We chose this cruise because of its proximity to our home and no long haul flying needed.
We boarded in Melbourne and this was orderly but we had to wait to be called as it was a full sailing.
Once onboard we dined in the dining room and later went to our cabin to find the bags on the bed.
The cabin was on deck 8.
It was quiet at all times.
We couldn't see much out the window but that's what we signed up for!
Deck 7 is probably my preference in an E1 room.
We booked our own guide and paid in our own currency.
Did our own excursion with Akaroa Dolphins.
Highly recommend .
Did own excursion to Hobbiton Movie set.
Excellent even in rain.
We walked to the stores up Queen Street.
Stayed onboard for dinner and packing.
Had family as guests onboard.
Wandered around town.
Excellent men's wear stores,
Unable to get off ship due to illness .