“New Zealand - land of the Long white cloud”
Cruise review of Sun Princess

minnie57 Sun Princess 4 New Zealand - land of the Long white cloud
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We embarked in Sydney quite smoothly after a short wait without any dramas & had our bags in our room & unpacked a couple of hrs later.

As this was our first cruise with Princess we were curious as to how the ship and line would compare to others we had sailed on (HAL, Carnival, Norwegian, P&O, and Star cruises)but boarded without expectations as we know that ships based in Australia are a lot older than most.

This was our 9th cruise and we did have a great time on board, food and service from all crew was excellent, but the selection of entertainment could have been better as not all on board are over 60yrs. The timing of the shows need to be made better to suit the late 8pm sitting diners also, as most nights we could not attend the show at 10pm because we were still in the dining room and the earlier show clashed with our dining hours. The ship does need some tlc and a general spruce up, carpets stained and worn in places and the ceilings and lifts in many areas of the ship including the doorway from our balcony and others leaked when we had heavy rain. We were told the ship will be in dry dock for 2 weeks in April 2010 for refit of some kind, so maybe the above items are on the agenda.

The ships itinery was good but ship tours on board could be more reasonably priced, we organised our own with a little research prior to leaving home.

One smoking area was too close to doorway of the Riviera deck 12 so the smell of tobacco wafted through the corridor of cabins, which was unpleasant if you had a cabin there as did our friends.

WE visited other ports that do not show on your list, Lyttleton for Christchurch, Tauranga and Napier. They were all very good and had lots to offer.

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Cabin review:

Balcony on deck 10 Baha.room 701 Good location, close to stairs or lift. Ample closet space and bags went under bed. Great shower head. Refrigerator in room is more like an esky and did not ever get cold enough to chill wine or water, ice was required. Do not bother to call room service if you are not prepared to wait for an hour for food, or as I did for some ice, they did not turn up at all. Aircon. in our room noisier than others, but worked fine.

Port and Shore Excursions

Ship dock only a 5-10 min easy walk to town centre Plenty to do here. Once again it is easy to see some of the sights without booking tours from ship. Kelly Tarlton Underwater world entry $33NZ and they have a free shuttle pick up across road from Information centre at the dock. Give yourself plenty of time as it can be very busy, especially if it is a weekend or public holiday.

Walk up to the Sky tower from port is around 15min for great views if it is a clear day, even though entry was a little expensive to go all the way to top at $28NZ p/p

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Port Chalmers - Took ships shuttle to town of Dunedin $7 p/p one way, too far to walk, taxi $45, local bus about $5NZ but may not be regular. Nice town to easily walk around with plenty of cafe's and good shopping.

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Port of Wellington an easy 15 - 20min walk to town from ship on flat ground mostly along waterfront. Walk to cable car and cost is $5NZ return ride to top to the botanical gardens, much cheaper than taking same tour from ship. Nice pubs and cafe's and good shopping.

Published 02/23/10
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