Sun Princess

Princess Cruises

1995

Year of construction

10

Decks

1950

Number of passengers

21

Speed

261 m

Length

32 m

Width

5

Restaurants

11

Elevators

Special Features

  • Pitching stabilizers

Cruise ship review

When the 77,441-ton, 1,950-passenger Sun Princess debuted in 1995, she was not only the largest cruise liner of Princess but also the industry's biggest-ever cruise ship. Together with the other Sun-class ships which followed - like Sea Princess, Dawn Princess and the former Ocean Princess (now P&O's Oceana) - the vessel was outfitted with innovative features and facilities, which created a revolutionary effect on the industry, and served as a precursor to Princess' later establishment of Grand-class ships. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, Sun Princess has been a bit bypassed by more recent Princess innovations. Personal Choice Dining is unveiled long after the liner was designed and so the concept of versatility is not as smoothly incorporated into the dining venue scenario. Standard rooms, while effectively appointed, might be a narrow fit for a couple, and the 400 verandas are less than abundant when compared to newer vessels in the fleet. 

Sun Princess underwent a US$30 million refit from April 5-18, 2016. The 14-day dry dock in Singapore added the new Princess Luxury Bed to cabins and Curtis Stone's Share restaurant. Kai Sushi was transformed into Kai Seafood Bar. Other additions include Amuleto Café, NZ Natural ice cream outlet and Legends sports bar, showing tennis, weekly AFL and NRL football matches on LED screens.

Cruise itinerary program

Sun Princess itinerary program is based on Australia and New Zealand cruises leaving from homeports Sydneyand Fremantle.

Cabins

Most Sun 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 1011 staterooms in 27 categories. 19 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Sun Princess are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Sun Princess food options are generally good and guests have enough variety to be satisfied, without having to pay for specialty dining. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The Regency Dining Room offers breakfast and lunch, but most passengers opt for the casual Horizon Court buffet or fresh baked pizzas at the Italian Verdi's pizzeria. 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 abundance of fruits and breads, and European specialties. Terrace Grill offers BBQ, hotdogs, salads and chips by the pool. 

Follows the complete list of Sun Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Marquis Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.)
  • Regency 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.)
  • Kai Sushi restaurant (seafood specialty restaurant)
  • Verdi's Italian Pizzeria (complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant)
  • Terrace Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Both the Princess Theatre and Vista Lounge, two of the biggest and most popular Sun Princess entertainment venues, are located on the Promenade Deck. Guests can choose between early or late shows. On some nights, the productions run twice, allowing passengers to alternate between the shows, which include large-scale stage productions and cabaret numbers. The 'British Invasion' features hits from the 1960s from UK bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles. The Princess is a steeply sloped palladium theatre featuring excellent sight lines and theatre seating with small stands for drinks. The intimate Vista Lounge has cabaret seats around small tables, lounges and chairs around the centre stage and a row of stools against the bar. The Vista hosts headlining shows, game shows, bingo, trivia quizzes and dancing sessions including ballroom dancing and line dancing.

Follows the complete list of Sun 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)
  • International Cafe (24-hour patisserie/specialty coffee lobby bar; offers specialty coffees, desserts, pastries, wine, liquor)
  • Atrium Boutiques (Latitudes Shop)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour), Card Room
  • Princess Sun Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Vista Lounge (entertainment lounge; comedians, illusionists, singers).
  • Shooting Stars Disco & Nightclub
  • Princess Sea Monte Carlo Casino
  • Atrium Lounge; Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Rendez-Vous Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Sundowners Bar (poolside)
  • Sun’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.