13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
I joined my wife on this cruise as she had wanted for some time to go on a Scndinavian cruise. It was my first time in the wonderful coty of Amsterdam and I was glad I had waited. A-dam is a city for adults and it exudes dignity and ... Read More
I joined my wife on this cruise as she had wanted for some time to go on a Scndinavian cruise. It was my first time in the wonderful coty of Amsterdam and I was glad I had waited. A-dam is a city for adults and it exudes dignity and maritime freedom befitting of a European freeport with a history both glorious and inglorious. I enjoyed just being there on a beautiful early Spring morning. Indeed early to bed and early to rise was the mantra of the seebord travel to the majestic fjords around Bergen in Western Norway. Nothing disappoints in Scandinavia and the spectacular weather meant that life onboard was next to perfect. Food was excellent, and staff were endlessly than gracious and helpful, with few exceptions. Entertainment was good and co-passengers were pleasant. All told, it was a marvellous experience and a credit to the cruise company Cruise & Maritime, the captain and staff of the whole vessel. Wonderful from start to finish. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Dont expect Mega Liner inside, its clean and mostly comfortable in most areas, but Hans Bar could do with new more comfortable cushions on lounge chairs, there is no Casino on this ship only Deck Games pool and bars, there is a indoor ... Read More
Dont expect Mega Liner inside, its clean and mostly comfortable in most areas, but Hans Bar could do with new more comfortable cushions on lounge chairs, there is no Casino on this ship only Deck Games pool and bars, there is a indoor pool for if you are in cold weather. it has a small entertainment lounge that requires two sittings to see the show. There is no laundry but there is a Ironing room if you can wash you clothes in your Cabin Sink or Shower. It has a payed Laundry if you can afford it.This is the second half would Cruise we have done on this Ship, this time Westward Bound. Food was much better this time thanks to a Indian Head Chef, it was a very good selection of dishes on offer, but one small point was, Two many stew type dishes but his pork Belly was to die for, i give him a 3 star.I am sorry to say the entertainment was below average, they had three very good girl singers and three guys with with very soft voices all except two of the girls were frequently drowned out by a over enthusiastic Clarinet playing band leader who always had a microphone up the end of ever instrument he played, he did not need this in a small lounge,The Assistant Cruise Director would have been better as Director as he was only seen introducing the acts apart from small appearance in Sail A ways. he never tried to find out what peoples thoughts were about anything going on board, I.E. Dancers or entertainment. The main problem we had was in Hans Bar Deck was the German minority of people who smoked, there is a smoking area to the left of the bar having ashtrays on the tables, they insisted,( some of them but not all,) picking up the ashtrays and sitting in the middle of the Deck, We had to on several occasions get the Management to move them, they had great Bar staff and Hotel Staff, Just a pity about Entertainment, not like Last Cruise East Bound witch had Great Entertainment. We were in a suite, it was very good but bed was very hard, very good Cabin Staff. Will not be back on this ship as it is based in Perth Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Sailed to Auckland from Tilbury in October 2016. I had initial fears that I would be travelling on a floating old people’s home for 6 weeks and although I was 10 years below the average age on board they were a great bunch and many were ... Read More
Sailed to Auckland from Tilbury in October 2016. I had initial fears that I would be travelling on a floating old people’s home for 6 weeks and although I was 10 years below the average age on board they were a great bunch and many were repeating the trip. Some amazing and interesting people on board. Definitely not luxury cruising but extremely comfortable. I loved the breakfasts and still miss them. My wife just doesn’t do quite the omelette that they do on board. I also loved the fact that breakfast frequently lasted from 06.30 hrs to 10.00 hrs. Lovely wee ship and great experience. I may go again next year but am thinking of Columbus in January 2019 but am worried she might not be as friendly as Astor as she is about three times the size. . I also loved the informality of Astor and the way the crew could socialise with us at night. Prior to the trip I had not been on a liner since 1966 but I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We had a great relaxing and enjoyable cruise, from Tilbury uk to Perth, Australia. The staff througout the ship; that we had direct service from, were exceptional, very curious and always served with a smile. The highlights and most ... Read More
