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Sun Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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SE Asia Cruise from Perth in Western Australia

Sun Princess Cruise Review by gibbo0010

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We chose this cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday.

Good points

1) very good service and meals at the traditional sitting (7.30 pm)

2) good company once again at the traditional setting

3) ship is clean and continually being maintained to keep it up to date. The sun princess was built in 1995 and is in good condition considering its age

4) The crew were polite and courteous as we have grown accustomed to with princess cruises

Bad points

1) The wine list has become too expensive for the average working man as far as I am concerned. The cheapest cabernet sauvignon was a french wine ($42/bottle) and it was terrible. We found a decent South Australian wine from the Coonawarra but it cost $55/bottle. Princess used to provide decent Australian wines for $30/bottle which I was happy to pay but $55/bottle? We did not drink much this time.

2) We toured SE Asia and the cruise was not sympathetic to my wife who is disabled with rheumatoid arthritis. She was stranded on the ship for 8 of the 11 ports. The buses in Asia are not disabled-friendly. If you are not active then forget SE Asia.

3) You get ripped off at every port due to the cartel having first options for taxi services. Be patient and walk an extra 10 - 15 minutes and you might get a fair deal. The monopoly of the few needs to be broken.

4) The tours are too expensive. It is time competition was allowed into the ports for those who wish to explore on there own. Let a cruise become more of an adventure in this globalised world.

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Cabin Review


The cabin was good and well maintained by the cabin steward

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Went to Pattaya on our own - once again we had to navigate through the cartel who rip people off as you do not have access to metered taxis's

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

joined in with some people we met and explored the city on our own and enjoyed the day and the traditional food


the place is filthy and unappealing with the massive construction going on at present

Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

Went to Pattaya and had a good time once we escaped the taxi cartel - crooks the lot of them

Koh Samui

Joined other ship guests and explored on our own. Heaps better than all the sterile stuff organised by the cruise ship


Cornered by the taxi cartel again. By this time I have had enough and went back to the ship. Sick of being treated like a walking ATM

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