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I decided it would be really nice to spend New Years Eve with the kids and grandkids, there was 11 of us, I spent $7000 for all of us for the two nights and it was total waste of money. The pantry food was so bad, fish was burnt and hard as rocks, chips were cold and dry. Rice was tasteless and cold. There were only 4 serveries the others were closed. Not even any roasts. Had lunch and dinner on second day in the Waterfront, although there were 3 different waterfront restaurants, they all served the same food. The food was so bad at the waterfront we decided to try the pantry again but they had the same food as the waterfront, soggy vegetable pastry, disappointed once again. If you were thirsty you would be waiting 1 hour for a drink, shortness of staff and total shambles, it was a New Years cruise so you would expect lots of drinking, even the captain was yelling at his staff to hurry up and he then started to serve drinks from the ice cream counter, because we were all waiting and getting frustrated. Lets say they lost lots of money because they couldn't keep up. I would say there was 2 maybe 3 waiter staff walking around taking drinks for 500 people and only three staff behind the bar. If you just wanted a cold glass of water, there was none, not like other ships there are cold iced water buckets at each bar, you would have to walk into the pantry for a small kids size glass for a drink. If you wanted to be introduced to your room servants, you don't, you don see them at all. If you wanted a cup of coffee you would have to wait so the counter staff can stop between orders to clean the machine, you would be waiting another 20 minutes for a coffee. The only refurbishment I can see as I have travelled on the P&O Eden before are the smaller round tables you can only fit 2 people in the pantry, there are less outdoor chairs, everything else is exactly the same. It appears they are only looking as $ because they have not calculated the correct amount of staff for the amount of people on board. I've travelled on 15 cruises,people would say P&O are the Kmart Brand, well this is your cheap as chips brand or reject brand without the cheap price. 1st time on Vasco de gama and last time, never again.

Disgusting, dont waste your money

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review by Mammal50

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I decided it would be really nice to spend New Years Eve with the kids and grandkids, there was 11 of us, I spent $7000 for all of us for the two nights and it was total waste of money.

The pantry food was so bad, fish was burnt and hard as rocks, chips were cold and dry. Rice was tasteless and cold. There were only 4 serveries the others were closed. Not even any roasts.

Had lunch and dinner on second day in the Waterfront, although there were 3 different waterfront restaurants, they all served the same food. The food was so bad at the waterfront we decided to try the pantry again but they had the same food as the waterfront, soggy vegetable pastry, disappointed once again.

If you were thirsty you would be waiting 1 hour for a drink, shortness of staff and total shambles, it was a New Years cruise so you would expect lots of drinking, even the captain was yelling at his staff to hurry up and he then started to serve drinks from the ice cream counter, because we were all waiting and getting frustrated. Lets say they lost lots of money because they couldn't keep up. I would say there was 2 maybe 3 waiter staff walking around taking drinks for 500 people and only three staff behind the bar.

If you just wanted a cold glass of water, there was none, not like other ships there are cold iced water buckets at each bar, you would have to walk into the pantry for a small kids size glass for a drink.

If you wanted to be introduced to your room servants, you don't, you don see them at all.

If you wanted a cup of coffee you would have to wait so the counter staff can stop between orders to clean the machine, you would be waiting another 20 minutes for a coffee.

The only refurbishment I can see as I have travelled on the P&O Eden before are the smaller round tables you can only fit 2 people in the pantry, there are less outdoor chairs, everything else is exactly the same. It appears they are only looking as $ because they have not calculated the correct amount of staff for the amount of people on board.

I've travelled on 15 cruises,people would say P&O are the Kmart Brand, well this is your cheap as chips brand or reject brand without the cheap price.

1st time on Vasco de gama and last time, never again.
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