14 Princess Sun Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to South Pacific from Sydney (Australia)

My partner and I had been discussing going on a cruise, so we decided on this 13 day one to the pacific islands. I know it might cost a bit more but I would recommend that people take a balcony room, it was fantastic, it was great to be ... Read More
My partner and I had been discussing going on a cruise, so we decided on this 13 day one to the pacific islands. I know it might cost a bit more but I would recommend that people take a balcony room, it was fantastic, it was great to be able to sit outside and enjoy the fantastic view and also be able to sit and relax while enjoying a good book or a drink. we were over the moon with the service from all the staff on board, especially our room stewards who had a thankless task, but kept our room pristine and also were very courteous and well spoken as well. The only down side for us was the excursions needed to be more imformative and if anything truthful, we had a couple of days where we wouldn't have been better organising our own days. We would recommend that people do a bit more research on the places that they are visiting and maybe are able to save some money by booking with the local operators, instead of booking onboard. But besides all that we have put a deposit down for a 2nd cruise hopefully in 2020, which says how great the cruise was, high recommend the experience. Bill C612 Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Friends were going on it. i wanted to see Fiji. I love cruising I think it is the best way to get around as we age. But I also think that the cruise lines are lowering their standards. i have been on the Sun princess 3 times and things ... Read More
Friends were going on it. i wanted to see Fiji. I love cruising I think it is the best way to get around as we age. But I also think that the cruise lines are lowering their standards. i have been on the Sun princess 3 times and things have changed, no more free ice creams and if you are a family that ads up. no free water $3.50 per bottle is steep. They don't have salmon and prawns much any more i remember the first time we had those at 11.30 pm after the shows my husband always had some more soup as he loved their soups now they close at 11 pm. so if you want a cuppa you have to pay for it yet you can get a free cake does not add up.they have also moved the carpet bowls in to the casino what a silly place for it was much more fun on deck 5.There should also be a games room instead of playing games in the library it is way too noisy to read a book when people are playing games.there is also not enough seating around the ship they have taken away the seating on deck 7 and put a Sushi bar there and there were hardly any customers during the 14 day cruise mainly staff. So many older people were on the Sun but finding a nice chairs that is comfy is hard to come by. But i still love the Sun and I would travel on her again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Wanted a Christmas cruise. Went to Vanuatu and New Caledonia December 2017. Cruise was very enjoyable. Ports were good but not too good for people with mobility issues. Staff run off their feet in the bars. Service not as good as usual in ... Read More
Wanted a Christmas cruise. Went to Vanuatu and New Caledonia December 2017. Cruise was very enjoyable. Ports were good but not too good for people with mobility issues. Staff run off their feet in the bars. Service not as good as usual in the bars. Food great, service in dining room excellent. Only issue we had was breakfast in the dining room which took an eternity. Had to then utilise the buffet. Entertainment in Princess Theatre excellent especially “Bravo”. Loved it!!! Had negative comments from the bogans on board re Bravo. It was excellent and the best show we have seen on Princess!! Sad that Isle de Pins tours cancelled, but still had a great time snorkelling by myself. Sun Princess is great for people with mobility issues as it is small. Would have liked if it had the MediSpa like the larger ships. We will continue to travel with Princess and our next trip will be to Japan on their Diamond! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Wow, what a fantastic idea, 'Escape on the Love Boat for xmas/New Years'. On this trip the weather was perfect, which really made sea days spectacular, especially the sunsets. The itinerary was brilliant, if you like ... Read More
Wow, what a fantastic idea, 'Escape on the Love Boat for xmas/New Years'. On this trip the weather was perfect, which really made sea days spectacular, especially the sunsets. The itinerary was brilliant, if you like snorkelling and amazingly beautiful ports. Definately do the anytime dining, as the food is much nicer than the buffet and you get the opportunity to meet lots of amazing people, some of whom really enhance the experience. The waiters are great and it really is close to a 5 star dining experience every night. The onboard entertainment is great, lots of variety, so there is always something to do, if you want to. The entertainment crew work there asses off to ensure you have the opportunity to have a great time and cover activities for all ages. It could only be improved by giving bbetter prizes, eg Princess clothing instead of useless diaries and bags. The stage shows weren't the best I have seen, but this Australia and you don't have access to the quality and variety of performers you get in Europe or the Americas. This ship is smallish by today's standards, and shows its age, but it is exceptionally well maintained, and it is the Love Boat, so get on it, you will love it. Only gripe is the lack of value in the shore excursions, local operators offer similar tours for between 1/4 and 1/2 of the Princess cost, but there is a small risk of missing the boat, that you don't have with Princess organised tours. Definitely do the Blue Hole tour and snorkel at Millionaires Point when at Luganville, and Snorkel at Lifou!!! Loved it , definitely thinking of escaping every xmas/new years from now on, may even offer to bring the family in future.... Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Christmas/New Year a great time to be on a Princess cruise. Getting away from mit al to enjoy the company of new friends, the crew and ports of call. why would you choose to do so with any other cruise company than Princess? The ... Read More
Christmas/New Year a great time to be on a Princess cruise. Getting away from mit al to enjoy the company of new friends, the crew and ports of call. why would you choose to do so with any other cruise company than Princess? The crew offer such good service, the cruise at the time of yera is excellent value for money and a good time is always on at this time of year. The ports of call ae not of impoprtance on such a cruise as it is the season, the other guests, the crew that make it special. We have tried other lines but none give the same appeal as princess whenm itr comes to specila occasions such as Christmas/New Year cruise. It is like a family reunion with all the decorations and good will abortad. The crew make suchj an efort to ensure all onboard enjoy the season. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because it was something different with a significant historical significance. Overall it was a good cruise. The history lectures were excellent. The tenders to Doini Island took hours and was most frustrating. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was something different with a significant historical significance. Overall it was a good cruise. The history lectures were excellent. The tenders to Doini Island took hours and was most frustrating. However getting to Kiriwina Island was very easy on the tenders with no waiting. Dining was excellent. Gluten free diet was well catered for. Entertainment overall was excellent - a big improvement on the island cruise we took a few months ago. Passenger services were good. However we had an ocean view cabin on Plaza deck and whilst the cabin was good there was a constant pump noise spasmodically going through the night waking one up constantly. After six days we were moved to a balcony cabin (B735). We were just grateful to have a quiet cabin. Having been on the Emerald Princess there was a big difference in the comfort of the beds - we did not notice that they were supposed to be new beds. They were wonderful beds on the Emerald Princess.. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The non screening of NRL games was a dissapointment as we were on the Sea Princess last year & seen every game but they showed most AFL games which was wierd as majority of people came from NSW & QLD. Legends bar was closed all day ... Read More
The non screening of NRL games was a dissapointment as we were on the Sea Princess last year & seen every game but they showed most AFL games which was wierd as majority of people came from NSW & QLD. Legends bar was closed all day which i could not understand. It was like winning the lottery getting a seat at the coffee lounge due to readers & knitters sitting there all day. Food was good but as usual the same menu as my last 4 cruises why don't they change the menu to Aussie as this ship travels from Australia all the time & only one Lobster meal in 3 weeks when it used to be every formal night. Every where you go on the ship there is something missing from the last trip always cutting back with everything except for the cost of the cruise. The string group Rhapsody Tris was awesome & so was Bravo. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because it visited many ports that I visited, along with my parents 40yrs ago. The Sun Princess was welcoming and comfortable as ever, and the seas were kind all throughout this memorable 20-day journey. Sun ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it visited many ports that I visited, along with my parents 40yrs ago. The Sun Princess was welcoming and comfortable as ever, and the seas were kind all throughout this memorable 20-day journey. Sun Princess has had some back luck of recent times, and we found the ship as being dated yet exceptionally clean, all the staff were welcoming and friendly, and the overall service provided all over this ship was first class. Our Balcony Cabin on deck 9, C406 was clean comfortable and relaxing, our dining experiences were commendable, and once again service was exceptional from all the staff we interacted with throughout the journey. The floor shows were very entertaining, and well produced, however If you wanted to see any show starting at 7.45pm in the Princess theatre, you needed to be seated no later than 35 mins early to guarantee a seat. The highlight show on this cruise for me was Bravo, and this provided a simple touch of class. I say Bravo to all those people who provided us with this very special performance. Alotau