Back to back cruise to Asia, great port destinations but spoiled by missing Broome.
RC just advised us on embarkation they were not going to Broome ( this was the major reason many people booked this cruise ), handled very poorly by RC. Most people on the ship were upset with rubbish being broadcast by the captain about unforeseen tides etc, cruise critic started a letter to RC complaining of the poor handling and lots of people signed if they could find out about it ( no help from RC of course ). In the end RC just washed their hands of any responsibility and no compensation was offered, just as expected.
The visits to the ports were good ( if you organized it yourself that is, otherwise you were ripped off badly by RC organized tours ).
Reading previous reviews I agree with them about the food, entertainment, staff etc and especially about the RC prices on board for drinks, coffees, internet and shop items being at least 30% more expensive than on Australian Ships with currency differences.
Keith the cruise director did a good job and his staff were excellent, funny how the captain was taken off after first cruise and new captain on second 10 day trip, was it the Broome mishandling ?? Apparently the Broome incident made the news in Perth!
And lastly don't expect any information about the ports from RC, no maps or talks on what to expect ashore, just hard sell of their tours.
Cabin was fine except for small shower and no fridge, usual for this class of ship internal cabin.
Fremantle is easy to access from Perth by train and is not far from station. There are lots of things to see around the area and has two free buses around the area.
We walked all around the area, clean and modern town now and waterfront has lots to see. Great stop.
Port Headland was the stop, had a good time and seen lots around the area, the locals did a great job. But in the end it is just a mining port, but not having seen it before was interesting.
Can get taxi tours around the area, not too expensive, especially if you team up with another couple and of course negotiate your costs and pay when back to ship or at drop off in Kuta. Very busy roads and you have a hair raising trip usually. But it's a good day and has lots to see out of Kuta, the taxi drivers know where to take you, but don't let them just take you to where they want you to buy things and get kick backs.
Just organize a taxi tour, lots to see, traffic is better.
Just take a taxi tour, lots to see, taxi drivers have lists of places to see, taxi's are good value, just negotiate.
Taxi tours are a good way to get around, reasonable prices and as usual about 20% of ship tours.