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552 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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PrincessC15
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
26 forum posts
The 4 of us are from Sydney. We flew to Brisbane, booked an Uber taxi to the cruise terminal. The ship is small, it my 5th cruise with the Princess line. I'm only interested in short cruises, my budget and time allows me to do this. ... Read more
clarkenl
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I must admit to being sceptical and very stressed on boarding our first ever family cruise. We chose Princess from recommendations by others, and chose this itinerary as was wholly within Australia and didn't require passports. I ... Read more
mzmini
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Just back from a 13 night stay on the Golden Princess sailed around New Zealand from Melbourne not a great experience weather was very mixed ,missed port at Gisbourne . The boat felt very old and tired with a cracked window boarded up ... Read more
Broddles
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
This was my first time on Princess cruises, and I must say i was not disappointed. On the first night at dinner I was sat at a table of other solo travellers all aged between 64 and 86. I have no complaints regarding the Dawn Princess, ... Read more
Jessiekouli1
Member Since 2010
13 reviews
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
As seasoned cruisers (11th cruise with Princess and 17th overall), we enjoy the Princess experiences: traditional cruising, many dining experiences (ranging from casual to Michelin), personal and expertise service, cleanliness, familiarity ... Read more
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AU76
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our travelling party consisted of two families - our friends one adult and three daughters 16, 14 and 10 and us 2 adults and four boys 15, 11, 9 and 6. Nine year old had his bday on the ship. We arrived at Sydney Domestic airport early ... Read more
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Daniel18
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Wow so much to say. came into Sydney harbour by river ferry coming around the back and side of this amazing ship. Boarding was a breeze a few rather long queues but that was to be expected as the ship had to board three and a half thousand ... Read more
Knottie1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Been on many cruises this was our 1st Christmas and new year which I must say the crew were 1st class making both a special time (ordered wine for Christmas dinner they lost order... then fo new year 5$ increase on each bottle of wine ) ... Read more
Seasidebelleair
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 forum posts
Departure city was Syndey. This trip was on my bucket list. 6 of us in our group. Son, grandson, new daughter in law, 2 new granddaughters and myself! Stayed 3 nights at Four Seasons at the port. Arrival day was rainy; spent afternoon ... Read more
Lanwood
Member Since 2013
1 review
578 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We've traveled on crown design Grand class Princess ships before (Emerald, Ruby, Crown - all identical ships), so we already knew we liked the design of the ship. We stayed at the Rendezvous Hotel, the rocks prior to the cruise, so was ... Read more
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Steveoka
Member Since 2005
8 reviews
17 forum posts
Our experience aboard the emerald princess was ruined by the lack of hygiene by the staff onboard the ship . During our lunch experience in the very crowded Horizon court we witnessed one of the cooks behind the counter say to his fellow ... Read more
dixie01
Member Since 2009
1 review
90 forum posts
We really expected the cruise to be a tad more festive, than it was. Having said that, the ship was decorated lovely and most of the staff wore Xmas Hats, but Xmas Day was a let down. We would have liked the lunch to be a full on Xmas type ... Read more
bally_gal
Member Since 2016
1 review
48 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The idea of not having to do anything re Xmas etc was the drawcard for me. That was definitely fulfilled although the food presented on Xmas Day wasn't anything out of the ordinary. THE STATEROOM: We found our inside cabin R744 to be ... Read more
Dodifra
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
406 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Emerald Princess was slightly larger than others we have cruised on and left both good and bad impressions. We had done the same cruise 2 years ago on Diamond Princess and although we thought then that Christmas Day dining was a bit flat, ... Read more
SydneyCandy
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Embarkation was a shambles, cabin clean but very dated, nice steward and the staff were very pleasant. Christmas foyer looked lovely but you could never get a seat even in the surrounding areas. way too much push for selling Art and ... Read more
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Ned Buntline
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We booked our fourth cruise, flights and transfers through Flight Centre and all went smoothly. Embarkation was a little delayed and somewhat confused as it seemed for some reason the ship simply wasn't ready in time. This was not a ... Read more
Kitsteps
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
121 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Our best friends were offered a great deal and asked if we would join them. We did, as too did another of our friends...we all booked on Aloha Deck, mid ship Portside. We have all cruised before, My wife and I, seven cruises with APT, ... Read more
kangycarpy
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
156 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted to have a little break before Christmas, use a credit with a TA and try one of Princess' newer and bigger ships. Service was excellent. The new bed was FANTASTIC Food in MDR (evening meal) was top class. MDR Lunch ... Read more
Time for a break
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Overall I thought that it was very well run. The staff were wonderful. I think having to pay for bottled water when I had the soda drinks package was a bit steep and the tours were way overpriced. I found better value in seeking a ... Read more
boeing5
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having read many reviews on the Sun Princess it was obvious that some people loved the ship and the experience and others not so. Being a first time cruiser I joined my wife in Adelaide as she had sailed from Fremantle with her mother and ... Read more
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jenanpat
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for its Southern Australian itinerary, which was excellent. Princess has a lot to be proud of, but are letting themselves down in some areas (as follows): I had sheets with holes in them on my bed They were ... Read more
jeck
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
70 forum posts
14 helpful votes
I want to preface my comments by saying that we did enjoy the cruise, we always do. However, Princess continues to base the poorest of their ships (Sun, Sea and Dawn) in Australia and, in comparison with how they do things on ... Read more
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Centapede
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I did this cruise with my family four adults and two teenagers the embarkation at MELBOURNE was a shambles long wait and very little direction from staff.we found our cabins to be well laid out although the bedding layout in the bacony ... Read more
Telere43
Member Since 2017
1 review
We loved our cruise. Great service, great good.not too many children.only problem we had was with some of the nightly entertainment. The shows were too short and not as entertaining as we expected. The cruise director had the best singing ... Read more
Seajourn
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We absolutely loved the ports of call on this trip. The staff for the most part was teriffic. The only two item that precluded this from being a 5 star adventure was the ship itself and the Horizon buffet. We have been on six of Princess's ... Read more
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