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To start with the ship is old in years but in no way shows lack of up keep in any of the passenger areas. Having said that, we got of to a slow start, leaving the berth at 5.30pm instead of advertised 4pm . Then, after transiting Sydney harbour and out in the open sea, we stopped and drifted for 4 hours while, as the captain said, they fixed a minor technical problem.( As an ex marine engineer, I would have liked a bit more detail, but they run a tight ship. ) Anyhow we got underway and after that everything was fine. We could not fault the food, entertainment or the staff ( except for one individual at customer services, ) However, my query was more than adequately explained by a different staff member at a later time after shift change. Also noted that there was no automatic tip deduction from our cruise account although we tipped the equivalent to individual relevant staff. There was a late itinerary change due to ongoing cyclone repairs in Vanuatu but that was no problem. Organised shore trips at Port Vila and Mystery Island were good and informative but the one in Noumea was a bit disappointing. Fair enough it was advertised as visit to a beach as part of the trip but to be offloaded for an hour and a half while the coach went elsewhere on a three and a half shore trip was a bit of a disappointment. Otherwise, tender access ashore and return was problem free. Embarkation and disembarkation were trouble free and well organised. All in all, a great cruise, our second with Princess and we already have our next one booked with them.

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Dawn Princess Cruise Review by Cambridge23

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
To start with the ship is old in years but in no way shows lack of up keep in any of the passenger areas. Having said that, we got of to a slow start, leaving the berth at 5.30pm instead of advertised 4pm . Then, after transiting Sydney harbour and out in the open sea, we stopped and drifted for 4 hours while, as the captain said, they fixed a minor technical problem.( As an ex marine engineer, I would have liked a bit more detail, but they run a tight ship. ) Anyhow we got underway and after that everything was fine.

We could not fault the food, entertainment or the staff ( except for one individual at customer services, ) However, my query was more than adequately explained by a different staff member at a later time after shift change. Also noted that there was no automatic tip deduction from our cruise account although we tipped the equivalent to individual relevant staff. There was a late itinerary change due to ongoing cyclone repairs in Vanuatu but that was no problem.

Organised shore trips at Port Vila and Mystery Island were good and informative but the one in Noumea was a bit disappointing. Fair enough it was advertised as visit to a beach as part of the trip but to be offloaded for an hour and a half while the coach went elsewhere on a three and a half shore trip was a bit of a disappointment. Otherwise, tender access ashore and return was problem free.

Embarkation and disembarkation were trouble free and well organised. All in all, a great cruise, our second with Princess and we already have our next one booked with them.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC R346
Standard Princess cabin, no complaints.
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