Great trip round the Indian Ocean

Sun Princess Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Sun Princess

46 Night Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey (Fremantle Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 24, 2020

Ship: Sun Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: P335

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Review summary

A long 46 day cruise, excellent time on board with good weather, a good itinerary, spoilt only by the onset of COVID-19 which meant we had to miss a couple of ports. Sadly. Princess do not do this cruise annually. There were a lot of sea days but we were able to keep ourselves amused. Disappointed though with lack of Dance/Vocal shows and the standard of stand alone entertainers seems to have dropped

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Very quick and well organised

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Some days better than others, it was a long cruise so a repetitive menu in the MDR, but there was always a good selection in Horizon Court

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Trivia was done by the same person most days, which meant it got rather stale and not helped by his arrogance

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Not many shows despite it being a long cruise. Some of the singers and comedians were second rate. The resident duo that played in the Wheelhouse, Crooners and Atrium comprised of a Lady singer and keyboard player I think, but they were no better than some of the Karaoke singers

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
On the whole the staff were friendly, as always some more than others. Our room steward was just OK

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
We like the layout and size of this ship. It is easy to get around and there always seemed to be somewhere to sit

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Small but functional, its close proximity to the International Cafe meant that we did not use it during the day

Ship tip

Don't expect 5 star, but its a good clean friendly ship

Ports of call

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

5 out of 5

Singapore

5 out of 5
no excursion just did our own city exploration

Phuket, Thailand

4 out of 5
no excursion, took a taxi from the port to the old town

Colombo, Sri Lanka

3 out of 5
Very quite due to National holiday, gave us chance to walk to the city and do our own things

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

4 out of 5
Booked own excursion to do Island tour, very pleasant

Zanzibar, Tanzania

5 out of 5
Loved the souks and spice markets and little alleyways. Did our own walking tour

Nosy Be, Madagascar Did not visit port

The local authorities would not let us anchor and tender as we had been in Phuket 13 days earlier and they decided that we should have had 14 clear days, despite them having all the information for 28 days.

Richards Bay, South Africa

1 out of 5
Nothing really to do here. Ship docks in a Commercial port and shuttle takes you to a shopping mall which is not near anything else

Cape Town, South Africa

5 out of 5
Fabulous, would certainly go back. Here for 3 days but not long enough. Had our own guide for 2 days who was excellent and took us to the major sites

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2 out of 5
Shuttle takes you to a Casino with nothing else there. We were however, able to arrange from there a private tour to a game reserve

Durban, South Africa

3 out of 5
Took the shuttle to an out of town shopping area. we were able from here able to catch a local bus that took in 3 different routes to get an overview of the city. No hop on off bus here.

Pointe Des Galets, Reunion Island

1 out of 5
At first the locals would not let us exit the ports gate after getting off the ship. They stoned some of the crew. After the local Police used tear gas to disperse them the Captain made a decision to allow us to take a free shuttle to a local beachside resort without incident. The person at Princess who decides where ships go is in the wrong job as they should be aware that everything closes on a Sunday on this Island, therefore there is nothing to do or see

Port Louis, Mauritius Did not visit port

Wouldn't allow us to dock due to COVID-19 situation

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very speedy and well organised
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