This pager covers our thoughts about the Sun Princess and the cruise aspect of the holiday.
The Sun Princess was build in 1995, which currently makes her the oldest ship in Princess' fleet. She operates mainly in and around Australia and Asia. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10.
The cruise itself was highly efficient and well organised - boarding, the various countries immigration procedures, luggage transfer and so on were all handled well. However, to be honest, the ship is starting to show her age a little bit. The design of the ship is lacking many of the features of more modern ships, and we missed having a high up inside bar / lounge area. Whilst the crew kept her clean throughout, carpets are starting to look a little worn, rust was starting to show on the exterior of the balcony, and other similar items.
The food on board, whilst perfectly acceptable, was slightly below our expectations - good, but not as good as we had hoped. Drinks were very expensive - to Dave's astonishment, the same brand of beer was cheaper in the Hilton airport hotel room mini-bar than it was on board.
The entertainment was again merely acceptable. The in-house song and dance shows were generally OK, but too short - most only lasted 30 minutes - and a little bit same-y.
On the positive side, all the crew (without exception) were friendly and helpful, and did what they could within the limitations of the ship to ensure that we had a good holiday.
Whilst the above does seem like a litany of negative comments, we did enjoy the cruise. We would happily cruise with Princess again, but we would look at the price carefully before booking on the Sun Princess. Other cruise ships we have holidayed on recently have cost less and delivered more.