We travelled with a group of 8 friends. We have travelled on the Sun Princess twice before. We were led to believe the ship had been refurbished recently, but I would guess only certain areas have been refurbished as many parts of the ship were looking tired and carpets were tatty in places. Our stateroom was very tired looking.
The embarkation in Fremantle was speedy and efficient. We boarded within about 15 minutes of arriving at the terminal. Our cabins were ready straight away, so we could drop off our hand luggage.
The entertainment in the theatre was excellent. There was a comedian who was very funny. Diane Cousins, a welsh comedian/singer was also very entertaining. She was so good, she was not only given a standing ovation, but the audience didn’t leave their seats until she did a short encore. The Princess singers and dancers did a show called “The British Invasion” which was very polished.
The food in the Horizon Court buffet was standard breakfast fare. The omelette station was very good. The coffee was dreadful. Lunchtime at the buffet was very average with the quality of food not great.
We had anytime dining in the Regency restaurant and the food there was quite good.
One night we paid to go to Curtis Stone’s Share restaurant which was a waste of money. Because of the portion sizes or the type of meal offered, sharing was quite difficult. The portion sizes of the entrees were ridiculously small. The main meals were fine, but we ended up having individual meals rather than sharing our mains. The desserts were good. There was nothing extra special about this restaurant though, so save your money.
The wine prices seemed quite steep, especially for single glasses. $15 for a glass of Chardonnay, $13 for a Prosecco (when it was available)
On the first day the pool bars had no Prosecco, as loading was still happening. Despite this, we were charged for a Prosecco that we didn’t have. This was rectified after my husband complained to guest relations.
The activities on board were the usual shipboard activities and they were fun.
We didn’t do any shore excursions. In Albany the town put on a complimentary shuttle to town which was thoughtful. The port of Busselton was cancelled due to rough seas. We did notice a marine repair van near the ship and divers working for many hours whilst we were docked in Albany, so there may have been other reasons why we stayed in Albany rather than going to Busselton?
All in all we had a good time, but I would not choose Sun Princess for a longer voyage.
We often choose interior cabins but this would be one of the smallest we have ever had. Very small TV. Tatty carpet. Bed and pillows extremely comfortable. This cabin was okay for 4 nights but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend any longer.
Complimentary shuttle bus provided by town. Lovely shops and good cafés.