Our 42 night cruise started and ended in Sydney. We were wondering how we would survive 42 nights, but it went really well, so well in fact that we did not want to come off. There was a bit of a mix-up with the Esta Visa for Guam, however the ship sorted everything out. We did find things were not as organised on the Sea Princess as we have experienced on the Sun Princess.
The Ports of call were fabulous, we particularly loved Shanghai and going for a ride on the Maglev train which runs on a magnetic field and reaches 431km hour. We did our own thing in all the ports except Rabaul where we did a tour with a group of people. Most places we called in were easy to do on your own; the ship was berthed in easy access to the towns. Passengers that did the ship tour in Yokohama to Mount Fuji all said that trip was fabulous; we caught the train up to Asakusa to see a 11th Century Shrine and then went to Ueno to see the Cherry Blossoms which were half out, another week and all the Cherry Blossoms would have been all out.
The Sea Princess is a beautiful ship, the staff were very good, food was excellent, and we met some lovely people.