Floating retirement village.: Dawn Princess Cruise Review by skaren@skymesh.com.au

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Floating retirement village.

Sail Date: February 2014
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Melbourne
I was very disappointed with my 13 night cruise to N.Z 5th.Feb to 18th FEb 2014. Not enough to do on board that didn't cost money. The entertainment staff seemed to be running around but not doing anything, The daily itinerary (Princess patter) was of gambling, church services, and spa treatments that had to be paid for. The TV in the room was even considered a form of entertainment, eg wake up show with Mark an Matt 6am -noon, repeated every half hour. 7am- long and lean stretch, Fab abs core work out 7.30am. pilates 8am. knitters and natters get together 8.45. TRX suspension training 9.00am. 9am -1pm tongue and pulse assessment. carpet bowls 9.30 am, Zumba 9.30 am. QIIZ (something for me to do) 11.45 -12.15 strict. then we have Relaxing afternoon -piano melodies......need I go on, movies shown outside on the large screen couldn't be heard, no subtitles either, a movie shown inside at the theatre, usually packed full of people, the first four days at sea we had a Piano accordionist More every night for our entertainment, good to see/hear for half an hour, but after that I was looking for more interesting things to do. all around the ship in the lounge areas, elderly people were snoring in the armchairs. Even they were complaining about the lack of things to do. There was one show on that I really enjoyed ..Fredy Mercury, show, excellent. I am early fifties, far from dead and like to be entertained, if I want to play bowls gamble etc I don't need to go from my local town. I want to feel alive and happy, it would have been good to get a way from it on this cruise, unfortunately it didn't happen.

The food on board was excellent, but due to boredom, I found myself wandering in to the buffet, eating, just to fill in time. I really think they could do better, even going to the quiz AM and Pm the staff made us feel as if we were interrupting their day, one guy even commented that he had put himself out to come and entertain us with question's. some entertainment? he was insulting. There was also a comedian on board who was insulting to the older travelers and he commented that perhaps they had forgotten their nappies etc. not very funny. The room and waiting staff were very efficient and perhaps the cruise director and entertainment staff could learn from them. they certainly need to revise the on board daily listings for entertainment and not include the obvious, such as lunch, as passengers we know about that, we also know about the casino, no need to advertise it as if it is a great event. And for those who don't gamble or poke maybe you had better develop an interest otherwise you too will be bored. Not enough toilets on board for 2000 travelers, and some not well marked. Don't bother taking a tour, what you read is not what you get and is very expensive. Less

Published 03/04/14
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Cabin review: AAp229

The toilet wouldn't flush properly and failed to empty/flush twice, the steward had to be called to clear it. the room was smaller than the inside staterooms on P&O no room for suitcases ours had to be crammed under the bed. If you have had recent shoulder surgery do not go on a cruise the doors are far to heavy to open, the cabin door especially as there is no room to open it with your left hand it has to be opened with the right. Very painful. Shower very small, don't drop the soap, or your bottom will hit the wall when you bend down to pick it up, I'm 54 Kgs slim build and it happened to me every time. room adequate for sleeping but not for staying in, a large chair was placed in our room which wouldn't fit under the desk and took up a lot of floor space.

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