This cruise embarked from Melbourne Australia and headed to New Zealand. The ship toured the beautiful New Zealand fiords on the southwest coast. It then stopped at New Zealand cities on the country's east coast.
We'd stongly advise others to allocate several days before and after the cruise to enjoy Melbourne and Sidney.
Embarkation was slow with long lines at each stage of the process. Overall from arriving at the dock to walking onto the boat was a bit over two hours.
The cabin was large & well-appointed for a lower-priced, interior cabin. There was lots of closet space. The cabin had about a 27" TV, a safe, and a small refridgerator. The shower provided a squirt bottle of shampoo/body wash. If you like real soap and shampoo, bring your own.
Drove the coast road. Saw 12 apostles. Wildlife stop to see koala and parrots. Visit to rainforrest.
We walked the downtown then on up to the government buildings. Had a fun lunch with sandwiches & local pastries. We toured the national museum but weren't overly impressed.
The museum was big on messaging but when one leaves, you've learned little to nothing about the geology of New Zealand, the original flora & fauna, or early migrations. You will see information on native peoples at the time the Europeans arrived. Lots on the early Europeans. and lots of exhibits about how the Maoris culture was destroyed and the natives were swept aside and how non-native species were introduced an almost completely devastated local birds and plant species.
Pretty little town with a marina. Very little to do there. We took a nature walk and shopped in a grocery store. Had lunch at a local brew pub - great beer.
Lots to see and do in Sydney. We visited a national park, walked across the harbor bridge (locals call it the coathanger bridge, visited the famous opera hall and the adjacent park area. To get out of the harbor area, take the ferries and use the light rail system. The light rail transit system is clean, easy to use, and seems to go everywhere.