1. Home
  2. Cruise Destinations
  3. Australia & New Zealand Cruises
  4. Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

260 Perth (Fremantle) to Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

The cruise was from Fremantle in Western Australia around the north of Australia ending in Brisbane. We had booked a cabin with a balcony and thats what we got - just. The balcony was tiny and the ensuite even smaller. Princess ... Read More
The cruise was from Fremantle in Western Australia around the north of Australia ending in Brisbane. We had booked a cabin with a balcony and thats what we got - just. The balcony was tiny and the ensuite even smaller. Princess certainly can organize the embarkation / disembarkation both of which were beautifully managed and ran very smoothly. The food onboard was average, selection was limited, unchanged from years ago and sadly was never hot by the time it arrived at the tables in the dining room. The entertainment in the theatre was very formulaic - one singer enters from left, then one from right, three dancers from left then three from right etc etc. Performers round the other venues on board were genuinely talented and impressive.. Main gripes were - 1) the sheer volume and amount of on board selling. The incredibly loud spruiking over a loudspeaker to entice people to buy cheap and tatty clothing bags etc makes you think you were holidaying in a bazaar rather than a resort. Very intrusive noise and constant barrage of flyers to the cabins try and sell jewellry, spa treatment etc 2) Constant maintenance round the ship lying on a sunlounger reading while crew members used spirit based paint with 2 feet of you isn't conducive to good humour or good health. 3)Insufficient desk seating under cover. The sun is too hot for most people to be out all the time and the only covered seating is on deck 12 under the walkways above from deck 14. need some shade cloth covered areas on sunny days. Conspiracy theorists claim this is a deliberate ploy to drive you inside where the sales people can hound you! By no means a pleasant cruise experience Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We booked this cruise so that we could see various parts of Australia. Have to say that we felt that we were royalty. I say this because, I think that The Queen of England can smell fresh paint wherever she visits. Why could the ... Read More
We booked this cruise so that we could see various parts of Australia. Have to say that we felt that we were royalty. I say this because, I think that The Queen of England can smell fresh paint wherever she visits. Why could the painting on the open decks not be fully done when in the dry dock in Singapore? We had Anytime Dining in the Traviata. On the first night, the waiter knocked over the wine menu which then knocked over two full water glasses and myself and the gent sat next to me had damp trousers for the duration of the meal. On several occasions the waiters served up the wrong meal for myself and others. I feel that they need more training. The food in the Traviata was not to my satisfaction. Vegetables were not cooked enough. Al Dente is fine, but they were not cooked to that level and not hot. Steak/meat/beef was rather chewy.(low quality products) In the end we settled for the Horizon (as did others) because there was a wider choice and the food was hot. Bar staff were great. Excursions were good. We used the guaranteed price promise to get the Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas at a reduced price (AUS$96 each refund) We both had the PBP (drinks) package. On several occasions I had to query drinks on our bills that should not be there as they were covered by the package. Need to consider if I want to cruise with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The start of the cruise was delayed by about 12 hours due to really bad weather in the area we were suppose to travel through at the beginning of this cruise. Again, Captain Sindre was watching out for the safety of the passengers and ... Read More
The start of the cruise was delayed by about 12 hours due to really bad weather in the area we were suppose to travel through at the beginning of this cruise. Again, Captain Sindre was watching out for the safety of the passengers and crew. Basically the same crew as the first leg of this repositioning cruise and very little change in the attitude or the work ethic of the activities crew. A couple of activity crew members were added, but the same time issues continue e.g. very few of their activities start on time and are poorly organized. We can’t figure out if this is a “training run” for some of the people. The elevators may or may not work and we can be sure that at least one elevator of the 3 or 4 in a hall will not be working each day. We have cruised on other RCCL ships and various other cruise lines signing up for the “My Time Dining” and having good experiences with our evening dining plans. Why the dining staff of the Voyager can not figure out the My Time Dining program is a mystery to everyone on the ship. To the dining staff on the Voyager My Time Dining means you either eat at 6:00 or 7:30 pm and there are no other options. Over and over we have heard from other passengers “that is not my time dining”, but when you have Ms. Alexandrea V. ruling the entry to the dining room with an iron fist you do what you are told to do on the Voyager. If you question her, you will get the table next to the door of the kitchen and right next to the plate collection area which makes for a real “romantic” dinner on the Voyager. Also, the dining room menu has been shortened for some reason. On recent cruises there has always been 5 “Classics” along with the special meals of the night. Now there are 3 “Classics” each night listed and the dessert menu has been limited as well. PORTS Fremantle (Perth) - Both Fremantle and Perth are very nice cities and it is easy to get between the two using the train. For about 12.00 AUD you can buy a family pass very close to the port in Fremantle that will allow you to ride the train to and from Perth for the day. The train runs about every half hour so it is a convenient mode of travel between the two cities. Perth and Fremantle were both nice places to visit and we would go back if we had the opportunity. Adelaide - The port is about 40 minutes by bus from the city center. The people at the port were exceptionally nice and helpful getting the busses organized for everyone to get to the city. They charged 10 AUD for a round trip ticket on the bus to the city. The city of Adelaide was easy to get around both walking and by a circuit bus they