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5 Australia & New Zealand Expedition Cruise Reviews

We sailed from Broome to Darwin through the Kimberleys. The scenery was breathtaking. The daily excursions were full of interest as well as unique and very enjoyable. The staff were amazing. They could not do enough to assist us. You ... Read More
We sailed from Broome to Darwin through the Kimberleys. The scenery was breathtaking. The daily excursions were full of interest as well as unique and very enjoyable. The staff were amazing. They could not do enough to assist us. You would only have to ask for something once and they acted right away. The tour leaders were so knowledgeable. They bent over backwards to make the tours full of interest. The food was absolutely delicious. The breakfast and lunch were buffet style and the evening meal a la carte. There were many healthy options to choose from. The ship was spotlessly clean. At 6pm every day there would be a recap of the day's activities and then an explanation of what would occur the next day. They told you what to wear, what to take. The safety level was fantastic. I would strongly recommend Coral Expeditions and I would have no hesitation to book another cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
CABIN SS - Superior Veranda Suite on the Navigation deck is one of the best cabin layouts possible found on HAL Vista class ships. Large bathroom with both tub and shower, plenty of closet and drawer space for 28 day cruise, spacious ... Read More
CABIN SS - Superior Veranda Suite on the Navigation deck is one of the best cabin layouts possible found on HAL Vista class ships. Large bathroom with both tub and shower, plenty of closet and drawer space for 28 day cruise, spacious feeling, large deck with both settees and table and chairs - smoked glass railing. One floor up to Lido deck. No noise except a little chair scraping at the end of the afternoon when they clean the Lido deck pool area. Everything worked and temperature of room easy to regulate. Would recommend port side cabins for this itinerary for the best views. DINING: getting better all the time with smaller portions of better quality entrees and usually excellent soup and appetizer courses. Dinner salads cold, fresh and crispy - always a good choice when not ready to eat a full dinner. Specialty teas excellent with the addition of the Aussie Tea which was another chance to get those delicious ANZAC biscuits alone with some other new Aussie treats. Good selection of after dinner cheeses and various desserts. LIDO food similar to all HAL ships with remarkable variety though often just a very slight sprinkling of salt perked up the favors enough to make them sing, or use of optional spicing/flavoring sauces available on the side. PINNACLE GRILL- I found new asian menu items to be an excellent addition though DH found his "Silver Label" steak to be tough and overly massive. SERVICE: excellent on all levels. Oosterdam was a ship of smiles like all HAL cruises. Ship condition good. ENTERTAINMENT: Solar ellipse and enrichment lecturers all superb, even the wacky "Star Lady" grew on you with her novel approach to valuable astronomical information. Shows great variety. Adagio classically accomplished pianist and violists first rate and an excellent change over the Adagio Strings quartet's typical fare. ITINERARY: Excellent, though one missed port (MacKay - AUS) due to high winds, but spent more time cruising the Great Barrier Reef in the day light as we positioned ourself for the Solar Eclipse. Water was too cool for easy snorkeling in New Caledonia which was a disappointment, but Hamilton Island stinger suits in the GBR made snorkeling there comfortable - be prepared if you travel to this area in November - not yet hot enough but Isle of Pines beach has to be one of the prettiest places on the planet. Hobart Tasmania was a very nice stop, even if this meant giving up the NZ "sounds" that are included on other itineraries to this part of the world. All NZ stops were very good up the eastern coast - very port intensive but all shore excursions were great - two train trips into the inland and even one visit to the Hobbit film village which was a surprising and unexpected delight. SHOPPING: Fell in love with the NZ "possum silk" sweaters and bought several of them even though quite pricy -best deals in Dunedin at I love Merino shops, but found some last minute choices in Auckland as well. These are going to be travel staples as they are light weight, comfortable, easy to pack, breathe and provide wonderful warmth and wind insulation. NOVEMBER WEATHER - even though this is the start of summer it was quite cool and the Oosterdam public rooms also felt quite cool - we needed to dress more warmly than we expected. Wish we had purchased our "possum silk" sweaters earlier in the trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
Our family was fortunate enough to sail on the Century from Fremantle to Sydney along the top end of Australia. Wow,what a fantastic ship and beautiful, hot ports of call. From the moment we boarded in Fremantle untill we disembarked ... Read More
