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2 Night
Australia Cruise
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Brisbane onboard
Golden Princess
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Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Lots of options for dining, drinking and swimming, and a high ratio of balcony cabins

Cons

Some of the decor is not as modern as other ships in the region

Bottom Line

A great all-rounder for passengers of all ages

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Golden Princess Reviews
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Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.2
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value3.8

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Pacific Northwest
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Seattle onboard
Amsterdam
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    Seattle
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    Victoria
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    Vancouver
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Amsterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size

Con

Not much variety of dining

Bottom Line

Great value for bucket-list itineraries

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Amsterdam Reviews
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4.0/5
Cabins4.4
Dining4.1
Service4.5
Value4.2

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2 Night
Europe Cruise
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Southampton onboard
Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
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    Hamburg
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

Pros

Drastically improved buffet restaurant; only kennels at sea; excellent specialty dining

Cons

Poor quality of food in the main dining room hasn't been addressed

Bottom Line

QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews
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4.5/5
Cabins4.3
Dining3.9
Service4.1
Value3.7

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Mediterranean - Western Cruise
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Genoa onboard
MSC Orchestra
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    Genoa
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    Marseille
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    Barcelona
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MSC Orchestra - MSC Cruises

Captivating port-intensive itineraries

Wine Bar has a terrific antipasto

Supersized pool-side movie screen

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MSC Orchestra Reviews
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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service3.4
Value3.3

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Majestic Princess
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Majestic Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Wide range of venues, lots of entertainment and dining designed by Michelin-starred chefs

Cons

Might feel too big if you're used to smaller Australian ships

Bottom Line

A bigger offering of Princess Cruises' best, plus unique features not found on other ships

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Majestic Princess Reviews
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4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.3
Service3.5
Value2.9

Launched in 2017, Majestic Princess is the newest and largest Princess Cruises ship ever to sai...

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Australia Cruise
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Golden Princess
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Golden Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Lots of options for dining, drinking and swimming, and a high ratio of balcony cabins

Cons

Some of the decor is not as modern as other ships in the region

Bottom Line

A great all-rounder for passengers of all ages

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Golden Princess Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.2
Dining3.9
Service4.2
Value3.8

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2 Night
Australia Cruise
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Melbourne onboard
Queen Elizabeth
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    Melbourne
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    Adelaide
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Queen Elizabeth - Cunard Line

Elegant with plenty of opportunities for formal dressing

Varied enrichment program

Sense of occasion on every cruise

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Queen Elizabeth Reviews
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4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining4.0
Service4.1
Value3.6

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2 Night
Australia Cruise
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Sun Princess
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Sun Princess - Princess Cruises

Pro: New venues added in 2016, interesting itineraries, good food and welcoming crew

Con: One of Australia's oldest ships, and young couples may find it a bit quiet

Bottom Line: The elegant midsize ship offers varied cruise options and outstanding service

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Sun Princess Reviews
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3.5/5
Cabins3.8
Dining4.0
Service4.3
Value3.6

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2 Night
Mediterranean - Western Cruise
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Genoa onboard
MSC Poesia
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MSC Poesia - MSC Cruises

Large international passenger mix

Elegant decor that evokes a boutique hotel

Stellar entertainment, from acrobats to singers

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MSC Poesia Reviews
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4.0/5
Cabins4.2
Dining3.0
Service3.5
Value3.5

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Australia Cruise
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Sea Princess
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Sea Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Classic decor and small size offers an intimate onboard vibe

Cons

One of the oldest ships based in Australia

Bottom Line

Good value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

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Sea Princess Reviews
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Overall
4.5/5
Cabins3.9
Dining4.1
Service4.3
Value3.8

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2 Night
Europe Cruise
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Southampton onboard
Queen Victoria
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    Hamburg
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Queen Victoria - Cunard Line

Pros

Stylish and sophisticated, offering world-wide itineraries

Cons

Passengers who don't like to dress up will feel out of place

Bottom line

Queen Victoria is more traditional and formal than most ships, with an elegant atmosphere

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Queen Victoria Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins4.3
Dining4.1
Service4.3
Value3.6

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Europe - Northern Cruise
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Hamburg onboard
MSC Preziosa
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    Le Havre
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MSC Preziosa - MSC Cruises

Lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and Mediterranean style

Family-friendly with free kids fares and water play areas

Good choice for budget-conscious cruisers

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MSC Preziosa Reviews
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4.5/5
Cabins4.4
Dining3.4
Service3.5
Value3.5

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Mediterranean - Western Cruise
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Marseille onboard
Costa Favolosa
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    Marseille
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    Genoa
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    Marseille
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Costa Favolosa - Costa Cruises

Fourth ship in Costa's Concordia class

Plenty of bars, lounges and discos

Teen area has PlayStations, dance club & 4D cinema

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Costa Favolosa Reviews
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0.0/5
Cabins4.2
Dining2.9
Service3.5
Value3.1

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Europe - Northern Cruise
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MSC Orchestra
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MSC Orchestra - MSC Cruises

Captivating port-intensive itineraries

Wine Bar has a terrific antipasto

Supersized pool-side movie screen

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MSC Orchestra Reviews
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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service3.4
Value3.3

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Europe Cruise
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
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    Southampton
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    Southampton
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

Pros

Drastically improved buffet restaurant; only kennels at sea; excellent specialty dining

Cons

Poor quality of food in the main dining room hasn't been addressed

Bottom Line

QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.5/5
Cabins4.3
Dining3.9
Service4.1
Value3.7

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