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37 Brisbane to Asia Cruise Reviews

I have completed 15 cruises with Princess but this is the worst bed I Have ever slept on whilst on a cruise ship. The Customer services Manager had another mattress placed on the bed to replace the very old one which was on the bed. It was ... Read More
I have completed 15 cruises with Princess but this is the worst bed I Have ever slept on whilst on a cruise ship. The Customer services Manager had another mattress placed on the bed to replace the very old one which was on the bed. It was not much better and the base was very squeaky. The only way to make the bed able to be slept on a board was placed under the mattress and the spring base sprayed with WD40 to stop the squeaking. It was dreadful. The entertainment was okay but it would seem that Princess are cutting staff and the cruise Directors staff were working extremely hard trying to keep passengers busy on the many sea days. The ship is getting very old and we noticed many pipes leaking on deck 7. There were many pipes bursting in some of he cabins. Our cabin had cold water for 1 1/2 days then it was so hot it almost scolded us. The air conditioning was also very cold in some areas and quite warm in other areas. Dining room staff were excellent as was the food but I noticed Princess have a shorter menu most meals. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have been on many cruises from Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, and this one was by far the best. The ship is beautiful, and the service impeccable -- when I asked at the purser's desk for more recommendation cards, I was ... Read More
We have been on many cruises from Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, and this one was by far the best. The ship is beautiful, and the service impeccable -- when I asked at the purser's desk for more recommendation cards, I was told with a rueful grin that so many passengers wanted to commend the staff that they had run out of cards. The service in the midships bar and the Britannia restaurant were particularly to be recommended. Food in the Britannia was great, if not memorable. The sommelier was very attentive, and soon knew our favorite wine, which was a Cunard blend, so that the bottle was ready and waiting when we arrived. The alternative dining was not as good -- too much meat and too little garnish, and poorly presented, in both alternative restaurants -- but we were very happy with the main dining venue. And the buffet was wonderful for breakfast and lunch. Plenty of space so the tables were not crammed together. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We chose this cruise mainly to visit China and Japan. Breakdowns with a thruster meant our China time was mostly in the dark. The Sea Princess is a tired old ship with leaky air conditioning, poor internet and cabin presentation. Many of ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly to visit China and Japan. Breakdowns with a thruster meant our China time was mostly in the dark. The Sea Princess is a tired old ship with leaky air conditioning, poor internet and cabin presentation. Many of the common areas have worn out furniture. Princess cares less about value for money excursions and charges whatever they wish for beverages. Try looking at the price of beverage packages on furore cruises that you have booked. They increase them for every cruise even though worldwide inflation is zero or minus. They are experiencing diminished fuel costs as well yet they keep increasing prices. We are treated as though we are travelling wallets. They appear incapable of providing an expenditure based rewards scheme which would be way better than Princess Circle. Management are very slow to respond or adapt to changes in consumer demands. We experienced many issues with organisation, meal delivery, breakdowns, and coordination of activities. All were poorly responded to and it seems that on,board staff care less. The face to face room attendants, bar staff, wait staff and so on always provided the best that they could but it seems that they were working under very heavy constraints. Overseeing staff are superfluous. They appeared to over react to any situation, yet offered scant real resolution. Our most strident criticism is reserved for the excursions that were offered. We paid excessive prices for every single one, yet many were untried and certainly not coordinated with any professional standards being applied. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ... Read More
