New Zealand Wonders: Sun Princess Cruise Review by CaesarDog
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New Zealand Wonders
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Our cabin on this cruise was R321, Riviera Deck Fwd. It is a small cabin with little space left over. What is in the cabin is all we need and have always survived in some comfort. Hanging space is o.k., under the bed space helps and we manage with the bathroom facilities. Postion was excellent with us walking out our door and virtually onto the pool deck and Bar. Bearing in mind this room/section is under the Buffet/Kitchen area and there is on occasion some cleaning noise at night. Having said that, we have booked our next cruise in the same area. We dined in the Main Dining Room mainly, for both Lunch and Dinner on a table of 8. The service was 1st Class and I didn't have one complaint in that area during the length of the cruise. Ships shore excursions are very expensive compared to booking various itineraries via the internet. In saying that, you do not have the surety of getting back onboard if something goes wrong and you are running late. I say, "weight up the pros and cons and make a call." We haven't missed a departure, yet. In closing, we still cruise with Princess, for how long will depend on their attitude towards the Australian public and what ships we are dealt in the future. As I said earlier, there are many options available and loyalty only goes so far. Less
Interior, Very small, functional. Bathroom small, but works. Floor space minimal. Hanging space suitable. Suitcases/bags fit under the bed which gives a little more freedom. Desk with chair, safe, fridge, T.V. Bed, "Queen" just fits with little space either side. If your like room, go for something larger, if you want functionality, it works.
Port and Shore Excursions
IN Auckland, as in all the NZ Ports the welcome was warm, friendly and there were many people shoreside to assit with any questions about the City. One experience that I will suggest is the "Hop On, Hop Off Bus." It is located close to the ship and is very reasonable priced. It will take you to many of the sites and attractions around the City and as the name suggestes, if you like something, hop off and catch it next time round. It circulates at a very acceptable pace and timing.
Loveley Art Deco style township. Pleasant coach trip from the ship to the Town and return. Virtually destroyed by an Earthquake in the "30's, it was mainly rebuilt in the period style and maintains that feel and "quirkyness" to this day. There are many quaint shops, with friendly and happy staff to asssit in the purchase of worhtwhile memorabilia of the Town and the period. After our tour of the Town we caught a Cab to the Mission Winery for Lunch. This was a very pleasant experience and the meal was superb. Wines are available for tasting and sale and should be bought, taken back on board and enjoyed. There are also restored vehicles from the period, driven by locals dressed in costume that are available for trips. All in all, a very interesting Port with many various oportunities.
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