Two, almost three, years ago our family embarked on a cruise which travelled to Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville and Cooktown. Passengers on board were in the older age group, from fifty to ninety and we were a family of four with two teens. However we didn't mind the older crowd and loved the fact we had a pleasant quite trip. Our room was perfect, well kept, spacious and restored. The bathroom was decent sized, with space and good facilities. The bedroom had a sofa bed where the girls slept and were comfortable. It was cleaned regularly and towels replaced every day. The stateroom was wonderful.
The food was absolutely divine. We were fed ten times a day, no joke, and meals decent portions. It was beautifully preserved, fresh, well cooked. The two restaurants upstairs, Sabatini's and the SteakHouse, had exceptional service. The waiters were friendly and experienced, the food fantastic and the decor wonderful. All staff were amazing, with their serving skills very high and we thoroughly enjoyed our time together, and the way they spoiled us, however compared to other cruises was just above average and nothing more.
The shops, services, spa, salon and fitness centre were great, all with experienced and lovely staff who did their up most to please us. The tours were great as well, a little high in prices but wide in range and suited our needs. The City Highlights tours weren't to be missed.
However, since then, the ship was taken to America to cruise Alaska and the French Polynesia. Since then it has completely gone down hill, as other cruise passengers we have met have sailed post April 07 have seen the downfall. Still we enjoyed our brief time there.
Our highlight was the brilliant cruise director Dan who was hilarious and such a down to earth guy. He made entertainment and all activities on board wonderful and he was a scream. The whole team was brilliant.