1998 December 17th (by Caroline McPhail)
2005 May 26th (by Joanna Lumley)
Sea Princess is one of the Sun Class ships in Princess Cruises, and is a sister of Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, as well as Oceana in P&O Cruises. She is the second ship in the history of Princess Cruises to bear this name. Built in 1998 in Italy, she was transferred to P&O as the adult-only ship Adonia <I> in 2003, and rejoined Princess's fleet in 2005.
At over 77000 tons, she was one of the largest cruise ships in the world at debut and can carry more than 2000 passengers. Nevertheless there is a high passenger space ratio, which is the well-known Princess Cruises' slogan "big ship choice, small ship feel". There are welcoming interiors with gentle colours, countless artworks and well-designed locations of public rooms. A wide variety of activities, entertainment and dining are offered.
Amenities on Sea Princess include a four-deck-high atrium, two main dining rooms, a buffet restaurant, several alternative dining spots, a wide range of bars and lounges, a large theatre, three swimming pools, a sports complex, gym, beauty salon, library and Internet centre, children centre, outdoor cinema, casino and boutiques. In September 2009, the ship went into drydock in San Francisco for two weeks. An adult-only relaxation area known as The Sanctuary was added to the top deck.
Like her two sisters, Sea Princess is now based in the Pacific region with sailings to Alaska, Australia and Asia. In 2013 she will sail her maiden world cruise departing from Sydney.
|Entered Service||1998 December 19th / 2005 April 28th|
Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani
Monfalcone, Gorizia (Italy)
|Original Cost||US$300 million|
|Gross Tonnage||77499 tons|
|Length x Beam x Draft||260.9 x 32.2 x 7.9 (m), 855.8 x 105.6 x 25.9 (ft)|
|Speed||21 knots, 22 knots (maximum)|
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
|1008 (405, 193, 410)|
(Standard Occupancy /
|2016 / 2370|
|Total Crew||900, International|
|Navigation Officers||British / Italian|
|IMO Number, Call Sign||9150913, ZCBU3|
Sun Princess, Dawn Princess (Princess Cruises)
Oceana (P&O Cruises)
1998-2003: Sea Princess (Princess Cruises)
2003-2005: Adonia <I> (P&O Cruises)
2005- : Sea Princess (Princess Cruises)
(Unless otherwise specified, information about Sea Princess in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in March 2012. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to Princess Cruises and Cruise Vacations Limited in organizing the ship tour for us.)
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Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8 / Deck 9 / Deck 10 / Deck 11 / Deck 12 / Deck 14 / Deck 15
Deck 4 (Fiesta Deck)
With the Medical Center as the only facility, Deck 4 is the lowest deck that passengers can reach.
Accessed only by the forward lifts, the Medical Center is staffed by full-time British registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.
Deck 5 (Plaza Deck)
Deck 5 houses the atrium, the front desk, the tours deck, a bar and one of the main restaurants. There are inside and oceanview cabins at the forward end.
Spanning from Deck 5 to Deck 8 amidships, the four-storey Grand Plaza is the atrium on the ship. It features a circular marble foyer, two panoramic lifts, circular floating staircases, a stained-glass dome and several palm trees. A number of shops, bars, lounges and restaurants radiate from this focal point. The Captain's cocktail party is also held here normally.
Positioned at the starboard side of the Grand Plaza, the reception deck is open 24 hours a day for all general enquiries and passenger services.
|Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza||Passenger Services|
Shore Excursions Desk:
The Shore Excursions Desk at the port side of the Grand Plaza is the place where passengers can reserve their shore tours at the coming ports.
The Explorers Bar (or Patisserie) at the port side of the atrium has a capacity of 44 guests. It has a wide selection of cookies, pastries, coffee and tea for a nominal fee.
|Shore Excursions Desk||Explorers Bar||Explorers Bar|
Rigoletto Dining Room:
The midship, 552-seat Rigoletto Dining Room (Neapolitan Dining Room before 2003) is one of the main restaurants. It is only open for dinner as Anytime Dining, that is guests can choose to dine with whomever they wish at anytime between 17:30 and 22:00. Its layout is asymmetrical and split into multi-tier sections to create a feeling of intimacy.
|Rigoletto Dining Room||Rigoletto Dining Room||Shop|
Deck 6 (Emerald Deck)
Deck 6 has a similar layout as Deck 5. Inside and oceanview passenger cabins are positioned forward, whereas two shops and another main restaurant are situated around the atrium.
