3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board including Trivia and carpet bowls were lively & fun however the entertainment was a little one dimensional with only 2 people doing the singing in a lot of the productions. I also felt that this cruise was treated as filling in time before the World Cruise with both pools being closed for 3 days for maintenance & a major renovation being done on the Atrium fountain during the day with a grinder being used along with very smelly sealant. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ports we visited and we eere blessed with great weather. There was the usual bickering over the laundry facilities, but that comes down to the people, not Princess. Shore excursions are expensive & unfortunately 3 of mine were cancelled, one of which I received no notification. The people maje the cruise & I met some wondrrful ones. Great trip overall Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Flew from Melbourne & stayed overnight at Hacienda Motel opposite the docks. Adds nearly $1,000 per couple to the over all holiday. Real pain for us Melbournians. Apart from that, Brisbane Portside Precinct is lovely and within ... Read More
Flew from Melbourne & stayed overnight at Hacienda Motel opposite the docks. Adds nearly $1,000 per couple to the over all holiday. Real pain for us Melbournians. Apart from that, Brisbane Portside Precinct is lovely and within walking distance of several motels, it was hot, we called a taxi -$8. No real problems boarding, except so many people arrive hours before time. Brisbane is quite organised, there is seating but thank goodness we walked down the precinct again and had a coffee and looked at the ship from the balcony viewing area, before checking in (Platinum). Not been on Sea Princess before, the upgrade/refit in Horizons is lovely, appears much lighter than on Dawn Princess. More room around the tea & coffee area and sweet & savoury snacks and treats behind glass, does seem somewhat cleaner in these times. Rooms - we had an inside as we booked late and took what was available, near the back but all good. We like fine dining, had problems in Rigolletos as we had booked for table for 2 and on table for 10, two men very unpleasant and argumentative. Tried to get smaller table, on 4th night we had a table to ourselves, 5th night arriving at 8.10 (7.45 was our booked time) the Maitre de (rudely) said we were "too early"! Really! I offered to look at the shops, he then said he had no room for us, try Traviata's - really! This was our 9th cruise so were quite taken aback by his attitude. Traviata's were also surprised but accommodated us with no problems. Note: A passenger told us there are only 4 tables for 2 in the Fine Dining Restaurants. I can't confirm this. Anyway, all good from there on, I even had a birthday cake one evening, very nice. The PNG Cruise itself - hot, humid, fun, very good company most people our own age, we are 72 + 76. Shows were good, islands were fun. Cultural Show at Alatau is a must and take a chance and ride a canoe, the people will look after you. Sure there's not a lot to see but we got off at every stop, swam in the beautiful pristine waters, took another chance and with the help of local finally got on a sailing boat to the little island only 5 mins away. $5 each. Locals are lovely, they do have markets but have little idea of pressuring you to buy. THINGS YOU MUST HAVE: Plenty of $5 notes, lollies for the children. Other items you could take are books, pencils, clothing. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Papua New guinea is a must go destination for everyone no matter what age and background you are. Returning expatriates, returning ex-service personnel, children of those who once lived in PNG, inquisitive travelers etc. Our first time ... Read More
Papua New guinea is a must go destination for everyone no matter what age and background you are. Returning expatriates, returning ex-service personnel, children of those who once lived in PNG, inquisitive travelers etc. Our first time with Princess Cruises and they excelled in every area. In Alotau we did the Cultural Festival on board tour which was worthwhile. We noted that independent travelers still had to pay the same as passengers if they wanted entry. Good range of cultural dancers and the arts and crafts were very nice and affordable. We noted that the sellers were not used to haggling and when we were dropped off at the local market on the way back to the ship we could see why. All the produce in the markets was marked with a price and that was what was paid. There were other tours to suit other interests such as WWII or local village and cooking tour. Off to Kitava Island where we were greeted by three young ladies in traditional dress who we felt were only doing it because their mum had insisted. We saw her taking note of the numbers of passengers getting off the tenders so I'd say she billed the cruise line for the privilege as many of the other children had signs "K5 a snap" in front of themselves. The primary school children were there to greet us and put on small performances and were a delight. More carvings, shells, string bags (bilums) for sale. Lovely place for a swim and snorkel. Off to Rabaul where we took a full day tour with Kokopo Tours (wish I could insert their flyer here so others could benefit!) AU$150.00 each including water and lunch at the Gazel Peninsular Hotel. Saw everything there was to see, Yamamoto's bunker, Bita Paka War Cemetery, Kokopo War Museum and Cultural Center, Hot Springs, Volcano, WWII Zero crash site etc. The devastation of the last major eruption in 1994 is still very evident. Sea day before reaching Doini Island for more snorkeling, dance groups etc. More arts and crafts to buy. What a great little 'resort' island. Check out www.doiniisland.com and if you're cruising there pre-book snorkeling or trips to Samarai Island etc. Love to come back and chill!!!! 2 more sea days and back to Brisbane. On the way up to PNG and on other sea days we were entertained by very knowledgeable speakers who obviously loved their work. All in all a very pleasant visit to our next door neighbours. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
I flew to Singapore and took in 3 tours before embarking on the Sea Princess as a 'cruise virgin' and 'solo sailor'. The first impression at the Singapore Terminal embarkation was not good. I assumed by arriving around ... Read More
