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Old December 20th, 2004, 11:46 PM
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Default **What Shape is the SUN in?**

I have read conflicting things. Is the Sun in need of repair? Things like stained carpets and couches bug us.

Please give me the latest!
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Old December 21st, 2004, 08:29 AM
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She's ship-shape. (Say that 5 times fast!)

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Someone had to say it.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:05 AM
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Thanks for posting as we will be sailing on her in Oct. 05
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She's ship-shape. (Say that 5 times fast!)
That five times fast.

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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:13 AM
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From one smarta$$ to another - well done, Tink.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 09:28 AM
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I'm leaving in a couple hours for tomorrow's sailing. I will try to post "live" and will definitely post a review when I return.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 11:08 AM
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Cool! Let us know everything!! I have never been on this class of ship before and we are a litttle nervous (also) because of the Sun's age.

Thanks!

And...I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
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DeRon,

I don't think you have anything to worry about.If you've been following the most recent reviews,they keep getting better and better.The Sun was recently in dry dock and is as spiffed up as she'll get and is in fantastic shape for her age.We will be sailing her on 1/28 and are as anxious as you are!

Cruisin'Chris,

Have a fantastic time and if you find time,we'd love to hear how your cruise is going...live. Don't drink up all the booze!
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we were on the Sun for fifteen days in October. It has just came out of dry dock in San Francisco where it had all the carpets replaced and probably a few other things. Posters have mentioned that it is constantly being worked on, and that is true. We were not being critical of the ship as it is a nice ship but it did have some plumbing problems and it is showing some wear and tear. If you've been on the new ships like the Coral, and Diamond you begin to see these little issues. Crusing is wonderful so I wouldn't be discouraged but we would not rush out to cruise on the Sun again.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 01:47 PM
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Spent 10 days on the Sun in Nov. Seemed to be in really good shape, especially considering it's age. We've been on ships that were only a year old and they show wear and tear just like the older ships. Salt water and loads of passengers have a tendency to do that to ships.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 02:41 PM
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You could do better.

Our cruise on the Sun Princess October 23, 2004 will be our last.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 03:12 PM
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Thought the Sun was OK for her age....it did need repair to floorboards in certain cabin areas which I was told were to be fixed at 'dry dock' time.
Its the only ship I have ever developed Norwalk( or whatever it is called ).
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Old December 21st, 2004, 03:19 PM
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As you can see by my signature, I have sailed Sun Princess many times and in my opinion, she was in mint condition last March. It is difficult to believe that many of the issues sited with Sun Princess could have crept up so fast. If that was the case, Princess must have stopped maintaining her.

That being said, contrary to some posts here, I WOULD rush out to book Sun Princess again – anytime.
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 09:11 AM
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Ronath,

It looks like (in your signature) that you really like the Conquest. Do you go on her because of convenience (or something else), or do you prefer her over others (like the Sun, the Century, etc.)?

I know the food is pretty good on Carnival, but what else do you like better than the other choices?
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 11:54 AM
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DeRon, definitely the Conquest is convenience for us (just a few miles from home), don't have to travel far. But it is definitely an excellent ship regardless. And yes, Carnival's dining has sure been on the upswing in recent years. About 8-10 years ago it was the opposite.
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I have read conflicting things. Is the Sun in need of repair? Things like stained carpets and couches bug us.

Please give me the latest!
I'm not trying to be confrontational but you are going to find stains on carpets and couches on any ship if you look for them.

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Old December 22nd, 2004, 02:34 PM
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Scott, not true. I haven't been on a ton of cruises, but I have had some that I would avoid because of oldness, stains, etc. And BTW, we never get on a ship and look for stains. It seems we always have something better to do. But when they present themselves to us, we don't like that.

Call me crazy, but when I spend $2-3,000 on a cruise, I don't want that Motel 6 experience you are talking about.
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Call me crazy, but when I spend $2-3,000 on a cruise, I don't want that Motel 6 experience you are talking about.
I'm not talking about a Motel 6 experience. It has just been based on my experience on 14 cruises that any ship has stains here and there. Even with new carpets and regular cleaning with the volume of people that are on a ship you are going to get stains.

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I'm not talking about a Motel 6 experience. It has just been based on my experience on 14 cruises that any ship has stains here and there. Even with new carpets and regular cleaning with the volume of people that are on a ship you are going to get stains.
I’ll have to agree – figure 3500 people on a Grand Class ship every seven days (if you include the crew) and there’s going to be a stain or two. Never the less, Princess ships are pretty darn clean. I’ve spent many a late night wandering the ship to find brass and marble being polished, carpets vacuumed and shampooed.
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There are always people cleaning these ships at all hours of the day.I also agree,with 3500+ people & crew moving around every week,it's amazing these ships look as good as they do and the only reason is constant cleaning & scrubbing.
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