Diamond Princess Cruise Review by lionstc
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Balcony
First port of call was Tauranga where we did the tour to Hobbiton was good even though I've never seen any of the films!!!!! When we got back to the ship then was an announcement from the captain that we wouldn't be stopping at Akora because of high winds and the ship would be staying in port until 4am the next morning and you could get off but had to be back onboard by midnight. We then spent 3 days in rough seas,caused by cyclone Gita, to get to Port Chalmers for Dunedin. We used the shuttle to get to Dunedin from the ship good value at $15. Didn't do any excursions but had a walk around the station and town then got a cab to the castle which cost $110 round trip and the driver gave us a bit of a site seeing trip great value for four people. Not a lot to see or do in port Chalmers just a couple of pubs and some takeaways. The scenery leaving port is loving .
Next day was cruising fjord land which was spectacular and one of the highlights and we we told only one in four ships gets in due to weather. The next two days were spent crossing the Tasman Sea in really rough seas!!!!! Next stop Hobart where we got a cab to Bonorong wild life park where we fed kangaroos see koalas wombats and Tasmanian devils. Great few hours and can easily be done on your own. This was followed by another sea day on which we were told we wouldn't be going to Melbourne because of winds and the narrow channel that is used to get to the dock so more circling around the Tasman sea for two days until we reached Sydney. We only heard from the captain when it was to make an announcement that we weren't going to dock somewhere,it was his last cruise before retiring.
Not really a lot went on on all the sea days we had just the usual quizzes, bingo, and art auctions and lectures. The occasional band by the pool for an hour weather permitting but not much else. We were refunded $100 for missed ports of call and $39 for port taxes plus 15 per of the price of your cruise to come off another cruise with Princess. Don't get me wrong we did have a good time and met some lovely people but all the sea days made it feel a bit like Groundhog Day which by the way was shown on movies under the stars!!!!!!
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