I was prompted to write this review after seeing a couple of negative ones.
We were a group of 10 that went on the Astor in March 2014 for a 3 night cruise to nowhere (Busselton).
Boarding: was very smooth and quick. Took about 20 minutes from arrival at Terminal to cabin.
Cabin: outside twin, very comfortable and very very clean
Meals: overall would rate 4 out of 5. Good food and service, with a great wine list including western Australian wines.
The boat: is what I would call boutique – a small vessel with about 600 passengers when full. The public areas had a really nice feel and our favourite spot was the Captains Club bar. Having been on a few P and O boats, by comparison this one is cosier, and very clean – the public toilets spotless as well.
Entertainment: again very enjoyable, though the sound system was not balanced promptly on the 2nd night’s performance.
probably my main criticism was the queue to drop off your cabin key, confirm you have paid the bill and retrieve your passport/photo ID – this took about 30 – 40 minutes.
Disabled access (wheelchair) – as with many ships of this style and age – I noted the corridors are not ideal (not wide) for wheelchairs, and the lift takes ages.