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CMV offers short cruises in Australian waters at a good price. Embarkation was well organised, simple & quick Food & service were generally good with a buffet and 3 regular restaurant options with a 3 course menu. Our ... Read More
CMV offers short cruises in Australian waters at a good price. Embarkation was well organised, simple & quick Food & service were generally good with a buffet and 3 regular restaurant options with a 3 course menu. Our balcony cabin on deck 9 was very quiet, clean & comfortable. Shore leave to Esperance & Busselton were by tender over long distances and it took a couple of hours to get off for some not on arranged shore excursions, which the passengers should have been pre-warned about. However it didn't bother us as the towns are easily walked around in an hour or two. The entertainment ensemble in the main theatre included singers, dancers and a small band. They put on a different show each night over 7nights which was very professionally done. Savannah, a soprano, had a beautiful voice. The shows reflected the music of the mean age of the passengers ie. 70ish. Other singers & musicians performed in various bars throughout the day and were of a high standard. The enrichment lectures were interesting but poorly presented. There were lots of quizzes and games to play throught the day. The ship was kept scrupulously clean at all times. Disembarkation was as efficient as embarkation. As always there were whingers on board who complained about the food & service (well, everything really. Someone told me the cauliflower wasn't crispy enough !) but CMV are not a luxury cruise line and we believe they offer excellent value for money Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Firstly, the good points, we found the cabin to be clean and comfortable. The bed was fine! Food at Waterfront was excellent with both food & drink staff being friendly and offering great service. Entertainment was very good, ... Read More
Firstly, the good points, we found the cabin to be clean and comfortable. The bed was fine! Food at Waterfront was excellent with both food & drink staff being friendly and offering great service. Entertainment was very good, though people complained there was no headline acts, we enjoyed the shows and attended every one of them. Bars and common areas are all very nice and you can see the work put in to the updates. Now for the bad points. The ship tendered at 2 ports - it took us 2 1/2 hours to get off at the first port of call and then 3 1/2 hours at the next. The crew manning the tender boats were helpful and friendly but the Captain launched 4 tender vessels operating from one point and it was slow! Imagine them trying a full-scale evacuation with those boats! When we booked our cruise, CMV had an "adults only" fleet, with Vasco, they allow children and have the rear pool as an adults-only pool. Trouble is, the rear pool was roped off for the entire journey. The central pool was usually occupied by a group of children who unfortunately were not supervised by their parents and annoyed adult passengers. There's also a problem with the toilet system, some cabins were flooded and others had their toilets blocked. It seems as if this is major problem and the engineers need to sort it out. Bottomline is don't cruise on this ship if there are ports where you tender - we won't! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We selected this cruise for a reunion with long time friends. What a great way to spend quality time with friends while seeing places we haven’t been to for years. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organised, professional and ... Read More
We selected this cruise for a reunion with long time friends. What a great way to spend quality time with friends while seeing places we haven’t been to for years. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organised, professional and friendly. Our cabin was very clean and everything was in very good condition. The beds were extremely comfortable and there was plenty of space in the inside twin cabin. We requested a midship cabin in-case of rough seas. So glad we did, as centre of the ship, whether for our cabin or sitting in a lounge, was the place to be when entering some waters. The ship offered everything I would look for in a cruise ship. A good choice of areas for fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as the bistro choice. Plenty of food to select from and clear notices about gluten, vegan, vegetarian etc. Even the pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers as an additional snack were fantastic. The sauna, relaxation spaces and heated mosaic beds with sea views were an unexpected bonus. Fantastic lounge areas to sit and enjoy different genres of music and we had a great time dancing a couple of nights after the nightly show. We missed out on our planned day in KI due to the devastating fires on KI but we made the most of the ship’s facilities and enjoyed music, games, quizzes, the excellent gym, walking track and reading in one of the lounges looking out to sea. It was good to know that the cruise company had offered their services as an evacuation vessel for people on KI and actively raised money for Australian communities affected by the fires. Wallaroo and Port Lincoln communities can be very proud of their commitment to catering for tourists visiting their towns from cruise ships. The local people we talked to and the people who were helping with directions and organising free shuttle buses were all very helpful, friendly and organised. We were welcomed with local produce, music, art, an air show, shops open beyond usual operating hours and very regular shuttle buses. I would definitely recommend this cruise. Very easy leaving on a cruise from the city I live in. I will be looking into booking a cruise from Adelaide again, especially with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
After cruising with many different cruise lines, we thought we would give CMV a go, especially as we had previously sailed on the same ship when it was previously owned by P&O. Very disappointing on the 11days we were onboard (back ... Read More
