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Family trip with father in law 82y old. We choose Tasmania as it was bit cooler and slower pace. Dad had so much fun that he was still up dancing at 10pm. So much for slower pace lol. The food was for everyone's tastes. ... Read More
Family trip with father in law 82y old. We choose Tasmania as it was bit cooler and slower pace. Dad had so much fun that he was still up dancing at 10pm. So much for slower pace lol. The food was for everyone's tastes. Restaurants were great and nice serving size. Decor was Majestic, shows were top quality. Rooms were clean and had all that was needed, pillow was like sleeping on a cloud would hv liked to take it home. Aircon was little cold in our room and couldn't turn it off, could turn it down. We even could watch a few love boat series on tv. When arriving at a destination it was easy to walk off ship and do our own thing. Also did an exclusion and the organization was great well worth the trip. Spa was friendly and helpful, there training was excellent. Great experience and many fantastic memories thank you princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
After nearly twenty cruises with Royal Caribbean / Celebrity, we booked a Panama Canal cruise on Emerald Princess leaving on 29 February 2020. Having never sailed with Princess before, we decided to do a test drive by booking Golden ... Read More
After nearly twenty cruises with Royal Caribbean / Celebrity, we booked a Panama Canal cruise on Emerald Princess leaving on 29 February 2020. Having never sailed with Princess before, we decided to do a test drive by booking Golden Princess for a 5 day cruise departing Adelaide on 25 January, visiting Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Phillip Island before disembarking in Melbourne. Our assessment - Average. I am. hoping for better from Emerald Princess. How did we reach that assessment: Golden Princess will be handed over to P & O Australia in August and it shows. Maintenance levels seem to have dropped - plenty of signs of rust not being attended to was one indication. We stayed in a very unusual stateroom - a Suite on Fiesta Deck (Deck 6) that does not have a balcony - it is one of six Suites created out of un-needed restaurant space or something similar. The room itself was large, with plenty of storage and a great bathroom, but no independent ventilation and an air conditioning system that was not working properly - the thermostat was set at 19 Celsius but the room temperature hovered around 23 Celsius for most of the cruise and on our only sea day hit 26 Celsius. Yes we reported it on Day 1 and No - nothing was done to rectify the issue. We thought that the staff that we dealt with were friendly and helpful and the level of service pretty good (not good enough to overcome the issues raised earlier) It is a bit hard to criticise the cruise line about the call into Kangaroo Island - the residents there had just experienced a serious bushfire, but lets be honest here - if you don't take up an overpriced shore excursion then bad luck - there was no independent transport that we could find and two hours ashore was ninety minutes too long. Phillip Island was also a bit of a disappointment. The icing on the cake for me though - and a warning for everyone concerns the issue of lost property. I (stupidly) left my R M Williams Sports Coat in the wardrobe in the cabin when we disembarked in Melbourne. I realised what I had done two hours later whilst at Melbourne Airport and called the Princess Customer Service number to report the loss - only to be told that I had to do so through their website. I did so immediately and (13 days later) am still waiting for a response to that email - I'd call that poor Customer Service. I followed up with a web chat and then 3 days later with another phone call to be told that company policy was to destroy clothing found on the ship for health reasons. I find this totally unacceptable in my circumstances - a relatively high value item located inside a cabin where the owner can be easily identified AND the owner has contacted within hours reporting the loss and stating that they can arrange for the item to be collected in Melbourne. I think on reflection that AVERAGE is a generous assessment of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
It was my first cruise and what an amazing experience I had. The crew really makes an effort to keep you happy, there are lots of entertainment on board, some are excellent like the shows and invited guests, and others a little ... Read More
It was my first cruise and what an amazing experience I had. The crew really makes an effort to keep you happy, there are lots of entertainment on board, some are excellent like the shows and invited guests, and others a little repetitive and tedious like musicians playing and singing every night the same songs, old songs. I have to mention the cruise director Jody, she is an extraordinary person, she was always smiling no matter what was happening and how "emotionless" were the people, and I'm still wondering how can she have high heels and run from one extreme of the ship to the other all day long and still be as bubbly and happy as she is, she is amazing; another one that was entertaining and funny was Robbie, funny man that made everything fun and sparkly with his craziness. I have to mention how good was "Share" by Curtin Stones restaurant, amazing food and the prices are so affordable that you will be surprised, remember to go hungry because you eat so much you won't believe it, and the staff at Share is out of this world, they go extra miles to make you feel special, I have to mention the MaitreD Daniel, what an amazing man and a very skilful waitress Mireya, these people made us feel like kings and queens. The ship has everything you need so next time you go on a cruise don't take too much stuff with you, everything is provided for you. I can't wait to go back on a Princess Cruise soon! Two bad reviews, sorry, the coffee is not good, they need to hire proper baristas. Second, there are no Vegan options at all in any of the food restaurants or food courts, there are only vegetarian options but no vegan, which made my holidays a little more complicated trying to have a proper vegan meal, maybe these can be considered to make Princess Cruises the best Cruises of all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this ... Read More
