Diamond Princess Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Food and Service Not As Good As Norwegian

Sail Date: February 16, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Very organized. Left my passport onboard and it was found and brought to me at the gangway.
Ship Quality
Anytime dining should have been allowed on the fan tail as they do on Norwegian
Destinations and Excursions
Too many NZ ports, not enough Australian ports
Onboard Activities
Basketballs not properly inflated; no regulation shuffle board; walking deck not laid out well.
Honestly thought that Norwegian had better evening entertainment in the ship's theater
Service and Staff
Most staff were very helpful
Food and Dining
Not enough choices of American Food and the prep was not that great
Sydney, Australia
A trip to the botanical gardens a must. If healthy must do the Victoria Bridge walk.
Melbourne, Australia
Trip to the Como House a must. Shows how mid 19th century Australia really was with period furnishings and photos...fascinating
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Cruise Fjordland National Park
Was touted as spectacular...but the Alaskan fjords with the glaciers were beyond compare
Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
Trip to Tunnel Beach a must
Akaroa, New Zealand
Trip to the Antarctic Center a must. Needed more time.
Picton, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Tauranga, New Zealand

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