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13 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

13 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Paihia
  • Day 5
    Auckland
  • Day 6
    Tauranga
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Picton
  • Day 9
    Christchurch
  • Day 10
    Dunedin
  • Day 11
    Fjordland
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Sydney (Australia)

Regal Princess

Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Excellent dining options abound

Cons

Small cabins and balconies feel tight

Bottom Line

Modern and sophisticated decor, entertainment and dining


Cruise Reviews

There was a lot of gray hair on this cruise, including my own. The ship was prepared for the cruisers with the selection of music played throughout the ship, both live and canned, were age appropriate . There were two levels of adult only ... Read More
There was a lot of gray hair on this cruise, including my own. The ship was prepared for the cruisers with the selection of music played throughout the ship, both live and canned, were age appropriate . There were two levels of adult only pool areas, one free and for a fee. The best part was the minimum announcements. Due to location, we have cruised mostly with Carnival, but no more. The Carnival CD's (and those on RCCL and NCL) make too many sales pitches under the guise of information. The food on Lido was very good including my favorites Indian and Mexican. The bread/rolls were also excellent, hard on the outside and soft in the middle. Entertainment included only one comedian, wished for more, and a Beatles Mania show. Both were great, Come early to get a seat. The stateroom, beyond the usual, had a 46" LCD TV, not only that, it had live TV shows and recorded TV shows and movies for free! After a hard day of eating and lounging in the sun, it was a pleasure to be a couch potato for a few hours. Service was excellent, keep up the great job Denchai, our cabin steward. Embarkation and disembarkation smooth and at least 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are seniors and we chose a week in the Caribbean to get away from the cold weather in Canada. Embarkation was a breeze-we were literally on the ship within 20 minutes from the time we left the shuttle. Disembarkation was the same-within ... Read More
We are seniors and we chose a week in the Caribbean to get away from the cold weather in Canada. Embarkation was a breeze-we were literally on the ship within 20 minutes from the time we left the shuttle. Disembarkation was the same-within minutes we were off the ship and in the taxi heading to the airport. It had been about 5 years since we sailed with Princess and we will be sailing again on the Regal Princess in August for a British Isles cruise. The inside room on Baja deck had enough space for my husband and I. Our room steward (Michael) kept it clean and we couldn't ask for more. We purchased the wifi before we sailed and glad we did. It was nice to be touch with family back home and to check email, etc. Had no problems with it at all. We ate breakfast in the Horizon Court buffet. We usually have only cereal and fruit but t the other breakfast selections looked as if they had been sitting around for awhile. The dining staff were always pleasant and brought our coffee and juice. The coffee in the buffet is terrible and we chose to get coffee at the International Café, plus we were able to have a delicious donut or pastry with great coffee. This coffee is also served in the HC Bistro area(inside the pastry shop) . We will get coffee cards on our next cruise. We ate lunch at the International café most days. My husband loved their tuna salad sandwiches. Dinner in the Dining Room was a bit slow so we opted for other venues after a few days. We ate at the Crown Grill one evening and it was great(extra cost). We also ate dinner twice at Alfredo's and thought the pizza was good. Their minestrone soup was also very good(NOT an extra cost). Both these venues had great service. The biggest disappointment was the HC Buffet. I really didn't like the selection at dinner, lunch was ok (I like salads anyway), I think they have cut back on the quality of food or maybe I'm getting more picky. Enjoyed the shows on board in the evening. Both the Beatle Maniacs and the Voice of the Ocean were great. We didn't get to see the comedian or the tenor. The regular entertainers were excellent as well as the musicians playing in the different bars and the Piazza. Movies under the stars was good. We watched most of the movies in our stateroom but the tv had the "soap opera effect" and we didn't quite know how to change this so it wasn't as enjoyable. We didn't do much at the ports of call (Princess Cays, St. Thomas, St. Maarten) except look around and shop a bit. All in all the ship was beautiful, we had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I had a great time on our first Princess cruise. We will definitely said Princess again. * Overall - the Regal Princess is a great ship and really hit a sweet spot for us. It is big enough to have lots of dining choices ... Read More
My husband and I had a great time on our first Princess cruise. We will definitely said Princess again. * Overall - the Regal Princess is a great ship and really hit a sweet spot for us. It is big enough to have lots of dining choices and things to do without feeling too crowded or overwhelming. We are an active couple in our 60's who enjoy food and wine. Regal also hit the sweet spot for us of feeling a little more sophisticated and just a bit quieter (as opposed to Carnival, Norwegian, and Disney which we enjoyed but wanted a more adult experience). Some specifics: * Food and drink - we thought the food was almost always very good and sometimes excellent. We didn't do the buffet, so can't comment. We did anytime dining, mostly in Symphony. Excellent service and we were happy with our choices at dinner. We loved Alfredo's for lunch - good pizza and antipasti. Food on the pool deck was fine. We loved the sushi at Ocean. Good wine program, did two fun wine tastings. Service at bars was quick and friendly. Loved International Cafe - good coffee, convenient food any time, comfortable setting. Only tweaks we would like to see: breakfast menu in MDR needs refreshing and they need appropriate wine glasses in the MDR. If you care about wine, it will irritate you not to have a decent red wine glass.  * embarkation/debarkation: incredibly quick and smooth. The Medallion really makes a different. Smoothest of any cruise line we have ever tried. Kudos! * speaking of Medallion: we loved it, although they still have a couple of kinks to work out. They need to communicate better before the cruise begins that you have to download at least two apps to make it work. Also loved the idea of ordering drinks from the app, but doesn't work perfectly yet. * public spaces: one of the things we liked best about Regal as opposed to other lines we have tried is that there are a lot of great places, indoor and out, to sit around, read, drink, play cards, and hang out. The piazza works especially well - lively and always lots of people, but you could always find a place to do your own thing.  * entertainment: we really liked the mix they had of large and small venues. We went to a couple of shows and enjoyed them well enough - not Broadway, but well staged and enjoyable. We especially liked the smaller acts, especially the two violinist and the Beatlemaniacs dance party in the piazza. We enjoyed the movies under the stars option also. Service: excellent, friendly service everywhere including our cabin steward Jonathan. We didn't have a single bad experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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