We combined our March 18, 2017, New Zealand cruise with the Emerald Princess’ March 7 New Caledonia & Vanuatu cruise I have written a separate review for that cruise and our 4-night pre-cruise stay in Adelaide, Australia (www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=574153).
In 2012, we spent five days in the Sydney, Australia, area before boarding the Diamond Princess for a 14-day cruise from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand. After disembarking in Auckland, we traveled for another six days in New Zealand touring the Kumeu, Marlborough and Central Otago wine regions. The review for that trip is here: www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=115008.
CRUISE ITINERARY: New Zealand (13 days)
We had booked a category BF balcony guarantee stateroom and were assigned a category B2 cabin on the Caribe deck starboard near the forward stairs/elevators. We had been offered an upsell to a mini-suite for US$169 pp, but preferred to stay on the Caribe deck because of its extra-large balconies, which are half open and half covered.