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Old 11-02-2006, 11:53 AM
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We had a wonderful cruise with a great itinerary. Sorry I didn't get to meet Choochella, but really met some nice people on board. Our embarkation went very smoothly. We stayed pre-cruise at the Renaissance in Ft. Lauderdale. It was a very nice hotel, with a wonderful staff. The bartender from Jamaica made a great Jamaican Coffee. (Wonder why). The transfer from the hotel was a bit of total confusion as they were trying to load both the Caribbean and Sun passengers with only one agent. Ft. Lauderdale definitely needs work in this area, the return to the hotel post-cruise was even more of a mess. The food had greatly improved on the Sun, but was still not as good as the Sea or the Dawn. We never made it to the steak house, but the dining room selections were good. We used the Personal Choice dining and have booked the same on the Emerald for next November 16th. The itinerary was wonderful, we went to Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays. The snorkeling in Antigua would have been much better without the jelly fish, but the best snorkeling was in Grenada. We went to Flamingo Bay and had a 2 hour snorkel. The water was crystal clear, lots of coral and fish, especially towards the deeper water. We went to Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas, the water was rough due to the winds, so snorkeling wasn't too good. The beach is nice, but a lot of rocks. There was a post about hand sanitizers on this board, rest assured, there are everywhere on the ship. If there are any questions I can help you with, please let me know. Can't wait for our next one!!
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We had a wonderful cruise with a great itinerary. Sorry I didn't get to meet Choochella, but really met some nice people on board. Our embarkation went very smoothly. We stayed pre-cruise at the Renaissance in Ft. Lauderdale. It was a very nice hotel, with a wonderful staff. The bartender from Jamaica made a great Jamaican Coffee. (Wonder why). The transfer from the hotel was a bit of total confusion as they were trying to load both the Caribbean and Sun passengers with only one agent. Ft. Lauderdale definitely needs work in this area, the return to the hotel post-cruise was even more of a mess. The food had greatly improved on the Sun, but was still not as good as the Sea or the Dawn. We never made it to the steak house, but the dining room selections were good. We used the Personal Choice dining and have booked the same on the Emerald for next November 16th. The itinerary was wonderful, we went to Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Martinique, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays. The snorkeling in Antigua would have been much better without the jelly fish, but the best snorkeling was in Grenada. We went to Flamingo Bay and had a 2 hour snorkel. The water was crystal clear, lots of coral and fish, especially towards the deeper water. We went to Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas, the water was rough due to the winds, so snorkeling wasn't too good. The beach is nice, but a lot of rocks. There was a post about hand sanitizers on this board, rest assured, there are everywhere on the ship. If there are any questions I can help you with, please let me know. Can't wait for our next one!!
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:44 PM
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Penny,

I have not cruised before and we are thinking of taking the Princess Sun for a cruise over the New Year. Can you tell me what the drink prices are? Someone said that they are good prices...between $4.00 to $5.00.

Also, I have read many reviews saying that the food is not that good. I have heard many people rave about food on cruises so this concerns me. I stay away from all inclusive resorts because their food is typically not that good. Since this is my first time could you tell me more about what the food was like?

Please feel free to add any information that you think would be great for me to know.

