This cruise was booked through an Australian travel agency well ahead of departure time, approximately 12 months prior to sailing. The anticipation of this cruise was unbearable. Our Roll Call for this cruise was one of the most informative and best that I have seen on the Internet.
The embarkation arrangements at Sydney were pathetic, with boarding time from arrival to actual embarkation of approximately 3.5 hours, all standing in a long line that never seemed to end. Princess either needs to complain to the immigration service and customs people, or hire extra staff to deal with such a large ship. Not only that, there were no Princess staff to be seen anywhere to tell passengers where to put luggage and where to line up.
However saying all this negative, the rest of the cruise was fantastic. We had freedom dining, and enjoyed eating at all the different locations. BEWARE of SABATINI'S!! unless you can stomach so much food that it is ok to be force fed 10 courses!!!!!! The food was excellent along with the service and well worth the extra $20 per head, however the amount of food is OVERWHELMING!!