We stayed overnight from perth to sydney.We were in a hotel on george st., what should have been at the most $15 cab fare cost $25.
Went down to voyager boarding day & were going to drop off cases & go for a wander around sydney,surprised to be on the ship 10a.m. excellant.
My BIG complaint is I HAD when booked to pre pay tips BUT they decided who got the money,that is disgusting because i paid the head waiter & other dining room staff etc., & never saw them once.I gave our lovely steward a tip as well as what they gave him from my money. I contacted rci upon return & was told do not prepay & once on board tell staff you will pay people yourself.
(Hope i do not have any trouble with ship staff as we going on voyager next march).
Had a look around as cabin not yet available,lunch in windjammer.
Saw quite a few injured people from the swell of the ship & it is a beaut ship not much swell.
The whole cruise:-food i have to eat in windjammer 'cos got chron's and cannot eat chef added crap to all foods,
windjammer well it was every day half closed off & usually walking round & round trying to get a seat,there was usually a fairly long queue.
Food was average & frankly some was not very good & repetitive every day,but i only had 1 day where there was nothing at all laid out that i could eat-so saw a cook & told him & he went & got what i needed-excellant.After that always food i could eat.One thing we found quite funny was roasted potatoes for breakfast several times.
Cabins were excellant-inside as we always have.Had soaps & shampoo/cond in a holder on shower wall & those :)god awful tiny towels.How did fat people get dry :) Steward was excellant & he made the funny towel figures that were very good.
Entertainment was rather weird 'cos many days you could not go.dancers were average & princess.com had a lot better,singers o.k.Several times they had closed off cleopatras etc., to hold private passengers tete-e-tetes-which was rude.
They had an english guy & a canadian women doing the events & they were very good,cruise director we 'think' whizzed past us twice in 18 days.So dunno what he is supposed to do.
Ice skating was quite good,was not for very long & again only on a couple of nights.On a ship so big there should be at least 2 shows every night at 2 different venues-except on shore days.
Being such a big ship you may have to run to catch a show around teatime :)
Lifts are often packed so we walked mostly.
No free ice cream bar or bbq area at all which was a big shame,
princess.com have these & are excellant.
Ben & jerry's had stuff to buy,when you spend to take a cruise you should not have to buy food.Never saw many people in there.
There is a free tea/coffee place with just little pastries place at end of the shopping arcade.Not very big & only a few chairs.
Shops were average cruise type,had some things on special certain days & as usual many on last couple days.
Cleopatras is a nice seating area,they had karaoke there each day,& 3 guys were excellant & a couple of women were terrible :)
Theres several little bar areas where you can just sit 'cos trying to get a seat near a window is impossible.They have signs saying you do not reserve seats hah! plenty do.We saw a fight between 2 women 'cos one was holding 4 seats at cleopatra's for over 15mins.The correct winner got an applause.The other sulked.
The putting green/basketball court were good but little used & the rock wall also little used.
They do have the usual art paintings auctions which is very interesting to just sit & watch,the amount of stuff some people buy!
Don't even think of using the net it is absolutely useless,as a techie it drove me mad & they gave me my $35 back.
Shore tours are as usual rather or very expensive.We only took a ship bus from dock to dunedin & ok to get in after queueing a long time.Then trying to get back to ship was terrible,huge long queues in dunedin.Adelaide had free shuttle buses but queues again for a long time.
Yes if you are late back to ship you are left behind.We left 3 lots of people behind.
Disembarking at perth, well crew staff onboard were getting quite confused & it was slow.We finally get to gangway to get off & that was quick,again quick then to get luggage & through customs & go home.Huh! find luggage first,no not in the space it should be.So ask the staff nope dunno,see head person & we check every area & finally found 1 case at far end of shed & other in the middle.
Geez i do hope perth learnt from all that chaos.
cheers all have a lovely cruise.