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I chose the cruise V014 - Broome & Treasures of the North because of the destinations of the cruise. BIG MISTAKE - we visited Geraldton on the Monday after leaving Fremantle on the Sunday, I prebooked a tour of Geraldton - it was hot ... Read More
I chose the cruise V014 - Broome & Treasures of the North because of the destinations of the cruise. BIG MISTAKE - we visited Geraldton on the Monday after leaving Fremantle on the Sunday, I prebooked a tour of Geraldton - it was hot in excess of 40 degrees at 0900 we were trundled up to the HMAS Sydney memorial whilst nice was very hot, during the chat from one of the gents volentering I heard a thump, looking around an elderly lady collapsed from the heat, hitting her head heavyly on the ground, I stood back for a moment expecting that the tour crew would attend but no, people wanting to move her after she hit her head hard, I then had to take over to offer first aid whilst waiting for the ambulance, this was totally unacceptable as the tour leaders should've known first aid and not let a guest take over. We boarded the ship to sail to Broome to hear from the captain (which was very rare) to advise we wouldn't be going to Broome due to a pending cyclone that we would sail onto Exmouth and then anchor for 2 days and tender to the town, that is out of tourist time. The towns people were amazing to welcome us and one of the best bakeries in the country can be found in the town centre - best pies in the country.. So 2 days spent just filling in time when in actual fact we could've sailed on to Broome and returned before the cyclone as Broome was not affected by the cyclone. We then left Exmouth and sailed south for day upon day at a speed between 5 - 7 knots again just to fill in time after it took 24 hours to get from Geraldton to Exmouth and 3-1/2 days sailing south to cover almost the same distance, we then arrived on Monday to Busselton where the ship arranged at short notice a tour to Margret River so I though anything to get of this ship, paid the money to be tendered to the mainland only to be met by a school bus to take us on tour, we arrived in Margret River at midday to be told to be back on the bus at 1300 to return to the ship. 1 whole hour WOW - we returned to the Busselton Wharf to be greeted by a line of about 500 mtrs of people awaiting to tender back to the ship, people we melting in the heat and the poor local visitor volunteers tried to help, another pax failed on the tender on the way back to the ship. We were then moved just enough of the coast were we could see Australia but not actually visit and then anchored there for another full day, where we could've have stayed at Busselton and visited the region. but NO don't give your guests options to do things. on 1 of the days both pools were empty so no swimming as the seas were apparently rough - NOT... then a return to Fremantle on the Wednesday with SO many very unhappy pax - the captain as mentioned was rarely seen and very rarely heard of, was it because he ruined so many peoples holidays. I manage hotels and resorts and if I treated my guest like this I would be hung. As a fairly new comer to the Australian market CMV promised the world with their cruise and the ship on offer. So disappointing I cant not really put into words, but will try without emotion. The company clearly offers cruises to a much older market which is not promoted on their site, don't get me wrong there are no issues there but they need to be open and honest with their products. The ship whilst older has probably seen better days - the public areas were upgraded by P&O as the Eden - I'm not certain that CMV really did any changes apart from stickers over P&O logos etc. You read many reviews about dirty windows and they are not wrong.. The crew are international with a mix including Ukrainian who much like Germans are not known to be over the top wth their humour - but I can say the crew do their best, service was always forthcoming at bars and outlets. I really believe that CMV need to recruit a dozen or so Australian hosts that can walk around the ship and take the pressure off the crew who do in some instances have issues with the Aussie language as their second or third language. Now back to the cruise. Embarkation seemed ok with no pressure - as always it appears pax do not read their boarding times and all want to board when they arrive at the port. I was Blue labeled therefore boarded around the first to board, we were a domestic cruise so very little to no security which was odd. We were walked to the embarkation point, asked to show our tickets and were given a handwritten card with the cruise card attached, then we moved toward the gangway and boarded the ship where there were tables lined up with staff behind laptops taking your credit card details and directing you to your cabins which were ready when boarded, I was surprised to see my bag waiting at the door of my cabin which was a positive. I went searching to buy a lanyard - went to the poorly stocked shop to be told we have sold out a few cruises ago. The laundry was $11.00 for wash and dry but the laundry on desk 5 Out of Order apart from one drier by the second last day on one washer on Deck 6 working so I lined up for the crew to open the door at 0900. Cabin 5054 - The cabin crew as always very helpful and friendly - the cabin has had carpet replaced at some stage over the years but everything else original, which