22 Apr 2019
We went on the 'round Australia' 28-day cruise. Staff great, food good, enjoyed entertainment. Thinking of booking again.
After many years sailing the world's oceans on exciting itineraries, Sea Princess has been retired from service and sold. To find alternative ships, visit Princess Cruises' cruise line page.
The elegant Sea Princess entered service with Princess Cruises in 1998 and after a brief stint away, rejoined the fleet in 2005. Tipping the scales at 77,000 tonnes and stretching for 856 ft, the size of this ship gives passengers a wealth of opportunity in how they choose to enjoy their experience. She represents Princess Cruise’s brand of spacious luxury cruises and is the third of the sun class cruisers which include sister ships Sun Princess and Dawn Princess.
This ship's elegance and sophistication can be seen externally with its clean lines and majestic style and is highlighted internally by the art collection that adorns the usually bare walls of a liner. Huge windows and light airy spaces further enhance the already breathtaking views.
Princess cruises offer relaxation, fun and incredible pampering on your journey while you take in the incredible scenery, whether you choose to explore the relaxed culture of med cruises or the sun-baked shores on Caribbean cruises.
With menus that change every day and various styles of restaurants, it is clear to see that Princess Cruises' aim to deliver high quality and variety to its guests. Seating styles are outstanding aboard Sea Princess and include traditional fixed dining, casual dining and anytime dining, giving passengers the flexibility to dine at their own leisure. Whether you want a quick bite to eat or a more formal table service, the Princess staff will be sure to deliver. Serving everything from a mouthwatering steak in the premium steakhouse to tasty Italian pizza in the onboard pizzeria, the food served on Sea Princess is exceptional from the first bite to the very last!
Entertainment on Sea Princess is superb and offers you Broadway-style performances in the Princess theatre and the vibrant atmosphere of the Monte Carlo club casino. Feature length movies are an amazing cruise innovation and provide fantastic diversity to a cruise holiday, with Princess Cruise’s signature brand Movies Under the Stars being an experience like no other. Movies Under the Stars features a 300 sq. ft. poolside video screen, allowing passengers to watch the latest movies while relaxing in the comfort of a lounger under the starry night sky.
The opportunity of more traditional nightlife comes in the form of the ships 4 lounges: Wheelhouse Bar, Razzmatazz, Crooners Bar and Premier Cru, where you can enjoy the cosy, chic spaces with a drink in hand.
There is a wide variety of sporting activities onboard this amazing ship meaning that you can try your hand at everything from a classic game of Shuffleboard to a faster paced game of basketball. volleyball or table tennis. For a more intense workout, there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre with professional staff, weight and aerobic conditioning equipment, as well as a sauna and solarium.
After taking part in some sport, what better way to unwind than with a relaxing soak in the Lotus Spa whirlpool, which is guaranteed to soothe as you take in the incredible ocean views. Massages, beauty treatments and various forms of therapies are on offer to aid you in your quest for the perfect voyage at the full-service Lotus spa and beauty salon.
As you would expect on a ship that offers such a wide choice of activities, days spent onboard Sea Princess will never leave you wondering what to do next. A real highlight are the four pools, as well as a kids-only splash pool, meaning that every guest can enjoy the holiday staple of lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun. At the heart of the ship, in the Piazza, guests will find all sorts of facilities. From cafés and restaurants to a library, art gallery and boutiques, the hustle and bustle of this busy centre-point will leave you feeling enchanted.
In addition, if you’d like to use your time onboard to enhance your cruise experience, you can benefit from the Scholarship@Sea program, where guests can enjoy a range of activities including lectures on topics such as marine life and history, to photography and scrapbooking master classes.
22 Apr 2019
We went on the 'round Australia' 28-day cruise. Staff great, food good, enjoyed entertainment. Thinking of booking again.
17 Apr 2019
The cruise itself was all we hoped it would be. We saw many wonderful places and gave us a great insight into Australia an its people, just what we wanted. The ship was wonderful as was the crew and food. I would, however, say that we found the prices of drinks and other items very very expensive compared with other cruise lines. I would like to thank Iglu for the fantastic job they made in putting together our bespoke holiday as all the flights, hotels and transfers went without a hitch. I would certainly recomend Iglu to anyone who wants a bespoke holiday.Show more
20 Mar 2013
I went 2 years ago on the sea princess from barbados i had a great time on the boat, the entertainment was Bernie Glint who i thought was great, the food was great and also service on the boat was great.