I flew to Singapore and took in 3 tours before embarking on the Sea Princess as a 'cruise virgin' and 'solo sailor'. The first impression at the Singapore Terminal embarkation was not good. I assumed by arriving around 12pm, I'd be on board having lunch by 1pm. We were given a ticket number to wait. Some passengers got on and our group #14 waiting two hours in the terminal, with no explanation and no activity. Then passport snatched of me on the gang plank not by an officer (ones in white), but a cabin staff member. Having got that off my chest, I have to say the crew, the passengers and food were excellent. I had a great cabin location next to lifts on the level 6 close to the atrium. The shows I attended I really enjoyed and the entertainment the crew put on the last night was truely a great way to finish the cruise. The staff are multi-talented. As a solo sailor I met a lot of people and found everyone friendly and accommodating. The ship coming out of dry dock presented some minor problems, there issues with toilets overflowing and new staff not sure of some things. Problems I had were quickly fixed, except I couldn't use a HDMI cable to review photos on the TV. It worked the first day, but despite two attempts technician was unable to fix it. Communication on board was good and only major drama was the breakdown of 3 tenders (one with a rope around the prop) in Langkawi which left a never ending line of people on the dock in the hot sun for about 1 1/2 hours. There seemed reluctance to send senior officers ashore to manage the issue. I know there will be strong complaints about this. Although where I was we joked and made the best of it. But seriously the tenders are our line-line and not a good look given they were supposed to overhauled in dry dock and certified. The tour reservations I had in each port I was very happy with, Except Lombok it was expensive and the tour bus old and air con barely managed a puff of air. I leaned on one seat standing up and it broke, injuring the knee of a passenger behind me. That put a dampener on that tour and I hope the women's knee is okay. Overall, as a first cruise I enjoyed most of the cruise experience and can see why it's now so popular way to travel. If on your won a short cruise is great. Longer ones, you definitely need a companion as there a times where you feel left out and not catered for. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This was my 18th cruise and 3rd with Princess Cruises. It was a short cruise and great value. I booked an inside cabin but was upgraded to a balcony cabin and an excellent price. Embarbation was good efficient and quick. Staff were ... Read More
This was my 18th cruise and 3rd with Princess Cruises. It was a short cruise and great value. I booked an inside cabin but was upgraded to a balcony cabin and an excellent price. Embarbation was good efficient and quick. Staff were friendly and helpful, White Bay facilities were excellent. Very helpful for elderly and disabled people. Ship was in good condition for its age and nice decore. Cabin was clean and well presented. The cabin Steward introduced himself friendly and helpful spoke good english. Well done. Dining options were good. I used the Bistro and the Regency Dining room. Bobby our waiter was great happy, friendl and helpful. Service was effient and appropriate not slow or intrusive. Food was average for this type of ship. Entertainment was excellent good show in the main theatre the entertainers do a fantastic job great singing and dancers Well done very enjoyable. Bars wee good with good choices in drinks and exceptional entrainment Enjoyed this cruise, great price and would recommend Princess Cruises Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
My time on the Sea Princess.....My Mother, Uncle, Sister and Daughter and I all cruised on the Sea Princess on July 3rd for ten days out of San Francisco to Alaska. Mother and Uncle shared a room on a different deck since we booked late. ... Read More
My time on the Sea Princess.....My Mother, Uncle, Sister and Daughter and I all cruised on the Sea Princess on July 3rd for ten days out of San Francisco to Alaska. Mother and Uncle shared a room on a different deck since we booked late. It worked out fine. And the three of us (me, sister and daughter) all shared a room.Our first stop was Ketchikan.....which was fun to see. My daughter's first time in Alaska. All the rest of us had cruised to Alaska before. The weather was HOT! Very nice. We just walked around the town and saw the sights.Our next stop was Haines.......hmmmmmmm......not much to Haines.....BUT...my daughter loved it because it was such a quaint little town....dirt roads and such. One bank...one store....one clinic....oh well.......we did see where they were constructing a totem pole.....that was very interesting. Juneau the next day......always fun....Mendanhal Glacier was as beautiful and breathtaking as ever. No bears this time....Fun Fun day. We left that port at midnight. Tracy Arm................amazing!!!!!!!!!! We missed it the last time because of weather....got some great pictures this time....As far as on board.........the service we had in the begining was so slooooooooooooooooow.....But we had anytime dining so believe it or not.....we kept trying other waitstaff and it got better, The food was good. Must say the pizza place was tops! My daughter loved it.Room service was great! The room guys were on top of it and our favorite hangout was Crooner's. Larry played piano and has the funniest sense of humor. We all had a great time listening to him. All the Crooner's staff were exceptional. Keyzia, Erwin, Yuri, Bernie, Benji....all of them!And thanks to Marvin and Steve for hanging out by the pool for us when it was so cool and giving us our sodas when we needed them. The entertainer AdamAnt was hysterical..........the other acts were........ok......the princess dancers are always good and fun to watch. Larry in his Vista Lounge show was great!The disco........well.......Julie the assistant cruise staff was such a sweetheart. Didn't really see much of the others. They just were not that into the passangers. Not like the usual cruises. Julie was the only one that really put forth an effort to have fun with us! Kudos to her!I rated out cruise on this ship......6 out of 10. I have had better.............................But it is always fun to meet new people and make friends.Sea Princess is going into dry dock soon............I didn't think she was that bad. Always fun cruisen with Princess. Read Less
Sea Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.8

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