We have travelled on 2 or 3 cruise lines, but with princess cruises more than any other cruise lines including p&o, their associate cruise line. Satisfaction & familiarity are a good description of our cruises. All in this group offer this but l believe we have become used to what princess offers in regard to entertainment (night shows), meals, room service, loyalty programmes etc. Embankment & disembarkment was the quickest we have ever known for a cruise both from our home port of fremantle, w.a. But also at ports visited. Whenever a tender was needed to ferry us to shore, this was done as expediately & as safely as possible given some weather conditions were not good at times, e.g. Kangaroo island. Staff everywhere were very helpful, friendly & fairly well conversant with the english language, given their different nationalities . There were some disappointments with maintenance issues, not only in our cabin but other people spoke of problems. To their credit, within 5 minutes of being bought to the attention of the service desk maintenance people were at our cabin to fix the issues mentioned. To compensate for our inconvenience & to our surprise we were offered the choice of 2 dining venues for a complementary meal. I am sure leaving an anchor behind in a port (chain cut) because this was stuck in the mud & could not be raised by the onboard machinery is not an everyday occurrence but added to the variation & interest from the norm. At all times we were kept up to date by capt. Diego.(whom we have sailed with before). Nobody could do anything about the 3-4 m waves around the gt aust. Bright, further advised by capt. Diego hours before this started. The effect of this was a reduction in speed for 2 1/2 days meaning we by-passed busselton but this wasn't an issue because we all arrived safely home due to the skill & expertise of the captain & crew. This is an old ship, has been sold & these issues are not the norm for this cruise line. Washing hands was insisted upon before entering a dining room & always has been. Dining & food was always a1. Well presented & tasted even better. The maitre d in the deck 14 dining room was a delight. Staff were always at hand to assist with seating, & assisting the elderly whenever they saw a need for this or not, lending an arm or just carrying a plate of food. They were always asking if we wanted a drink of iced water, iced tea or coffee & used dishes cleared from every table quickly & efficiently. Entertainment was v.good with us seeing both sessions of one comedian's show. the volume in the theatres is too high, especially for those of us with hearing aids. Even removing these did not prove a viable option for me because l was still blasted. At a presentation with crew associated with productions & 'what happened behind the scenes' l did raise this issue but was told, 'lowering the sound may impede the overall effect of the production, l will speak to the sound guy & you may need to sit there or there' (pointing). My reply, 'l was sitting there last night & the lady next to me had to remove her hearing aids & told me so.' (i had seen her do so & told her). Many folk on cruises are elderly, l believe & the fact many were leaving 'in their droves' after the start of some performances must be an indication to organizers what is right & what is not. Fold up mobility scooters were plentiful here as were the bigger type. Cruises are all about doing what you want to do with your time, & the options are plentiful. Shopping was great but we also enjoyed being able to just sit in a lounge with a book of puzzles, having a quiet coffee & sitting taking in the delightful sounds of the solo or duo (at times), entertainers. Music seem to resonate every where in the ship which we enjoyed. Many people took advantage of the library playing games, borrowing books, doing jig-saws or just reading. We took a few laps of the decks from time to time. Apparently 3 laps is equivalent to 1 mile. We didn't take advantage of 'movies under the stars' because the weather was a little cool for us, neither did we swim. Some activities organized by the activities dept were little more than 40 -45 mins of 'doing your own thing'. I thought card making was going to be constructive where we would be shown a technique. On a previous cruise we were shown paper flower making & other interesting things to do. Our crew member spread items around & then ran to & fro to the department returning with other bits & bobs before saying, '5 minutes left.' We are hoping for something more next time, something we can get our teeth into, if we still have our own teeth. We attended many interesting demonstrations on board. We plan to sail with them for many years to come, hope to do another cruise within the next 12 months & have already started to plan our 2022 cruise with princess cruises for a double celebration. We both reach 70 years of age in february 2022 & celebrate 50 years of marriage in may of 2022. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We travelled on the 29th for the New Years cruise The food on this ship is just awful. We had to dine at the restaurants to get a decent feed. The tapenyaki bar cost us $179 for 2 people, which didn’t include drinks. Outrageous. ... Read More