After cruising with many different cruise lines, we thought we would give CMV a go, especially as we had previously sailed on the same ship when it was previously owned by P&O. Very disappointing on the 11days we were onboard (back to back cruises) that one of the pools was only open for one day, especially as it is summer and perfect time to be using the pools. No explanation was ever given as to why the pool was closed, it just was. Out of the 10 bars onboard, only two bars were open during the day, which considering drinks are how cruise lines make their money, I find this very strange. This also meant that activities on during the day were all held in the one venue, meaning people would set themselves up from the beginning of the day in these venues, and there was nowhere for anyone else who wanted to join in on ad-hoc activities. We also found the crews customer service and attitude to be the worst we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. It was as though some of the crew just did not want to be there. My worst experience was with the reception staff, where rather than trying to be of assistance, the particular individual kept asking me to provide evidence that I had paid for my drinks package 2months prior to boarding, and even after showing the Email with the confirmation, still didn't meet her requirements. On asking to speak with the guest services manager, I was told he is far too busy to speak to me. Whilst a few bad experiences, it wasnt all bad. The drinks package onboard is really well priced, and plenty of options to choose from, and at the end of the day, you are still on holiday which is always a good thing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Boat is a good size, lots of things to do, cabins are great. Staff were consistently rude. Bars to get a drink (even just a water or soft drink) were either closed when they should have been open or understaffed ie 1 staff to 15 ... Read More
Boat is a good size, lots of things to do, cabins are great. Staff were consistently rude. Bars to get a drink (even just a water or soft drink) were either closed when they should have been open or understaffed ie 1 staff to 15 people waiting with complex orders like cocktails. Food was basic, very basic. Taste was very plain, unless you wanted to pay extra for the one food restaurant. Kids menu food at best. When you pay for a holiday you expect reasonably good food. Big letdown when you can’t get off ship or have to walk a mile off ship and pay for food. Only good food was the poolside small cafe grill - hotdogs, hamburger and pizza (cheese and sauce). Although this had long lines and wait. Not what you would expect when your trying to holiday. P and O did a better job. Shows were good Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Had an Awesome experience on the ship. Very friendly service, Good food, loved the restaurants. quiet lounges everywhere - Port stops were great, loved Wallaroo the best! The beds were so comfortable and if it got rough at the front or ... Read More
Had an Awesome experience on the ship. Very friendly service, Good food, loved the restaurants. quiet lounges everywhere - Port stops were great, loved Wallaroo the best! The beds were so comfortable and if it got rough at the front or back of the ship, going to the middle of the ship you hardly felt a thing. Variety of entertainment on board - we were a group of 9 girls on a reunion and we were accommodated everywhere we went. The small casino area was fun. We could not go onshore at Kangaroo Island because of the fires so the staff jumped in and put on extra entertainment to fill the void. The ship stood on standby to take on people who may have required evacuation (which did not happen) and they also raised over $10,000 for the Kangaroo Island fire. Getting on and off the ship was a dream. Only whinge was the windows were dirty - I think for a cruise on the ocean it would have been nice to have a view of it lolol. I think some of the other comments on this site were too harsh - we read them before we left and were worried about our trip - no need to worry as I think some of the reviews were not warranted - everything was working, clean and very pleasant. Enjoy yourselves and understand they are servicing 1200 people at a time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Booked cruise as it was priced at two for one. Thought it would be something different for New Year's. This was my 9th cruise and have cruised with several different cruise lines. We left from Adelaide and sailed to nowhere which ... Read More
Booked cruise as it was priced at two for one. Thought it would be something different for New Year's. This was my 9th cruise and have cruised with several different cruise lines. We left from Adelaide and sailed to nowhere which suited us. We were on board as a group of 19. The ship was overcrowded 1250 passangers, food and bar services could not handle volume in public areas. In saying this they also did not open all available bar areas or fill all tables, they seemed under staffed or staff didn't have training or didn't care. The worst mistake they made was on embarkation only having ONE bar open!!! With 2 bar staff and 3 waitresses for over 1200 passangers. Simple things like asking drink waiter for a drink (as they passed picking up glasses) to be told "yes, in 10 mins"! Can they not multi task, take drink order as they pickup glasses on the way back to bar! Food in Waterfront restaurant was good, especially on new year's eve free wine with dinner always a bonus for Aussies. We decided to eat there for all our meals. Entertainment was good, not all performers were great, but they did give it a red hot try. Cabins we were on Main deck (level 5 and superior cabin) our cabin was fine, better than I was expecting given the price. Would I travel on the Vasco da Gama again, NOT IN YOUR LIFE, they would need to do a complete refurbishment and employ trained staff who can think outside what they've been told as no-one was overseeing what was happening. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I sailed on the 31/12/19 on the New Years cruise. The ship condition was ok certainly not up to bigger lines standards. The service on the ship (other than cabin staff) was terrible. Order drinks after getting on the ship and it took 40 ... Read More
I sailed on the 31/12/19 on the New Years cruise. The ship condition was ok certainly not up to bigger lines standards. The service on the ship (other than cabin staff) was terrible. Order drinks after getting on the ship and it took 40 mins to get this was normal for the rest of the cruise so this seems to be their standard. The staff simply appeared to either be untrained or understaffed probably both. Drink prices seemed good to me and wine was reasonable for the price. There are simply insufficient seating around the pool and lack of shade was obvious. The food quality in the buffet was disgraceful (been on 35 cruises and this ties for the worse) variety and quality simply rubbish. The real issues started with the New Years dinner, with the announcements telling people that the busiest period was before 7pm and so not to come to the any time dinning until after 7.30pm. Arrive to have dinner at 7.30 to be meet by a massive queue, couldn't resister a room and get paged when a table was ready so had to wait in line. Got into the restaurant at about 8.40pm taken to a table that had not glassware or cutlery and simply ignored for another 25mins (no water drinks etc). Got dinner after 9pm and it was good both hot and good quality. On the second night (wont go into details) same ridiculous line up waited 90 mins for poor quality Asian food. The biggest issue for me was the moronic captain who decided that the ships bow should face the Glenelg fireworks that meant the only people who could see the fireworks were the Bridge, crew on the roped off areas and people in the Dome club area (holds about 150 people) the other 1000 people simply couldn't see. If the Captain hadn't turned the ship at the last minute the whole port side would have had great views allowing all passengers a view. Don't bother with CMV Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Billed as the New Year Cruise experience out of Adelaide for 2 nights. The ship was not up to the main task of providing a great NYE experience. The management (not the overworked crew) are to blame. The Ship is the rebadged Pacific ... Read More
