New Zealand adventure: Sun Princess Cruise Review by Jill Cartwright

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Jill Cartwright

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New Zealand adventure

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
We started our holiday on a Wednesday evening from London Heathrow. It was a long journey to Sydney via Abu Dhabi but would prove to be well worth it.

We were picked up from the airport by a Princess rep and whisked across to the port. Far too early as it was only 9.30 am. But having dropped off our cases we set off to explore Darling harbour which was a great start to the holiday.

Back at embarkation things went quite quickly and we were soon on board.

Our cabin was in a great position near to the atrium and our steward could not have been more welcoming.

Sun Princess may be an older ship but we were very pleasantly surprised, it has a beautiful atrium and dining areas are bright and cheerful.

We ate in the Marquis Restaurant second sitting, our waiter William, ably assisted by his sister Tami could not have been better. He had a great sense of humour and ensured that second helpings were always available!

Casual dining in the Horizon More court could be busy but had excellent choice for breakfast and lunch.

It was Easter during the voyage and a highlight was the chocolate egg display in the atrium!
The sea was rough as we crossed the edge of a tropical cyclone, however problems encountered were not of the ship's making. Loose containers caused us to be late arriving in Tauranga and we sadly missed Napier as a container ship was unable to vacate our berth.All in all this was a great holiday and well worth travelling around the world to access this lovely ship.

Our visit to Fjordland was spectacular, we did see dolphins and had a great commentry from the park ranger. Milford sound was truly amazing.

And so back to Sydney!

Disembarking was smooth and quick, a bit too fast for us as we arrived at the airport over 6 hours before the flight. It would have been nice to see a bit more of Sydney. That said the airport is excellent and worth a visit in itself!

Would definately do it all again - need to start saving up! Less

Published 04/17/12
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Cabin review: KE346

E346 great position especially when coming back on board close to the atrium too. Plenty of storage. Good shower room.

Port and Shore Excursions

Easy to explore on foot. We went straight to the Skytower for a full view of the place - awesome! Then off to the Museum to see the Maori exhibits, back down to the harbour for some beer tasting. Highly recommended.
Read 262 Auckland Reviews

By tender to Akaroa, a lovely little seaside town. We were lucky here to be meeting relations who whisked us round the area, we had a view of Christchurch, very sad to see some of the damage.

Another excellent port of call. Easily accessed by foot or use the shuttle bus. Well worth a visit are the old station, excellent botanical gardens, the steepest street in the world, Otago museum and university area. Despite it being Easter Sunday some shops opened just because we were in town which was great for a few last minute souvenirs. (Still no beer but some food shops open!)
Read 207 Dunedin Reviews

What a wonderful place to start the cruise. We managed to explore Darling harbour before joining the ship. Then how can you beat sailing out under the harbour bridge the past the Opera house. What a wow factor!

We were late getting in because of loose containers from the shipwreck so all excursions were cancelled. However we picked up a mini bus on the dock and got to see Rotorua after all. Our driver managed to pull in a Kiwi farm, redwood forest and Rotorua, excellent.
Read 174 Tauranga Reviews

My favourite. You need a shuttle bus from the dock this time. We got the first cable car of the day and managed to see the wonderful botanical gardens, the Carter observatory including a planetarium show and Zealandia wildlife park before going down to the seafront. Beware of Easter in NZ you cant get a beer unless you have a full meal!

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