Beautiful weather and calm seas made for a lovely cruise.
Auckland - Stunning weather - All shops close by, Overnight accomodation 1 min away, Embarkation - Local Security staff do not understand what preferred check in means, it was only the intervention of a Princess Cruise Line Staff member that saw us being about to enter this area.
Tauranga - Another lovely day - easy walk to downtown Mt Maunganui. It was a hard slog walking to the top of the Mount but worth the challenge. Good information area on your way out of the port supplied by the locals.
Napier - Free buses put on to take you downtown returning every 10 mins. There are lots of interesting sights along Marine Parade so its worth a walk down. This Port could be a full day as there is a lot to take in just in the local environment.
Wellington - Not such a nice day and it felt a bit of an effort to get down to the shopping areas if you are on foot. However if you do get around the More
Waterfront on a nice day - it is simply charming to walk around to The Museum of New Zealand.
Akaroa - just a little harbourside village really. Worth a look if you haven't been there before.
Dunedin - We had Good Company on our TOUR - which we organised privately
Fiordland - It was really raining but that made the waterfalls all the more spectacular !
Sydney - Generally one of our favourite stops - however we sat in the Terminal (after being told we HAD to leave the boat - NO REASON REALLY) for THREE HOURS. Princess Staff avoided eye contact and were not forthcoming with reasons why we had to sit there. This was made all the harder by the fact that people were coming off the ship for TWO hours after we had been made to leave. Next time - I would stay in my cabin and let them find me . Less
R310It was an OK sized room but I dont think it was any bigger than any on the P & O ships.The Balcony was private.However as the room seems to be alongside crew areas early in the morning you could hear someone moving around in the morning and staff walking down toward their crew only areas often had their walkie talkies on so you would hear them. The door into that staff area was annoying at times.There was no real noise from above or below.We would think the room one back would be at an advantage ( R312)However - the smell from the smokers on deck 12 often wafted all the way down to the cabin - making this non smoker rather nauseous at times. If Princess will not make the doors on the smoking side be kept closed they should consider the investment of a smoke stop door at the end the accomodation area as this would be very worthwhile.This area would be very handy for a smoker. In saying all this we would stay in this area again if the price were right.