Great Trip - Top 4; 1. Crusing the Milford Sound on a clear warm day 2. Taking the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb 3. Watching the Tasmanian Devil and feeding the Kangaroos in Hobart's Bonorong Reserve 4. Experiencing Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Diamond Princess Cruise Review to Australasia

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Diamond Princess

Australia & New Zealand

Sail date: February 18, 2018

Ship: Diamond Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: A701

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Had a great cruise and a wonderful time in Sydney, disappointed that we missed Akaroa as we had reserved an excursion for the alpine train ride, and Melbourne.


5 out of 5
timed it right... no lines or waiting.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Very good, the standard Princess layout.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Heated Jacuzzi in the aft of ship rarely used especially in the evenings.


3 out of 5
Everly Brothers tribute band was pretty good, other entertainment just OK.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Outstanding service from Hector our room steward.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Only complaint was that the air conditioning output was minimal, so for the few warm nights we had to keep our balcony door open to keep the room cool enough to sleep. Also had the maintenance guy come out twice, but he failed to resolve the issue. I think cabin A701 might be at the end of the air conditioning conduit line, so when everyone else has their air set to max cold, there is no flow left for this cabin.

Ship tip

Unlike some of the ships in this class, they don't have the small pastry / specialty hot drinks area in the atrium, but they do have a sushi restaurant.

Ports of call

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Akaroa, New Zealand Did not visit port

Cyclone prevented access to this port.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

5 out of 5

Melbourne, Australia Did not visit port

High winds prevented access to this port.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
Not as quick as embarkation, but not bad.
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