We were on two legs of the cruise that started at the date listed in Auckland and completed in Singapore on 01/21/2018.
We wanted to see part of Australia. It's so large you have to go at least two to three times. We added New Zealand to the itinerary because of travel costs, flights in business class are so high at that duration and distance. We're glad we added New Zealand. The shore excursions ( we planned ourselves ) were so much more enjoyable than Australia's few ports that weren't large beautiful cities. The Silver Shadow is old and needs refurbishment. The food was excellent one day and poor the next, very in consistent. The service was excellent from most individuals and poor from a few. The passengers skew old to very old "cruisee's" if I can make up a work. Too many infirm people and too many sick people coughing with colds. Some times in ports were way too inadequate, most excursions run by the cruise line were simply put, bad.
We changed to a silver suite room 721 on the second leg of our cruise and the cabin score would go up to very good in lieu of average.
Walked and toured Melbourne. Self guided. Very walk-able. Interesting places to visit / see, shop at and dine at. It's a lovely big city.