Sea Princess Review and Specifications
Specifications of Sea Princess
|Year built||1998 / Age : 22|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 300 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||261 m / 856 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||77499 gt|
|Passengers||2014 - 2417|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||Dawn Princess (Pacific Explorer), Sun Princess|
|Christened by||Caroline McPhail, Joana Lumley|
Review of Sea Princess
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.
The 77,499-ton, 1,950-passenger Sea Princess features middle-size style and more classical facilities that make her a good choice for cruise guests who like to feel they are onboard of an ocean-going cruise liner rather than a theme park at sea. Sea Princess is a comfortable, welcoming, lovely cruise ship with an atrium zone and Vista Lounge among the most attractive at sea. Classical afternoon teas, very good steak-and-chips dinners (both in the pay-per-use Steak House and in the no-extra-fee major dining venues), BBC costume dramas on the TV and U.K.-focused amusement programme make Sea Princess cruise ship feel like a home away from home for British cruisers. This is a real achievement for a cruise line that has traditionally catered mostly to Americans.
Cruise itinerary program
Sea Princess itinerary program is based on Australia and New Zealand cruises, departing from Sydney, Fremantle and Brisbane cruise ports. The ship also operates on round-trip World Cruises leaving from Australia to Asia and Europe.
Sea Princess will operate the company's longest (106-night) world cruise departing from Sydney Australia on June 5, 2018. The itinerary includes 40 port destinations in 27 countries, including new ports in Greenland and Canada. This also marks Princess Cruises' 10th anniversary of around the world cruising.
Most Sea Princess staterooms are 145-sq.foot insides rooms (396). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1008 staterooms in 27 categories. 19 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Sea Princess are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The Rigoletto and Traviata Dining Rooms are virtually identical, differing only in their decor colour. Both rooms contain etched glass panels and lovely wood, creating a feeling of intimate dining. The food preparation is of very good quality, beautifully presented and varied. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The popular dining venue, Horizon Court, is open 24 hours a day. Horizon Court is situated one deck above ship's swimming area. The buffet is tiny by new-ship standards but offers excellent breakfast options from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., along with an abundance of fruits and bread, and European specialities.
Follows the complete list of Sea Princess restaurants and food bars.
- Rigoletto Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.)
- Traviata Restaurant (aft Dining Room open for Breakfast 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m., with 2 fixed Dinner seatings- at 5:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.)
- Cafe Corniche (Italian Pizzeria, complimentary)
- Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
- Sterling Steakhouse (speciality restaurant)
- Riviera Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Sea Princess daytime offerings include all the cruise standards: trivia, art auctions, board and card games, cocktail-making demos. However, Princess also provides a variety of themed "@Sea" events. Computers@Sea is the main, teaching photo editing, beginning computer and even movie making. Common Interest@Sea features social get-togethers by profession, interests or lifestyle. Ballroom@Sea classes teach passengers to dance. Scholarship@Sea offers educational lectures on diverse topics as astronomy, destination information, bridge play. There are also @Sea events for games, ceramics, scrapbooking and book discussions. A special offering is Sea's Ultimate Ship Tour, taking guests behind the scenes onboard to places like the bridge, galley, backstage of the theatre, funnel and engine control room. The 3-hour tour costs AUD175 and participants receive a luxurious bathrobe, personalized stationery, official chef's jacket and a framed photo with the captain.
Follows the complete list of Sea Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Grand Piazza Atrium (4-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
- Explores Bar (offers speciality coffees, desserts, pastries, wine, liquor)
- Atrium Boutiques (Latitudes Shop)
- Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
- Internet Cafe (24-hour), Card Room
- Princess Sea Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
- Razzmatazz Disco & Nightclub
- Princess Sea Monte Carlo Casino
- Atrium Lounge; Vista Lounge & Bar
- Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
- Premier Cru Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Seaview Bar
- Sea’s Oasis Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
- Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
- The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area); Riviera Pool area
- Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Golf Net; Princess Links mini golf course.
Sea Princess 2017 refurbishment review
- All passenger cabins received new bedding (all beds were replaced with Princess Luxury Bed).
- A new cabin category ("Club Class Mini Suite") was introduced.
- New (larger) outdoor screen "Movies under the Stars" was installed
- Theater Lounge's evening program was upgraded with a new evening production show (the musical "Encore") and a new singing competition show ("The Voice of the Ocean") with live band music performances. The ship's Theatre was outfitted with a LED wall (sized 15x5 m / 49x16 ft) allowing dynamic media projection that enhances the evening shows.
- The ship's kids and teen lounges (part of "Camp Discovery") were renovated and updated via a partnership with Discovery Channel (as part of Princess Cruises' complimentary onboard children program "Discovery at Sea").
