This was our first ever cruise having been well seasoned land travellers and also having visited New Zealand some years back this was a good place to start. it was also pointed out by fellow passengers that we had chosen well for our first cruise. We agree!
Embarkation procedures in Auckland went smoothly, just the usual form filling. Once on board we went up to Windows cafe for some lunch while rooms were being made ready. It was very busy as to be expected. We were seated next to a lovely Canadian couple who gave us the low down on cruising.
Off to our state room which had a verandah and we were very surprised. We had read many reviews and were a little apprehensive, but the room was bigger than I expected. The bathroom was much as expected but me being small I was happy, hubby however had other thoughts. Yes, the bathrooms are small. Plenty of wardrobe space with loads of hangers. Richard and Denis our state room attendants were marvellous and kept our room clean and tidy and it was always made up by the time we got back from breakfast.
The food in Discoveries was good and the wait staff were wonderful always smiling and friendly. We ate in Prime C once and Aqualina twice, to be honest I wish it had been the other way around. Aqualina was nothing special regarding food infact Discoveries was much better.
The ship had a very happy atmosphere about it, fellow passengers were helpful with tips for future cruises.
The main gripe about our cruise was lack of free Wifi, while in port this could have been provided. It was quite noticeable the number of people getting off the ship at various ports heading into town to get free Wifi access. For all inclusive it should be possible to be able to check a few emails. Shore excursions seemed overly expensive.
Clean and tidy and always made up by the time we returned from breakfast. Overall size OK but bathroom was small. Plenty of good storage space for clothes with an abundance of hangers.
Short trip, two stops for photographs and tea and scones at the hotel at the top of a hill. The bus was decidedly not built for the steep terrain.View All undefined undefined Reviews
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Good morning tour with knowledgeable driver. Visited St Pauls church the only wooden church, Mt Victoria and Botanic gardens.View All 33 City Tour Reviews
The hop on hop off bus was not going on the day the ship docked, really couldn't work that one out. Got the public transport in to town, not a lot to see,or do.
Charming little town. We were given posy button holes to wear when we disembarked the ship by local people. We watched a decathlon event taking place through the town.
Auckland, always interesting. Loved the fireworks when we sailed out
Know Sydney very well. Places to see- Darling harbour, the Rocks, Barangaroo where you can walk back to Circular Quay, the Botanic gardens and Opera House. For shopping visit the Queen Elizabeth building.
Cold. Took the shuttle bus to town. Went to the cathedral for an organ concert, excellent. Beautiful building worth a visit.