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Emerald Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1669 reviews
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An Excellent Cruise Spoilt by Very Average Food and Entertainment

Review for Emerald Princess to Australia & New Zealand
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eggshellblonde
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2016
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

My wife and I had wanted to do a cruise around both the North and South Islands of New Zealand for a number of years.

The only cruise line that was available in November 2016 for this holiday cruise was the Princess Line, in particular the Emerald Princess and so we booked a 13 night cruise around both islands leaving and returning from Sydney.

We had been on two previous cruises in 2014 and 2015, with a different cruise line with a large X as its logo and we had enjoyed them both immensely.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

An excellent suite on the port side of the ship with a compact balcony that provided excellent views all the way up the east coast of both islands.

Very clean and serviced daily.

The two television sets were unnecessary and there were no Australian channels which was ridiculous on a cruise from Australia to New Zealand.

Port Reviews

Sydney (Australia)

We got off the plane and travelled by bus to Circular Quay where we embarked on to the ship. The view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are always excellent.

Dunedin

An very comprehensive tour of the city and the suburbs with very informative commentary from the personable bus driver.

Dunedin

A beautiful train station in the middle of Dunedin. We were only allowed a 10 minute stop to have a look and take some photographs, which was enough time.

Picton

We had a walk around Picton and enjoyed the scenery and the town.

Napier

We drove by bus to Havelock Harbour and we spent a very enjoyable two hour cruise, which explored the local mussel farms and had a wonderful pre snack of fresh mussels and a glass of white wine surrounded by the natural beauty of the area. One of the highlights of the holiday.

Tauranga

Can't comment stayed on board the ship.

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