My son lives Hong Kong, my wife and I decided to visit him on the way to Australia. We have many times since 1969, our 2nd time with RCCL, 1st was on the Rapsody of the Seas 10 years ago in the Carribean. The food and service were good, ship was clean, ports were different, Manila arrived on a Sunday, so quite quiet, able to visit the old city and surprisingly viewed some weddings at a number of churches. Puorto Princess on the island of Palawan was next port, said to be the cleanest city in the Philippines and lived up to that. The highlight was the subterranean river National park a Unesco listing, some 80kms away as the port time was too short the ship did not offer an excursion to it,a private tour was too risky to undertake a disappointment to many. Next stop Kota Kimabulu-excellent, Bali-excellent, then Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach in Australia, to experience the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and wildlife. My disappointment with the ship was the over crowding for casual meals, the dining room for breakfast/lunch was very slow. The full buffet Windjammer Cafe always crowded, due to this staff made announcements (in a nice way) asking people to leave. 2nd choice the small Park Cafe offering breakfast/lunch sandwiches which disappointed many. Many ships have a smaller buffet poolside. Disappointed The iconic Skylounge is no longer, now a extra charge restaurant. internet prices also disappointing, no per minute rates, only daily, also very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I have been on Pacific Dawn 3 times before and once when she was originally Regal Princess in 1991. I chose this cruise due to it's interesting itinerary and the fact that it had been a long time since I have visited PNG. My cabin ... Read More
I have been on Pacific Dawn 3 times before and once when she was originally Regal Princess in 1991. I chose this cruise due to it's interesting itinerary and the fact that it had been a long time since I have visited PNG. My cabin was 11143 a minsuite on deck 11. It was midship so convenient for accessing the pools and entertainment area above. The room was reasonably sized and had a sitting area and a long bench that substituted for a desk and a place to plonk my stuff on. The bathroom was weird. The shower was situated over the long side of the bath (the wall where the taps are not!) meaning I had to turn sideways to have a shower.. Very difficult when you're tall like me. Eldy my cabin steward was fantastic. Probably the saving grace of the cruise. He was polite, efficient and looked after me superbly. Congrats to Eldy! never had to ask for anything, and laundry was returned quickly and without any fuss. So, Pacific Dawn has had a refit since I last went on her. The pools, although small were adequate and benefited from what I call " Bath taps" spurting water and refilling the pool, it reminded me of the bath taps you see on modern baths and hence that's what I call them. The area that needs most modernisation are the cabins. P&O Tend to spend lots of money doing up the passenger areas, but spend nothing on the cabins (except new carpet.. not a huge upgrade!) I've travelled in a balcony cabin recently on the sister ship Pacific Jewel, and they aren't the largest. The walls are still from the Regal Princess era, and the wood is chipped and warn out. The balcony railings were disgusting, no varnish on them and wood flaking off. The rust is evident everywhere, even the painting over the rust now looks stupid and has built up over time. The minsuite had a nice area for dressing.. Wider than the standard cabin, and was nice to have a bit of space to hang clothes and change in the evenings. The other thing with the mini suite is the priority embarkation, and priority tender passes. A very useful commodity when it can take a couple of hours to get on and off the ship (you can only use them to get off, not get back on again). Food had to be the most disappointing aspect of the cruise. 3 notable exceptions... 1) Chef's table, 2) Salt Grill and 3) La Luna. I didn't even bother eating anything from the buffet. In order to eat anything decent, you'll have to pay for it. Ice creams, pizza, hot dogs etc are available for a snack and are $3.00 for most and $9 for the pizza. I had to eat at the "Grill" twice, as the food was so bad I couldn't eat what they served in the Waterfront, so only had a small amount to eat. I do highly recommend the Chef's table and the other pay for dine options. Entertainment was horrid.. vile.. the DJ would play a song for 40 seconds and everyone would get up to dance, instead of mixing it nearer the end, he would mix it about half way through. This meant people got up and down a lot. The only songs he played through till nearly the end was his own choosing. The other entertainment options were very poor, I tried listening to one or two musicians, but had to get up and leave. Normally the average age on P&O Australia is around 40. This cruise it was higher, due to a large number of older clients. Respect to them for though, and a lot of retired servicemen and women (keep up the good work!). Also at this point, I should mention the Captain. He made some really good decisions regarding tendering. It was really windy on most of the tender ports. He gave his all to make sure that we were able to tender safely. They had to keep the ship from swinging in the wind by using the thrusters. Most captains would have cancelled the ports because it was a lot of hard work for the crew. Respect to him for operating in such conditions. I choose P&O knowing the food is going to be terrible, the