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49 Perth (Fremantle) to Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

My wife and I traveled on True North which was our first time on it. It was fabulous. I felt the best attribute of the ship was the staff - their genuine warmth, engagement, fun and hospitality. It is impossible to force these traits ... Read More
My wife and I traveled on True North which was our first time on it. It was fabulous. I felt the best attribute of the ship was the staff - their genuine warmth, engagement, fun and hospitality. It is impossible to force these traits and for them to shine as genuine characteristics is to their credit. The coast is rugged, remote and spectacular. I can see why our Dutch friends in the seventeenth century didn't think much of the land for settlement. Of course their real problem was they weren't travelling in the lap of luxury with a helicopter to ferry them hither and thither. I also liked that there were only about 15 cabins on the boat and that the guests were quite interesting. We will definitely catch up with a few. The ship fostered a genuine sense of camaraderie with humor added for good measure. One of the guests wrote a song about our adventures and we had a singalong which was quite amusing. The food was always interesting, fresh and often involved the catch of the day. I might have retired to the bar once or twice which always generated much laughter and the sense of ridiculous. The hosts with the most were Jo-Lee and Coco We will be going on the ship again Bravo True North! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Booked this cruise from Fremantle to Fremantle for 5 nights. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before. We both loved it! A great first experience on a grand old lady. Our room was bigger than expected with an ocean view room ... Read More
Booked this cruise from Fremantle to Fremantle for 5 nights. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before. We both loved it! A great first experience on a grand old lady. Our room was bigger than expected with an ocean view room with a double bed. Very clean room which was cleaned twice a day by Augustine. A lovely man who placed balloons on our door and organised an anniversary card for us. Hot and strong water pressure in the shower. Never used the fridge. Plenty of storage. We were on the baltic deck, room 417. A bit rough the first night, but I got used to the movement of the boat in consecutive days. We ordered the CMV Premium drinks package at $48 per person per room per day. I kept all drink receipts and we ending up drinking $110 more than the drinks package. Glasses of white and red wine, sparkling, most spirits, cocktails, mocktails included in the price. Gede the barman was a great asset to the ship. Food in the Waldorf restaurant was very good, however I did not find a good dessert. The afternoon tea in the Ubersee club was ok, but the cakes, scones etc tasted stale. Breakfast in the Waldorf was help yourself with lunch and dinner served to you. We ate at the Mediterranean and Asian fusion restaurants as well, and the food was spectacular. An extra $15 per person which was well worth it. 6 courses and they were all good. Some staff in the restaurant were friendlier than others, thank you Anastasia who gave outstanding service in the Waldorf. Activities weren't that exciting, we did enjoy the quizzes which were on twice a day. Karaoke and the disco was also fun. Activities were centred around the older clientele (70 years plus), we are in our 40's. This did not cause too much of a problem though, we just had another drink! Lol. Did not try the pools or spa/ beauty salon. On our wedding anniversary we received an anniversary cake with sparklers and had our photo taken. The company has just sent me an email of this photo, thank you very much. This ship is lovely, a pity it will finish cruising off Fremantle this season. A bigger ship is coming in its place so it will be interesting to compare them. My husband and I definitely would love to go on another cruise again. Thank you to all staff on board for a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I won a cruise voucher in competition. I had never been on a cruise before. I chose a short cruise just to see how we would like it. We had a fantastic time! The cabin was very comfortable, I chose a balcony as I hadn't been on a ... Read More
I won a cruise voucher in competition. I had never been on a cruise before. I chose a short cruise just to see how we would like it. We had a fantastic time! The cabin was very comfortable, I chose a balcony as I hadn't been on a cruise before and thought an inside one without windows might be a bit claustrophobic, but now I have been I would be happy to be in either type on any future cruises, there is so much to do on the ship and so many quiet places to sit and read or do other things that you hardly spend any time in the cabin anyway. There is also plenty of places to sit and watch the ocean, you don't need your own balcony. The entertainment was awesome, you were made to feel welcome and encouraged to join in with the dancing and activities and I mean encouraged in a good way, not pushy. There was so much to do on the ship, great live shows in the theatre, movies in the theatre or outside under the stars, parties, dancing, bars, casino, kids club, library, gym. You can make your holiday a quiet relaxed one or you can party every day, make it whatever you want. We had a wonderful time and will definitely go on another cruise with Princess. I travelled with my 12 year old daughter and she loved it, she met a lot of other kids on the cruise and made some friends, they then met up and did activities together, she said the kids club was great. It was Halloween and the kids club took the kids trick or treating. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Princess cruise have the best staff- keep everyone safe and ensure quality and good service. We had a great time and enjoyed talking with other cruisers and staff. It was a shorter cruise and no passport required which always brings a ... Read More
