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4 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Africa Cruise Reviews

Choose this cruise to get from Cape Town to United Kingdom as it was at the best time. Queen Victoria was not till end of month should have waited. Astor suite was beautiful really big well furnished with a lovely stewardess . It was an ... Read More
Choose this cruise to get from Cape Town to United Kingdom as it was at the best time. Queen Victoria was not till end of month should have waited. Astor suite was beautiful really big well furnished with a lovely stewardess . It was an island of comfort in an otherwise mediocre ship. The astor needs a huge dose of TLC, znd some decent money spent on it. Food was OK, breakfast was OK but very predictable, we like tea in a tea pot every teapot was chipped with lids that didn’t fit, that was indicative of the standard of the ship. Crew were very nice, but struggling against the odds. The gym very basic and all instructions in German, considering the ship had spent 6 months cruising Australia a complete lavk of attention to detail . Disembarkation the premium suites were advertised as disembark at your leisure, they were in such a hurry to get every one off as coach loads of embarking passengers had arrived, and coaches for Victoria had arrived, just called everyone together. It was a rugby scrum of 800 passengers. Customer service have not answered my emails after 5 months. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Astor suite great, spacious and beautifully equipped lovely steward. Staff did their best. Rest of the ship could do with a lot ofTLC. Embarkation was a nightmare, the three premium suites supposedly offered leisurely disembarkation, it ... Read More
Astor suite great, spacious and beautifully equipped lovely steward. Staff did their best. Rest of the ship could do with a lot ofTLC. Embarkation was a nightmare, the three premium suites supposedly offered leisurely disembarkation, it was a rugby scrum, every one called together before they were ready. Even a couple who had to go to the hospital were caught up in this. They just wanted every one of as soon as possible because the coaches of embarking passengers had arrivef We chose this ad only ship that was going from cape town to southhampton at a time we wanted, Queen Victoria was nesrly a month later, should hsve waiteda month food was ok but nothing to write home about , gym not up to much, as a wsy of getting from A to B rather thsn flying back from cape town was ok, as a holiday very very very very very very very very very very very very very disappointing. My advice is this a a budgetcruise line and it shows Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
10 days without sight of land and the activities during the day was non existent unless you want to do a quiz and win one golf ball between the table. Dont get me wrong I enjoy a good quiz but when thats about all there is it gets boring. ... Read More
10 days without sight of land and the activities during the day was non existent unless you want to do a quiz and win one golf ball between the table. Dont get me wrong I enjoy a good quiz but when thats about all there is it gets boring. We decided to play table tennis enjoyed that then the next day they decided to do maintenance on the floor there and on the basketball court. The outdoor pool was emptied for a few days. The average age on the ship would have been about 65 yet they put toy story on the tv and other movies where at least 15 years old. Saturday night entertainment was The marigold hotel at leas five years old. My husband loves kareoke they had that twice at 11.00pm everyone had gone to bed. The drinks where really expensive. The shop on boatd was so expensive no one ever went in it. Getting off the ship on the tenders was arranged for 9.00am the last tender left at 11.45am with strict instructions to return at 2.00pm from Mossel Bay. Each port of call there was problems making people late for the tours and some people had to cancel. I have to say the staff are very pleasant and helpful and the food was good but there was just to many other things against this cruise we left at Cape Town many others where going all the way to England.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We didn't have very high expectations of this ship as we knew that it was fairly old and we couldn't find any reviews on her but on first inspection we were pleasantly surprised with her appearance. Everything was shipshape, ... Read More
We didn't have very high expectations of this ship as we knew that it was fairly old and we couldn't find any reviews on her but on first inspection we were pleasantly surprised with her appearance. Everything was shipshape, clean and not at all tired looking. The embarkation was seamless, however my suitcase on delivery, was very badly ripped all along the zipper and looked as though it could have been tampered with. I duly filled out an "Incident Report". Cabin: Despite assurances from CMV Australia when I booked that my cabin did not contain a sofa bed as part of the "twin bed" arrangement, we did in fact get a very uncomfortable sofa bed and the other single bed was only marginallly better. We complained and were given mattress toppers which helped a little. Others we spoke to were having the same problem. Otherwise the cabin was adequate but was very noisy. This may have had something to do with the cabin being in the aft part of the ship though others amidships had the same complaint. Food: Breakfast was always good. Lunch adequate but very repetitive. Dinner was disastrous. Unappetising presentation (grey looking meat) oversalted gravy with hardly a green vegetable in sight. They had two specialty restaurants which were free but I would have regretted going there if there had been an extra charge. In our opinion the asian specialty restaurant was the better of the two. Service was excellent. Drinks: Beer and wine prices were within the expected range but I ordered a Johnny Walker Red with ginger ale and it cost AUD $13.00 ($8-00 for the whiskey and $5-00 for the can of ginger ale!) which we considered exhorbitant. Johnny Walker black was AUD $10-00 with AUD $$5-00 extra for a can of ginger ale. Anything other than beer and house wine was exhorbitantly priced. We have been on many cruises but these were the dearest scotch and dry prices we've ever experienced. Entertainment: The shows were good with very talented singers and dancers but were let down by the venue. Large pillars obscured all but the lower level of the showroom (which is flat) and large tables surrounded by 6-8 chairs took up an inordinate amount of space. Everyone had to drag these very heavy chairs away from the tables to find somewhere to sit. Tenders: These tenders are antiquated, uncomfortable, claustaphobic and difficult to get into as once aboard you have to descend more steep steps to get down into the seats. Service: Our cabin steward (Maya) was faultless but the lack of training was very obvious in the restaurant and buffet in particular. The staff were mainly from Russia, Ukraine and Romania and could not have been described as warm and friendly initially, but by the end of our cruise in Capetown were a lot more familiar. General: The crossing of the Indian Ocean was not very pleasant, due in some part to a couple of days of fairly heavy swell, but mostly because the ship didn't seem to handle even the most moderate swell very well. If the ship had stabilizers it was not apparent or they were not deployed. Another passenger who had served on cargo ships for most of his life concurred with our observations. Obviously the pool had the be closed on rough days but we were also denied the table tennis/darts/tennis/basketball area as it was being renovated for almost the entire trip. There was one very unpleasant incident in Durban where guests were told they could walk out of the port if desired only to be prevented from doing so. So a hundred or more unhappy souls were then told a shuttle was organised and was on its way so then people stood around for another 45 minutes. Some silly people ignored the authorities and just walked through until they closed and barred the gate. By the time we all got the shuttle it was almost time to go back to the ship so there were a lot of unhappy campers! The number of passengers on board the ship was approximately 350; well short of its 650 passenger capacity. Due to the smaller number of passengers there was only one open sitting for the evening meal and this meant that the one entertainment show was attended by most passengers at the same time; this lead to some overcrowding. I would not like to be on this ship when it has its full complement of passengers as I feel that the breakfast and lunch in the buffet would be chaotic. A big problem was that the shows finished about ten o'clock and the tea and coffee facility in the buffet was removed at ten o'clock. Many passengers, myself included, found this to be a totally unnecessary inconvenience as many people like to have a cup of tea or coffee before returning to their cabins.To make the problem worse there are no tea of coffee making facilities in the cabins.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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