We had a great relaxing and enjoyable cruise, from Tilbury uk to Perth, Australia. The staff througout the ship; that we had direct service from, were exceptional, very curious and always served with a smile. The highlights and most memorable time's for my wife and I, were, being invited by the captain onto the wing of the bridge, going through the 2 upper locks of the Panama Canal, what an experiance and on her birthday!! The second was being invited to the caprains table for dinner on galore night, in 15 plus cruise's, this was a first, and boy, what a lovely finish to our voyage. The evening shows in the theatre were fantastic and we were quite suprised, for such a small stage company, how they never repeated thier performances, the variety was unbelievable and well performed every time. My only criticism here is, the main performer was always, the star roll, that was very unfortunate, as there were others that were as good , if not better, that we and other passengers would have liked to have enjoyed seeing and listening to, I did mention it to the cruise director, he didn't take opinion or suggestions very well, saying pick on me day is it !!! Ah well , they to have off days!!! All bar drinks throughout the ship were very expensive, they offered various deals and offers, even that came out OT, so we chose not to drink on board that much, our budget wouldn't stretch to their outrageous prices, plus the range of beers were very small and not that enjoyable at all. There was a problem having working TV in the cabin, it's awfull, a real lack of cabin entertaint here!!! Overall, we had a great voyage and enjoyed all that the cruise offered to the full, that we participate in. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We sailed on the Astor from London to Auckland, New Zealand. The voyage was wonderful and the ship and crew exceeded our expectations . Boarding at Tilbury was average , but with only 505 guests it did not take lone really. The ... Read More
We sailed on the Astor from London to Auckland, New Zealand. The voyage was wonderful and the ship and crew exceeded our expectations . Boarding at Tilbury was average , but with only 505 guests it did not take lone really. The ship is not suitable for kids or wheel chair use , but we knew this before boarding. Disembarking at Auckland was just too easy. We were told there were 249 crew on board. The food and shows were of a very high standard for a small ship.Every single night brought a new show in the show-lounge. Many outstanding production shows as well as single acts. The crew could not have been better , always willing to help with a smile. Tips were included in the ticket and it was good not to have a 15% service charge added to drinks etc. We had a bonus of an up-grade which was nice. The Captain was amazing , always about the ship and joined in the singing and dances at times. Mixed with guests on shuttle buses etc.Of all the cruises we have done, he rates top in our book. The ship though old was in pristine condition through-out. Up keep of varnish work etc was non-stop and put bigger cruise ship operators to shame. The ports of call were all enjoyed and the ship charges for tours was very reasonable compared to other cruise lines. Though the smallest ship and maybe the oldest we have cruised on , we really did enjoy every da (and night) on board Astor Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Tilbury was our port of embarkation in October 2015 enroute to FremantleWA. Also, we were passengers on the Fremantle - Harwich voyage in April 2014 and it was a marvellous experience. Don't misunderstand, we enjoyed our time ... Read More
Tilbury was our port of embarkation in October 2015 enroute to FremantleWA. Also, we were passengers on the Fremantle - Harwich voyage in April 2014 and it was a marvellous experience. Don't misunderstand, we enjoyed our time aboard however, from day one we noticed the bean counters had been at work. The a la carte cuisine was not quite as sumptuous, but pleasant nevertheless. Our biggest complaint was that the ship was too often hours late into the ports we visited, which meant that we had little time to explore. The excuses given ranged from slowing for whales in the vicinity, lost time bunkering and heavy weather. Two former sea captains travelling as passengers dismissed the excuses as verbal tripe. Bunkering should have been factored into the ships schedule. Whales were well and truly out of the shipping lanes at this time of year and we had not experienced heavy weather.....Go figure! This, they said, was merely a relocation voyage to enable Astor to commence its season out of Fremantle. The real reason the ship was frequently late, they said, was that the ship had slowed to conserve fuel. Therefore, and unfortunately, Astors 500 passengers were short-changed and did not receive all they had paid for. Astor is 30 years old, 3-Star ship, but it delivers value if itineraries are met. The crew was so obliging and we thought the service from cabin steward to table and drink waiters was exceptional. At times, language barriers with drinks staff added levity to afternoon libations. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We lowered our expectations of this cruise compared to the likes of HAL and RCI but in many aspects we felt it was even better. Boarding was easy at Tilbury after taking the train from London then the free connecting bus. On board we ... Read More
