Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, 34 days. To Venice via Hongkong and Suez it would have been 107 days from Fort Lauderdale.
Small ship and easy to make friends. 610 "wrinklies" on board, friendly staff and service and food cooked by internationally-renowned chefs. First-class entertainment by Peter and Jason and interesting courses and classes take your mind off the many sea days in the Pacific.
A warning: Only one in four cruise ships (Source: National Geographic) can actually berth at Easter Island via tenders and when this cruise was sold it should have been made clear to intending passengers as many would have booked this cruise believing it is a certainty to get onto the island because of its magic appeal. Just when we were there we missed the Tapati Rapa Nui festivities and this rubbed salt into our wounds! The captain ordered a round-trip around the island so at least the Ahus (platforms) and Moais (statues) could be seen in the distance. Chile now demands a US$60 entrance fee to this national park.
Pacific Princess asks former passengers for feedback on the cruise and I noticed the software just kicks you back (not to NEXT) when you fill in too many "middlish" marks, which leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Don't they want accurate feedback?
The Internet charges are a bit too high at $0.79c/minute and on the ship the internet speed is far too slow and I recommend to wait for free Wifi at ports, like Lima (Peru) at the Peruvian market in front of the berth.
I heartily recommend Pacific Princess cruises to anyone but be aware, ports like Norfolk Island, Easter Island or any port involving tendering may be a disappointment. Similarly, I wonder if Port Said is considered to be a stop this time around or will the captain cite political problems and not berth there?
The only certainty to get to Easter Island is via Santiago de Chile (LAN Chile?).
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