was looking a little tired. But it was clean and bed was comfortable along with pillows, sofa in the room was an added bonus, small older style lcd TV and DVD player attached - has proberly seen better days. Bathroom as expected and usual for ships of this age but with a shower over bath which was better than the small showers on others ship with the sticking shower curtains. Plenty of storage with 6 large drawers and plenty of hanging space with both male and female hangers. The A/C control was digital in this cabin so you would see the temp fluctuate from 21 to 25 degree. The TV had some movie channel which were years old and not good picture quality along with ABC news and GWN7 due to the angle of the TV the remote wouldn't work from the bed hence the sofa came in handy. Being on deck 5 outside the deck 6 promenade was above the bed so you would often hear footsteps or stomping throughout the day and night so be aware of this for deck 5. Dining - 3 main restaurants all tendered to serve the same as the bistro but better presented or with a little variety just to make those dining there feel a little better. There was the Chefs Table and The Grill, I tried to dine at the grill for my birthday at sea but was refused as I was in dress shorts and buttoned shirt - I needed trousers to be allowed in to dine with those wearing T Shirts etc, I asked If I could have the meal as room service and I would wait and take it away on a tray myself but no was the answer event thought I was happy to pay the $49. So dining for me was the Bistro - if I ever see roast pork or any of its similar ways of preparation I will be sick, it was served every night. I was surprised to see lamb on a couple of nights which was a real treat along with baked rib fillet and chicken was another nightly repeat offering. Appears the outlets still carry the names branded from P&O. The food was ok - not 5 star but not the worst on offer. We had a deck BBQ with pig and chicken on spits along with normal BBQ fare which was nice but the day was very hot with flies and I felt for the staff working over the BBQ's. Breakfasts as expected but the toast was odd and often hard as,but you made do, the hot water stations often ran out of water etc. Lunch was a mix again and at 1530 was afternoon tea with scones and various odd textured cakes. The scones were OK along with the jam and some sort of cream but all good with a cup of tea. The burger/pizza bar offered a hamburger, a hotdog and a single pizza choice and baskets of chips. The coffee shop offered coffees, hot choc & higher quality teas at a cost and some cakes different to the interesting textured cakes in the desert buffet - one good thing was that staff serve you from behind glass that avoids people piling plates and wasting it or tasting it and putting it back - this stops diseases also which is great as the number of peoples carless hand sanitation. Bar staff Anton and Dometri were fantastic at the Lido Bar Entertainment - Well trivia with International crews not knowing how to pronounce words was more frustrating. There was an Aussie speaker on board for birds and another for Australian history which were in often full with no chairs to listen so you moved on. Bingo on seadays was at 1630 in the Dome at a cost of $10.00 for one ticket that was odd as they played 3 games on the one card but it filled in some time. The shows, well I will just review the Abba show, to see dancers dressed in almost Cossack costumes with singers one who thought she was an opera singer and the others were extremly very average. It was like a CD with gap between each song. The Cruise Director Freya was really not what a cruise director should be. She was rather bland and really not entertaining and was only seen on occasion. Service - As described but they do need to employ some Australian hosts to avoid the grumpy older Aussies being rude to international staff. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We went to this overnighter to get an idea of if we would like being on a cruise ship, I found the Vasco Da Garma to be dated, looked a bit 1990’s to me, the cabins were small as expected but had stains and broken fixtures. The food was ... Read More
We went to this overnighter to get an idea of if we would like being on a cruise ship, I found the Vasco Da Garma to be dated, looked a bit 1990’s to me, the cabins were small as expected but had stains and broken fixtures. The food was average to poor and small portions, there is very little to do onboard unless you just want to drink and sit in a sun lounge all day, the entertainment for the night was a Fringe World circus act called Yuck Circus that was an absolute load of crap, this was confirmed by all in our group of twenty. For this headline act to be aloud to be on the ship shows me their contempt for their customers. There would be nothing for a child or teenager to do if you were travelling with one, It has put me off ever going on a proper cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
A small ship, 500 passengers, no children, Sea of Cortez, what could go wrong? The passengers were older. A guess of the average age was approximately 75. The attitude of the ship management. The restaurant staff, bar staff and ... Read More
