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10 Brisbane to Asia Cruise Reviews

What a great holiday our family had, what stood out to us time and time again was how well organised everything was, from embarkment and disembarkment, shore tours and entertainment everything was run very professionally. The entertainment ... Read More
What a great holiday our family had, what stood out to us time and time again was how well organised everything was, from embarkment and disembarkment, shore tours and entertainment everything was run very professionally. The entertainment team was amazing, excellent shows each night and such an abundance of activities to choose from again so well organised. Our rooms were clean and beds and pillows soooo comfortable. Food was great and better than we had expected, so much to choose from and loved that we could have a three course meal each night included in our fare. Staff were friendly. Everything about our cruise on the Aria was beyond our expectations. The only negative or beware would be the p & o edge. So glad we didnt pre purchase passes as there are only a couple of activities available each day so it was better off for us to pay individually for what we wanted to partake in. Only did the laser tag and it was a big waste of time and money. We organised our shore tours independently and saved at least 50% . Definately recommend and hope to cruise again some day ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have always wanted to cruise on Cunard and we weren't disappointed. Queen Mary 2 was just as we expected. Great service, great food, plenty of space and a touch of class. We had 14 days on the ship and the dinner menu was ... Read More
We have always wanted to cruise on Cunard and we weren't disappointed. Queen Mary 2 was just as we expected. Great service, great food, plenty of space and a touch of class. We had 14 days on the ship and the dinner menu was different every night. Our table of 4 in the dining room all enjoyed our meals and the friendly Maitre De, Elvis, checked every night to make sure we were happy. We requested our favourite deserts that were not on the menu and he made sure that we got them the next night and any other night that we requested them. I don't normally like the buffets on cruises but Kings Court was one of the best. We quite often don't eat until 2.00 pm as we have late dinner and they were always replenishing the dishes with fresh food. Other ships we have been on you get the scraps at that time. The variety and the quality of food was excellent. Different stations for each type of food. We particularly like the Sushi station, which was always topped up with fresh sashimi, as it was quite popular. The deck chairs on the promenade deck were excellent for viewing the sights or just reading a book and catching the breezes. We only saw half of the shows as 10.30 pm is a bit late for us to go to a show. Would prefer if they put the shows on before dinner. The shows we did see were very good. Their broadway shows could have been better and we had seen some of the acts on other cruise lines but that happens when you cruise a lot. This was number 40 cruise for us but our first on Cunard. We will definitely cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We only decided on this cruise due to the price. We were not looking for a cruise but this one "appeared" on our email and we could not ignore it. And we are sooo glad we didn't ignore it. Best holiday ever!! If we had ... Read More
We only decided on this cruise due to the price. We were not looking for a cruise but this one "appeared" on our email and we could not ignore it. And we are sooo glad we didn't ignore it. Best holiday ever!! If we had stayed at home and ate at a Michelin rated restaurant every night, we would have spent more than the fare for the cruise- and missed out on the other meals, ports of call, entertainment etc etc. Gotta experience it to appreciate it.... what can I tell ya? Apart from the fact that this liner is a mechanical marvel and physically huge in size, it has everything you could want on a holiday. The formality of dress after 6pm may not suit everyone but, there are plenty of cruise ships available for the more casually inclined. QM2 is the only liner in the world and should be appreciated as such. I have read negative reviews of the ship and encountered people during the cruise that had a whinge. Seriously... you will find people everywhere who will complain that the sunrise isn't to their liking, or their Verve Cliquot is half a degree below optimum temperature and you need to ignore them lest you become infected with their misery and snobbery. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was my first cruise on the Legend of the Seas and would say that this is my favourite ship to travel. It is a shame that it is being sold, as it has been a welcome addition to the cruising scene in Brisbane. Whist the ship is a ... Read More
