This was our fourth Oceania cruise and we have become accustomed to the high standard of service and food.
One disadvantage of going ashore in a tender/life boat is that high waves will keep you onboard. That happened on one stop in Australia. Paid tours were refunded. Another disadvantage of stopping at small ports is the limited resources there to accommodate all passengers who want a particular shore tour. We were shut out of 3-4 tours that we wanted when we tried to book them 3+ months before embarkation.
The service and food on the cruise were excellent. The stops in New Zealand were more numerous and more enriching than the ports in Australia. We were introduced to the Maori people and culture in three shore tours, a very worthwhile experience.
The cabin was a size and class we had experienced before. The size (282SF) was more than adequate with both a shower and a bath tub. The furnishings were excellent and the cabin attendants top notch.
Priori boarding our cruise, we had the opportunity to visit friends in Adelaide. We spent 2 nights in their Adelaide home and 2 nights in the country house in the Barossa Valley, a major wine growing area about 90 minutes north of Adelaide by car.
We toured the Adelaide museum in the center of town and spent all our time in the aborigine exhibit which was outstanding. Their were roughly 60-70 vineyards and wine tasting rooms witching about 8 miles of where we stayed. We had the opportunity to see Adelaide and the Barossa Valley with locals. This was the highlight of our time in Australia.