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Choose this cruise line as first time down to Australia and needed to explore. We have been on many cruises in the mid range but this one was well below our expectations. Chinese line. Need a lot to learn about what Western passengers expect. Apparently this is normally a gambling ship out of Singapore and HongKong. Rooms were clean. Single beds which we did not expect. Staff were very polite. Wines were fine and well priced. Food up in the LIdo was mostly cold to warm. Food in main restaurant was just OK. Bread always stale. Set menu in Chinese restaurant no choices. Cordial as juice for breakfast. Last day was for excited as on the menu was eggs with smoked salmon. When it arrived asked where was the smoked salmon.Answer it was minced into the scramble eggs. Not what was expected. Could only have Lipton tea. Any other types like decaf or peppermint etc needed to pay for. Free coffee was terrible. Coffee from cafe bar was Ok but you needed to buy it. Port days times of arrival and departure very poor. For example arrived Melbourne 3pm left 12 midnight. So by the time disembarked which was very very slow all attractions closed. Captains communication was none existent. Only heard from him once and that was when we couldn’t leave Sydney because of bad weather. No communication when we could disembark just had to watch other people making moves. Never again. Not cheap compared to say mid priced R.C. Or H.A. Or Celebrity. Stay with them.

Never again

Explorer Dream Cruise Review by Newpj

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Choose this cruise line as first time down to Australia and needed to explore. We have been on many cruises in the mid range but this one was well below our expectations.

Chinese line. Need a lot to learn about what Western passengers expect.

Apparently this is normally a gambling ship out of Singapore and HongKong.

Rooms were clean. Single beds which we did not expect. Staff were very polite. Wines were fine and well priced.

Food up in the LIdo was mostly cold to warm. Food in main restaurant was just OK. Bread always stale. Set menu in Chinese restaurant no choices.

Cordial as juice for breakfast. Last day was for excited as on the menu was eggs with smoked salmon. When it arrived asked where was the smoked salmon.Answer it was minced into the scramble eggs. Not what was expected. Could only have Lipton tea. Any other types like decaf or peppermint etc needed to pay for. Free coffee was terrible. Coffee from cafe bar was Ok but you needed to buy it.

Port days times of arrival and departure very poor. For example arrived Melbourne 3pm left 12 midnight. So by the time disembarked which was very very slow all attractions closed.

Captains communication was none existent. Only heard from him once and that was when we couldn’t leave Sydney because of bad weather. No communication when we could disembark just had to watch other people making moves.

Never again. Not cheap compared to say mid priced R.C. Or H.A. Or Celebrity. Stay with them.
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