We lowered our expectations of this cruise compared to the likes of HAL and RCI but in many aspects we felt it was even better. Boarding was easy at Tilbury after taking the train from London then the free connecting bus. On board we were escorted to our cabin where our luggage was already there. Most outside cabins have twin beds, unfortunately due to fitted furniture these cannot be made up into a double and one of them is also a sofa by day so less comfy. We viewed the inside suites and they were fabulous, about twice the size. Plenty of wardrobe space in the cabin and a decent sized bathroom with shower. Bathrobes were provided which was a nice touch. Dining was great, a non standard menu meant we were able to dine on different produce from the ports of call. A lovely tropical buffet out of Mexico and suckling baby pigs after Nuka Hiva. On a Gluten free diet the chefs went out of their way to be helpful and even cooked a couple of cakes to my own recipe. Many special functions were held out on deck which was lovely. On board most amenities are on deck 5 making it very easy to get around the ship. The showroom lacked a tiered system and views were often obstructed if you sat at the side. However the show team were fabulous and soon got to know people by name. A few had strong accents which made it difficult to understand during things like quizzes. Cruise Director Toby could, in our opinion and many others, have improved things by adjusting the times of certain activities. On long cruise people are less keen to be up late at night partying and having a disco that started at 11pm mean most people did not attend. Morning exercise classes were good, well attended but sporadic. There were some very interesting guest lecturers on board and being a long cruise there was plenty of chance to get to know them personally. The 4 lots of 7 days at sea were difficult for many people with some getting cabin fever but we really enjoyed that time. Ports of call were all good and the passage through the Panama Canal with guest lecturer was a highlight. With less than 500 passengers on board this was more like one big happy family than a cruise where you never see the same people twice. There were a few instance of people claiming "their seats" that causes a little friction but it was well dealt with. Highly recommended and excellent value. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
As we booked at last minute with a discount did not expect too much. Was pleasantly surprised, the Astor was very clean, staff worked so hard and had extras like coach transfers,when moored at docks, to city centres. Food was ok ... Read More
As we booked at last minute with a discount did not expect too much. Was pleasantly surprised, the Astor was very clean, staff worked so hard and had extras like coach transfers,when moored at docks, to city centres. Food was ok except for the breakfast bacon which was all off cuts and fatty bits. Cruise Maritime let themselves down with lack of info. I emailed before the cruise asking for information about the gift packages was told this was on back if cruise info booklet, it was not and emailed back am still waiting for a reply 4 weeks on. The first night on board we were having a pre dinner drink and waiting for our 8.15 sitting when told by another passenger that it was free dining with no sittings. We had not been told this and only just made it in time for dinner! I have emailed Cruise Maritime regarding this and am still waiting for an ackowledgement or reply 2 weeks on. It's a shame that the pre and after sales let the company down. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
This was our first cruise, so we were not sure what to expect. The check-in procedure was smooth and once we were on board the staff were waiting to show us to our cabin, with our suitcases not far behind. Throughout the whole voyage the ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so we were not sure what to expect. The check-in procedure was smooth and once we were on board the staff were waiting to show us to our cabin, with our suitcases not far behind. Throughout the whole voyage the staff and crew were absolutely fantastic, the service they gave was exemplary and they always smiled and said hello to everyone. We saw the very caring way that they looked after some of the less mobile passengers as well. Both the public areas and our cabin seemed to be newly refurbished and everywhere was spotless. We had a cabin with a window, and a sofa which was turned into a bed each night by our maid. The cabin had everything we needed, and well thought out for a small space. The food was excellent... I believe some reviewers thought the drinks expensive but I suppose it depends on where you come from. We did not find them unduly so. We were expecting to be given an early or late sitting for dinner but the ship did not seem to be full so we ate at any time. We went to all the evening shows, the standard of singing and dancing was very high, not to mention the fantastic costumes. We were not keen on the comedian who came across as quite old-fashioned... lots of the jokes had seen better days! Everything was very well organised, we had a daily itinerary given to us each evening with the next days schedule on. Being a small ship there was little in the way of shopping on board but there was plenty of onboard activities to keep most people happy although the weather kept us inside until towards the end of the cruise, and it was good to chat with other passengers as well. We had booked a selection of trips ashore and were glad we did as the time factor meant we did not have long in any of the stops. This was the main drawback for us, but we realise this is the nature of cruises and we already have plans to go back and spend longer in some of the places. To sum up, we thought it good value for money and would certainly consider another cruise on the Astor. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2014