A small ship, 500 passengers, no children, Sea of Cortez, what could go wrong? The passengers were older. A guess of the average age was approximately 75. The attitude of the ship management. The restaurant staff, bar staff and entertainment was excellent. The cruise director and assistant were part of the show staff. The pianist was excellent. Liz, a classically trained singer has an amazing voice. There was as sign on the passenger assistance desk “the ship is is completely full, there are no up grades available”. However, several staff members told us there was only about 300 passengers on board. We were contacted three times that we didn’t have a credit card on file. Each time we talked with them they said it was on file. Our cabin was four doors down from a sixth floor fan tail outdoor sitting area. A delightful area with 180 degree view and a little bar, that was only open the last day of the cruise. Every day when I ask the head service manage when it would open, I was told tomorrow. When I informed the bar the 3 floors below that people were sitting there were sitting there the waiters would climb the stairs about every 1/2 hour. The food was was excellent but on two occasions out of about thirty three meals we received atrocious service. One lunch we missed an event due late service. The other was a dinner that we were literally forgotten by the waiter. Four of the six people were served. A entre from one couple and myself were not served. We were seated 7pm and when after about 15 minutes after the others were eating we asked about our meals. I spoke with the head waiter. About 9:15pm were finally served entres. There are 2 banks of 2 elevators aft and aft and amid ship. There is on elevator forward. THE ELEVATORS QUIT WORKING DAY TWO AND DID NOT WORK THE REST OF THE CRUISE. That’s tough on elderly people. With the exception of the two meals, attitude of the management and the elevators is was. Great cruise. The passengers on board were delightful, the entertainment and wait staff superb. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We love the Fringe Festival and thought this would be something different and exciting to do. How wrong could we be? Embarkation was smooth for us but our friends were held up because they had a very slow person who couldn’t type ... Read More
We love the Fringe Festival and thought this would be something different and exciting to do. How wrong could we be? Embarkation was smooth for us but our friends were held up because they had a very slow person who couldn’t type the information quickly or correctly and made many mistakes so it took them a while to check in. Our Cabin 9090 was a good size (for a ship) but the floor was vibrating so much that it was impossible to lie down and relax, let alone sleep! We moved to cabin 9151 and couldn’t feel any vibration there. The staff resolved the issue well. The Lunch food in the buffet up by the pool was the only available place serving food. It was very second-rate and disappointing. The staff seemed disinterested, but we did get a good drink waiter. The Fringe Festival shows we’re very disappointing and one ‘comedian’ said “what do you expect with one hours notice! We wasn’t funny at all. Mostly the show venues were overcrowded and the contortionists just performed in the spaces between seating and we’re hard to see as they did backbends and splits!! Not really Contortionists at all. The Mermaids swam from one side of the pool to the other and flicked their hair at the crowd which might have amused children but wasn’t funny for adults! The YUK circus lived up to its name but the beginning of their act was okay. They weren’t the advertised act. The bars were grossly understaffed and we waited far too long for our drinks 30 mins or more standing at the bar. There wasn’t any table service! The Gala Dinner was okay, not very special, not memorable, just okay. I don’t know what went wrong but the whole event was poorly organised and certainly NOT. value for money. Very one star at best. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had a large booking for an overnight stay on the Vasco Da Gama. The ship itself was okay for the rating and expectation (tiny cabins and small pools) but the behaviour of the staff was the worst I have ever come across! They were rude ... Read More
We had a large booking for an overnight stay on the Vasco Da Gama. The ship itself was okay for the rating and expectation (tiny cabins and small pools) but the behaviour of the staff was the worst I have ever come across! They were rude and we felt like an inconvenience to them every time ordered a drink or food. It often took up to 40 minutes to get a drink due to under-staffing as well. Maybe that’s why the staff are so grumpy. The only friendly staff we came across were Brian the singer (Who was amazing) and the cleaning staff! Have never been treated so poorly by hospitality staff anywhere in the world. A male employee even threw the door of our cabin open (while four women were all getting dressed) at 7.30 and told us to get out of our room so he could make it up. The staff were then opening doors of cabins and leaving them open without guests around so all their valuables including handbags etc were exposed. I’m assuming these overnight cruises are an opportunity to advertise the cruise ship in the hope that people will book longer voyages in the future. I only heard passengers complaining so doubt there will be any repeat bookings from the passengers on board. Very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I wanted to try another ship from Fremantle rather than fly over east or to Singapore for a short cruise, as we sail about 6 times a year. This was a one night in port celebration when we booked, but later converted to part ... Read More
