The ship is old and shabby and overdue for maintanance.Tho' I heard that only the public spaces are going to get treatment. My bed was in need of a new mattress the carpet was thread bare. But the powers that be decided that all should be happy with movies under the stars even tho' the temperature was 15 and 16 degrees. They left the guest lecturer ashore(he would have cost money) and the promised book club did not exist. The food went from mediocre to just bad. And with everything was the hard sell. For a 50 year experience they look like they are on their last legs.
The Sea Princess is a mid-sized ship which still offers large-ship amenities and services, such as great production shows we remember from our times on board larger Princess ships. Public areas are designed to allow plenty of natural light in, making the on-board experience more pleasant.
This is not a new ship but cleaning and maintenance crews obviously work hard to keep it in good shape. The atrium was lovely and it was fun walking on deck.
The crew is friendly and very helpful. The crew was also entertaining.
We were not able to use the laundry rooms or ship laundry and dry cleaning services while near Alaskan ports (4 out of 10 days). This is not a problem if you know ahead of time so I wanted to share this.
Some of the espresso drinks tasted like instant coffee.
We were impressed with the ship's protocol on keeping some nerovirus sickeness from spreading on the ship. The announcements about washing hands and using the hand cleaner to washing down railings etc was very efficient.
If you're looking for a bargain then this is a good match. The ship is average, compared to what we've been in the past but we're quite happy because of the price, 10 days, ocean view room for $1500/pp/tips included. In addition, it's very convenience, SF round trip i.e. no flying needed.
We are frequent passengers with Princess. We loved thre atmosphere and the ambiance of the Sea Princess. The only thing was that 5 yrs ago we cruised Alaska with the Island Princess and it was slightly bigger. But overall we really enjoyed it.
everything about this ship was small, from the cabins, buffet area, to the entertainment areas. I felt cramped. We have cruised for 17 years and this was not comparable to any ship that we have been on
this is our 4'th cruise and I have to say this was the WORST ship we have ever been on, and 99% of our fellow passengers agreed. The food was TERRIBLE, the crew was rude, the boat was small, old, and dated, and the entertainment onboard was extremely limited!! I paid a lot of money for my family of four to go and I feel it was all wasted. I will NEVER recommend Princess lines to ANYONE or ever go with them again.
My pros and cons above summarize my impressions. It.s a relatively small ship so you get the good with the bad. We had a terrible, disorganized tender disembarkation in Juneau that took hours. Alaska is beautiful, but we saw very little wildlife--you really need to go on specific excursions to do that. The pool and hot tubs were not crowded. It rains a lot in August.
I am very impressed by the service of the staffs in the dining room. Everybody are very friendly and make me feel like home. I want to give special thanks to Jose whose services is excellent. Me and my friends had dinner in the dining room the first day we got on the ship and he asked us for our names. The next day I went to the buffet for breakfast and I was surprised that he remember my name and addressed me by my name. Very impressive!
Thisis my first cruise vacation on the Sea Princes. I enjoyed it very much. The services, foods and the amenities on the ship are excellent. The waiters in the restaurants are all very professional and courteous, especially Wilson (the head waiter) and Dean (the assistant waiter) at the Restaurant Rigiletto. Entertainment programs are nicely planned and are very enjoyable.
This site continues to kick me off!!!
We will not be sailing with Princess cruise lines again. We will cancel our 2012 cruise. The overall experience was not a quality experience. If this would have been my first cruise, I would not cruise again.
The dining experience was such poor quality, we avoided the dining room whenever possible. The quality of food was less than Denny's.
The only location to get any kind of quality was in the Steak House where the staff at least had some training in serving passengers. The Steak House was good....but on other ships would be the norm.......and without extra charges. We dined there 3 times and took leftovers to our room for the following day. The room service menu was very limited......and VERY BAD!!!
The first night, the mattress was old and flat. We slept little and were very stiff and sore in the morning. The steward wrapped the mattress in an egg crate. This helped. We were told we would get a new mattress......this did not happen.
We felt nickel and dimed continuously.
The main discussion as we met other passengers was about the bad ship and service and no comparision with other cruise lines.
We requested towels and rarely received any additional except the minimum 1 per person. The little special added services on other ships in the cabin was non-existent...no folded bird towels.....or any added service.
The Internet was less than acceptable. I brought my laptop so that I could do some work and was continually bumped off and bandwidth was extremely low making the downloading slow and requiring more money to be spent to use the service. I am in the business and know that this was not appropriate and another way to make money for the ship at the expensive costs to use the service.
Activities were very limited and boring.....along with poor entertainment.
The PORTS were enjoyable.....and we were anxious to get off the ship at each and to find good food and enjoy the "expensive" tours.
Again....overall......not the experience we expected and will not be cruising with Princess again.
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