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I just booked Sea Princess Circle Pacific leaving Sydney 20 September 2021.  Booked direct with Princess.  Go figure???

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15 minutes ago, pacificlover said:

I just booked Sea Princess Circle Pacific leaving Sydney 20 September 2021.  Booked direct with Princess.  Go figure???

Best place to book is direct with Princess. The 2022 Circle Pacific (or (Hawaii return) Cruise departs April 13 ‘22 - not so bad. And you just ring Princess and move your deposit over, if the Sep ‘21 looks like it won’t happen. I like to ring early mornings nad never have trouble getting someone to talk to. 

No one has said Sea Princess cruise 2021 wont happen yet btw. Sun was always going to the US for their Summer I think.
Glass half full 👍

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2 hours ago, Porky55 said:

Yes - on Coral , but I see this has been answered already.

 

Sorry, but I don’t understand the bringing of Pacific Princess to Australia over either the Sea or Sun? Unless of course they (Carnival PL) have buyers for them ?
 

Pacific isn't homeporting here, she's just passing through. There are only two Pacific itineraries - Sydney to PNG return and Sydney to Yokohama.

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11 hours ago, drsel said:

What about April and May 2021 Cruises on Sea Princess?
what about the Grand Princess Cruises from Singapore in March 2021?

I am booked on Sun Princess ex Japan to Vancouver 2 May. SP is then doing a few round trips from Vancouver and then round trips from LA to Alaska. Princess is also advertising cruise/tours itineraries from Calgary next May.

 

I have decided not to go as planning in both Japan and North America is way too hard. Just waiting to see what Princess does.

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Sad news, goodbye Sun Princess. I have some very fond memories from our cruises on her. Asking price USD$170 million. Link to the for sale site. Sea Princess cannot be to far behind. 😮

 

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27 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

Sad news, goodbye Sun Princess. I have some very fond memories from our cruises on her. Asking price USD$170 million. Link to the for sale site. Sea Princess cannot be to far behind. 😮

 

Sun has been up for sale for at least two years, maybe more.

 

Pacific Princess is also up for sale, for $100 million.

 

That doesn't mean they'll sell anytime soon.

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And so it comes to pass ... confirmation this afternoon that Princess has sold Sun Princess and Sea Princess.  It seems that Sun Princess is going to Japan Grace as a Peace Boat.  What is to happen with Sea Princess is, I believe, still unknown.

 

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Sea Princess is currently off Changi in Singapore and Sun Princess is currently off the coast of Singapore with many of her fleetmates.

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Goodbye Sun and Sea Princess. I will continue to enjoy the fond memories of my time cruising on them.😘

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8 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

Goodbye Sun and Sea Princess. I will continue to enjoy the fond memories of my time cruising on them.😘

We also have fond memories on cruising on the Sun and Sea Princess, the first one in 2008. We cruised on the Sun a few times, but many more times on the Sea Princess. We had more cruises booked, but these have been cancelled.☹️

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We had such a brilliant cruise on Sea Princess last year, probably the best Princess cruise we've ever been on. We've also cruised on Sun a couple of times. I really like this class of ship, the only downside is there is no separate speciality restaurant, just the pop-up in one side of the Horizon Court.

 

We were booked to go on Sea next September , for the Hawaii/Tahiti cruise again, but have just cancelled that one as we feel it would be too soon for such a long cruise.

 

It will become harder and harder for us to find Princess cruises to do if they sell off all the small ships. We really don't enjoy cruising on the Royal class ships or the larger Grand class ships like Emerald and Ruby.

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3 minutes ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

We had such a brilliant cruise on Sea Princess last year, probably the best Princess cruise we've ever been on. We've also cruised on Sun a couple of times. I really like this class of ship, the only downside is there is no separate speciality restaurant, just the pop-up in one side of the Horizon Court.

 

We were booked to go on Sea next September , for the Hawaii/Tahiti cruise again, but have just cancelled that one as we feel it would be too soon for such a long cruise.

 

It will become harder and harder for us to find Princess cruises to do if they sell off all the small ships. We really don't enjoy cruising on the Royal class ships or the larger Grand class ships like Emerald and Ruby.

Although we loved our cruises on the Sea and Sun P, to me, any cruise is a good cruise. 😁

 

I have booked two segments of the WC on the Coral in 2022. I haven't been on that ship, but have cruised on some of the larger Princess ships. There were a few advantages (one being four entries/exits to the Princess Theatre) but some disadvantages, one being the distance to walk from one end of the ship to the other. One one cruise, when we were walking back to our cabin, we used to say that we were walking back to Fort Lauderdale.

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I think Coral will be lovely.

 

The main thing I dislike about the Royal class ships is the bars and lounges. No real Wheelhouse Bar, just a small bar in front of the Crown Grill that has a lot of traffic going past it all the time, and Crooners is diminished by having most of the entertainment(often noisy) two decks below in the Piazza Bar area of the atrium. So no real piano bar. Also Princess Live isn't a good substitute for the Explorers Lounge. I don't like the adults-only forward pool either - it's not as social and relaxing as the Lotus Spa Pool on the Grand class ships.

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4 hours ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

I think Coral will be lovely.

