My wife and I are already booked on Sun Pricess 12 day inside-
passage and land tour for May 25. Just read a review on this site
by a Julio Blanco who reads like a horror story. According to this review, there is absolutely nothing right with this ship or the Princess line in general. It is like the trip from hell! Would anyone who has taken this trip please give us some opinions and share
your experiences? After reading this review we have seconds thoughts about going with Princess. Is it really that bad? Is the food so miserable? We just came back from a Caribbean cruise on
Celebrity and we loved it. If you can read that review , and comment on it, we would appreciate it very much.
Thanks in advance
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: Alaska on Sun Princess
Joe - I just went and read that review. It seems to me that this person went on the cruise with a chip on his shoulder about some mix up with cabin assignments, and it was not rectified to his satisfaction, and I believe it colored his whole experience. I cannot comment about the incident with his luggage - but if Princess offered to clean it free of charge, who's fault was it that they did not pack at least a change of clothes in their carryon?
As for the cabins, yes the inside cabins are small (I was on the Sea last month - a sister to the Sun) and our cabin was 138 sq. feet (it was a cat J inside on Dolphin Deck) - it was the smallest cabin I have been in to date (6 cruises) - but the storage space available was incredible (and note that this was two women who tend to pack a lot!!!) The bathroom was small, but the shower was more than ample (not once did the curtain stick to my behind, as ample as it is.) Our TV had a 13 inch screen, but we had no difficulty whatsoever with it.
Food is subjective - what he considers terrible could be terrific for someone else. I will say that ice cream was FREE in the dining rooms at lunch and supper - you did NOT have to pay extra for it. And the ice cream in the dining room is FAR superior to the Haagen-Daas sold on deck.
Remember to talk all reviews with a grain of salt - it is always someone elses perception and like I said in the beginning, I think there was some negative things going on even before this guy boarded the ship. Please read some other reviews of the ship on other sites, and some of the sister ships (Sea, Dawn and Ocean Princess) and I think you will get a more balanced view of this ship. BTW - Alaska is awesome!
I completed my 14th Princess cruise last fall and like all the others, it was great. Cabins do tend to be on the small side on Princess, but they are perfectly designed with lots of storage space, comfortable beds and a perfectly adequate bathroom. I think the food on Princess is excellent. It isn't what you will get in a 5-star restaurant. It can't be since the kitchen has to cook for so many people at one time, but I DO eat at 5-star restaurants at home and have nothing to complain about concerning the food. Has every Princess cruise been perfect? No, but the crew has made a fast effort to fix whatever I was unhappy about, frequently going out of their way to help. I will sail Celebrity in Alaska this summer. I've only sailed Celebrity 3 times to date and although the lines are dissimilar, it's gotten to the point where Princess and Celebrity are the only lines I will sail. Remember you always catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I'll bet that guy never smiled or had a nice word to say to anyone on board. There may be the occasional glitch on Princess just as there is in anything in life, a nightmare never.
I can't speak for the Sun, but we cruised on Dawn this past September and we had absolutey no complaints. The food, staff, and accomodations were all super. Something especially great about Princess is how dependable they are. My point is that we were on our cruise from 8-15 September on The Seward to Anchorage Voyage of the Glaciers. We happened to be on a Princess sponsored tour in Skagway when the bombing took place in New York. When we returned to Dawn, the security was intense, but the staff maintained a cheerfulness and tried to make things as easy for us as possible. That night, all entertainment was canceled and one of the rooms (used for shows) was made into a newsroom. The curtains were used as a big screen and CNN was broadcast. Announcements were made as more info came from the Princess Home Office. We were told that all tours and ports would remain the same. Princess offered free ship-to-shore calls for anyone who had family that might have been effected by any of the terrorist attacks. Dawn's staff gave us a measure of comfort that I was really grateful for. When we arrived in Vancouver and disembarked, we had no idea what to expect. We claimed our baggage and were directed to counters where more Princess staff waited to tell us what would happen next. We originally had a non-stop flight on Alaskan Air to LAX and it was canceled. My sister-in-law was on Canadian Air and actually was able to meet and keep her original flight to go back to San Francisco. We were told by a very patient young man that Princess took the initiative on 9/11 and booked over 700 rooms in Vancouver. Not all cruiselines thought ahead enough to do this and as a result, many people ended up stuck at the airport. We were given the option of spending two nights (on Princess) at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This hotel was very convenient to almost anything in the city.
Back on the subject: I'm sure others will speak for Sun Princess, I'm sold on the company and will give them as much of my business as I can.
Have sailed 4 times in Alaska with Princess including last spring. I have also sailed on the Sun and the Dawn Princess in Alaska. I have always had a great cruise in Alaska on Princess. I have never had a bad meal on Princess but as others said likes of food are strictly up to the individual. I have always had great service on Princess. Yes inside rooms are small but they are laid out well and have plenty of storage and with every thing my wife packs you need storage. There has always been more than enough storage.
I don't know who this Blanco guy is, but he must have really been in a bad mood for his cruise, We just got off the Sun from a 10 Day Panama Canal cruise 2 weeks ago, and it was wonderful. Aside from a small cabin (who cares- we slept and changed clothes in the cabin- that's all) everything on the ship was faqntastic. The food, the entertainment and the cruise staff were great as were the activities.
Perhaps Mr Blanco should cruise on Raddison and Crystal and pay $10-15,000 per cruise... but then again, he would probably find something wrong with those cruises also.
I read the review and agree that there was definitely a chip on someone's shoulder.
#1, the 'red-wine on the clothes' is Princess' fault? Two ways this could have happened, someone was trying to sneak a bottle in their suitcase and it broke and spilled all over their clothes or they had wine in the suitcase and it broke (I go for that one).
we were on the grand & are doing the sun next month. we feel princess is a 1st.class cruise line. it's clean, the food very good, the staff very accomodating & the entertainment great.
have a great time,
I too was slightly concerned after reading the Bianco review, but was quickly reasured after reading all of the other positive reviews. I've cruised Princess before. My balcony room was surprisingly large compared to the stories I'd heard from others. I can't wait until my May sailing. I'm going.