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651 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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176
Average
127
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Kiwi Sherma
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We have cruised on the Dawn before and had a great experience. Not so this time. She's an old ship and we expect some issues so put up with foul smells of wet rotting carpet and air conditioning that didn't work properly, but this was Dawn ... Read more
phantomrose101
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
9 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The Princess Line Cruises were recommended to us and thought we would book following my husband's ill health and also the ease of catching the cruise in Fremantle. We didn't know that this was the Dawn's final cruise. 2 days into the ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi phantomrose, we deeply regret that you had a ... Read more
vacation baby
Member Since 2015
1 review
34 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Dawn Princess is 20 years old. It had lots of charm and was on its second to last cruise before going out of the fleet. Of the 1900 passengers, all were either Aussies or Kiwis. There were only 70 Americans. At least we all spoke ... Read more
Wren 58
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We booked this cruise in June 2016 and looked forward to it very much. Things changed after about day 2. The majority of passengers were 75 years old up to around 87 years old. I have nothing against the elderly and it is great to ... Read more
ETdreamer
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
9 forum posts
This was a cruise of firsts! It was our first time on Golden Princess, our first time in a suite (hence, the title), and our first try at a two-day 'taster' cruise. And we thoroughly enjoyed every moment! Pre-cruise: We spent a few days ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi ETdreamer, we're happy to hear that you ... Read more
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chelsiman
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Quite a preamble for this cruise! We booked a cruise starting in Brisbane, visiting Brisbane, Port Douglas, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Sydney and terminating in Brisbane 10 days later. My wife is not a good flier and, as we were visiting ... Read more
Pinkbikini
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
371 forum posts
26 helpful votes
This is a cruise review i thought we would never have to write-- we had a really, really disappointing cruise. Embarkation seemed to go smoothly enough but then one of the keys wasn't even processed appropriately at check in so while it ... Read more
dras2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
For us to go to Sydney Austrailia and sail New Zeland was a trip of a life time.  We went 1/2 way around the world.   While Princess has no control over who sails with them there is a demographic of people who make the cruise ... Read more
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chrisjb
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I went with a social group on a 5 day sampler cruise to Tasmania. I have never sailed with Princess before and wanted to see if I would cruise with them in the future. I have previously cruised with MLC, Carnival and RCI. The first ... Read more
cho65
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Sold as a " luxury cruise" was 3 star at best. The vessel is old tired and noisy..If you enjoy drinking, gambling (in the case of the passengers next door to us, fighting) and eating it may be OK but certainly not luxury by any ... Read more
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LAGAAN
Member Since 2008
1 review
19 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Chose the cruise several years ago but cancer delayed taking it. It was a "bucket list" item. 29 days Brisbane to Brisbane is a must do cruise Sun princess is an old ship with a number of infirmities as were most of the ... Read more
cboyle
Member Since 2002
25 reviews
1,081 forum post
2 helpful votes
We combined our March 18, 2017, New Zealand cruise with the Emerald Princess’ March 7 New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise I have written a separate review for that cruise and our 4-night pre-cruise stay in Adelaide, Australia ... Read more
Taggart69
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
14 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Can't help feeling that service on Princess Cruises as gone down hill since my first cruise some years ago. Services are being sacrificed for lower costs and more pay as you go services. Also the 'up-sell' by staff does become abit ... Read more
jackieak
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose to fly to Sydney from Melbourne the day before embarkation so we wouldn't be rushed and would begin our holiday in a relaxed way. We stayed at the Grace Hotel which we really enjoyed and met our daughter (who lives in Sydney) and ... Read more
AlbyofCraigmore
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Our second NZ cruise. One different port ,Picton. Enjoyed onboard activities, did our own thing for tours, found most onboard offered tours too expensive. Food was excellent, we dined any time, buffet and dining room. Entertainment was ... Read more
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suesinger
Member Since 2011
1 review
71 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
Great ports. Princess tours were much better than usual. We also used Shore Tours for most of our private tours. Nigel coordinated tours in 5 ports. Highly recommend the company. Food on cruise was odd. Minimal beef at dinner. ... Read more
Tuna56
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We joined Sun Princess in Adelaide for an 11 day cruise around the Western Australian coast to Darwin where we boarded The Ghan for the return trip to Adelaide. Embarkation was quick and hassle free. Within 30 minutes of arriving at the ... Read more
Amr0nn
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
This was our second cruise on the Golden Princess and not a lot had changed in 12 months. Apart from our cabin steward, who was great, most of the other staff we dealt with seemed to be suffering from the after effects of the big storm in ... Read more
cboyle
Member Since 2002
25 reviews
1,081 forum post
1 helpful vote
This review includes information on both our March 7, 2017, New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise and on our 4-night pre-cruise stay in Adelaide, Australia. The cruise portion of this trip gave us the opportunity to visit five new ports and ... Read more
bcamnb
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
147 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We stayed for a few days in Sydney pre and post cruise at an exceptional AirBnB in Waterloo - PM me for details. HIGHLY recommended and inexpensive in this expensive city. Although not our most very favourite cruise, this was lots of ... Read more
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jimmycricket3908
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The itinerary was the draw for this cruise. 29 nights around Australia. WOW it was great. Due to the length of the cruise it was mostly seniors and I only saw a hand full of kids. This was also know as the hop on hop off cruise because ... Read more
Maginty
Member Since 2013
1 review
108 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Round Australia itinerary was a perfect close to our touring of the more visited areas on land. We often do private tours, but the ships tours were very good, but a bit more expensive which is typical of cruise ship tours. Some port ... Read more
Gaeley
Member Since 2017
1 review
Wanted to cruise from Australia and had never visited these areas. Started our holiday with two nights in Sydney at the Phillip Street Travelodge. Excellent location and easy to get to Cruise Port. We have previously cruised on the ... Read more
madfisher
Member Since 2013
1 review
145 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I had not been to the north of Vanuatu befor. The ship appealed to me due to size and layout. As soon as you board the feeling of being welcome was there. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting. There were ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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Pedro Lopez
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Well where do I start, so it was decided that we that we would venture into the cruising world in our retirement, so we booked the cruise between the 5th of March and the 18th of March 2017 to New Zealand departing from Melbourne on the ... Read more
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