- Cafe Corniche (deck 9) menu was updated by adding new classic Italian dishes.
- Wheelhouse Bar (deck 7) was re-decorated and its menu updated.
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Princess Cruises Sea ship's godmother was Lady Caroline McPhail - wife of Sir Bruce McPhail (P&O Cruises Managing Director). The vessel is from the company's oldest (Sun-class series). Ship's Captain is Tony Ruggero.
Ties between P&O and Princess were made even stronger, when the cruise ship changed ownership to P&O UK and was renamed to Adonia (in December 2002 - January 2003). In May 2005, it was turned back to Princess, taking back the name "Sea Princess". Godmother of the "old-new" liner this time was the British actress Joana Lumley.
On September 11-25, 2009, the vessel was drydocked in San Francisco California, at Pier 70. Her rudders, thrusters and propellers were refurbished, as well as some public places. For instance, The Sanctuary replaced the Splash pool, and the outdoor space at the bow side of the deck above the Horizon Court buffet was turned into Oasis of tranquillity. The process was shot by a National Geographic team in its series "World's Toughest Fixes".
Sea Princess World Cruise 2015 itinerary was from Australia (leaving out of Sydney AU, on a round-trip westbound route). It visited ports in Asia, Europe (Mediterranean and UK), Suez Canal transition, Transatlantic crossing (Europe to USA and Caribbean), followed by a Panama Canal transit.
World Cruise 2016 itinerary (66 days, July 6 through August 28) started from Southampton England and ended in Sydney Australia (Transatlantic crossing, Panama Canal transition), visiting ports in North America, Caribbean and South America. The Princess Cruises' ever longest World Voyage was also marked by the biggest drug bust on a cruise ship ever. Upon disembarkation in Sydney Harbor, the Australian police found 95 kilos of cocaine in the suitcases of 3 cruise passengers (CruiseMapper news link).
In 2017, Sea Princess became company's ever-first ship circumnavigating South America roundtrip from Australia. The unique itinerary visited 28 ports in 18 countries and included overnights in Lima Peru, Buenos Aires Argentina and Rio de Janeiro Brazil (during Carnivale 2017). The 84-night "Circle South America" cruise was offered from 3 departure ports - Brisbane AU, Auckland NZ or Sydney AU, and departed in January 2017 (left Sydney NSW on Jan 11).
In November 2017, Sea Princess sailed to Singapore for a 16-day refurbishment including new bedding, dining and entertainment. All cabins onboard were fitted with Princess Luxury Beds, developed by Dr Michael Breus, a US sleep expert. Sea Princess boasts a new Movies under the Stars Screen with a premium picture, extreme wide-angle and advanced light sensors delivering double the image quality of previous systems. The Encore musical made its Sea stage debut. Directed and choreographed by world-famous creative director Danny Teeson, it celebrates the traditions of opera, pop and musical theatre via stunning sets, elaborate costumes and fresh songs. Sea Princess also received a new show named The Voice of the Ocean which offers interactive in-show experience and the iconic rotating chairs. The ship has 3 new youth centres (via a partnership with Discovery Channel) designed specifically for kids and teens as part of "Discovery at Sea" enrichment program. Cafe Corniche menu was changed to reflect classic Italian flavours. Wheelhouse Bar has revised decor and new menu.
In 2018, Sea Princess had scheduled company's longest (106-night) world cruise departing from Sydney Australia on June 5, 2018. The itinerary included 40 ports in 27 countries. This also marked Princess Cruises' 10th anniversary of around the world cruising.
