WE boarded ship 3 hours late due to Noro virus on previous leg of the repositioning cruise. We knew of the delay thru CC, X never notified us even though many were notified by X up to 3 different ways of the late boarding. We didn't get to our rooms until 5:30. X said it was due to ship cleaning, but we also were told that previous leg had major luggage and immigration problems on the Sydney part of the cruise.
Minimal amenities when we finally got to our room (no drinking classes and were told we couldn't have any even though my husband needed them to take his medicine). We have been on a Princess cruise with Noro virus and have not had all the room amenities removed. No ice bucket, champagne, etc. We finally got items during cruise. No library books or games the entire cruise, but casino and shops were open.
The buffet was very good, but it had almost exactly the same food every day. The food was good, but it would have been nice to have more variety from day to day. Example in the curry section there were the same curies, with only the meat one changed. Breakfast was exactly the same each day with maybe one sausage changed. The desserts were the same every day, and many were tasteless, almost like the baker didn't like to use sugar. Crusts were not made by a pastry chef. Most days there were 4-5 desserts and they were almost always the same. Once or twice near the end the pastries changed and were actually fairly good. The coffee bar also had exactly the same items every day. The muffins were very good and the apple turnover was good but it would have been nice to have different types of fruit inside.
9245 directly overlooks the smoking area on deck 5. We could watch the people smoking and could smell the smoke. X first said that there was no smoking allowed, but then admitted that we were over the smoking area. We were moved to a suite due to a flood in the room and the smoking area below us. Room was directly at the curve of the ship, so the balcony was not very private, but seemed to be slightly larger than others due to the position.
Check out odd numbered cabins near the rear elevator to make sure you are not directly over the smoking area. Some cabins looked directly at the smokers a deck below them.
Great port. Ship docked near busses and transportation. We took private tours
Tender. Lots to do in town. Tender drops you off in the center of town. Took private excursions
Drops you off in center of town.