We did the 'Week Tropique' Cruise starting in Brisbane and sailing up the Australian coast to Port Douglas and back.
The positives: The fare was very cheap and we had a great cabin on Deck 6 with lots of cupboard space and the bedding was clean and comfortable.
The food was great in the dining room but you had to book to get a table. The buffet was more of a case of 'quantity over quality' but it was great for breakfast.
The ship has many bars and cafes; all with their own character and relatively friendly staff.
The negatives: The ship is looking quite dated. Carpets and wall adornments were faded and musty-smelling. Certain decks were looking particularly tired and worn.
An inordinate number of very young adults had booked onto our cruise. Consequently the pool was always full of drunk 21 year olds; we rarely felt comfortable even just going for a swim. Nobody seemed to be 'policing' their behavior and the whole experience began to feel like 'Spring Break' at sea.
The were also many children on board. That's fine but they were frequently seen in 'adult' areas and the 'adult pool' and, again, crew didn't seem to notice or care.
Final gripe; some staff were very friendly and accomodating. Others were aloof and cold particularly some of the younger entertainment performers and dining room waiters.