Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by jkrfun
- Sail Date: January 2013
- Destination: South Pacific
We expected more from the Waterfront restaurant because it was going to be a proper sit-down dinner. However, the service was sub-standard which resulted in: not getting our orders correct, not being brought bread or butter until the meal was served or we asked for it, not getting drinks in a timely fashion, and finally food arriving only slightly warm. The best meal I had was one where I asked to have the salmon/ dilled potato entree (one slice of fish over a half cup of potatoes). Not being very hungry, and not wishing to waste food, I asked this to be served to me as my main an chose the chicken broth with vegetable wonton as my entree. When the salmon did arrive (at twice the size!) it was more cold than hot. I knew this was not correct as another diner at my table had this item as their entree and it arrived hot for them. Breakfast seemed to be a repeat of the selections at Plantation with the difference being that it was served individually. We did not dine at La Luna though we had a look at the menu and that evening there were only two non hot/ spicy options. As for Salt Grill, that WAS worth spending extra money on! Maria and Danny took care of our table and are to be commended for their professionalism and attention to detail. Both of them helped make our dining experience stellar that evening.
I have NO issues with bar bills for various soft drinks or alcohol, but I found it annoying to be forced to pay for something to eat if I was feeling peckish or, in future, to know that I would have to bring my own snacks along on the cruise unless I was not going to be bothered by paying $6.95 for a small tube of Pringles.
Enough about food, onto entertainment.
According to what I read on the P&O website: The best cruises bring you unforgettable entertainment. As the stars sparkle in the night sky, so do the stars on stage. Every P&O Cruises ship features a choice of dazzling entertainment for your exclusive pleasure. Spectacular shows you won't see anywhere else.
Actually I found it to be forgettable entertainment. Though clearly they tried, the quality just wasn't there. Perhaps there wasn't much to choose from at the time of booking but sadly the fact is that the stage performances were not even as good as some high school productions I've seen. I was struck by the lack of creativity, innovation, sophistication that I had previously enjoyed on other cruises. I do not need or desire anything so "high brow" but over-used humor, and high school antics, with a dose of double en tendres to "spice" things up seemed more suitable for a less intelligent adult audience.
I found it unfortunate that there were two shows offered as a one time only option and those occurred during day tour times. Having seen a preview of the "magician" (who was predictable) it was of no great loss to have missed him. However, I feel the acrobats were performers that should not have been missed. And it would have been nice to have added another booking of that show during the time we spent outside of Noumea, given that many people did not disembark due to the lateness of our arrival hour.
Having said all that, had the food and entertainment not been so abysmal we would have remained for the duration of the trip, rough seas aside. As it was, we did not take the tour we had paid for in Port Vila, and instead booked a flight back to Brisbane.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
NoumeaReally can't talk about this port call since the ship arrived so late that most businesses would be closed. For the 3.5 hours we would only have ashore it wasn't worth the hassle of leaving/ re-boarding the ship.View All 308 Noumea Cruise Port Reviews
I cannot find Lifou or Pt. Vila on the port list, will post my comments here.
LIFOU was LOVELY. We opted for the new Vanilla House tour and it was wonderful. The bus ride over was pleasant, scenic, relaxing. Our tour guide at the Vanilla House was knowledgeable and while he apologized for his English, he was easily understood. This tour was well worth the money and time and I hope that they get a good portion of the fee that is charged. What a good industry for that small and oh, so lovely island. Friendly people, picture postcard scenery! Beautiful.
PT. VILA - didn't really tour at all or spend any significant amount of time other than in their airport. I will say that we were fortunate to have had a great taxi driver, Fredde. Took his name and number and will definitely give him a call when next we visit.
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