We travelled on the 29th for the New Years cruise The food on this ship is just awful. We had to dine at the restaurants to get a decent feed. The tapenyaki bar cost us $179 for 2 people, which didn’t include drinks. Outrageous. Also Beware of the hidden costs in credit card charges & service fees. Not really much to do unless you liked to gamble. The pool was closed the whole time we were on the ship. The bands were really good at palm court so that’s where we hung out every night, there were no other bars on the ship. The only passengers that were happy were on their first time cruising, everyone else that had done others cruises were not impressed at all. Heard all their complaints wherever we went. Our cabin was nice, but we had the balcony, paid more of course. I would definitely not recommend this ship, glad it was only 7 days. Was very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
It wasn't our first choice, but I am soo happy with this cruise and the experiences we shared. Leaving and coming back to Sydney Harbour was like night and day. Leaving the port was smooth as the seas beneath us. The ship is ... Read More
It wasn't our first choice, but I am soo happy with this cruise and the experiences we shared. Leaving and coming back to Sydney Harbour was like night and day. Leaving the port was smooth as the seas beneath us. The ship is magnificent and should be explored in great detail. The cabins are adequate and will serve you well. The food is delicious, not one desire was left unfulfilled. Entertainment was amazing, such a wide selection of shows, movies, and games. If you are strong, turn off your phone and allow the captain to take you on your journey. You will find all the answers you seek if you aren't afraid to follow your pain. If you are reading Captain Nicholas, please employ a maître d' for the disco, the DJ's need all the help they can get. Thank you so very much Celebrity Solstice, till we meet again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Looked aged, despite claims of a recent refurbishment! The only good thing was shows and performers. Food average and repetitive. Dining service poor and disorganised. Quite clearly an understaffed ship. Ship director not ... Read More
Looked aged, despite claims of a recent refurbishment! The only good thing was shows and performers. Food average and repetitive. Dining service poor and disorganised. Quite clearly an understaffed ship. Ship director not very visible. Gratuity was calculated and taken automatically from most passengers except we refused to pay and paid to our cabin cleaner directly. Disembarkation at the ports was a disaster with passengers being held indoors without being able to go anywhere for house wasting precious time visiting the ports! Only one or two tender boats running to and from one of the ports contributing to the above chaos! Swimming pools were drained claiming safety reasons! Tiny stateroom with little storage facilities. 15-18% GST on everything! Inconsistent information provided about important stuff including times to return to the ship and the type of ID needed to be taken to ports. A main lift was broken the whole time. Out phone did not work and was not fixed despite us informing the reception. Decks were washed in the morning rather than late at nights, making them slippery and dangerous for joggers; I had a fall myself and had to walk in the covered areas afterwards. The list goes on.... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to do a cruise within Australia and this 8 day cruise was surprising in so many ways. The Atrium was beautifully decorated with Xmas decorations, which made it even more impressive than usual. The quality and variety of the ... Read More
We wanted to do a cruise within Australia and this 8 day cruise was surprising in so many ways. The Atrium was beautifully decorated with Xmas decorations, which made it even more impressive than usual. The quality and variety of the food was outstanding and we loved all the french pastries that were added since our last cruise. We had not been to Hobart before, and as the ship docks right in the centre, it allowed us to see and do a lot in the time we had there. The ship was immaculate. The staff are so super friendly and positive. They are a great team of young people. The Geological shore excursion from Port Arthur was wonderful, with the diversity of this small state highlighted in a very short time. Mostly love the Hollywood Conservatory, which allows you to escape from the cold winds/weather when needed, but still see the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We did not want to fly so had to choose a cruise which sailed Sydney to Sydney. N.Z. is very beautiful. Everything is green and lush unlike Australia where we are experiencing severe drought. Embarkation was smooth and easy although ... Read More
We did not want to fly so had to choose a cruise which sailed Sydney to Sydney. N.Z. is very beautiful. Everything is green and lush unlike Australia where we are experiencing severe drought. Embarkation was smooth and easy although there was a long walk from check in to the gangway. No help was offered. I have some difficulty walking and found this walk carrying hand luggage quite challenging. Disembarkation was handled very well, although I was surprised that no announcements were made. We were not even told on which level we could access the gangway. Luggage was easily found and there was help available from the luggage hall to the taxi rank. The Majestic Princess is a very large ship carrying over 3000 passengers plus crew. I would not travel on such a big ship again. Too many people, not enough elevators, not enough lounges by the pool. The Horizon buffet restaurant was always very crowded and it was difficult to find a seat, especially with a plate full of food. Food in dining room was always luke warm and not of the quality on previous Princess cruises. The shows in the Princess lounge were very good, however there was very little entertainment during the day. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Five couples agreed to a get together and N.Z. was our choice. No animal cruelty in our stateroom cabin / balcony as could not swing a cat and taken back to be greeted with two single beds so second honeymoon called off there and then ... Read More
