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Day 1Auckland Depart: Sun, Aug 25, 2019 @ 21:00
Day 2Bay of Islands
Arrive: Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 3At Sea
Tue, Aug 27, 2019
Day 4At Sea
Wed, Aug 28, 2019
Arrive: Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Thu, Aug 29, 2019 @ 16:00
Day 6At Sea
Fri, Aug 30, 2019
Arrive: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Sat, Aug 31, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 8At Sea
Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Day 9At Sea
Mon, Sep 2, 2019
Day 10At Sea
Tue, Sep 3, 2019
Arrive: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 09:00
Depart: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 18:00
Day 11X Intl Dateline
Arrive: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 18:30
Depart: Wed, Sep 4, 2019 @ 19:30
Day 12Pago Pago
Arrive: Thu, Sep 5, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Thu, Sep 5, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 13At Sea
Fri, Sep 6, 2019
Day 14At Sea
Sat, Sep 7, 2019
Day 15At Sea
Sun, Sep 8, 2019
Day 16At Sea
Mon, Sep 9, 2019
Day 17At Sea
Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Arrive: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 06:00
Depart: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 23:00
Arrive: Thu, Sep 12, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Thu, Sep 12, 2019 @ 18:00
Arrive: Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 21Kailua Kona
Arrive: Sat, Sep 14, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Sat, Sep 14, 2019 @ 18:00
Arrive: Sun, Sep 15, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Sun, Sep 15, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 23At Sea
Mon, Sep 16, 2019
Day 24At Sea
Tue, Sep 17, 2019
Day 25At Sea
Wed, Sep 18, 2019
Day 26At Sea
Thu, Sep 19, 2019
Day 27At Sea
Fri, Sep 20, 2019
Arrive: Sat, Sep 21, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Sun, Sep 22, 2019 @ 04:00
Arrive: Sun, Sep 22, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Sun, Sep 22, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 30Bora Bora
Arrive: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Mon, Sep 23, 2019 @ 17:00
Day 31At Sea
Tue, Sep 24, 2019
Day 32At Sea
Wed, Sep 25, 2019
Day 33X Intl Dateline
Arrive: Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 12:00
Depart: Thu, Sep 26, 2019 @ 13:00
Day 34At Sea
Fri, Sep 27, 2019
Day 35At Sea
Sat, Sep 28, 2019
Day 36Auckland Arrive: Sun, Sep 29, 2019 @ 10:00
Traviata Dining Room and Rigoletto Dining Room
The main Al'a Carte dining rooms on Sea Princess offer Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Anytime Dining What this means is that you can dine with whom you like, when you like, and where you like between 5:30-10pm
Traditional Dining Two different dinner sittings, named first and second dinner sitting. First dinner sitting starts at 5:30pm and the second dinner sitting starts at 8:15pm.
Horizon Court buffet
Offering an endless selection of food chooses that change daily, enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner in this casual environment.
Other Dining Options available are:
- Café Corniche - pizzas and a range of Italian dishes
- Riviera Grill - burgers & hot dogs from 11am - midnight
- Amuleto Cafe - specialty coffee and fresh pastries as well as sandwiches and quick bites. (Charges apply for Coffees & Teas)
- New Zealand Natural Ice Cream
- Afternoon tea
- 24-hour room service
Delight in the range of high quality steaks available in the Sterling Steakhouse. Also on offer is a sumptuous range of seafood, such as tiger prawns.
Ultimate Balcony Dining
Enjoy a romantic meal at sea by choosing to have a luxurious breakfast or intimate multi-course dinner on your balcony.
Bars and Lounges
A classic 1960s-style martini bar based on the Las Vegas "Rat Pack" era. Offers a full menu of more than 50 creative specialty martinis.
With Nautical themed paintings and overstuffed leather chairs, relax among the heritage from Princess lines P&O history.
Legends Sports Bar
Showing weekly AFL and NRL matches along with other sports, this bar will be popular with all Sports Fans.
The Nook Whiskey bar features more then 60 premium whiskeys.
Other bars that can be found around the ship include:
- Explorers Lounge
- Premium Cru - Champagne Bar
- The Riveria Bar
- Seaview Bar
- Horizon Court Bar
- Topsails Bar
Norman Love has partnered with Princess Cruises to bring you Chocolate Journeys.
Chocolate at every meal?