provide for free to anyone in the downtown area. There is a walking mall area that most people utilize for shopping, bars and restaurants. Wireless internet is provided city wide for free by the city. The city is surrounded by large green parks which is very different from most cities. The parks surrounding the city are very nice break from the city sounds and crowds. Melbourne - A big city which you can access via a tram from the port area for a few dollars. The port area is very nice and there is a large walkable area where you can find plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and many other businesses. Dunedin, NZ - The ship actually docks in Port Chalmers which is about 30 minutes by bus from Dunedin. There are bus transfer tickets available on the ship or at the port for about $20 USD. There is free wifi at the port and if you walk across the street you can use the free wifi in the city library. Around the corner from the library, on the main street of town, you can catch a city bus from Port Chalmers to Dunedin for $6 NZD each way if you want to save some money. There is some great walking paths in Port Chalmers if you want to stay in port for the day. Akaroa, NZ - This is a tender port with a small city in the port area. If the weather is questionable there will be a delay until the waves calm down and the tenders can operate safely. Christchurch is about 1 1/2 hours away by bus but if the weather is testy it will be difficult to make it there and back if you are delayed getting to the port. Staying in Akaroa for the afternoon is an enjoyable experience and is a lovely tourist town that you can find plenty of things to see and do while you are there. The library is a short walk from the pier and in NZ all libraries are required to provide free internet access so you can check your social media to find out what is happening at home. Picton, NZ - This is an industrial port with a great deal of logs being shipped out. They use a shuttle bus system to get you out of the port and to the downtown area which is very nice. In Picton, there is a downtown and a waterfront area that you can visit. Both areas are very close to each other and nice with more yachts and other boats in the waterfront and mostly shops, restaurants and bars on the downtown area. The area is much like the other places we stopped on the south island and is mountainous, very green with a small residential population. Wellington, NZ - This time we rode a shuttle bus provided by the city from the port to the downtown area. It looks like they are making improvements to the port area and they don’t want people walking through the port. The downtown area is very walkable and an easy walk to from the cable car to the sea port and museum. The museum is well worth the visit and the immediate area is very special with the beautiful bridge and park area. The cable car is $7.50 NZD one way (15 for up and back) and it is worth walking through the beautiful gardens at the top and then walking back down to the city. The downtown area has a free wifi service and there are plenty of places to get food and drinks all through the area. In summary, the stops on this itinerary were all good places to visit and easy to get around. Walking through any of the towns was easy and the people generally very pleasant. However, the Voyager of the Seas is an old broken down ship with elevators and doors that don’t work throughout the ship. The attitude of the crew gave most passengers the feeling that they were moving the ship to a new port and we, the passengers, were welcome to pay to ride along. There was a real lack of customer service from many of the crew members. I mentioned that the activities crew were late most of the time, missed or cancelled activities and turned half hour trivia activities into hour long marathons mainly due to being late and not being prepared with the trivia questions. The majority of the sports activity crew had such an attitude of arrogance that there were only a few people who actually climbed the rock wall or participated in any of the listed activities. Who wants to feel belittled when they are trying an activity for the first or second time? All said, it would be hard to recommend the Voyager of the Seas, but the itinerary is very good. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Voyager is looking very tired and I was really disappointed that such a large ship is so poorly laid out. Maintenance and general cleaning in common areas needs a major upgrade. Dust prevalent, tired furniture, mouldy loose fittings, ... Read More
The Voyager is looking very tired and I was really disappointed that such a large ship is so poorly laid out. Maintenance and general cleaning in common areas needs a major upgrade. Dust prevalent, tired furniture, mouldy loose fittings, counted 16 globes out in Dining chandelier. There is so much wasted space. Had a lot of difficulty in finding a quiet place to just sit and relax in peace. The library is always full with seating for about 10-16 at most. All the bars are tiny, the star lounge and lounge on 14 always have something on which is annoying. This ship needs a big lounge, maybe over the L12 rooms forward that is just a lounge. It would have been full. A lot of travelers I spoke to said the same. Aurora/Solstice have big quiet lounges up top with somewhere to sit quietly and have a cocktail or read/cards etc and are smaller than Voyager. I realise they need to cater for everyone but found the food rather bland. There was a good variety but all tasted the same .Rant over. The one good thing were the lunch time soups, in most cases really nice. Drinks package was good and staff were helpful although not the same drink available at all or some of the bars. When I found a nice wine I had to get from only one bar on board and take with me where ever I went, even to dinner. Why is that?. Our room attendant and staff in general were fantastic, no complaints at all. Room was a real find. 5 massive windows with a wonderful view and I imagine bigger than most suites(it was an accessible room and chance we may have been asked to move) if your looking for an amazing ship this is probably not the one. If like me it was for the itinerary then it serves a purpose. Wouldn't necessarily travel with RCL again if I didn't have to. They could take a leaf from the siblings Celebrity, my personal favourite line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose back to back cruises starting in Perth on to Adelaide, Melbourne and NZ finishing in Sydney and then 8 days to Brisbane and the Barrier Reef again finishing in Sydney. We chose the cruise solely based on the itinerary and were ... Read More
