Boarded Brisbane 24th Feb at Grain Terminal
!st port of call Cairns Went ashore in large catamaran excellent transport compared to ships tenders
2nd port of call Rabaul
We decided to do a shore tour What a disaster Cost US$119 each for a 4 hr ride to hell and back , decided to go and have some acupuncture to ships acupuncturist to relive some of the aches and pains ) Debbie Ai knows her stuff and her treatment helped tremendously (cost us$ 1500) for 5 treatments each
Temperature 36 degrees C hi humidity .We boarded our minibus to find a very shabby interior no air conditioner working/shock absorbers at 20% working/dirty/non operating seat belts and multiple cracks thru windscreen.
Our tour visited 3 places 1st War museum which consisted of a 1 acre of well mowed grass a couple of buildings and all these war machines almost totally rusted away and still deteriorating due to no overhead protection and a crocodile in a enclosed pond at back of display.
Next ,visited war cemetry which is financed by the Australian Government which is very well maintained and worth seeing. (beautiful setting)
At no stage did the tour operator commissioned by the ship (PAIVU TOURS) offer to stop for a drink or a pit stop for the ladies. We could have hired a local taxi and had airconditioned comfort at a fraction of the price the ship charged.
Next stop Japanese tunnels (very interesting if you could see I had to turn my Iphone torch to see where i was going ) Poorly presented with only 3 x10 watt fluros distributed along the entire tunnel (80 metres) system driven by a petrol generator at the entrance and extension leads to the floors causing a trip hazard to the visitors .
Roads are full of very large pot holes which do not seem to get much maintence making the trip a back ache/cramped leg nightmare As expected we did not go on anymore paid shore tours
Next stop CEBU but this was cancelled during trip in favour of Puerto Princesa a beautiful town in an great location.
Dis embarkation in Hong Kong was another nightmare which was totally cunards fault.
They had a plan but- it totally got stuffed up
.Luggage was collected the night before and arranged by deck number to be off loaded with the passengers from that deck.
Guess what they unloaded half the luggage from deck 8 then released luggage from deck 7 then 6 while the people from deck 8 were still in the collection area looking for the other half of their luggage , In the meantime the people from lower deck 7 -6 were released into baggage collection pickup area (very small) were people could not move.
It was so crushed that a person could have easily had a heart attack in this environment which was also very cold 12 degrees C and wet
The average age of the passengers on the QE was 71 years old and very few children all of who were well behaved
The off loading point at Ocean terminal was not appropriate for this size of vessel or the number of people getting off for tours and disembarkation.
Another fiasco was the organization of emigration documentation (held on board) which was compounded by late arrival of officials and the route to and from the imigration officials set up by QE staff to get the people thru.
Apart from the above I would highly recommend the Ship and the crew excluding the people responsible for the above fiascoes
Clean visually good plenty of hanging places with plenty of clothes hangers Bed and pillows excellent (downfall only a feather dooner which causes overheating to body at night,What is needed are top sheets and light weight blankets Ships tap water is good for drinking no need for bottled water Tv good but poor selection of movies in English .Bathroom a bit tight only one person comfortable at a time Cabin staff excellent in every way The ship is kept in immaculate condition
Vehicles a/c not working/vehicles very poor mechanical condition/war museum poor all displays nearly rusted away/tunnels poor lighting dangerous/tour guide chewing beetle nuts and spitting red muck in front of tourists. War cemetry was maintained well and was a goodView All 3 Kokopo War & Cultural Museum Reviews
Have seen all tourist venues previously
Used ships bus to go into town to shopping centre(ROBERTSONS) good store
Dis embarking Was horrific Mix up in ports/luggage due to ships company releasing luggage out of sync with passenger dis embarking causing massive problems Every passenger were verbally expressing their anger at the way it was handled