Thanks,
Anad
PS One person asked for a topper to be put on her bed for added comfort...I believe is was the Costa line. Does the S.P. do this as well?
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:57 AM
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Hi ChucksOK, Cathy and Anad. It really sucks being back to work, but I'm looking forward to December. Anad, the Sun Princess had greatly improved the food on our cruise. It still was not as good as the Sea or the Dawn, but it was very tasty and the presentation had improved. We had Chef Thomas on board. Since they only work 6-9 month contracts, it would be hard to predict who would be on board when you cruise. The drink prices are fairly reasonable. I really never look, just sign the bill. I can tell you are bar bill for 10 days was around $800. That includes 2 bottles of Chardonnay in the restaurant. I would normally have a medium size frozen Margarita after lunch, 2 martinis before dinner, 2 drinks after dinner in the casino, and 1-2 double Baileys before retiring for the evening. My hubby would have rum punches or beer during the day, some type of a drink before dinner, a beer with dinner, and 1-2 drinks after dinner. The Sun had changed out the bedding. The pillows were great! They had a very plush comforter on the bed as well. We didn't ask for any additional bedding as I open the balcony door at night. It helps moderate the temperature and I love the sound of the ocean. I really don't think you'd be disappointed in the Sun at all. I love the size of the ship. It is very easy to find your way around and I've never felt crowded on board. The casino got busy around 10pm, but it didn't last too long. Hope you have a wonderful cruise!
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:58 AM
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Hi Penny3333, sound like you had a wonderful trip. I can't wait for mine, we leave in 27 days and the same itinery. Do you know if they have any deep sea fishing excursions? The wife and I would really like to try it. What rules do they have about buying booze from the locals and trying it on the ship, some people say that they confiscate at the ship and others sat they brought it right on board and drank it from their rooms? How many of the islands do you have to tender into? On Princess Cays is it just a big beach party or is there other stuff to do there? thanks in advance....
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Old 11-03-2006, 01:18 PM
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Hi Chipper,
Welcome to cruise chat. You're in for a wonderful itinerary and hopefully your experience will be as wonderful as ours. There are plenty of deep sea fishing excursions in Ft. Lauderdale, if you're going to be there pre or post cruise. I really didn't notice in the ports, but I would almost bet that they do. I would think your best chances would be in Antigua or St. Thomas, maybe St. Lucia. If you buy regular bottles of liquor on shore, they will confiscate it when you reboard the ship. They deliver it to your room at the end of the cruise. If you buy the small (airline size) bottles, they will let you bring those to the room. They do allow wine/champagne to be brought on board and will charge a corkage fee in the dining room. We only had to tender in Princess Cays. There is some good snorkeling on Princess Cays. I saw a huge lobster and some really great fish. The beach is nice with plenty of lounges. There is a kid zone, water bicycles, jet skis, banana boat, and kayaks. There is plenty of room on the beach, a lookout tower, and some local shops behind the main area. You can walk through the fence and there were shops set up outside of the fence with much better prices. The ship's crew sets up the facility. They have a few bars open, and they have a wonderful bar-b-que. It is well worth going ashore for (if the weather is good). Have a marvelous time!!
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Old 11-03-2006, 02:39 PM
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Penny, sorry I missed you on the cruise. In all the anticipation, I forgot where your cabin was. We were upgraded to an unobstructed outside on Emerald deck. Great room with a great view. Don't you just love the new pillows and comforter? We couldn't complain about the weather though, huh? And the islands were just great. We went to the beach in Antigua, (wasn't too impressed), did a ship excursion in St. Lucia on a catamaran cruise to the Pitons. (They were just gorgeous!)Then we did our own island excursions in Grenada and Martinique. Had a wonderful time in Grenada. Such a beautiful island. Our driver in Martinique didn't speak too much English. He was hard to understand. Went to Trunk Bay on St. Johns. Water was a little choppy, huh? But, still beautiful. I can see why you like it so much.
The food and entertainment on board ship was great as well. We had a wonderful time and will probably sail the Emerald Princess next year. Put our deposit down already. Can't beat the on board credits! I'm jealous that you are going again in December. I'm ready to go already!!
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Old 11-06-2006, 08:53 AM
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Hi Choochella,
Sorry we missed you, but sure enjoyed the cruise. A couple we met last year were on board and they were lucky enough to be going on a back to back. I asked if I could sleep in their closet, but my hubby wouldn't let me stay. It sucks being back to work, and having to cook and clean. Oh well, I'm looking forward to Christmas. I'm really excited about the Emerald, can't wait to see her. The itinerary is great as well, 3 of favorite ports Bonaire, Grenada, and Dominica. Really great snorkeling!! Hope to see y'all on board!
 
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