Billed as the New Year Cruise experience out of Adelaide for 2 nights. The ship was not up to the main task of providing a great NYE experience. The management (not the overworked crew) are to blame. The Ship is the rebadged Pacific Eden, some of our group had been on before as P&O and said except for a few touches and new carpets the ship was the same but the difference was the poor service. There did not seem to be enough crew. A main point of a NYE cruise is the dinner and then the celebrations. I think management knew they had a problem. The ship did not have set dining times, the restaurants all served the same menu. The problem being with most people wanting a proper sit down meal and I don't think this ship has enough restaurant seats. It relies on a good percentage of people using the 11th deck cafeteria which wasn't going to happen NYE. We waited 75 minutes in line for a table, there were rumours the restaurant was going to close at 8.30, mutiny was afoot in the crowd but eventually everyone got a table but it meant we missed out on the 9.30 fireworks. The actual NY celebrations were good, they had a local band on board and it was fun. There seemed to be a lack of information and communication. I saw that we had a first time cruise director who kept to the script. An experienced CD would have made more announcements especially on NYE to calm the patrons. This is a budget cruise and given the price the food was good and drinks were the best priced I have seen on a cruise. Overall you get what you pay for but CMV should should stick to no frills holiday cruising. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I decided it would be really nice to spend New Years Eve with the kids and grandkids, there was 11 of us, I spent $7000 for all of us for the two nights and it was total waste of money. The pantry food was so bad, fish was burnt and ... Read More
I decided it would be really nice to spend New Years Eve with the kids and grandkids, there was 11 of us, I spent $7000 for all of us for the two nights and it was total waste of money. The pantry food was so bad, fish was burnt and hard as rocks, chips were cold and dry. Rice was tasteless and cold. There were only 4 serveries the others were closed. Not even any roasts. Had lunch and dinner on second day in the Waterfront, although there were 3 different waterfront restaurants, they all served the same food. The food was so bad at the waterfront we decided to try the pantry again but they had the same food as the waterfront, soggy vegetable pastry, disappointed once again. If you were thirsty you would be waiting 1 hour for a drink, shortness of staff and total shambles, it was a New Years cruise so you would expect lots of drinking, even the captain was yelling at his staff to hurry up and he then started to serve drinks from the ice cream counter, because we were all waiting and getting frustrated. Lets say they lost lots of money because they couldn't keep up. I would say there was 2 maybe 3 waiter staff walking around taking drinks for 500 people and only three staff behind the bar. If you just wanted a cold glass of water, there was none, not like other ships there are cold iced water buckets at each bar, you would have to walk into the pantry for a small kids size glass for a drink. If you wanted to be introduced to your room servants, you don't, you don see them at all. If you wanted a cup of coffee you would have to wait so the counter staff can stop between orders to clean the machine, you would be waiting another 20 minutes for a coffee. The only refurbishment I can see as I have travelled on the P&O Eden before are the smaller round tables you can only fit 2 people in the pantry, there are less outdoor chairs, everything else is exactly the same. It appears they are only looking as $ because they have not calculated the correct amount of staff for the amount of people on board. I've travelled on 15 cruises,people would say P&O are the Kmart Brand, well this is your cheap as chips brand or reject brand without the cheap price. 1st time on Vasco de gama and last time, never again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Previously travelled on a similar journey on this ship under P&O Pacific Eden and was happy with service and entertainment Under CMV there was no comparison, lack of organization with dining rooms, long queues, entertainment ... Read More
Previously travelled on a similar journey on this ship under P&O Pacific Eden and was happy with service and entertainment Under CMV there was no comparison, lack of organization with dining rooms, long queues, entertainment options limited and those limited by overcrowding. Staff were sometimes rude or disinterested with providing service. Food I can only describe as under quality served in a mining camp, very overcooked, and some was tasteless and unappealing............Main attraction of watching onshore fireworks did not go to plan, ship pointing in wrong direction... oops. Stated it was a New Years indulgence cruise...........not. I spoke to a lot of people on board with similar complaints, especially when we were told to wait in a bar that was not open instead of waiting in line only to find out an hour later that the maitre de forgot to get us so we then had to line up with the extra crowd that had formed in that hour extending another hour on top before we sat for dinner, sore feet and annoyed on what should have been a special night Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I picked the cruise for the itinerary and have learned the hard way the ship is much more important than where you're going. This is my 7th cruise with 6 cruise lines, so I have a basis for comparison The ship is 27 years old and ... Read More