Princess cruise have the best staff- keep everyone safe and ensure quality and good service. We had a great time and enjoyed talking with other cruisers and staff. It was a shorter cruise and no passport required which always brings a party demographic but still enjoyed the food and entertainment. Thank you to the Captain for keeping everyone safe in poor weather. Some were disappointed by the cancellation of some onboard entertainment and also the cancellation of Busselton port, but we were thankful for the Captains call and appreciated his decision to put the safety of those onboard above pleasing the masses. It was a short get- away in difficult weather with uncomfortably big waves. However, the smiles and pleasant nature of staff onboard made our little holiday fun!! May I also take this opportunity to publicly offer a Thank you to Suresh, Harold, Rudielo, Phoebe, Adrienne, Daisy, George , Alvivio and our Captain for all your efforts. Non Voyage until next time. Keep up the great work and fabulous standard. Wish we could have brought you all home to our place and made you dinner. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wished to go on a Fremantle to Fremantle cruise and this was the first available for a booking. Happily we received an upgrade from the balcony cabin booked to a club Class Mini Suite We found the experience restful, comfortable and ... Read More
We wished to go on a Fremantle to Fremantle cruise and this was the first available for a booking. Happily we received an upgrade from the balcony cabin booked to a club Class Mini Suite We found the experience restful, comfortable and a joy to undertake. The two highlights were the friendly staff (particularly the Regency club class staff and our cabin steward Joseph) and the amazingly comfortable bed with cloud like pillows. Also worthy of mention are the spacious cabin (Club Class mini suite), some top class entertainment (notbly singer ..Joli), amazing food in the Regency dining room, some fun activities and great shopping opportunities. Less positive were that we could not go ashore in Busselton due to weather concerns keeping the ship overnight in Albany, and subsequent less than comfortable travelling in the morning. Still, we can see Busselton any time and got to experience more luxury on board. I would repeat that trip in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The reason for this cruise was because it was the Sun Princess and this was our third time on this ship. The cruise was perfect for a four night getaway to just relax. The embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and professionally ... Read More
The reason for this cruise was because it was the Sun Princess and this was our third time on this ship. The cruise was perfect for a four night getaway to just relax. The embarkation and disembarkation was so quick and professionally done. Our cabin was a mini suite and it was so lovely and clean and it was kept clean all throughout the day. There are so many options to choose from or just chill out like we did. The food is lovely and so much to choose from. There are so many good movies to watch in the room if you want or there are outside movies and concerts to watch on the outdoor screen. There is a theatre room with lots of fantastic entertainment. The Captain and all the crew are just so friendly and will always attend to your needs. We really do enjoy cruising on the Sun Princess and we will definitely cruise again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We have cruised many times with Princess, and are yet to have a bad experience. Of course, having reached "Elite" level in their loyalty program, we are treated very well indeed, and it does add to an experience that is already ... Read More
We have cruised many times with Princess, and are yet to have a bad experience. Of course, having reached "Elite" level in their loyalty program, we are treated very well indeed, and it does add to an experience that is already great. Why Sun Princess? - She's just the right size, and although there are a few frayed edges, it's like putting on a favourite old pair of slippers - She wraps herself around you, and says "Hi, welcome back - I've missed you!" The crew and service personnel are all first class. They all greet you with a smile, and very quickly get to remember your name. Our cabin steward - Ronaldo - was excellent. A man of few words, but great at his job. Sometimes I think he knew what we wanted before we did!! We were in the "Madeira Suite" on this cruise, which meant that we were able to access "Club Class" dining. The food was not that much different from that served in the MDR, but the ambience and attention to detail were fantastic. Full marks to waiters Tarra, Nikola and the rest - they helped to turn a good cruise into a great cruise. We ate once in "Share by Curtis Stone" - The food was fine, but I have to say that this restaurant suffers from a poor location. It used to be a Pizzeria, and worked just fine, but as a quality upmarket offering it doesn't work when passengers are continuously walking past your table, and there is a lot of noise from the Plaza area. Horizon Court was OK, but we did feel that the overall variety and quality of food offered had gone down. What we saw of the entertainment was fine. A particular shout out to Patrick McMahon - he is a true talent, who obviously loves what he does - and it shows!. I have to say that the Lifeboat safety drill was an absolute debacle! Whilst we were please not to have to carry our lifejackets with us, having to wait in a hot overcrowded room for almost an hour, only to hear a VERY brief safety message was unacceptable. Some blame must go to those passengers who ambled in, late, as though it didn't matter - one only hopes that they would have moved faster in a real emergency! Finally, we have just one concern. We were left with the impression that Princess is "dumbing down" it's offering - the gap between it and P and O Australia does seem to be closing.We have always seen Princess as offering a very comfortable experience - moderately luxurious, but without the snobbery that one sometimes finds elsewhere.I hate to say this, but on this cruise, we saw many passengers who frankly would have been better served by P and O Australia - Nowhere was this more evident than in the dining room, where on formal nights, people were being admitted in T-shirts and jeans. All in all, though, we had a wonderful time, on a wonderful old Lady of the Sea Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I live near fremantle easy to catch from fremantle.The trip destinations and length of cruise suited me.I was recommended the cruise from previous passengers.The food and entertainment first class.The onboard cruise is the ... Read More