27 May 2011
Although not the biggest princess ship we have been on it certainly had the most impressive atrium. There were lots of special events with free drinks and we won a bottle of champagne. The food could not be bettered and although our room was small - well it was the cheapest on the boat - the bed was huge and the shower was spacious too. We had a 22 day cruise and there was always something to do on our many sea days. There were so many sun beds and sofas in the bars it s never crowded and as we went for formal dining there was no queuing for the buffet which we understand was a bit crowded when the shore trips came back. We went through the Panama canal and it was wonderfully different - a unique experience.Show more
19 May 2011
Sailed with Sea Princess for the second time back in March and it was just as good as my first cruise on her. We arrived eight hours late due to plane trouble at the airport but that is not Princess's fault though it does reflect on them as you look at it as part of a holiday with them. Staff cannot do enough for you and all the staff I encountered were polite and friendly and nothing was too much trouble, especially for our cabin steward Allan. My wife and I thought the food was exceptional from breakfast through to lunch and afternoon tea and at the evening meal there was always a good selection and the waiters were very good. Some people moaned regarding the food but that has been the case wherever we have gone. Didn't see much entertainment as was usually late of out of the restauarant due to talking with people we met. The ship and its surroundings were lovely, there may be bigger and grander ships but I like this one. Everything was well organised and we will definately cruise with Princess Cruises again.Show more
16 May 2011
We went on a Caribbean cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday. We had never been on a cruise before, our son and daughter-in-law recommended it when they went on this exact ship for their honeymoon the previous year. I would just like to say, the experience was fantastic! The room was spacious considering I was expecting something smaller, the staff were all very helpful and the food was very enjoyable. There was something to do all the time on the ship. From interesting talks, to afternoon tea, to theatre in the evening. Although there are alot of passangers onboard, we still felt important and cared for individually. Overall we enjoyed it thoroughly and are already planning on when we can go for our next cruise!Show more
15 May 2011
Caribbean March/April 2011: Overall, the cruise was most enjoyable and good value for money. On the plus side, I would particularly mention the large number of islands visited and the way all aspects of activities both on and off ship were organised. On the negative side, one was again confronted with the oft-criticised gratuities dilemma and also, as respects this particular cruise (this was our fourth, each with a different line), there was an emphasis on shopping at every port as if this was the whole point of the cruise. The entertainment was a mixture of excellent and really poor (although for me, this is not particularly important). Food could not be faulted (as with all cruise lines), but has to rank third out of the four we have experienced. The gym (if that turns you on), which I did use, benefits from a great sea view. I would recommend Princess Cruises.Show more
14 May 2011
We had a three week cruise aboard the Sea Princess in April of this year. The food and service we received we very good. The entertainment was fair to good, as we have had better. We had an inside cabin which was fine, if anything it would have been nice to have tea/coffee making facilities, but this is only a suggestion. The cabin steward looked after us very well and all the staff were extremely friendly The Sea Princess in general was well maintained and we would certainly book again. The itinery was the main reason for booking and we were not disappointed. Fellow passengers were mainly British, we had read previous reviews saying this was a problem, this we found unjustified and had an excellent cruise.Show more
14 May 2011
We cruised on Sea Princess from Barbados in June. The ship visited 11 different islands, so it was a busy, packed itinerary full of interest and beautiful ports of call. The time of year was right as the climate was hot and sunny throughout with an occasional glimpse of rain. We chose an inside cabin to keep the cost to just over £1000 each which we thought was a really good deal considering this included the cost of a long haul flight from our local airport with free meals and drinks from start to finish. Our cabin was very comfortable with easily enough space for us and our belongings. On arrival the twin beds were arranged into a Queen bed configeration. This made the cabin seem small and unattractive so we asked for the beds to be placed either side of the cabin as twins which improved it 100%. We chose to have dinner daily at an earlier sitting in one of the traditional restaurants, the Traviata where the service was good but with some sales approaches being made by our waiters eg ordinary filter coffee is included but special mocha, latte etc can be purchased at a price. Food was cooked to perfection with such choices as eg frogs legs and snails