the oldest ships based in Australia

Bottom Line

Good value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries


Passengers 2,000
Crew 910
Passenger to Crew 2.2:1
Launched 1998
Shore Excursions 716
Tiana Templeman
Cruise Critic Contributor

Sea Princess Overview

Sea Princess sails varied itineraries -- including Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii and a round-the-world cruise -- from its Brisbane and Sydney homeports.

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The ship, launched in 1998, is mid-sized and offers traditional features that make it a good choice for cruise travellers who want to feel like they're onboard an oceangoing vessel rather than a theme park at sea. The Art Deco-inspired decor is classically elegant and the ship's gracious lines and grand atrium hark back to cruising's golden era, creating a stylish and timeless ambience throughout.

While Sea Princess is one of the line's oldest ships based in Australia, it has been well looked after with thoughtful and regular refurbishments. During the most recent 2017 dry dock, the ship was modernised without changing the onboard mood: every cabin received a Princess Luxury Bed; a new "Movies under the Stars" screen was installed; and the youth facilities received an extensive refit to reflect the line's partnership with the Discovery Channel.

Sea Princess is a cosy, welcoming ship with its atrium area and show venues among the most attractive at sea. Despite its smaller size, there is much to enjoy onboard.

For more details about cabins, dining and things to do, see the separate sections of this review.

Fellow Passengers

Because Sea Princess sails primarily from Sydney, most of its passengers are Australian with a mix of those hailing from New Zealand, the UK and the US. You'll find plenty of young families on shorter sailings, but the passenger base on longer itineraries generally comprises those aged between 55 and 70.

Sea Princess Dress Code

This is a somewhat casual ship with a relaxed interpretation of the 'smart casual' dress code onboard with shorts, T-shirts, swimwear and thongs the norm during the day. In the evening, T-shirts, jeans and sandals can be seen in the casual dining areas.

Generally, passengers -- including children -- dress up in the evening for the dining area. Women favour closed-toe shoes or smart sandals, knee-length dresses, pants and blouses, while men don collared shirts and khakis. Shirts, shorts, caps and flip-flops should be confined to the daytime out on deck and are not permitted in the dining room.

Weeklong itineraries of five or six days have one formal night, while cruises between seven and 13 days feature two formal nights. On formal nights, cocktail dresses and suits with or without ties are worn rather than gowns and tuxedos. There are a select few that don full gowns with pearls or tuxedos. Note: Formalwear is available for hire.

Sea Princess Gratuity

Princess Cruises has a policy of no tipping in Australia, but a gratuity is automatically added to spa treatments. The onboard currency is Australian dollars when the ship sails in Australia. When the ship is sailing in other destinations and the onboard currency is U.S. dollars, gratuities are charged at $16.50 per person, per day for suites; $15.50 per person, per day for those in mini-suites; and $14.50 per person, per day for everyone else. There is also an automatic 18 percent gratuity added for beverages and spa treatments.

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Fiesta Deck
Plaza Deck
Emerald Deck
Promenade Deck
Dolphin Deck
Caribe Deck
Baja Deck
Aloha Deck
Riviera Deck
Lido Deck
Sun Deck

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Sea Princess Member Reviews

Sea Princess
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Big negative was that the Sea Princess (22 years old) is not very well maintained with copious amounts of rust, aging facilities and decor along with average food....Read More
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LYNNE Frances
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Sea Princess attention to detail was sadly lacking in many areas. Food slopped in and out of bowl in Traviata was a ‘surprise’....Read More
Sea Princess
Sail Date: Feb 2019
Matt and his cruise director’s staff always working hard taking into consideration all the guests on Sea Princess....Read More
Sea Princess
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Thank you to the Captain and all the crew of the Sea Princess. I have only one slight downer - it would be great if it was a smoke free ship....Read More

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