I picked the cruise for the itinerary and have learned the hard way the ship is much more important than where you're going. This is my 7th cruise with 6 cruise lines, so I have a basis for comparison The ship is 27 years old and feels like it. The crew spoke limited English and many seemed to hate their jobs. There is no heat in the cabins, and although I traveled in the summer it got down to 10 degrees at night. I asked what they do in cold climates and was told "we don't travel to cold climates". The food is horrible and there is no buffet. Very few vegetarian options and, incredibly, all the food is so bland that most of it tastes the same, regardless of what it is. The Internet is expensive and runs out quickly. This is almost a parody of a cruise. There is NOTHING to do on board the ship (other than a well equipped fitness facility). The "activities" are things like sewing classes, and the demographic is definitely senior citizens. The "shows" were trite and cringe-worthy. The performers weren't very good, but they appeared to be trying their best Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our 3rd Christmas cruise, first with Holland America and the second with Princess. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as we have done Fiji and the islands before, It was a cruise spoilt by terrible food and poor ... Read More
This was our 3rd Christmas cruise, first with Holland America and the second with Princess. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary as we have done Fiji and the islands before, It was a cruise spoilt by terrible food and poor service. We were deck 5 cabin 3083 that is typical of all HAL cabins. Although this is a ship that is 26 years old the cabins were clean and tidy but definitely showing signs of age. The windows were rusty and the glass so crazed and dirty difficult to see much out of it, My main complaint was the food in every part of the ship. Buffet/Lido - breakfast - the juice was from a machine that was watered down it was unrecognisable as juice. The one pastry I tried was empty of any filling. The main complaint was the food was all luke warm to cold. The bacon was swimming in grease and the toast was like eating a brick, The entire breakfast buffet was not very good at all. The lunch was not much better it consisted of lots of stew like dishes that were most unappetising, the fruit was bitter, the fish was cooked in enormous quantities of batter more batter than fish, The desserts were so ordinary and not very nicely presented or very tasty, The service in this area was OK apart from the girl who was cooking the toast. She was surly and nearly everytime you ordered toast it was almost thrown at you. The toast was in a basket and when asking for a plate as you need a plate to butter the toast on you would have thought you were asking for a gold nugget. I don't wish to take up their time with idle chitchat but pleasantly asking for toast every day for 10 days greeted with a grunt and attitude. Waterfront restaurant was dreadful, not variety, no taste to any meal and again it was almost cold everytime we got our meal which is a worry as to was we going to get sick. Christmas dinner, 2 miserable prawns in a prawn cocktail, dreadful main meal which was stringy meat and veg - again cold. Christmas pudding was hard as a bullet so disappointing. Mediterranean restaurant, food was again cold and no variety at all. Last meal of stuffed eggplant was not edible the pasta was swimming in oil. The worse was the Eurasion restaurant. Soup was OK but cold Toothpick sizes of burnt greasy pork Samosas that had NO filling Fried cauliflower that could not be cut it was so hard Fish curry, tiny tiny pieces of cold grey fish in some slop Butter chicken 2 pieces in a sloppy sauce that was nothing like butter chicken Mango pudding was just OK That night I hardly ate the meal it was so bad and again cold. I am not expecting Michellin star restaurants, and after 15 cruises this is the first time I have every written a negative comment. But we were a party of 8 who was sincerely hoping we didn't get sick with this food. The wait staff that are European do not seem to have a grasp of the English language, we lost count of how many times we got the wrong drink orders. They are surly, rude and appear not to know what they are doing as far as serving drinks is concerned. There is one bar tender doing the drinks so the service is very very slow. It is suffice to say that this cruise line is the worse ever we have been on and we will not travel with them again and recommend them to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Booked the Xmas cruise a long time ago but were horrified to read the reviews of the ship after its recent acquisition by CMV. Looking at the reviews, it was clear that some writers thought they were with another cruise line & many ... Read More
Booked the Xmas cruise a long time ago but were horrified to read the reviews of the ship after its recent acquisition by CMV. Looking at the reviews, it was clear that some writers thought they were with another cruise line & many clearly misunderstood that it was new to CMV, not NEW. The ship is 28 years old which has both good & bad points. We were relieved after our first day or two to realise that either a) there are a lot of whingers about or b) CMV had responded well to the criticisms. Good Points Being older, there was plenty of space & little waiting for lifts.Public spaces were beautifully decorated & indoor & outdoor furniture were superior to many ships. Overall the staff were friendly & helpful Bar prices were no more than normal Adelaide pub prices & carried no service surchage. Food in the main restaurant was varied & well cooked. We have been on cruises with more varied & more exotic options but we usually ended up hoping that something we hadn't chosen came up again. It never did. In addition there are both Asian & Mediterranean restaurants, included at no extra charge. Because of my wife's inability to eat either spicy or tomato-laden foods we didn't go in but the menus looked pretty good. Breakfast in the restaurant was good but strangely offered no simple cereal option. Waiters there were only too happy to customise meals wherever possible or replace courses that the diner decided against on presentation. Wine prices were also quite reasonable (Take note Princess) The Lido buffet offered a more limited choice than most cruises we have been on but still offered a reasonable choice. Inevitably, in a buffet, the food is sitting and consequently, to us, never quite as good as in a restaurant. Perversely, the breakfast menu offered a slightly greater choice. We only ate there at breakfast & lunch so cannot comment on dinner. There is also another inclusive burger bar on the deck plus a "pay extra" grill. Our cabin was very conentional & uninspiring but clean. Being an old ship, unfortunately the shower is over the bath; tricky for the aged & infirm or for use in rough seas. There was plenty of storage & hanging space with lots of hangers provided. One