Five couples agreed to a get together and N.Z. was our choice. No animal cruelty in our stateroom cabin / balcony as could not swing a cat and taken back to be greeted with two single beds so second honeymoon called off there and then !! Was this cruise specifically to cater for Senior Seniors as it appeared that way ? Not much life after 11.15pm each night and no participants for the Tap Gypsy Tap or the Boogie Woogie !! On the positive side you could not ask for better staff and their efficient happy service and humour was also appreciated. High praise for Edwin & Jun in the bar at level 5 and added to the ambience of this section of ship to become our meeting place when couples became lost. Very Beautiful . (VB) Do not let this deter you from Princess Cruises as they certainly have bigger, better, newer ships however in all honesty will not be recommending Sea Princess to my friends / contacts. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Melbourne to Melbourne, so no added cost of flights or hotel. Short cruise for friends who were first time cruisers. Smooth embarkation, plenty of staff to help you with luggage, however they lost the tag off ours, so had no clothes to ... Read More
Melbourne to Melbourne, so no added cost of flights or hotel. Short cruise for friends who were first time cruisers. Smooth embarkation, plenty of staff to help you with luggage, however they lost the tag off ours, so had no clothes to change into for dinner. Took a while to locate it. Canaletto Dining Room (Formal Dining) this would be the hardest restaurant to find, only one set of lifts go to the part of deck 6 it is on. Food was average. Crown Grill not up to Noveau restaurant on Carnival Spirit. Wine prices were far too high, realise the demographics of delivery and storage and expect to pay more, but $9 wine selling for $46 Is not acceptable. Advise to take your own and pay the corkage to drink your own in the dining rooms. Cabin and shower area small, our steward kept it very clean, wardrobe space had a good supply of hangers. Entertainment ok and Roel de Vries in promenade bar was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting. As we are from Sydney, so cruising from ... Read More
We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting. As we are from Sydney, so cruising from Melbourne gave us the opportunity to travel to Melbourne a few days before and spend time sightseeing, which we haven't done for many years. The whole experience of embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. It was easy to catch a taxi from our accommodation in Melbourne CBD to Port Melbourne and the bus organised by Princess Cruises to get to the airport after disembarking was hassle free. The ship was very good, decor very nice and the fixtures well maintained. We had a mini suite, which was very clean and well maintained and we really appreciated the extra space. A key part of going on a cruise is the dining and the dining experience on the Golden Princess was excellent. We had no problem choosing something to our taste at every meal, the meals were delicious and the wine list was very good. There was a very good mix of entertainment and activities to keep us occupied. The shows we attended were excellent and we'd have happily paid to see the same standard of shows at home. There was a good mix of entertainers on board and we had no problem being entertained while enjoying a drink or two in the bars and lounges. The service provided by the crew was very good and we felt well looked after. Our cabin steward was excellent, as was the wait staff when we dined at Sabatini's, one of the speciality dining restaurants. The ports of call were interesting with a good mix of excursions to suit most people. The highlight for me was Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. However, I enjoyed our day in Adelaide, where we didn't book any excursions as we've been their a number of times before, but spent our time visiting the Art Gallery and city centre. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the Kangaroo Island stop due to strong winds and rough water preventing the ship from anchoring. Would we do the cruise again? Definitely, though we would probably prefer to do a one way cruise starting in Sydney with the same ports of call and then fly home from Adelaide. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We traveled with our family which consisted of 13 adults, 1 child & 1 infant. We took a shuttle Limo from Cheektowaga NY to Toronto. We flew 22 hours from Toronto to Sydney. We had a 1 hour layover in Vancouver at 2:30am, which was ... Read More
