We had read a lot of bad reviews before boarding this cruise so tried to keep our expectations low. We were also aware that the boat was going in for a refurb at the end of our cruise and that had us worried that there would be a lot of things either broken or not in working order. This was not the case in our experience. Apart from our mattress being very hard, we were very happy with our cabin. Our cabin stewards were absolutely fabulous and definitely contributed to our enjoyment of the cruise. We found all of the entertainment to be of a high standard and varied. We really enjoyed the Gatsby Party, fantastic! And the farewell party on the last night was outstanding, expecially the Jam Session by all the entertainers together.
We had 3 dining experiences at Salt and all 3 were sensational. The food, the service the ambience, all were outstanding.
Our dining experiences at The Waterfront left a lot to be desired. There seems to be a lack of staff, staff training and budget in this restaurant. The food is either under or over cooked, usually not hot and often not what is stated on the menu. We only had one breakfast there and it was inedible and so bad that we did not return for this again. We never had a lunch there and I think we had 5 dinners of which 2 were passable. On one night I ordered spaghetti with prosciutto and parsley sauce. It came to the table as a bowl of cold spaghetti with a couple of pieces of parmesan cheese on top. No prosciutto or parsley whatsoever.
We dined at Luna on one occassion and the food wass lovely, the service was great but as the restaurant is just a cordoned off area in The Plantation buffet restaurant, it really lacked ambience.
We found The Plantation restaurant to be pretty food. I am not usually one to enjoy a buffet but this one was pretty good, especially compared to what was on offer at The Waterfront. I understand that this restaurant is about to become The Pantry after the refurb.
My husband and I like to enjoy a drink or two or three when we are on holidays and seriously thought about taking the drink package offer but in the end we did not as there seems to be a lot of rules and stipulations where it is concerned. This turned out in our favour as we did not spend as much as the drink package would have cost and we were able to drink how and what we liked.
We did not do any P & O excursions as they are so overpriced. There was a bit of a kerfuffle on the day that we were in Bali in regard to disembarkation so it took half of he day to get onto land but otherwise, embarking and disembarking went without incident.
We had a really great time on this cruise and believe we got what we paid for. Cruising is a really relaxing holiday made all the better by calm seas and good weather. I really look forward to cruising on The Dawn in the near future to enjoy her refurb.
We were very pleasantly surprised. There is heaps of storage space, room was clean and our cabin stewards were amazing. Unfortunately, the bed was very hard but the cabin stewards did all that they could to help with this.