of the real highlights was the quality of the shows in the Hollywood Lounge (theatre). No guest artists, all of the shows which differed every night were performed by the ship's resident 5 singers & 6 dancers. The singers were always in tune, the dancers were magnificent & the productions & costumes were truly professional. The only downside of this was the need to get in early to get seats. Other entertainments in the lounges were adequate, depending on your taste. No outdoor cinema on the pool deck blasting out action movies all afternoon, which was good for us, looking for a relaxing cruise, but there is a cinema showing fairly current movies. The entertainments staff did provide water aerobics, dance classes, fun entertainments & singers for half an hour or so at a time on deck. We thought Xmas Day was exceptional. Good entertainment on deck throughout the day, a marvellous 5-course dinner with free wine & regular refills as well as all the usual party goodies, a wonderful show & presents waiting for us in our cabin ( Fru-Chocs & a pen set). Apart from the gifts, this was repeated on NYE (but see below ) Having planned a relaxing cruise around southern Australia, we didn't bother going on any excursions so cannot comment on them. The first ten days were certainly relaxing, most of the passengers being of advanced years, disturbed only by the occasional kids jumping (banned) in the pool or a waiter asking if you wanted another drink. This changed dramatically for the last two days which were a separate cruise over New Year. Gratuities were $12 per day, charged to your account, but there was no problem in varying or removing them. Bad Points Which stop us giving 5 stars) Like other cruise lines, CMV seem to have cut down on staff, making them work harder. This creates two problems. Long waits for service at busy times & unhappy staff who show their resentment. Most of the time our dining room waiters gave good service but had little time to talk with the guests which we like to do. New Year's Eve however pushed the system over the limit. We heard many guests complaining that many of the bars were closed & the open ones couldn't cope. In fairness, we had a deluge of party animals hit the ship on NYE. Apparently there were also very long queues for later sittings in the dining rooms and the free wine offered ran out preventing any refills. Again, waiting staff fell into two camps. The dining room was run mainly by Asian staff who were always cheerful. The buffet & pool deck waiters, however, were mainly Eastern European, spoke poor English & seldom smiled, some even appearing surly. That was a real shame for what was otherwise a really friendly boat & we hope CMV pay some attention to this. Most, but not all, of the reception staff also appeared unfriendly & at times unhelpful. In summary, this was a really good cruise on a pretty well run ship but could be improved by increasing & training the staff & by deciding either not to run party cruises or learning how to do it properly Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My family and I spent 10 days on the ship and had a great time. If you want a value for money short cruise on a small ship that has excellent food and nightly entertainment then this is the ship for you. The ships public areas have ... Read More
My family and I spent 10 days on the ship and had a great time. If you want a value for money short cruise on a small ship that has excellent food and nightly entertainment then this is the ship for you. The ships public areas have been refurbished to a tasteful very comfortable standard, we agree cabins are in need of a freshen up, but they are spacious and very clean. We had cabins 10023 and 10078 on Level 10, which I can recommend as everything was in working order. We did have an issue with a blocked toilet and this was fixed in minutes and a follow up call from reception to ensure that work has been carried out to our satisfaction. The food and beverage in all restaurants was excellent and of a very high standard, service was excellent and our requests were met with politeness and curtesy from all staff on board. There were no language issues, you just have to be patient and show respect to people where english is not their first language. The food in the Bistro was a bit hit and miss at times, but was plentiful and always hot and tasted good. However as there are 4 excellent restaurants which are also included in the price the choices for a short cruise are excellent. The public bars and restaurants were tastefully decorated and very comfortably furnished in a contemporary style. Hollywoods show lounge was cosy and relaxed and always attended with waiting staff throughout the performances. Entertainment was limited, but again it is a small ship and information about the ship is clearly listed before you decide to book. We throughly enjoyed the nightly entertainment in Hollywoods lounge, provided by a lively enthusiastic group of young talented singers and dancers and a great live band. Singers and musicians in all the bars and public areas were also of a high standard. Cleanliness was of a high priority and the ship was exceptionally clean with hand sanitisers in all areas, entrance to restaurants and washrooms. Public washrooms, staircase rails and door handles were being cleaned regularly. Our cabins were cleaned twice a day; linen and towels changed as you would expect. Embarkation was disorganised and this does need to be improved, probably better to board at a later time. However debarkation was very organised and we were impressed. We highly recommend this ship if you want a value for money comfortable short cruise with excellent food and service. I would not recommend this ship if you have an expectation of glitzy interiors, high end extravaganza shows and lots of activities for children. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Embarkation was handled well - took us less than half an hour from arriving at the terminal to get on board. Our first cabin (10047) had issues - these were obvious as soon as we arrived. It smelled mouldy and musty, the carpet in the ... Read More
