Trip on a lifetime!!!: Diamond Princess Cruise Review by Pengawin3

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Trip on a lifetime!!!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Other
The ship: beautiful. spotless.

The ports: varied and fun. We did NO ships tours. Booked all things on our own, but mostly journeyed into town and wandered around until we found something that interested us.

The weather: from 90 and humid all the way down to around 40 and dry! How to pack??? Layers!!!

The staff: went out of their way to be helpful. Our cabin steward, Pan, was wonderful!!!!

The dining: well, it was hit or miss if you tried eating around 8pm. :( We had anytime dining, but decided to stick with a waiter we LOVED at an earlier hour in the Pacific Moon at table 414. Ask for Marius and Jesus and you'll have a FABULOUS dining adventure. We got a new joke every night! Beware of the chefmade's tasty as all get out, but deadly!!! Oy, my head!!!

The entertainment: well, let's just say it wasn't to my liking. ;) The pianist was just plain horrible, but lots of people were dancing to him. Hmmm, no accounting for More taste. Also, the production shows had wonderful, accomplished dancers, but the male singers were quite amateurs. (full disclosure: I ran a theatre company for 8 years, have 30 years experience in live productions, and used to do casting for films...I might just know what I'm talking about)

Not to miss: the Aquarium and Wildlife Park on the pier at Darling Harbour in Sydney! See the Dugongs(manatees), sharks, giant crocodile at the aquarium then head down the pier to get your picture taken with a koala (extra charge). Buy the pass and save 20% or can get it at the Aquarium ticket booth. In Auckland...Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Adventure was so much FUN!!! But I'm obsessed with penguins.

Post cruise lodging: Radisson Hotel & Suites Sydney (Chinatown). What a wonderful hotel! A block from the monorail (get the day pass), walking distance to many fun/interesting/wonderful sites.

The worst thing: Having to fly for over 20 hours to get to Australia!!! That, AND having to leave the land down under so soon.

The best thing: Finally getting to go to Australia AND New Zealand with my loved ones!!! We're already talking about going again and circumnavigating the continent!!! Less

Published 01/16/10

Cabin review: MSD208

D208 had a great view for the Sydney to Auckland sailing. No extra noise from other cabins, hallways, or lifeboats (one deck below). The mini-suites are HUGE!!! Great balcony too. Plenty of storage for clothes, purchases, etc.

Port and Shore Excursions

Went to a lovely museum here...FREE!!! Could not believe there were mulit-million dollar original works of art that we could walk right up to! We're talking Reynolds, Picasso's, etc. WOW!!! Walked around the town, did a little shopping, had a pint or two. Also used a cyber cafe there. Was only $2 for 30 minutes.

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Fjordland National Park, NZ This was one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful area. COLD!!! Well, not Colorado cold, but still COLD for Summer in NZ! The naturalist onboard was very good. Got lots of great pictures.

Had to mention this port as there was something found by one of the port dogs and they shut down the port to determine whether there was a bomb or other device in the supplies being loaded onboard. It was a false alarm, but meant we got stranded in Melbourne at a cafe waiting for information. Poor communication from ships staff, and one of the ladies was downright rude, demanding AND pushy. Great port tho in spite of the bruhaha.

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