Latitudes at the port side of the atrium is a duty-free shop that features Princess logo-wear, casual clothing, souvenirs, postcards, candies and toiletries.
Reflections at the starboard side of the atrium is another duty-free shop which offers fragrances, fine jewellery, watches, evening wear, liquor and cigarettes.
Traviata Dining Room:
The midship, 552-seat Traviata Dining Room (Sicilian Dining Room before 2003) is another main restaurant which has its own galley. It is located directly above Rigoletto Dining Room, and has the same layout and menu. Breakfast (07:00-09:00), lunch (12:00-14:00) and afternoon tea (15:30-16:30) are served in open seating, whereas dinner is offered in two seatings at 18:00 and 20:15 as traditional dining.
|Traviata Dining Room||Traviata Dining Room||Grand Plaza|
|Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza|
Deck 7 (Promenade Deck)
Deck 7 comprises most of the public facilities, and the Promenade encircles the whole deck. From forward to aft, there are the main theatre, several bars and lounges, the Library, Photo Gallery, Internet Café, and a smaller showlounge.
The Broadway-style Princess Theater at the forward of Deck 7 is the major showroom onboard, having unobstructed view from all the 550 seats. Production shows and other theatre entertainment are performed here every evening.
Situated between the Princess Theater and the forward staircase, Wheelhouse Bar is a 120-seat drinking venue modelled after the officer's bar of liners in the past or a British gentlemen's club. The shiny brass, leather furniture, rosewood-panelled walls and a collection of ship memorabilia creates a classic and nautical feeling. There are also a dance floor and a band stand.
Future Cruise Sales:
The Future Cruise Sales desk is located at the starboard side in the Wheelhouse Bar. Future cruise consultants can help passengers to plan their next vacation with a reduced deposit and free shipboard credits.
|Princess Theater||Princess Theater||Future Cruise Sales|
|Wheelhouse Bar||Wheelhouse Bar||Wheelhouse Bar|
Atrium Lounge and Crooners Bar:
The 44-seat, midship Atrium Lounge and Crooners Bar is positioned around the Grand Plaza. It has a beautiful dance floor, a grand piano, bay windows, a stained-glass ceiling, and views down into the atrium and up to the Café Corniche.
The Art Gallery is situated amidships, connecting the atrium and public rooms at the aft end. A range of paintings and artworks are displayed here which can be purchased through art auctions.
|Atrium Lounge||Atrium Lounge||Atrium Lounge|
|Crooners Bar||Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza|
|Grand Plaza||Art Gallery||Art Gallery|
Razzmatazz (known as Rocky's Disco before 2003) at the port side amidships is a multi-purpose room which accommodates 110 people. With a fibre-optic inlaid dance floor and the sound and lighting equipment, it becomes alive at night as a nightclub and disco.
The 12-seat Premier Cru (known as Entre Nous before 2003) is a bar at the starboard side amidships, opposite to Razzmatazz. It serves a variety of caviars, wines, champagnes and other beverages.
|Razzmatazz & Premier Cru||Premier Cru||Premier Cru|
Library and Writing Room:
The wood-panelled Library and Writing Room is located at the port side aft, and can house 27 people. It has a comfortable "old world" feel and features private leather listening chairs, each with its own bay-window view. Books, newspapers, magazines and CDs are available for loan.
The Internet Café (originally the Checkers Card Room before 2003) at the port side aft has more than 20 computers for Internet access and printing. A nominal charge applies.
|Internet Café & Library and Writing Room||Library and Writing Room||Internet Café|
Photo Gallery and Photo Shop:
The well-stocked Photo Gallery and Photo Shop is at the starboard side aft. The ship's photographers take pictures and display them here. Passengers can purchase the pictures as well as films and cruise videos.
Being a smaller showroom with 480 seats, the aft Vista Lounge has tiered seating, ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and a cozy bar. It is the place for cabaret shows, small-scale music entertainment as well as lectures. The stage can turn into a spacious dance floor that makes the venue a popular evening spot.
