One of the attractions of this cruise was that it left and returned to Melbourne, which saved us the trip to Sydney. We were a group of six - myself and husband and our 2 adult kids and their partners. We wanted a value for money, easy holiday to New Zealand and that is exactly what we got. Golden Princess certainly has no frills and is looking her age but overall she does her job well. This was our first cruise with Princess and they were pretty good.
So the good things were:
The crew were friendly and obliging. Particularly impressed with the dining room staff attention to my son's special diet. They were great. Our cabin steward was great.