Wow, what an amazing lifetime experience for us. Even before we boarded the ship we were notified that we were to be upgraded to a balcony stateroom and this was the icing on the cake. From the time we embarked at Auckland everything was perfect and so professional. We were very quick to board and no waiting around, everything went so smoothly. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times and nothing too much trouble for them. Our room was spotless and well appointed and thanks must go to Henrick our very fine room service man who was always there to help. Although we had a table reserved at the Britannia Restaurant where the food was great, we always seemed to end up at the Kings Court a buffet syle restaurant where the selection was superb. A special treat on most days at 3.30 p.m. were the devonshire teas where most people seemed to head.
The library was very well equipped with lovely books as well.
All in all a great memorable trip for us - could not fault it in any way. Maybe in the future sometime we may be fortunate to have a trip on this magnificent ship again.
Could not fault the cabin. Everything we needed was there for us.
As we boarded in Auckland there was no need for a tour. In both Paihia and Sydney we did our own thing as had been there before. Disembarked at Melbourne, stayed a few days and then flew home.