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497 Princess Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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Evie64
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We sailed with high expectations from Princess from Sydney. We have travelled with Princess before. Until they get their act together, never again. The Dawn is a rust bucket. I awoke one morning put my feet down into a puddle of water. ... Read more
Duck Duck Cruise
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,802 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We finally made it to New Zealand! This was on our bucket list for a very long time. We had sailed the Diamond one year ago to Asia/Japan and love the ship and found it to be in very good shape, we did not see worn out or torn furniture ... Read more
kmatsea
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
We are a retired couple cruising for the 4th time on Princess. This trip was on my husband's bucket list. We booked 10 days in Australia through a private travel agent--had excellent hotels except in Ayers Rock. The ship condition ... Read more
fwhinnett
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was just a 2 day cruise from Brisbane down to Sydney so we were disappointed that boarding had changed to Fisherman's wharf as it is definitely out of the way and harder to get to. This was our 13th princess cruise and it started ... Read more
Blossom912
Member Since 2015
1 review
16 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We travelled from country Victoria by train to Melbourne and got on the 109 tram to the ship which was easy and then embarkation was fairly quick. We had a great time on our second Princess Cruise and we only missed one port (Gisborne) ... Read more
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CarolBris
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Cruised from Brisbane to Port Douglas and return February 2016. Cabin A624. Balcony First time with a balcony and was superb. We are seniors; travelled with other seniors (high majority of seniors travel on Princess) and well ... Read more
gammadearest
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Excellent food--a real surprise given the decline of cruise food in recent years. Entertainment very spotty--a couple of very good guest singers, so-so production shows (maybe I've seen too many) bad comedian in the theater, but a good ... Read more
Tucker in Texas
Member Since 2005
8 reviews
4,952 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I started not to write a review since the itinerary is changing. However, I do have some suggestions to pass on for anyone going on a cruise with tour information. We did a pre-cruise for 10 days. We booked with Kensington Tours. I ... Read more
monaco15
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We did the Sydney to Auckland in February 2016 and were very disappointed with the ship.this is one of two Princess ships designed and built in Japan and is very badly designed and dated for guest convenience. There is no deck to walk/jog ... Read more
crafter188
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
316 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This is a fantastic way to get a taste of New Zealand! There was threat of a disruption due to cyclone Winston, so the order of the ports was completely reversed, which initially threw us for a bit of a loop for our private excursions. All ... Read more
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AU76
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
16 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We flew into Melbourne Airport to board the Golden Princess. We arrived at the airport at 11 am. Instead of taking the usual taxi or shuttle bus we decided to experiment with public transport as we had ample time before the ship departed ... Read more
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Det Retals
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Everything from boarding to disembarkation went smoothly, but we were not told that the ship would be returning to Fishermans Island and not Portside terminal, this cost us more in transport costs. Had we known before we might have booked ... Read more
Flo Earl
Member Since 2013
1 review
47 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sea Princess has been refurbished with new furniture Horizon Court but preferred old furniture (now looks like old Coles Cafeteria) but food very good & Italian section with cakes & pastries etc excellent. New carpets ... Read more
Abbott28
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
207 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We flew from Sydney to Melbourne and Boarded Golden Princess on the day of sailing. Airport to Ship transfer was arranged and we flew by own arrangements. Transfer worked very smoothly. Boarding smooth and quick on arrival at the dock. ... Read more
509ers
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
47 forum posts
19 helpful votes
About us: Married couple from the US in our late 50's and early 60's. We consider ourselves to be active. We enjoy hiking and kayaking, snorkeling and adventuring into the ports of call like a local whenever possible. We booked ... Read more
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lordtopcat
Member Since 2015
1 review
21 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I am a 23 year old male, single and a full time student. Decided to treat myself to a little holiday, and started to research cruising. I took the plunge and booked myself on the Golden, for a short row over the Tasman from Auckland to ... Read more
kasr
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
52 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was the first half of 2 back-to-back cruises on Golden Princess. The embarkation process in Auckland was very quick (although there were only about 100 passengers joining). Our cabin on Deck 6 was "Partially Obstructed ... Read more
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Regional Victoria Kay
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 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
5 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
73 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
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bazzaazzab
Member Since 2016
3 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
4 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
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
3 reviews
5 forum posts
3 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
7 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
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