I live near fremantle easy to catch from fremantle.The trip destinations and length of cruise suited me.I was recommended the cruise from previous passengers.The food and entertainment first class.The onboard cruise is the highlight.Meeting lots of new friends enjoying their company and catching up in the future.Everyone including the crew were friendly and made the experience even better.The crew bent over backwards to make the cruise a success.The shows in the princess theartre were brilliant .You would pay alot of money to see the productions anywhere else.The band Xtasea were brilliant the group I was with were old groupies following them to all of their gigs.They have a huge list of songs and play all of them brilliantly.The pool party was a great night enjoyed by all age groups.The food on the cruise was first class,having a big variety and lots of it.You can eat all day and still get room service.I will Highly recommend Sun princess cruise to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This Cruise left from our home port and did a few ports that we have never seen before. Amazing ship, amazing staff, amazing food! Entertainment was fantastic. Can’t fault the ship or princess cruises. Had a lovely holiday, and were ... Read More
This Cruise left from our home port and did a few ports that we have never seen before. Amazing ship, amazing staff, amazing food! Entertainment was fantastic. Can’t fault the ship or princess cruises. Had a lovely holiday, and were lucky enough to be invited to the bridge by the captain which was wonderful. Everything was so well organised. Horizon buffet was so good especially breakfast. The grill have the best beef burgers and hotdogs. The waiter in the main dining room were so friendly and knowledgeable and made our dining experience a lot of fun! There was so much to do each day and golf in the casino with jovan was so much fun. Our 11 year old son enjoyed kids club and made some good friends. All the staff seemed to know him which he loved! I would definitely cruise on sun princess again and look forward to booking another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
As our other cruises had always departed from Sydney,we were excited to be able to cruise from Fremantle for a change.Plus,we had never been to Malasia,Phuket or Singapore before.In the weeks leading up to our cruise,I started reading a ... Read More
As our other cruises had always departed from Sydney,we were excited to be able to cruise from Fremantle for a change.Plus,we had never been to Malasia,Phuket or Singapore before.In the weeks leading up to our cruise,I started reading a few reviews on the Sun Princess,so I was a bit anxious for a start as a few were negative.However,we found the ship,meals,entertainment ,service & excursions first class,& had a great time.Both the embarkation & disembarkation went really smoothly.We enjoyed the cruise so much,that we intend to cruise on the Sun Princess again in the future,& would recommend it to anyone wishing to have a great value for money cruise.At the end of our cruise,at Singapore,the ship is spending 2 weeks in dry dock to get a refurbish which will make it even better. The majority of the passengers were seniors (as we were),but we still managed to mix with younger couples along the way.The entertainment was first class--both the musicians and the dancers.Prices for drinks were the normal restaurant prices--about $8.75 beer & wine,&$12.00 for cocktails.We didn't use the drinks package as it amounted to $80/per day,per person,which is a bit steep,Also $29/day for internet use we thought was a bit high,especially as we only wanted to send a couple of emails.Apart from this,we had a great holiday relaxing in the spa, the pool,& around the bars listening to the great entertainment,and would recommend the Sun Princess to anyone wishing to get away. Cheers Leo. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first cruise and the start of many more. This exceeded any expectations that we had. From the minute you embark to disembark you will know that you are going to be on the most fabulous holiday and it is impossible not to enjoy ... Read More
This was our first cruise and the start of many more. This exceeded any expectations that we had. From the minute you embark to disembark you will know that you are going to be on the most fabulous holiday and it is impossible not to enjoy yourself! The staff and crew are just amazing and will make sure that you enjoy every single moment. The cruise is catered for absolutely everyone. This is just the start of our journey and look forward to many future cruises with princess cruises. It was laid-back, fun and friendly. We met some wonderful passengers and the atmosphere on-board was buzzing! There seemed to me a great mix of Couples, singles, seniors and families with kids. Whether you enjoying the shows, spas, pools, bars or restaurants there is something for everyone without an overcrowded feel! I cannot wait to start planning our next princess cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Sipping a drink on the balcony, swimming daily and eating well in comfort while waited on by friendly. talented staff. What is not to like?? Evening entertainment was professional and well suited to the crowd attending. The shore ... Read More
Sipping a drink on the balcony, swimming daily and eating well in comfort while waited on by friendly. talented staff. What is not to like?? Evening entertainment was professional and well suited to the crowd attending. The shore excursions were well planned and carried out.with tender port handled safely and quickly, The destination selection offered variety, Our balcony cabin was maintained daily by a delightful steward who daily filled our ice bucket to enable cool drinks in the hot humid climate. A large range of movies from all genre was greatly appreciated, especially as other cruise lines charge excessive amounts for a single film. Embarkation was smooth and welcoming and had a feeling of coming home.Cabin was ready and the buffet was waiting for us' The bar service was friendly and the environment relaxing and tidy. Drink pricing has risen and many on board were unhappy about no longer having the always popular happy hour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
It was from Fremantle and visited lots of interesting places. We loved it the food at the buffet had something for everyone ( lm a vegetarian ) and my husband a diebetic he loved the sugar free desserts and the hot porridge ( at breakfast ... Read More
