This was the only way we were going to experience New Zealand and the itinerary was excellent! We are now Diamond Class mostly from cruising with sister company Celebrity and it did make a difference with speedy boarding, our own lounge and free drinks added each day! If we had known that we would not have paid for the drinks package! However, there is continual pressure to up-sell to speciality dining and thankfully we had two occasions to do so because the main dining food was very average and lacked imagination and flavour. I resorted to 4 starters on several evenings rather than face another main meal. Wine service was non-existent due to the absence of sommeliers so our waiter and assistant struggled to keep up with service. Food arrived lukewarm... very disappointing! Radiance probably has the best Centrum experience around with all decks being able to look down and participate in whatever was going on below! However, try finding a seat!... RCI has now taken over a huge chunk of the coffee bar lounge with a Future Cruise office plus, don't expect china cups these days... paper carry-outs! contrast that with Celebrity's La Bachio, the most popular relaxing area for most people! The two re-fits didn't seem to include soft furnishings such as the chairs and carpets in the Champagne Bar which really have seen better days! However, as I said, it was a very happy cruise with friendly officers and staff and a new Captain who actually sang to us at the welcome meeting!
There are no cabins with restricted views but be aware that most of the cabins in the middle of the ship overlook a white canopy that covers the lifeboats. Deck seven is immediately above this and you cannot look down to the ocean. Also, the glare of this canopy in bright sunshine is almost unbearable. Cabins are small with woodwork now displaying chips and dings from age! The bathroom is also small and has a shower curtain that comes with the inevitable flooding problem!
Was like being back in Scotland!
It had to be the Opera House and Bridge and not forgetting the Botanic Gardens!
An amazing private boat trip with Tony.. Dolphins, Penguins, Caves!
Take the Steam Train ride to Blenheim
Explore Malborough vineyards and this art-deco Town!
The most beautiful and endless beaches that knocks spots off Bondi!
Take a Hop-on Hop-off ferry and coach trip to Waiheki island and its vineyards.