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606 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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MariposaCottage
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Yes, there were long queues at embarkation but it's a world wide issue as port authorities ignore the need to rethink the embarkation process/facilities. All cruise lines are limited by the design of the terminals. Port authorities need to ... Read more
Brisbane41
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
698 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I had a good cruise but it was not as relaxing as other Princess cruises I have done due to it being in the school holidays and the fact that they had unruly feral children aboard that were allowed to disrupt and spoil other peoples cruise ... Read more
helenpaw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Chose cruise because it left from Melbourne and we thought it would be a change to cruise New Zealand in the middle of January, which is supposed to be the best time to visit. Embarkation was smooth, on board within twenty minutes as ... Read more
sheilablyth
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I have read some of the views for this ship and did not in any way find it tired it was bright and cheerful. I don't know if it was noticed that while in dock the men were over the side painting. The maintenance was being done all the time ... Read more
GOLFINCHICK
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
28 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
We chose this itinerary because it left from Melbourne and we really wanted to see the sounds and explore more of New Zealand. I will start with the positives first, some of the staff were immensely helpful and friendly, embarkation and ... Read more
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Stress free
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Like all of cruise first timers I visited this site for pre sail information and honestly it was off putting, it genuinely dampened my mood before I had even set sail. What I have to say is I just finished my cruise from Melbourne to ... Read more
clark
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This ship leaves the Princess fleet soon,but I have some comments that may speak to Princess generally...First, all hands tried to please...lots of smiles....boarding and departure was smooth and well organized....our balcony room seemed ... Read more
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Walkabout Dude
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Have sailed with P&O twice before with no issues and opted for a change to the Golden Princess because the sail dates in January suited our swing breaks and the convenience of our embarkation/ disembarkation Port in Melbourne. ... Read more
ETdreamer
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
From go to whoa this was a once in a lifetime cruise! Firstly, we got this cruise at a ridiculously priced promotional fare which also included a generous OBC. Secondly, we were able to travel to a place (New Zealand) we had both visited ... Read more
pryce_tag
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
345 forum posts
We chose this cruise because it was in the school holidays and we had not been to New Zealand before. Whilst this cruise was perfectly fine and we enjoyed it, it was not up to the standards we have come to expect from cruising. For ... Read more
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Ewaq345
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
Prefacing this with the fact that this was our first ever cruise experience so don't have any other ships to compare to yet. Embarkation in Sydney went a lot more smoothly than I expected and was generally well run. We cruised on the ... Read more
Anndoug13
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Smooth boarding no hassles quick easy. The ship is fantastic easy to find your way around. Beautiful decor comfortable chairs in bars and international cafe. Plenty of sun loungers and chairs to sit on up on deck. We had an inside ... Read more
rockinmama07
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
11 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Great ship. Fantastic food, the buffet was different every day, which was a nice change. Food in restaurant was first class. We got room service a few days for breakfast. It was delivered promptly & was basic but adequate if you want a ... Read more
TrinaS
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because of the following points: 1) it departed from Sydney 2) it was at a time of year when we could take leave 3) it wasn't too long (11 nights) 4) it was going somewhere we hadn't been before (NZ) 5) it was a good ... Read more
Ship Drongo
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
92 forum posts
14 helpful votes
THE CONS: There were some weird odours from time to time which were unexplained The free pizzeria which was a favourite of ours, has been replaced by Share restaurant. The cost is $39 and the menu was quite limited; we didn't try it. ... Read more
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PrincessC15
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
26 forum posts
7 helpful votes
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
Cruisemagpie
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
22 helpful votes
.We boarded the Sun Princess after 5-00pm in 38C heat in an building without aircon because of a ship sanitisation caused by the norovirus. Third cruise in a row as it turned out that the virus was on board and the third ship sanitisation. ... Read more
Chrissy7
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This cruise suited our dates, and length of time. I also thought for a first cruise, a bigger ship would be best. Princess also appeared to have a consistent acceptable standard, and generally very good reviews. The Golden Princess is an ... Read more
pkwessel
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
94 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We are a family of 5, with a 16 and 14 year old daughters and 5 year old son. My wife and I are seasoned cruisers, including P&O, Princess, RCI, Carnival and Cunard. Cruise departed Sydney, Port Arthur, Hobart, overnight ... Read more
clarkenl
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
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
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mzmini
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
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
4 helpful votes
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
7 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
AU76
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
16 forum posts
3 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
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