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606 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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decoxx
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Have travelled on Princess for many years now and my first impression was how tired the whole ship looked and felt. Drab colour schemes, musty corridors, cabins which flooded during the storm. Our stateroom was kept very clean and serviced ... Read more
grandma07012007
Member Since 2011
1 review
26 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We have a "cousins" get together every year and two years ago we decided to make it special this year. When choosing a cruise we wanted to leave from Melbourne, so we chose This cruise. As an elite Captains circle member I ... Read more
FunforGin
Member Since 2016
1 review
47 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Myself and two friends (also newbies) just finished a four day re-positioning cruise Melbourne to Auckland. EMBARKATION Embarkation went very smoothly and we were on board pretty quickly. The only issue we had was one Princess ... Read more
Westcliffgirl
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
8 helpful votes
My husband and I plus two young adults booked this cruise last minute as it was such a good offer. We had never chosen interior cabins before but everything else was fully booked. We did not get to choose our cabins and ended up at the ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi Westcliffgirl, we're glad you enjoyed your ... Read more
Tardustraveller
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
It's hard not to compare to previous cruises on Celebrity Solstice but to sum up first Sun Princess is an older ship with older guests. Solstice excels on style and dining but that's not what matters , what does matter is "did we ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi Tardustraveller, we're so glad that you ... Read more
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Pierogi2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted a Cruise that would in compass New Zealand and Australia, Princess fitted the itinerary adequately. However although we enjoyed the cruise overall we felt that it didn't reach our expectations and lacked the little bit extra ... Read more
imatravelholic
Member Since 2011
1 review
42 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it has been on my list of places to visit all my life. I am a gardener and have always heard of the unique horticulture in New Zealand and Australia. Staying one night at lovely affordable Crown Plaza Hotel near ... Read more
Gamefisher
Member Since 2014
1 review
160 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I couldn't find any fault with this cruise. I overnighted at the Mercure Hotel in Auckland and boarded the Emerald Princess the following morning. There were no problems and I loved my outside stateroom on deck 5, near the art gallery - a ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi Gamefisher, we're so happy to hear that you ... Read more
scottmac99
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Overall, they seem to have 'dumbed down' their offering. As one example, food in dining room was not nearly as good as previous trip (which we did on the same ship in Jan 2016) - a number of other passengers we spoke to commented on ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi scottmac99, thank you for your feedback ... Read more
jeck
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
76 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We arrived at the pier and were through check-in and passport control within 30 minutes. The priority check-in for platinum and above was very well organised. We have been on the Golden Princess for a few previous cruises and we were ... Read more
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PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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KoalaBear2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Enjoyed out 10 day South Pacific cruise, thanks to MATT the cruise director, he made this a fun cruise, always laughing, unfortunately he is now off the the Caribbean. Loved "Share" by Curtis Stone, excellent food & ... Read more
Chief1169
Member Since 2017
1 review
I cannot really say anything bad about the ship itself and the service the staff provide. Our stateroom on Baja deck (11) on port side was excellent. The restaurant and food/service was good. We enjoyed a couple of nights in speciality ... Read more
Crayons608
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because Princess offered a land tour of Australia in combination with the sea portion of Australia and New Zealand. As a platinum member of Princess's inner circle, I expected much more than we received. The food ... Read more
maybjosephine
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Amazing welcome with assistance to transport our people aboard and off charming and very respectful staff. This being the first and third cruise with some of the members it has been rated "Emerald Princess" has been the best ... Read more
PrincessCruises1, Social Team at Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Thank you for your glowing review, maybjosephine! ... Read more
Dollydawn
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted to see more of our own beautiful country from a different perspective and to enjoying exciting Sydney. Loved the itinerary, my favourite places were The Bay of Islands,Sydney and the spectacular Milford Sounds. We didn't ... Read more
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carnar1
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We have just returned from a Sydney round trip cruise to New Zealand on the Dawn, we had an excellent trip with Princess and although previous reviews have not been to kind to the Dawn, we had a great time and the ship was in great ... Read more
Rcboy
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
We are Platinum members on Princess Cruises and this was our first trip to Australia and New Zealand. We choose Princess for a number of reasons, in no particular order, the 250 minutes of free internet for both of us being Platinum ... Read more
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getting angry
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Never been to N. Z. and thought cruising would be a good way. Embarkation was good. The ship was fairly clean as was cabin but needs updating. Bed was terrible until steward put overlays on. Back headrest needed cleaning so made sure ... Read more
roses bloom
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We chose to accompany friends on the New Zealand tour, as they are seasoned travellers and spoke highly of their experiences. We certainly had a great deal of pleasure from our first cruise especially being able to choose to do as much ... Read more
ryck
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
My husband and I had an interior cabin with our adult children next door. Cabins were old and small but very clean and well serviced. We had gone on the trip with parents for their 50th wedding anniversary and we had just completed a ... Read more
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bugsy123
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
because this cruise departed auckland and returned to auckland first to melbourne down to the south island of new zealand travelling via milford sound , dusky sounds port chalmers ( dunedin), akoroa ,wellington, gisbourne ,tauranga , ... Read more
knowmystuff
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We first cruised the Emerald in 2008 and found it to be a lovely ship. We have since sailed with Princess many times and have logged over 100 days at sea. We weren't after waterslides and dodgems, just a lovely seat by a quiet pool, a ... Read more
PrincessCruises1, Social Team at Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi knowmystuff, we apologize for your ... Read more
Cdn kitty
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
729 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
We had a good time but the ports were a disappointment despite having visited them before. We took this cruise because we had such a good time on a similar itinerary a year ago. We had to skip Mystery Island. It was too rough for the ship ... Read more
Exhaustedtwo
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
I have just completed back to back cruises on the emerald princess which by far were the best cruises we have done .they were cruise 16 and 17 for us so we are not newbies to cruising and have sampled many different cruise lines and ... Read more
Carnivalisation
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
I have 30+ years of cruising history with various cruise lines and ships of all sizes of which Princess Cruises has always been a favourite. This last cruise on the Emerald was a display of where a once great cruise line can come from and ... Read more
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