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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1669 reviews
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Christmas and New Years Eve Cruise to NZ

Review for Emerald Princess to Australia & New Zealand
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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Additional details

Sail Date: Dec 2016
Cabin: Oceanview (obstructed view)
Traveled with children

Our travelling party consisted of two families - our friends one adult and three daughters 16, 14 and 10 and us 2 adults and four boys 15, 11, 9 and 6. Nine year old had his bday on the ship.

We arrived at Sydney Domestic airport early thinking of taking a maxi taxi if possible to the port, however once we picked up our bags we saw a guy with Princess cruises ask him a question and he introduced us to another shuttle driver who took all of us for $10 per person, which we would have probably paid anyhow as I doubt a maxi in Sydney will seat 10 pax.

We arrived at circular key at 9:30, dropped of our bags and went for a walk around Sydney along the foreshore to darling Harbour and then via the CBD to the ship. We arrived at our allocated boarding time at 12:30 and were on the ship within 45 minutes.

Cabin Review

Oceanview (obstructed view)

Cabin OV

twin cabin, great, yes it was obstructed but still sufficient to see out and let daylight in.

Port Reviews


We hired a car and drove to Rotorua Skyline, luging and having fun. Next time though we will be exploring Taurange itself more.


Walked around Picton and explored it, it was boxing day. A picturesque and quiant little town.


We walked around, and visited several free museums, we were going to do the cable car, but the weather was inclemental so we decided against it as the view would not have been nice. Weather improved in the day but it was too late for us by then.

Sydney (Australia)

Sydney is a great port to leave from.

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