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107 Princess Melbourne Cruise Reviews
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roses bloom
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose to accompany friends on the New Zealand tour, as they are seasoned travellers and spoke highly of their experiences. We certainly had a great deal of pleasure from our first cruise especially being able to choose to do as much ... Read more
helenpaw
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
Stress free
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 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
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Walkabout Dude
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
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
mzmini
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 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
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
Dodifra
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
413 forum posts
3 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
4 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
6 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
Rocketman28
Member Since 2017
1 review
I could never recommend Golden Princess or their New Zealand cruise to anyone. I feel like a bit of a grizzler with the list of complaints, but we didn't talk to a single person on the boat who did not have an equally long list. I ... Read more
Basismum
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise primarily, because it departed from Melbourne. The food in the Horizon Court was good with plenty of variety. However, the food in the dining room was very disappointing. The traditional parade of the Bombe Alaskas ... Read more
Centapede
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 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
RonneH
Member Since 2011
1 review
152 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Couple of hours delay in boarding ship in Melb which was closed down on arrival from NZ for cleaning due to expected virus on board. This was ok. Was hoping to catch up with friends leaving ship in Melb but they were put straight onto ... Read more
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wbaydeb
Member Since 2013
1 review
21 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We are frequent cruisers with Princess (this was our 15th cruise overall) and have taken 2 days cruises in the past on other ships in the fleet so knew what to expect from this one. Having travelled on the Diamond Princess in the past I ... Read more
QE2_Fan
Member Since 2013
1 review
1,199 forum post
7 helpful votes
We wanted to try Princess having heard so many wonderful thing about their ships and in particular their onboard dinging and overall service. So a 2 night 'quickie' onboard Golden Princess - our first trip without the kids was a perfect ... Read more
wiliame123
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had sailed previously with the Dawn Princess 4 yrs earlier and we really enjoyed the cruise. There were issues from day one with the Golden Princess. When we boarded in Melbourne it was poorly organised, a long wait. lots of confusion ... Read more
AJOggy
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
After a disappointing start with a later embarkation due to extra sanitation onboard and all the negative reports through the media in regards to Norovirus, we ended up having a really good time on the Golden Princess. We have not cruised ... Read more
Greygroovers
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Cruising is the restful holiday that I needed after a busy year at work. The Golden Princess gave me that. Our cabin C705 was located on deck 10 just across from the aft lifts. It had a comfy bed was clean and fairly roomy. Our balcony ... Read more
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the gang
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This is the second time we have cruised with the Princes Line. Unfortunately we were disappointed. I would not cruise again with the Golden Princes. The majority of staff were not friendly. Quite rude in fact. The entertainment was ... Read more
PrincessThinkTwice
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Green Tea: There seems an abundance of food, so why the daily struggle to find green tea bags? The first week went well, but then there was a shortage. Same with the chamomile tea. Blankets deck chairs: Also hard to get. This itenary ... Read more
RoamingLadybird
Member Since 2015
1 review
21 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
It was great to be able to catch a bus in Ballarat (organised by Princess) and be transported directly to the port. Only issue there was the queuing of buses to unload, very long wait. After that the boarding procedure flowed well. ... Read more
Blossom912
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 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
crafter188
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
318 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this trip to travel with our Austalian friends, so it was a double whammy of an excellent itinerary and a reunion from our Mediterranean cruise. I'd say the average age of the passengers on our ship was pretty high, as we are in ... Read more
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