We boarded the ship in Auckland on March 20, 2005, for a South Pacific cruise to include many different island nations. Now for a very short review. Cabin- Very nice, average size, clean, and well maintained during our voyage. Very acceptable for cruising.
Food- below average to average. Very bland, I swear they had their cooking lessons in England. No seasoning, lack luster salads, and very poor deserts. In short, you won't travel on this ship for the food!!
Entertainment- Well, I really don't know how to rate this and not sound petty. Let's just say it gave you something to do after dinner. The one very bright spot was a trio from romania that were exceptional, but they were only performing twice. It is not geared toward young to middle aged cruisers(below 60). Below average to average.
Lecturers- The doctor from the Mayo Clinic was a major delight. He carried the cruise and the other dismal lecturers. Average to slightly above average.
itinerary- Terrific potential except that scheduled port calls were a disaster. Examples: We docked at bay of Islands in northern New Zealand and waited for a hour for a bus to come to take us to town. Drivers comment " I'm very sorry, but this is what they scheduled." Yasawa Islands, Fiji had a scheduled picnic on the beach. We did not have it because our meat had to be certified from New Zealand. No one from the crew knew that and we all had to be tendered back to the ship for lunch. Excuse me, but do your homework!!! Suva, Fiji a Easter Sunday stop and everything closed. Fiji is a very religious nation. Apia, Western Somoa, Easter monday is also celebrated as a religious holiday and everything closed. Raiatea, Tahiti on a saturday where shops close after lunch. No crew member told anybody so we all went sightseeing and tours only to come back at noon with all the stores closed. Finally, Papeete, Tahiti the last stop but it is Sunday AGAIN. We did have stops in Vanuatu, Pago Pago, and Bora Bora that were excellent!! Oh yes, our bus tour on one Sunday got lost on a dirt mountain side road or path. We had to back down with most passengers wanting to get out and walk for their safety.
This cruise line would be considered below average for the money and only their itineraries will continue to help them. If you are not a first time cruiser, look for a more efficient run cruise line. Sorry, but I have cruised on many lines and this was the worst!!