The main thing I dislike about the Royal class ships is the bars and lounges. No real Wheelhouse Bar, just a small bar in front of the Crown Grill that has a lot of traffic going past it all the time, and Crooners is diminished by having most of the entertainment(often noisy) two decks below in the Piazza Bar area of the atrium. So no real piano bar. Also Princess Live isn't a good substitute for the Explorers Lounge. I don't like the adults-only forward pool either - it's not as social and relaxing as the Lotus Spa Pool on the Grand class ships.

One of the best things I enjoyed about cruising on the ship were the piano bars, with talented pianists who can play anything.  The one on Azamara was tucked in a corner of a room near a busy bar and a small casino, with no atmosphere, yet attracted a loyal crowd every night.  Who wouldn't enjoy being welcomed with "Hello Marion, Where were you last night? What is your request?"  

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40 minutes ago, MMDown Under said:

One of the best things I enjoyed about cruising on the ship were the piano bars, with talented pianists who can play anything.  The one on Azamara was tucked in a corner of a room near a busy bar and a small casino, with no atmosphere, yet attracted a loyal crowd every night.  Who wouldn't enjoy being welcomed with "Hello Marion, Where were you last night? What is your request?"  

Yes, a good piano bar and pianist can really add to a cruise. It's also good to have another, separate bar/lounge that can be used for dance bands or jazz. All the older Princess ships have those but not the Royal Class ships. It's almost as if they don't really want you to sit around and have a pre-dinner or after-dinner drink. Mind you with the new Plus fares that's probably what they hope. 

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5 hours ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

Princess Live isn't a good substitute for the Explorers Lounge

 

Princess Live is awful. The only explanation for it I can think of is that it is a better layout for the purposes of the Art Auction, but nothing else. It's basically a lecture theatre. Who wants to go to a lecture theatre on a cruise?

 

When I play trivia I don't want to feel like I'm back at school, I want the comfort and ambiance of the Explorers Lounge or Club Fusion.

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6 minutes ago, SinbadThePorter said:

 

Princess Live is awful. The only explanation for it I can think of is that it is a better layout for the purposes of the Art Auction, but nothing else. It's basically a lecture theatre. Who wants to go to a lecture theatre on a cruise?

 

When I play trivia I don't want to feel like I'm back at school, I want the comfort and ambiance of the Explorers Lounge or Club Fusion.

Exactly. The Explorers Lounge, Club Fusion (which I really like for trivia) or Vista Lounge concepts are far more flexible. Perhaps Princess is trying to attract conference groups and if so that would be another reason to avoid those ships.

 

It's a shame. Princess has been a good fit for us over the last few years. We may have to look at other lines in the future but that would probably mean cruising in the peak season which we don't really want to do.

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All cruises on Sun and Sea have mysteriously 'sold out' overnight...  it's looking ominous. 

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10 minutes ago, V_icki_e said:

All cruises on Sun and Sea have mysteriously 'sold out' overnight...  it's looking ominous. 

Yesterday I received this reply from my "Cruise Specialist" when I asked about my booking for September 2021 on Sea Princess.

 

Thank you for reaching out to me direct regarding the Sea Princess.

 Princess cannot confirm details around the sale of any ships at this time. We can confirm that there are interested buyers however nothing has been finalised as of this date.

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2 hours ago, pacificlover said:

Yesterday I received this reply from my "Cruise Specialist" when I asked about my booking for September 2021 on Sea Princess.

Thank you for reaching out to me direct regarding the Sea Princess.

 Princess cannot confirm details around the sale of any ships at this time. We can confirm that there are interested buyers however nothing has been finalised as of this date.

Did you write back to them re memo from Princess to Agents about the sale?

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Sun Princess and Sea Princess to Leave Princess Cruises Fleet

September 21, 2020 5:10PM PT

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Today, the world’s leading international premium cruise line, Princess Cruises, announced the sale of two of its ships, Sun Princess and Sea Princess, to undisclosed buyers. The sale of these vessels is in line with parent company Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.

 

“Sun Princess and Sea Princess contributed to significant growth in Australian cruising,” said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz. “Both ships defined the premium cruise experience with Australians and New Zealanders spending close to 14 million nights aboard these ships. While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, this will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers and focus on exciting newbuilds like the upcoming delivery of Enchanted Princess.”

 

The first ship in the Sun Class, Sun Princess was introduced in 1995 debuting in the Caribbean and was amongst the largest ships in the world at the time. The 2,000-guest Sun Princess also sailed in Alaska and Panama Canal, among other destinations, before being homeported in Australia in October 2007. Sun Princess also helped us open the Japanese market in 2013 as the first foreign-flagged cruise ships to offer cruises designed specifically for the Japanese.

 

The 2,000-guest Sea Princess became synonymous with World Cruises, completing over half of six global voyages since 2009, including the first ever world cruise from Australia. During her time based in Australia, Sea Princess travelled the equivalent of 35 times around the world. Prior to joining Sun Princess in Australia, Sea Princess sailed in Europe and Alaska as well as the Caribbean, including serving as homeport ship in Barbados in the early 2000s.

 

Due to the imminent departure of these two ships from the fleet, Princess Cruises will cancel published itineraries which include:

  • Sun Princess sailings from December 28, 2020 through August 14, 2021
  • Sea Princess sailings from December 23, 2020 through November 9, 2021

Guests with bookings will be notified, and along with their travel advisors, will receive information on how to book another Princess Cruise when operations resume. Guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.

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