We traveled with our family which consisted of 13 adults, 1 child & 1 infant. We took a shuttle Limo from Cheektowaga NY to Toronto. We flew 22 hours from Toronto to Sydney. We had a 1 hour layover in Vancouver at 2:30am, which was awful. When we got to Sydney we only had that day to explore, so we checked in at The Holiday Inn at The Rocks and then spent the day walking around. Though we were jet lagged, we were going on adrenal from the excitement of being there. We saw the Opera House, walked across the Harbor bridge and ate and shopped at The Rocks. We even found a Starbucks! The next day we had a shuttle to the cruise pier, at 11:00 am, which was across the street, but we had to much luggage to walk there. We had priority boarding and curbside luggage. Which really wasn’t curbside. We had to drag our suitcases 100 feet to drop it all off. We went to the front of the line to check in. The building didn’t seem to have AC, because we, as well as the staff, were all sweating in there. Once on board we were given a glass of champagne and had our family picture taken. We were then escorted to Luminae, a restaurant for all Suite quests. By 1:00 our cabins were ready. We received flowers, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. We received our suitcases by 5:00, which was wonderful. The food in Luminae was very good and the service was superb. We also ate at Tuscan Grill and Sushi on 5, which were 2 specialty restaurants. The food was very good there as well. We mostly ate at the Buffet for breakfast. It had a lot of varieties and once you found what you liked, you could enjoy it every morning. A lot of our group ordered room service, which came within half hour. That was a treat in itself. Our Royal Suite was a good size. A few times we had 12 people visiting us comfortably. Though the furniture needed an upgrade and the TV only had 10 channels. None of which I liked. There were free movies and pay per view. I saw most of them already. I am known as a movie bug. The internet was awful. You could never stay connected. It took long to open apps and search the web. I would get text messages hours later, when I would remember to reconnect to WiFi. The Ship was very nice considering it’s scheduled to be remodeled in 2021. There were some shops, but mostly high end designers, that you wouldn’t normally buy from. The souvenirs were limited and they didn’t have a store that sold any staples, should you need any. A major disappointing thing was all the Senior Citizens that were the majority of people. Our group ranged from 14 years to 56 years old. So a lot of the entertainment was geared towards 65 plus years old. There wasn’t much going on past 10:00pm. The elevators took a long time to come when we had to use it. Most times it was full with wheelchairs, walkers or both. The Buffet was always crowded. A few mornings we couldn’t find a table. There should be as many tables & chairs, as there are guests on board! The shows were mediocre, 3 out of the 12 nights were very good! Going to and from Ports went smoothly, whether we walked off or had to take a tender. Though our stroller had to be carried up or down stairs to enter & exit the ports. Not sure how the wheelchairs and walkers handled it? The Excursions were ok. A few were misleading. We informed the Excursion desk of our disappointment and they didn’t seem to care that much about our opinion. We booked a private tour 4 months in advance. The night before it was scheduled, we received a note and voice mail, that it was canceled due to mechanical issues. (Whatever that meant?!) So we had to try to arrange something else with a tour company on shore. That was a pain, but it worked out. We probably won’t travel on Celebrity again. Their prices were almost double what I’ve paid on other CruiseLines. They weren’t any better than those, so I’m not sure how they justify that. Some crew members that we would like to recognize, as those who went above & beyond for us, were Sam and Ty in Luminea, as well as our Butler Lorenzo. We spent some time in Michael’s Club, which was a lounge for Suite guests, where you could get a drink and some cookies and just relax. The Conceirge in there, Davina, was very helpful as well. All and all we had a great time with our family experiencing Australia and a cruise was a great way to do it!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise as it was suitable as our first cruise of the season. We had been on this ship some 5 years before but it is still in very good order. Only our 5th Celebrity cruise but due to our Royal Caribbean history we were given ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was suitable as our first cruise of the season. We had been on this ship some 5 years before but it is still in very good order. Only our 5th Celebrity cruise but due to our Royal Caribbean history we were given Elite class. Embarkation was quick due to that benefit. We had done all the ports before, both by sea and land, so will not expand on them. First the good points - as I said the ship is in good order with many comfortable lounges -the food is generally good with tasty curries in the buffet on port days. Lunches in the MDR were only average, breakfasts were good and dinners satisfactory with some disappointments. Our inside cabin was quite spacious and served the purpose. The room attendant was also excellent. The dining room staff were also good, mainly Indonesian and Filipino , a little reserved at first but relaxed after they got to know us. The passengers were a mixed lot, mainly Aussies, NZ, Uk and a lot of well off Americans. All very nice apart from a Bible bashing couple. The theatre was good with never a problem in getting a seat. It holds 1400+ and getting there early was not necessary. The individual artists were good but the production shows were poor except for the last night, an acrobatic show with an extremely good female acrobat. The captain entertained us with his reports and quirky sense of humour was easy and taxis were plentiful. Disembarkation was easy and taxis were plentiful. The not so good points- We missed the dedicated Diamond and Diamond+ lounges on Royal Caribbean. There were no Captains Club drinks on embarkation night or on Captains party night. On RC you get proper coffee and nibblies in Diamond lounges, but missing on Celebrity. However, in the Ensemble lounge we got excellent service from the waiter, Hendry. Although we got our drinks for free we noticed the extortionate cost of drinks eg a glass of ordinary wine US$10 or 14 or 19. A lot in Australian money. A coffee in special coffee lounge was US$6 = A$9. The specialty restaurants are all priced in US dollars and are also expensive. They did not seem well patronised at the times we saw them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to visit Tassie so we decided to take a cruise there it worked out to be a great choice . Modern ship great decor, service was very good , the ship was at full capacity but never felt crowded . We had a mini suite located deck 14 mid ship.Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze no hassles.Meal menus and choices in the dinning areas we felt could have been a little better, still good and should fulfill most people’s appetite.Shore tours where well planned and well organised by the crew . Would recommend you book prior to boarding the ship however as they were limited. Entertainment was good plenty of different themes from musical to comedy . The theatre was big and plenty of seats it’s pillarless and you have a great view of the stage from every seat.I would highly recommend the Majestic Princess for your next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our second cruise on this ship, the first was a disappointment as you will see in our previous review but we wanted to go to Cairns and couldn’t fly so it was Hobson’s choice. We had a balcony cabin which was a good size and ... Read More
This was our second cruise on this ship, the first was a disappointment as you will see in our previous review but we wanted to go to Cairns and couldn’t fly so it was Hobson’s choice. We had a balcony cabin which was a good size and quiet comfortable except for the bathroom which was a disaster. The shower was over a spa bath and impossible for anyone with even a minor disability to access, the toilet was designed for very short people and was very difficult to get off for elderly people, although a toilet raiser was supplied on request. Most disappointing was the food, we tried the pantry but found the food cold and unappetising. The seating arrangement was modern cafeteria and almost impossible to get a table for two. When possible we ate in the Waterfront restaurant and again were disappointed. The selection of dishes was very limited and the standard of cooking poor, in some cases inedible with that kept warm to long flavour. There was no decent coffee shop and the service was very poor generally resulting in us having to go to the bar a join a line to order. Entertainment was bog standard and after twenty cruises had nothing new to attract us.there was no classical music or decency comedy. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
First time traveling to New Zealand and first time on Princess line. Unexpected problem at the start and cruise cut short by 3 days due to cyclone.. can't help the weather. Just myself and best friend on this trip. Embarkation ... Read More
First time traveling to New Zealand and first time on Princess line. Unexpected problem at the start and cruise cut short by 3 days due to cyclone.. can't help the weather. Just myself and best friend on this trip. Embarkation went smoothly as did disembarkation when we returned. Entertainment was fantastic something for everyone.Especially one group in particular- Mosaic was their name..great band.All staff were amazing very friendly knowledgeable approachable. Food was amazing we had anytime dining. Service terrific staff amazing food fantastic Lots of areas to have quiet time or be active.. enjoyed very relaxing massage inn the spa.. staff running activities were easy going friendly Cabin was very clean and tidy. Looked after each day by amazing staff.. had arranged day tours before arriving. Organisation of these was well done.. buses were then when required. Left on time. Ticked off a couple of things inn my bucket list . visited Tauranga and went to Hobbiton and while in Aukland violated Sky Tower.. amazingly stunning views Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and this cruise was advertised at a reasonable rate in the Sunday Mail. As this is the final voyage from Australia of the Astor I was not expecting much. We were surprised pleasantly by the ... Read More
I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and this cruise was advertised at a reasonable rate in the Sunday Mail. As this is the final voyage from Australia of the Astor I was not expecting much. We were surprised pleasantly by the cabin size and ample storage. The water pressure and hot water availability was faultless. The waste system operated faultlessly unlike other cruises we have completed. The food was incredible. The bar staff were knowledgeable and hospitable. A special mention for the entertainment staff and in particular the extremely hard working dancers. The shows kept getting better. The Captain was a true gentleman and exceptional host. Housekeeping and general cleanliness was to a very high standard. The spa was a pleasure to visit. The sauna and co located internal swimming pool were immaculately clean and attended by staff. I wasn’t expecting much from an aged ship on a relatively minor shipping line but I was constantly surprised and delighted from start to finish. Thank you CMV. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Ok after the last 2 disappointing cruises with princess we thought we'd give cunard a go.Def aimed at.a diff market. .only one child on board for first half of cruise (poor bugger was lonely in kids club) The average age was ... Read More
