I have read tons of reviews of the Sun that made it sound like a great ship! We are going on the 10 day Southern Caribbean on November 21st. Most of what we read on the Princess boards on CruiseCritic.com has been good news..........a lot of people seem to feel that the Sun class ships are their favorites...not too big.
I will be glad to give you my opinion when we return, but I am expecting to have a great time. We have been on two Holland America cruises, two Royal Caribbean Cruises and four Princess Cruises. Holland America was very nice, and was about even with Princess, in our opinion. We have booked Princess because they had the itineraries we wanted, at a price we were willing to pay. Royal Caribbean also had good prices, but we have decided that we will not cruise that line again........based strictly on personal feelings about the whole thing. Many of their activities were too "sporty" for us, and they seemed to have many more pay activities.
If you read the message boards, Princess, on Cruisemates, Cruise Critic, and Cruise Addicts, plus any more you find
, you should get a good idea of what the Princess line offers, and what the ships are like. Without stepping foot on the Sun, I am expecting a lovely ship, a smallish cabin with plenty of storage, reasonable food, considering it was cooked for 2000 people, and I am paying less for a balcony cabin on a ten day cruise than I did for an outside cabin on a seven day cruise a few years ago.The food was reasonable then, too. I know I wont go to the Art auctions, I will leave the ten dollars per person, per day, on my shipboard account, and may tip extra, if we have great service. I know that the only free drinks on Princess, through the day, are ice tea and coffee. I wish they had lemonade or punch. If I drank soda, I would buy a soda card. I know that alcaholic drinks are about the same as they are at lounges around here.
There can always be glitches, but hopefully, they would be quickly resolved. On our last cruise, we couldn't get into the safe.......previous occupants had left it locked...........we called the steward, and he had someone there in five minutes, and it was opened in the next two minutes. The only other problem we have ever had on a ship was on our first HAL cruise, when the water plant "something" went on the fritz, and all the water was salty. We thought the ship should have provided bottled water for everyone, at no charge, but they didn't. We now take a few bottles of water aboard, and buy more at ports, just in case...........
Everything I have read about the kids program has been very favorable.
I know this is long, but I hope we BOTH have a wonderful cruise!