Relaxing and interesting cruise from Japan to Sydney

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4.4 out of 5
Maasdam

29 Night Legends Of The Pacific (Tokyo To Sydney)

Sail date: August 28, 2019

Ship: Maasdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review summary

This was a different cruise with the emphasis on the US involvement in WWII which I wasn't really that interested in. Very little focus on the Australians in PNG etc which was disappointing. Found the cruise very relaxing with interesting places to visi

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lectures - didn't attend very many.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Only went to the Piano Bar - excellent.

Children's Programs

No children on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All service staff went above the expectations.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
All very clean - a little older so a few issues but nothing that impacted on the cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent.

Ship tip

A smaller, older ship which has loads of character. A few little problems but nothing to impact the pleasure of sailing.

Ports of call

Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan

3 out of 5
Only drove in and boarded ship.

Hiroshima, Japan

4 out of 5
Cancelled our excursion as it required a lot more walking than we wanted and the shrine we wished to see was covered with scaffolding. Instead took a cab to the Peace Park and very pleasant.

CRUISE KANMON STRAITS, JAPAN

5 out of 5
Relaxing and good viewing.

Nagasaki, Japan

5 out of 5
Walked to Dejimah - own research - and thoroughly enjoyed it.

AMAMI OSHIMA (NAZE), JAPAN

2 out of 5
Did not get off ship as it was wet.

Naha, Okinawa

3 out of 5
Would have loved to do this port but as our visit was cut short not enough time. We were avoiding Typhoon Lingling.

Cruise Iwo Jima

4 out of 5
Excellent viewing.

Saipan, Mariana Islands

2 out of 5
Shuttle to a shopping centre! Walked through and went back to ship - very basic and dirty.

Guam, Mariana Islands

3 out of 5
Once again shuttle to a shopping centre. So back to the ship - not very inspiring.

Cross The Equator

3 out of 5

Jayapura, Indonesia Did not visit port

1. because of unrest and 2 because of diversion from typhoons time did not permit.

Wewak, Papua New Guinea

4 out of 5
Our excursion was very good taking into account the guide was on his first excursion. Only problem was getting down from the wharf to get on the tender.

Madang, Papua New Guinea

5 out of 5
Very interesting - our excursion into Bilbil was great.

Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

5 out of 5
Our excursion to the war cemeteries was excellent - roads were interesting?

GHIZO ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS

3 out of 5
I stayed on board as there was a swell causing difficulty in getting on the tender.

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

3 out of 5
Took the shuttle to the museum which was very good but didn't feel comfortable to walk around the town.

Noumea, New Caledonia

3 out of 5
Sunday so most places closed - did the hop on bus - been there before.

Isle Of Pines (Ile Des Pins), New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Beautiful place - just wandered around.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Cab straight to the airport.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Disembarkation very well organised but started late because of clearance of ship.
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