Cabins were locked by old fashioned keys, as were the safes. The inside cabin we had (519) was very small, but it was clean. The single beds were bunk bed size and we were only able to fit a small suitcase underneath. The big suitcase had to be propped up against the bar fridge. There was a small TV - Channels 3 and 4 each played a different movie every day, but on a loop for the entire day. The $29 a day drinks package was good value, providing you did not mind "house" spirits, but many people were upset that it did not include bottled water - only water by the glass. The food was disappointing. The meat was generally overcooked and the three different daily salads were loaded with onion and seemed to have the same bland dressing. Tea and coffee were only available from 6.30am, unless of course you ordered from Room Service for a fee. Bread and rolls were stale and the scones were rock hard. Smokers were contained to the starboard side of the pool deck only and were allocated two tables and 8 chairs under the stairs catering for approximately 80 to 100 people. The Lido Bar on this deck closed at 6.00pm and drinks were only available from the deck above at the Hanse Bar. The service from these bars was extremely poor. Perhaps CMV should consider accepting non smoking cruisers only on such a small ship as the Astor, instead of extracting money from smokers and then denying them the same holiday enjoyment afforded to non smokers. The Library was only open from 9am to 10am and the shops also had staggered opening hours, apparently due to staff shortages. That was the same in the beauty salon where there was only one staff member performing massages and serving customers buying product. Tenders were used to go ashore in Esperance and the fumes from the engine were overwhelming. We won't be sailing on the Astor again.

A very poor experience : Cruising from Fremantle to Esperance, Albany and back

Astor Cruise Review by EveeH

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Cabins were locked by old fashioned keys, as were the safes. The inside cabin we had (519) was very small, but it was clean. The single beds were bunk bed size and we were only able to fit a small suitcase underneath. The big suitcase had to be propped up against the bar fridge.

There was a small TV - Channels 3 and 4 each played a different movie every day, but on a loop for the entire day.

The $29 a day drinks package was good value, providing you did not mind "house" spirits, but many people were upset that it did not include bottled water - only water by the glass.

The food was disappointing. The meat was generally overcooked and the three different daily salads were loaded with onion and seemed to have the same bland dressing. Tea and coffee were only available from 6.30am, unless of course you ordered from Room Service for a fee. Bread and rolls were stale and the scones were rock hard.

Smokers were contained to the starboard side of the pool deck only and were allocated two tables and 8 chairs under the stairs catering for approximately 80 to 100 people. The Lido Bar on this deck closed at 6.00pm and drinks were only available from the deck above at the Hanse Bar. The service from these bars was extremely poor. Perhaps CMV should consider accepting non smoking cruisers only on such a small ship as the Astor, instead of extracting money from smokers and then denying them the same holiday enjoyment afforded to non smokers.

The Library was only open from 9am to 10am and the shops also had staggered opening hours, apparently due to staff shortages. That was the same in the beauty salon where there was only one staff member performing massages and serving customers buying product.

Tenders were used to go ashore in Esperance and the fumes from the engine were overwhelming.

We won't be sailing on the Astor again.
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