Today we are in Wellington and have chosen to go ashore on our own to look at the shops etc. we got off the ship and there was a shuttle service which charged $10 per person return trip and you can use it as many times as you like throughout the day. The tickets require cash so be prepared for this. To exchange cash on the ship there is a $6.00 fee and then you need to factor in the exchange rate. We got hit with double fees because we had no AU dollars left and had to get some from the ship's ATM which dispenses AU$ but the ATM also charged a $6.00 transaction fee.
Something to watch out for....
Anyway Wellington was nice and sunny which was pretty cool....
Many of you who have cruised before would know about the daily newsletter you get from the cruise line with the day's program on it. On Princess it's the Princess Patter, other lines have their own also.
Princess has introduced an online smartphone version that you can access for free while on the ship. You can look up the daily program on your smartphone. It uses the ship's wifi but does not charge you any internet fee.
Well we are on board Golden Princess! We boarded yesterday in Melbourne on a very hot day. Boarding was terrible, lines of people all the way down the road in the hot sun for over an hour just to check in suitcases. Very poorly organised.
Once onboard it was pretty easy to get some lunch in the Horizon Court cafe and then we unpacked until it was time to go to the emergency drill.
Golden Princess is a lovely Grand class ship, 109,000 gross tonnes. We have sailed on the Grand Princess before so this ship is familiar.
Michael was keen to check out the kids club and in fact spent the first night after dinner there meeting other kids.
Dinner was nice. I tried the Curtis Stone Roasted Pork belly which I had heard good things about. It was worth the try. We selected traditional dining on this voyage because I had heard terrible stories about anytime dining and didn't want that to be an issue every day. We were lucky to get our own table for four as requested and have some nice waiters.
We are in a mini suite on deck 9 this time, D310. Check out the photos.
We were greeted with a happy anniversary sign in honour of our 20th wedding anniversary.
We have a lovely stateroom steward named Daisy. She has been very obliging and helpful already.