My husband and I wanted to try another ship from Fremantle rather than fly over east or to Singapore for a short cruise, as we sail about 6 times a year. This was a one night in port celebration when we booked, but later converted to part of the Perth Fringe festival. We went on the Astor in 2018 for 1 night (which we hated!) but thought the Vasco da Gama might be a better option as it was ex P&O and larger than Astor. We have been on more than 50 cruises, mostly with Royal Caribbean, and knew it would not be of the same standard, given the age and size of the ship, but the online pics looked good. Embarkation was excellent - 10 mins from entering the building to boarding the ship. Many crew welcomed us on-board and the cabin was ready which was great as it meant we could off-load our bags immediately. On entering the room, we were hit by a revolting odour that seemed to be a mix of stale smoke, moldy carpet and god knows what else. The beds had not been put together, as requested, and when we tried to move the side tables ourselves, there were used plasters behind it, making us wonder when the area had last been cleaned... We decided to have some lunch in the Bistro (which was lukewarm and the veg was still semi-frozen) and wanted to get off there and then - smelly room and horrible food in the first half an hour!! We went to the customer service desk to see what could be done. Her attitude was not great and she initially told us the ship was full so we couldn't move. The best they could offer was air freshener. We said this wasn't good enough as the smell was so bad. After waiting for several minutes, we learnt that our room had been visited and suddenly another cabin was available for us to move to. We were told to keep it a secret in case other passengers found out and wanted too move also!! The new room was much better so we went off to explore the ship. The Waterfront Dining Room and bars were well fitted out, but when you look online, these are simply the legacy of the Pacific Eden and have not been changed at all. The mattresses at the adults only pool were filthy and some of the chairs and tables were also badly stained too and didn't leave a good impression. It was such a contrast to the pleasant centre pool and inside areas, and really needs attention. We had drinks in the Oceanic bar and were very pleased with the prices as they are much cheaper than the large american lines. We met a lovely older couple who loved CMV but as they hadn't tried any other lines, their expectation levels were not the same as ours. Only a couple of the bars were open but it looked like they were very short staffed as only 2 people were serving the entire area. Dinner in the Waterfront was much better than we thought it would be and the surroundings are very 'homely' and comfortable. Service was fine. The ship was being used as part of the Perth Fringe Festival and everyone was encouraged to see the headline act, YUCK circus, which had won many awards at the Adelaide fringe. We battled to find a seat where we could see the stage, thanks to a large group of people who decided add a row of chairs in front of us, because, I quote "we are suite guests and someone is sitting in our dedicated row". The show itself was unbearable and in places, quite disgusting. We are not prudes but who wants to hear about menstruation and masturbation in great detail?? Where is the humour in that? We walked out just before the end and the limited applause spoke volumes. Beds were comfortable and it was annoying to be kicked out the room by 7am (8.00-8.30am is the norm on other ships). Breakfast was in the Bistro with long queues for a mediocre cooked breakfast. On departure, other guests were complaining about the YUCK circus and we all felt that CMV had a duty of care to know what they were putting on, especially was it had a PG rating... In sum: - Old and tired but spacious room (avoid 6158) but good to have a bath and shower - Lukewarm and mediocre food in the Bistro - Understaffed - Good furnishings in the main public areas (except the adult pool area) - Limited choice but excellent bar prices - Very expensive for one night at $260 per person - only $3 less than on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth which is in a completely different league - Appear to be operating the cruises on a shoestring budget - less food choice and not enough staff Would we travel with CMV again? After our experiences on the Astor and now Vasco da Gama, no we wouldn't, which is a shame. The larger resort ships are not for everyone, but we will stick with what we know and what we love. We are all different :-) Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The advantage of this cruise for Perth is it leaves and returns to Fremantle (with a free shuttle to get you to the train station, if you, like us are taking the train to your home). Each day there would be an announcement of where ... Read More