It was from Fremantle and visited lots of interesting places. We loved it the food at the buffet had something for everyone ( lm a vegetarian ) and my husband a diebetic he loved the sugar free desserts and the hot porridge ( at breakfast ) I liked walking the mile around the deck 3 times a day ( to offset all the food I was eating,I only put on 1 1/2 kg which isn’t too bad , I caught up on my reading 71/2 books donated 7 to the library which didn’t seem to have many books in it , our room Stewart Bernardo couldn’t do enough for us he was so nice ( from the Philippines ) also drink Stewart Tony from India and another one from BALI all were so nine and helpful , we also had a very nice “ High Tea “ thank you princess cruises for a wonderful holiday Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our first visit to Australia and New Zealand was in October 2015, when we cruised from Sydney round both Islands of New Zealand, returning to Sydney. Unfortunately, storms prevented us from visiting Fiordland, Dunedin and Akaroa on that ... Read More
Our first visit to Australia and New Zealand was in October 2015, when we cruised from Sydney round both Islands of New Zealand, returning to Sydney. Unfortunately, storms prevented us from visiting Fiordland, Dunedin and Akaroa on that occasion, with two days spent in Wellington, an unscheduled port, instead. Despite the long journey from the UK, when we spotted the Celebrity Solstice cruise from Perth (Fremantle), along the south coast and on to South Island NZ, finishing in Sydney, we thought it too good to miss, with the Southern Autumn offering a different season for our visit and, hopefully, better weather for Fiordland, which is the major attraction on this and similar cruises. We always spend a few days at the departure port to avoid the risk of missing the ship! Perth was enjoyable, with beautiful weather. Our travel agent provided a taxi to take us to Fremantle and we were on board Solstice before lunch, after a very swift embarkation process, with our Concierge Class room being available at around 14.00. The required safety briefing for us took place in the Art area, with very little seating and a limited view of the small screen, where an adventure-style film, presumably aimed at young people, rather failed to bring across the important safety points which would have been much clearer in a traditional presentation and was somewhat insulting to adults, in my opinion. This was our first voyage with Celebrity. Our room was fairly centrally placed, on deck 10, not far from the library area, which provided a useful land mark! We were between the two projecting areas and found the overhang above us useful in providing shade, although we were limited in our view of the stars on some clear nights. We chose the port side of the ship to place us on the landward and sunny side during the cruise. The view was slightly spoilt by the window cleaning gantry off to the right above us, but otherwise everything was fine and we had a good degree of privacy. Solstice has a central atrium, reaching to deck 14, with glass fronted lifts and an interesting living tree in an enormous pot suspended in the space. Live entertainment took place at times on the lowest deck, deck three, which also housed the Customer Relations desk. Unfortunately, the live entertainment could be devastatingly loud, making communication difficult with the desk staff as well as being extremely unpleasant. The noise reached high up through the atrium space and we were thankful to be far enough away not to be disturbed. We choose to eat all our meals in the self-service area on deck 14, mainly because we like to watch the world go by and also because we like the relaxed atmosphere. The area is often quiet in the evenings, but not always so. A concern was the fact that the hand sanitisers were placed near the entrance, but a good distance from the serving areas, meaning that a return to the sanitiser took longer than on most ships, where they are available next to the food area. They were manned at busy times by a member of staff, who also dispensed the sanitiser as you passed, but in the evenings it was up to the individual to use them, and not everyone did. We were told that the particular liquid in use on Solstice took time to dry and could not be placed close to the food area. On one occasion, we asked if French Onion soup was on the menu during the cruise and we were assured it could be requested from the MDR on any evening. We tried this and it was not so simple, but we did eventually receive our excellent soup! Generally, there was a good choice of food at various stations and usually no long queues. The staff were quick to clear tables and remove trays. The bar staff also were friendly and helpful. Because we don’t use the entertainment facilities and only used the bars to order our drinks with our complimentary package, plus preferring to eat all our meals in the self-service facility, our experience of the ship was fairly limited because we could access most places quickly from the central area. We did enjoy the hot tubs in the evenings, when it was quiet, and the promenade area on decks 15 and 16, with the interesting Hot Glass Show, but the lack of a lower, covered promenade area on the lifeboat deck was somewhat disappointing. Only a small public area was available on that deck. My general impression of Solstice was that it was somewhat characterless, but very pleasant nevertheless. We had on-board credit and put it towards a Wifi package, which covered the whole cruise. The Wifi was excellent with high speeds and we made the most of the facility to post photos to our family and friends, at home in the UK with the Beast from the East. Our first port of call was Adelaide, where we took the train into town to visit the Botanical Gardens. Afterwards, we waited for an overdue free bus to tour the town, but got off after ten minutes as we had hardly moved in the heavy traffic and thought we had better return to the ship! Melbourne was our next port, where we met up with family and enjoyed a tour of the Diamond Valley Railway with my cousin, a founder member of the miniature railway group. By the time we had enjoyed lunch and visited my cousins’ homes, our planned tram ride in the city had to be abandoned, but we made the 16.30 deadline at the ship with 20 minutes to spare! Concierge Class passengers were invited onto the Helideck for the sailaway, a very windy location that afternoon, but the views of Port