Review - World Cruise 2012 - Sun Princess

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#21
SE Queensland, Australia
5,344 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by stevedonna
Thnx Marie ....I am still looking at turning the blog into a book
Steve

I used these people to "bookify" our WC blog http://blog2print.sharedbook.com/blo...log/index.html

Cost me about $70 (125 pages) if I recall correctly- they did a good job

Barry
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A Blog of our unusual "World Cruise" - Brisbane to Brisbane, Australia - 12 weeks on two different P&O ships, Oriana and Arcadia - with a White Christmas in-between....UK 2010

A review of our 28 day cruise to Tahiti on Pacific Pearl.... Pacific Pearl to Tahiti

Pics of our "3 Queens" cruise with Cunard--May/Jun 2012...Plane, Cunard and train to Germany

Pics of our 14 nights on Voyager of the Seas -- to NZ...On a BIG ship to NZ

A report of the inaugural cruise by Pacific Dawn to Papua New Guinea ports...Pacific Dawn to PNG

Ships sailed on since 2007

P&O Pacific Star
P&O Pacific Sun x 2
P&O Pacific Dawn x 3
P&O Pacific Pearl
P&O Pacific Aria
P&O Oriana
P&O Arcadia
Cunard Queen Victoria
Cunard Queen Elizabeth x 2
Cunard Queen Mary 2 x 2
RCCL Voyager of the Seas
RCCL Radiance of the Seas
Carnival Spirit
Sea Princess
Sun Princess
NCL Pride of America
#22
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
963 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by bazzaw
Steve

I used these people to "bookify" our WC blog http://blog2print.sharedbook.com/blo...log/index.html

Cost me about $70 (125 pages) if I recall correctly- they did a good job

Barry
Thanks Barry, a friend has also recommended Blurb. I need to have a look into it

Cheers Steve
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Our World Cruise 2012 blog : http://stevedonnaworldcruise2012.blogspot.com.au/


Pacific Sun - N841 November 2008, South Pacific, Empress 208
Sun Princess - S911 June 2009, SE Asia, Aloha 215
Dawn Princess - D918 November 2009, Oz, Caribe 332
Dawn Princess - D002 January 2010, New Zealand, Aloha 532
Dawn Princess - D006 March 2010, Oz, Aloha 622
Pacific Dawn - W042 November 2010, South Pacific. Aloha 156
Sun Princess - S110a June 2011, SE Asia, Riviera 342
Sun Princess - S212 May - August 2012. World Cruise. Emerald 328
Diamond Princess - December 2012, Aust/NZ Xmas Cruise. Dolphin 103
Diamond Princess - September 2013, Vancouver to Beijing via Alaska, Japan, Korea and Russia - Aloha 745
Pacific Jewel - June 2014 - South Pacific - 5102
Sea Princess - October 2014 - New Zealand - Caribe 745
Regal Princess - May 2015 - Baltics - Emerald 130
Sun Princess - Jan 2016 - Indian Ocean/South Africa - Dolphin 221
Diamond Princess - Nov 2016 - Grand Asia - Aloha 745
Crown Princess - Feb/March 2017 - South America / Caribbean - Aloha 408




#23
235 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
Thank you Steve for a great review.

Couldn't agree more on the Movies Under the Stars comment about the afternoon entertainment. This must be standard practice as it was the
same thing on the NZ Cruises. I hope Princess reads this and has a look
at changing it.

Nice to hear you are cruising on Diamond Princess soon. I wish you both a great cruise and a fantastic Christmas. You will see a couple of familar faces on board from WC.

Thanks for the chats on board and its was nice to hear many of us made some new friends.

Brilliant idea, to turn your blog into a book.

Now its time to plot and plan the next cruise...

Cheers from Robyn (toe nail slowly growing back...haha)
#24
Brisbane
860 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Thanks for the fantastic summary! I also followed your world blog daily and absolutely loved it!!! Job well done!!
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Pacific Star Oct 6 - Oct 13 2007
7 night delight tropical qld cruise

Pacific Sun May 3- May 10 2008
Week Fantastique- NO KIDS!!!

