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.
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.
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.
Just as I remembered it. Not changed since 1997. Love the Art Deco buildings.