We chose this cruise because of the itinerary which suited our plans to see a little of New Zealand within a limited time frame.
Embarkation went without a hitch and we were pleasantly surprised by our stateroom on deck 8 complete with balcony.
The Noordam is a beautiful ship in all respects with comfortable lounges beautifully furnished and kept spotlessly clean by the crew who were forever tidying and cleaning throughout our 12 night cruise. Special mention to our cabin stewards who looked after us so well during the voyage.
The speciality restaurant was outstanding with first class food and service and the main restaurant offered a varied menu which was sufficient to suit all tastes.I would say however that the service was in my opinion a little rushed with plates being removed from the table before all had finished their meal.
The entertainment was for the most part disappointing. The resident band in BBKings were good although their time on stage was limited to 2 x 45 minute sets.It would have much better to have had one performance nightly starting after the second stage show.
There was also a disco which carried on at the same time close to BBKings lounge which for the most part was deserted.!! The Crows Nest lounge was the obvious place to have this disco and would have attracted a bigger audience.
The Crows Nest was undoubtedly the best lounge on the ship but was for some reason greatly underused closing at 9.30pm each evening. In fact all the entertainment and bars including the casino were closed up by midnight.
The evening entertainment was in the main disappointing and would influence wether or not we would sail on this ship or indeed cruise line again.
Very comfortable and bright.
Did our own thing in Hobart and took the hop on hop off bus which enabled us to see as much as possible in the time available.
The bus will take you around Battery Point with its Georgian style residences and then walk through the Botanical Gardens.
Fabulous stop in Port Arthur to experience the history of this lovely place.
The Port Arthur Historic Site explains how the convicts and their guards existed and the significance of this small port and the part it played in the settlement of the country.
Once again we wanted to visit the town rather than the surrounding areas so we used the hop on hop off bus to get around.
Dunedin is considered a Scottish City featuring a wealth of Victoriana and Edwardian architecture. The railway Station is a must to see with the outstanding feature the tilings decorating the walls.
Pleasant little town established by French settlers with reminders of this throughout the town.
We spent 3 days in Sydney pre cruise and visited the tourist spots such as the Harbour Bridge The Rocks Darling a harbour and of course the Opera House.
For best value use the hop on hop off bus to get around.
The world's most southernmost capital city Wellington is best found on foot.
We walked for miles through the Botanical Gardens, visited the Parliament Buildings and finished up in the town centre for a welcome drink in a local hostelry.
Napiers famous art deco district is worth a visit and is best found on foot from the Art Deco Trust building and continuing for about a mile.