CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Sun Princess Eastern Caribbean January 9, 2004

Just got back to England following a cruise on Sun Princess and thought I would share my views. The Sun despite not being the newest ship afloat is well maintained although I too noticed the foul odour on occasion as mentioned by other reviewers. We had an inside cabin which was more than adequate and impeccably maintained by the room steward Armando (Emerald deck) Food was generally of a high standard although the dining experience in the Horizon court was spoiled by the withdrawel of all self service even to the extent of wrapped items.Cofee and water machines were also withdrawn. It is clear that there was some sort of health problem and rumours were rife mainly because Princess did not tell passengers what was going on. It is disquieting when you meet someone in protective clothing spraying every conceivable surface without knowing the reason.I have no complaint about Princess being scrupulous on health matters but why can they not treat passengers as adults-if you do not tell people what is happening they invariably make it up.

Back to dining we chose the early seating and shared a table with 2 American couples who were delightful company through-out. The entertainment was rather poor in our opinion although it must be said that American guests seemed happy with it. I am not being a little Englander here-the resident group "Storm" were English and frankly not very good-I imagine you get what you pay for. The ports of call were generally very good although many people including me could not understand why St Vincent is visited-it is not very nice. One final point concerns tipping. Last year on RCI we pre payed and got vouchers to give to those who had served us (waiters etc) We assumed that the automatically deducted tips would be handled the same way but discovered that the tips were widely shared out. I am not prepared to tip someone that I have never met so asked that the automatic amounts be re-instated to my account. The pursers desk arranged this (rather un-gratiously I felt)and we tipped an equivelent amount to those who we felt deserved it (bearing in mind that an additional 15% was added to all purchases in addition to pay bar staff etc) I inten in future to not allow the automatic deduction of gratuities. In conclusion overall this was a very good holiday on a nice ship with excellent staff and I am sure that most people felt the same.

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