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Sea Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Good itinerary but dated ship

Sea Princess Cruise Review by Coltsneck

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

This was a 13 day New Zealand cruise with Brisbane to Brisbane port. Of the 13 days, six were at sea so there wasn’t a lot of time allocated for shore excursions. Ship capacity was about 2,000 and it was pretty booked. I was disappointed in the overall look of the ship as it is in need of a renovation. Some common areas had rust and stains and dated furnishings. Our balcony stateroom was decent although a couple of extra square feet would have made a real difference in the comfort. Storage was good as was the lighting over the bed, an important consideration if you like to read at night.

We were a group of six and had 7:45 pm dinner seating each evening in the Rigoletto dining room. Service was really excellent and food was pretty good.

The buffet area was decent but nothing to rave about. Several times we had problems getting tables, but never waited more than 10 minutes. Staff were pretty efficient with clearing tables to keep them turning.

I wasn’t impressed with the musical entertainment. Performers were good but I would have loved a real show with professional performers like they offered on Norwegian.

There wasn’t enough time in ports and the guides were rushing people through the sites. For several excursions the bulk of the allotted time was getting there and back, with very little time at the sites.

Overall, we had a good time but Princess has to kick it up a notch to be competitive with other carriers.


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Balcony

A bit small but perfectly adequate


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