As the Kimberley region in WA is remote and difficult to experience, we thought a cruise would show us the wilderness, safely and in relative comfort. We had travelled the Gibb River road, some years ago, but wanted to the see the coast and the interesting islands off shore. We also wanted to see the Indigenous art galleries, which are not readily accessible. And we were not disappointed. We saw some amazing Art.
Unfortunately we missed two very significant islands - the Eleline and Lacepedes. We were relying on this cruise to take us there. So we were very disappointed that they were not included in our itinerary. While we were told the itinerary was based on tides, there were some days when it seemed we were wasting time, prolonging excursions for no apparent productive reason.
Having completed 27 cruises, we were conscious of the required hygiene protocols. Covid was on board from day two. The staff were very insistent on hand sanitising and mask wearing in doors. But there was a lot of coughing from people who were obviously unwell. This was especially noticeable on excursions where mask wearing was not require. And we were surprised that breakfast was buffet style. On other cruises we have been on (long before Covid) staff always served food and there was no handling by passengers. We had a BBQ one night and all food was served by the staff only, so it appeared to us that the staff were conscious of the risk of spreading the infection.
Response from JeffG, Digital Executive
Well appointed and designed, with lots of storage space. Unfortunately the air conditioning was too cold and we had a lot of trouble trying to set it to a more comfortable temperature. Eventually we were able to turn it off completely and relied on keeping the balcony door open. With Covid on board we very worried about how well the air circulating through the vessel was being filtered.