Just wanted a short break to take some non cruisers on a trial cruise...so we did a 3 nighter from Adelaide to Melbourne in 4 cabins. The ship was old and tired, the staff dis-interested and this reflected in the food, some surly waiters and the entertainment.
After 3 days, everyone was more than happy to get off ! I dont think I could have handled one day more! So two formal dining rooms serving the same food, Horizon food buffet and 2 and half paid restaurants at £16 per person surcharge plus extras on some dishes eg. £2.50 for an angus burger...
The food was lacking in variety and the quality was pretty poor. (I would say Holland America and Princess offer double the variety). Very little fresh fruit eg no bananas in site, salads lacked greenery (surely they could have picked up supplies in perth?). Meat was tough. One roast a night and they would cut two small thin slices! In three days: They could not confirm a golf simulator session. A pilates class was cancelled with no notice, a yoga class also cancelled with no notice and the painting session started half an hour earlier than advertised as they forgot to change their clocks for the half hour difference when crossing into Victoria from South Australia....so I missed that!
The cabin was fine. Friendly cabin cleaners. Entertainment was endless quizzes. The stage was cramped .... Must however give a shoutout to the band Caravan who were fabulous. They also had a lady on who talked about the Oceans and the effect of humans on the oceans. Sooooo interesting. Some went to a talk about the Canning stock route but said the presenter was not good.
Very limited staff at reception so when you had a question, they would page say the entertainment people who would not get back to them... My husband went back 4 times to ask about a golf simulator booking and he is stillllll waiting for a reply!
Very few children but majority were of course British people, being a British ship and average age would probably be 65+ and many walkers, scooters etc In terms of atmosphere, there was none! Some ships just have a positive vibe....this was not one of them! One of our group had a pusher - and he found it easy enough to get around
Cabin was fine