We found that the 49 day cruise was a pleasant experience. Shortcomings encountered did not really diminish the overall enjoyment. Entertainment was very good, other attractions provided such as bingo, trivia, card playing etc filled out the day well.
Dining facilities were good, food quality, variety and general service was also good, particularly in the main dining room. We took our formal dress (dinner suit/formal gown) this was really not required as the majority did not dress for the formal nights and we tended to feel a little ridiculous. I would suggest that if formal nights are to be held, then one of the dining rooms be allocated to those formally dressed, and the other to those who do not wish to bother. It is a even more difficult when some at your own table do not dress and you have, you tend to feel a little snobbish.Other areas I would comment on are:
(1) Pool; not covered, bad/cold weather chases people inside thus crowds (3/5 rating). (2) Cards; no allocated space, moving around constantly (1/5 rating). (3) Library, to few books/games/controls (2/5 rating). (4) Internal comfort; seating too limited (more so on cool day), photo area takes up too much potential seating room (3/5 rating). (6) Internet to slow, charging system, by time, encourages this (1/5 rating). (7) Aussie Football; a total, unmitigated disaster, I only went because I was advised footy would be televised, they got it in Hong Kong, but not on the ship, (0/5 rating).
News on Ship, The aussie news sheet left a lot to be desired, is that the best that can be done with todays technology, (1/5 rating)Excursions, these were a mixed bag, from conversation many were poor value for money, on one we were on I understand extra buses had been added at the last moment(wild game safari), subsequently during 1 hours plus on the bus, the host said 10 words and made it difficult to ask questions. On top of this the food for lunch was laid outdoors, where the flies got first go and was of poor quality. The ship later had some problems with stomach disorders, I would suggest that this rather hap-hazardly organised excursion lunch could well have added to the medical issues on board;it would be in the interest of both crew and passengers if this type excursion was more closely supervised by shipboard executives. In other words do not let the excursion operators to set the hygiene standards, they will always take the cheapest way out. After all there customers are gone within 24 hours, who is to complain, what can be proven? I do believe the shipboard compliment (crew/passengers) over extends some ports of call tourist resources, so excursions organisers need to be vigilant to ensure the quality of the services purchased is maintained (1/5 rating).
Despite my gripes, I had a good time,I intended this to be constructive comment,I thought overall the ship was well run, the crew worked hard to please, so I guess when you travel you get used to making it work through the odd problem and shortcomings.