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philcruiser2013's Port Reviews of Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Dunedin, Hobart, Adelaide
Voyager of the Seas cruise in February 2013
Member Name: philcruiser2013
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: philcruiser2013's Voyager of the Seas Review
Auckland
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We wanted to take in the sheep experience, first thing, which was accomplished at Sheep World. It was a very good visit, especially for those who know nothing about sheep wool. The added stop in Richmond was lacking with very little to offer, other than it was an old town, founded by early settlers to NZ.


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Tauranga
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A stop at this port involved the geothermal experience, offered on the north island of New Zealand. The excursion involved a visit to Rotorua and a Maori Cultural Center. Both are very informative and there was plenty of time visiting both. One word of caution: be sure to have something to snack on because the ship does not provide box lunches or snacks and the excursion spans almost 5 hours, beginning at 10:30 a.m. We suggested they consider adding a stop for food or provide box lunches to passengers on the excursions for this port.
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Napier
Port Rating: Not Rated
This port was just average. It had little to offer that was unique and different for the passengers. Excursions included stops at a wool store, chocolate factory and the Filter Room, which gave guests an opportunity to sample various beers, ciders, and ales. If you didn't care for any of those options, no alternative was provided to guests. A request for a glass of wine required additional payment and the same was true for water or soft drink.

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Dunedin
Otago Peninsula and Yellow-Eyed Penguins Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Dunedin was a great port call; but the ship actually uses Port Chalmers, then guests are transported into Dunedin and other venues for Dunedin. The staff who conduct tours to see Yellow-eyed Penguins, were all very helpful and gave a lot of good information about the penguins and their habits. They are amazing animals. This excursion will also allow the passengers to visit the local train depot and other city sights.


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Hobart
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Tasmania is a "must see" for anyone. It is one of the Australian states and continues to be very progressive and modern in it's infrastructure. Our excursion included a stop at the Bonorong Wildlife Park which is a superb place to view Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos, Emu, and Wombats. The staff at the park do a tremendous job of rehabilitating indigenous animals that need special care. Their goal is to try and return as many as possible back into their respective natural environment. It is important to note that the Park relies solely on private donations and they get no help from local governments.

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Adelaide
Port Rating: Not Rated
Our excursion included the Aboriginal Cultural Center and a visit to the Penfolds Winery. Both stops were exceptional and very informative, plus the trip involved seeing much of the city.

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Perth (Fremantle)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Since this was the last port at the end of our cruise, we opted out of excursions and toured the city of Perth on our own. A one-night stopover allowed for plenty of time to see the city and it's highlights. The weather in Perth was warmer than other locations which gave us an opportunity to wear shorts each day.

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