cabins lousy because it's VALUE FOR MONEY. You can eat nicely by alternating your dining venue, and there are nice sized mini-suites and suites available. It's value for money for families as well. On this cruise, they were trailing two drinks packages. The first was a soft drinks (only coke brand and not mineral water or coffee!) which was $7 per day, and a all in package for $69 per day (per person for both). The all inclusive package allowed purchases up to $10 per drink (excluding coffee) which left only two cocktails out, the Long Island Iced Tea and the Pacific Island Iced Tea. Most cocktails were around the $10.00 mark. Service for the bars was slow and frustrating. They need more staff to take drinks. Some of the staff were good at remembering you, but mostly poor service in the bar areas. Disembarkation was easy and done with tags. Off the ship and out the other side in around 20 mins from deciding to leave the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The ship was great no complaints I've been on a number of cruises it was by far the smoothest,however there's a major problem in the main dining room which is called the Windjammer it is understaffed at times impossible to get ... Read More
The ship was great no complaints I've been on a number of cruises it was by far the smoothest,however there's a major problem in the main dining room which is called the Windjammer it is understaffed at times impossible to get seating and when you are lucky enough to find a table it's covered in the previous passengers mess and this is continuous,apart from that it's great but it was by far a minor problem compared to departure at Shanghai . ON arrival at Shanghai we were bundled off in mass from it was absolute chaos passengers were standing in very long queues for an eternity then the same at customs. Then it got around the problem started because they had Chinese dignitaries boarding and to entertain them they wanted to do this in the main theatre where the bulk of the passengers were waiting they didn't give a stuff about the passengers just stampeded them off THe final straw was bedlam finding our luggage it took us 2 hours they just mixed all the numbers together and literally dumped them in the terminal it was open slather there were fights amongst the passengers you can imagine over 4000 fighting to get their luggage and then Chinese security got involved I don't the outcome of that,we had friends email us saying they had to leave there luggage behind so as they could get there flight to Singapore,I didn't mention the ship was delayed for 12 hrs because of fog that was no fault of theirs we only had one day in Shanghai so that was a waste of money we booked in 11pm that night and left the next morning pretty expensive nights sleep, we were the lucky ones thousands lost there connecting flights',through all this there were was no one to offer assistance it was sink or swim.and to top it off it took at least an hour to get a Taxi. I think I would be in a long queue complaining about that voyage,as yet we have had no appollogies from Royal Caribbean they have a lot to answer for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My wife and I have cruised 24 times in the last 16 Years, but this was not a good experience. After 7 Days on board I picked up the 'Arcadia Cough' which lasted for 5 weeks, I have never ever had such a bad chest and cough, ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised 24 times in the last 16 Years, but this was not a good experience. After 7 Days on board I picked up the 'Arcadia Cough' which lasted for 5 weeks, I have never ever had such a bad chest and cough, the only other cough I had was on Arcadia 2 Years ago never had another until boarding this ship again. My wife also had the cough and also had conjunctivitis which she has never had in her life before. The Air conditioning was never stable ie hot the cold also smells were also coming thro ie burning etc and other odours . Food on Board was not good my wife could count on one hand the meals that were ok ? . I have never sent so may meals back as being not edible . Food was luke warm , plates were cold also never had a steak that was cooked correctly or edible. Also had a upset stomach for a least 5 weeks now ok that I am at home with food cooked properly. Hot Plates in the Buffet were covered in cling film all over and dishes placed on top hence food not at the correct temp alas never saw any one checking the food temp with probes to ensure temp was ok to eat. Seems that the main chiefs were on Britannia to create a good impression we must have had the left overs. Staff however were very good and did the best they could. Would not book in advance another cruise with P & O again, only deals that are very cheap last minute that all that P & O are worth now I am sorry to say . I would never have thought that standards could ever get this low. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Last Wednesday we joined Pacific Dawn for their PNG cruise – our first cruise. We did not know what to expect although research had told us that our ship was in the ‘modest fare’ bracket. Our cabin was fine, small but fine. Our ... Read More
