Zest

Zest

Second Mate
New Zealand
Joined 10/2019

7

Cruises

4

Reviews

47

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Cruising for 5 years. Still working but travel as much as time allows. Really enjoy cruising with Princess cruises, have always had excellent journeys and experiences with them and they have a very good loyalty programme.

Past cruises

Ruby Princess

September 2019 - 20 Night Hawaii Tahiti & South Pacific Crossing (Los Angeles To Auckland) Cruise on Ruby Princess

Excellent first trip on Ruby

Couldn’t fault this cruise really, as always staff were amazing and everything as expected. Only comment would be need shows and entertainment sometimes aimed at younger generations

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Majestic Princess

March 2019 - 11 Night Australia & New Zealand (Auckland To Sydney) Cruise on Majestic Princess

Relaxing 😎 NZ cruise

All excellent . Travelled with my mum (80’s) and this was a great cruise to go on from our NZ base and easy options for ports

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Emerald Princess

March 2018 - 16 Night Andes & South America (Santiago To Los Angeles) Cruise on Emerald Princess

Wonderful introduction to small parts of South & Central America and Mexico

A great cruise and opportunity to spend time with my mother (80s) and sister. Excellent itinerary, and most everything about Princess cruise was 100%, probably one of the best itineraries I’ve been on. Did most excursions through Princess this trip and were all extremely good. Definitely want to return on a land based journey, a great introduction to these areas from the comfort of 1 room and a quality cruise company

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Royal Princess

August 2017 - 7 Night Greek Isles (Athens Roundtrip) Cruise on Royal Princess

Dawn

February 2016 - 14 nights on Dawn

Sea Princess

September 2015 - 12 Night Treasures Of Asia (Fremantle To Singapore) Cruise on Sea Princess

Sea Princess

August 2014 - 15 Night Indonesia (Fremantle Roundtrip) Cruise on Sea Princess

First cruise ever, changed pre conceived expectations

First cruise ever. Wasn’t thrilled about going cruising before I left but wanted to support my mother still travelling. Had done large amount of land based travel around the world and thought cruising sounded boring. The cruise with Princess totally changed my mind and have loved cruising ever since. Most relaxing holiday

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Sea Princess

Sea Princess

Sail date: August 03, 2014

First cruise ever, changed pre conceived expectations

First cruise ever. Wasn’t thrilled about going cruising before I left but wanted to support my mother still travelling. Had done large amount of land based travel around the world and thought cruising sounded boring. The cruise with Princess totally changed my mind and have loved cruising ever since. Most relaxing holiday

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Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess

Sail date: March 14, 2018

Wonderful introduction to small parts of South & Central America and Mexico

A great cruise and opportunity to spend time with my mother (80s) and sister. Excellent itinerary, and most everything about Princess cruise was 100%, probably one of the best itineraries I’ve been on. Did most excursions through Princess this trip and were all extremely good. Definitely want to return on a land based journey, a great introduction to these areas from the comfort of 1 room and a quality cruise company

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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Sail date: September 24, 2019

Excellent first trip on Ruby

Couldn’t fault this cruise really, as always staff were amazing and everything as expected. Only comment would be need shows and entertainment sometimes aimed at younger generations

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Cruise tips

Callao (Lima), Peru

Another great Princess full day excursion seeing the highlights of Lima. This trip covered so much and gave you a really good feel for the city. Another huge lunch with copious amounts of local alcohol served. City tour, main sights, markets, churches, several museums, overlooking the beaches, saw people surfing and locals enjoying their city. Easily managed by my Mum then 87

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

Took a disembark tour through Princess to Long Beach. Nothing really in the San Pedro area (was also there 4 weeks ago boarding a cruise). This tour took you to the main part of Long Beach near The Outlet stores and of course within a few 100 metres of Long Beach itself. You are there around 4 hours on this tour and bags are safely secured in the bus while awaiting transfer to LAX. The Outlet stores are great value with quality items and shops, Columbia, Nike, Maceys, Gap, Converse to name a few. Thete is also a gree local shuttle to take you around the Long Beach atea to the Queen Mary and other sites. We were so impressed by the Long Beach area that we returned here pre cruise a month ago and stayed in an amazing boutique hotel which provided free bikes and for 2 days we had a blast biking around Long Beach atea and shopping again at the Outlet of course

