12 Night Australia & New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)
Sail date: December 22, 2019
Cabin type: Balcony
Cabin number: 9622
Traveled as: Couple
Reviewed: 10 months ago
Fantastic cruise. Very pleasantly surprised. Well done NCL. We will be back.
Very easy. Did not have express embarking but was still very quick.
Food and Dining
Czars Palace (MDR) was fantastic. Specialty restaurants were varied but service, food and ambiance was great.
Tsar's Main Dining Room
Always great food, service and friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble.
Maltings Whiskey Bar
A nice spot to drink after and before the shows.
Great food and wonderful service. Regret we only had 1 night there. It was very popular and waiting times for second sitting were very long but well worth the wait.
A great spot for drinks and an easy overflow area for dining in the buffet.
Fantastic. Very well laid out. Easier to navigate than other cruise lines.
Azura Main Dining Room
Very comfortable. A little more intimate than the MDR although it has the same menus.
Did not participate in any activities on board.
After 20 years of cruising the stage shows were the best we have experienced. Fantastic.
The musicians in the lounge areas were very talented.
Great views, fantastic lectures and entertainment.
East Indies Library
A quiet area for reading and sudoku every morning.
We had no children on board with us.
Service and Staff
Nothing was too much trouble. All the staff were friendly and happy to please.
Once we found our way around the ship is clean, bright and has everything we needed. The brightest decor of any of our previous experiences.
Cabin / Stateroom
A little disappointed in the size. But it was clean and well serviced. Happier with the walk-in shower and not the usual shower over a bath.
Ports of call
This is our home port. Happy to be sailing from Circular quay and not White Bay.
Cruise Milford Sound
Cruise Doubtful Sound
Great commentary from the cruise director, Dave.
Cruise Dusky Sound
More excellent commentary.
Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
A quiet day in Port Charmers. Visited several of the historic sites and maritime museum.
Akaroa, New Zealand
Always a delightful port. Disappointed in the tendering process.
Picton, New Zealand
A great city with very friendly locals. A nice community markets by the docks.
Napier, New Zealand
Another great city. Very appreciative of tourists and happy to help wherever they can.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Did not visit port
Unfortunately a passenger fell overboard during the night and the vessel was involved in his search. We subsequently missed the tide into Tauranga.
Auckland, New Zealand
Downtown was a bit chaotic due to a new railway station being built. The causeway area is always interesting to visit.
Also very efficient. Pleasantly surprised. Well done NCL.
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