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5 Cruise to Nowhere Entertainment Cruise Reviews

We picked this for a cheapie weekend away, and to check out Pacific Explorer having traveled on Carnival Spirit twice for a total of 17 nights and RCI Voyager OTS for 9 nights. We have always had balconies and will continue to book them ... Read More
We picked this for a cheapie weekend away, and to check out Pacific Explorer having traveled on Carnival Spirit twice for a total of 17 nights and RCI Voyager OTS for 9 nights. We have always had balconies and will continue to book them for longer cruises but as this was a shortie we decided to check out an ocean view stateroom instead. Lots of groups on board celebrating milestone birthdays, bucks, hens etc. Not many children evident, possibly due to being a 3 nighter. This was a Comedy Cruise, however we found most of the comedy to be pretty disappointing. Just the luck fo the draw on this I would say. Embarkation took about 25 minutes, no complaints. However, White Bay v.s Circular Quay is really a pain, particularly on the return as we were heading straight to work. Sailing away under the Harbour Bridge however is fantastic. Muster held indoors and seemed pretty well done. Indoors means you are more comfortable, can hear and so are more likely to pay attention. Our room # 8234 had a lovely big picture window but was certainly smaller than any we have previously been in and the bathroom is tiny. Both my husband and I commented that we would struggle with this on a longer cruise. We may have felt a little less confined if we had a balcony. It was adequate for a short cruise, and our attendants were lovely and did a great job of waving their magic wand over the room twice a day. Wish I could bring them home with me. The internal areas on this ship are lovely, certainly nicer than Spirit and perhaps even nicer than Voyager. I love how the evening party events are in the atrium and seem to draw you in from anywhere. Entertainment vibe was very good all over the ship. I feel P&O do this very well and seem to "get" Australians. Lots of lovely bay window nooks around the ship to curl up in for a chat or a read or just to people watch. These were a lovely find. External: pool deck fine, love the artificial grass on a lot of the outdoor areas, seems to make it less slippery. The adults' area at the back did not really appeal to us, it does not help that a smoking section is on the port side of The Oasis at the rear. We just could not really warm to it, but perhaps are biased after loving Serenity on the Spirit. The front adult area is lovely, with pretty lounges, but no permanent bar there and mostly unusable for the short time we were on due to the fact that it was usually too windy. (expected on moving ships at the front). Food: Pantry was OK, and I do like the fact that most of the food is served to you and not handled and coughed all over by everyone. I would rate it as 2.5 stars overall. I love the idea of three different styles of venue so that you feel that you are dining in a different restaurant each evening. I also liked the smaller more intimate feeling of them. Husband, however, felt that he prefers the larger MDRs on other ships. The fact that you have to line up and book on the first day however in order to get a table is a pain in the butt and for the life of me, I cannot work out how they cannot have a better system like other lines seem to manage. Big downside. Food was generally OK - good in the restaurants, in fact overall I thought the MDR was more consistently OK than the last time we were on the Spirit. Over the 3 days we had all dinners in one of them, 2 breakfasts and one lunch. All quite enjoyable. Drinks: Corona $AU8, cocktails about $AU12. Gym: very small. Lots of opportunities to pay extra for the usual things, including food, however we did not feel the need to spend extra on a 3 night cruise. Staff all very friendly and Explorer is a nice pick for a short trip getting away from it all. Would consider again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It was our wedding anniversary so we thought a short cruise would be a good way to celebrate. We had been on a P&O cruise before and so had high hopes about eveerything. Sadly we were very disappointed this time. Embarkation was ... Read More
It was our wedding anniversary so we thought a short cruise would be a good way to celebrate. We had been on a P&O cruise before and so had high hopes about eveerything. Sadly we were very disappointed this time. Embarkation was pretty easy. No problems there. On board the ship there was a very unpleasant smell in some areas, like sewerage. Our room was small but ok as we only needed to sleep there. The bed was quite comfortable and the feather pillows really good. The air conditioning in the room was also good. The thing we were most disappointed with was the food and some service. We did not like having to line up for service in The Pantry, particularly when the staff behind the counter did not or could not understand what you asked for meaning you had to ask several times. The food in almost every instance from The Pantry was really tasteless. I couldn't honestly make a comment about how delicious any hot food or dessert was with the exception of porridge with yogurt and the french toast. Everything else was bland and boring. We ate at Angelo's, the Dragon Lady and the Waterfront. These restaurants proved to be better. The biggest disappointment of all was the Shell and Bones seafood restaurant inside the pantry. That should have rung a bell but we thought there would be different chefs to those in The Pantry. Unfortunately I don't think that was the case. We ordered a hot Seafood Extravaganza anticipating something out of the ordinary, but no, it was very disappointing and to make matters worse, it was a paying restaurant. My husband, a keen fisherman and very good cook of seafood, said it was the worst seafood meal he had ever had. The (American) lobster was tough, the tiny (and I mean tiny) fried scallops balls and prawns in breadcrumbs were cooked in old oil it seems as they were very dark brown and overcooked, the salt and pepper squid had no salt or pepper and a little bit rubbery, the 3 octopii were the size of 10cent pieces. No oysters, no mussels and not even a few chips. We were so disappointed. The staff overall on the ship were very friendly and courteous and helpful. No complaints there. The lifts at the end of the 3 nights were starting to break down making moving between decks time consuming and difficult for those who couldn't manage the stairs. We also experienced two toilet facilities where the toilets weren't flushing. A real bugbear was how inconsiderate some people were with monopolising the popular deckchairs. People would put towels or bags on them early and disappear leaving an empty but monopolised chair for long portions of the day. With limited seating in popular areas some sort of time limit on chairs should be worked out. The entertainment was quite good, especially the rock band revival show and the trivia nights. Overall it was nice to be on the water relaxing but my husband and I would not go on this particular ship again as it definitely didn't measure up. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Having cruised numerous times but never with Cruise and Maritime, we decided to try the overnight Christmas party night. The embarkation from Tilbury was excellent and quick. The cabin was standard and clean. The food and service in the ... Read More