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Another ‘banger’ of a day this time in Nicaragua and another Princess excursion. Full and exciting day easily managed for guests. Plenty to do and more great local food and drink included. Amazing colourful people and buildings. Stunning out on the lake seeing all the privately owned islands and school with amazing backdrops . Quite a long journey from the port to Grenada on the Pan American highway but this was an incredible journey from the bus window seeing all the diversity of the area and a lot!! of pictues taken from the windows

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What a cracker of a place. A small first glimpse at Mexico for the day on a Princess excursion into Puerto Vallarta. Tequila factory and stunning show, lots of Tequila sampling. Lunch included beside a gorgeous beach with banging latino music and friendly people - a day to remember and hopefully return to in depth.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Loved loved this day in Costa Rica. Such a great day on a Princess excursion. A real day for lovers of nature. Cruising on a river, lunch and a journey through a rainforest. Mum (87) managed this excursion easily. The whole day was a highlight. Excellent guide on the river cruise pointed out the different birds, even got to see the grandaddy crocodile

Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile

Went on a Princess , very good day with lots of variety and things to see, drink and eat. Got to sample a lot of local alcohol as included . Huge lunch included, which Mum shared with some of the local friendly canines

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

Valoariso wasn’t actually where the Emerald left from eventually it left from San Antonio port. However we were still lucky enough to visit Valpariso. We had stayed in Santiago 2 nights and arranged a very inexpensive transfer to San Antonio Port via Valpariso for the day , stopping at lots of places of interest but with most of the day in Valpariso. Wonderful twin towns and do go and visit the colourful wall art up overlooking Valpariso- well worth it. We organised this transfer from our Santiago hotel

Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess

There are saunas and steamroom in the male and female toilets near the spa and sun deck pool. Very few people seem to know about these but are available to all.

Lombok Island, Indonesia

Excellent, took a private pre arranged driver for the day. Loved Lombok and it very much reminded us of what Bali used to be like

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Took a pre organised trip with a driver for the day. He was excellent and went to Ubud and Sanur. Massage, swimming, shopping. Couldn’t believe though how extremely busy the traffic is now and didn’t get to all places planned as too many cars. Have been to Bali 8 times before (land trips) and it’s certainly no longer the paradise island we first saw in 1983. Big delays with tender back to ship this day due to weather- unfortunately no seats for most people in the terminal making it very hard for some older travelers

Fremantle (Perth), Australia

Free local bus back then. Lots to see and fantastic town to walk around shops, markets and eateries. Stay overnight in Perth Central and took a scenic boat down the Swan River to join the cruise at terminal which was a short walk away

Sea Princess

Sea Princess

There are some saunas and steamroom worth trying near spa, free for all to use. We had a cycle between pool/spa/sauna and steamroom. Great showers in spa area too with lots of spare towels

Komodo Island, Indonesia

Incredible opportunity to visit Komodo Island and see the ‘dragons’ as part of Princess tour. Good to view them within a couple of metres. Later taken on the tour to a lovely swimming beach

Tauranga, New Zealand

Great day out with friends. Docks in Mt Maunganui which is best part of Tauranga to visit from. Swimming beach about 100m walk from boat and a climb of Mt Maunganui is well worth it for av fitness

Majestic Princess

Majestic Princess

Definitely visit the Hollywood indoor pool and relaxation areas - like the Sanctuary but open access to all

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

We loved the Ruby Princess, almost identical to the Ruby. Didn’t discover the Sauna and Steamrooms until 3rd week, worth checking out Sun deck off the Spa corridor toilet/shower facilities near forward pool

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