Sea Princess Itineraries
The below listed Sea Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Mar 08||28 days, round-trip Round Australia||Brisbane|
|2020 Mar 10||28 days, round-trip Round Australia||Sydney||$3954|
|2020 May 12||51 days, one-way from Sydney to Dover||Sydney||$8389|
|2020 May 12||22 days, one-way from Sydney to Dubai||Sydney||$2869|
|2020 May 12||70 days, one-way from Sydney to New York||Sydney||$11359|
|2020 May 12||107 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Sydney||Sydney||$16149|
|2020 May 14||49 days, one-way from Brisbane to Dover||Brisbane||$8089|
|2020 May 14||107 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Brisbane||Brisbane||$16069|
|2020 Jun 03||29 days, one-way from Dubai to Dover||Dubai||$5439|
|2020 Jul 02||19 days, one-way from Dover to New York||Dover||$3089|
|2020 Jul 02||52 days, one-way from Dover to Auckland||Dover||$8889|
|2020 Jul 02||56 days, one-way from Dover to Sydney||Dover||$9209|
|2020 Jul 02||58 days, one-way from Dover to Brisbane||Dover||$9509|
|2020 Jul 21||37 days, one-way from New York to Sydney||New York||$6339|
|2020 Aug 23||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$429|
|2020 Aug 27||17 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle||Sydney||$2154|
|2020 Aug 29||15 days, one-way from Brisbane to Fremantle||Brisbane|
|2020 Sep 13||8 days, round-trip Coral Coast||Fremantle||$869|
|2020 Sep 21||14 days, one-way from Fremantle to Singapore||Fremantle||$908|
|2020 Oct 23||12 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle||Singapore||$1349|
|2020 Oct 23||17 days, one-way from Singapore to Adelaide||Singapore||$1839|
|2020 Nov 04||5 days, one-way from Fremantle to Adelaide||Fremantle||$539|
|2020 Nov 09||7 days, round-trip Tasmania||Adelaide||$869|
|2020 Nov 16||14 days, round-trip Eastern & Southern Explorer||Adelaide||$1442|
|2020 Nov 30||7 days, round-trip Tasmania||Adelaide||$849|
|2020 Dec 07||5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle||Adelaide||$400|
|2020 Dec 12||3 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway||Fremantle||$457|
|2020 Dec 15||8 days, round-trip Coral Coast||Fremantle||$1029|
|2020 Dec 23||15 days, round-trip Indonesia||Fremantle||$1380|
|2021 Jan 07||4 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway||Fremantle||$411|
|2021 Jan 11||12 days, one-way from Fremantle to Singapore||Fremantle||$1149|
|2021 Jan 11||26 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure||Fremantle||$2659|
|2021 Jan 23||14 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle||Singapore||$1489|
|2021 Feb 06||4 days, round-trip Western Australia Getaway||Fremantle||$407|
|2021 Feb 10||5 days, one-way from Fremantle to Adelaide||Fremantle||$529|
|2021 Feb 10||11 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney||Fremantle||$1139|
|2021 Feb 15||6 days, one-way from Adelaide to Sydney||Adelaide||$579|
|2021 Feb 21||26 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane||Sydney||$3009|
|2021 Feb 21||28 days, round-trip Round Australia||Sydney||$3169|
|2021 Mar 19||10 days, round-trip Queensland||Brisbane||$899|
|2021 Mar 21||10 days, round-trip Queensland||Sydney||$999|
|2021 Mar 29||4 days, round-trip Australia Getaway||Brisbane||$329|
|2021 Mar 31||15 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea||Sydney||$1429|
|2021 Apr 02||13 days, one-way from Brisbane to Sydney||Brisbane||$1309|
|2021 Apr 15||14 days, round-trip Fiji||Sydney||$1239|
|2021 Apr 29||31 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$3409|
|2021 Apr 29||2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane||Sydney||$189|
|2021 Apr 29||35 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific||Sydney||$4229|
|2021 May 01||35 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific||Brisbane||$4179|
|2021 May 30||56 days, one-way from Auckland to Dover||Auckland||$9369|
|2021 May 30||109 days, round-trip World Cruise Roundtrip Auckland||Auckland||$16109|
|2021 Jun 03||74 days, one-way from Sydney to New York||Sydney|
|2021 Jun 03||52 days, one-way from Sydney to Dover||Sydney||$8339|
|2021 Jun 03||22 days, one-way from Sydney to Dubai||Sydney||$2969|
|2021 Jun 03||109 days, round-trip World Cruise Roundtrip Sydney||Sydney||$16129|
|2021 Jun 05||50 days, one-way from Brisbane to Dover||Brisbane||$8249|
|2021 Jun 05||72 days, one-way from Brisbane to New York||Brisbane||$11859|
|2021 Jun 05||109 days, round-trip World Cruise Roundtrip Brisbane||Brisbane||$16129|
|2021 Jun 25||30 days, one-way from Dubai to Dover||Dubai|
|2021 Jul 25||57 days, one-way from Dover to Sydney||Dover||$9299|
|2021 Jul 25||53 days, one-way from Dover to Auckland||Dover||$8929|
|2021 Jul 25||22 days, one-way from Dover to New York||Dover|
|2021 Jul 25||59 days, one-way from Dover to Brisbane||Dover||$9689|
|2021 Aug 16||35 days, one-way from New York to Sydney||New York||$5319|
|2021 Sep 16||35 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific||Auckland||$3729|
|2021 Sep 16||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$319|
|2021 Sep 20||35 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific||Sydney||$3719|
|2021 Sep 22||35 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific||Brisbane||$3719|
|2021 Oct 21||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$289|
|2021 Oct 25||15 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea||Sydney||$1279|
|2021 Oct 27||15 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea||Brisbane||$1309|
|2021 Nov 09||2 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane||Sydney||$169|
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