We just returned from a 14 night cruise to New Zealand and Australia aboard the Volendam. The ship was very well kept and had a great layout. The decor was warm and inviting and not over the top like some cruise ships. The staff kept the public areas and the rooms very clean and fresh. Embarking and disembarking ran smoothly and fast. The ship had plenty of lounges where you could sit and relax. We never felt crowded on this ship which is 61,000 tons although we have been on smaller ships and larger ones where we have felt some crowding. The ship also has coin operated washers and dryers so you don't have to pack 2 weeks worth of cloth. Overall a wonderful ship that we enjoyed very much.
We loved Tasmania and especially the shore excursion to Wings Wildlife Refuge. We were able to feed and pet kangaroos including one with a baby in it's pouch. We also were able to pet koala bears. The staff are amazing and all the animals take your breath away.
Nice little port with a quaint town. Public library has free internet access for those who bring a lap top. We actually left our video camera in restaurant and didn't realize it till we got back to the ship. The locals greeting us called the restaurant for us like they were calling a relative and sure enough it was still there and we were able to retrieve it promptly after lunch.
We arrived on a Sunday morning and most places were closed. We opted out of any shore excursions so may be a good port to do one. Friendly townspeople though.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
5 out of 5
Beautiful place that we loved. A trolley will take you around the main sites and give a history. Went punting, or a boat ride, which was wonderful and informative. Took a funicular up I guess a mountain for amazing views. Hint, take the funicular later in the day and then take a bus from there back to the ship. Easier than going all the way back to town.
Wow what a windy city. I think the said the wind gusts were 124 kph or 77mph when we were there. Has a great museum right on the harbor which is wonderful to walk around if you don't get blown over. We took a cable car up the one hill and had amazing views, plus nice botanical gardens there.
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