Last Wednesday we joined Pacific Dawn for their PNG cruise – our first cruise. We did not know what to expect although research had told us that our ship was in the ‘modest fare’ bracket. Our cabin was fine, small but fine. Our balcony could have been a little wider and less rusty. There is plenty of food on-board and one can eat from 5.30am and keep going until at least 10.30pm. Our first two days on board were at-sea days, the activities are far from exciting, but given we came on the cruise for the PNG experience, it didn’t bother us. Between books, crosswords and meals, there was enough to fill those days. The weather was ok, you know you are on a ship but the movements were fairly gentle. Our first port of call was Alotau, a good opportunity to stretch your legs and interact with the locals and take a tour if you wanted. Our next destination was Kitava where getting to shore was reliant on using the ship’s tenders. The weather and sea conditions were marginal so we chose to stay on board s it was essentially a beach day and was raining. Having seen the problems being experienced in getting passengers back on board as the weather conditions deteriorated, we feel we definitely made the right decision. On Monday we docked at Rabaul. We were greeted by tribal dancers and singers. The town itself was a main road with a few local ‘supermarkets’ and colourful open market but not very much else. Again, the local people were happy to chat or just say hello. Those who got off the ship in the morning had the best of the weather. We continue to find little to do on board. The best wine-tasting event is put on immediately after breakfast! Our highlight of the day is playing trivia at 5pm each day. The quiet adult-only area (Oasis) absolutely stinks of putrefying rubbish/cooked cabbage which is quite unpleasant. Meals become very important when there is little else to do. The Waterfront is the waiter service restaurant. The menu is similar to that in the buffet, but there is a little more formality and ambience, which we like. We tried Luna (Asian premium restaurant) but unfortunately our request for a slow meal was ignored. All the food came up very rapidly, which meant that 75% was wasted. The kitchen staff clearly wanted to get finished asap. At Luna one pays and additional $30 per person for dinner. Next we booked for Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill. This restaurant is described as a fine dining experience. We arrived for dinner at the allotted time. The table we were shown to had a food stain in the middle of the table cloth. We were first provided with bread and olive oil. The bread was of the poorest quality and closely resembled foam rubber. We ordered our entrees and given the preparation and cooking required for each dish, we were astounded when they turned up in about 3 minutes. The main courses were average but more good quality pub bistro than haute cuisine. This dining experience set us back $160 including a medium quality wine at their prices. We are not fine dining novices and know standards it is reasonable to expect.This experience was way below what should be expected. Having criticised two restaurants I would now like to heap praise on the third premium dining option – Chef’s Table. I cannot rate this highly enough. We had an early start – 6pm in the bar for bubbles and canapes and a chance to meet our fellow diners on the table of 12. At 6.30 we were taken to the Waterfront by the Maitre D and delivered into the kitchens and introduced to Chef Ravindra then explained how the kitchens and auxillary areas functioned. The working conditions were hot, humid and frenetic, after 20 minutes we were all ready for the cool sanity which existed on the other side of the swinging doors. Before taking our seats we had a group photo call. We then progressed at a very gentle pace through 8 courses and 7 wines. Each course was introduced by the Chef and each wine was explained by the Sommlier. We were extremely well looked after, the food was excellent and well-matched with the wines. We rose at 10pm after a true fine dining experience and a signed photograph for each of us as a memento of the evening. The cost- $95 each for everything! On Tuesday we were to have visited Kiriwina Island however the Captain called off the visit and all further aspects of the PNG experience because of Cyclone Ita. He said that there were no options but to slowly sail back to Brisbane. Although I know little about big ships and cruising, it would be good to understand what and when the Captain was informed about Cyclone Ita and why a Plan B was not formulated instead of an early return. Having made the decision to return to Port, I would have thought the officers, entertainment management and front of house managers would have gone out of their way to ensure that passengers still had a great cruising experience – at no point during the cruise did anyone ask us how the cruise was going, whether there was anything we would like and was the ship catering to