We chose back to back cruises starting in Perth on to Adelaide, Melbourne and NZ finishing in Sydney and then 8 days to Brisbane and the Barrier Reef again finishing in Sydney. We chose the cruise solely based on the itinerary and were not disappointed although the weather could have been better in the early stages. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 midship (8316) - excellent location and overall no complaints although smaller than the balcony cabins on board the newer P&O ships. We had no complaints re the internal decoration of public areas and the ship internally was as we would expect. However, externally the ship was looking very tired with rust very evident particularly on balconies. This was surprising as we have been on older ships that were kept in pristine condition. We only saw painters working on one occasion throughout our 24 day cruise. Makes us wonder if RCI have plans to sell Voyager in the near future. The cruise staff all worked extremely hard and the Cruise Director was certainly one of the best we have ever seen. The stage production shows ( only 2 on each cruise ) were very poor and compared to the lavish entertainment on board P&O's Britannia were very dated. However the Ice Shows were excellent and we took the opportunity to see both productions more then once. We ate in the main restaurant and this was generally good although on the 2nd cruise the menus changed considerably and there was a poorer choice. There were over 700 children on board on the 8 day cruise from Sydney to Airlee Beach and the passengers were mainly Australians from the Sydney area taking a short break. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our ... Read More
From the beginning, air transportation to Perth Australia was long and needed 2 transfers. Check-in was one of the longest time periods (30 minutes) once at the counter we have ever spent of the 7 cruises we have taken with RCCL Our cabin (9672) as well as approximately 150 others had problems with the stool in the bath room not flushing or flushing when it wanted to and it took 5 days for problem to be solved. I needed a frig or cool for my insulin but ours didn't work, replacement mini cooler malfunctioned and froze as well as the transformer almost burned up. Second mini cooler wasn't much better as it froze up also. Finally got a frig that worked 7 days into the 16 night cruise. The aft elevators, over looking the center of the ship, on the port side of the ship had problems. The forward elevator didn't work for over have the cruise and the aft elevator had door closer issues and would cycle constantly because the inner door would NOT close completely. Letting guest services know, several different time, didn't seem to get any action. Was able to show someone with supposedly some authority what was happening and got it to malfunction over half way threw the 16 night cruise finally got some action, but not enough to fix the on going problem. The shops left a lot to be desired. There wasn't the normal wide verity or amount of goods and those that were on the shelves were very high prices. I an say, the cabin steward was fantastic and our table captain her helper were outstanding and made our dinner time a real pleasure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The cruise was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime as we had never travelled to the other side of the world before and we had previously had very good cruises with the company in europe see main issues on cabin review .However the ... Read More
The cruise was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime as we had never travelled to the other side of the world before and we had previously had very good cruises with the company in europe see main issues on cabin review .However the long term saving and planning was ruined by our experience. The entertainment was not very good with only two dancing and singing shows compared to the offerings in europe .The only bright note was the ice shows which were both excellent and very professional.The menu offerings were very bland with not much variety although the waiters were excellent. .Johny Rockets was freezing cold and we felt sorry for the staff who had to work in these conditions.Even the new tea and coffee in cabins was not good as stocks had not been loaded in Singapore or Perth.All in all it was a very poor offering but the company seem to think that a lot what we are saying is our personal opinion and lots of people are very happy with the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We are regular Princess cruisers having traveled 8 times in the last 5 years. This is our second time on the Fremantle to Albany run, Both times on the Sea Princess. As with all Princess cruises the shore team pre and post cruise were ... Read More
We are regular Princess cruisers having traveled 8 times in the last 5 years. This is our second time on the Fremantle to Albany run, Both times on the Sea Princess. As with all Princess cruises the shore team pre and post cruise were excellent - efficient and well staffed this whole experience was seamless. Sadly we had numerous toilet issues and whilst the response time was always short the failure to resolve the problem was disappointing. After the first few complaints they did recognise the issue and intrusion by providing a small tray of chocolates to keep us sweet. Staff on the ship were as always polite and made every effort to make our trip a relaxing time where we feel like true kings and queens of the waves. Sadly wait times at several bars seemed far longer than usual and a happy hour when you can only get one order filled in the hour is hardly very happy. Albany is a beautiful port and tying up in the harbour means only a short walk into the town centre - don't miss the ANZAC Centre, a must do for any first time visitor. The town offers a range of options for the first timer with most things within walking distance of the shuttle drop off. The Anzac Centre is a short taxi ride and really too far to walk. Busselton the second stop is a tender port. The jetty is a wonderful walk if the wind is mild and the town offers a range of small town facilities. Busselton is not Margaret River despite the advertising and a 45 minute bus ride is required before you reach the famous wine region. Sea Princess is looking a little tired but the cruising experience and the limited number of short cruises out of Fremantle make this opportunity too good to miss. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane (15 Days) to see Broome, Kimberley Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and PNG. There were Myself, wife and 3 other couples travelling together. Broome and Darwin was fine as we organised ... Read More
