February 2016 - 15 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney To Auckland) Cruise on Diamond Princess
Food and Service Not As Good As Norwegian
As my wife and I had been on two Norwegian Cruises and river cruises with Viking and Avalon and we thought that the food choices and preparation was better on our previous cruises, than on Princess. There was with great frequency, food suited more to Asians than to Americans. Americans constituted 1500 of the 2200 passengers for this cruise. There was not enough anytime dining choices where late during the evening (9-11 pm) you could get short order meal items or a hot sandwich like you could on Norwegian/Viking. There were more draft beer choices on Norwegian. There was more to do and far as sports on Norwegian to include regulation shuffle board and basketballs that were correctly inflated and with basketball rims with nets. The promenade deck on Norwegian had markings that got all walkers and runners going in the same direction. There was no such organization on Princess. As far as itinerary, I think there could have been one more port in Australia and one less port in New Zealand. Our cabin steward was very polite, but there were no towel animals as were on Norwegian and the river cruises.