This was my first cruise on the Legend of the Seas and would say that this is my favourite ship to travel. It is a shame that it is being sold, as it has been a welcome addition to the cruising scene in Brisbane. Whist the ship is a little older, it has been well maintained. The facilities onboard are first class and the staff were all very approachable and friendly. I especially appreciated the service of my room attendant, Made, and all the service staff at the venues that I visited. I spent quite some time in the Schooner Bar. Shaun on the piano was great and those nights when Ash joined in was a lot of fun. The bar staff in this venue were great. They took the time to get to know you and were very friendly. I miss the usual afternoon drinks and catching up with the regular customers that frequented this bar. I was though disappointed on the actions of one of the guests on one evening. After one of the attendants spilled some alcohol over the edge and onto the outside of the glass, the guest was quite rude in asking for a cloth to wipe the glass. The attendant gave him a cloth which the guest used to wipe the glass. When finished the guest threw the cloth at the bar attendant hitting him in the chest. I couldn't believe that a guest would be so rude and do this to another person who is there doing his job. The bar attendant was understandably quite disappointed on the guests actions. I can't believe that someone would do something like this to another person. The casino staff were very professional and friendly. The shows were all great. I am still wondering how Phil Cass did the tie trick. The food was great, and the service first class. I especially enjoyed eating in the MDR with Estephan and Woo being very approachable and personable. I would totally recommend people to take this cruise, before it permanently leaves Brisbane in 2017. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise because we had not been to any of the places on the itinerary. We stayed 2 nights in Brisbane a lovely city. We went on a river cruise to the Lone Pine Kaola Sanctuary, had a photo with a Koala, But a lot more ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had not been to any of the places on the itinerary. We stayed 2 nights in Brisbane a lovely city. We went on a river cruise to the Lone Pine Kaola Sanctuary, had a photo with a Koala, But a lot more animals to see there and displays. The day of departure told to be there at 11am to check in and by 12 noon we were on board and settling in. The ship is one of RC smaller type, but as always the first day we had a good look around and get to know the ship. Our inside cabin was conveniently situated on deck eight near midship. It was adequate for us with plenty of storage, comfortable very large bed, small bathroom and shower. We were on my time dining in the main restaurant and on the first night the main maitre d' Gave us a mavellous situated table for 2, which we had reserved every night of the cruise courtesy of the maitre d'. Our first excursion was from Airlee Beach to the Great Barrier Reef by catamaran which over 2 hours there and back. But the worst of it was the sea conditions very very rough most of the passengers were sea sick and very uncomfortable for the whole of the journey there and back. But the pontoon on the GBR was excellent, scuba diving, snorkelling , semi submersible boat and underwater viewing area. If anybody is going there I would advise them to take the trip to the GBR from Cairns, not as far to get to and better sea conditions. Then on Cairns were we took the excursion to Karunda Rainforest Village this was another worthwhile trip. Next stop was Darwin were we just had a stroll round the town, beautiful place. We sailed then to Bali, Indonesia were we shared a taxi to the town of Kudu. Traffic was chaotic and dangerous but we finally got there. Not impressed at all! The town was very dirty, seedy, and not pleasant to walk around . The only good things about it was the beaches. Also whilst we were strolling on the beach we came across a cremation of a body on the beach and a funeral courtage. Not the most pleasant of things to see whilst on holiday! Another point I most inform you about Bali is that the ship had to tender everyone to the Cruise Terminal. We waited over 2 hours to get onto a tender and arrive onto Bali at about 11.30am. Also on the way back it took us 40 minutes to sail to the ship and then over half hour for the tender to manoeuvre and tie up along side the ship. Next stop Kota Kinabula Malaysia took excursion to a wildlife sanctuary in the rainforest, another highly recommend trip. More days at sea then to the Phillipines not much to say about there. Finished the cruise in Hong Kong, spent 2 fabulous nights there . I think I had said enough but as a last comment I have just heard that RC are selling the Legend of the Seas to Thomson cruises, RCs lose, Thomsons gain. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
As two senior ladies we had always fancied the "Queens" experience so when attractive pricing was offered we took the opportunity. We arrived for embarkation at the suggested time( a good idea I feel) to find the crowd quite ... Read More