our needs. There also weren’t any special activities, quality entertainers or speakers. When I was a child in England I was taken to Butlins holiday camp. This ship with its second rate entertainment and school dinners dining concept appears to be continuing a post-war holidaying concept that I thought had disappeared 30 years ago. We realise that this is our first experience of cruising so our expectations might have been set too high. We would like to cruise again but the options offered by P&O Australia are unlikely to be in our future cruising plans. By the way, our cabin attendant was very good. He has kept our room clean, neat and tidy. Every other day we find a ‘towel animal’ on the bed when we return to our cabin which puts a smile on our faces however general maintenance is something else. It took three days to have the air-conditioning looked at and, despite daily reminders (5 so far), we still do not have a flow of hot water, just a spitting tap and shower. The ship is tired, scruffy and in urgent need of an upgrade from top to bottom. Some might say you get what you pay for, which is a fair comment but at the same time there is no excuse for not providing the best levels of service you can. I own two companies and would consider I had failed miserably if a client of mine had had the experience that we have just had.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We're first time cruisers and really looked forward to QM2, even after reading some of the more critical reviews here. That said our embarkation was relatively painless. No problems with photo's or credit card details, but a ... Read More
We're first time cruisers and really looked forward to QM2, even after reading some of the more critical reviews here. That said our embarkation was relatively painless. No problems with photo's or credit card details, but a number of other passengers who embarked in Brisbane did have those problems. Plenty to do onboard, the presentations that we attended between Brisbane and Hong Kong were superb and well delivered. Entertainment at night was less so, with shows only lasting 45 minutes being held at 8.30pm and 10.30pm. The formal night balls it was necessary to eat at Kings Court (Pigs in a Trough is the only description for this place) early so you could attend the ball that started at 9.45pm. Had to get to the Queens Room early (at least 30 minutes) in order to get a table/seat. Waiter service patchy with the balls, some waiters were really good, some seemed to hide in the shadows. Brittania Restaurant, the food was good. We got the 2nd sitting for Brisbane to Hong Kong and again between Hong Kong to Singapore, however our table mates made for excellent conversion. Our table mates were so good, we'd meet up in the Commodore Club for pre dinner drinks most nights. The service in Brittania was good be it breakfast, lunch or dinner however at times it felt very rushed and the menu's were nothing outstanding in terms of fine dining. The Commodore Club was an absolute gem, the diamond in the mud so to speak. It was a great spot to rest up during the day just reading a book or watching the world go by whilst sipping a coffee or something stronger if desired. The only complaint about the CC was the lack of dress standards after 6pm, jacket or jacket tie were required not shorts and t shirt as we saw on occasion. The staff did not pull up the passengers either. Cabin was an inside stateroom, that was quite adequate given we had it for 25 nights. Enough storage space provided (we had 4 large suitcases with us), the beds were okay, the air conditioning blows on your heads however and we both got head colds from this. The shower space in the ensuite could be slightly bigger which would make showering that little more pleasant, plus a good power point there would also help. We had no problems with the internal plumbing of our ensuite, but other passengers on our deck, deck 4 and 6 had to go without their toilets for a whole day due to plumbing issues (perhaps caused by passengers that do not understand English and therefore put things down the toilet that resulted in having the plumbing for half the ship out of action). Service by staff on the ship was very hit and miss. In Canyon Ranch Spa, it was UPSALE UPSALE by the staff. The photographery staff were pushy in getting photos of you taken in order to sell them at USD $30 a shot to you. Again in the photo gallery it was UP SELL UP SELL, the attitudes of the staff if you didn't take an UP SELL fell accordingly. Waiting staff in Brittania Restaurant were in general good. That said my partner asked 4 times for spinnach to be served with her eggs and 4 times she was told it was not available (it was when we spoke to a 5th waiter who was very surprised that she had not been able to get spinnach daily with her meal). The less that is said about Kings Court Restaurant the better. It was where the pigs came to eat and the shit began to fly. Menu wise was bland and the menu was repeated after 10 days. Waiter service was either pathetic or barely there with lots of junior waiters running around with