79 Cruise & Maritime Voyages Astor Cruise Reviews

It was to be just a short break. A group of women (30) with a hobby in common (scrapbooking) on board the MS Astor for a few days out of Fremantle doing what they love best. Embarkation was confused, but I'll put that down to the ... Read More
It was to be just a short break. A group of women (30) with a hobby in common (scrapbooking) on board the MS Astor for a few days out of Fremantle doing what they love best. Embarkation was confused, but I'll put that down to the group organisation rather than the cruise line and get to what I really want to say - about the cruise itself. The food ranged from ordinary to poor. There was one really nice roast duck, but other than that ... I mean how do you make a cheese and herb omelette tasteless? And availability of food was extremely poor. Outside of set meal hours, there was nothing to be had. We were doing back to back - 3 nights cruising and then a 4th night in port. So on the morning of the first section, we were just going about our normal activities. We weren't disembarking with the rest of the passengers. We didn't know that they were expecting us to go through all the checkout procedures. We did know that we would have to change cabins (why for one night?) but didn't realise the trouble this would cause. They issued us with new ID cards, but that meant that the computer system couldn't find us because it still had us in the old cabins on the old ID cards. What we (by this time only 2 of the original group of 30) didn't know that that the breakfast service was being shut down at 8:00am (instead of 9:00) and that there would be no further food available anywhere on board until lunch at 1:00pm!! We were lucky to find a spot where an urn and some tea bags were available to make a cup of tea!!! On the Sunday evening, I booked for a massage - I asked for 15 minutes head and shoulder. When I got back to my room I found that I had been booked for a 30 minute massage, but thought OK let it go. When I went for the massage, it seems that I fell asleep (as do many people during a massage) and when I woke up they charged me for 60 minutes ($186!!). No amount of trying to reason with them was of any use. No amount of trying to talk to someone at the Reception Desk was any use. It is a SCAM people. I discovered that I was not the only one they did this to. When I went to disembark on the final morning, they couldn't find me in the computer - one hour to reconcile between my original embarkation and my disembarkation because of the back to back. No one available to take my (very heavy) bags full of scrapbooking gear off the ship because the majority of passengers were overnighters and had only 1 small bag. And then when I finally got to the last security check point, they can't find me in the computer either and tried to send me back to Reception yet again. I'm not going to keep going - to talk about the engine noise, the claustrophobic inside cabin that felt like a cell, the paper thin Cabin walls, the hip bath sized pool, the very poor layout of the ship. On the plus side - the Entertainment in the Astor Lounge each night was really good. And that's about all the plus side! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My husband and I have been on many many cruises over the years and have been before on the Astor on 2/01/2014 from Fremantle to Asia and back and had a great time. We saw the farewell 1night cruise and thought it would be great to go on ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many many cruises over the years and have been before on the Astor on 2/01/2014 from Fremantle to Asia and back and had a great time. We saw the farewell 1night cruise and thought it would be great to go on and asked a couple of our friends to come along as they have never been on a cruise before and we were singing the praises about the Astor. When we arrived at the port of Fremantle for boarding at 4.30pm we were told to wait as they had a lunch time event on and they were not ready for us to board, no apology, we were all told to sit down and wait to be called per row, we felt like we were being treated like a herd of cattle after spending our money on what was supposed to be the start of a nice experience especially to introduce our friends to cruising, we eventually boarded at 6.00pm and then had to go to reception to join a big line of passengers to register your charge-card to activate your on board card, we did not get to our cabins till 6.30pm, never any apology from anyone. We had a pleasent evening the entertainment was good, but in the morning we woke with our stewardess banging on our cabin door at 7.15am to come in to check the mini-bar, they said we had to have our cabin keys back by 7.30am otherwise we would be charged $25.00, we went to breakfast after being up early as most people were, everyone would have left the ship by 9.00am, they just wanted you off to get organised for the big cruise ahead, we felt like we had been on an school over-night excursion with food and entertainment thrown in for the price of $149.00 each. 4.30pm on board - 9.30am dept next day, what a joke, what a disgrace, next year they are having lots of overnight stays on board, would certainly recommend not going on them, very disoppointed after our first experience on the Astor, will not be going with them cruising next time around, they have got too greedy and trying to do too many events and cannot cope with them all. Kate Clymer Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
