Having never cruised before (couldn't get hubby onto a ship)we now cannot wait till we book our next cruise holiday (only way to go). From the time we boarded at Sydney we could not fault the service, food, activities available or anything else.
However, shore tours available via ship are expensive, and found cheaper tours available once ashore.
We are now looking to book our next cruise, (within 6 months) and it will be definately PRINCESS CRUISES for us. Why go with someone else when you enjoyed everything about them.
Thank you so much, you have opened a new chapter in our senior years.
We have always been independent travellers.
Our first venture â€œbeyondâ€ was to Samoa in 1956. With two young daughters, 4yrs, and a 2 year old, we boarded the Pan Am plane in Auckland, attired in a suit, and for me, hat and gloves! The plane took us to Pago-Pago, American Samoa, and an overnight berth had been booked on the schooner plying between the two islands.
Unfortunately the boat had â€œengine troubleâ€ so the Prime minister, Matafa, on his way back from a meeting at the United Nations, offered us travel on the fishing boat he had hired. The night was stormy with the sea washing over the deck, the boat floundering through huge waves. Our host offered the girls a bunk in the only cabin on board, while we hung on to the rail, the hatch, or whatever we could! On arrival in the Samoan harbour, the Prime Minister was taken by launch to the ceremonial welcome, but it was some time before the fishing boat tied up at the wharf where my frantic sister waited!
We have journeyed to many places, independent of travel organisations. Mostly with friends, we have chosen the adventurous parts of the world, Zimbabwe, Shri Lanka, India, China ,(the Chatham Islands!) as well as many places in Europe and on the North American continent. Sometimes we have travelled short distances by sea, but have always scorned the organised, predictable cruises!
Air Points enabled us to visit friends in Perth and while booking tickets, the travel agent suggested a cruise part-way-home, Perth via Northern Australia, to Sydney.
Being older, and somewhat more staid, we considered the price offered, found it very reasonable, and travelled on the â€œStar Princessâ€ in September 2009.
We are converts! Although we opted for an inside cabin, it was all that we needed, and then some! The daily newsletter enabled us to plan each busy, fun-filled day! So much to do, such a welcoming and obliging crew. The service, from the cabin attendant, the waiters, events personal to the captain himself, was superb. Every day we met and talked with so many interesting travellers, who like us, took advantage of the many activities planned for our entertainment, both on board, and on shore.
The meals, from formal dinner, to buffet and ice cream parlour were beautifully served, and oh! Too encouraging! We noted, particularly, the extent to which arrangements were made for passenger safety and for the comfort of the less able. From â€œunder 5sâ€ to â€œover 80sâ€ the daily programmes were designed to give all a chance to discover places difficult to visit except by sea, and â€œbackground informationâ€ was a feature as the voyage progressed.
We hope this will not be the first and last voyage we make with the â€œ Princesses.â€ We have come a long way from our first journey by boat, and there is always an adventure waiting and a decision to make as to when, and how we can repeat and extend our balmy cruising days.
both my husband and I are in motorized wheelchairs. We booked the disabled mini suite and was told we would be able to access the balcony in our wheelchairs as there was a ramp to access it.
We were told by princess cruise booking staff that if the ramp was not there to ask for it at the pursers office.
Which we did and was told there was not one and never had been.
So my husband and I paid and exorbitant price for something we could not use....not happy
i could not have ever imagined the lasting impression the world cruise on Dawn Princess would leave in my memory. To be able to visit 46 ports and almost as many countries has given me a taste for travel. The diversity was amazing and I would do another 104 days if given the opportunity
Dawn princess is looking tired and needed a spit and polish in most of the eating areas particularly Horizon Court the 24 hour buffet.Plenty of food choices and very tasty.
Cabins are adequate, small, comfy but do need some cleaning attention, standard balconies are small
The friendliness and attention from all staff A1!Dress regulations are non existent in the lounges, only the formal dining is policed.
we love to dance especially on formal nights but to have others in shorts and thongs on the floor too is appalling.
Plenty of activities to please all ages.I did find some of the cruise enterainment staff to not have their heart in the job and perhaps thought they were "a While the ships dance troupe were fantastic, many of the guest artists were past their career "use by date"
Did not find the tours value for money and too much waiting at different venues on the tour
Our first cruise which worried my Wife as I have always been a bad traveller, a passenger in a car caused nausea so a cruise ? We went as a trial and open minded.
From the very easy boarding to amenities, shows, food and exceptionally friendly and very efficient staff we loved it.
Our plan was a cruise this year and UK trip to see family next year, now we will be cruising again next year and I am afraid family will have to wait unless we visit them then cruise from UK. So many choices but will decide soon.
Special thanks to Cruise sale finder for the easy, very well explained web site booking was so easy I thought I must have missed something.
We were both happy with our cruise to Papua New Guinea last year and look forward to our next cruise.
Our cabin staff were excellent, our room was serviced every day.
We could not fault the food on board at all, and loved the fact that we could eat whenever it suited.