The advantage of this cruise for Perth is it leaves and returns to Fremantle (with a free shuttle to get you to the train station, if you, like us are taking the train to your home). Each day there would be an announcement of where we were (by latitude and longitude)-I think it would have been good to say something like "If we were on land now, we would be in Busselton", or something similar. The service was very friendly by the large crew (684 of varying nationalities-but no Aussies). I only had one hiccup, and that was in the Club Bistro buffet when I pointed at and asked for dried apricots with my cereal-and was given Rice Bubbles! Perhaps the food service staff need "recognition lessons", especially with the different English accents on board? This does not include the room staff, who were happy and courteous throughout (we actually had our gratuities removed at the Reception Desk, so we could give the money directly to the room staff). One night we ate at the Waterfront restaurant, and the menu is posted out front in the afternoon if you want to go down and make your choices (3 each course) then. There is also a Eurasian and Mediterranean version to be enjoyed. The ship was full of nooks and crannies that you could sit in to have a quiet drink, chat to others or just read and relax. (You will have to get your Jacobs coffee/tea from the machines in the Club Bistro if you want a free one to enjoy, though-otherwise you pay for it), The main pool deck is another matter. Forget going in the 2 spas, unless you are prepared to keep company with heaps of kids. The main pool was always cold, and contrary to what it said on the CMV information given to us in advance, were kept filled both port days. I didn't go in the "adults only" pool at the rear of the ship; but did sit on the lounges in the sun there several times. Our 2 berth cabin was roomy enough-the bathroom has an "Over bath shower" with US fittings-the shower is operated by a pull up button on the bath tap). The TV had 3 movies running just about 24hrs, but no cable. Our 2 port stops couldn't have been more different. First Esperance, where although the day started out cloudy, it got to 24, and humid. The bus tours were quite similar, but we got let off in town, and it was only a short walk to the tender boats taking us back to the main ship. If you are looking forward to Pink Lake-it's no longer pink, due to overharvesting of the salt. Albany started out drizzling, continuing to a full on downpour. Take the shuttle bus to York St (if you hear on the morning message that its for those of "Low Mobility", disregard it). Once the bus drops you in York Street, there are docents (Volunteers) all over the place in bright aqua parkas to help you find your way. If, however, you get a bad day; I recommend the souvenir shop "Wombat Lodge" for all your purchases, with the excellent "York St Cafe" right next door (coffee&cake, $11).Make your umbrella a sturdy one-its always windy! The nightly shows were entertaining, and the twice-daily quizzes fun (but get there early!) The bingo was left till the last sail day, and talk about pricey-ONE game on ONE page cost $10.....not the whole page, or 2 games (we didn't play, but it was a "one line, two lines, full house game, $300,$600, $1000 prizes). Two ladies we sat with a lot were disappointed with their drinks package, saying the Diet Coke was watered down, and had ice as well, the other said her cocktail had crushed ice at the bottom. We had to assemble at various points on the ship prior to disembarkation-and there was express disembarkation (you take your luggage off the ship yourself). We were given a time to disembark; however once the express disembarkation was finished, we went straight down-no crowds! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Chose to do a short cruise with friends, first day one bar and one beer bar with about 6 staff all up to cater for whole ship Very poor selection of drinks, no sweet white wine, poor choice of beer Most of the staff seemed like it ... Read More
Chose to do a short cruise with friends, first day one bar and one beer bar with about 6 staff all up to cater for whole ship Very poor selection of drinks, no sweet white wine, poor choice of beer Most of the staff seemed like it was tooo much trouble to be pleasant and seemed like we were an inconvenience to them, probably came across three staff that seemed like they were happy in their job Entertainment team were ok, but for a two day cruise nothing done for first day, no sail away Food was good, service poor, many mistakes made with orders, restaurant staff seemed like trainees This was our seventh cruise with several cruise lines and this was the worst we have been on The only positive was the nightly dj who played good music Would I go on this cruise line again NOOO If it was my first cruise it probably be my last, which is such a pity as a lot of passengers were newbies doing a short cruise to see if they liked it Everyone we talked to were of the same opinion that this cruise was very poor in service and organisation Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have added another cruise to my personal challenge of cruising all the cruise lines/ships available around the world. This time, I kept it local with our group of six (family members), on CMV Vasco De Gama Departing from Bali for ... Read More