No problem, you can indulge as follows
- A Premium Chocolate Cocktail will be on the dessert menu in the main dining room.
- Princess' long-established afternoon tea will include seven pastries and six cakes designed by Chef Love
- The main dining room dessert menu will also get a new Chocolate Souffé with white chocolate sauce.
- Chocolate cookies will be available at strategic spots around the ship including the International Cafe, to head off any hunger pangs.
- The International Cafe menu will also be bolstered by a select daily complimentary chocolate snack.
- Breakfast time hasn't escaped, keep a lookout for the savoury items he has designed.
- You'll find one of a dozen new chocolate cakes offered each night in the Buffet
Premium Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Partake in sensory experience of paired wine and cholate, as they blend harmoniously onyour palate.
Chocolate Spa Treatments
The Lotus Spa offers a hyddrating, ant-oxidant chocolate body treatment.
Norman Love Confections
You can purchase Norman Love Confections onboard to take home and order more once you are home that will get shipped directly to you.
Discovery at Sea
Princess and Discovery Communications have teamed up to create a new memorable holiday experience for everyone to enjoy.
- Discovery Under the Stars - Star Gazing from the Top Decks
- Shark Week at Sea - Test your knowledge of the Oceans and the World with games and activites
- Discovery Channel and Animal Planet Shore Excursions
The Princess Theatre offers two shows each evening, that change daily. Offering Broadway at Sea with classics, popular hits original numbers.
Seating over 300 people, pull up a seat and enjoy the guest entertainers, magicians and comedians. Or part-take in an instructor lead class such as line-dancing. There is always something for everyone.
The Voice of the Ocean
Do you have what it takes to be a star?! Auditions, mentor rehearsals, "I want you Chairs" and a live final performance brings the excitment of the popular show to you at Sea. The winners are chosen by your fellow cruisers.
Beer and Wine Festival
Held twice during every cruise 7 nights or longer on the top deck, this mini-festival showcases regional beers and wines amid live music.
The Grand Casino offers a wide variety of gaming machines and table games. The casino will not be open when in port.
Movies under the Stars
Day time or Night time watch a feature film, concert or sports game on the Big Screen on the pool deck. Feast on complimentary popcorn or cookies and stay comfortable with fleece blankets in the evening.
Princess Cruises Children's Clubs and Teen Lounges ensure our all cruisers, young and old, stay happy all day long
JUST FOR KIDS — AGES 3-12 Camp Discovery (Formerly The Fun Zone)
Each new center has a different theme where kids make new friends and participate in cruise activities specially designed to help them play, huddle, create and discover.
- NEW! Shark Hunters: Investigate mysterious Caribbean sharks on an interactive scavenger hunt.
- NEW! Alaskan Explorers: Hunt for clues to the connections between Alaska’s animals and people.
- Try your skills on PlayStation®, Nintendo Wii™, and XBOX Kinect consoles, board games, air hockey and ping-pong.
- Join dance classes and engage in friendly competitions.
- Enjoy sports including basketball, mini golf, yoga and miniature Olympics.
- NEW! Mythbusters Activities: Try three hands-on challenges, featuring Tori Belleci from the show.
- NEW! Survive Alaska: Invent tools to survive the harsh environment of The Great Land.
- Animal Planet™ uncovers ferocious secrets in Shark Attack, and learn squid anatomy in Just Squiddin’ Around.
- Learn the science of magic or become an engineer for a day with programs from the California Science Center, home of the Endeavour space shuttle.
- Inspire a love of nature from the regions we sail with Animal Planet Endangered Species and Glacier Bay Jr. Ranger programs.
Fun Interactions With Peers
- NEW! Extreme Sea Carnival: Caribbean music, dance, trivia and crafts light up the night for the whole family.
- NEW! Wild Alaska Festival: Celebrate Alaskan nature at this family theme night.
- Discovery at Sea™ theme days with activities inspired by Shark Week and Animal Planet.
- Talent Shows showcase singing, dancing, musical skill, and jokes.
- Theme Nights include Pirate, Mexican Fiesta and competitive Challenge themes.
Arts, Crafts, Inventions
- NEW! The Greatest Catch: Design your own invention to help you explore the ocean.
- Compete: Join the Klutz® paper airplane challenge or Lego boat-building contest.
- JrChef@Sea: Learn cake decorating and enjoy the results with your family.
- Make Animal Planet puppets, masks and paintings inspired by regional wildlife.
