Really had a great time aboard the Sea Princess heading for New Zealand,met some very nice people and the staff aboard the Sea Princess are amazing.Been with Princess cruises twice now and would never go back to P.O,service aboard Princess cruises is 100%..Highly recommend
The Princess cruise did not get off to a good start with a late itinerary change that replaced 2 ports with others and changed the timing of other port visits. However, for those wishing to escape the southern Australian winter, the sunshine started early and lasted to the last few days of the
cruise. As well as the pool deck there were many spots on the ship to catch the sun. Port visits in the first few days - Airlie Beach where I took the excursion to the Barrier Reef and Cairns - were well handled and started a process of relaxation. The visit to Alotau in PNG was interesting but not to the taste of all passengers. Passengers felt less relaxed after extremely long waits from 6am for Customs clearance in Darwin and inefficient unloading of passengers at Broome, again with long waits. The Broome visit was split between 2 half days in the revised itinerary and much time was wasted in leaving the ship and many people were unable to visit their planned points of interest.
A storm and increasing swell meant the final port visit had to be cancelled and caused a rocky end to the voyage. However, throughout the staff in the food areas, bars, cabin stewards, were polite, attentive and helpful. They were always cheerful and seemed to work very hard.
However, when on board, I was very happy with the variety and quality of food offered in the formal and informal dining options, although there was a decline in the variety and quality of the fresh fruit as the cruise progressed. The different "BBQ lunches" on the upper decks allowed greater variety. We particularly liked the Mongolian BBQ.
There was also good variety in the entertainment offerings. I enjoyed the string quartet who performed on most days and many passengers enjoyed the pianist Mr Carruthers.
Princess upgraded me to Penthouse Suite on condition I share with my sister who was also travelling on this cruise.
The Penthouse Suite was an unbelievable experience and made this cruise worth being on after the itinerary had been changed to many of the ports, due to the ship having engine problems.
I immensely enjoyed my experience and restored my faith in Princess Cruises after I had complained about my disappointment to the new itinerary.
I would definitely cruise Princess again.
Once you can feel fine being at sea( not seasick) one can really enjoy this type of vacation where you can find all entertainments and food beverages with health topics and spas with gym to lead you to a great lifestyle and romantic dancing on board with friendly crew on all levels.
Personally I found music and movies in the daytime on the deck a little too loud for people who would just enjoy reading a book on the lounge chairs.
I enjoyed the ice cream treat on summer days.
Went on our first cruise to New Zealand on Sea Princess and totally loved it. The crew were always polite and accommodating. The entertainment was fantastic, the food was delicious and our cabin was comfortable. We're already planning our next cruise, thank you Sea Princess Crew for making our
first cruise a treasured memory!
The Sea Princess took her inaugural cruise in December 1998 and was refurbished and modernised in 2012. She has room for 2,016 guests, is 857 feet long, 188 feet high and has 15 decks.
There is a total of 1,008 cabins, with rooms covering all price ranges.
Enjoy a luxurious stay in one of the six suites on board with a private balcony, or in one of the 32 mini-suites also with balconies. There are a further 372 balcony cabins and 193 cabins with views out towards the ocean, and 405 cabins inside the ship. For those requiring wheelchair access, there are 19 rooms in total available.
All rooms are richly appointed and very comfortable.
While on board, the Sea Princess has more than enough to keep you entertained between ports. There are five lounges to stop by for a drink and a chat, a Monte Carlo Club Casino, an indoor theatre for live performances and an outdoor movie theatre to watch your favourite films under the stars.
Princess Cruises runs a ScholarShip@Sea programme for the chance to learn something new, and there is a world-class art collection on board as well as art auctions for aficionados.
There are also clothing boutiques, a gym and fitness area, two outdoor pools, four hot tubs, and the new Sanctuary, which has been designed for adults only.
Decadent meals are a big part of any holiday, which is why the Sea Princess has so many fantastic choices when it comes to restaurants and eateries.
The Sterling Steakhouse and Ultimate Balcony Dining offer specialty experiences, and there are a number of less formal options such as a wine bar, buffet, grill, ice cream bar and cafe.
For something more formal, try a dinner in the Traviata Dining Room for opulent decor and indulgent meals.