To be honest, we chose this ship for the price of the cruise (circumnavigating NZ) and the beautiful decor shown in photos. We were not disappointed! The decor is top quality - everything on the ship is the very best. Some may complain that some carpets were not replaced in the recent refurbishment but then some people have to find fault with everything! Best cruise we have ever experienced. Loved every minute and would go again tomorrow!
We ate in the 'Dream Dining' room for every meal. Great food and the waiters very professional. All staff were great. There was a big choice of restaurants .
The Zodiac theatre - huge! The entertainment, as good as any in Las Vegas. Huge casino!
Embarkation and disembarkation quick and flawless. Fire drill well organized as was the organization of everything on the ship.
Many spa pools and plus the large ones and a decent sized water slide. Bars and BBQ close by.
We were able to walk around the entire outside of the ship - good for photos, especially in the 'Sounds'.
I would give the cruise 91/2 out of 10. The other half taken off because of the lack of NZ news on the TV - all Australian (as is the currency used). Also, broadcasts were difficult to understand re the accents and sound volume. Daily newspapers were very informative.
**If you have a bad back - take an inflatable support cushion as not one seat on the ship has anything but a straight back - with no support.
The ship is fast at 25 knots full speed - to get around NZ in 7 nights, a lot of the shore excursions were necessarily quite short. For example if you can catch the first tender off at 9am (need to buy tender tickets the day before) the last tender leaves the shore at 12.30pm. It wasn't possible - apart from Bay of Islands stop to have time for a worthwhile paid excursion.
People complain about the price of the drinks package. BYO - we did in our luggage - which was not checked at any stage! :)
Strangely - being school holidays, there were very few children to be seen anywhere.
We are two sisters on the wrong side of 50!
Treat yourself to cruise on this beautiful ship.
Good sized cabin on Palace Deck (deck 10) - two singles + sofa, writing desk, and decent sized bathroom with all amenities
The ship was anchored off Bay of Islands for several hours and we took the tender to the shore. No excursion needed - free shuttle bus to Paihia where a remarkable craft market operates when the cruise ships are in. Exquisite and 'different' arts and crafts are available to view and purchase. The town of Paihia is a gem and hours of leisure can be spent here. Get the shuttle back to the wharf and if you are interested in NZ history, the Maori treaty house is a short walk up the hill before catching the tender back to the ship - cost you $50 though!!