Ok after the last 2 disappointing cruises with princess we thought we'd give cunard a go.Def aimed at.a diff market. .only one child on board for first half of cruise (poor bugger was lonely in kids club) The average age was older and this changed down to around 55 after melb. Embarkation and disembarking was brilliant.so much more efficient.Food was.great 8 out of 10 the ship was immaculate no leaking roofs and the carpet was stain free and trip over buckets or carpet dryers. The rooms were very good. The mens change room had a sauna which looked out over the sea...didnt have to pay for the expensive spa suite..9/10 and no one used it most of the time i was the only person there. The only downfall was the way they bill you in us dollars and charge your account. Drinks were expensive . Our semillionier in the Britannia dining room was Mysdrago from serbia who was so charming you could take him home. The only other issue was dining in the buffet for lunch or breakfast as there were not enough seating for everyone inside. The entertainment was very good. This cruise was not a booze cruise with everyone just having a nice time relaxing. Its not carnival or princess and doesnt cater for that market. We enjoyed dressing for dinner and whilst some standards were enforced (No swimmers.in buffet ) most of the time everyone dressed accordingly..had a great cruise definitely a much better standard for me anyway. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have had a number of Celenrity Cruises this was the most disappointing. The positives - Luminae dining, cabin housekeeping and general level of service. The Sky Suite was spacious and service excellent but the noise from trolleys ... Read More
We have had a number of Celenrity Cruises this was the most disappointing. The positives - Luminae dining, cabin housekeeping and general level of service. The Sky Suite was spacious and service excellent but the noise from trolleys in the buffet restaurant directly above was intrusive - especially in early morning. Negatives- We saw no evidence of 'priority boarding' which is sold as part of the package. Our check in at Auckland, which was a shambles and left is standing on the gangway with all other passengers for over 20 minutes, set the scene for all other ports. We appreciate port restrictions where only one gangway ( which would sometimes only carry 5 at any one time) seemed to be a feature but no attempt was made to prioritise and there tended to be only one card reader in operation,which for a ship this size is ridiculous. We felt sorry for disabled passengers. Occasionally there were two bag screening machines but not very often. NOISE! Screaming music invaded almost every public space even the Lawn Club, which we associate with peace and calm. A number of other passengers asked for it to be turned off or turned down but it was systematically turned back up. So many of us complained especially in the Martini bar where a disco was thumping out mindlessly. Up selling was intrusive and infuriating. Celebrity clearly have a mandate to squeeze as much out of passengers as possible. This is even more evident in our bookin for next year ( which we will probably cancel). Gratuities are added to the total cost of the cruise and the customary service for those of us who have to fly to Florida, where flight times are not compatible with cruise times, were an overnight hotel pre cruise and day room on day of departure are now an extra the latter being totally unavailable. We have contacted Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I had an assumption that all cruise`s were for old fat people, how wrong I was, my parents shouted my wife and 3 boys aged 4-8-11 and my brother and my two nieces. Absolutely blown away staff are some of the most beautiful people we have ... Read More
I had an assumption that all cruise`s were for old fat people, how wrong I was, my parents shouted my wife and 3 boys aged 4-8-11 and my brother and my two nieces. Absolutely blown away staff are some of the most beautiful people we have meet they remind me of the fijian`s, warm, humble, caring, genuine they were the highlight of the trip without a doubt. The boat is almost as good its is better than some 5 star hotels we had a junior suite that was well appointed had two bathrooms and plenty of room four us and storage for all our stuff was on deck 10 room 218 been mid ship when there is a bit of a swell is a blessing less movement. Hard to find information about activities before you, go but easy enough once on board. Book things as soon as you get on as you may miss out especially for I-Fly and North star the viewing arm thingy majig. Food is really good caters for al,l my wife is a vegetarian even she was happy. Take a clothes line as they charge like wounded bulls for laundry. If you like a drink or to get the drinks package they make the drinks strong so none of those weak bar drinks here !. For kids suits under 3 and over 8 years of age, our 4 year old fell in the weird zone things like bumper cars, rock wall, trapeze and roller skating he was to young to do. They do have a great kids club for all ages but we never used it. great used to taking the stairs the lifts are pain full none seem to be available always full. We will remember this for a lifetime helped when my parents paid for it stunning stunning stunning Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
It was relaxing Cruise to South Australia with mininium Sea days and more ports which were great.Good cruise with Princess high quality of food probably need to change the menues as it is the same after a number of cruises we have ... Read More
