Australia - New Zealand Jan 15-28: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Pemberly
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Australia - New Zealand Jan 15-28
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
We spent an extra week in Australia spending time in Sydney and Cairns. We were very anxious to board the ship as the prices were very high on land.
The embarkation was a little confusing. It was at Circular Quay. We got dropped off around 9:00 am, the signage was not fully up and we were confused as to where to drop off luggage (at one of the Ryder Trucks) They were still off loading. There was no sign of where or what time registration too place either. The waiting tent was set up and after asking a representative we waited until 11:00am to board, which was much earlier than notified. We got in a que that took us upstairs through security and to the registration More desk. It went very smoothly. We were in our cabin in a manner of 20 mins. Our luggage arrived an hour later.
We found the food in the formal dining room very tiresome. It never comes out the way you think it will. The choices were rather off too. Some nights there wasn't anything on the menu that appealed to me. Each dining room has their specialty which was good. I had to ask for escargot, which we got the next night. Wish they would just up the price $20 and let us eat anywhere (no specialty extra charge dining rooms) Seems like they are getting more and more at nickle and dimeing you. Less
Cabin review: BAC316 Balcony
We think the Caribe deck is the best. The cabins are really all identical, but the closet cabinet is a bit bigger. And the balcony is bigger - can hold 4 chairs. We travel with friends and we always open our balcony connecting door. It makes it very nice to have happy hour or check on one another. Was very quiet and right in the middle.Read All Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We then went to the Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill, which is a old gold mining town recreated. We're not museum people so sailed through that and headed across the way to Sovereign Hill. We went for food right away and bought a couple of Aussie Pie's at a bakery. Very good. Then you just wander around looking at the different shops. They do have some events that take place, just look at your map. We paid extra for the mine tour, which took us down into the mine. It was very informative but rather dark. I wouldn't recommend it for small children. The time here was longer, but you have the drive back so it is limited.