- Klutz® Art Projects: Craft bracelets, velvet art, jewelry and more.
JUST FOR TEENS — AGES 13-17
- Family Movie Nights
- Production shows – Magic to Do, Voice of the Ocean
- Stargazing with Discovery at Sea™
- Family Fun Fair: enjoy a lively themed carnival in the Piazza featuring mascots, face painting, balloon animals, magicians and entertainers
- Family Dance Parties
Some Healthy Competition
- Family Game Night
- Family Game Shows
- Family Trivia & Challenges
- Family fitness - sports court activities
Gather Around The Table
- For children ages 3 to 12 years.
- From 10:00 pm to 1:00 am.
- Charge of $5.00 per hour per child.
- Kids-only dinners are offered on select evenings during your voyage.
- A teens-only dinner on a formal night takes place in a section of the dining room reserved just for them.
- We also offer fun ice cream and pizza parties throughout the voyage.
- Please be sure to alert Youth Staff if your child has any food allergies.
Spa & Salon
No detail has been spared at the Lotus Spa, from the expert technicians garbed in Asian-inspired outfits to the couples mud room, making it one of the best spas on the high seas.
The Beauty Salon offers a range of services from cuts and colours to barber services for men.
Latitudes and Reflections are the shopping boutiques onboard, which can be found around the atrium.
A range of goods can be purchased from jewellery, Princess souvenirs, clothing, everyday items and Duty Free liquor.
Sports & Fitness
Sea Princess has a well equipped Gym, with an aerobics room for Yoga, Pilates and Spin classes. (Charges may apply for classes)
A Sports Court is available for volleyball and basketball with space for spectator seating.
There is also Table Tennis and Shuffleboard available.
Two golf simulators let passengers try their luck "playing" world famous golf courses, and their are golf nets to practice your swings on the Lido Deck
Freshen up in the pool on Riviera Deck or unwind in one of the whirpools onboard.
A luxurious Adult only retreat located on deck 15 offers you the chance to completely unwind and relax.
- Serenity Stewards will attend to your every need, from getting you drinks and meals to spraying you with Evian water atmizers.
- Massages are available in in the two outdoor private cabanas.
Half-day passes for The Sanctuary are available for $20 per person, for 8 am to 12:30 pm or 1 pm to 5:30 pm or later. Guests choosing to indulge with an outdoor massage may also enjoy an hour’s use of The Sanctuary area after their treatment.
Sea Princess - along with sister ships Sun and Dawn - carries fewer guests than vessels of comparable size for a feeling of spacious luxury. And with more than 400 balcony staterooms, you can enjoy your own exclusive vista. And the sky is the limit when it comes to mouth-watering dishes - from steak and pizza to seafood specialties.
- Vessel: Sea Princess
- Year: 1998
- Beam: 105
- Cruising speed: 22
- Bars/Lounges: 8
- Crew: 910
- Gross Tonnage: 77,499
- Gym: Yes
- Kids Club: Ages 3 -17 years
- Onboard Currency: USD(AUD FOR AUSTRALIA DEPARTURES)
- Passenger Capacity: 2,016
- Refurbished: 2016
- Show Lounge: Daily Shows
- Vessel: 3
- Whirlpool Spas: 5
- 24-Hour Room Service
- All Main Meals Included
- Art Auctions
- Coin Operated Laundry
- Dance Classes
- Duty Free Shopping
- Guest Entertainers
- Internet Facilities
- Jogging Track
- Live Music
- Quiet Library
- Security Safe in Cabin
- Themed Party Nights
Sea Princess - Deck Plans
Beautiful ship, lots of wood work, it made us think what the Titanic must have been like. The food was glorious, some of the best dishes I have ever tasted, we had dinner in the dining room every night because of this and didn't bother with the special restaurant and couldn't possible imagine they would be better. The massage in the spa was such good value for the price. the staff were attentive and so knowledgeable. We loved the beer garden half way through the cruise, I am now drinking Zibbibo Rose back home! And for Bingo novices we won the Jackpot! who can believe it! We attended both Wine tasting and I was amazed at how knowledgeable the crew were about their wine choices. they were also very funny and certainly kept us laughing all the while teaching us how and what to drink. Met some great people, loved our room, even had my hair done and was fascinated to hear all about the life of the crew behind the scenes. Boarding was so easy and the casino was always a lot of fun. We cannot think of a better way to spend our holidays, everything at our finger tips but full on relaxation at the same time.Read more
Marie-Annick - Jan 2017
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"Absolutely fantastic ship!"
