Arriving in Sydney two days early we were greeted with a Chinese New Years Parade right outside our hotel. We had to exit the cab a block away because of the street being blocked off. Checked in and then watched the Parade from our window! Sydney was fun as usual, but had gotten more expensive in four years. Embarkation went smooth and easy, dropped our bags off early, then went out walking around some more. No lines, went right to the Lobby Bar bought another Coffee Card.
We picked this Cruise because of the Sea Days between each Port. We really like that, don't feel rushed and get to meet more people on the Ship and relax more. That's why we Cruise, unpack once and see the world, then one knows if they want to ever spend more time in a location.
We really enjoy the AnyTime Dining Option. We meet so many friendly people, "Two to Share, Please". We found the food in the all the Dining rooms to be great! The Waffle Bar and the Omelet Station were good and found them easily the 1st morning after reading the Amenities booklet in our room the night before.
We tried all the Dining Rooms, Sabatinis, Sterlings, Pizza Bar and the Hamburger Bar. The Savoy for the English Fish & Chips could have been better organized. We only did that once and that was enough.
Our room was set up just as we asked, our room Steward was Johnny-on-the-spot for anything we needed.
We did several Ports on our own and took Princess tours on the others, all the tours went off without a hitch and the Guides were great! The Hot Springs Tour in Taiwan was just what the Dr. ordered, boy can those little Goldfish nibble at your toes. The Port Lectures were a great help!
Disembarkation was simple and easy, we picked up our luggage with no problem, proceeded to a bus, made sure the luggage was on the bus. No problems. We were to be dropped off at the Beijing City Center, but the bus took all of us to our individual hotels. Very nice. All in all, a very nice Cruise!