Chose this cruise from Fremantle to Brisbane (15 Days) to see Broome, Kimberley Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns and PNG. There were Myself, wife and 3 other couples travelling together. Broome and Darwin was fine as we organised our own Mini Bus, enjoyed cruise around the Kimberley Coast. For some reason, not told to us, Port Douglas visit was cancelled and all excursions for Cairns and Port Douglas were organised ex Cairns. Excursions from Cairns was an absolute disaster with hundreds of people waiting to get on tour buses with no effective organisation. The organisers had no control or 'game plan'. The cabin and restaurant service on the boat was excellent. On board communication was poor, For 4 days we had stinking sewage smell wafting through the passage ways and cabin. One of our party had water leaking down into his wardrobe. Only half of the washing machines worked. We also had frequent power and 3 days TV outages. I booked an excusion to visit PNG. When we went to the desk we were told that I couldn't go as I had a walker. I did not care for the attitude of the woman we were dealing with. She was very abrupt and dismissive. Food was average in the Dining room. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We were really looking forward to a most enjoyable holiday with friends. Broome and Darwin were fine as we organised our own Maxi Taxi and had a great tour with our own driver. Our so called 'Stateroom' with balcony was tiny, ... Read More
We were really looking forward to a most enjoyable holiday with friends. Broome and Darwin were fine as we organised our own Maxi Taxi and had a great tour with our own driver. Our so called 'Stateroom' with balcony was tiny, hardly room to move but the cabin service was excellent. The meals in the Dining Room were only average but again the service was great. We were supposed to call into Port Douglas, but for some reason, not conveyed to us, it didn't stop there. Instead all excursions for Cairns and Port Douglas were organised out of Cairns. The departure for these excursions was absolute chaos, there was little communication and poor organisation leaving many passengers angry, annoyed and upset. The Sun Princess is showing its age with power outages and loss of TV over a number of days. We also experience stinking sewage small wafting through the cabin and walkways. Only one washing machine was working on our deck. One of our party had water leakage come through his wardrode soaking his clothes. The balcony railing was rusted and painted over many times. The Sun princess is showing its age and is due for a major refit or scrapping. It seems to me that Princess Cruises operating out of Fremantle are sub standard. All the good cruise ships, with some exceptions, operate in the northern hemisphere. Harvey J Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
bar tenders were excellent as were the breakfast staff and dinner and lunch. The food was excellent.Onboard hospitality was excellent The activities were well organised.The rooms were excellent. The choices of restaurants and activities ... Read More
bar tenders were excellent as were the breakfast staff and dinner and lunch. The food was excellent.Onboard hospitality was excellent The activities were well organised.The rooms were excellent. The choices of restaurants and activities were ample. The staff were friendly the trivia games were fun. The night stage shows were good to see.The on shore tours were excellent and plenty to choose from.When we got off at Cairns We went to the Daintree River Excursion and saw crocidiles.which was very good to see. We travelled from Fremantle to the Kimberleys. The scenery was out of this world. Then to broome where we saw the spectacular sunset at the beach. We went to darwin which was also lovely, then to cairns then Milne bay in New Guinea. which was out of this world Then we travelled to Brisbane where we disembarked. I would certainly recommend this spectacular Princess cruise to everyone. Top marks to Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, staff were great, so helpful, nothing too much trouble, the shows were the best we have seen on board other ships, entertainment staff and all acts were second to none and we had a ball. The attention to cleanliness was very impressive and the choice of restaurants were excellent (both Angelo's, Dragon Lady were like dining in any top restaurant in Perth, the Waterfront was great if you wanted to be waited on; if you wanted to do your own thing, you had lots of choice in the "Pantry" (food hall) the best thing was that your food was served up to you instead of it being open to everyone breathing and coughing around it, causing health risk and shocking waste, though there was still no limit to the amount of food you could have on any serving, hence I saw no evidence at all of sickness on board and we would not hesitate to book on the Pacific Eden in the future. We were especially surprised at the space we had in our cabin and bathroom compared to previous trips. Embarkation and disembarkation ran like clockwork as did all stops, with very well run excursion times on and off the ship,extremely professional. Thanks to the fabulous crew, especially the entertainment guys, second to none. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Just come back from a mini cruise on the Pacific Eden with my mum. It was a fab 3 day weekend mini break and even though we only disembarked at Bunbury, I'm really glad we did as I have always overlooked this town en-route to ... Read More
Just come back from a mini cruise on the Pacific Eden with my mum. It was a fab 3 day weekend mini break and even though we only disembarked at Bunbury, I'm really glad we did as I have always overlooked this town en-route to Margaret River. We explored some hidden gems of shops, quickly perused the museum and noticed how many trendy little coffee shops etc were around. The buses to and from the ship were plentiful. The cooking shows and main entertainment shows were (in my opinion) excellent - I also made use of the gym facilities ...so much to do for the money we spent. I loved our room with a view with its comfy beds (though my mother who is a seasoned cruiser did not like the fact we were "upgraded" to the 4th floor and that we had an interleading door to another room which had a young family) so occasionally we heard some next door noise. The customer service was hit and miss....some crew members were very welcoming and accommodating whilst others were more surly (we later found out many crew were coming to the end of their contract and were mostly likely tired). I follow a gluten -free diet and "The Waterfront restaurant "were mostly accommodating to changing a meal to fit in with this ...however I thought they could have provided a bigger option for a gluten free dessert other than meringue and fruit. The biggest complaint over and again from the ladies onboard was the lack of working toilets on each floor and on the starboard side many of the windows were dirty. On the whole, I would recommend this cruise as I thought it offered fantastic value for money, the gym facilities and services were good and the entertainment and indoor movie theatre were excellent! Embarking and Disembarking the ship went smoothly too! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I ... Read More
