14 nights on the Sun Princess was enough. Too many oldies (70% we reckon) if they limit the number of children travelling they should also limit the number of old people. The food in the Marquis Restaurant was mediocre. Not much selection and if you go to the buffet they have the same food served
on the restaurant except in the restaurant the name was fancier. Breakfast is almost the same every morning. On board activities were catered for the oldies again!! Pool games were cancelled two days in a row due to lack of participants (only one put their hand up - my husband). Toilets were blocked twice in 14 nights it wouldn't flush. Slow on the kids club side as well. Not too many active activities but mainly craft and watching videos.
The comedian was no more than your average comedian at your local pub. The show produced by the crew was much better.
Bar attendants were great. There's plenty of them to serve you drinks whether at. The pool deck or in the Casino. The waiters were magnificent made dinner bearable. They were very good in suggesting which food to try. Our cabin steward was also great and very polite.
We won't be travelling with them again. I've asked a lot of people and they are of the same opinion as myself - too many old people. Not much fun. The fun only started when we were on shore.
We recently went on the Sun Princess fron Singapore to Perth. Overall a great cruise and the facilities were great except for the bars. There wasn't a central bar where everyone could go and stand around and get to know your fellow passengers. Lots of little alcoves so we found people did not mix
so much. Very good entertainers, food great and plenty of it but found the shore excursions lacking. Still had a great time though.
We were so excited, we were in a daze,
We were heading off for 35 days.
We'd scrimped and saved and gone without,
Wo we could break our 'holiday drought'.
Wur joy and glee we could barely voice,
Sun Princess was our no.1 choice.
So up the gangplank our adventure starts,
So much adrenalin in our hearts.
We roamed the ship and took it all in
Ordered a scotch and a tonic and gin.
So under the bridge, we set off to sea,
Sun Princess, my hubby and me.
We loved our new home, we loved it all
We loved our stateroom even if a bit small.
We loved the restaurants, the food was great,
And we usually went back for a second plate.
We loved the quizzes and loved the shows,
We loved the massages from our head to our toes.
We loved the ports, exotic and new,
Tahiti, Hawaii, the time just flew.
Coffee at Aggies in Samoa was best,
Post tsunami, was really a test.
Pago Pago, took a really big hit,
But the people smiled and made the most of it.
But best of all was the Captain and Crew,
They just couldnt do enough for you.
The Master in Charge was Andrew Froude,
And in every way he did us proud.
The life of the party, he joined right in
We just loved crossing the Equator with him.
Even his jokes made us giggle and laugh,
And he had a rapport with the rest of the staff.
Speaking of which, they were a fabulous crew,
The directors, the chefs, the cabin stewards too.
Nothing was ever too hard or a trial,
They helped us out with a big cheery smile.
The best holiday we've had, we have to confess,
Was five weeks of joy on the Sun Princess.
We recently had 53 nights on a world cruise sector on the Sun Princess. We have also cruised on the Dawn Princess and the Star Princess to the South Pacific and South America/Antarctica.
Each trip has been a remarkable, thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The odd thing did go wrong - but that's life! We don't let the rare negative situation upset us.
Relax and enjoy - it's all part of the experience. We have no hesitation in recommending Cruise Republic and Princess.
We were very happy with our cabin and quality of cabin service. we dined mostly in the buffet which was quite busy and the food was very good and ample. Some passengers complained about the 'boring" food but on a 42 day voyage you cannot expect a completely new menu every day. My only complaint
about the cruise was the sell, sell mentality. Meaning that we had gym instructors trying to sell teeth whitening products; staff selling coffee club cards; others selling soft drink vouchers and ship tours at an outrageous price.
However, the destinations were great and very enjoyable. My sympathy goes to the passengers who were booked on this year's voyage to Japan. The floor shows were a mixed bag and some of the voyage lecturers were better than some of the comedians who were quite "blue".Shore excursions were over priced but I suppose you have to expect that.Ship was going into dry dock upon our return and parts of the ship were looking tired and needing maintenance. Am travelling with Princess next year to New Zealand.
my husband and myself went for the first time to cruise on the Sun Princess ship to newzealand. It was a very good trip, very nice food, very nice crew, very good services and entertainment, except that the weather was very cold and windy. we went on an inside cabin which was satisfactory but would
have been nicer if we had a view of the outside. we couldn't afford the price as we are pensioners. so we recommend that there should be special price for pensioners. We look forward to cruising again with princess cruises.
My first cruise. what value for money. To think a cruise ship with close to 2000 people well run on time and staff who couldn't be faulted. The food and service was better than I anticipated. Cabin was very comfortable and I enjoyed the balcony with fresh sea air. Most stage acts were very good.