Sun Princess 18 Nov- 20 Nov 2008
Sydney - Melbourne 2 nighter

Pacific Sun 24 Jan 2009
Tour and Lunch

Pacific Dawn 23 Jan 2010
Tour and lunch

Dawn Princess 7 November 2010
Syd - Melbourne via Burnie

Pacific Dawn 1-4 September 2012
Lifestyle cruise
#25
148 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Great review - many thanks for taking the time. About India - did hear quite a few people did not have visa's - what happened about this? In future wonder if the visa will be compulsory or not - it is a lot especially if only for one day.
#26
SE Queensland, Australia
5,344 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Originally posted by Purples
Great review - many thanks for taking the time. About India - did hear quite a few people did not have visa's - what happened about this? In future wonder if the visa will be compulsory or not - it is a lot especially if only for one day.
That is strange! Because we stopped in Mumbai on P&O Oriana in Nov 2010 on our way to the UK - and P&O made sure that everybody had an Indian visa - whether we were getting off the ship or not. yes - it is expensive and it is also a pain in the b** to get.

In fact , we had an Ozzie couple on board - Sydney to Singapore and they had such a great time they inquired about continuing on to the UK - there was room on the ship - but they did not have an Indian visa, so could not continue past Singapore.


Barry
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A Blog of our unusual "World Cruise" - Brisbane to Brisbane, Australia - 12 weeks on two different P&O ships, Oriana and Arcadia - with a White Christmas in-between....UK 2010

A review of our 28 day cruise to Tahiti on Pacific Pearl.... Pacific Pearl to Tahiti

Pics of our "3 Queens" cruise with Cunard--May/Jun 2012...Plane, Cunard and train to Germany

Pics of our 14 nights on Voyager of the Seas -- to NZ...On a BIG ship to NZ

A report of the inaugural cruise by Pacific Dawn to Papua New Guinea ports...Pacific Dawn to PNG

Ships sailed on since 2007

P&O Pacific Star
P&O Pacific Sun x 2
P&O Pacific Dawn x 3
P&O Pacific Pearl
P&O Pacific Aria
P&O Oriana
P&O Arcadia
Cunard Queen Victoria
Cunard Queen Elizabeth x 2
Cunard Queen Mary 2 x 2
RCCL Voyager of the Seas
RCCL Radiance of the Seas
Carnival Spirit
Sea Princess
Sun Princess
NCL Pride of America
#28
Queensland, Australia
916 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Hi Steve and Donna,

What a wonderful review - felt we were there with you again!!

Can't believe how quickly the time has passed. Is it really almost seven months since we sailed out of Sydney harbour - wow, hard to believe.

It was an absolute pleasure meeting you both, and hope you are both well.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year and have a fantastic time on Diamond Princess. Wendy suggested we join you, but we have just undertaken renovations at home so the money tree is not growing too well. Would much prefer to chew half a dozen Oatmeal cookies rather than all the dust at home from the tiling - haha!

We will be in touch.

Best wishes
Nicki and Nigel
#29
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
963 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by Purples
Great review - many thanks for taking the time. About India - did hear quite a few people did not have visa's - what happened about this? In future wonder if the visa will be compulsory or not - it is a lot especially if only for one day.
Hi

If you wanted to get off the ship - it was compulsory.

Here is a tale from my blog on the subject, and how it impacted a couple of lovely ladies whom we met.

An interesting tale from a couple of ladies we had lunch with. They ( an Aussie and an American) booked onto the cruise just the week before sailing – they decided it was a much more civilised way to get to their destination in Los Angeles than flying, could not agree more Because they booked so close to departure there was no time for the American lady to get the Indian visa.


The Indian visa was a compulsory requirement for everyone getting on the ship, regardless of whether or not you were getting off in Mumbai or not. To get the Indian visa one first had to complete an online application on the Indian Visa website which was designed by Bastards Inc. Then print off , take or post into Brisbane office, who sent it to Canberra consulate, who returned it etc etc etc.


So...these ladies were not in a position to do that, and the Indian officialdom were not to be budged. So the ladies were required to make arrangements to get off the ship in Kuala Lumpar (the port before Mumbai), make accommodation bookings for a few days in KL. Then book and pay for flights to Dubai, another few nights accommodation waiting for the ship to arrive there, so they could re-board. They were not happy about the inconvenience and additional expense, but accepted that was their lot given the late booking.


So after all bookings made, and expenses paid that need to be paid up front the plan was set. Upon boarding they ladies (and another 40 people without Indian Visas) were told that Indian officialdom had changed their mind and they could just stay on the ship in Mumbai.


So they were out of pocket, with flight expenses being non-refundable and not covered by insurance. In addition there are hundreds of people who got the visa, because it was 'compulsory' needlessly as they are not wanting to get off the ship in Mumbai.