didn't impress me on this cruise, and was our first port of call, however this port did have some WW2 history, that many passengers were very happy to explore, personally though I would have preferred to give this port a big miss. Doini Island was our second stop, and provided a very picturesque beach setting with warm clear waters for swimming and snorkelling. Kiriwina Island was our 3rd stop and once again provided a beautiful beach and crayfish cooked fresh that morning for $10 each, Yummo! This was also a very good port for purchasing quality hand carved woodwork items, that I had no issues bringing back into Australia. Kitava, unfortunately was a No Go, as the seas were too rough to operate the tenders with any degree of safety for the passengers. Many thanks to the captain for making this tough decision. Rabaul, was a dirty port, and we didn't take a planned tour, because the roads were badly damaged by heavy rain from the previous days. Some tours went out to various destinations that had WW2 history, and the feedback from those who went on those tours was favorable. Honiara was a very busy port and town centre, Traffic here was chaotic so we walked up to the main road, purchased a cool drink at the local fuel stop, approached a clean taxi, and hired this driver for (100 Kina) $19 per hour. He took us to Turtle Beach, which was located approx. 40 mins drive to the west of the Island. This was just beautiful as we had this entire 300m beach to share with only 2 other couples, for over 2 hours. Luganville in Vanuatu, was a port we took a half day tour with Princess to a Northern Beach and a Blue Lagoon, and the trip gave us a glimpse of the treasures these Islands have to offer, and exceptional value for our Aussie dollar. What we learnt after we left Luganville, was that our next port, and arguably one of the best beaches in the world, was only 50 mins drive North from Luganville Port. Had we known how good Champagne Beach was going to be, we may have considered taking a taxi to a private resort close by, spent the night on the Island, then met up with the ship on Champagne Beach the very next day. Champagne Beach was a treasure, clear warm water, snorkelling on the point, pure white sand in and out of the water, plenty of shade to keep cool under, Heaps of seating and local stalls selling freshly prepared food, artefacts and handcrafts. And the best of all, two stalls selling freshly caught live Crayfish and Mud Crabs, ready for purchase around $25 each. These were cooked and cleaned for you within 15mins, then presented to you on a traditional Palm Leaf, along with slices of locally grown lime. Wow! This port is a must do if you like calm and relaxing beaches. Vila was our last port of call overseas, and as usual this Island has many treasures to share. We took a private tour along with 6 other couples from Cruise Critic, with Lelepa Island Day tours. They picked us all up as scheduled @ 8.30am sharp, whisked into the city to get our duty-free shopping completed early, then down to a private beach landing that had two boats waiting to cross a straight over to Lelepa Island. The Island was beautiful, had rustic and well maintained facilities, they cooked us a sumptuous BBQ meal, we swam in warm coral filled waters, visited a cave with Island history, went snorkelling in 15m deep water, where we fed reef fish that boiled the water from our lunch scraps. Visited the local tribe and purchased locally made artefacts, and then returned back to the Ship by 4.15pm as arranged. This was an exhaustive day, but was exceptional value at only $125pp, www.lelepaislandtours.com Brisbane Australia, provided us with clear weather and a pleasant 25 degrees to take in the sights, and tours by choice. Sydney welcomed us by sailing under the Harbour Bridge, with the sound of Bagpipes in the distance from scheduled Anzac Day dawn commemorations, the water was very calm, the setting couldn't have been timed better, and the occasion sent chills down your spine, as we sailed towards our berthing at White Bay. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise to see another country and to enjoy the warm weather. It was an interesting experience but I would not choose to go there again as the poverty and living conditions of the people is quite heartbreaking. The beaches ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see another country and to enjoy the warm weather. It was an interesting experience but I would not choose to go there again as the poverty and living conditions of the people is quite heartbreaking. The beaches were beautiful and we did a lot of snorkelling both in Papua and in Vanuatu. We had a really poor excursion from the ship which was supposed to be a fantastic snorkelling beach near Luganville and it went to another location which did not have any fish or coral and was a dump. We were offered a 25% refund which we thought was very insulting! The food on board the ship was excellent and the entertainment was second to none. Congratulations to the cruise director in his endeavours. The artists were varied and very good and the resident group called the Rapsody trio who played in the atrium every evening were also very good. All in all it was a very relaxing cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have just cruised on the Sun Princess . The ports were 5 Islands near and around New Guinea, then the Solomon Islands and then 3 islands around Vanuatu. Finely our last port was Brisbane and finally arriving back in Sydney. The service ... Read More
