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476 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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Regional Victoria Kay
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We have cruised on this particular ship on 3 previous occasions and love it. The Golden Princess is a large ship and has everything you could possibly want. We had a mini suite and this is the first time our cabin was forward. ... Read more
Gary72
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
384 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I had the good fortune to cruise on the January 23, 2016 Diamond Princess cruise to New Zealand. The cruise ports and "attractions" were Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Akoroa, Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, and ... Read more
Findmeifyoucan
Member Since 2013
1 review
72 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Embarkation was at Circular Quay, Sydney with the time being taken from taxi drop-off to standing on cabin balcony being only 20 minutes. The boarding process was streamline but being Platinum certain assisted. First impressions of the ... Read more
bazzaazzab
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
We have travelled on many ships, eg, canal cruises Europe, Panama Canal around Mexico, Canada/Alaska, Pacific Islands three times and China/Vietnam cruise, our cruise on the Diamond Princess was excellent due to the friendliness of all ... Read more
Fishfriend
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Didn't know what to expect from this cruise as i was a first timer & afterwards would probably not go on this ship again. Not that it was aweful but having to tell staff how to do their job when your trying to relax on vacation; i ... Read more

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KCaz
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was my first time on a cruise although not my first time in New Zealand. Was looking for a relaxing no-fuss holiday and this pretty much fit the bill. I'll start by noting that towards the end of the trip we were alerted to a ... Read more
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Rgm1953
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We try to cruise Princess because overall, everything is consistent. However, on this smaller ship we did not enjoy the main restaurant as much as other ships. The big disappointment, it did not have anytime dining. The food was fine ... Read more
Belirobin
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
I went on this cruise with my husband, children (12, 15), my parents and my sister. We were in consecutive cabins with interconnecting balconies on the port side, so had a fabulous view as we travelled anti clockwise around NZ. The scenery ... Read more
Bunnie23
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Finally after waiting 12 months for this holiday we were on board, first time cruisers. Golden Princes from Melbourne to NZ Jan 2016.Balcony room in Caribe Deck 10 was spacious. Forget the shoe bag over the door idea. There is plenty of ... Read more
peaches25
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Loved everything about it, after a recent disastrous time on another cruise line I am pleased to say that Princess has restored my faith and love of cruising. The embarkation process ran very smooth, we arrived maybe a few minutes ... Read more

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Jodie701
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the first cruise my family took together - mum, dad, 2 kids plus grandma. Princess Cruises upgraded my mum's cabin so she can have one next door to us. That was nicely done Princess on a sold out cruise. I liked the ship and ... Read more
greynomadatsea
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
Sailed January 2016
We where new to the Diamond Princess .We had sailed on other princess ships . The Diamond was great ,from the entertainment to the galley every thing was top notch. Embarkation was swift and so was disembarking , the ship was in beautiful ... Read more
Russb
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
First up....we are not seasoned cruisers and have been on only two other cruises previously. We did the Melbourne > Wine Glass Bay > Port Arthur > Hobart > Adelaide > Melbourne 7 night cruise and loved it. I will ... Read more
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sheuskes
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My family and I travelled on the Golden Princess early January. This was my 7 the cruise and 2nd on a Princess. Our part consisted of 4 adults and 3 children 9-16. I must say that it was full - almost 3000 passengers, but there was ... Read more
Old Bulldog
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Having sailed on both Carnival and HAL, I was quite impressed with the Diamond Princess. It was a lovely boat with good service. There was not a great deal in the way of entertainment if you are looking for lots to keep you busy. However ... Read more

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sealegs2016
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise . Chose our 30th wedding anniversary for this trip . We live in Sydney south west so we rode the train in . Was in awe as soon as we set eyes on the ship . Embarkation was very well organised and we were on ... Read more
jeck
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
65 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We travelled on the Golden princess from San Francisco to Sydney on October 2015. The experience was fantastic as per the review I wrote at the time. However, I could not believe how much the standards have dropped in just 3 months. The ... Read more
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Jessiekouli1
Member Since 2010
12 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was our 9th cruise on Princess (our second time on the Diamond Princess). I had read that there had been some renovation on the ship recently but it was not done in its entirety. Being loyal and well familiarised with Princess we ... Read more
Aandmkirk
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
We have been on 3 previous cruises on the Dawn Princess, so we're looking forward to going on the newer and larger Golden Princess. We were not disappointed. A 7 night cruise - Melbourne - Tas - Adelaide - Melbourne. The ship was ... Read more
MargoK
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,430 forum post
1 helpful vote
We booked late so had to take to only accessible cabin, but I kept checking and we managed to snag E716 Aft Inside Cabin which is HUGE. Enjoyed the space but missed the balcony. Downside of cabin location was with me being in a ... Read more

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LizSydney
Member Since 2015
1 review
32 forum posts
The steward was absolutely amazing. He was so polite and friendly. He was thorough and aimed to please. I was lucky my cabin was on a higher deck as there were a couple of rough days but I didn't spend much time in the cabin. My fave ... Read more
reichwald1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
28 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 4th Princess cruise and the Golden was the best ship so far. She is one of the 9 Grand class ships - 40% larger than the Sun class ships we travelled on prior. (Sea & Dawn Princess) However, Golden serves only 25% more ... Read more
Thomo1
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
41 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Well we are used to other Shipping companies, so this was a first for me on Princess line, and I must say very impressed. Although a lot smaller ship than we are used to, 115,000 tons compared to 140,000 tons we found it still quite a ... Read more
cruzmann
Member Since 2005
5 reviews
57 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First, let me say that the best part of this trip was actually the three days that we spent in Sydney before the cruise itself. They were fantastic and I highly recommend spending a Sunday in Sydney Harbour as the ultimate pre-cruise ... Read more
vicmoor
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
2 helpful votes
Just returned from cruising New Zealand for the last 2 weeks. This was our first cruise with Princess, after cruising with Carnival 3 times because we have a young teenager. Certainly the demographic of this cruise was much different to ... Read more

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