Tilbury London Checkin was quick and efficient. Wonderful surprise on check in to be advised I had been upgraded to a suite. The suite was huge, King size bed, large bathroom and more wardrobe and cupboard space than I could ever want. ... Read More
Tilbury London Checkin was quick and efficient. Wonderful surprise on check in to be advised I had been upgraded to a suite. The suite was huge, King size bed, large bathroom and more wardrobe and cupboard space than I could ever want. The suite had a 3 piece lounge setting and was large enough to entertain a small nation! All for little me! Travelling alone I welcomed the solo traveller functions which quickly enabled acquaintances to be made. The entertainment staff went out of their way to provide a wide range of activities including art classes, crafts, card games, yoga, choir etc all good for a cruise with lots of sea days. The naturist guest lecturer, Michael Scott was particularly informative and his talks well attended. Much information on the sea and bird life as well as the flora and fauna on the shore tours. Dining was an exceptionally high standard. the dining room provided superb cuisine and service. Smaller portions enabled all 5 courses to be enjoyed. Iced water was always topped up and special requests met without issue. A minor dissatisfaction arose early in the cruise in that that we solo diners were expected to find somewhere to sit as the dining room which was all open seating for dinner. This meant scanning the room for a table who were not too far advanced into their meal. I noted my difficulty with this to the Maitre D , Marijan who thereafter took it upon himself to escort me to a suitable table. After a few days special arrangements were made such that a group table was available for those solo travellers who wished to sit there. The high (afternoon) teas served in the show room with music were delightful. I rarely ate in the buffet, preferring the elegance of the dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner but noted the buffet offered a good range of fresh foods. The breakfast smoothies after gym were a great find. The gym was small and occasionally required a short wait for a machine to become available. Delightful that all fitness classes, stretch, yoga etc were free. The shows were entertaining, if perhaps a little less professional than the larger ships. The spelling and grammatical errors on the daily bulletin offered much amusement. Too much enjoyment was being had to worry about the use of their/there/they're or the apostrophe'd plurals! The overall service was personal and the crew soon anticipated our individual requirements. A very special thanks to my cabin attendant, Lubica who was faultless. We sailed with fewer than half the capacity of pax. This made us a small group who got to know each other and friendships were made. I can only echo John and Judy's comments that people of all nations, together on the high seas for up to 6 weeks can indeed reflect peace, harmony and tolerance. I was not expecting this high a standard of service and excellence on the Astor given her very reasonable price. I could not fault this cruise, received exceptional value for money paid. I enjoyed the ports, service and overall experience so much on the Astor that I have booked again for March 2016 and encouraged 3 friends to join me. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2014
my wife sailed to Oz as a ten pound Pom with her Mum and Dad and big sister in 1952, from Tilbury. I saw the advert for the Astor sailing to Freemantle, and so I booked for us both to relive the journey! Well the apprehension I had was ... Read More
my wife sailed to Oz as a ten pound Pom with her Mum and Dad and big sister in 1952, from Tilbury. I saw the advert for the Astor sailing to Freemantle, and so I booked for us both to relive the journey! Well the apprehension I had was soon dispelledl by the Ship and its crew and staff! I can honestly say the experience was amazing. The staff from the first day were superb, and the quality of food in all restaurants was superb! We will never forget this journey and I now understand how hard it must have been for the thousands of Europeans who made the journey back in those days, to an unknown country. How strong they were and when you are in the middle of these massive oceans we passed through, with no land or ships for a 1000 miles or more in any direction, the it puts into perspective why all of us insignificant little people fight and kill over some sort of"religion"! why can't we just live our short lives in peace and harmony????? Best regards to one and all! John and Judy Page   Read Less
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