Having cruised several times in the past and liking the atmosphere of smaller vessels we chose Astor for this cruise to Esperence and Albany. Being an elderly lady of the seas "Astor" despite a recent refurbishment still appears outdated with drab decoration and claustrophobic cabins. The cabin air conditioning worked at one level only and was insufficient to supply a good quality air flow. The small ocean view window was encrusted with salt and provided no view. The food provided was plentiful but mediocre in quality and variety howvevr the dining staff were friendly and attentive to their duties.The price of drinks is excessive and the alcoholic beverage package is a rip as all members of the cabin must agree to pay before it is valid e.g. Currently $29.00 each per day!) The shore excursions offered (although a little pricey) met expectations and the organisation of landing and boarding ran smoothly. Disembarkation was little more that organised chaos with crowds of people thronging around the gangway to disembark as early as they could. Overall though not a total DIS ASTOR I think we will stick with the tried and tested Princess Cruises.

Mediocre Trip

Astor Cruise Review by bilbyg

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Having cruised several times in the past and liking the atmosphere of smaller vessels we chose Astor for this cruise to Esperence and Albany. Being an elderly lady of the seas "Astor" despite a recent refurbishment still appears outdated with drab decoration and claustrophobic cabins. The cabin air conditioning worked at one level only and was insufficient to supply a good quality air flow. The small ocean view window was encrusted with salt and provided no view.

The food provided was plentiful but mediocre in quality and variety howvevr the dining staff were friendly and attentive to their duties.The price of drinks is excessive and the alcoholic beverage package is a rip as all members of the cabin must agree to pay before it is valid e.g. Currently $29.00 each per day!)

The shore excursions offered (although a little pricey) met expectations and the organisation of landing and boarding ran smoothly.

Disembarkation was little more that organised chaos with crowds of people thronging around the gangway to disembark as early as they could.

Overall though not a total DIS ASTOR I think we will stick with the tried and tested Princess Cruises.
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Claustrophobic with poor ocean views due to salt encrustation. Cabin steward kept the cabin clean and tidy.