1. Home
  2. Planning
  3. Cruise Policies and Inside Info
  4. Princess' Sun-Class Cruise Ships

Princess' Sun-Class Cruise Ships

Sea Princess in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, a UNESCO World Heritage site (Photo: Princess Cruises)
Sea Princess in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand, a UNESCO World Heritage site (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Find a Cruise

Built between 1995 and 2000, Princess' Sun-class cruise ships are among the smallest in the fleet. The Sun Class once had four ships, but there are now just two left. It might be one of the most familiar classes to the general public, however, as the late-1990s TV remake of "The Love Boat" was set aboard Sun Princess. Though identical in size and passenger capacity, Sun Princess offers a bit more in terms of variety than Sea Princess.

Princess has been using both ships for world cruises for several years and bases them in Australasia the rest of the year.

Updated April 22, 2019

Sun-Class Ships

  • Sun Princess
  • Sea Princess

Sun-Class Amenities

Princess' 2,000-passenger Sun-Class cruise ships harken back to the days of the traditional cruise experience with a four-level grand atrium and glass-enclosed panoramic elevators, multiple dining rooms and pools, a sports deck with basketball court, and numerous bars and lounges. They also feature several of Princess signature attractions, including Movies Under the Stars, the adults-only Sanctuary, Crooners piano bar and Discovery at Sea kids' programming. Neither ship features the line's Voice of the Ocean karaoke competition.

When it comes to specialty dining, both offer a Sterling Steakhouse, a grab-and-go cafe-style venue with free pastries and extra-fee specialty coffees and teas, and the for-fee New Zealand Natural Ice Cream Bar. Both also hold a Beer and Wine Festival twice per cruise.

Differences Among Ships Within the Sun Class

The most notable difference between the two ships in Princess' Sun Class is the number of specialty restaurants each offers. Sea Princess has two: Sterling Steakhouse and Cafe Corniche, offering free pizza at lunch and dinner, along with a small selection of dinner items (some complimentary, some for an extra fee) in the evening.

Sun Princess has three specialty venues: Sterling Steakhouse, Kai Seafood Bar and SHARE by Curtis Stone. Like all other Princess Ships, Sea Princess offers a small selection of dishes created by celebrity chef Curtis Stone in its main dining rooms but does not have the standalone SHARE.

Sun Princess also has the more robust International Cafe, which offers complimentary small-plate sandwiches, quiches, salads and baked goods. Sea Princess has La Patisserie, with its smaller selection of items and more limited open hours.

Bars and lounges on both ships are mostly the same. Sea Princess, however, is the only one of the two to offer The Nook, which boasts a menu of 60-plus whiskies and cocktails.

Best For

The Sun-Class cruise ships in Princess' fleet are best suited for people seeking a traditional cruise experience that emphasizes relaxation and low-tech fun via activities like poolside movies, Bingo, trivia and dance classes. Fans of Sun-class ships appreciate basic song-and-dance revues and variety acts in the main theater, and they do not need nonstop activity all day long to be content.

Those looking for a larger selection of culinary choices, water slides or more Broadway-style theater options should skip the Sun Class in favor of Princess' Grand- or Royal-class ships.

Itinerary-wise, both Sun Princess and Sea Princess are stationed much of the year in Australasia, so they are perfect for anyone situated Down Under who does not want to take a long-haul flight to cruise.  Both are also among the four ships Princess Cruises uses for world cruises. They're considerably bigger than 670-passenger and not-at-all-family-friendly Pacific Princess and only slightly smaller than 2,200-passenger Island Princess.

To learn about other Princess Cruises ship classes, see Princess Cruise Ship Classes.

Find a Cruise

Popular on Cruise Critic

7 Ways to Outsmart Deck Chair Hogs
In the wee hours of the morning, under the cover of darkness, they creep. Their flip-flops smack across the pool decks of cruise ships everywhere as they shuffle like a horde of zombies armed with towels, sunscreen and books. If it sounds like a scene from a horror movie, you're on the right track. We're talking about deck chair hogs -- those inconsiderate fellow passengers who rise before the sun to stake out prime poolside real estate, mark it with personal belongings and then abandon it, rendering it useless to others. If you've had enough, we urge you to stand up to these selfish sunbathers and claim the deck chair that's rightfully yours. Join the peaceful revolution by employing the following seven tips for outsmarting deck chair hogs.
What Not to Forget On a Cruise: 10 Things to Remember to Pack
We all know that sinking feeling when you realize you've left something important behind, whether it's your phone in the car or your wallet at the restaurant you just left. That feeling is much worse when you're on a cruise and discover that you've forgotten something at home. While not every "oops" will upend your cruise, some will, while others can prove to be enough of headache to put a dent in an otherwise great vacation. From A to Z, we list a few critical things not to forget the next time you cruise.
How to Find the Best Cruise Bargains in 2019
It's the end of a decade, 2019, and a lot has changed in the world of cruising -- race cars, haute cuisine, digital everything -- but some tips on how to save on your next sailing stay tried and true. To uncover the best ways to land a cruise bargain this year, we spoke to travel agent experts and consulted industry surveys. What we found is that cruising shows no signs of slowing down, but getting on the right ship to the right destination might mean taking quick action. We've narrowed down the who, what, where and when of finding the best cruise deals in 2019 so you can spend less money and more time enjoying the seas.

Find a Cruise