My partner and I decided back in June of 2014 we would bite the
bullet and take a cruise.
My first time for a holiday out of Australia at the age of 53 I
was ramped up like a kid with a new toy, about having a holiday and
leading up to it, we went all out, bought all new clothes, suits,
fancy dress wear for the themed nights and seeing we were allowed
to take come wine on board we took a bottle each even though my
partner doesn't drink. We boarded at White Bay Terminal, and the
1st impressions were OMG, what a beautiful vessel the SUN PRINCESS
We unpacked as we still had 2 hours before departure, got
everything organised and went for a meander around the ship,
totally impressed, went to roll call and safety call, then headed
for the front top deck, everyone was there, it was a fantastic
departure, approached the coat hanger (the Harbour Bridge), and the
horns blasted it was fantastic, the is was time for the seas,
nothing to high and it was smooth sailing all the way to our first
7 ports of call.
All we can say, if you want a fun Adult ship and or cruising
company, PRINCESS LINES will always be up there for us, we have
never heard anyone bad mouth princess against here sister company
ships like P&O and some people say Carnival are good, but not
one has ever discussed cruising with us and never said a bad word
about PRINCESS. Cant wait for our 2nd cruise once again out of Port
Jackson (aka Sydney Harbour) Feb 16th 2016 15 days New Zealand
bound, then two weeks in fabulous N.Z'd and so looking forward to
meeting all the our fellow cruisers and all the locals.
Overpriced, disappointing experience. This was an economy
experience a at luxury cruise price. The ship was not in good
condition; not totally clean, sparse, shabby furnishings in the
cabin (including a large, worn hole in the seat of a chair). The
toilet was loose and had to be reattached to the floor by a
plumber. The toilet roll holder had fallen off the wall. There were
never any face cloths in the bathroom unless requested.
The service in the dining room was inefficient (no coffee
service at the table at breakfast unless one caught the attention
of a server and requested coffee, and rarely was a second cup
offered). The food was disappointing because a choice of lunch and
dinner had to be made at breakfast, and there was a very limited
choice for each meal. There were no buffets, and the choice was
between a soup and a salad and also a choice between two entrees
for each of those two meals.
One of the entrees was usually a pasta, which I rarely eat,
which left me no choice at all. One evening we had to choose
between a pasta dish
and pork bellies. For the first time I did not enjoy the food on
the cruise. Since we were cruising the Nantucket and Martha's
Vineyard area I had expected a lobster meal to be on at least one
menu, but it was not. (A lobster tail was offered on the last
evening.) Each time we went ashore I saw lobster for sale at very
inexpensive prices, and offered to purchase my own if the cook
would prepare it. This was not allowed.
The ship was not equipped with maps or helpful advice on the
towns we would visit each day, and the passengers were advised to
"find a visitors' center" to obtain maps and helpful advice. The
service overall left much to be desired. My husband and I have
cruised at least sixteen times: Crystal, Holland America, Princess,
The Illyria, the World Explorer, gulettes on the Turkish Coast, and
small sailing boats in Alaska and the Virgin Islands (9 to 12
passengers), and have never had cause to complain until now. I
would urge travelers to avoid American Cruise Lines.
Costa Favolosa was the worst cruise I have ever been on. I have
been on many cruise lines.
The food quality was only a little better than a high school
cafeteria food. If people like this cruise they have never been on
any other cruise. The entertainment was poor. The ship had no real
food choices but italian and that was very poor. All
other ships have multiple food types and different places to eat.
If the main dining hall was open the buffet was closed along with
any other options.
The lines were always very long because they only would have one
place offering anything at one time on the ship.
They nickled and dimed you for every thing and
the quality was poor.
The spa hot tubs stem rooms and relaxation rooms were
extra. they had no ice cream unless you paid extra and only at
limited time offerings . They had no soda drinks or even
juice with out paying more. all other ships I have been
on at least had juice through out the day or soda during
the main meal of the day included.
They had no piano bar jazz club. no comedy club. the
excursion desk was disorganized. One of my excursions was even
another was set for the wrong language. The management told the
room staff not to waist towels making towel animals which
on all other cruises is a custom. There was no onboard welcoming
party. The alcoholic drinks were watered down. If this was my first
cruise I wound never do another.