Our family was fortunate enough to sail on the Century from Fremantle to Sydney along the top end of Australia. Wow,what a fantastic ship and beautiful, hot ports of call. From the moment we boarded in Fremantle untill we disembarked in Sydney we where treated like royalty. Without exception the staff where the friendliest and the most entertaining we have ever had on a ship. Smiling faces adorned the Century. Our cabin was fantastic with a huge timber decked balcony and a small bathtub with jets. Our state room attendants where excellent never intruding and always finding the perfect time to makeup or turndown our cabin. Our butler was a treat serving us coffee or hot chocolate on our balcony each morning. We where truly spoiled. The food was brilliant. We ate dinner most nights in the Grand Dining Room where our waiters where again fantastic. One night we ate at the Murano..Very very good service and food but not that much better to justify the added cost of $40. The buffet was brilliant with choices for all tastes. The burgers and hot dogs at the pool where simply delicious. The entertainers put-on fantastic shows for us and mingled with us guests while aboard which was nice. The Century orchestra was amazing and added gusto to all the shows. The musicians around the ship where all fantastic added great charisma to there respective venues. Ian,our cruise director was fantastic as well as all his staff. To be honest between the six of us we couldn't think of anything to fault this cruise on so I have to say that we have now had THE PERFECT CRUISE Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We boarded the ship in NY and were impressed with the embarkation process. We had an opportunity to have access to our room and were very impressed with the size of the Princess Grill room. The room was big and gave us room to walk ... Read More
We boarded the ship in NY and were impressed with the embarkation process. We had an opportunity to have access to our room and were very impressed with the size of the Princess Grill room. The room was big and gave us room to walk around without bumping into each other. The additional closet space was a gift with all the clothes we had packed. Our room steward, Rommel, was very helpful and kept our room spotless. The ship as a whole was impressive and very regal. Does not have the glitz and glamor of other cruise ships. It has lot's of wood railings and paneling. The ship was constantly being cleaned. I found the ship's staff very personable. Always wishing us a good day. The food in all areas was very good. We had moments when we didn't feel like getting dressed formally and enjoyed the option of having a meal as we desired in the buffet. We also enjoyed the Todd English restaurant. Very good and the service was exceptional. Our service in the Princess Grill was very memorable. The whole restaurant staff were very personable and we were greeted at all meals with a smile. Our staff included Robert, Gordon, RoseMarie and Sanntosh. Our sommelier, Silvanna was very knowledgeable and gave us exceptional service. Patou and Yonell....... our Maitre D's were proper and meticulous. We enjoyed coming for our meals and having the exceptional service we expected at that level. The shore excursions were wonderful. The only caveat may be the cigarette smoking. As a non smoker...... it was not comfortable to have your next door neighbor smoking on his deck. We would have to close our deck door for a while. And parts of the interior had a smoky aroma. We have taken a few cruises and know there are glitches. We accept those as part of traveling. We have met so many new friends that we keep in contact today on previous cruises and this cruise is no exception. I was involved with an informal aviation group meeting on sea days and enjoyed the impromptu discussions. The disembarkation was easy and orderly. Our concierge finalized our arrival and made the journey a wonderful memory for my beautiful wife and our 25th anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Travelled from Sydney to Auckland with many ports whilst en route. Volendam is showing her age - looking worn around the edges and needing a face-lift - but this did not detract from our enjoyment of this fab cruise. Particular ... Read More
Travelled from Sydney to Auckland with many ports whilst en route. Volendam is showing her age - looking worn around the edges and needing a face-lift - but this did not detract from our enjoyment of this fab cruise. Particular highlights include: mayor of Burnie greeting us when disembarking; wonderful botanic gardens at Dunedin (easily walkable on a day ashore); beautiful weather on the day we 'tendered' into akaroa; genuine warmth of reception by the people of Napier; wonderful scenery in Mount Manganui. Life onboard was generally fun with a variety of entertainment. Our favorites were great quizzes organised by cruise director David and DJ Phil. Questions did tend to be rather geared to US residents, but hey, we can cope. Didn't win though! The evening meals were much better than I remember having on Ms. Veendam earlier this year but breakfast and lunch were still a bit of a scrum in the Lido self-service restaurant. Much better to go to the Rotterdam for a sit-down affair if time available. Our cabin was clean, had a wide range of storage, and was generally quiet but had odd ominous banging sounds from below on occasions (engine room? tenders?). We made full use of the self service laundrette, having been away for a week by the time we got on board ship. It really does seem odd that you still need an enormous number of US quarters to operate the washers and dryers, it's probably time that they sold tokens which would be much more user friendly. Opted for open dining which means we could go any time we wanted rather than be tied to a specific sitting. Generally shared with other people in tables of 6-8 and this worked very well most of the time and forced us to socialise with others, which was enjoyable and entertaining. Evening shows were not to our taste for the most part, but we recognised that all had talent. Usually quite difficult to find space to sit if one went after dinner. All in all, we had a fab time and would thoroughly recommend this itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011

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