Which leads me to the quote of the week. A lady from breakfast was discussing her experience when visiting the Indian Visa office in Brisbane...” I was gob-smacked when I entered the Indian Visa Office – it was full of Indians !!!! “


Yep, ya get that.
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Our World Cruise 2012 blog : http://stevedonnaworldcruise2012.blogspot.com.au/


Pacific Sun - N841 November 2008, South Pacific, Empress 208
Sun Princess - S911 June 2009, SE Asia, Aloha 215
Dawn Princess - D918 November 2009, Oz, Caribe 332
Dawn Princess - D002 January 2010, New Zealand, Aloha 532
Dawn Princess - D006 March 2010, Oz, Aloha 622
Pacific Dawn - W042 November 2010, South Pacific. Aloha 156
Sun Princess - S110a June 2011, SE Asia, Riviera 342
Sun Princess - S212 May - August 2012. World Cruise. Emerald 328
Diamond Princess - December 2012, Aust/NZ Xmas Cruise. Dolphin 103
Diamond Princess - September 2013, Vancouver to Beijing via Alaska, Japan, Korea and Russia - Aloha 745
Pacific Jewel - June 2014 - South Pacific - 5102
Sea Princess - October 2014 - New Zealand - Caribe 745
Regal Princess - May 2015 - Baltics - Emerald 130
Sun Princess - Jan 2016 - Indian Ocean/South Africa - Dolphin 221
Diamond Princess - Nov 2016 - Grand Asia - Aloha 745
Crown Princess - Feb/March 2017 - South America / Caribbean - Aloha 408




#30
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
963 Posts
Joined Sep 2008
Originally posted by K-Roo-Zers
Hi Steve and Donna,

What a wonderful review - felt we were there with you again!!

Can't believe how quickly the time has passed. Is it really almost seven months since we sailed out of Sydney harbour - wow, hard to believe.

It was an absolute pleasure meeting you both, and hope you are both well.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year and have a fantastic time on Diamond Princess. Wendy suggested we join you, but we have just undertaken renovations at home so the money tree is not growing too well. Would much prefer to chew half a dozen Oatmeal cookies rather than all the dust at home from the tiling - haha!

We will be in touch.

Best wishes
Nicki and Nigel

Hi there, lovely to hear from you. Really looking forward to seeing the Diamond as we have heard only good reports about it.

All the best to you for xmas and the new year...and happy reno's

Cheers

Steve and Donna
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Our World Cruise 2012 blog : http://stevedonnaworldcruise2012.blogspot.com.au/


Pacific Sun - N841 November 2008, South Pacific, Empress 208
Sun Princess - S911 June 2009, SE Asia, Aloha 215
Dawn Princess - D918 November 2009, Oz, Caribe 332
Dawn Princess - D002 January 2010, New Zealand, Aloha 532
Dawn Princess - D006 March 2010, Oz, Aloha 622
Pacific Dawn - W042 November 2010, South Pacific. Aloha 156
Sun Princess - S110a June 2011, SE Asia, Riviera 342
Sun Princess - S212 May - August 2012. World Cruise. Emerald 328
Diamond Princess - December 2012, Aust/NZ Xmas Cruise. Dolphin 103
Diamond Princess - September 2013, Vancouver to Beijing via Alaska, Japan, Korea and Russia - Aloha 745
Pacific Jewel - June 2014 - South Pacific - 5102
Sea Princess - October 2014 - New Zealand - Caribe 745
Regal Princess - May 2015 - Baltics - Emerald 130
Sun Princess - Jan 2016 - Indian Ocean/South Africa - Dolphin 221
Diamond Princess - Nov 2016 - Grand Asia - Aloha 745
Crown Princess - Feb/March 2017 - South America / Caribbean - Aloha 408




#31
Melbourne, Australia
2,354 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Steve and Donna, what a great summary! I have just finished reading your entire world cruise blog...well, I read it to my husband over the past few weeks in installments. It was brilliant and so insightful. We felt like we went along with you. I really appreciated all your comments and hints along the way as well (cabin location, currency, tours, shopping, etc). You two sound like you are so much fun to be around and just WHERE do you find all that energy?? We laughed at your jokes, were saddened by your trips to the doctor, but uplifted overall by your enduring hardwork on the blog and your experiences. I wish I could have "watched" you get all that information collated for the world cruise. It must have been so time consuming and tedious at times.

My husband and I want to thank you so much for sharing your trip of a lifetime with us! We found it late but enjoyed it very much!!

Have fun on your next cruise and maybe someday we will have the good fortune of meeting you both.

Barbara and Ali
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Barbara

Previous cruises:
QM2 - Mediterranean Delights May 2009
QE - Aegean Introduction Nov 2010
Volendam - Pacific Treasures Feb 2012
QM2 - WC Segment SIN to MEL Feb 2013
QE - WC Segment SOU to HK Jan 2015