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I don't like help yourself food is I have seen too many people touch food and put it back, coughing on food etc. The Pantry is excellent because the food is dished up and handed to you, so no one touches it and I like the fact that the glass partition is between the public and the food. I also liked the amount of water fountains around the ship. Overall I liked the layout and the size of the ship, not so far to go from A to B. This will be our second cruise on the Pacific Eden this year and we even booked the same cabin again as we liked the location. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Arrived at the departure port of Fremantle by train which involved a long walk dragging cases to the terminal. Shuttle buses to the terminal would have been good, or even better the old terminal renewed and relocated adjacent to the ... Read More
Arrived at the departure port of Fremantle by train which involved a long walk dragging cases to the terminal. Shuttle buses to the terminal would have been good, or even better the old terminal renewed and relocated adjacent to the station. The first stop was Exmouth but we didn't get off as we had been there before on caravan holidays.. The next stop was Kuri Bay which was the ships first tour of this small pearl farming camp site. Access was by ship's tenders to a small jetty then a walking tour of the facilities. All of this was a bit daunting and tiring for the older aged passengers in the heat of this location and the unmade tracks through the bush. At the next stop at Broome, the extensive shuttle bus service was excellent. Food, entertainment and facilities on this ship were quite satisfactory. It was a good opportunity to relax with friends we were travelling with. Would I travel again? quite possibly on this ship but not to these destinations. And the Fremantle Terminal is an embarrassment and needs upgrading and relocating. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have cruised on the Dawn before and had a great experience. Not so this time. She's an old ship and we expect some issues so put up with foul smells of wet rotting carpet and air conditioning that didn't work properly, but ... Read More
We have cruised on the Dawn before and had a great experience. Not so this time. She's an old ship and we expect some issues so put up with foul smells of wet rotting carpet and air conditioning that didn't work properly, but this was Dawn Princess final cruise to Singapore before going over to P & O. We did NOT expect to run out of many non perishable goods or have the shops shutdown halfway thru the cruise!! (so goods could be packed up). 5 days from the end they ran out of Johnny Walker red Whiskey, plus other whiskeys. Gin ran out along with Sav Blanc and Chardony and.. get this Breakfast teas of all brands ran out!! This is unexcusable! We have written to Princess and not had the courtesy of a reply. This cruise was not advertised as a cheap one off or final sailing so we expected it to be like other cruises who Never runout of Tea or Wine! This has left a bitter taste that Princess could treat it's loyal followers so badly Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The Princess Line Cruises were recommended to us and thought we would book following my husband's ill health and also the ease of catching the cruise in Fremantle. We didn't know that this was the Dawn's final cruise. 2 ... Read More
The Princess Line Cruises were recommended to us and thought we would book following my husband's ill health and also the ease of catching the cruise in Fremantle. We didn't know that this was the Dawn's final cruise. 2 days into the cruise, we realised that they were just winding down with no consideration to paying guests. They ran out of Stout, whiskey, gin and Red Wine unless you took the $80 - $120 bottles of red wine. Food was also in short supply especially fresh fruit, prunes, berries (breakfast necessities). Toilets were blocked most of the cruise including ours which was blocked 5 out of the 12 days. Some guests had to use the public toilets on another floor for the first 6 days. Entertainment during the day was extremely limited and was wound down after a few days (horse racing for instance - only 4 days). The casino was closed early because maintenance had to be done for handover to P & O. Shops were closed for stocktaking halfway through the cruise. Couldn't even buy Panadol/Candy etc. Airconditioners didn't work in the dining areas and a lot of the waiters/waitresses carried hand held fans to cope. We got food from the buffet and ate outside. The formal dining room was stifling!! I am hoping that Princess offers the cruisers on this cruise a reimbursement! Dreadful treatment of loyal customers, many of whom had booked knowing it was the last cruise on a ship that they had enjoyed many good times. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise, with a little bit of trepidation, because we had booked the Indian Pacific and it fit in with that schedule, plus we had never been into Broome before. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We thoroughly enjoyed ... Read More
We chose this cruise, with a little bit of trepidation, because we had booked the Indian Pacific and it fit in with that schedule, plus we had never been into Broome before. It turned out to be an excellent choice. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and everything about the ship. Everyone was friendly and the crew were excellent as they always are. The activities on board were great and the quizzes were amusing and most enjoyable. Marius, one of the entertainment staff, conducted our choir, which was great. He has the most fantastic laugh and sense of humour. The dining room was a little off, not the best food and system of booking but the buffet-style up top was extremely well done. Plenty of choice, even for me who is a vegan. I liked the idea of being served rather than a free for all. A much more sanitary way. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I had read mixed reviews of this ship and was a little worried but the price was so reasonable with no flights required (as we could drive to Fremantle) that I decided to go for it anyhow. So glad I did. The ship is beautiful, the staff ... Read More
