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Ship Details
Began service: January 1995
Guest capacity: 1,950
Total staff: 830
Length: 856 feet
Passenger decks: 14
CDC inspection score: 98

Sun Princess Overview

The Sun Princess cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Vancouver, Canada. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Panama Canal.

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When Sun Princess was unveiled in 1995, it was the largest ship ever.
And while the ship may no longer be a trendsetter, it still offers a high quality cruise experience, along with varied itineraries. Physically, the ship is the length of three football fields, 14 stories high, and contains more than $2 million worth of fine art. Amenities also include three swimming pools, a fitness center complex, sports deck, children's and teen programs, and two showrooms.

Personal Choice dining offers alternatives to the traditional two-seating dinners in the Marquis and Regency dining rooms, such as 24-hour room service, a pizzeria, a day-long grill and the Horizon Court with a late evening bistro menu.

Sun Princess averages a 40 percent repeat passenger rate, with older travelers preferring the Panama Canal itinerary. Families and younger passengers opt for Alaska sailings. Holidays change the demographics as families -- sometimes three or four generations -- cruise. Passengers don't mix too much on a ship this size, but first-timers and veterans all take part in a variety of shore excursions and daytime activities.


More than 400 cabins have verandahs. All are well-designed, but unless cruising in a mini-suite or suite, when one passenger opens a closet door and another wants to get in or out of the bathroom, it's a tight fit. Closet space is adequate for two people for a week or 10 days. Amenities are just about the best at sea. Robes and refrigerators are available in any category, as are fresh fruit, 24-hour room service, hair dryers, nightly turndowns, TV's, and ecologically safe toiletries. Eighteen cabins meet ADA requirements for physically challenged travelers. No Promenade Deck cabins have obstructed views. Category BB, outside with verandah is 153 sq ft., and Category N, an inside cabin and the ship's best value, is 138 square feet.


The Marquis and Regency dining rooms are the same except for the the chairs. Soft murals on the walls add to the romantic feel and gracious service of these dining rooms. Princess has done away with formal wine stewards, the waiter now serves that purpose -- and he is assisted by a junior waiter or busboy who offer excellent service.

Executive chef Paolo Merio creates wonderful entrees and pastas that are superb. Vegetarian menus and lighter menus low in salt, fat and cholesterol are available for each meal. Breakfast is available all day in the Horizon Court, via room service and in one of the dining rooms on an open seating basis. Room service meals are served promptly, food is warm and well prepared. Service in the Horizon Court is fair. Waiters don't carry trays and by the time you find all the flatware, choose your food, and get a drink, you need another hand. Nonetheless it's the most popular eating place on the ship, as the views are spectacular.


Two Deck 7 showrooms -- Vista Lounge and Princess Theater -- act as the center for nightly entertainment, offering everything from award-winning musical productions to cabaret, magicians, comics, movies and lectures. The rooms have been designed without poles or dividers, but some of the far side seats in Vista Lounge offer a poor view. Princess Theater has theater-style seating and the Lounge has a variety of banquette-type couches and chairs. Other nightly entertainment venues are the Deck 7 Wheelhouse Bar with ongoing music and dancing, Shooting Stars disco, and Horizon Court where there's music at night. Piano music is also played in the Atrium Lounge. Rendez-Vous Bar is an intimate spot for caviar and champagne. If that's not enough, the Grand Casino on Deck 8 offers slots as well as Poker , Blackjack craps and roulettes.

Fitness & Recreation

Sun Princess has a Sports Deck for volleyball, basketball and paddle tennis, and an onboard golf program. The Fitness Center is open 24 hours and contains 8 treadmills 12 Stairmasters, 4 exercycles, a multi-weight machine, weight bench, free weights, a separate aerobics room, and a splash pool and Jacuzzi. Three times around the Promenade Deck jogging track equals one mile

The spa offers the usual beauty and massage treatments focusing on aromatherapy and a treatment incorporating aromatherapy, reflexology and massage. The two main pools on Deck 12 tend to get crowded. Some wonderful secluded areas do exist -- behind the spa, the area above the pools, and around the Promenade Deck. A third pool, a splash pool, is located behind the fitness center.

Shore excursions are stressed strongly and guests don't have an easy time trying to get information to explore on their own. The ship operates shuttle service to the gates of the terminal whenever possible.

Daytime activities onboard include wine tastings, an innovative cooking contest, bridge lessons, lectures, bingo, movies, and trivia games. Internet connection is via the business center and available at certain times of the day for $7.50 for 15 minutes access time.

Public Areas

Most of the public rooms are set on Deck 7, including the Princess Theater decorated with Broadway musical themes, comfortable theater seats with built-in tables, and not one bad seat in the house. The soaring Atrium is where the Captain's cocktail parties are held. Vista Lounge is at the other end of the Deck. Washers and dryers are located around the ship, detergent is $1 a load, and operation is free.


"Princess Pelicans" is the activity program for children 3-12 and Princess Teen Club is designed for kids 13-17. The supervised programs are offered in the children's center when the ship in port and in the evening. Charge for group babysitting is $5 per child per hour. Children's program notices appear in Princess Patter. A sign-in security system is used while beepers keep parents of younger kids in touch. Upwards of 200 youngsters could be in the programs during holiday sailings, and structured activities are blended with free play periods. Once each cruise a children's dinner allows parents to dine alone, but a children's menu is offered daily. Children of all ages seem to enjoy being together. Diapers and formula are not available onboard. Make arrangements before boarding, especially for babysitting. Women who will enter their third trimester of pregnancy during the cruise cannot sail.

Expert Sun Princess reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Sun Princess cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Sun Princess Score: 98

Cruise Critic: Sun Princess
The Cruise Critic gives Princess' Sun Princess a 3+-ribbon rating.

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