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376 Princess Sydney (Australia) Cruise Reviews
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66
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39
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Chief1169
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
5 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
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
1 helpful vote
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
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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
4 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
729 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
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Carnivalisation
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 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
Brisbane41
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
699 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I had a good cruise but it was not as relaxing as other Princess cruises I have done due to it being in the school holidays and the fact that they had unruly feral children aboard that were allowed to disrupt and spoil other peoples cruise ... Read more
clark
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This ship leaves the Princess fleet soon,but I have some comments that may speak to Princess generally...First, all hands tried to please...lots of smiles....boarding and departure was smooth and well organized....our balcony room seemed ... Read more
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ETdreamer
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
From go to whoa this was a once in a lifetime cruise! Firstly, we got this cruise at a ridiculously priced promotional fare which also included a generous OBC. Secondly, we were able to travel to a place (New Zealand) we had both visited ... Read more
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pryce_tag
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
345 forum posts
We chose this cruise because it was in the school holidays and we had not been to New Zealand before. Whilst this cruise was perfectly fine and we enjoyed it, it was not up to the standards we have come to expect from cruising. For ... Read more
Ewaq345
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
Prefacing this with the fact that this was our first ever cruise experience so don't have any other ships to compare to yet. Embarkation in Sydney went a lot more smoothly than I expected and was generally well run. We cruised on the ... Read more
Anndoug13
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Smooth boarding no hassles quick easy. The ship is fantastic easy to find your way around. Beautiful decor comfortable chairs in bars and international cafe. Plenty of sun loungers and chairs to sit on up on deck. We had an inside ... Read more
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
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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
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
Over from NZ
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Have cruised Princess before (same ship), so knew what we were in for. Have cruised this particular area (South Pacific Vanuatu and New Caledonia) 4 times. It would be very hard not to have a good time on a cruise. Great service is a ... Read more
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
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