absolutely no idea. Drinks service was pretty thin too. Fellow passengers, some were quite old and mobile others were clearly not so mobile. A number of passengers seemed to think it was okay to leave half empty coffee cups lying around all parts of the ship and on occasion we found half eaten meal plates left near the elevators by whomever had grabbed a meal from Kings Court. Some of the passengers clearly had "I'm King" attitude and lorded it over all the staff. Some of the staff had a "don't give a toss" attitude as well, which made us wonder just why they were on the ship in the first place. Some of the Ships Officers were not in my mind even Officer material, if they could find an excuse or disappear they would do so, they would certainly not be proactive. Our stateroom steward had to be asked repeatedly for soap, shampoo, slippers, fresh towels and oh yes to change the bed linen (done only twice in 25 days accordingly to my partner). The ships library is a highlight, very enjoyable with an excellent selection of books, the only drawback was the significant number of people talking to each other (libraries are supposed to be quiet but not here). The other plus was the library was just one deck directly below the Commodore Club, so you could easily grab a book/magazine and head for the Commodore Club for a read and drink. The ship itself is grand and in places stunning to look at. Its well maintained as it should be. Using the tenders to go ashore proved to be "interesting" at best and "woeful" at worst, whilst disembarkation in the 6 ports we visited (aside from Hong Kong) was at best "woeful". It could take a hour or longer to get off the ship (granted not always the fault of QM2), but when you are only in port for a day, losing an hour is not much fun. Ships tours in general were okay but do your homework before signing up. Not much point in doing a "active" tour if you have mobility issues and have to remain in the bus for most of the tour. In fact getting to the tour buses by our less active cruisers must have been difficult given the distances they had to cover in getting off QM2 and to the bus (again not QM2's fault). Overall, as first time cruisers we found the cruise "okay". That said we would not recommend QM2 or Cunard for cruising, as Carnival Cruises who now own Cunard have got their "cost cutters" into Cunard and its been reflected in all of the above comments. Its cut cut cut and if that means service gets cut or something is not available for a passenger too bad so be it, seems to be the current prevailing attitude of Cunard towards the paying passengers of QM2 today. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We embarked in Brisbane instead of Sydney as it was more convenient for us to do so. Embarking the ship was very straight forward, easy and professional and all our details and cards were waiting for us. Yes this ship is an old girl, 42 ... Read More
We embarked in Brisbane instead of Sydney as it was more convenient for us to do so. Embarking the ship was very straight forward, easy and professional and all our details and cards were waiting for us. Yes this ship is an old girl, 42 years! we knew this when we booked so didn't expect a brand new sparkling ship, the price decided it for us. With this in mind it was still in good condition for the age, rust here and there but the crew were always trying to keep the paint up to it. This did not worry us though. The inside of the ship was kept spotless. The Food in the main restaurant was great, the service was efficient, our two waiters could not do any more for us, don't think we had the same meal served twice in 18 days. We ordered wine and never had to ask for our glass to be filled. We were on the second sitting 8.30pm this was quite late and the show for us was at 10.30pm so it did make it a late night but on the plus side a lot of times when leaving ports we were able to see the sunset and enjoy the sail away party, if you were on the early sitting you missed out. Think it would be better if the meal times were changed, second sitting was say about 8pm and the show at 10pm this would make it a better time, think it would have suited a lot of the older generation to eat at 5.30pm and their show at 7.30pm. We loved having breakfast in the garden cafe each morning as it was very relaxing, no queuing up for food, no crowds of people. One thing I did notice on this cruise was that for some reason there was an absence of coughing and people with colds. This would have been one of the first cruises I have been on that I did not catch some sort of cough or cold. They were very strict with the use of the hand wash and you were not allowed in the restaurant without using it. I did not see anybody refusing to use it as I have on other ships! So good on you Fred Olsen. Our cabin was quite low in the ship, also a bit noisy! think we were near the engines!! It did have two portholes, having single beds did make the room seem larger, you could not join the beds together, not sure but think most cabins only had single beds. The room was cleaned twice a day and our cabin