Dear Cruisemates Staff (and Fellow Cruisers),
I am in the first stages of planning a cruise of Australia/New Zealand in Jan. 2003. I am a Princess fan but not a big fan of the "Piano designed" Crown and Regal Princess. I consider this destination the main attraction rather than the ship itself but the Crown made it downright inconvenient to see the ocean and the sights due to the 'wrap-around" steel plating blocking the views. Have any of you done this itinerary on Princess or other lines and are there itineraries better than the 12 day offered by Princess? If we go this far, we want to see the best attractions. Also, is the Regal a duplicate of the Crown? I remember the Crown having solid steel from waist level to floor on the balconies.
Any and all advice on itinerary, cruise line or recommendations would be appreciated.