We have just cruised on the Sun Princess . The ports were 5 Islands near and around New Guinea, then the Solomon Islands and then 3 islands around Vanuatu. Finely our last port was Brisbane and finally arriving back in Sydney. The service was excellent and everyone was very friendly but our cabin steward was the best we have ever had. We have since organized another 2 cruises back to back in 2017. We came away from this cruise feeling very relaxed, and as they say "Come Back New". The food was very good and we were treated at our Dining with lots of respect and both our waiters were very caring and the service was excellent. The craft sessions were the best I have experienced and it was a joy to go to them. The new beds were very comfortable although I did take my own pillow. The embarkation both ways ran very smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
First cruise for both of us. Booked a balcony cabin on Deck 10. We were a little concerned because we had read some pretty awful reviews about this ship, but we were determined to give it a fair go. Had to queue in Sydney to get through ... Read More
First cruise for both of us. Booked a balcony cabin on Deck 10. We were a little concerned because we had read some pretty awful reviews about this ship, but we were determined to give it a fair go. Had to queue in Sydney to get through Customs and get all the administrative stuff out of the way, then we walked straight on board. Pretty easy really. Dumped our carry-on luggage in the cabin and went exploring. The rest of our luggage arrived about an hour later and we were set. All very smooth and very well organised. Weather when we got right out to sea was a little bit rough and the seas were a bit lumpy. By day 2 the buffet was almost empty at breakfast! In fact we couldn't go to Isle of Pines because it was too rough to use the tenders. Went to Lifou, then to Port Vila, then to Mare and then Noumea. Lifou is an interesting place with some beautiful scenery. Did a bit of snorkeling. We both loved Port Vila. The place just oozes character. Good duty-free shopping. We paid a local $100 to be our tour guide for the day, and he was fantastic. Took us everywhere, waited around while we did touristy things and showed us everything there was to see. Apparently the price can vary for this kind of service but $100 is in the ballpark. Mare has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. There is a shuttle service from the pier to the beach running all day. Tickets were pre-purchased on the ship. It is a safe, shallow, sandy beach with a reef that teems with fish. Looked like a scene from Finding Nemo. I had heard mixed reports about Noumea, but we both thought it is a lovely place. Prices vary a lot for simple items like coffe etc, but they seem to be more reasonable as you get away from the real tourist areas. I paid A$6 for a can of soft drink at the Tourist Information Centre, and it was only a 330 ml can! The ship is certainly starting to look a bit dated. However, it isn't the rundown rusting hulk that some people have described in reviews. The cabin was big enough for two of us, the balcony was adequate, and the bed was really comfortable. The shower is a little cramped, but not too bad. We dined in the Dining Room on most nights and the food was very good. Breakfast and lunch in the Buffet on most days, and couldn't find anything wrong there either. In fact you really have to congratulate the chefs. They keep the ship supplied with hot, fresh, tasty food for 2000 people for about 19 hours of every day. That can't be easy. The staff were fantastic. Always cheerful, always keen to be of assistance. Our dining room waiters were both quite mad and kept us entertained each night. Our cabin steward was always available for a chat or to provide information. Considering some of the cranky idiots these people sometimes have to deal with, I think they do a great job. The International Cafe was the best place on the ship for coffee and a chat. Unfortunately, it was often difficult to find a seat there. This is because so many people plonk themselves there and stay for hours. I watched one couple playing cards there for more than an hour, while just sitting on 2 glasses of water. Plenty of other people looking for a seat but they weren't moving. The entertainment was first class, and there was always a rush to get a seat at nearly every show. I though the on board activities seemed a bit contrived at times, and there was a heavy emphasis on upselling. I attended a so-called "enrichment activity" on gem stones, only to discover it was a 40 minute sales pitch for the new jewellery store on board. Once I had worked out that most of these activities were designed to sell me something, I started being a bit more choosy about what I went to. Did we enjoy the cruise? We loved it. Would we do another with Princess? Already booked it Would we travel on Sun Princess again? Why not? Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
we could not find fault with the staff, they were brilliant, they were always friendly, polite & would go out of their way to help you. The food was always delicious & plentiful. We were disappointed we were not able to go to one ... Read More