We have done many cruises over the years and would rate our recent cruise on the Sea Princess as one of the very best ever. We sailed on her three years ago and this ship is now just so much better than before. We had a premium oceanview cabin - there are only a few of these cabins on board on decks 9 and 11. They take up the same amount of space as a balcony cabin, but the space is all internal. From what I could see, the balconies were quite small, and the internal cabin that I saw on deck 9 would have made me very claustrophobic. The food on board was excellent - great choices in the buffet, and in the evenings there were more choices than in the dining room. We nearly always had dinner in the dining room and found that the meals lacked a good serve of vegetables. The crew service was amazing - in the buffet they were constantly asking if we would like water, juice (at breakfast) tea or coffee. The ship itself is very elegant but I was surprised to find that only one bank of lifts went from top to bottom - the other two lifts went from deck 5 to deck 8 and from deck 14 to deck 7. The shore excursions were very expensive and not good value; the port information given was often inaccurate. The entertainment team appeared to be all English - no Australians at all. We thought the one production show was not up to standard, as were most of the speciality entertainers. The price of beer was reasonable, but wines were very expensive. There was a New Zealand ice cream bar on the pool deck but at $A5.00 per scoop it was too expensive. Two things that we really appreciated were that sailing from an Australian port, all gratuities were included in the fare and also for the very first time, we did not have the message "15% has been added for your convenience" for drinks purchased. It was a great holiday and I hope our next sailings with Princess (more have been booked for later in the year) will be as good.Read more
Sandra F - Feb 2016
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"Floating heaven for tired parents and kids!!!"
I had read mixed reviews and as we had never cruised before, we went with fairly low expectations. How wrong could we have been. From arriving at Brisbane Cruise Port to disembarking ten days later - everything was SUPERB! Fantastic staff, clean cabins, plenty to do for all tastes, unlimited food ranging in style BUT always of good quality and served with a smile. As parents who work full time and with children ranging in age from 6-20 (with kids 6/7/15 with us on the cruise) we couldn't have had a better break. In terms of value for money (compared with previous holidays to Gold Coast, Fiji, Sunshine Coast, Queenstown etc) this could not have been better. The only downside was getting off. We were all catered for - from my sports mad, reserved husband, typical teenage boy, two young girls and me - who was grateful for all our cabin steward did and for the fact that everything the kids wanted was included for FREE! We can't wait to go again and would recommend Princess Cruises to all families - and even those who want peace and quiet can get it in the Steakhouse, the Sanctuary and in numerous other locations. No one could surely find fault.Read more
Stephen - Jan 2016
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"Married couple first time cruise"
What s great way to go on holidays ,all the places we wanted to visit with a comfy room great food and entertainment all in one place how convenient,no baggage lugging no customs In-between,no hassles.The drink prices were also reasonable priced .We would recommend a cruise to anyone who has never cruised before.Read more
Andrew K - Oct 2016
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My husband and i both thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Won't be out last. OMG! What can I say about the good so many variety even through we couldn't eat meat but we didn't miss it at all. Loved having fish everyday. The waiters are so nice and entertaining at the same time so helpful. Everything from embarkation to disembarkation was so well organised. You won't even know there are nearly 2000 people in the ship. I did zumba twice would have done more if there was more classes. Attended nearly all the seminars about body and health which I thought was really good. I am always very conscious about health and well being. Time just got even in sea days. And yes the shoes didn't miss a night and glad I went because it was just excellent especially the Aussie boys. Not forgetting the song that Stu the director he is a good entertainer too. Loved all 3 places the we visited Airlie Beach was just so nice and so was cairns and Port Douglas. Even had a mango from tree at port Douglas marina that my husband picked was so tasty. Yes, Palm cove at in cairns is just amazing. In conclusion this was my best holiday ever. Was very sad leaving the same. Can't believe this time around my husband and I had the same feeling. Was a dream holiday and still dreaming about it every night. NRead more
Rukshana K - Dec 2016
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Cruise code: C914A
Hawaii Tahiti and South Pacific Cruise
- Departing from Auckland
- Sea Princess
Receive up to $100 onboard credit per cabin. May not apply to all cabin categories.