Philip Bay and the strong currents, The Rips, were worth facing the stiff breeze. The forecast for our visit to Fiordland was looking good, as bad weather frequently prevents entry into the Sounds. However, late in the evening of our departure from Melbourne, the Cruise Director made an announcement directly into staterooms, an unusual procedure other than in emergencies. Unfortunately, a passenger had been taken seriously ill after our departure and needed to be taken back to Melbourne. Other methods of evacuation were not possible, we were told. Consequently, the morning of the next day found us leaving Port Philip Bay once again and we were informed that the time lost meant our scenic cruising in Fiordland was cancelled. This being the highlight of the cruise, most passengers were far from happy about the cancellation, although the needs of the passenger concerned, who apparently was recovering, were not disputed. It was felt that at least one of the Sounds might still have been a possibility, but a film made by the Captain and the Cruise Director, shown all day, explained the decisions made. Our conclusion is that Fiordland is best visited by land! We had spent time in Doubtful Sound in 2015, but were still very frustrated by the second missed visit. Thus we had an extra day at sea, on top of the eight sea days already in the itinerary, so Dunedin was a welcome chance to go ashore, especially after missing the port in 2015. Again we visited the Botanical Gardens, with an extensive aviary, then the delightful Chinese Gardens. The shuttle bus from Port Chalmers should have cost 20 US$, but the charge was removed with no explanation. The sailaway was another spectacular journey. Akaroa was a tendered port, another missed in 2015. We had booked an independent trip with Akaroa Dolphins for midday, thinking that we might not make the earlier boat, but email messages informed us that forecast bad weather meant that our boat was cancelled and offered us places on the earlier trip. Tickets are required to take the tender boats, but we were still able to disembark in plenty of time. We were lucky enough to see a good number of dolphins, better than the four seen the previous day! The weather did indeed deteriorate and the tender boat back to the ship provided some unfortunate passengers with several cold showers, as waves washed through the open door. Our only port in North Island was Wellington. This time, the ship had to dock further from the town following earthquake damage after our previous visit, but once again the shuttle bus was unexpectedly free of charge. From the town, we went by free shuttle to Zealandia Wildlife Park, which we visited in 2015, well worth visiting for the bird life as well as the setting. There are also Tuataras to spot in a protected area. The shuttle returned us to the top of the Botanical Garden, where a “cable car” or funicular can be taken down to the town, but we walked down through the gardens. Picton is a pleasant small town. The ship docks in a nearby harbour so once again a free shuttle bus was needed. The bus driver mentioned the EcoWorld Aquarium, where Tuataras can be seen at close quarters, so we called in after visiting the Craft Market and enjoyed the Little Blue Penguin, almost ready to be returned to the wild, as well as the other inhabitants and especially the Cook Island Tuatara we were allowed to touch. Cook Island Tuataras live in temperatures which dictate that their eggs are female, so they are not threatened. On the other hand, Brothers Island Tuataras live in warming areas which means they produce males and are threatened, with very few females left. EcoWorld has two males but cannot introduce a female until one male proves to be dominant over two years. These two have not decided the issue yet. Nothing is fast in a Tuatara’s life. The sailaway through Queen Charlotte Sound was once again a wonderful experience. We enjoy cruising for the scenery and the wildlife we encounter along the way and we were not disappointed, being treated to visits from dolphins on several occasions, but you have to be looking, of course. We prefer to self-disembark, carrying our suitcases, so we were off the ship around 07.00, having watched Solstice enter Sydney Harbour in the dark, and we had deposited our cases in the Shangri-La and were out enjoying Sydney by 08.00. In the evening, we watched Solstice depart, while we still had several days left to reacquaint ourselves with Sydney. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Because it was going to the countries we have always wanted to visit and we wanted to do it in luxury.We were a bit disappointed we did not see the Sounds but understood the circumstances,the Captain made the correct decision to save ... Read More
Because it was going to the countries we have always wanted to visit and we wanted to do it in luxury.We were a bit disappointed we did not see the Sounds but understood the circumstances,the Captain made the correct decision to save somebody"s life.The staff were excellent and we cannot single anyone out because they were very professional in their roles and are a credit to Celebrity Cruises. The variety of restaurants catered for everyone and the food was excellent. The shows were brilliant and all the acts were professional. This cruise was a celebration of our Golden Wedding Anniversary and we could not have wished for a more wonderful and exciting. It is something that will live in our hearts for ever.It also gave a wonderful opportunity to see our old neighbours who emigrated to New Zealand 47years ago.We had a wonderful day with them recalling many memories and Celebrity Cruises made it all possible. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We finally had a window of time to travel to this part of the world. Our sixteen-night cruise was sandwiched in between two road trips to explore this beautiful area. We arrived a week before our sail away from Freemantle and were glad ... Read More
