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Danielle Martin

Age: 64

Occupation:Retired

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Sailing Date: 2010-09-19

Itinerary: Australia

It was a 32-day cruise and my husband and I loved every minute of it. Embarkation was easy and fast and our luggages were waiting for us.

The food was superb. We had chosen Anytime Dining and by arriving at the restaurant around 7h45 we never waited for a table. More often than not, we had a table for 4 just for the 2 of us. Service was impeccable. A special mention for the Indian Food at the Horizon Court buffet. Every day there was a different dish, always good.

The stateroom was perfectly adequate. We had a balcony room on Aloha Deck. It was kept immaculate by the steward. There is enough storage for 2 and the open closet facing the bathroom is an excellent idea. The fridge was perfect to keep my white wine chilled. Always pleasant to have a before dinner drink on the balcony.

During day at sea, I played bridge. We did not go to many shows, prefering to enjoy a leisurely dinner. Often, we shared a table and found it agreable. I used the gym almost every day and found that treadmills were always available.

After having done excursions with Princess, I think that it is preferable to do them on your own. Less expensive and you do not have to wait for everybody and having stops at every villages for shopping.

We have enjoyed this trip immensely. The ports: San Francisco, Honolulu, Papeete, Bora Bora, Moorea, Fiji, Samoa, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and finally Sydney were very pleasant. We do not stop for very long but as I said to my husband, we can always come back! Days at sea were relaxing with reading, movies and having a latte at the Coffee Shop. The Cookie Man would come around 4 and he was always welcomed!!

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