being offered on a French themed evening. Steak could be had every evening from a fixed menu whilst choices were offered from the varied daily options. The salad course was very unimaginative consisting of just lettuce, crisp and fresh, maybe with a dressing but still just lettuce - maybe we could have asked for additions. In the last few days of the some foods 'ran out' so there were no tomatoes at any meal including breakfast and no fresh grapefruit. Fresh fruits at breakfast were lovely but 3 kinds of melon every day, tinned apricots and peaches without variation became a bit monotonous - a few prepared kiwis, strawberries etc would have made a nice change. But overall great value. All the ports gave easy access to local taxis, tours or public transport from which it was easy and inexpensive to visit interesting towns, shops and beautiful beaches. In many cases the port was in the town with the ship parked by the shops - no problem with access there! There's so much more to mention - the gym, the sun decks, the library, classes and activities especially the choir which I loved being part of. The entertainmnet overall very top quality with one or two exceptions. Great value for money. Tips are automatically included being added on a daily basis to your bill but passengers can opt out of this which we and most others seemed to do judging by the queues at reception to fill in the opt out form. Reception staff brilliant. Would highly recommend this cruise as a great value for money opportunity to see this lovely part of the world.Show more
06 Mar 2011
Please note when I went on this cruise I was 9! When I first got to the port and saw the ship I was like 'WOW', but when I got on to the ship I realised wow didn't cover it. We first got into the atrium and from there were shown to our cabins by friendly staff. When we had got settled in we went up to the 24-hour buffet, where we bought a drinks package, which were good value because you could have as many refills as you wanted throughout the duration of the cruise. We soon got used to life onboard, there was so much to do! I did a calligraphy crash course, which I really enjoyed, and also joined in with some crafts. The staff running the crafts were really good at explaining what we had to do. There was also some really interesting demos, like the towel-folding demo. Making an elephant out of a towel couldn't have looked easier. Sometimes I went to the kids clubs, when you could tear me away from the pool. I enjoyed these but was happy to spend time with my parents. The shows in the evenings were amazing, I think half of the evenings were shows and half of them were other things, one night there was a magician. He was actually amazing and called me on to stage so I could pick a card but not show it to him. He then drew a box of cards on a piece of paper and made the card that I chose appear out of the box. After that he gave me the paper and it was genuinely just a bit of paper with a drawing on. I still wonder how he did it! The dining options for children were really good, even in the main restaurant they had things like beefburgers and other things that children would like. In the 24-hour buffet they had some really nice food and amazing puddings. When we stopped in Italy, they had Italian themed puddings and an ice sculpture of the leaning tower of Pisa, which I thought was a nice touch. I really enjoyed all of the excursions we went on, and I found them really interesting. At some places we just went and found a beach and spent the day there, which was fun too. The excursions were all really good, except the one in Rome was a bit long. We had chosen a nine hour excursion (including traveling to and from the port) and it was really hot, nonetheless, it was really interesting learning all about the Colosseum. After most days, we went swimming. The pools were really nice and spacious. There were plenty of sun loungers to go around, and lots in the shade as well. There was the ice cream shop on the top deck, so after you had been swimming you could go and get a really nice ice cream! When we went on the cruise, Wimbledon was going on and they played it on the big screen that is used for Movies Under The Stars, which kept mum happy and was nice because you didn't have to go in to your stateroom if you wanted to see it. Staterooms were spacious and very nice, I liked staying in it. Your steward would come and put chocolate on your pillow every night, which I loved :) Overall, I loved it all and would highly recommend it.Show more
02 Feb 2011
This was our first full cruise and I cannot think of a better way to be introduced to cruising. The ship was spotlessly clean, the staff were friendly and efficient and the dining was absolutely first class. I know this was our first time but it will certainly not be the last. Trying to organise another one as I write. Unfortunately the flights to Barbados from Gatwick are proving to be a problem as we do not want to fly to U.S.A.
29 Jan 2011
We had a fantastic, lazy holiday. The staff were brill, I loved the ship — very elegant and clean. I disagree with the gratuities, paying the $10.50 a day along wit the 15% you pay each time you buy a drink, so we queried it and cancelled the daily one tips. Other than that we had a great time aboard the sea princess and would travel on her again.