Loved this cruise itinerary. All ports were fantastic. Ship is okay. Needs some updating. I will say it has great stabilizers though because we hit rough seas crossing from New Zealand to Australia and it was not bad. Holland food and service (except for breakfast and lunch in the dining room, even after complaining because they didn’t seem to care) was excellent. Shore excursions were all good but very expensive. Embarkation took too long (over an hour) but debarkation was a breeze - best ever. There wasn’t much to do onboard, especially on sea days. Mainly test kitchen offerings, if you like that. A couple of the entertainers were poor (ventriloquist and singer) but others were good (singers and dancers) or great (comedian, pianist). They offered a Lincoln Center Stage venue and the musicians were outstanding - that was an unexpected surprise we enjoyed. The other negative was they closed the ship stores during the last week to get it ready for a new opening (not sure why) so almost no merchandise even before closing - not good.
I do not recommend this cabin - while it has a good mid-ship location, it is the deck right above where the lifeboats hang so the view out and especially down you see the top of the lifeboat and hanging equipment. I would not have chosen it if I knew that!
Included the Royal Albatross Center as well, and driving tour of Dunedin. Great tour!View All 21 Otago Peninsula and Yellow-Eyed Penguins Reviews