My cruise was a surprise arranged by my friend. I was amazed. Arriving we were greeted by friendly porters and our suitcases were taken to our booked cabins. We then waited some time in five rows filling out paperwork before being served at a counter, then given further documents for customs. Staff were continually on hand to manage the rows.
Once through Customs we walked towards the gangplank stopped to have our photo taken, then into the entrance area. We were greeted by friendly officers and staff and given directions to our cabin.
During the seven days the cabin crew were efficient cleaning our cabin daily, replacing linen and tidying the cabin. The phone marking for enquiries was clear. We had a television and during the emergency gatherings we were told channel 41 contained a viewing of the ship.
Unfortunately we learnt an inside cabin not having windows or a balcony encouraged us to walk down stairs or arrange a lift downstairs from deck six to deck three to view the marvellous ocean or see any action during sailing towards docks or leaving docks. I watched the ship leaving the dock in Melbourne and it was marvellous watching the men on the dock and the gang blank being lifted into the ship.
Activities on board included, shows, staff employed to dance with ladies without partners or husbands, craft, card games, ping pong, massages, swimming, line and modern dancing classes, art training, tour of galleries, virtual bridge tours , gymnasiums, casino, bars, shops, violins, police bands, Irish dancers,international dancers, singers, harps and piano bar with trumpets.
There was a black and white and a masked ball and judging. Staff were friendly and continually cleaning. Blankets for cold days on decks supplied. Any emergency was dealt with immediately. Embarking and disembarking off ship was well organised. with sanitizers for hand washing supplied on docks along with face washers with Dettol and cold water during hot days after excursions. Umbrellas were also supplied for the rainy day at Bernie.
Days were busy with so many choices to make, walking up and down stairs for activities with crowded lifts at times and wonderful meals at the Britannia Restaurant. The ludo deck supplied snacks twenty four hours a day for staff and guests. The decor was opulent and relaxing. We all enjoyed dressing up for gala and ball nights while the masked ball was fun with people relaxing hiding behind well designed masks.
The cruise was fantastic
It was comfortable but we did not realize we could not tell what time it was with no window or balcony. We used a wake up call alarm.
Staff were excellent as we had a plumbing problem and a plumbers immediately came to solve the problem. Laundry service was standard and arrived promptly two days later.
We learned a balcony cabin was a better choice in