We finally had a window of time to travel to this part of the world. Our sixteen-night cruise was sandwiched in between two road trips to explore this beautiful area. We arrived a week before our sail away from Freemantle and were glad we had this time to explore a small part of WA. We spent four nights in Margaret River and four in Perth. Great wine, delicious food, and sandy beaches are the best way to kick start any vacation! We stayed at a Quest property in Perth across from King's Park that was an apartment hotel. This worked perfectly as it provided a way to launder a week’s worth of clothes before setting out on the cruise. It also was close enough to return the rental car and walk back to the hotel. We took a taxi from Perth to the port in Freemantle, a thirty-minute ride and $38 AUD. Once you board the ship and go through passport control you are not allowed to go back off the ship. However, you can drop off your luggage and board later if you want to see a few more things in port. Embarkation was smooth and we were in our Aqua 2 cabin by 1:30 pm. Our aft location had staterooms above and below and we found it to be very quiet. Our configuration had the sofa nearest the balcony which had two chairs and footstools. Our luggage arrived before the muster drill and there was adequate storage space to unpack. The luggage fit under the bed. Before we had lunch, we confirmed our dinner reservations in the specialty restaurants (purchased onboard 4/$125,) manicure in the spa, and purchased an internet package with our Captain Club discount. Connection speed was good during sea days. Demographics-Mostly American, Canadian, British, Australian, Kiwis. There were only 16 children on board. Dining/Drinks-Liked the Classic Beverage Package and the fact that you could pay the difference if you ocassionaly wanted something more expensive. Also, the package was convenient for getting bottled water at the bars or coffee at Café al Bacio Blu was a big factor in our decision to book an Aqua class cabin and we were not disappointed. We appreciated having a smaller venue for dinner and always got a table for two at our preferred later time. We were fine with getting a drink at the World Class Bar if we had to wait a bit to get a window table or to be seated in a preferred area. We found the food to be very good and enough choices including a few that were always available from MDR menu. Favorites were short ribs and corn soup volute. The sommelier was available when you needed him. The breakfast menu was ok but you could get both your bacon and English muffin crispy if requested! Tuscan Grill-excellent food with matching service. We wanted to try a few appetizers and they accommodated us with smaller portions. Veal Marsala with polenta fries and pappardelle were favorites. Silk Harvest-great variety of dishes to try and they also portioned them just right. All delicious with favorites being Black Bean Chicken and Orange Beef. Excellent service as well. Murano-Exceptional food and service. We recommend the Chateaubriand for 2. As we had visited some wineries before the cruise, we purchased a couple of bottles to enjoy with dinner knowing there would be a corkage fee. We brought one bottle with us for dinner but it appeared somewhat awkward as though this was more an exception. We just wanted to enjoy a local wine and something not available to us back home Chef’s Table-a definite splurge but well worth it. We started at Celler Masters getting acquainted with our fellow tablemates enjoying Champagne and canapés. We were then treated to a tour of the MDR galley and the Murano kitchen as well. The multi-course dinner and wine pairing with the chef was a lot of fun and delicious too! Oceanview Café-good for a quick bite with some buffet menu items changing from day to day. A large variety from breakfast options, salads, sandwiches, hot items, desserts. My favorite was Caesar Salad. Aquaspa Café-I tried this twice and did not find what I wanted. Only plain yogurt not basic vanilla. The turkey wraps were seasoned well but the tomatoes made them soggy. Too bad as I liked the seating area. Mast Grill-great burgers and you could get cooked onions on them too. Tables close to the rail in this area as well World Class Bar-great service either at the bar or in the comfy chairs. A good place to have a pre or post dinner drink. Usually entertainment offered as well Martini Bar-this iced bar was always buzzing and Espresso Martinis the best Cellar Masters-a cozy clubby atmosphere but service not the best Café al Bacio-great coffee and desserts. Often difficult to get a seat. Best get a take-away and go down a level to find a place to sit and read/plan your day The Lawn-a favorite spot but getting a seat is like winning the lottery Room Service-we used it three times and our breakfast arrived on time (even early) and at the right temperature. Even if you forgot to request something obvious like butter or jam for your toast it was included. Entertainment –We were pleasantly surprised with the entertainment onboard. Throughout the ship you would find a variety of musical genres being performed whether it was classical, R&R, jazzy, music in the Atrium for ballroom dancing. In the theater a variety of performers entertained us with song, comedy, and acrobatics. Some like Andy Joy and Belinda Marks even performed matinee shows on the many sea days we had. We also can’t deny how funny the “Newlywed and Not so Newly Wed” show and similar ones were as well as the Silent Disco. Things we never thought we would participate in. Also enjoyed the Corning Glass Show. Staff-Can’t compliment them enough for their hard work with a smile to ensure guests have a wonderful cruise Ports Freemantle/Perth-Great history with lots to see and do. We were so glad that we got to spend time in Western Australia and at the end of our long trip on land and sea it stands out as one of our favorite places. If you embark from here arrive early to enjoy this part of the country. Adelaide-Only an 8-5 stop and we arranged for a trip to the Barossa Valley wine country and liked it. Melbourne-Wish we had an overnight here as short time provided only an overview of the city. Would definitely return. Fjords-Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford Sound. Unfortunately, ours was the cruise that experienced a medical emergency and after sailing six hours away from Melbourne we had to return. This prevented our sailing through the Sounds as timing would not be viable once we were back on course. We understand this decision but for some guests it was a great disappointment after traveling so far. Dunedin-We booked a small group tour which included a visit to Larnach Castle. A fascinating story to a beautiful place. Akaroa-This is a tender stop. There is a small cluster of shops and cafes when you get off the tender. We walked around the shore and then walked up to The Giant’s House. It was definitely worth the $20 NZD as the life-size mosaic sculptures created by Ms. Martin are