We travelled in a group of 4 couples on this short cruise from Brisbane and had a very good time. The main entertainment was several comedy shows, some rated PG which were (usually) ok for children, and some R rated for the adult themes and language. We preferred the PG rated shows, which showcased the quick minds of the comedians without the swearing. I think that the nature of the cruise meant that there were very few children on board. The shows were generally very good, and we really loved the gong show, where fellow passengers could have a crack at stand up comedy - what a surprise that was! But by far the best entertainment was the range of extremely talented musicians on board. A fabulous singer/guitarist at the Oasis setting the relaxing mood, the girl with the haunting voice at the Lido, the piano player in the Blue Room and the band (Alter Ego?) at Oceans Bar, who took requests and could play and sing anything! The musicians were all superb.
Now the food - we all thought that the 'food court' style of The Pantry was a positive step up from the usual buffet and the food there was simple and tasty. It is hard to get a table here though and tables are not cleared very quickly. Breakfast at the Waterfront was pretty good, but other meals were a bit hit or miss. Angelo's (the Italian) was average and Salt was disappointing (both our fish dishes were overcooked). Service is generally slow. We were unable to get into The Dragon Lady even though we tried booking after lunch on the first day - so get in quick if you want to eat here.
Drinks: Coffee is best in Oceans Bar. The mocktails were way too sweet so we ordered them with soda water to dilute them. (Refreshment package was well used). Favourite cocktail - Pink ginger cosmopolitan! Drinks seemed to be diluted later in the evening.
Suggestion to management: Move the trivia to a larger venue - maybe the Dome? People were sitting on the floor!
Cabin 6019 is located starboard forward on the Promenade deck. It is a great location onboard - easy access to the forward stairs and lifts with little passing traffic. It is classified as restricted view, but there is a very good view of the sea through the gaps in the ship's wall. We liked being able to pop out on the promenade for fresh air and there were very few people passing our cabin. You cannot see into the cabin from the outside during daylight. The bed was super comfy and our steward Carol was a delight. Shower pressure and temperature was great. The carpet and sofa were old and worn, but the rest of the cabin was well maintained. This cabin is under 'The Marquee' theatre, but we did not notice any noise. Note: STARBOARD AFT on this level is a smoking area so there are a lot of visitors there and a constant whiff of smoke. If this would bother you I suggest you avoid odd-numbered cabins 6183 to 6219.