As two senior ladies we had always fancied the "Queens" experience so when attractive pricing was offered we took the opportunity. We arrived for embarkation at the suggested time( a good idea I feel) to find the crowd quite light . As we had received an upgrade we were whisked through and escorted to our penthouse 9076. Having read a negative review of this very suite and of the staff attitudes we did not know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised by what we found. It was spacious with fresh orchids in the dining area, roses on the coffee table and the chilled bottle of Verve next to some delicate sweet treats. It was minutes before we were greeted by our butler Noly and steward Bien of whom I cannot speak too highly. Indeed the friendly and helpful attitude of these two men contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the cruise.The same must be said of the staff in the Queen's dining room who attended our table. We found all staff only too willing to help- I cannot help wondering if you get what you give and if you treat staff pleasantly as human beings they will respond accordingly. We were delighted at Easter to return to the suite to find two large chocolate bunnies had somehow hopped into our dining room- a nice playful touch- others received eggs so I guess it was thought we didn't mind a bit of fun. The ship is on its way to refit so we expected some wear and tear and indeed some small things did need fixing but great attention was paid to rapid repair of these. For example when the TV died a brand new flat screen arrived when we were at a lecture and was fitted by the time of our return. The general appearance of the ship was not shabby either though I am sure if you spent time looking for faults you might find some. A pleasant surprise in the Queen's grill was the ability to order whatever you desired, just giving a little notice so that the kitchen could prepare. The set table idea did not seem to fit well with the anytime dining as it was possible to find that if you dined at 7 Pm others at your table for 6 may not arrive until 8PM so you dined alone for most of your meal. Maybe the set table went with the set dining times of old.One slight disappointment was the quality of the buffet offerings. A bit "shopping centre eatery " we thought though all had access to their dining room if they desired. We found the series of informative lectures very interesting though the theatre entertainment differed from other cruises we have taken in that there were many individual performers rather than stage shows. The library was excellent and DVDs were available from an extensive collection in the Deck 9 concierge as were coffee tea and selections of pastries and finger sandwiches. This area also had a travel desk allowing booking and questions about shore excursions to be handled on our deck. There were only three ports on this section and the trip into Borneo wildlife park was successful. The Shanghai excursion may have been a bit optimistic as to what could be achieved on a busy Saturday night in Shanghai. We were very happy to get back to the ship at around 11.30PM and to be greeted by staff with trays of chilled champers. All in all this was for us an excellent cruise enjoying the luxuries of the traditional shipboard experience- not a rock wall or a wave pool in sight!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I joined Queen Victoria in Brisbane and sailed through to Hong Kong in March 2016. We are Ballroom Dances so Cunard suits us really well. We love that you can get dressed up every night. Where else can you go to a ... Read More
My husband and I joined Queen Victoria in Brisbane and sailed through to Hong Kong in March 2016. We are Ballroom Dances so Cunard suits us really well. We love that you can get dressed up every night. Where else can you go to a silver service restaurant for dinner, straight after that have a short break of dancing in the Queens Room before heading off to the theatre for a live show and after that head back to the Queens Room to Ballroom Dance to a seven piece orchestra until midnight - every night of the week!!!! Ok sometimes when the vocalist was performing we felt that we could do a quickstep, cha cha and waltz all in the same bracket because he kept changing the tempo - but that gave us something to laugh about. The professional dance couple on board, Dan and Oleana were amazing to watch as well as being very good at giving dance classes each sea day. They were always very friendly and very lovely to speak to. There was always a great variety of food that was very well presented. Nothing was ever a problem for our table waiters. Our stateroom was clean and very comfortable. We hope that Cunard keeps with the traditional side of cruising, and never looses the prestige of the dress codes that they have in place. Also we finished our cruise on a high having won the Queen Victoria Dance Competition, so so much fun for all of those dances that want to cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 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 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

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