Awesome Australia/New Zealand: Sun Princess Cruise Review by Fabian52
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Awesome Australia/New Zealand
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
The morning of our cruise we checked out of the hotel at 10:30 am got our taxi and arrived at the Terminal in Darling Harbor to get aboard the ship. There were already about 100 people waiting but I have to say that it was the easiest and quickest and earliest we were ever able to board the ship. We were all checked in and aboard by 11:30 am. When we first saw our inside room we were a little concerned but once we had the beds separated by our room steward there was more than ample space in the cabin. In fact we had more drawer space and closet space left over. As soon as we started to leave Sydney Harbor the Captain came over the speaker system and told us that because of 25 ft waves and bad weather in the China Sea we were going to have to alter our course and go through the Cook Straights between the North and South Island of New Zealand to get to our first port. We were a little disappointed but realized that safety must always come first. Leaving part the Opera House and going under the Sydney Harbor bridge was magical and I must say is one of my favorite harbors to leave from. Two days at sea we then arrived at our first port of Dunedin.
Christchurch was our second port and we walked around the city, went to their museum, the botanical gardens and did the Punting Boats on the Avon River which was alot of fun. It is truly a beautiful city. We again lucked out and had great weather for this port.
Napier was our next port and I have to say this was our least favorite out of all of them. We did a private tour there and felt very rushed in our 6 hr. tour. We booked with Bay Tours and went to a couple of wineries which was nice but felt they tried to rush you too much. It should be cut down to enjoy more time at fewer stops and other people on the tour felt the same. We did have great weather for the port.
Taraunga was our next port and we had decided that we wanted to stay close to town so we decided to climb the mountain in the harbor and walk around the shops. We didn't have the energy to climb to the top so walked around the bottom and got some great pictures and saw a seal on the rocks and swimming around. As we were leaving the port that night alot of people were still either climbing the mountain or walking around it and stopped to wave at us as we left. We felt very special. We had great weather for this stop. Less
Cabin review: InsC708
Our cabin was an inside near the elevator but we did not hear alot of noise at all. We were on deck 9 near the back of the ship and thought it was a pretty good location. Closets were more than ample, drawer space was good enough and if you split the two beds apart there is alot more room to walk around. We were very satisfied with our room.
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