we could not find fault with the staff, they were brilliant, they were always friendly, polite & would go out of their way to help you. The food was always delicious & plentiful. We were disappointed we were not able to go to one of the Islands, the $100 compensation was no substitute . We had a balcony suite which i thought was rather small, but the beds & pillows were comfortable. The Islands were lovely & the locals so friendly. The tenders were very efficient going to & from the islands. The entertainment...... what entertainment, it was more like a floating Nursing Home. We found we were in bed most nights by 9pm watching a movie. The swimming pool water was too cold so only the brave ventured in. On 2 occasions my Grandson went to the pool he a rusty razor blade, both times he handed it in to an attendant & reported it. The last evening aboard the crew put on a show which was very good. Other than that the whole cruise was very BORING......Princess cruises please pick up your game. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This cruise was like a floating nursing home and geared for the elderly. There was a lack of entertainment. We had to replace our cruise card numerous times so we could get into our cabin. There were problems with the lifts and the ... Read More
This cruise was like a floating nursing home and geared for the elderly. There was a lack of entertainment. We had to replace our cruise card numerous times so we could get into our cabin. There were problems with the lifts and the sewerage system. We had an oceanview room which was adequate and the beds were comfortable however the bathroom was very small. There was a surcharge per half day to use the Sanctuary - we passed this area several times during our trip and saw very few people in this area - should be open to all adult guests and free of charge. The staff were fantastic - always friendly, polite and would go out of their way to help you. The international cafe and dining room were great. The buffet was poorly organised. We were disappointed on not stopping at Lifou and the $100 compensation was no substitute. The tenders going to & from the islands were well organised and efficient. We would never go on another cruise with Princess nor recommend them to our friends. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise on Sun Princess and we found it to be a very pleasant ship to cruise on, not quite as modern as the Saphhire Princess, but like the Sea Princess it seemed to have a very welcoming feel to it! The pre-booked coach ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Sun Princess and we found it to be a very pleasant ship to cruise on, not quite as modern as the Saphhire Princess, but like the Sea Princess it seemed to have a very welcoming feel to it! The pre-booked coach transfer from Sydney airport was well worth the cost, as after a long night's flight the last thing we would have wanted was to have to search for a taxi or the like. Embarkation was smooth and problem free. One of the highlights of the cruise was sailing out of Sydney Harbour that first night underneath the Harbour Bridge and past the opera house. What a memorable experience! Our inside stateroom on Baja deck was comfortable and the stateroom steward, Cenen, was very helpful without being obtrusive. His nightly towelling animal figurines were a delight to see and always brought a smile to our faces at the end of the day. In fact, we found the staff on board seemed very happy and friendly, on a par with the staff on our previous trip with the Sea Princess.The weather sadly was not the greatest for on-deck activities such as swimming or Movies Under the Stars with most days being over clouded, windy and at times wet, but we enjoyed many of the other on-board activities such as the gym facilities and the shopping boutiques. We especially enjoyed the art auctions and commend Mike and his crew for their thoroughly professional and informative style. We did note that many of the enrichment lectures etc seemed to be scheduled at similar times and so it was a case of choosing one or the other unfortunately. The on-board entertainment was of a good quality, with the piano man and the two female guitarists worthy of special mention, although when they played in the Wheelhouse Bar we found them very difficult to hear. Perhaps some thought needs to be given to improving the audio system in there. Due to the weather, we only went on one shore excursion and that was in Vila, Vanuatu. It was lovely to meet some of the locals at the markets near where the ship docked. We found them to be a friendly and happy people despite the disaster that they faced earlier in the year. The dining experience was again first class. This time, in contrast with our two previous voyages, we made use of the formal dining arrangement on some of the evenings. The wait staff were excellent, and the food superb! It made a delightful variation to the constant flow of good quality food in the Horizon Court, with the Norman Love chocolate deserts being a highlight! Disembarkation was just as smooth as our embarkment, and we were greeted with a lovely sunny Sydney day to end our voyage. Again, we were happy to have the coach transfer pre-arranged with Princess. All in all, a very enjoyable cruise! Would we sail with Sun Princess again? Absolutely! But we will probably choose a different destination next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Sun Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 3.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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