I have added another cruise to my personal challenge of cruising all the cruise lines/ships available around the world. This time, I kept it local with our group of six (family members), on CMV Vasco De Gama Departing from Bali for six-night heading to Perth. First, we must keep in mind that this a 3-3.5-star level and not a new ship and was quite bouncy, so if you suffer from sea sickness and there are a few sea days, maybe avoid this ship. Correspondence with CMV pre-trip was excellent and I was always answered within a few hours. First time for us. The first thing I will mention, is that we were saddened by the disappointing behaviour from some of the passengers, many were just constantly whinging and complaining and extremely rude to the staff at times. Maybe if passengers want luxury, and a vast choice of menu items, then choose the appropriate cruise for you needs and preferences, not the cheaper end of the market ones, this cruise was very reasonably priced No one deserves to be shouted at and spoken to with such aggression, the poor staff, they took it well and did their best with what they had, I think some were very new to the ship. Positives first, the ship décor is pretty good, and has a real luxurious feel, the lounges are stunning and decorated in their own style, they were probably some of the nicest I have seen. Embarkation was on time, a little confusing, but it was their first port. Overall, I think they suffered a crew shortage which did impact the enjoyment of the cruise. Once onboard, we headed for a snack, and was greeted by some grumpy staff, who obviously didn’t want to be there, luckily, they were replaced with the regular wait staff. Their main show theatre, Hollywood, was a fabulous two-tiered show lounge, was impressive and comfortable with some great shows and felt luxurious. The Dome Observatory with its panoramic view, was a favourite and hosted many day and night events, again, decorated beautifully. This was a great venue to relax or chat with other passengers, and at night, it turned into a disco with entertainment Blue Room, just one of the five bars on-board, again, luxurious appointments as well as the other four bars. The ship overall, never seemed busy, as it offered many spaces to venture. The back pool on level 10 was great, adults only, but this needs to be enforced by the crew to avoid dis-harmony. The Vasco offers a varied choice of three Restaurants – Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean and Waterfront Eurasia, all included in your fare, and more importantly, unlike other cruise lines, it has a policy of “DINE WHEN YOU LIKE” which is just perfect, no stress, no lines, no waiting around for specific sittings. The main buffet restaurant, Bistro, was also available for meals, but towards the end of the cruise, it was getting less and sad for variety. The is also the grill, which we didn’t try. Fully booked. The food is ok/nice, many were disappointed with no ice-cream, but you could get that in the main restaurant. The chefs were also happy to cater to your needs, you just had to ask. Please do not expect fine dining, you will be disappointed. But I must say, I had the best fish and chips at sea! I was at a loss when I witnessed a passenger yelling at one of the managers, saying that they were starving as there was only seafood on board?? All food groups were served each day, again, whinging for no real reason. Vegetarians and Vegans have their own menu each day, but there was so much confusing around this, and often, the meals were mixed up. Perhaps a section of the buffet can be labelled, Vegan, which will avoid the hunting around all the stations checking the food labels that had the Vegan box ticked. The three-decked atrium housed the shopping galleria, which was totally boring, as it run out of nearly everything, like lanyards for e.g., when I enquired if they had any, I was told sternly, “Run Out”, there were rude passengers, but there were also some rude grumpy crew The photo gallery, at last some nice pictures at reasonable prices!! Cinema was great and, on this occasion, I will agree with the passengers, “where was the popcorn”, its cheap and would make the evening more enjoyable. The casino was a little small, so I didn’t have a play, but love the quiz’s and bingo on sea days. Unfortunately, even though coffee was available at some bars, it was not good, except, the machine in the Bistro which served the best coffee I have ever had at a buffet restaurant. The bar system is excellent, each time you order a drink, you need to sign for it, so you instantly know if you are being charged for a drink, or it reads 0 as you had a drinks package. The only cruise line (exclude the all-inclusive ones) I never had to fix my bill! but the invoicing was brilliant, not once were we overcharged, meaning I didn’t have to visit reception and obtain a refund. The cabins were comfortable, well laid out and super comfy beds. The not so good and can easily be fixed. The bars, all the bars are well stocked, BUT, it is only waiter service, you cannot simply walk up to the bar and order a drink and take it away with you, you need to sit down and wait for the waiter, which on a fully crewed ship, this would be great, but with only one (on average) behind the bar making the drinks, it was disastrous, two drinks would take 45mins. They even run out of glasses and had no one to fetch any!! CMV, why not have both, walk up to get your drink, or sit at a table and be waited on. Have two bar staff, not just one, this complaint was justified. In the end, you had to order two drinks at the same time not to wait nearly an hour. This did not make any sense. As VDG is an older ship, of course there will be issues, but the toilets blocking regularly, with sewage smell along some corridors and the awful smell of damp carpet due to leaks around the place, this really should be fixed, as this really does ruin your experience. Also, maybe clean the windows, some were bad, you couldn’t even see out of them. Disembarkation, this was a little disorganised, as those who chose the