The wide, wrap-around teakwood Promenade features vintage steamer deck chairs, and is a good place for strolling, reading and playing shuffleboards. 3.2 laps of the Promenade is equal to one mile.
|Photo Gallery||Photo Shop||Promenade|
|Vista Lounge||Vista Lounge||Vista Lounge|
Deck 8 (Dolphin Deck)
Deck 8 has a few public rooms situated amidships, including a café, the casino and a bar. Passenger cabins can be found at both ends of this deck.
Wrapping around the uppermost level of the Grand Plaza, Café Corniche (Lago’s Pizzeria before 2003) features a contemporary "winter garden" feeling with decorative wrought-iron work, hand-painted tiles, flagstone floors and checkerboard marble tables. It offers pizzas and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner at no extra charge, and has a capacity of 74 guests.
|Café Corniche||Café Corniche||Café Corniche|
|Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza||Grand Plaza|
Monte Carlo Club Casino:
The Monte Carlo Club Casino is situated amidships and has a circular staircase leading to the Art Gallery one deck below. It is equipped with a variety of slot machines and blackjack, roulette and poker tables. There is a stained glass ceiling sculpture which simulates a moving roulette wheel.
The Sports Bar in the casino is a bar for sports fans. Both live and recorded sporting programmes are continuously shown on the televisions.
Captain's Circle Desk:
The membership desk at the port side inside the casino handles enquiries on Captain's Circle, which is Princess Cruises' loyalty club.
|Monte Carlo Club Casino||Monte Carlo Club Casino||Monte Carlo Club Casino|
|Monte Carlo Club Casino & Art Gallery||Sports Bar||Captain's Circle Desk|
Deck 9 (Caribe Deck)
Deck 9 is a cabin deck which consists of all types of passenger staterooms.
Interior Staterooms (135 to 148 square feet) are situated on Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10, Deck 11 and Deck 12. Each room has two lower beds, bathroom with shower, wardrobe, refrigerator, television, telephone, safe, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, and fresh fruit by request.
Oceanview Staterooms (135 to 173 square feet) are situated on Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10 and Deck 11. Each include all the amenities of an Interior Stateroom, plus a picture window to provide the view of the ocean.
Balcony Staterooms (179 square feet) can be found from Deck 9 to Deck 12. In addition to all the features in an Interior or Oceanview Stateroom, each also has a private balcony with patio furniture.
Caribe Deck Forward Staircase
Deck 10 (Baja Deck)
Deck 10 is also a cabin deck where all grades of passenger accommodation can be found.
Mini-Suites (382 square feet) are located at the aft of Deck 8, Deck 9 and Deck 10, as well as forward of Deck 10. Each includes all the amenities of a Balcony Stateroom, plus a separate sitting area, sofa bed, luxury mattress and pillows, an additional television, a writing desk, bathtub in the bathroom, more closet space, and welcome glass of champagne.
The largest cabins are the six Suites (516 to 695 square feet) at the stern of Deck 8, Deck 9 and Deck 10. Besides a large balcony, each has additional premiums including a bathroom with bathtub and separate shower enclosure, a roomy walk-in closet, a mini-bar setup, DVD and CD player, free access to the DVD library and Internet, fresh flowers, deluxe canapés, upgraded bathroom amenities, and complimentary laundry and cleaning services. They are named "Portofino" (D750), "Sorrento" (D753), "Capri" (C746), "Madeira" (C749), "Monaco" (B750) and "St. Tropez" (B755) respectively.
Baja Deck Forward Lifts
Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)
Deck 11 is another passenger accommodation deck with inside cabins, oceanview cabins and balcony cabins.
Self Service Laundromats:
For passengers' convenience, there are Self Service Laundromats on Deck 5, Deck 6, Deck 8, Deck 9, Deck 10 and Deck 11 respectively. Washers, dryers and laundry products are available for a small charge. Irons and ironing boards are also provided.
|Aloha Deck Hallway||Self Service Laundromat||Aft Observation Area|
Deck 12 (Riviera Deck)
Deck 12 is composed of two midship outdoor swimming pools, two bars, the facilities for kids and teens, the aft salon, spa and gymnasium, as well as some inside and oceanview cabins at the forward. The bridge is also located on this deck.
Situated amidships, The Riviera area consists of two large pools (a family-friendly main pool and an adult-only pool), two whirlpool spas, a band stand and plenty of deck chairs. It is also the perfect spot for watching "Movie Under the Stars".