Embarkation was handled well - took us less than half an hour from arriving at the terminal to get on board. Our first cabin (10047) had issues - these were obvious as soon as we arrived. It smelled mouldy and musty, the carpet in the dressing room was wet and the smoke detector kept beeping every couple of minutes. We reported the issues and waited for CMV to fix them - they didn't bother. We did not seek a cabin reassignment because there was a note at reception saying the ship was fully booked so no cabin changes would be possible. We did not sleep that first night because of the wretched smoke detector. At 4 am we gave up and removed the battery - that allowed us to get some sleep. The next afternoon the bathroom flooded (when not in use) which explained the wet carpet and the odour. A plumber was called and CMV then decided they should move us. We got a cabin in the same class with no smell and no issues (10030). Not sure why they were able to do this given the message at reception but we are grateful they did. 10030 was comfortable enough. Needs updating and the shower over the bath is a little dangerous but it was OK, quiet and in a good position. I cant speak highly enough of our cabin attendants (10030) - they were lovely. Always had a smile and a cheerful word. We liked the boat and the public rooms. Getting drinks was sometimes tricky due to not enough staff being available. Serving staff were always very nice to us though. The food quality during the whole trip was disgraceful. If you are looking for a gourmet experience do not choose CMV. We ate at the speciality restaurant (The Grill) twice. The food there was not great either but it was edible. Christmas dinner was a farce - we waited 45 minutes for a table and were then expected to eat slimy prawns so covered in dill they were green, cold turkey with half cooked and cold veg followed by a Xmas pudding without any fruit - yuck! Without a doubt the worst Christmas Day ever and the hungriest I have ever been on an Xmas evening. On the plus side I lost weight on this cruise. The itinerary changed and we missed two evenings in Port and that meant we had to cancel dinner plans we had on shore. Overall - very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Itinerary sounded wonderful until you board then fed a lot of rubbish as to why they didn’t dock at Wallaroo SA for a low tide??? Why we didn’t go to another port is baffling and had to spend a night at port Lincoln, where coz we were ... Read More
Itinerary sounded wonderful until you board then fed a lot of rubbish as to why they didn’t dock at Wallaroo SA for a low tide??? Why we didn’t go to another port is baffling and had to spend a night at port Lincoln, where coz we were at port no shops or casino opened, and pool was still closed at 9.00, There was no entertainment onboard during the day for passengers unable to go on shore excursions. The bistro food was awful and was the same every day, and matched the staff serving you, especially the lady in the afternoon tea section serving. The reception staff were unhelpful and had no idea of anything. The airconditioning did not work in cabins. The ship needs to be repaired very old and rusted and don’t know the last time windows were cleaned. The only positive was the waterfront restaurant but got sick to death of being asked to share a table. When there were many tables available. I have been on many cruises especially with royal Caribbean and princess cruise lines and they know how to do a cruise properly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My main reason for choosing this cruise was to try out the Vasco da Gama on which I have formerly cruised as the P&O Pacific Eden and the Holland America Statendam. My suite was lovely and functioned very well. The cabin attendants ... Read More
My main reason for choosing this cruise was to try out the Vasco da Gama on which I have formerly cruised as the P&O Pacific Eden and the Holland America Statendam. My suite was lovely and functioned very well. The cabin attendants Nicolai, Somo and Nyoman were very efficient in servicing the suite every day leaving it in immaculate condition. The suite is large, airy and pleasant with a beautiful deep wide balcony that have both a table and chairs for 4 people and 2 chaise lounges. The bed is very comfortable and has an assortment of different pillows on it. There are white doonas as well as fluffy blankets for the bed. The television is a large screen TV and looks new but it would benefit from some further tuning as there were white lines across the screen on the movie channels - nevertheless the movies were enjoyable. There is a Nespresso coffee machine and a kettle in the cabin as well as a fridge and coffee and tea are provided. Binoculars are also in the room. There is a black leatherette sofa bed in the room and a coffee table with adjustable height. The dressing room is generously fitted with a dressing table, sink, lit magnifying mirror and hanging wardrobe space which is deep enough to hold carry on luggage. The bathroom has a shower over the bath, basin and toilet. The room's air conditioning worked well and kept us cool during the hottest night on record. One disappointment was that the port of Wallaroo was abandoned due to tidal issues and extreme heat and we spent 2 days in port at Port Lincoln with a view of the grain conveyer belt instead. We did not learn the port had been removed until after the emergency drill as we did not hear an announcement and discovered a note on the bed after the drill. The visit to Kangaroo Island was very enjoyable despite the heat and we visited a Dudley winery, the light house and 'Antichamber Bay' and Chapman River and saw wildlife such as kangaroos resting under the trees. Paul our tour guide jumped in hands on to do the tour as the day visit to Kangaroo Island was changed and we were 2 days early due to the adjusted itinerary. Paul did a wonderful job. Food on the ship was tasty and well presented by lovely smiling staff. I prefer the restaurants to the self serve buffet for a more serene meal. A couple of places on the ship had an odour of sewerage and we worked out that it was on the stairs or levels below public toilets. There were children in both pools, even the adult pool and I did not swim at all as the pools were quite busy. Embarkation was easy but it would benefit by providing more space for passengers as those taking details were sitting right next to each other behind a low table and it was very confined to say the least. Disembarkation was easy as we chose 'express checkout' and carried our own bags off as soon as the ship had clearance. The emergency drill was conducted outdoors and on deck in extreme heat. Passengers were required to take and wear their life jackets. This could be much improved by conducting the drill indoors and leaving the life jackets in the rooms as the lounges could be utilised to enhance passenger comfort. Mimi on Reception desk was particularly friendly and helpful to us and we thank her for her positive friendly attitude. The ship is vibrant and has some lovely chairs in the bars and lounges. The shopping could be improved by having less staff standing around looking like guards. The ship would benefit from placing some chairs or small sofas near the lifts like was seen on the Astor last year as often there is a wait for the lifts. Will I travel again? Yes definitely and I have already booked quite a few trips with this company for the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We had previously sailed on this ship when it was P&O Pacific Eden and had nothing but praise. We thought we would be okay cruising on the same ship but different name. Big mistake. The room was not set up for 3 people. The sofa bed ... Read More
