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TravelTwinkie's Port Reviews of Melbourne,, Dunedin, Auckland
Diamond Princess cruise in January 2009
Member Name: TravelTwinkie
Cruise Date: January 2009
Embarkation: Sydney
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: TravelTwinkie's Diamond Princess Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We booked a Princess Private Van tour here and got a driver, not a guide. We had to instruct him on what we wanted to see and then argue with him to get him to take us there. Not like we were choosing odd things - we wanted to go to the Yarra Valley wineries, and then see a little of the city on the way back to the boat. In the end we did enjoy a fantastic lunch at a small winery which has since been destroyed by the fires - very sad as it was a family run business, all the wines named after the grandchildren.

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
4 of our group of 6 took the Taeiri Groge Train and Larnach Castle excursion offered by Princess. 2 of us stayed in the town, rode the Hop On/Off bus, visited the Railway Station, Botanical Gardens, stopped at the Cadbury Factory (way too expensive and not even running), Speight's Brewery was closed that day. We had a walkabout the downtown core and found it a typical university base city.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We were collected from the ship by another Mount Classic driver who took us on a drive through tour of the city, up to Mt. Eden, on to Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - more penguins - which was very enjoyable and informative. We went out to a winery in the Kumeu area for a thoroughly enjoyable lunch on the patio, covered as it was raining a bit. Then on to our hotel - Westin Lighter Quay for a great wind down. Here we went on to visit the city, and had our final dinner at the SkyTower Revolving Restaurant - Orbits - great view, food better than expected.

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