The Riviera Bar is positioned just aft of the forward staircase. It offers refreshments and drinks for passengers who sunbathe and swim nearby.
|Riviera Pool||Riviera Pool||Riviera Pool|
|Riviera Pool||Riviera Bar||Table Tennis|
Sundaes is an ice cream kiosk at the port side near the spa. It serves ice cream by cone or cup on a complimentary basis from 11:00 to 20:00.
The Youth Center (known as Fun Zone and Wired before 2003) at the starboard side aft is staffed by experienced counsellors. They provide a full schedule of organized activities for "Pelicans" (ages 3 to 7), "Shockwaves" (ages 8 to 12) and "Remix" (ages 13 to 17), including art projects, game tables, video games, parties, talent shows, and much more.
|Sundaes||Youth Center||Aft Observation Area|
Lotus Spa (Beauty Salon / Fitness Center /
Aerobics / Saunas / Massage / Pool & Hot Tubs):
The aft Lotus Spa (formerly known as the Seaview Spa) includes a glass-walled gymnasium, aerobics area, saunas and massage rooms. The Beauty Salon at the port side offers a full range of facial treatments and hairstyling. There is also a partially shaded pool with two whirlpool spas appears suspended between two decks.
|Lotus Spa||Lotus Spa (Fitness Center)||Lotus Spa (Aerobics)|
|Lotus Spa (Beauty Salon)||Lotus Spa (Massage)||Lotus Spa (Pool & Hot Tubs)|
Deck 14 (Lido Deck)
Deck 14 forward has the buffet restaurant and a poolside grill, whereas the aft end has another bar as well as the Golf Net.
Situated forward, the 300-seat Horizon Court is a buffet restaurant which features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning sea views. It is open from 06:00 to midnight and offers self-service buffets, at no extra charge, as an alternative to a more formal meal in main dining rooms. There is an evening entertainment area with a dance floor and bar.
At most of the nights, the port side of the Horizon Court becomes an alternative restaurant called Sterling Steakhouse. It features premium aged beef, seafood and other steakhouse dishes. A cover charge applies and reservations are required.
|Lido Deck Forward Observation Area||Lido Deck Forward Observation Area||Lido Deck Forward Observation Area|
|Horizon Court||Horizon Court||Horizon Court|
The Riviera Grill has 52 seats and is positioned just aft of the Horizon Court, overlooking The Riviera one deck below. It is an outdoor grill which serves cooked-to-order burgers, hot dogs, pizzas and other lunch favourites from 11:00 to 19:00.
Movies Under the Stars:
Installed on the ship's top deck since 2005, Movies Under the Stars is a 300-square-foot LED screen above the pool. It offers passengers the unique opportunity to enjoy blockbuster Hollywood movies in an outdoor theater throughout day and night. Complimentary popcorns, cookies, milk as well as blankets are provided.
|Riviera Grill||Riviera Pool||Riviera Pool|
|Riviera Pool||Movie Under the Stars||Funnel (Sports Court)|
The Golf Net at the port side under the funnel enables golfers to practise golf techniques.
The aft, outdoor Seaview Bar serves drinks and snacks, and overlooks the pool at the Lotus Spa half deck below. It also has its own hot tub at the starboard side.
|Golf Net||Lido Deck Aft Lifts||Lido Deck Aft Staircase|
|Seaview Bar||Seaview Bar||Seaview Bar|
Deck 15 (Sun Deck)
Deck 15 is the highest deck on Sea Princess which can only be reached by stairs. It consists of the forward area with the Sanctuary and a bar, and a sports complex at the aft end.
The Sanctuary is an adult-only relaxation area situated atop the ship. Originally being the Splash Pool, it was introduced in 2009 during the ship's refit. Now there are a small pool and shaded lounge chairs, and a charge is required for entering this area.
|The Sanctuary||The Sanctuary||Sun Deck Forward Observation Area|
The 10-seat outdoor Topsails Bar offers a wide variety of refreshments to pool-goers and sunbathers, and overlooks the entire Riviera Pool area.
Located inside the funnel structure, the sheltered Sports Court can be adapted for games such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and paddle tennis.
|Riviera Pool View||Topsails Bar||Sports Court|
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