Entertainment was excellent, we loved the fact that we could go to a different show every night, and that there were two sittings, so we planned our meal times around the times we wanted to see a show.
Every day there was something different to entertain us, we were kept busy, and loved it.
There was something for everyone, whether it be lazing around the pool, sunbathing, or reading in a comfy place.
The only disappointment was that we missed the Solomon Islands on our cruise because of the weather deteriorating, being sailors ourselves, we totally understood the safety of passengers was important.
Princess Cruise Lines are excellent value, and we look forward to our cruise with them to South America. The plus for us is that this cruise departs from Auckland, so we have no need to leave New Zealand!
The only worry we have is our expanding waistlines and suitcases!
After cruising with other lines and hearing great stories about princess we were sadly dissapointed. We saved for two years to do the trip and got a very tired ship that literally had buckets placed in about twelve areas to catch the water leaks from the ceilings. They were there the entire two
The inside cabin was just bloody ridiculous. I'm a six footer, fair enough, but I couldn't sit on the toilet when the bathroom door was closed.
We gave up on the buffet after the first three days of the alking from end to end and not finding anything familiar. Restaurant was very good though.
The crew seemed to be just going through the motions and the director and his deputy should simply not be put in the public eye, they are an embarrassment.
The night before we arrived at Komodo island, we found out that unless we spent $220 on a guided tour, we could not disembark! That was to be the highlight of the trip and we spent it on board after three days at sea.
We played bingo a lot as there was little else to do during the days, but it cost $30 each to play. We won twice, but our prize was less than what we paid to play. And while we're on gambling, when you play a poker machine that costs a minimum of two dollars a go, two cents is not an adequate return for three of a kind! Yep, I said two cents.
Sorry princess, you won't get our money again
We consider ourselves veteran cruisers but this was our first time sailing with the Princess Cruise line. We cruised on the Dawn Princess which is now telling her age and was in need of some TLC. I could not fault the food on board across the whole dining experience, from the formal dining rooms to
the Horizon buffet, it was amazing. The crew from our stateroom attendant, deck attendants, bar staff, etc were great. Always polite and willing to do anything you asked of them.
The show entertainment was not the best compared to other cruises we have been on, sorry, but quite amateurish, however the Movies Under The Stars in the evening on deck was fantastic. We were provided with cushions and blankets on the sun loungers, a massive screen to watch, free popcorn and some great movies. The bands and musicians on board were also very good.
I always book our shore excursions on line before we cruise due to long queues previously experienced on board but there didn't seem to be queues this cruise. The shore excursions appeared to fantastically organised and we didn't have to wait around a long time to disembark, pick up our transport and were away.
All in all, we had a great time and I would definitely consider cruising with Princess again, but perhaps on a slightly newer or larger ship.
After a long time planning and looking forward to our first cruise, we were not disappointed.
From the very first moment we began from the cruise centre, we felt totally relaxed. Our bags disappeared as if by magic, to appear in our cabin moments after we did. The embarkation process was easy. We were delighted with our balcony cabin. The only downside was the miniscule bathroon which smelt like a gents loo!
The cabin steward looked after us extremely well. He found us an extension lead for my husbands sleep apnoea mask, as soon as he realised the cable was too short.
The food was to die for, we ate at both formal and informal restaurants. We chose a table for 10, and got on really well with our dining companions. So much so, we have seen them for dinner since we came home. The entertainment was usually great. The performances were only short, which we found sufficient. We also learnt to cha-cha and merengue!
We enjoyed the tours, especially kyaking in Langkaui. Sadly the hike we had booked to go on in Phuket was cancelled because of heavy rain. If you are sun worshippers this cruise may not be foe you, as the weather was very mixed. Otherwise absolute bliss. We have already booked our next one!
With 15 decks and room for 1,998 guests and 924 crew, the Dawn Princess casts an elegant silhouette on the horizon. She is 856 feet long and 185 feet tall, and saw her inaugural cruise in May 1997.
With no fewer than three theatres, four lounges and a grand casino, there are plenty of places to while away an evening or two. At these spots you can watch full-length films and live performances, meet new people and enjoy a classic cocktail.
There are two main pools each with their own pair of hot tubs, as well as a child-free pool called The Sanctuary. The sports court and Lotus gym and spa can help keep your fit on your holiday, you can take educational courses through the ScholarShip@Sea programme, and spend time in the shopping areas.
There are a total of 999 guest cabins on the Dawn Princess, including six suites with private balconies, 32 mini-suites with private balconies, 372 balcony cabins, 193 ocean view cabins and 396 inside cabins. There are a total of 19 cabins accessible by wheelchair.
Staterooms are fully furnished and appointed like the finest hotel rooms for the ultimate in luxury. The interior and ocean view rooms offer a beautifully furnished accommodation option for travellers on a budget.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will never be the same again after enjoying fare on the Dawn Princess.
The Florentine and Venetian Dining Rooms are the two traditional cruise offerings, the Steakhouse specialty restaurant and Balcony Dining offer something a little different, and you can pick up a casual meal from the pizzeria, buffet, ice cream parlour, grill or patisserie anytime.