steward was very friendly. No complaints. I found the doona on the bed a bit too warm at night, I suppose I could have asked for a blanket but we just turned down the air conditioner to the lowest and then it was alright. There were no children on board or even teenagers, probably as it was a world cruise. I did not see anywhere were they would have entertained children or teenagers even if they were on board. I don't think this cruise would have suited people in their 20's to 40's as it did cater for an older generation, we are both in our early 60's but didn't mind it a bit. We wanted a relaxing cruise and that is what we got. We still had fun, loved the shows at night especially the Fred Olsen Dancers, they were not only dancers but could sing really well too. Did not miss one show! not too keen on some of the other entertainers they had. There are no poker machines on board, not a poker machine player so didn't effect us. The stand out in the lectures was the man from Customs who gave us some great stories, enjoyed them all. We had been on the Balmoral the year before and personally I prefer the Black Watch, it's a smaller ship than some of the other big cruise lines but because of that it had a really nice feel and atmosphere to it. The majority of the passengers on this cruise were English having embarked in Southampton or Sydney and we found them to be very friendly and interesting, made some great friends on our table. They were also very interested in finding out all about Australia. All in all we enjoyed our cruise and would certainly do another Black Watch cruise if it came to Australia. We knew it was an old ship so yes a few things needs fixing up but it didn't deter from the overall look and feel of the ship. We got value for money and had a great time. Would love to try the other Fred Olsen ships as well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Queen Elizabeth didn't disappoint we were apprehensive about our cabin 1001 on deck one, but it was spacious and very clean with a big picture window. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud, with the best linen I have ever seen on a ... Read More
Queen Elizabeth didn't disappoint we were apprehensive about our cabin 1001 on deck one, but it was spacious and very clean with a big picture window. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud, with the best linen I have ever seen on a cruise ship. We dined in the Britannia restaurant breakfast lunch and dinner, I have worked in restaurants many years and I can only say the food was amazing, Not only that but we sat with many interesting people during these meals. people complain about the food but they eat on the buffet well a buffet is never going to give you the quality of the silver service restaurant. On a few occasions we managed high tea in the Queens Room, which is not to be missed if you can fit it in The staff are friendly and most importantly happy in their job. We talked to a waitress and said they are treated fairly and given time off which on other cruise lines this is not always so. The only criticism I have is the shows are aimed at an older crowd but Cunard should remember that just because they are old they are not dead. I love the classics and opera but why cant they throw in some 60s 70s and 80s nights in their shows I am in my mid 50s as were many others who said they would enjoy a bit more diversity in entertainment. Overall an amazing 13 days that I hope to repeat in the not to distant future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We had 13 nights which was certainly enough. Our only other cruise was with Cunard and the difference is startling. The pressure to buy drinks, especially by the pool, was at times insolent. The food was standard British fare, plenty of ... Read More
We had 13 nights which was certainly enough. Our only other cruise was with Cunard and the difference is startling. The pressure to buy drinks, especially by the pool, was at times insolent. The food was standard British fare, plenty of potatoes, at least two different ways every meal, well that will fill you up. Chips everywhere. On this note, Marco Pierre White why did you lend your name to this poor excuse for an exclusive restaurant on board? With a stairwell coming out in the middle, people strolling past, and food no better than the main restaurants I cannot see why he did it. Most cruise ships have a signature restaurant which you make a booking for and pay extra and which you are happy to pay for as the food and service is special Not so here. This one was free except for a dinner surcharge and as such gave no special food or presentation. Menu read well but the presentation and cooking was ordinary. Please Marco review your involvement. The theatres were small and the entertainment was constantly suffled around to fit people kn if an act was popular. On a positive note the cabin, balcony, was excellent, great to have a bath and a good sized bathroom. Our cabin steward did his job well. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014

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