We had previously sailed on this ship when it was P&O Pacific Eden and had nothing but praise. We thought we would be okay cruising on the same ship but different name. Big mistake. The room was not set up for 3 people. The sofa bed was broken and had to be fixed the following day after a terrible sleep.Staff had limited English and there were communication issues. The food was terrible. We dined in the Waterfront restaurant the first night. If you wanted steak too bad. It wasn't on the menu. There was surf n turf available at a price but they needed 48 hours notice. The chicken was tough, potatoes were grey in colour. The waiter told us most of the food was frozen. Here was a ship sailing in Australian waters where we have some amazing wines. The only white wine available by the glass was a Waikerie wine. Yuck! The buffet area had watered down juice and they were quick to pack it up. Too bad if you wanted something a little later. The entertainment was amateur and boring. The first night we actually walked out. Unlike P&O there was little in the way of activities and entertainment during the day. As for night time well forget it. We were docked for 2 days in Port Lincoln as we couldn't dock at Wallaroo. Was there any extra entertainment for guests??? The answer is no. The shops were not open as we were in port. We thought we would watch a dvd. DVD not connected and even when WE connected the machine it didn't work. A call to reception about this and the fact we lost sound for hours on the tv was never attended to. In a balcony suite the expectation is much better service then this ship provided. We would never sail with CMV ships again and have told friends and family and the travel agent the same. The only good thing was the gym. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to try cruising around Tassie instead of sailing on Spirit of Tasmania. overall, we made the most of the time we had both on board and at port. Majority of the ship was above age of 60, with only 5 children under 15 on board. ... Read More
We wanted to try cruising around Tassie instead of sailing on Spirit of Tasmania. overall, we made the most of the time we had both on board and at port. Majority of the ship was above age of 60, with only 5 children under 15 on board. We didn't do shore excursions, instead utilised trams and maps with walking. PRO's The ship was easy to navigate around after the first day. I helped some of the older cruisers at times with locations. Inside cabin was easy to get around with plenty of hanging and storage space. Showers had temperature control, which is great. Cabin crew were helpful when we asked for anything. Yasmin, the children's activity organiser was wonderful! CON's Like many reviews, there has been minimal upgrades to cabins and ship. Cabin aircon was fidgety, but it seemed to work. We were disappointed with the quality of most food. Seemed at budget level. Overall we didn't go hungry and made the most of it. Making our own combinations was fun. We weren't fond of most available desserts. Personal opinion, I didn't like having my room serviced every day, we cleaned up and requested towels when we needed. Cabin crew didn't cope with that! I told them what we were wanting for day to day maintenance, but they either didn't understand, forgot, or insisted. We found most of the crew had a hard time understanding and speaking English. Particularly while ordering meals. We won't sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 8th cruise and what a disappointment. My sister and I took my elderly father on this cruise and it was an embarrassment. The ship must be on a huge cost cutting period, the food in all areas was 1 star. The time ... Read More
This was my 8th cruise and what a disappointment. My sister and I took my elderly father on this cruise and it was an embarrassment. The ship must be on a huge cost cutting period, the food in all areas was 1 star. The time restrictions on when food was available was laughable. Do not go on this cruise if you are looking for fine dinning. The cruise team do their best with what they have. 1st day both pools were empty, warm champagne, toilets blocked, all cocktails premixed, air conditioning not adequate. No bar fridge in the cabin, no room service apart from breakfast. 10 year old TV with terrible picture. Cabin decor old. Watch out on deck 6 where the tinted windows become see through at night. Book another ship as this is in need of a huge cabin refurbishment and money being spent on items you expect on a good ship. The entertainment areas are lovely but it ends there. No more CMV for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Took my elderly mum as this type of cruise was all she could manage. She really enjoyed it as it was more friendly than the big ships and you got lost less. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - took 10 mins each time. Cabin was ... Read More
Took my elderly mum as this type of cruise was all she could manage. She really enjoyed it as it was more friendly than the big ships and you got lost less. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - took 10 mins each time. Cabin was ok, clean and worked fine. Window showed its age with a lot of silastic. Tele was useless, but we didn’t need it. Cabin staff were lovely as usual. Food was excellent and our deal included free drinks and gratuities which made it easy. Tried a few exotic cocktails - all good, but stay off the rusty nails they give you a head ache! Service was efficient but could have been a little more friendly in some cases. Nightly entertainment in the theatre was the best I have experienced on any cruise. Bryan in the lounge bar was brilliant. Really enjoyable cruise all round, but articulately suited to an older crowd. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I choose this cruise as it was the first time a cruise ship would visit our home town of Wallaroo, South Australia. There were some concerns as we drove to board as we were being bombarded by radio reports that the ship has ... Read More
