A good ship but not the best: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Golden Oldie
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A good ship but not the best
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
The next day spent at sea, lovely sunshine and always found a quiet corner. There was plenty of activites for cruisers to try and because it's holiday time for children down under there were a lot of children so the swimming pool was always full. The nexr port was Hobart, it was Sunday, not much was open, did another Princess excursion, around the island and also visited the Royal Botanical Gardens, for a garden lover this was gorgeous, all plants we grow in this country and a small lake that looked exactly like Monet's.
The next two days we crossed the Tasman Sea expecting rough seas but no absolutly calm so another chance to sunbathe, we never saw another ship, the sea looked very calm and empty.
Next day was Fiordlan Natl Park, impressive scenery although cold when standing outside, good for photographers.
Dunedin was the next port of call and another train journey, Taieri, it was a change to see the countryside and lots and lots of sheep. Fortunately the bus driver was local and knew all the farmers so we had a running commentary of who lived where. A great ride spectacular in every way, had a packed lunch whilst on the train , another great excursion in every way.
The next port was Akaroa, a small french town where the french had a whaling station, met the grandchildren, great excitement all round. This is a very pretty place, quaint houses and a lovely beach.
Next day at sea and still no other ships, the weather was very kind to us so found another quiet spot to soak up the sun.
I haven't mentioned Entertainment, it was the usual American fare, we only went to a couple, not really to our taste.
Tauranga was the final port before Auckland and met more relatives, a nice place although I don't think we saw at its best, cold and rainy. Lovely beach, good restaurants and shops.
We finally arrived at Auckland early the next morning, disembarkation was seemless and we left to catch a place to Christchurch to spend of our holiday with the grandchildre.
We enjoyed the cruise but noticed that there weren't many other cruise ships around, only saw a very old P&O, another old Silver Seas, RCI and the Sun Princess, so theren't isn't much competition as there is in Europe.
In short we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise although have enjoyed other cruise ships better, my advice would be chose your ship with care. Less