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Sun Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

When the Sun Princess was introduced in 1995, it was for a short while the largest cruise ship in the world—which is rather remarkable considering that at 77,000 gross tons, it is today one of the smaller ships in the Princess fleet. The Sun Princess was also the ship that introduced “Big Ship Choice, Small Ship Feel,” setting the standard for every ship in today’s Princess fleet. The Sun Princess has also become something of a pathfinder for Princess, helping the line to open up new markets and destinations.

An unusual feature that sets the Sun Princess apart from its larger cousins is the design of its private verandahs. Nestled within the superstructure, balconies are effectively shielded from the elements; this makes the Sun Princess an excellent vessel for all-weather Australia cruising, where she can be found sailing year-round.

While not as glitzy or amenity packed as many larger ships, the Sun Princess is instead rather intimate and cozy. Décor is very tasteful wherever the journey may take you. Inside there’s an abundance of wood, marble, and etched glass. Public rooms are appointed in light color schemes with a variety of fabrics. Outside there’s a real teak promenade deck. It all adds up to a ship that looks and feels like a ship.

Dining aboard Sun Princess
Dining offers a number of choices too. Sit-down meals are available in Traditional or Anytime varieties between two main dining rooms. The Horizon Court buffet serves as a casual alternative and also is the venue for the steakhouse alternative, which may be indoors or out on deck depending on the destination. A sit-down pizzeria provides another alterative dining option for snacking or casual dining.

Sun Princess Public Rooms
Despite its relatively smaller tonnage, the Sun Princess still manages to offer three pools—two amidships and one at the stern—just like the larger Princess ships. A nicely proportioned spa and fitness center, computerized golf simulator, and Princess hallmarks such as the Wheelhouse Bar, a spacious casino, pulsating disco, wine bar, and two show rooms—a single-deck main theater and a smaller cabaret-style secondary lounge—make sure there’s still something for everyone, even with the comparatively limited real estate onboard. Kids are also catered to with their own private play rooms.

Cabins aboard Sun Princess
Cabins, on the other hand, are relatively small, especially compared with some of the competition. More than 400 cabins have private balconies—an ample number for a ship of this size—and many staterooms can accommodate third and fourth passengers as well. That is just fine, because this is a ship for people who like to travel.

Sun Class cruise ship at sea Ship Information
Sun Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Sun Class of cruise ships. The ship is based in Australia. The Sun Class ships feature more than 400 balcony cabins and several dining options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1995 ♦ Ship's Class: Sun Class ♦ Year Refurbished 2009 ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 77,000 ♦ Length 856 ft - 260 m ♦ Cruising Speed 21 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,990 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,250 ♦ Passenger Decks 11 ♦ Officers and Crew 900 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 975 ♦ Suites with Balcony 38 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 372 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 193 ♦ Inside 372 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 18 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ No Open Seating Dining ♦ Ultimate Balcony Dining features fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal. ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sterling Steakhouse ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Movies Under the Stars® ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center