We did the back to back Auckland-Sydney- Auckland cruise.It was the best cruise we have done [finally made it to elite on the 2nd leg,which helped & our 1st time in a balcony cabin,which made a huge difference].Before we boarded we were sent a couple of emails warning us of a delay in sailing due to a norovirus outbreak on the previous cruise.That turned out to be good news as there was little sickness on both the cruises we did.
Embarcation was the quickest we have encountered todate [they must be getting the hang of things].The cabin was spacious,well layed out & in a great position on the ship. great location,pretty quiet,except in real rough weather when the sliding door & walls of the cabin creak quite a bit.A spacious cabin although I don't know how large size passengers get on in the very small shower cubicles [they are the same throughout the ship].Would definitely take this cabin again.
All of the crew were very friendly,helpful & seemed happy.Our 1st port of call was Tauranga where we encountered the windiest I can remember for this port,it was so bad the ship could not pull away from its berth,so we stayed until 3am & therefore missed out on the next port [Akaroa],the sea was a bit rough [so other passengers told us],but the cabin location meant we did not feel it that bad.
Other than that it was smooth sailing,the shows on board were so so,although the Freddie Mercury impersonator was really good [& he was a kiwi to boot],certainly got the crowd involved.The disembarkation at the end was even quicker than when we boarded,so all in all a great holiday.