4 Brisbane Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Pacific Aria. Our cabin (9090) was quite spacious with a balcony & spa bath. The stewards were fantastic with daily servicing and turn down service, even leaving a cute towel animal one evening ... Read More
We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Pacific Aria. Our cabin (9090) was quite spacious with a balcony & spa bath. The stewards were fantastic with daily servicing and turn down service, even leaving a cute towel animal one evening (a penguin). The activities were continuous, but the booking process was a bit frantic - queues of people waiting to book restaurants and activities upon boarding. We boarded in the first half hour and got a place on every activity and restaurant, but there were only a few places left in some cases. The restaurants were average, with Waterfront food and service being not good at all. The service at Salt was excellent, and the food was very good. The bar service was very good, and there were plenty of staff around asking if you wanted a drink. The quality of the activities was very good - I have attached the activity schedule & daily listing which is delivered to the cabin each night for anyone who is interested in going on this cruise. We had no idea what to expect on board and were pleasantly surprised by how many food & wine relate activities were available. My recommendations - as soon as you get on board go up and book your activities and restaurants. Make sure your wine and cocktail times are in the afternoon - drinking at 11am is not so great! Also, we lined up activities at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm - it was hard going! I would suggest doing the 1pm & 3pm only! The Martini & Cocktail Mixing classes were great - especially Agnes who ran the Martini one - so funny! The boat was clean and in quite good condition, aside from a mildly unpleasant smell from behind the bars when the dishwasher was running. The staff entertainment was not the best - the Sideshow Alley & Velvet Rope shows were quite amateur. There was a great piano singer though, Raymond Vee (I think). We had the beverage package - non-alcoholic. I don't think we saved anything, maybe broke even, but it was so nice being able to get juice, coffee, ice coffees, mocktails & water 'without paying' (as we had paid 3 months earlier). The drinks prices were very reasonable though - juices about $3 and cocktails mainly $12. The bar staff will make cocktails not on the menu upon request, if they are not busy. These usually cost more than $12 (up to $17). All in all we have a very enjoyable weekend and would go again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Lovely ports of call made us choose this itinerary and adult medium ship. Dining was excellent, lectures varied and interesting, the evening entertainment was on the whole very good but the Headliners on ship singers and dancers were ... Read More
Lovely ports of call made us choose this itinerary and adult medium ship. Dining was excellent, lectures varied and interesting, the evening entertainment was on the whole very good but the Headliners on ship singers and dancers were absolutely excellent. All very talented and ranked as good as any west end show. The cabin was the problem A86 mid aft four down from midships on port side. See cabin review and beware! Not worth the money. Excursions were varied and we took advantage of many in countries as Australia, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Japan, South Korea and China all well organised on time and educational. The dining area was well laid out although our table 48 was over the top of the propellor shafts and not only noisy but juddered from the vibrations. Most ships seem to think that rear ship for dining front for theatre and entertaining all at low level. Better if higher up, less shaking and stick the night club and gyms down the rear. Conversation had to be raised when ship moving above 17 knots, obviously designers never take a holiday on cruise ships. Still did not spoil a wonderful holiday (except cabin) see below. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The food and wine cruise on Pacific Aria was absolutely amazing. From the moment we lined up to check in (the line moved very quickly) to when we first opened the door to our amazing room to the moment we unfortunately had to leave the ... Read More
The food and wine cruise on Pacific Aria was absolutely amazing. From the moment we lined up to check in (the line moved very quickly) to when we first opened the door to our amazing room to the moment we unfortunately had to leave the ship (which took all of a very quick 5 minutes) we had an amazing time. We got an upgrade on the level of our cabin due to our cruise being for our 20th wedding anniversary. Our cabin was beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable. The bed was comfy and the added bonus of having a tv and dvd player was great for relaxing in bed late at night. The bathroom was very clean and easy to use. We also had a great steward (thanks Richard) whom was always at the ready to assist us. We mostly dined at the pantry which we absolutely loved. The food was always yummy and the various daily selections blew us away every time. The staff in the pantry were always very nice and extremely helpful. We dined twice at the Waterfront restaurant but felt the food came nowhere near the quality and selection of the pantry. Loved drinking the yummy cocktails. The ship itself was beautifully furnished with great colour schemes. I loved the blue room. It was always such a pleasure to walk around the ship. The games that were on during the day were always great fun and we had lots of laughs. The night time entertainment was great and we even got to watch the nrl grand final. My husband and I had an awesome time on the Pacific Aria and never once did we feel unhappy or disappointed. (except when we didn't get in quick enough to book into Angelo's and the Dragon Lady. Do this as soon as you get on board. We were still happy though) Can't wait to do it again, this time with our three children. Had an awesome time, loved it, loved it, loved it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a food and wine short cruise. It was the first time we had an interior cabin which was right up the back of the ship. With the beds pushed into the middle for a queen, there was not a lot of room left down the sides to actually ... Read More
This was a food and wine short cruise. It was the first time we had an interior cabin which was right up the back of the ship. With the beds pushed into the middle for a queen, there was not a lot of room left down the sides to actually get into the bed. However, there was heaps of storage space being a cabin for 4 people. It ended up being a great location as we only had to walk out the back door and then up to the buffet area, or down one to the adults area. There were 6 of us travelling together so we always booked a table for dining together. The food was good but the service was a bit lacking. The entertainment was good but we did not undertake any of the wine appreciation activities. We did however, attend a food demonstration which was really entertaining. We took our own accessories for the Gatsby night. It didn't cost much for headpieces for ladies and coloured braces and bow ties for the men. It ended up being a good night. We did intend going to the Bianco party but it was really cold up on deck but we did see a lot of different versions of white from passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016

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