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398 Princess Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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70
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jackieak
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose to fly to Sydney from Melbourne the day before embarkation so we wouldn't be rushed and would begin our holiday in a relaxed way. We stayed at the Grace Hotel which we really enjoyed and met our daughter (who lives in Sydney) and ... Read more
AlbyofCraigmore
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Our second NZ cruise. One different port ,Picton. Enjoyed onboard activities, did our own thing for tours, found most onboard offered tours too expensive. Food was excellent, we dined any time, buffet and dining room. Entertainment was ... Read more
suesinger
Member Since 2011
1 review
65 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
Great ports. Princess tours were much better than usual. We also used Shore Tours for most of our private tours. Nigel coordinated tours in 5 ports. Highly recommend the company. Food on cruise was odd. Minimal beef at dinner. ... Read more
RosieCanberra
Member Since 2010
16 reviews
791 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was a last minute bargain, two night cruise from Sydney to Brisbane. The ship was going on for another forty nights through Asia so about 700 were only on until Brisbane. I expected to find a ship in need of some TLC as it is to ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi RosieCanberra, thank you for the great ... Read more
cboyle
Member Since 2002
24 reviews
1,079 forum post
This review includes information on both our March 7, 2017, New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise and on our 4-night pre-cruise stay in Adelaide, Australia. The cruise portion of this trip gave us the opportunity to visit five new ports and ... Read more
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bcamnb
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
147 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We stayed for a few days in Sydney pre and post cruise at an exceptional AirBnB in Waterloo - PM me for details. HIGHLY recommended and inexpensive in this expensive city. Although not our most very favourite cruise, this was lots of ... Read more
jimmycricket3908
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The itinerary was the draw for this cruise. 29 nights around Australia. WOW it was great. Due to the length of the cruise it was mostly seniors and I only saw a hand full of kids. This was also know as the hop on hop off cruise because ... Read more
Maginty
Member Since 2013
1 review
102 forum posts
Sailed March 2017
Round Australia itinerary was a perfect close to our touring of the more visited areas on land. We often do private tours, but the ships tours were very good, but a bit more expensive which is typical of cruise ship tours. Some port ... Read more
Gaeley
Member Since 2017
1 review
Wanted to cruise from Australia and had never visited these areas. Started our holiday with two nights in Sydney at the Phillip Street Travelodge. Excellent location and easy to get to Cruise Port. We have previously cruised on the ... Read more
angie.coventry
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This was our 30th Wedding Anniversary and our first without our kids in tow. Leaving our kids and daily world behind we embarked on our journey. We stayed two nights in Sydney at The Grace Hotel which was a lovely hotel, reasonable ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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madfisher
Member Since 2013
1 review
127 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I had not been to the north of Vanuatu befor. The ship appealed to me due to size and layout. As soon as you board the feeling of being welcome was there. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting. There were ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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Chief1169
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I cannot really say anything bad about the ship itself and the service the staff provide. Our stateroom on Baja deck (11) on port side was excellent. The restaurant and food/service was good. We enjoyed a couple of nights in speciality ... Read more
Crayons608
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because Princess offered a land tour of Australia in combination with the sea portion of Australia and New Zealand. As a platinum member of Princess's inner circle, I expected much more than we received. The food ... Read more
maybjosephine
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Amazing welcome with assistance to transport our people aboard and off charming and very respectful staff. This being the first and third cruise with some of the members it has been rated "Emerald Princess" has been the best ... Read more
PrincessCruises1, Social Team at Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Thank you for your glowing review, maybjosephine! ... Read more
Carnivalisation
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Am a past Princess passenger with 3 decades of wonderful experiences with the line, until recently. I have found a sad downturn in the products service levels over the past 5 years or so, which includes, staffing, catering and general ... Read more
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Dollydawn
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted to see more of our own beautiful country from a different perspective and to enjoying exciting Sydney. Loved the itinerary, my favourite places were The Bay of Islands,Sydney and the spectacular Milford Sounds. We didn't ... Read more
carnar1
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have just returned from a Sydney round trip cruise to New Zealand on the Dawn, we had an excellent trip with Princess and although previous reviews have not been to kind to the Dawn, we had a great time and the ship was in great ... Read more
foley jill
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose Princess Lines because we were not happy with another cruise line we had sailed on twice before and this time we were definitely not disappointed . Embarkation and disembarkation was well organised and staff were friendly .We ... Read more
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises, responded to this review
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Rcboy
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
We are Platinum members on Princess Cruises and this was our first trip to Australia and New Zealand. We choose Princess for a number of reasons, in no particular order, the 250 minutes of free internet for both of us being Platinum ... Read more
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ryck
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
My husband and I had an interior cabin with our adult children next door. Cabins were old and small but very clean and well serviced. We had gone on the trip with parents for their 50th wedding anniversary and we had just completed a ... Read more
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knowmystuff
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We first cruised the Emerald in 2008 and found it to be a lovely ship. We have since sailed with Princess many times and have logged over 100 days at sea. We weren't after waterslides and dodgems, just a lovely seat by a quiet pool, a ... Read more
PrincessCruises1, Social Team at Princess Cruises, responded to this review
Hi knowmystuff, we apologize for your ... Read more
Cdn kitty
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
730 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
We had a good time but the ports were a disappointment despite having visited them before. We took this cruise because we had such a good time on a similar itinerary a year ago. We had to skip Mystery Island. It was too rough for the ship ... Read more
Exhaustedtwo
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
I have just completed back to back cruises on the emerald princess which by far were the best cruises we have done .they were cruise 16 and 17 for us so we are not newbies to cruising and have sampled many different cruise lines and ... Read more
Carnivalisation
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
15 helpful votes
I have 30+ years of cruising history with various cruise lines and ships of all sizes of which Princess Cruises has always been a favourite. This last cruise on the Emerald was a display of where a once great cruise line can come from and ... Read more
MariposaCottage
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
4 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
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