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Golden Princess Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

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Reviews: 3
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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Golden Princess

15 Night Papua New Guinea & South Pacific (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 06, 2017

Ship: Golden Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B222

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Not a relaxing cruise, but very educational. Glad we did it.


5 out of 5
Priority embarkation helps. First time embarking from Fisherman''s Island in Brisbane (industrial port due to size of ship).

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
This was our first time on a large ship and opportunity to experience the elite lounge as not offered on the smaller Sea and Sun.


4 out of 5
Many shows the same as previous cruises - but still enjoyable to watch.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Design was a bit odd. Not easy getting to our dinning room.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very nice room. Loved the large TV.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia Did not visit port

We pretty much went straight to the airport so not fair to rate.

Brisbane, Australia

5 out of 5
This is our home port where we actually embarked. Will give a top rating as it's that good we live here :)

Alotau, Papua New Guinea

3 out of 5
Our introduction to PNG was Alotau. It was a steamy hot day even though the start of spring. We walked to the markets which were very basic. Locals who we spoke to were friendly but you could see others were still wary about visitors.

Kiriwina Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea

4 out of 5
Interesting to say the least. Felt sorry for the poor locals who were overrun with ship passengers. Lots of local wares on sale at the markets. I was surprised that all our items were allowed back into Australia. We bough woven fans here as so hot. Later in the day we were back on the ship when the natives started to fight each other. The captain blew his horn and all remaining crew and passengers hot tailed it back to the tenders and back to the ship.

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5 out of 5
We were so impressed with the private tour we arranged that got us to see so much of this area. Volcanoes, war memorials, museums, barge tunnels etc. We had a nice clean air-con mini bus with about 10 people. Other tours booked though the ship were not air-con'd.

Luganville, Vanuatu

4 out of 5
Only spent a shot time on shore to check out the markets.

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

4 out of 5
Been to Port Vila a few times so only got off to stretch the legs and check out the markets.

Noumea, New Caledonia

3 out of 5
Noumea is our least liked port. We went into town to buy some supplies but not much has changed. You need to do a tour or the hop-on-hop-off bus to see better things.


5 out of 5
So much better that previous disembarkation at White Island Sydney. Buses were waiting to take us to the airport.

Traveler Photos

Cruise itinerary Sydney opera house Markets at the port Live volcano Bitapaka Memorial
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