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  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Sun-Princess-at-sea - Sun Princess gives passengers a true Australian experience, with a taste of Asia thrown in as well.
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Sun-Princess-at-sea - Sun Princess gives passengers a true Australian experience, with a taste of Asia thrown in as well.
  • Sun-Princess-Kobe-Japan - Sun Princess near Kobe, Japan.
  • Sun-Princess-Vietnam - Sun Princess in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Sun-Princess-Fremantle-Australia - Sun Princess at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Harbour, Australia.
  • Sun-Princess-Fiji - Sun Princess docked at the Kings Wharf, Suva, Fiji Islands.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-mousse-princess.jpg - Bittersweet chocolate mousse with caramel cream and milk, available on your Princess cruise.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • voice-of-ocean-judges.jpg - Judges during the talent competition The Voice of the Ocean on Princess Cruises.
  • Princess-Cruises-group-fitness.jpg - An instructor leads a fitness class on Princess Cruises.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.

Sun Princess: Family-friendly classic

Have you sailed on Sun Princess? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Sun Princess has always been a cruise-ship industry pioneer. When she was christened, she set the bar for offering a high percentage of balcony staterooms from which to view the exotic destinations of the world. Today, Sun Princess is the smallest in the Princess Cruises fleet and is touted as offering "big-ship choice and small-ship feel." Based in Australia year-round, sailing mainly from Sydney and Fremantle, the ship has been recently updated to include onboard venues that include The Sanctuary, a serene haven just for adults, and the popular poolside Movies Under the Stars.

Who will like sailing Sun Princess

Cruise passengers wanting a wide choice of shipboard activities, but still that touch of personalized service, will enjoy sailing on Sun Princess. The ship's programs for children and teens also make this a family-friendly cruise.

Where Sun Princess sails

Sun Princess offers a variety of itineraries for passengers traveling to China and Japan, Fiji and the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa and Indonesia. 

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Dining

Princess Cruises has pride in the food it serves its passengers, making sure it's always fresh and delicious. For example, bread and pastries are baked fresh three times a day, and sauces are prepared by hand.

From elegant specialty restaurants to themed buffets on deck, the variety of venues is certain to satisfy you no matter the time of day.

Princess offers you the choice of Traditional Dining, Specialty Dining or Casual Dining. Traditional Dining is the classic cruise experience, allowing you to dine at set times with the same table mates and wait staff each evening.

Specialty Restaurants

  • Sterling Steakhouse: The sophisticated Sterling Steakhouse features premium, cooked-to-order aged beef, along with other steakhouse favorites. Passengers even enjoy the unique option of choosing their own cut from a presentation tray, and watching as the chef cooks their selection. (A modest cover charge will apply.)

Casual Fare

  • Horizon Court: A wide selection of buffet meals or snacks are offered with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring stunning sea views as a backdrop for your quick breakfast or casual dinner.
  • Pub Lunch: Step into the Wheelhouse Bar for a taste of British tradition. You'll find a menu of favorites advertised on chalkboards and displayed on counters for an authentic pub feel including fish and chips or a hearty Ploughman's lunch.
  • Afternoon Tea: Indulge in afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, cookies, music and white-glove service.
  • Room Service: The complimentary room-service menu includes sandwiches, salads, a selection of hot dishes and delicacies from the pastry shop; plus, coffee, iced tea and milk are available 24 hours a day.
  • Ultimate Balcony Dining: Dine alfresco style, with a multicourse dinner, served on your balcony by a dedicated waitstaff. Or if you prefer, a refreshing breakfast option is available.
Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
Courtesy of Princess CruisesMake time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.

 

Entertainment

  • Movies Under the Stars: A Princess original — enjoy feature films, concerts, sporting events and other entertainment on a giant screen poolside.
  • Library: This ship is stocked with an extensive library, including contemporary titles in a wide range of categories and books related to specific cruise itineraries. Princess onboard libraries have collections of up to 2,000 books. The Princess Cruises Book Club also offers an opportunity to have fascinating literary discussions with other passengers. 
  • Production Shows: Princess Signature Shows are featured on every cruise, entertaining passengers with lively music, stunning choreography and some of the largest casts at sea.
  • Dancing, Karaoke & Comedy: Move to the rhythm of the disco beat or take a spin in the ballroom. And, for some belly laughs, catch a stand-up comedy act or belt out a song in the karaoke lounge.
  • Casino: Games of chance worthy of Las Vegas beckon including blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines.

Bars & lounges

Evening cocktails in one of the ship’s cozy lounges or swanky bars is a perfect place to meet up with shipboard friends.

Spa & fitness

The ship's Lotus Spa and fitness center features spa treatments, beauty salon services and the latest in equipment, as well as personal trainers and a variety of different classes throughout the day.

The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
 

David Martinez / Courtesy of Princess CruisesThe Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.

Activities

  • The Sanctuary: Solitude seekers will be able to escape completely to this plush, outdoor spa-inspired setting with signature beverages, light meals, massages, attentive service and relaxing personal entertainment.
  • [email protected]: From enrichment lectures to cooking demonstrations, digital photography workshops to wine tasting, [email protected] programs are designed to make learning fun.
  • Poolside: Swim, sun and enjoy yourself in one of the many pools. Relax effortlessly underneath a retractable glass dome, on a terrace above the rolling wake or work up a sweat and make some of your own waves in a swim-against-the-current pool.
  • Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour: Get an exclusive glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action onboard a Princess ship.

Staterooms

Staterooms are put into different categories based on size and amenities as well as the location on the cruise ship. All staterooms have a bathroom with a shower, terry cloth bathrobes, hairdryers, a phone, refrigerator, satellite TV, multichannel music system, private safes and twin beds that convert to a queen size.

Under 18

With Princess, young kids and teens have their own kind of fun — and their own place to hang out. The ship's youth and teen centers are staffed with experienced counselors and fully equipped with everything from the latest video games and movies, to arts and crafts, fooseball tables, board games and jukeboxes. And for the littlest ones, activities like kids' karaoke, pizza parties, pajama nights and more are available. Activities run the age-appropriate gamut for those under 18 — from Princess Pelicans (ages three to seven) and Shockwaves (ages eight to 12) to Remix (ages 13 to 17).

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Lotus Spa
  • Where: Sun Princess

  • What: Stateroom private balcony
  • Where: Sun Princess

  • What: The Sanctuary
  • Where: Sun Princess
  • Rejuvenating Lotus Spa for ultimate relaxation
  • Private balconies on nearly all outside cabins for stunning views
  • Ultimate ship tour available to see behind the scenes

Top dining options on board

Ultimate Balcony Dining

  • Style: Dining with a view
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner (breakfast option available)

International Café

  • Style: International
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Main Dining

  • Style: Gourmet
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

1,998 Passengers [?]
900 Crew
14 Decks
1995 Maiden voyage
108,865 Tonnage [?]
857 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
26 speed (mph) [?]

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