I had read mixed reviews of this ship and was a little worried but the price was so reasonable with no flights required (as we could drive to Fremantle) that I decided to go for it anyhow. So glad I did. The ship is beautiful, the staff friendly and so professional, the food plentiful, varied and fresh and the entertainment was amazing. The only complaint I have is the price of the drinks and the cinema seats need replacing as they are so uncomfortable. Really great ship. The restaurants were amazing. Our favourite was Angelo's - so classy. Dragon Lady was so special. We just could not believe it was all included in the price. One night the kids did not like the desert on offer at Angelo's so we had dinner there, went and watched a show and then went to Dragon Lady for Desert (Chocolate Brownie with White Chocolate Ice Cream). Family Holiday Bliss! If you go do not miss the Towel Animal Parade the cabin stewards put on - WOW. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our second trip after a fantastic voyage in 2016.The ship wasn't filled to capacity but it was difficult to find room to sit and eat in the pantry or find lounges on the pool deck. The lack of shade in both pool areas made ... Read More
This was our second trip after a fantastic voyage in 2016.The ship wasn't filled to capacity but it was difficult to find room to sit and eat in the pantry or find lounges on the pool deck. The lack of shade in both pool areas made them un-useable as both pools were mostly in full sun creating a skin cancer risk. Everything also looked a bit tired & shabby. Our cabin was comfortable & spacious .The beds were very good and the bathrooms adequate albeit the towels provided were threadbare & very grubby looking. Our stewards were very friendly but we thought the standard of service had dropped considerably from our last trip.The Pantry food was typical food hall fare, Plentiful but without enough variety or appeal. Great if you want to lose weight ! We were very disappointed by Angelo's and the Dragon Lady. We expected better. High tea at the salt Grill was beautiful & incredible value for money. Entertainment in the Marquee was fabulous but we were disappointed by the entertainment on offer in some of the bars ,particularly the Ocean Bar. I believe my 10 year old had a better time in the Kids Shark Shack which by all accounts was fabulous. We were disappointed by the on board parties. They were poorly planned and nothing was really offered other than a band. Most fizzled out early due to lack of interest. We were not impressed by the standard of service on board generally. Most staff were quite abrupt & unfriendly. We had considerable problems with our drinks package & believe we were deliberately mislead about what we were entitled to.This occurred wherever we went so it was clearly policy. This wasn't sorted until the last days of the cruise because we complained loudly & decided to get what we had paid for. This left us feeling disgruntled that we had been given the run around by admin staff who gave the impression that they clearly had no skills to resolve simple matters or provide adequate customer service. We are undecided whether we want to come back. We feel there is a need to lift the game before we are tempted to return. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose the cruise several years ago but cancer delayed taking it. It was a "bucket list" item. 29 days Brisbane to Brisbane is a must do cruise Sun princess is an old ship with a number of infirmities as were most of the ... Read More
Chose the cruise several years ago but cancer delayed taking it. It was a "bucket list" item. 29 days Brisbane to Brisbane is a must do cruise Sun princess is an old ship with a number of infirmities as were most of the passengers. Wonderful crew and cruise director. Nothing too much effort. Great entertainment Bland food and lack of variety unusual for Princess, but may have suited Aussie tastes as thy numbered about 85% of us Hated fixed dining at 17.30 but alternative food in Horizon court was dire Constant drilling and hammering to effect repairs and maintenance. Ports all great and excursions good I have 147 days et sea with Princess so this is not a biased critique Health and safety let us down with a loose, trailing, in-necessasary cable in a walkway which caused a painful fall costing us money in the sick bay Balcony cabin was fine though the balconies were small. Quizzes were very good and were the most popular activity on the ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Seeing Australia and New Zealand has always been on our bucket list and this cruise seemed perfect. We have been on Radiance two other times so we knew the ship quite well so it was like coming back to an old friend. Needless to say, ... Read More
Seeing Australia and New Zealand has always been on our bucket list and this cruise seemed perfect. We have been on Radiance two other times so we knew the ship quite well so it was like coming back to an old friend. Needless to say, getting to Perth takes some effort. 14 plus hours to Sydney from Los Angeles and then 5 more hours from Sydney to Perth. I was surprised how inexpensive the flight was on Virgin Australia to fly over 5 hours to Perth. Definitely less expensive than flying across the United States. We stayed at the Parmelia Hilton, which was well located to see Elizabeth Quay and the shopping district. We had two nights and a full day to see Perth and the surrounding area (Freemantle). We did the Hop on Hop off around Perth then took the train down to Freemantle, had lunch and then toured the prison, well worth the effort. Embarkation was quite easy and we were on the ship within 20 minutes of arriving at the port. It was hot, so nice to get on board and have a nice lunch in air conditioning! Cabin: We booked this cruise over a year ago while in the Baltic on the sister ship Brilliance. We booked a Junior suite on Deck 10, because of the good price and the length of the cruise. (Always nice to have a little extra room on a long cruise.) Our room was well located, was clean and neat, and