Married couple from the US in our late 50's and early 60's. We consider ourselves to be active. We enjoy hiking and kayaking, snorkeling and adventuring into the ports of call like a local whenever possible.
We booked far in advance and selected an aft (almost) cabin #E731 mini-suite. Advantage of a larger and slightly wrapped around balcony.
Our cabin was very spacious indeed and it had a bathtub shower combo, however the bathroom had mold on the shower tiles in several places. The Japanese bidet (aftermarket) set up on the toilet was disconnected with no batteries in the apparatus. (we had to chase down our cabin steward for that) Typical on-the-wall shower gel and shampoo/conditioner combo. My husband hates not having a real bar of soap. The towels, while white as snow... could have been softer to the touch. Our king sized bed was comfy enough and we asked for frequent bedding changes because I got the flu on day 2 and was trying to keep my husband from getting sick. Our cabin steward obliged. Our balcony was pathetically dirty with paint chips all over the floor and dirt and hair (I have photos) stuck to the ledges on the inside wall of the balcony. I would think each cabin steward would do a full cabin walkthrough before allowing guests to board. It could have been wiped down/clean before our arrival. Our cabin steward was just back that day on day 1 of a new contract. Perhaps he lacked enthusiasm because he too might have been traveling in that day. Unknown. He continued to do a very ordinary job of attending to our cabin. We hardly ever saw him.
Our mini bar was just a small fridge with an ice container inside where we stowed our mixers. It was a plus not to have to make room in a mini-bar by pushing away the overpriced little mini bottles we never buy. Appreciated the little fridge a lot. No little towel animals every night either. The only other cruise I have ever been on which didn't do the towel animals was the last cruise we were on (another cruise line) and we told our steward to save themselves 5 minutes on our cabin every day by skipping us. This time we didn't have to ask... no towel animals!
By day 3 we called our steward to come clean our glass on the veranda as well. We we standing after over a railing and noticing the large suites in the back were sparkling clean... perhaps we just had a lazy cabin steward.
Loved Sydney. Stayed at the Ovolo Woolloomoo - Best hotel stay ever.
Rented a car, climbed the Mount, met some locals at the general aviation airport for a BBQ, drove to Rotatura to see the thermals
Took a buss tour of Wellington. Rode the cable car down - visited the gardens.
Went sea kayaking for 3 1/2 hours, saw Hector Dolphins
Took the Taieri Gorge Railway on our own and had a great city tour.
This port was cancelled