Sail Date: November 2018
Great cruise. Have done it twice now and loved it both times. Friendly crew, great food and great ship. Sea Princess is my favorite ship. I have been on her 3 times now. Entertainment was good, (Freddy Mercury impersonator the very ... Read More
Great cruise. Have done it twice now and loved it both times. Friendly crew, great food and great ship. Sea Princess is my favorite ship. I have been on her 3 times now. Entertainment was good, (Freddy Mercury impersonator the very best), but other shows were quite good as well. Restaurant was good for Breakfast lunch and dinner although we will need to go on a diet now as we just could not turn back any of the fabulous food on offer (Challenge was accepted). Cabin was spacious and very well positioned on deck 8 which was handy to almost everywhere we wanted to go. Embarkation and de-embarkation was a breeze and reasonably quick with no hassles. This is one of the reasons we enjoy cruising over flying as it is much easier to board a ship than go through the airport hassles. All in all the Sea Princess is a very well run ship and I would definable sail on her again.. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
Had a really good 3 day getaway in November 2018. Embarkation was speedy, however we were held up due to an extremely high tide that delayed boarding due to unsafe conditions. It didn't worry our group, but some people complained. Our ... Read More
Had a really good 3 day getaway in November 2018. Embarkation was speedy, however we were held up due to an extremely high tide that delayed boarding due to unsafe conditions. It didn't worry our group, but some people complained. Our stateroom was clean, tidy, well equipped with a very comfortable bed. The only downside was that the TV programs were played on a loop and not on demand. As a result we saw half of the same movie four times. No big deal to most people, but it was annoying nonetheless when we were chilling out in our cabin. The food was superb. We had chosen any time dining and it suited us to a 'T'. The menu was extensive and, except for the last night had a good mix of choices. The final night there were 6/7 vegetarian options for entrees and only 1 non vegetarian option. Once again no real big deal, but perhaps with a bit more planning they could have evened out the choices somewhat. The entertainment options we chose to attend were all enjoyable and professionally and competently performed. On a brighter note they finally had a funny comedian, instead of the unfunny hack on our previous two cruises. The bars, for the most part, provided prompt and efficient service. We found all the prices to be reasonable. As it was only a 3 day cruise there were no shore excursions. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Considering the age of the Sea Princess (22 years) she is in remarkable condition and always looked absolutely in great order and condition. Of course the wonderful thing about Princess cruises is the great crew members who always look ... Read More
Considering the age of the Sea Princess (22 years) she is in remarkable condition and always looked absolutely in great order and condition. Of course the wonderful thing about Princess cruises is the great crew members who always look after everybody so well. This is our 45th Princess cruise and just as enjoyable as the very first time. The food in the dining room was particularly good (always enjoy the crab cakes when on the menu - they are very, very good) Princess always have my favourite fish dishes and also the pasta meals. You also cannot fault their bread rolls etc. which are always freshly baked. Whilst onboard we purchased the future cruise credits which is always a good idea and gives you a credit according to the length of your future cruise. Have already decided on our next cruise to Fiji. The best thing about cruising is the fact you can do as much as you like or as little and who wouldn't enjoy being waited on hand and foot. It is great having the towels picked up from the floor to be replaced - heaven. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Princess have always my choice of cruise line, I have found the service and quality to always exceed my expectations. How ever this time around I was disappointed in the experiences I had on board. I booked for the behind the scenes tour ... Read More
Princess have always my choice of cruise line, I have found the service and quality to always exceed my expectations. How ever this time around I was disappointed in the experiences I had on board. I booked for the behind the scenes tour and we had one of the ships photographers accompany us to take the only photo's. However she was more interested in talking to the rest of the crew we as we went behind the scenes than actually take any good shots. She talked loudly and was disruptive on the entire tour. It's not as if we hadn't been charged good money for this privilege. The sterling steak house - we booked a table for a special evening only to arrive to find that not only was the table not ready but to be taken to it and then have other settings from around our table to make up a partial setting. We were offered a wine menu and we declined it, however at no point were we offered to order other beverages. We had to go and find a waiter to order some drinks, once he came to take to order is did not take everyone's order and some of the party once again had to go and follow up. We ordered our main meal and they arrived however it was not we ordered and was sent back. so not everyone ate at the same time or still didn't get there correct orders. very disappointed as you pay top dollar to eat here, to the point we received better service from the standard restaurant than treating ourselves to the Stirling Steak House. Apart from these 2 things the cruise was most enjoyable and as a whole the staff and crew are amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We actually did most of Australia, joining the cruise in Perth, followed by a back-to-backcruise to New Zealand. A total of 30 days. What we have discovered over several years of cruising is that cruise success is tied to the Captain. The ... Read More