obviously had been refurbished when the ship had its overhaul a few years ago. It was easy to walk up one flight to the windjammer or catch an elevator to the lower floors. We absolutely had no complaints about our accommodations. Now, for those not familiar with the Junior Suite category, the storage is amazing. It is really the only category with an actual "walk in" closet! Food: I have read some reviews that have already been filed and I have to disagree with some of the conclusions vis a vie the food reviews. We have been on about 20 cruises, mostly with RCI but we have done two Princess and two Disney cruises as well. We found the food in the Windjammer to be good for both breakfast and lunch (never had dinner in the Windjammer but friends we met did and they were complimentary of both the variety and quality of food for dinner). The breakfast omelets were quite good, with little wait time. I did miss my regular pork breakfast sausages we get in the Caribbean and other locations, but I understand we were in a different part of the world, but they did do both American and English bacon. The choices seemed to me to be good and equivalent to other RCI cruises we have experienced. I found the quality good, considering that they are cooking for over 2,000 people! As an example, the hamburger patties at lunch seemed to be thicker than I remember and the cooks were doing them in batches so that they were constantly adding newly cooked, hot hamburgers to the bar. I found the hot dogs much better than I remembered, both in taste and they were kept warm on a rotating grill. Either I am easily pleased or those who didn't like the food are not experienced cruisers or have unrealistic expectations. I guess if you want to experience Crystal, Silverseas etc. you might get "different" selections or better presentations, but you will pay over twice as much for the experience. In general, the breakfasts and the dinners in the main dining room were good. For us, the company at dinner is one of the reasons we cruise. Meeting new people and sharing experiences of the day are one of the highlights. We were very lucky to have 4 British couples at our table who were all nice and provided great conversation and humor during dinner. Generally dinner was good and up to what we have experienced in the past, with two exceptions. No lobster night, AND more importantly, no steak as one of the every night options. For some reason, when RCI cruises in this area of the world, steak in not part of their every night menu, unlike when in North America or Europe. I missed that option when the nightly offerings didn't tickle my fancy. One of the issues for me, and this is a personal issue, is I do not eat a lot of fish and there seemed to be many fish options on both the appetizer and main selections each night. But that said, the quality was generally fine and when it wasn't, our waiter brought us a new or different entre. Someone was "complaining" in another review I read about the hand sanitizers in the Windjammer and I was amazed when I read the comment. I found the folks who have the thankless job of trying to make people clean their hands as they enter the restaurant both enthusiastic and diligent in doing this task. By the way, if people were better at doing it themselves, they would only need the machines and not have to make staff stand there and force it on the cruisers! It's an "us" problem not a "them" problem! Service: I found the service really good from almost everyone I encountered on this cruise. Staff seemed to be making a little extra effort to be both friendly and helpful. The cruise director and the activities manager were front and center every day and were both enthusiastic and good at their jobs. I found other higher ranking cruise staff to be both more visible around the ship and engaging with the cruisers. Our cabin attendant was great and so were our waiter and his assistant. No one I encountered seemed to want to "dump" an issue on others rather than helping out themselves. this hasn't always been the case on other cruises. Entertainment: Ok, this is one area where RCI gets a "mixed" review from me. I generally like to have dinner and then see a show in the theater. Unfortunately, there were a number of times where the show for the late seating was actually before dinner and I was forced to choose between going to the lounge to have a drink with friends or go to the show. The drink won out! Also, the RCI "singers and dances" may have been the least talented I have encountered on an RCI ship. Other than their lack of singing ability, the staging was very odd at times with the costumes and the music not matching the scenery etc and the choice of music quite odd at times. Many of the other efforts, headline performers, the band in the Colony Club (one of the best I have ever experienced on a cruise, man could they do Santana!), the 70's party and the British v. Aussie music battle were very good and a lot of fun. The tango performance was really entertaining as the lead couple were quite good. I did not participate in any "enrichment" because there simply wasn't any!! I found the whole ship to certainly be up to my standards. I realize that this is one of the older ships in the fleet, but I really do like this class of ship and I did not find it "old" or run down as some have said in other reviews. The centrum was well appointed as were the Colony Club, the Schooner Bar and the crown. Again, I'm not sure what people expect, and I sometimes think I was on a different cruise when I read other reviews. I am both an experienced cruiser and I expect good value for my cruising dollar and this cruise did not disappoint me in any way. The destinations were fantastic (Melbourne, sailing the fiords, Dunedin, Akoroa, Wellington etc were great!) , we had good weather most of the way and got to see a lot. When on a long cruise like this, you have to understand that there are only so many breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings and at some point, things will repeat. and, just like at our homes, some things will break down, need attention or repairs. The real questions is how the staff responds to these issues. These ships spend almost all their time sailing, not in a ship's garage getting repaired so stuff happens. I would sail this ship again, with this crew again and most certainly with RCI again. Thanks for a great cruise and taking me to a lot of places I would not have otherwise gone! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
for a relaxing holiday . our experience of Radiance of the seas is very disappointed and upset . food was not good at all in either cascades main dining room or the buffet windjammer. the choice of food was awful putting mostly ... Read More