stunning as is her lovely garden. A real gem of a photo opportunity. Go inside and watch the video as it gives you a good background story. There is also a café on site. This is definitely an Akaroa highlight. Otherwise, as scenic as this stop is you may be underwhelmed for things to do if you plan to just stay in town. Wellington-Visit the National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa. The modern museum is well done and entry is free. A good place to learn about Maori art and culture. There was a free shuttle from the ship to the Tourist Information Center and you could walk to the museum from there. You can also visit the Botanic Garden riding the cable car up to the top. We explored this on our own by walking but it is a bit of a walk once you leave the garden if you don’t take the cable car back down. You can catch the free shuttle for your return to the ship. Picton-Marlborough Valley is a beautiful area. Book a tour and enjoy some wine! Sydney-sailing in at dawn and seeing the Sydney Opera House.....as they say...Priceless! Disembarkation Sydney-As at the end of any cruise I've taken, when you get off the ship you will find your luggage grouped somewhere in the terminal. It was pouring rain when we got off the ship and we were flying to Aukland to do a land trip. We had booked an airport transfer and glad we did. The only difficulty was having more luggage than was easily carried outside to the street where the coaches were parked without having a luggage cart or any porters to assist you and rain! This was a great cruise but I believe the contributing factor was having the drink package, Aqua with Blu access, and OBC that covered most of the extras. All perks that made a difference for a hassle free time. It would have been nice if more wines from Australia and NZ were on the ship's wine list since it spends a lot of the year cruising in this region. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star ... Read More
Here we are on the second leg of our back to back Celebrity Solstice Cruse, returning to the ship for the second leg at the Port of Fremantle. We found embarkation excellent with no hassles whatsoever. Here again, we give the five star rating mainly because of the excellent service by the staff, including our room attendant for the second leg, again this was Raymundo who looked after our every need and his service was quite outstanding. As we were in Aqua Class, we dined in the restaurant for Aqua Class guests, which is called Blu. This time in our serving section of Blu, we received outstanding service from "Uncle Jimmy", ably assisted by Sabar, with our wine sommalier, Ben, plus all other staff members in Blu who also attended us from time, ten out of ten to these assistants too. We must also mention Dimitri in the World Class Bar, who gave us superb service during our second leg. After leaving Perth, our first port of call was Adelaide again. Here we found the disembarkation a lot smoother than the previous forward visit to this port, as Celebrity used two gangways which made ease of offloading of guests much smoother. Our next stop was Melbourne. Here the ship docks at Port Melbourne which is in close proximity to the shopping district of Port Melbourne and trams into the Melbourne city precinct. Our next stop was supposed to be the Sounds, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, but due to a medical emergency by one of the guests, the ship returned to the dock of Melbourne after an announcement over the PA system at about midnight. Here we lost approximately twelve hours of sailing time and it was the decision of the Captain and the Company to miss visiting the Sounds. A large number of guests were very unhappy about this decision as the Sounds are the major highlight of this particular voyage. A more practical solution would have been to miss either Dunedin, Akaroa or Wellington. As we ourselves had seen the Sounds before, we were not quite as upset as many other guests on board. The next port of call was Dunedin followed by Akaroa, Wellington, Picton and then the final leg to Sydney Australia. As we had seen many of the shows on the previous back to back cruise, we omitted to view these on the second leg, but they did have a few new single artists who were entertaining. We noticed during both cruises that some of the entertainers we had seen previously on Celebrity Solstice cruises and these entertainers need to have "fresh" material for guests, as you are hearing the same jokes and material. The public areas throughout the ship were always kept spotlessly clean by a highly efficient maintenance team. Hand sanitisers are provided at the openings to all restaurants, but we noticed on this second leg of the cruise there were a lot more people sneezing and coughing, which even after our own stringent hand washing with our own personal hand sanitiser, we still managed to still pick up head colds and flu. As is the case, it is not the ship that causes the colds and flu, it is the guests with no consideration whatsoever for the health of fellow passengers with their sanitising procedures. Arriving home sick with colds and flu is no fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first cruise with Cunard for some years. It did not disappoint. It was part of a World Voyage and our 12 night cruise started in Fremantle and ended in Sydney. We flew to Perth from Manchester (3 flights). It was a long ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Cunard for some years. It did not disappoint. It was part of a World Voyage and our 12 night cruise started in Fremantle and ended in Sydney. We flew to Perth from Manchester (3 flights). It was a long journey. We added 2 nights stay in hotels at both Perth and Sydney respectively. When we arrived at Fremantle Port the check in for the Queen Mary 2 was a breeze. We soon arrived at our stateroom which was better than expected. The accommodation was immaculate and beautifully decorated throughout. We had a sheltered balcony which was ok. We do prefer a standard balcony however. There was a costly refit in 2016 and the ship has been tastefully refurbished. It's very stylish around the Grand Lobby area. Even though it's a big ship there was always plenty room on the decks and in all the elegant lounges. You could always find somewhere to sit. The promenade deck circumnavigates the ship and is a great area for a daily stroll. The entertainment at the Royal Court Theatre was very professional and we saw some great