The Sydney embarkation was a major problem and bad impression for the start of the cruise but after learning it was due to sanitizing the ship after an outbreak of the Noro virus I was happy to wait. It was a problem for older people with many of them deteriorating with the heat and having to get priority boarding - the staff were very stressed by the situation.
Once on baord all was well - the ship was lovely, the activites varied and interesting, the entertainment wonderful, the food suberb, the staff fantastic and the specialty restaurants a nice change for dining.
I think a lot of the problems could have been solved by quickly if communication was a bit more forward coming - they only had to explain what was happening and why and a lot more people would have been a lot more understanding - especially with the tendering process which was hampered by winds and choppy seas which did not allow for the ships tenders to be used. Also as the towns visited are quite small they did well to organise alternative tenders.
We met lots of lovely people and had a great time - we only did a few tours - one being cancelled to Whitehaven beach due to the weather - I think the tour operator running the great barrier reef tour should also have cancelled as it appeared not to be a very comfortable trip - but we ventured into town and had a good time.
The cabin was small but quite comfortable and appreciated my many towel friends that appeared in my room.
The pools were fabulous and it was a shme the weather wasnt good enough to take advantage of the outdoor screen for the movies etc most of the time.
Everyone was quite dissappointed that broome had been removed as a port but port headland turned out to be a real treat with great support from the town and welcoming people - the send off was amazing.
Bobby and Becky did a great job and were happy hosts.
All in all a great cruise - just need to communicate problems earlier rather than later.