My wife and I choose this cruise as it was the first time a cruise ship would visit our home town of Wallaroo, South Australia. There were some concerns as we drove to board as we were being bombarded by radio reports that the ship has lost engine power and was unlikely to reach port or sail on time. When we did reach our embarkation port of Outer Harbour, South Australia, the ship was waiting at the wharf and we were assured that all was ok and that there would only be a short delay to the proposed sailing time. We were happy to accept the explanation provided by the cruise line for the problems the ship had experienced and lined up to board. Embarkation was quick and we were soon in our cabin. As it was only a short cruise and to celebrate the occasion we had booked a deluxe suite on deck 10. The suite was spacious, comfortable and throughout our cruise everything worked as it should. The cabin staff were efficient and did what was required in a friendly manner. The public areas of the ship were very well presented and we had no problems finding things to do or getting drink service when it was required. Some of the staff had language problems and it was at times difficult making yourself understood but this isn't the first time we have experienced this on a cruise. The food was below the standard that we had experienced on any of our past 5 cruises. The variety was poor and choices offered didn't change from day to day. We ate at three of the restaurants and at the buffet/bistro area. The best food available at the bistro was definitely the breakfast where if you requested eggs/omelettes they were at least served fresh and hot. However this wasn't an expensive cruise and we considered the standard of the food served reflected the fare we had paid. We didn't go hungry and we didn't get sick. We were surprised to see people in the bar areas openly drinking spirits out of water bottles. People would order soft drinks and then openly mix their own drinks with "water" at their tables. The bar staff didn't seem to care about this even when the people they were only serving soft drinks seemed to be the most inebriated people in the bar area. If it was obvious to us and other passengers it should have been obvious to the staff. A friend who works at a alcohol outlet at Wallaroo told me later that they had record sales of bottles of vodka and gin when the ship visited Wallaroo. Throughout our cruise and despite very warm weather only one of the ships pools had water in it. Enquiries to crew members as to why this was resulted in a wide variety of reasons why. Only having one pool open often resulted in too many people in the pool. There were no attendants at the pool and many of the people using the pool constantly 'bombed' others which became dangerous with elderly people and children trying to cool off. Bar staff watched what was occurring but showed no interest. We found the entertainment and activities provided to be ok for such a short cruise. We were surprised to see children wandering around the pokie machines and casino gaming tables of an evening. We visited Wallaroo and Port Lincoln and were very happy with the markets, shopping and activities provided. Wallaroo having a cruise ship visit visit for the first time had gone to a lot of trouble to cater for the visitors and we were very proud to hear our fellow travellers speak in high praise of what was offered. Overall the cruise was what we expected for what we paid. It was good without being great and the welcome we received at the ports we visited helped us enjoy our short break on Vasco Da Gama. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We went on the Astoria in March 2019 and firstly the really good aspects: It went from our home port in Poole so no distance to travel. It is a nice size with not too far to walk to the restaurants and lounges, it is quite stable so ... Read More
We went on the Astoria in March 2019 and firstly the really good aspects: It went from our home port in Poole so no distance to travel. It is a nice size with not too far to walk to the restaurants and lounges, it is quite stable so although quite rough seas it didn't roll too much so no sea sickness. It had a cinema with recent releases being shown. They had a good speaker on board who shared his Vulcan experiences so being into aviation this was a nice surprise. The cabins were very well appointed with plenty of space for clothes etc. The staff were very friendly and we received good service. They provided shuttle buses at all the ports for independent travellers not going on the excursions so there weren’t the long walks that we have had on other cruise providers Next the not so good aspects The cabins were noisy and vibration from the engines could be felt all night long. We couldn't work out whether this was the location of our cabin - deck 4 mid ship but I suspect that it was throughout the ship but the beds were very comfortable so didn't affect our sleep. The general consensus was 'the more you pay the more you sway' .The service in the Olissipo restaurant was quite slow and the food average. We did treat ourselves to the steak bar and had an excellent 8 course meal although one of the steaks was too tough and went back. The schedules weren't kept to due to rough weather (not their fault) so we only ended up with 4 full days ashore and 4 half days. Our trip to the Scillies was cancelled which was disappointing. We felt that the information provided by the excursion team was poor for independent travellers. For instance when we went to Invergordon we were told that it was difficult to get the public transport into Inverness and that we should take the £25 ship transfer. In fact there was a bus that went straight into Inverness and cost only £12 return. Clearly they were more interested in selling the excursions. There were 2 sizes of wine on offer a large and small glass but despite repeated requests for a small glass, large ones (187ml) always arrived. So we ended up buying a bottle which was cheaper. Overall it is a good value boat and CMV are recommended as good organisers. We would go on Astoria again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and this cruise was advertised at a reasonable rate in the Sunday Mail. As this is the final voyage from Australia of the Astor I was not expecting much. We were surprised pleasantly by the ... Read More
I have always wanted to visit Tasmania and this cruise was advertised at a reasonable rate in the Sunday Mail. As this is the final voyage from Australia of the Astor I was not expecting much. We were surprised pleasantly by the cabin size and ample storage. The water pressure and hot water availability was faultless. The waste system operated faultlessly unlike other cruises we have completed. The food was incredible. The bar staff were knowledgeable and hospitable. A special mention for the entertainment staff and in particular the extremely hard working dancers. The shows kept getting better. The Captain was a true gentleman and exceptional host. Housekeeping and general cleanliness was to a very high standard. The spa was a pleasure to visit. The sauna and co located internal swimming pool were immaculately clean and attended by staff. I wasn’t expecting much from an aged ship on a relatively minor shipping line but I was constantly surprised and delighted from start to finish. Thank you CMV. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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