- TV for in-cabin entertainment
- In cabin safe
- Full breakfast
- Buffet or a la carte lunch menu
- Buffet or 4 course a la carte dinners
- Musical stage shows and entertainment
- Special guest entertainers
- Latest release movies (in cabin and on big screen)
- Choice of Bars and Lounges
- Fully supervised children's programs for ages 3 to 17 years
Frequently asked questions
Cruising is such a great value holiday as your fare includes accommodations, all main meals onboard ship, onboard daytime activities, and night-time entertainment including live stage shows. One reason cruising is good value is because you'll know what most of your holiday will cost before you go. Generally your only extra onboard expenses could be your beverages (though these are sometimes included on luxury ships), optional shore excursions, personal services such as spa treatments, and any purchases at the gift and duty free shops.
All your main meals are included on a cruise. Typically for breakfast, lunch and dinner there is an a la carte option (order from a menu) or a buffet option. There is so much choice available, and the food is excellent. However, your cruise doesn't always just include these 3 main meals. You can in fact eat non-stop for 24 hours a day if you like.
Most cruise lines also offer specialty dining as an alternative option to the main restaurants. There is typically a small cover charge for this. However, the food is well worth it, and the specialty restaurants are normally smaller and more intimate than the main restaurants so they make for a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
The entertainment on board comes in many different styles and formats but is always included in the cruise fare. In the evening there are shows in the main show lounge (except small ship cruising). Typically there are two sessions a night so, depending on your dinner time, you can always catch the show. The style of these shows changes daily. Some nights it will include all of the ship’s entertainment crew with a Las Vegas style production. Other nights there may be a guest entertainer or comedian. There is something for everyone.
The entertainment doesn't stop with the nightly performances. Each night the ship provides a newsletter detailing all the activities that will take place the following day. These activities may include dance classes, arts and crafts, table tennis, live music, tournaments, trivia quizzes, recent release movies, and other deck games and deck parties. The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you like. If your idea of a holiday is sitting back with a good book, you can do that. If you like to be entertained there is no shortage of entertainment.
One of the main reasons for a cruise making such a great family holiday is the “kids club” facilities offered on board, and they are all included in your cruise fare. Typically the kids clubs are broken into 3 different age groups - 3 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years, and 13 – 17 years. In these dedicated children’s facilities they are looked after by trained staff and the facilities are open from 9am – 10pm. Parents can check their children into the “kids club” whenever it suits them. Children love these facilities as it is “their space” aboard the ship.
NB Each cruise line has limited space on board the ship for children as the kids club facilities can cater for a limited number of children, and any child booked onto a cruise has access to the kids club. If you are planning on taking a cruise during the school holidays then you need to book early as the children's space will sell out. Also, while most cruise lines have kids club facilities there are some exceptions (not common) so you should check this at time of booking.
The chances are you will not get seasick. On a cruise most people do not suffer from motion sickness. However, if you are going to get seasick then it is likely to happen in the first 24 hours. If you limit the amount of alcohol you consume and activities you do in the first 24 hours you can reduce the chance of this happening. Another thing you can do is select a midship cabin on a lower deck. A cabin in the middle of the ship (midship) will experience the least amount of movement.
There are a number of other precautions/medications you can take, and these can be purchased before you travel at a pharmacy or health shop. Otherwise you can buy them on board.
The best thing you can do if you feel seasick is visit the ship’s doctor. They can give you an injection that will give you relief from your seasickness within 30 minutes. You have planned and saved for your holiday, don't ruin it by feeling sick. Visit the doctor for the injection and get it treated straight away. If you have travel insurance then you can claim this back.
IMPORTANT: A visit to the doctor on board will cost you money so we strongly recommend you get travel insurance before you depart on your holiday.
Terms and conditions for this cruise
Frequently Asked Questions
Shore excursions are pre-organised tours & sightseeing options that you purchase on board for when your ship is in a port of call. Every ship has a “Shore Ex” desk with qualified staff who can advise you of different excursions available, what’s best to do and generally help you with information on the particular region your ship is visiting.
Shore excursions can be booked on board your ship however some cruise lines allow you to pre-book and pay for excursions online. If there is a tour you really want to do then we recommend you pre-book it as popular tours do sell out.
Shore excursions are not compulsory, you are free to go ashore and return to the ship as many times as you like.
When you go ashore it is important to note:
You must take your cruise I.D. card (ticket) as proof for re-embarking.