We actually did most of Australia, joining the cruise in Perth, followed by a back-to-backcruise to New Zealand. A total of 30 days. What we have discovered over several years of cruising is that cruise success is tied to the Captain. The tighter the ship, the better the cruise. This ship was well run and the crew was awesome. And a change of Captain 3/4's of the way through didn't change things. This was our first time in a "Sea" Class Princess ship. Total passengers 2000, average passenger count 1900. Our opinion is that the public areas are too small. Inside cabin passengers tended to sit in the bars and read, blocking others who wanted bar access. To be fair it was cool in NZ so sitting outside wasn't always an option. We had a basic balcony room which seemed small to us. Our room attendant was great though, and we enjoyed our balcony. The itinerary was very good and we took advantage of seeing the different parts of Australia. We had only had been to Sydney prior, and NZ was beautiful. We have also discovered that the longer the cruise, and the more sea days, equates to older and many more medically challenged passengers. That isn't a bad thing, but it is a data point most people should understand. We don't go to the restaurants on ships anymore, only the buffet. If you have to wear long pants I won't go. And the Horizon Court Buffet on this ship was the best layout we have ever seen. Lots of room and large isles make it easy to move. I should also state that one of the reasons that we like Process is because we feel they are more flexible than most cruise lines. They allow excursion cancellation within 48 hours and BIG POINTS for having laundarmats on most floors. Having said that, this ship had two washers and two dryers on most floors which is a reduction from 4 and 4 on other ships. Add to that the machines were substandard at best, and the advantage to Princess is eroding rapidly. Whoever made the decision to choose these inferior machines should have been fired - period. Or, is it a strategy of Princess to get passengers to pay for laundry due to the frustrating experienced of washing your own clothes? (and saving a lot of money)... We probably won't book another Princess Sea Class Ship as we didn't care for the lack of public space. We still prefer Princess, but if they continue to 'cost cut' on the passenger experience we may find another cruise line. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
The itinerary of this 28-day Cruise was the reason for taking this cruise. It was a great way to see Australia in a relaxing atmosphere. Having done many cruises with Princess, we looked forward to a great trip. The check-in process for ... Read More
The itinerary of this 28-day Cruise was the reason for taking this cruise. It was a great way to see Australia in a relaxing atmosphere. Having done many cruises with Princess, we looked forward to a great trip. The check-in process for embarkation was the quickest we have ever experienced. We got to the capitol cities in each of the Australian states in addition to several other cities/towns. Our biggest disappointment was the choices given on the dinner menus. In addition, we found much of the food bland &/or tasteless. On many evenings, we were hard pressed to find something that we wanted to eat. We have never been this disappointed on any other Princess ship. The entertainment was exceptional, although it was difficult to get into the theatre at certain times for certain shows. The shows (production numbers, singers, comedians, musicians, etc.) were all wonderful & most enjoyable. The production numbers on Princess ships (their own singers & dancers) are always very well done by very talented performers. The crew was accommodating & helpful. There were many passengers using walkers, canes, wheelchairs & skooters & a crew member seemed to be available to help, especially in the buffet. If it wasn’t for the menu choices & food in the dining room at dinner, this would have been the perfect cruise. It was a major disappointment. The itinerary was great & we enjoyed every port of call. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Pleasantly surprised by how relaxing the cruise was! My 9 year old loved the youth centre staff and activities, which meant a lot of relaxing time for me. All staff on board are amazing, so friendly and helpful. I am grateful for the ... Read More
Pleasantly surprised by how relaxing the cruise was! My 9 year old loved the youth centre staff and activities, which meant a lot of relaxing time for me. All staff on board are amazing, so friendly and helpful. I am grateful for the experience. Didn’t have to lift a finger for 11 blissful days. Food was great, service outstanding. Hygiene was above and beyond what I imagined, every day I saw every surface cleaned and staff compelled all on board to keep up washing our hands and keeping the cleanliness high. The ship was mainly filled with seniors which didn’t bother me. I would have preferred wifi and better television options. Movies under the stars was lovely. Definitely have the cruise bug now and look forward to more in my future. Our steward Heri was fantastic. All staff work very hard and make for an amazing experience. I look forward to my next cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
Ten day cruise Sydney to Sydney via Brisbane, Port Douglas, Willis island, Airlie beach. Ship is 20 years old but kept in pretty good condition but rust obvious in places. Got on board at end of world cruise so fair amount of Foreign ... Read More
Ten day cruise Sydney to Sydney via Brisbane, Port Douglas, Willis island, Airlie beach. Ship is 20 years old but kept in pretty good condition but rust obvious in places. Got on board at end of world cruise so fair amount of Foreign passengers choose to do this cruise as well so lot of americans, etc. Embarkation quick and painless. Cabin smallish with very small bathroom but adequate. Bed extremely comfortable. Balacony Ok. Seas were good entire voyage so that was good. Lots of bars and lounges including well stocked library so always somewhere to find quiet place. One thing we did like was the lack of taped music thoughout the ship which is so common these days and most annoying. Large Atrium with the usual shops, Reception and Coffee shop. Coffee shop very popular and can be hard to find seat but it does takeaways as well. Ship has a walkaround around Promonade deck which is so rare these days. Good for walking around and has seats you can relax