We chose this cruise because we were looking for a getaway from the kids for a week, and to see Tasmania.
We stayed in Melbourne for 2 days prior to leaving. The weather was nice until it was time for us to sail. It became rough with gale force winds. We left port over 12 hours late. Then the first day at sea was very rough. Almost half the ship out with sea sickness.
Embarking was easy, as was disembarkation at each port. Very smooth, we ran into no issues.
The cabin was definitely subpar. The beds were very firm, I could have slept on the floor and it would have felt the same as the mattress. Same with the pillows...very firm. The sheets had yellowing stains all over them. The sink in the bathroom was broken when we got into the cabin (the push down plug was stuck and we had a to call a room attendant to fix it). The shower tap dripped non stop. Rust was present under the fittings and there was mould in the seals around the tub. It just seemed tired, unloved and in need of a desperate make over.
No excursion...leaving from Melbourne.
We loved Hobart. Lots to do here. LOTS of walking.
Another great port. Don't need to pay for a shore tour here. You can just walk around and see for yourself, read the plaques, learn. Take photos. Definitely don't need a full day here.