Having cruised numerous times but never with Cruise and Maritime, we decided to try the overnight Christmas party night. The embarkation from Tilbury was excellent and quick. The cabin was standard and clean. The food and service in the restaurant was good. However, our reason for writing this review is as a warning to other passengers. The following morning we left our luggage in the designated area manned by 2 CMV staff and were given a ticket with our cabin number on. We left our luggage there whilst eating our breakfast. Upon our return, approx. one hour later, our suit carrier containing our clothes from the night before was nowhere to be found. We reported it straight away to Reception, who were not really interested and told us it happens all the time. The Head of Housekeeping came to speak to us and told us that he would sort it out but didn't come back. We were kept waiting at Reception for 45 mins and largely ignored during that time. In the end we demanded a claim form, which somebody duly appeared with. Our contact details were taken and despite contacting Head Office twice now we have been told that it is not the responsibility of Cruise and Maritime, even though it was an area manned by their staff and with no warning sign to passengers stating that they accept no responsibility for loss or damage. As far as CMV are concerned the matter is closed and we on the other hand have lost £400 worth of clothes! The cruise line itself is let down by extremely poor customer aftercare. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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
A few years ago, my parents surprised us with one of the most memorable Christmas gifts that I have ever received. They told us that we would be going on a Disney Cruise! We were excited but had no idea what to expect. Little did I know ... Read More
A few years ago, my parents surprised us with one of the most memorable Christmas gifts that I have ever received. They told us that we would be going on a Disney Cruise! We were excited but had no idea what to expect. Little did I know that the trip would be one of my favorite vacations ever. We were surprised by the quality of service, entertainment, and the multitude of amenities. Of course, there are a few cons to the cruise like the price and perhaps the location. However, despite the overwhelming cost, the Disney Cruise was an amazing experience that drew our family closer together and will be remembered forever. When one thinks of Disney, they probably imagine something that appeals to a child only. However, this cruise is thoroughly enjoyable for the entire family. There are different activities that can appeal to all types of crowds. When I went, I found myself loving the waterslides, pools, interaction with the characters, mini golf, etc. However, my parents and grandparents had just as good as a time as the kids did. They often occupied themselves with the bars, spas, the adult only spaces, the fine dining experiences, and even released some of their inner kid. There are also numerous activities to do as a family. For example, every night, an impressive show is performed by the Disney characters. They were comparable to majority of the Broadway shows I have experienced. Not only did the kids love the shows, but the adults did as well. The Disney Cruise’s entertainment is fit for anyone. The customer service on the Disney Cruise is phenomenal. All the employees act as if working on the cruise has been their dream job, even if that is not the case. Our rooms were constantly cleaned at the most convenient times, and the maids always added their own touch to the room (leaving a towel animal on each bed or chocolates, etc.). For every meal, we had the same waiters/ waitresses, so they would try to remember every persons’ name and their personal preferences. Every single one of the actors and actresses were always willing to meet and take pictures with us, even after their exhausting day of meet and greets, shows, etc. The customer service was impressive. The Disney Cruise ships can meet almost every need one might have. There are incredible fitness facilities, spas, amazing food options (numerous cuisines), and so much more. They have many room options for families with one kid to families with five. The rooms are comfortable and cozy. If you wanted to treat yourself, I would suggest reserving a room with a deck. I remember watching the sun setting on the horizon as dolphins leaped out of the water. It was incredible. In addition to the satisfactory rooms, there are also beautiful fitness centers, many shops to buy souvenirs, and delicious food. If we ever needed something, we could always find it somewhere on the ship. As with any vacation you may go on, not everything is perfect. Although there are only a few cons, they can be significant. I would consider the cost of a Disney Cruise one of those cons. Disney Cruise line is one of the most topnotch cruises, but you definitely pay for it. There is a comparable difference between this option and any other cruise such as Carnival, or Holland America Cruises. Another issue may be the location of the ports for Disney Cruise line. There are not as many ships as another Cruise line may have. Because of this, there are fewer locations that the ships dock. This may make the travel inconvenient for some. As well as the expenses that are charged with the cruise, you may have to consider more expensive flights, or hotels if you don’t live near one of the few ports. However, as someone who has had the experience of the cruise, the cons are worth it. The Disney Cruise is truly one of the best experiences you will ever have. Some may say that you don’t need to cruise to have a truly amazing vacation, but I would say that a Disney Cruise is like nothing else you have ever experienced. My parents, and grandparents could tell you that although it was expensive, it was money well spent. If you are evaluating options for a future vacation or are looking for a way to grow closer with your family, the Disney Cruise is a terrific option. The customer service itself will convince you. Other than that, the entertainment is superb, and there is such a wide variety of amenities and activities that can satisfy each person’s individual needs. The Disney Cruise is truly worth every penny. I would give the cruise five stars. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014

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