in. Numerous places to eat. Horizine resturant is buffett style and can get very crowded. Really strict on hygeine. You wont be allowed in Horizine unless you are seen to wash your hands in the sinks at the entrance. The other restaurants have hand sanitizers which you also must use. Main restaurants good. Food ok and service good but a bit slow at times and gets noisey. Behind the Horizine is the Terrace Grill. Its an open deck small restaurant which supples Hamburgers including vegan, Hot dogs Chips Etc.There are two main pools with spas plus one pool with spa at the stern which is adults only.Entertainment wise is not bad. Usually a show in the main theatre. About half a dozen other entertainers play thoughout the ship at various times of the day. Quality is from very good to not too good depending on what you like. Crew are excellent . Ship has no compulsory gratitues or service charges but we tipped at the end of cruise. The crew work long and hard for poor wages so keep that in mind. The Captain. Captin Lyle was very good. An english gentleman with a good sense of humour and always to be seen at tendering etc to make sure everythings Ok, THis ships is not really disability friendly. The doors to the decks are old school. Big wooden ones with tough springs. Their were a lot of people with walking frames, mobile scooters etc. It is impossible for disabled or frail people to open these doors without assistance Unlike the more modern ships which have automatic doors so keep that in mind. These doors even annoyed me. If the Horizine court is full there is an overflow area of tables on the outside deck next to the terrice grill but you have to open these damn doors to get thru. If you got handfull of plates is damn hard to do so. I wont go into the Destinations as this is a ship review not a destination review. I will say that the call to Willis Island was purely so that passengers could buy duty free Domestic cruises you usually cant buy duty free but Willis island is in international waters and a loophole allows the ship to call their and just stop for an hour so that passengers can buy duty free. All up we really enjoyed this cruise. Please consider that this ship is not for anybody under fifty. It is designed with the senior in mind. Very few young people or children were on board If you a raging alcoholic etc go for P and O australia. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
The cruise from Sydney returning to Sydney was excellent every one was friendly and Kind., everyone in my party enjoyed the cruise. I celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary on this cruise, and used the Legends Bar for celebration, the ... Read More
The cruise from Sydney returning to Sydney was excellent every one was friendly and Kind., everyone in my party enjoyed the cruise. I celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary on this cruise, and used the Legends Bar for celebration, the staff set up the area beautiful for us and we enjoyed the food and music. the dining room staff was excellent. The Cabin was very convenient and the attendant was only a phone call away. The only thing we were disappointed with was there were no food or snacks late night and when you ate travelling with kids they are always need something to eat. The ice-cream shop as they called it gourmet we had to pay for and I don't think that was fair to parents travelling with kids. Visiting the Barrier reef was a gem I was really surprise when I actually see it and I would recommend this to everyone. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
The cruise from Auckland to Sydney was a piggy back on the tail end of the Sea Princess around the world cruise. So for us it was a alternate way of travelling back to OZ after a couple of weeks in Nth Island of NZ. Boarded at the main ... Read More
The cruise from Auckland to Sydney was a piggy back on the tail end of the Sea Princess around the world cruise. So for us it was a alternate way of travelling back to OZ after a couple of weeks in Nth Island of NZ. Boarded at the main Auckland harbour and able to get on earlier than scheduled with only a fairly short wait. No fuss and pretty straight forward baggage drop off and processing as only a couple of hundred guest embarking at this port. Spent 4 nights crossing the ditch to Sydney at a leasurily pace with a little bit of bump at one point but hardly noticeable. So uneventful trip over. We really liked the ship's layout and decor, the boat is probably an older generation but we found the condition whilst not Premium Luxury was at a very good standard. we also found the size/capacity to be about right for our tastes - not too large (as the trend) but also not to small. As Goldilocks would have said "just right". Generally, throughout the ship we found the service by all staff to be excellent and no complaints. The captain did make a regular 12 midday announcement which was a nice touch and informative. The bulk of guests on the ship had completed 102 days of their around the world cruise almost entirely Aus/NZ mix. Most were getting off at Sydney or Brisbane and from chatting with a few of them - I think the cruise was well received and enjoyed. A few had enough but some didn't want to get off the boat. We found the dinning experience on board at the main dining rooms was very good and substantially better than on the Norwegian Jewel (christmas cruise) or Carnival Spirit. We travelled on the Ruby Princess to Alaska and found the dining on that ship was slightly better the the Sea Princess but still a nice experience. The Whisky Bar was a nice touch and we availed ourselves of the opportunity to try a few different offerings. The entertainment on board - from our view seemed to be selected to cater for the passenger demographics - and we managed to enjoy a couple of the shows that were well patronised. We did find a bit of an issue trying to locate a good seat around the boat to relax/read - I think this was due to the less than inviting weather (cooler/cold) that discouraged use of the main outdoor decks/pools etc. But this was not a big issue. Overall we had a lovely relaxing few days on board the Sea Princess and very happy with the service and comfort provided. Read Less
Sea Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.8

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