for a relaxing holiday . our experience of Radiance of the seas is very disappointed and upset . food was not good at all in either cascades main dining room or the buffet windjammer. the choice of food was awful putting mostly the same variety of food on all the time on alternate days . food was cold unappetising and not cooked like a professional chief would cook . their was a terrible smell on the carpets on some of the decks like fusty mildew smell my husband complained 5 times and it was still there when we disembarked . the shows were very unprofessional and very loud , drink prices seemed to fluctuate during the cruise the same bar charging a dollar more one night than the previous night up and down the whole cruise . we boarded ship in Fremantle and were told by other passengers that the ship prices of drinks went up once docked in Fremantle . and for the rest of the cruise {some passengers boarded in Sydney before Fremantle } the showers were so small one would not want to try and pick up a bar of soap if dropped . and by the way NO Toiletries given or bath robes no water in cabins we had to buy it . even had to buy fresh orange if you wanted it for breakfast in the buffet windjammer . included if you went to the cascades restaurant . which took about 45 mins to bring your breakfast once ordered it took 4 attempts over two days for me to have the hairdryer replaced in my cabin as it was broken .the sanitation of hands in restaurants were very poor . crew talking instead of insisting hands were sanitised . lots of passengers ill and taken off the ship at different ports . i really must credit the cabin attendant who did do a good Job {Thank you . we will never cruise on Royal Caribbean again . very very disappointed for a cruise that we saved for about 10 months Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We've now traveled on 5 different cruise lines and thought Royal would be our home line, but they've disappointed us both our last 2 cruises. Start with the good. -Our room steward was great, they always work so hard. ... Read More
We've now traveled on 5 different cruise lines and thought Royal would be our home line, but they've disappointed us both our last 2 cruises. Start with the good. -Our room steward was great, they always work so hard. -Our waitstaff were very good. -Absolutely loved the ports in New Zealand! Every port in New Zealand had volunteers in port and around town helping to make sure you got where you wanted to go. Free shuttles into the towns, were great, way to make folks feel welcome New Zealand. I'd love to go back there! -Dunedin train trip was fantastic with beautiful scenery, great volunteers that go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your day. The lunch and wine were very nice!!! -In every port there were nice places to shop minus the multitude of junk shops and ship sponsored jewelry shops. And, really nice places for lunch or dessert! And talk about great fresh seafood, yum! - Best cruise directer ever! Bad, All are policy issue that I'm sure are management directed. 1.) Please stop pestering us at every single meal to buy water, buy the wine deal, the champagne meal, the drink deal, the specialty dinning, the chef deal, tour deal, sparking water, lunch deals, pictures, pictures, again with a lower priced meal deal, everyday it was something more. Very, very annoying!!! In every nook and cranny they came pestering you about more. 2.) Extremely harassing picture folks in your way through the halls, blocking the stairs, blocking the entrance to the dinning room to the point that I felt rude just trying to get from one place to another. They went so that they would take hold of your arm to stop you even after you said no thank you. Calling after you if you walk by, I mean yelling down the hall "hey you". 3.) More and more venues outside the dining room pestering you to buy their services to the point that I was uncomfortable walking by. 4.) The ship needed a good cleaning, it was very dusty in the public areas. The beautiful wall of windows outside the champagne bar were never wash through out the trip to the point that you could barely see out them. 5.) Our bathroom in our cabin was in need of minor repair, but it gave the feel of a 2 star motel, this could not be handled by the steward. 6.) This was the least entertaining of entertainment on any cruise. Several were very good, but centrium entertainment very very repetitive and extremely loud even on the upper levels you couldn't get away from it. I used to love Royal, but we'll go elsewhere even after diamond. Very sad. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise almost exclusively because of the itinerary. This was our 18th cruise, but only our second on RCL. Our first RCL cruise was in 2005. We hadn't been back to RCL since then because of a disappointing dining ... Read More
We chose this cruise almost exclusively because of the itinerary. This was our 18th cruise, but only our second on RCL. Our first RCL cruise was in 2005. We hadn't been back to RCL since then because of a disappointing dining experience. Our 2005 evaluation was confirmed on this cruise. We had great service in the Cascades dining room, in the Schooner bar, and from our state room attendant. The service in the Windjammer was good, but not exceptional. In general, I found the quality of the entrées in the Cascades dining room to be poor. Meat entrées included "strip loin" (which I found to be very poor quality cut), a very inferior New York strip, a very disappointing pork loin, and a breaded Chicken Marsala - with no sauce. If you wanted a good quality New York strip or lobster tail in the Cascades dining room there was a significant up-charge. On at least one occasion I found myself ordering a vegetarian entrée, because there were no meat entrées that I trusted. Food in the Windjammer, was better (great hamburgers and hotdogs) but generally unremarkable, and repetitive. We experienced significant shore excursion disembarkation delays on two consecutive days. We found the ship to be in generally good shape considering it's 16 year old age - but a little tired in places. Most of the other guests with whom we struck up conversations were, like us, Celebrity and/or Princess fans who had chosen this cruise, only because of the itinerary. Disembarkation was probably the smoothest we have ever experienced. We had a great time, but the disappointing dining experience was a significant detracting factor. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click