A small group of us spent a night on the Astor in Fremantle, Western Australia on a "cruise to nowhere". The ship remained in port and was designed as an introduction to cruising for new cruisers. Most of us had cruised a ... Read More
A small group of us spent a night on the Astor in Fremantle, Western Australia on a "cruise to nowhere". The ship remained in port and was designed as an introduction to cruising for new cruisers. Most of us had cruised a number of times previously and since . I have not done a review earlier but as I see constant advertisements for the Astor in our week-end newspapers I feel that it is time for me to say something !!! We enjoyed the night we had on the Astor, fun entertainment and good food HOWEVER the ship itself is like a "caravan on the sea". It is very small with very limited facilities. This is fine if potential cruisers are aware of this but the advertising we see indicates in now way how small and limited this ship is! In absolutely NO WAY does it compare to real ships such as the P&O or Royal Caribbean ships that sail out of Australia. These ships have a huge array of eating options on offer , a choice of pool and spa areas and numerous entertainment options. I feel that potential cruisers need to be aware that the Astor is nothing like the ships they generally see advertised and need to do further research so that they make an informed decision regarding sailing on this ship!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We have recently returned to Australia on a 35 day cruise which began in Rome and concluded in Fremantle. The ship on which we travelled was the M.S.Astor which was on a relocation cruise to spend the summer season sailing out of ... Read More
We have recently returned to Australia on a 35 day cruise which began in Rome and concluded in Fremantle. The ship on which we travelled was the M.S.Astor which was on a relocation cruise to spend the summer season sailing out of Fremantle. There were 10 ports of call at some interesting and very different locations, namely, Rome, Livorno, Sicily, Malta, Athens, Aqaba, Salalah, Columbo, Phuket, Singapore, Bali and Fremantle. I would not hesitate to recommend the Astor to anyone contemplating a cruise. The food quality and variety was consistently great, including the waiters, to whom, nothing was too much trouble. The on board entertainment was exceptional, particularly for a small ship and the array of costumes was amazing. The entertainment in the Captains lounge each night before dinner by two young ladies on the piano and violin was exceptional. The quizzes for the more sedentary like me, although I did my 15 laps around the ship on the walking path most days, were a hit whereas my wife enjoyed the more physical offerings such as Zumba, water aerobics, line dancing and stretch and tone to name but a few. The guest lecturer, archaeologist Mike Stone and Artist Noel with his art classes were both well patronised and engaging. The shore cruises were all of interest and we visited many places which certainly broadened our knowledge of some unusual and fascinating countries. Our stateroom (cabin) on the Atlantic deck was quite adequate with the more expensive suites of course being quite a bit larger. The cruise director Gary, did a great job, making everyone seem a bit special, taking time to chat or seek comment as he roamed the ship. He excelled also as an MC, quizmaster and story teller. We were fortunate with the weather as most of the cruise was in calm weather, but off the coast of Western Australia with the sea given at 7 the Astor was remarkably stable. Very few people suffered seriously from mal de mare. The only negatives were the 20 to 30% increase in drink prices since its last cruise in the Mediterranean area, a fact attested to by a couple who had been on a recent cruise. The tap beer was seldom cold enough and of inferior taste but on recommendation of the many Australians on board this problem may be addressed by the time the Australian cruises begin. The concern over prices was addressed when, for a fee of twenty dollars (?) we were given a 20% discount on all bar purchases. We experienced another problem when settling our on board account. Because Astor’s bank account is in Europe, our bank charged a 3% conversion fee, which in our case amounted to around $130. The best alternative is to settle your on board account in cash. We learned that unless you absolutely must book early to ensure you get what you want, people who booked in the last 2 or 3 weeks received a substantially better deal than we did, for instance an inside cabin and air fare for $3300 and we paid $6200 for an outside cabin, no airfare   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Astor Ratings
Category Editor Member

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click