Dance group(Need more practice) Currently saving for another trip tis time to Japan and China.Duty free jewelery shop saved me a lot of money on purchases. Will sail again with princes cruises.
3 lifts not working the whole cruise ,leaking ceilings in corridors &ate trance to main dining room. Access for disabled &people with walkers severely restricted.One day on deck 6there were 4lifts out of order ,this the first trip after being in dry dock. Also only had 3generators not 4working so
Cairns&Barrier Reef are cancelled due to lack of speed ., we put our survey in but nobody from Princess has had the courtesy to follow it up with us
We were fortunate to be able to get a great deal to explore some of the great locations around the south pacific. Getting around to New caladonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and top it off with a trip along the great barrier reef on the Australia coast.
Highlights was the dusk sailing out of Sydney harbour. Perfect day with the lights shining on the bridge as we went underneath, Opera house on the right prominently. everyone should get to experience this once in their lifetime.
The wonderful mystery island with great beach and reef options for snorkeling and locals to entertain you. Similarly with Dravuni island where its all about that tranquil peaceful location that certainly lives up to that romantic getaway from it all.
Those with the shopping bug, Noumea, Port denarau and Suva will certainly deliver in finding those gifts and souvenirs.
For us we really enjoyed a day out to the zoological gardens in Noumea. Recommendation is to walk up to coconut square, hop into a taxi and you there in 10 minutes, when you ready to return. just ask at the office and they will call one for you.
Lastly, cruising in itself is a wonderful experience. 4 Star hotel experiences everyday, food, entertainment and room all thrown in. The crew members certainly make you feel welcome and special. This is why so many people we spoke too were in their 20 plus cruise. I have to agree, great value to feel like a celebrity. :-)
Sun Princess is a really good ship. Well laid out. Food in the dining room was superb. Could not fault it. Food in the Horizon court buffet was also very good. The wait staff in crooners bar were excellent. Also our stateroom staff Jaysen was great always had a smile on his face. The entertainment
was pretty good especially the juggling act. Embarkation and disembarkation went pretty smoothly except my husbands case did not get delivered to our stateroom. By 4.30pm I phoned service desk to enquire where it was. After half an hour I phoned again. Still no case. I went down to the service desk and saw his case sitting next to a wall near the service desk. I went and picked it up and took it myself up to our stateroom. I was not impressed. There was no follow up by the service desk to check if we got our case. This was probably the only negative comment. We had the noravirus on board and the staff handled this really well. The captain kept us up to date on a regular basis. I think that Princess cruise ships should adopt the same policy as P & O cruise line in that passengers are served by staff members in the buffet restaurant. Unfortunately when passengers are allowed to handle food there is always a high risk of having these outbreaks.
She has 15 decks, room for 2,010 guests, and needs 924 crew members on hand. The full length of the ship is 856 feet, and she stands tall at 185 feet. She was most recently refurbished in 2010 and enjoyed her very first cruise in December 1995.
Take a tour on the Sun Princess to see ports around Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle, the Margaret River, Albany, and Port Douglas. Alternatively, go further afield to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
Stay in luxury in one of the 1,011 guest cabins, of which 410 have private balconies. There are 12 suites, 23 mini-suites, 372 cabins with balconies, 193 ocean view cabins and 408 inside cabins. A total of 19 of these cabins are accessible by wheelchair.
Regardless of the size of the cabin, all rooms are fitted with lush accessories including Egyptian cotton sheets, a satellite TV and a housekeeping service as well as plenty of space to relax. All the details have been thought of, right down to the evening chocolate on your pillow.
In between ports, you can pass your time in an endless number of ways on board. The Lotus Spa gym and fitness area will help you work up a sweat, and the two pool areas will help you cool off before you take a therapeutic dip in a hot tub.
Take a stroll amongst the world-class art gallery on board, or take some art home with you from one of the on-board auctions. You can further your education with the Princess Cruises ScholarShip@Sea programme, or simply disappear into a good book from the library.
Shop til you drop at a duty-free boutique, watch a fantastic live act in the theatre or sit back to enjoy a movie on the big screen. Spend time with friends or make new ones at one of the three cocktail lounges, or try your luck at the Grand Casino.
There are three forms of dining on board the Sun Princess; traditional, casual and speciality.
Traditional meals involve formal seating times and personalised service in the Regency or Marquis dining rooms. Enjoy a casual meal or order take out from the buffet, international cafe, pizzeria or grill, or opt for a speciality meal on the balcony, in the steakhouse, or at the sushi bar.