independent exit (off-load your own luggage) was a mess, everyone crowded the area which was not pleasant. But the HUGE let down, was the lack of staff, resulting in the Kids Club being shut!! And, the swimming pool., on a few days. CMV, you need the kids club, this would of saved the gym equipment being used to entertain them! And it was a well-equipped gym. Would I sail again, yes, absolutely, it has many positives and for the price and pretty good. I hope this helps any future travellers My next adventure – Regent Seven Seas Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Day we got on the cruise I turned on the air-conditioner, to the highest temperature only to find out that it wasn’t working. I then decided to have a shower and found that there was no hot water. The technician arrived approximately 2 ... Read More
Day we got on the cruise I turned on the air-conditioner, to the highest temperature only to find out that it wasn’t working. I then decided to have a shower and found that there was no hot water. The technician arrived approximately 2 hours later to repair the shower. It was really disappointing because we had a long day and needed to shower and retire. After the repair to the shower the bath was left with black debris which was not cleaned up by the technician. I went to the Shore Excursion desk and spoke with the female Deputy Officer to ask if there was a shuttle bus provided in Broome. The deputy said that I had to wait for the program to be released that evening to find out this information. I felt that the deputy was rude, because all I needed was a simple yes or no to my question. I’ve been on 10 cruises and the staff have always been very polite and helpful. This was very unprofessional and unnecessary. We paid to go on an day excursion to Kuta, by shuttle bus. We were told to sit in the Hollywood lounge until we were called to proceed to deck 3. When we reached deck 3 an officer swiped our cruise card and we were told to stop, because we had a balance owing and that we were disembarking in Kuta? We explained to the officer that we don’t have a balance owing, because we check our account daily and were not disembarking. He said that we had to go to the reception office on the 6th floor to sort it out. We were so embarrassed and humiliated in front of all the other passengers in the queue, because we knew that we didn’t have a balance outstanding and we were returning to the ship that afternoon. The officer didn’t offer to call the reception office to check what the problem was, instead they sent us all the way back to the 6th floor We had to struggle getting through the crowd to make our way back to the 6th floor, only to find out that we have a credit balance owing to us. The receptionist advised that the steward gave them the wrong cabin number. We were in cabin 4071 and the guest who were in cabin 4051 were the ones who needed to sort out the problem with reception. On our way back to deck 3 we once again had to get through the crowd which were hostile and accused us of jumping the queue adding further humiliation to our already embarrassing situation. We were afraid of missing the shuttle bus and didn’t feel that we had to queue up again since it was the fault of your staff. Who provided the information to the officer at the gangway at level 3? Are your computers not able to provide this information to the officer at level 3? Who logs the information into your computer because reception said that the steward gave them the information (the incorrect information). You must have a list of all the guests disembarking at various ports in your computer, so why was this information not checked and double checked before humiliating your guest? The dress code that evening was “informal” at the Waterfront restaurant, as per the program provided to us. The manager dressed in white pointed to my husband and said long pants tonight. He didn’t say “excuse me” and address me in a professional manner, to ask me to go and change my clothing. My husband turned and left to change his pants, only to return and find many others guests in the dining room wearing board short and thongs. Once again we were humiliated in front of the guests because of the manner in which he addressed us. The following evening we returned to the Waterfront restaurant and asked the deputy manager if we could have a word with the manager. When he arrived I asked if we could step aside so we could speak with him privately. I told him that he needed to redeem himself for the manner in which he addressed us. I told him he embarrassed us and humiliated us in front of the guests who were behind us. He explained that the supervisors, didn’t notify the restaurant staff that the dress code was informal. They only told staff later that evening what the dress code was, however we had the early dinner seating. I find it very unusual that the guests are required to read the programs to find out what is going on, however your staff don’t know what is going on. He explained that he went to all the guests wearing shorts and apologised to them, however he didn’t apologise to us while we were having our 3 course meal. He finally apologised to us, however I didn’t find it sincere because he didn’t apologise to my husband that evening, when he apologised to all the other guests. He said that he couldn’t find us in the restaurant, but found all the guests. He didn’t even bother to enquire what our names are while speaking to us. He asked that we