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629 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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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
15 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were some weird odours from time to time which were unexplained The free pizzeria which was a favourite of ours, has been replaced by Share restaurant.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
PrincessC15
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
26 forum posts
8 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
24 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
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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
mzmini
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 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
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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
12 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
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
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Lanwood
Member Since 2013
1 review
597 forum posts
4 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
Steveoka
Member Since 2005
9 reviews
22 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes
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
70 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
ruswit
Member Since 2010
1 review
71 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because it departed from Melbourne. Although this was our seventh cruise it was our first with Princess. The embarkation was a bit of a shambles and it was obvious that although embarkation times were staggered, people ... Read more
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Dodifra
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
416 forum posts
4 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
6 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
Ned Buntline
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
7 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
162 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
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