The city or town you are visiting may not be close to the port where the ship is docked, cruise lines normally organise shuttle buses (at a minimal charge) throughout the day to and from the city centre.
You must return to the ship at the stipulated time as the ship WILL NOT wait for late passengers.
Tour costs vary depending on the activity, itinerary and inclusions. There is always a wide variety on offer for all age groups and abilities that can start from as little as $25.
Sometimes you can book your tour, when you arrive at your port, direct from the operator at a much cheaper price. However, this comes with a buyer beware warning. The operators used by the cruise line are trusted professionals so you will not be ripped off. Also, if something goes wrong on your tour, the cruise line knows where you are and will take the necessary steps to pick you up if your vehicle has broken down. In extreme cases they will even hold the ship's departure for you if you are late returning from a tour booked through the ship. They will not wait if you go direct through the operator, as they will not know where you are.
Unlike airlines, there are no luggage restrictions on a cruise. However you need to consider that you need to store it in your cabin for your holiday. There is plenty of storage space in your cabin but if you are travelling in a quad cabin you may want to impose your own restrictions.
NB It is important to remember that airlines have different luggage restrictions, so if you are flying either pre or post cruise then you may want to keep within their allowances.
Cruise lines around the world do not all operate using the same onboard currency. The currency varies from cruise line to cruise line with the most common currency being US dollars. P&O Cruises Australia, Carnival Spirit and the Sun and Dawn Princess all use Australian dollars as their onboard currency.
Cruising is a cashless society which means when you purchase anything on board you do not pay for it in cash. When you board the ship it is like checking into a hotel, you can either give a credit card imprint or the cruise line will take a cash deposit of approximately $300. You are then given a “cruise card”. Your cruise card is your door key (on most ships), has your dinner table number on it (for traditional dining), and it is used for making any purchases aboard.
When you make a purchase with your cruise card, it is swiped and a receipt is printed that you will need to sign. The cost of the purchase is then added to your onboard account which you settle at the end of your cruise.
Many cruises on our websites come with onboard credits. This could be from a special promotion that is being run by the cruise line or because of the relationship we have with the cruise lines that allows us to select certain cruises to receive onboard credit. The amount of onboard credit does normally depend on the length of the cruise.
If your reservation receives onboard credit we will confirm this with you in writing and then your onboard account will automatically be in credit for the amount we have confirmed to you. This credit can be used towards any onboard expenditure that is charged back to your cabin. It is important to note that if you do not spend all of your onboard credit it will not be refunded to you in cash so it is best you spend it all while on board.
Tipping/gratuities are a big issue for a lot of Australasian cruise passengers as it is not our custom to reward good service in this way. What cruise passengers need to consider is that outside of Australasia, the remuneration for personnel in the service industry is quite low. Hence, to keep up a high standard, employees have the incentive of earning additional income via the tips they receive. At the end of the day, how much you tip is up to you.
The most common way cruise lines suggest tipping, is that they add a suggested amount to your daily onboard account. You can choose to keep that on your account or you can ask the purser to remove it. This suggested amount is divided out amongst your cabin steward, your dinner waiter, your assistant waiter, your wine steward, and maitre d’.
Some cruise lines ask passengers to wait until the end of the cruise and they discreetly leave an envelope in your cabin in which to place the appropriate amount. Some cruise lines state that the fare you have paid includes gratuities. Some cruise lines ask that you pre-pay the gratuities with your cruise fare prior to your holiday departure.
Again, the amount you tip is up to you (unless it is prepaid) and it isn't intended to have a negative impact on your holiday. Do what feels most comfortable to you.
The rules surrounding where you can smoke on board a cruise ship vary from cruise line to cruise line. However, none have taken steps to ban smoking completely. Most only allow smoking in designated areas on the open decks. Many have banned smoking on cabin balconies as this poses a fire risk.
Many cruise lines have rules restricting you from taking your own alcohol on board your cruise ship. If you have pre purchased duty free alcohol the ship will take it off you when you board and store it away for you. This alcohol will be delivered to your cabin the night before you disembark. The same applies if you purchase it when you are in port. Any purchases made on board will also be delivered the night before you disembark.
However, Princess Cruises will allow you to bring a bottle of wine aboard which you can drink at dinner or in your cabin.
These restrictions were put in place to create a safer environment on board your cruise ship, where people drink within a controlled drinking environment.
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