don’t report this to the management. On the day we were disembarking and we were told to vacate the cabin by 7am and to proceed to deck 6, because we had the express disembarkation. There were no signs directing us where to queue. An officer came and demanded that we move bags out of the way because he needed to set up. He grabbed bags and put them on the other side. These were not our bags, so we were shocked to hear him yell to us move! Move these bags! I need to set up. Once again this officer was so unprofessional in his approach to us as your guests. When disembarking the same officer said Good Morning to me in a cheerful voice. I told him it’s a little too late to greet us after how he had treated us just a few minutes ago, yelling to us to move bags. I believe as a paying guest we should not be treated by your staff in this manner. I have to bring this to your attention as I would like you to address my complaints and teach your staff how to be professional. You can be proud of your cabin stewards and cleaners, who were always so polite and treated us with utmost respect. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We cruise reasonably often and following a disastrous voyage on the "Pacific Jewel" in 2019 we were reluctant to try it again. However, due to an excellent value for money offer, we made a decision to take a 12-night cruise on ... Read More
We cruise reasonably often and following a disastrous voyage on the "Pacific Jewel" in 2019 we were reluctant to try it again. However, due to an excellent value for money offer, we made a decision to take a 12-night cruise on the "Vasco da Gama" to Bali & back to Fremantle. Sure the ship is a bit dated but so are we! From our experience, this voyage met all of our expectations and probably more. Our cabin was not an upmarket one but it was still adequate and the cabin stewards very attentive. Overall the staff was brilliant, so happy and obliging and sometimes we had to wait a few minutes for our drinks when ordered. Casting my mind back I might have had to do this at a pub or restaurant at home in Australia! Those who complain - just get over it and think of the more important things in life. The food on board was top class and a huge variety to choose from and the service in the restaurants was superb. We were seeking a cruise based on acquiring rest and relaxation and we certainly got that on the "Vasco da Gama". If you are seeking a cruise that provides activities and entertainment 24/7 this is probably the wrong ship for you but if you want a cruise that will provide an environment with peace and quiet with plenty of trimmings this could meet your needs. I cannot recommend the "Vasco da Gama" highly enough. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes ? Why did we do it. Is this ship sea worthy? Smelly bathroom , advise anyone who goes to at least run the water for several minutes. (Think of Legionaries disease). Cabin clean but so outdated. Ours was also noisy (410 floor ... Read More
Yes ? Why did we do it. Is this ship sea worthy? Smelly bathroom , advise anyone who goes to at least run the water for several minutes. (Think of Legionaries disease). Cabin clean but so outdated. Ours was also noisy (410 floor 7) I cannot understand first timers to cruising even going on this ship again . Some suggested those who travel on Cunard are for want of a word 'snobs'. Well really get a life and travel better. We all deserve it . The staff need training on how to serve politely . All staff rushed us, at breakfast we were split up and made t o sit away from each other (four in our group) This ship still sails well good luck to anyone who books this terrible vessel. More negative comments that positive ones why then hasn't the company done something about it. Do they read these reviews Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
From the large warehouse for embarkment in Bristol thoughts of cheap and cheerful came in to my head. On board there was a smell of diesel in the lower decks. Cabin was clean but as the ship is 55 years old could not expect much. Biggest ... Read More
From the large warehouse for embarkment in Bristol thoughts of cheap and cheerful came in to my head. On board there was a smell of diesel in the lower decks. Cabin was clean but as the ship is 55 years old could not expect much. Biggest problem was the trip hazards in the door ways, raised lips on every doorway and uneven floors, on the public toilets two raised edges caught a lot of people out. They had to call the helicopter out twice, and by the end of the cruise many were sporting arm and foot injury's due to falls. Dining was in two times, and various size tables from two to ten seats. Food was good and plenty of choice with just over the hour from start to finish. This allowed time to get to the theatre to watch the show at 8pm. The biggest problem I had was the lack of time in the ports. Would arrive at 8am and leave at 1.30 or arrive at 7am and leave 12.30. By the time you had breakfast it only gave a couple of hours to see the place. Cobh was a complete waste and was only to drop people off as arrive 6am and leave at 10.45. By the time you paid for 165 car park then tips and drink package you could of gone on a much better cruise line for the same cost. Would I go back on to this ship no but spoke to many that have been on a few times because of its size. 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
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