Just completed the Melb-NZ cruise 18-30 March 19. Seemed like a good way to see a little of NZ in comfort.
Massive delays and chaos at boarding in Melbourne.
Burst water main leaving cabins without water until 9:30 AM one day. Casino flooded and smelling.
Long queues for shuttle bus into Dunedin with USD 8 charge each way.
Long queue for tender from ship to Akaroa even at 11:00AM.
Stale cheese board crackers in upgrade Verandah restaurant; reported to maître d' who took no action and continued serving from the same supply on the cheese cart.
Drinks overpriced in US dollars and even more expensive when converted to AUS and 15% service charge then added.
No ushers in cinema with very elderly people entering in the dark after the film started with one gentleman falling badly on the stairs near my seat.
No assistance/supervision in the gym in the early mornings with elderly people on machines.
Cabin clean and comfy. Staff very polite and efficient.
Food plentiful and good but silly corner cutting like complimentary food from room service but charging for tea/coffee delivered with food.
Evening shows too much of the same "song and dance" type routines.
Good classical music program and ballroom dancing lessons.
Overall the company are milking the Queen Elizabeth name.
Comfy bed. Ample storage space. Small but functional bathroom. Small sofa, desk and chair.
TV, UK+USA power points.