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John Ross-Barnard JP's Port Reviews of Sydney (Australia), Honolulu, Vancouver
Volendam cruise in April 2010
Member Name: John Ross-Barnard JP
Cruise Date: April 2010
Embarkation: Sydney
Destination: South Pacific
Member Review: John Ross-Barnard JP's Volendam Review
Sydney (Australia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Sydney is probably unrivalled in its provision of services for passengers and location. Maybe Auckland NZ runs it a close second. It is right on the waterfront with shops, restaurants, entertainers - one Aborigine was even better than Rolf Harris when playing the didgeridoo - and there's a market close by. Oddly it does lack a nearby supermarket although it does have a convenience store a sort of expensive mini-market selling a litre of bottled water for A$5 - about £3 sterling. Access to the ship was good with large lifts for luggage and wheelchairs. Staff were welcoming and security was reassuringly tight but not oppressive. Taxis had to be ordered from a rank by telephone with a charge being applied from the time the call was made. An annoying extra charge albeit applied on the meter.



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Honolulu
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A step too far for convenience to the town but taxis and buses are accessible after a shortish walk. Security at the docks entrance is cautious and can take some time to check every passenger.


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Vancouver
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Excellent access and departure arrangements. Luggage was held close by with the taxi ranks having access to the main doors. Specially adapted people carriers were adapted for wheelchairs and there were plenty of them available - London and New York please note



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