It was relaxing Cruise to South Australia with mininium Sea days and more ports which were great.Good cruise with Princess high quality of food probably need to change the menues as it is the same after a number of cruises we have travelled and the same with the entertainment especially the Dance shows currently five are repeated with different people. Tours were good and exciting. Need to improve dress standards in the dining rooms.All staff are friendly and helpfull especially the cabin stewards.Always something to do during the sea days and easily disembarkment on port days and could always find your tour with good transport to the cities if required. Princess cruises high standards have been maintained. The Golden Princess has been refurbished for the better with new carpets and better lighting in the dining rooms. Specilased shoping was good at reasonable prices and good specials on board,no hard sell. Very good cruise Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
There were 6 of us traveling, ranging in ages from 42 to 62. We were celebrating my friend's 50th birthday and we booked the cruise some 12 months earlier as she had never visited New Zealand. DH and I have cruised with RCCL ... Read More
There were 6 of us traveling, ranging in ages from 42 to 62. We were celebrating my friend's 50th birthday and we booked the cruise some 12 months earlier as she had never visited New Zealand. DH and I have cruised with RCCL previously on several occasions. Other friends are seasoned cruisers who have never cruised with Royal. We arrived in Sydney the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sir Stamford which was in an excellent occasion as we could walk to the pier. All six of us had the ultimate drink package and found it to be great value. Due to the weather we were consuming large amounts of water, as well as cocktails, beer, wine etc. DH and I had the ultimate dining package and our friends had 5 night packages. The other nights they ate in the main dining room and they had no complaints about the food or the service. DH and I were very happy with all the meals and staff at Chops, Izumi and Jamie's. We didn't visit Wonderland due to a bad experience on another ship a couple of years ago (DH refused to go back). There was heaps of entertainment. We kept missing things we wanted to do, due to conflicting schedules. Cruise Director Joff Eaton was once again AWESOME! Well done Joff, we especially loved your progressive trivia. It was so much fun :) Service was great everywhere on the ship. Over the course of the 10 night cruise, we visited every bar and every dining venue (other than Wonderland). Staff were all happy and fun, not to mention helpful. You could ask for anything in the Windjammer and they would get it for you. We had some great garlic Naan bread made especially for us. We didn't do any excursions through the ship. Personally, I had previously sailed to NZ so was happy to just do our own thing at each port. Twice we just walked around the towns and had some lunch. At Wellington, DH and I stayed on-board. We were only in port for a few hours, so decided to stay on the ship. Overall, it was a great cruise. Our friends who had never sailed RCCL before loved it and are looking to book another cruise with the company. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as ... Read More
New Zealand summer time never lets you down it was just a pity about the balcony of the cabin. The ship itself is lovely and the entertainment very good, food was hit and miss the kitchen trying to pass chicken pieces off as sweetbreads......both Grille and Harmony had good food but Le Mer was a very poor representation of French cuisine. Definitely go to the English Pub lunch at Grille it's the closest you would get to a true pommy experience the sausages are the best I have ever eaten and my wife had the steak and kidney pie with plenty of kidney we went both times it was on. Drinks are super expensive we were going to do the drink package and decided not too which worked out well just limiting how much you have to drink, cocktails nothing out of the ordinary here compared to other cruise lines. Entertainment was exceptional but to get a seat in the theatre you had to be there one hour before the show started a lot of people were disappointed. Shopping was per any ship. Embarking and disembarking were exceptional smooth we took the baggage with us when leaving the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Enjoyed H.A.L some time ago and decided to join friends on this 12 night cruise around New Zealand and to Norfolk Island. Most of the cruise en counted bad weather for the time of yearn around New Zealand. Well we never got to land on ... Read More
Enjoyed H.A.L some time ago and decided to join friends on this 12 night cruise around New Zealand and to Norfolk Island. Most of the cruise en counted bad weather for the time of yearn around New Zealand. Well we never got to land on Norfolk Island , the swells too big, a shame but nothing you can do to change that. The ship has H.A.L. new E.X.C. ,we were not a fan of this as it cuts done the amount of entertainment on the ship. Staff told us this is the only ship in the fleet with EXC and it appeals to limited folk from what we heard from others. The ship had only 972 on board this cruise and as it takes 1250 , tender times were good for the most part. Entertainment was very limited and some sub standard.The Cruise Director seemed to do everything with no helpers. The ship is old , but staff excellent in all departments. Our first cabin 545 had so many noises (sounded like steel on steel in the outside wall) we could not sleep.We were moved to 555 , this also had unacceptable noise ! We were then shifted to 556 which was fine apart from the shower control. Dining Room and Buffet both had cheerful and excellent staff as was the cabin staff.. Not 5 star by any mean,s , not even a fridge in the cabin, however the ship is kept clean and tidy by the crew at all times (with a smile) Read Less
Sail Date November 2018

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