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We took our 12 year old grand daughter on this, our 3 rd trip around New Zealand. She had a wonderful time in the kids club and had a very special birthday there and at dinner. We do prefer the smaller ship size with easier access to all decks and facilities. The change in itinerary was annoying and the shorter day in Auckland was disappointing especially with the long wait to get off. The first tender port organisation was terrible and our tour group should not have been told to meet on the wharf. We were included in the very long queue, even as Elite, and the bus had to wait for people to come on the next tender. I know of one inexperienced family missed their tour completely as they did not realise the time it would take. The return trip was no better with a very long wait in the sun. The next tender port was much better organised. When disembarking we had great difficulty finding our luggage. There were no signs for each group and ours turned out to be at the far end, past all the groups leaving later. The entertainment and the food was as good as ever on Princess with the waiting staff and room steward doing a great job.

Some issues spoiled a great trip

Golden Princess Cruise Review by RosnBill

Trip Details
We took our 12 year old grand daughter on this, our 3 rd trip around New Zealand. She had a wonderful time in the kids club and had a very special birthday there and at dinner. We do prefer the smaller ship size with easier access to all decks and facilities. The change in itinerary was annoying and the shorter day in Auckland was disappointing especially with the long wait to get off. The first tender port organisation was terrible and our tour group should not have been told to meet on the wharf. We were included in the very long queue, even as Elite, and the bus had to wait for people to come on the next tender. I know of one inexperienced family missed their tour completely as they did not realise the time it would take. The return trip was no better with a very long wait in the sun. The next tender port was much better organised. When disembarking we had great difficulty finding our luggage. There were no signs for each group and ours turned out to be at the far end, past all the groups leaving later.

The entertainment and the food was as good as ever on Princess with the waiting staff and room steward doing a great job.
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Ages 10 to 12
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
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