shows. The Queen's Room was wonderful for dancing, Big Band Nights, and Gala Balls. It has a superb ballroom. There was a buzz of activity every night and a lovely way to spend a pleasant evening. We dined at the Britannia Restaurant most nights. It has a fabulous atmosphere. Food was excellent, well cooked with varied menu. Staff very courteous and efficient. Kings Court was our breakfast choice. Again a good selection of delicious food and well presented. Sometimes it was difficult to find a seat here because this is a very popular dining area. The seating is spread over a large area. Evening dress code for men is Dinner Jacket on formal and informal nights. It is not to everyone's liking but is a Cunard tradition. Overall the food was very good despite adverse reviews from some passengers. The Purser's Office was very efficient dealing with any problems. Excursions were well organised but not cheap. We met some lovely people from many countries. My Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on the Queen Mary 2. It's a truly magnificent ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted a short one (Perth to Albany) and we were very happy by the level of service. The cabins though small were always very clean. Entertainment on board was great - every night was a great show Food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted a short one (Perth to Albany) and we were very happy by the level of service. The cabins though small were always very clean. Entertainment on board was great - every night was a great show Food was good and drinks were plenty and as we were in a group we had a lot of fun. The maintenance team were also very helpful when we needed them I want to thank wholeheartedly the housekeeping team in particular for their honesty. On the last day I lost my diamond ring and I reported this to the Astor while back home. I knew the ring was in my cabin as I dropped it on the floor there. The housekeeping team had a thorough look in my cabin and the day after reported that they had found my ring back (lying on the carpet). A big thank you for having been so thorough in your search for my ring. It means a lot to me Marie S G Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a getaway for a group of friends. It was a marvellous time, going to Albany and back. The food was amazing every night, could not be faulted. I definitely recommend the Astor for people looking for a wonderful relaxing time. ... Read More
This was a getaway for a group of friends. It was a marvellous time, going to Albany and back. The food was amazing every night, could not be faulted. I definitely recommend the Astor for people looking for a wonderful relaxing time. We were lucky enough to have an upgrade and got a small suite on the Atlantic deck, which was an unexpected surprise. The shows in the Astor lounge were fantastic, I really enjoyed the ABBA show, and throughout the day there were quizzes, bingo, and in the afternoon music from various members of the entertainment group. One of the members of our group had a significant birthday and the crew provided her with a cake and a number of staff singing happy birthday to her. Which was a huge surprise to her, however she really appreciated the moment. This is not a cruise ship with casino, huge pools etc, which is not something I was looking for, but if that is what you want, the Astor is not for you. This was my second time on the Astor and I will be back again, thank you very much Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the interest in the WW1 theme and visiting Albany. Embarkation was advertised for 2 pm but many people were already there. The process began just after 2 pm and groups were called depending upon arrival, thus ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the interest in the WW1 theme and visiting Albany. Embarkation was advertised for 2 pm but many people were already there. The process began just after 2 pm and groups were called depending upon arrival, thus leaving us near last, around 3pm. After that, we were checked in and went to our cabin, a Premium suite on Atlantic deck. This was a very spacious cabin, with 2 large floor to ceiling windows, a great amount of cupboards, drawers and surface spaces, a very comfortable bed and probably the best sized bathroom and shower we have experienced on a cruise ship. The decor was nice, navy blue carpet and wood. We were very pleased with this cabin and it was exceptionally clean and well maintained. The food throughout was good. We ate mainly in the buffet and enjoyed all our meals. Each day had different offerings and we had no problem at all finding a table. Service was great and efficient. The main dining room was the same. We have no complaints at all. The entertainment was fantastic. The resident singers, dancers and musicians were all great and were well received. The shows were varied and very suitable to all age groups. The most outstanding part of the cruise was the Dawn Service on board in the bay, visit to the incredible National ANZAC Centre, the dusk service up on the monument overlooking the town and the wonderful show that night, singing songs from the war era and listening to rousing renditions put on by the singers and dancers. Throughout the days we enjoyed outside activities, shows, deck games and organised activities as well as the entertaining presenter telling stories about the two wars. Sitting in the two bars was very pleasant, with both providing varied entertainers at different times. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this short cruise and would happily cruise with CMV again. With reference to the previous reviewer, you COULD put your suitcases out the night before and you DIDN'T strictly have to be out of your cabin by 7am. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our first cruise and a test to see if we liked it. Rough seas the first night meant we felt a little queasy despite taking seasickness tablets, however after that we were fine. Seasoned travellers told us bigger ships handled the ... Read More
This was our first cruise and a test to see if we liked it. Rough seas the first night meant we felt a little queasy despite taking seasickness tablets, however after that we were fine. Seasoned travellers told us bigger ships handled the seas better. The experience for us was amazing. Our twin inner cabin was plenty big enough with a good amount of storage. A very clean ship with very friendly staff. Great food and great entertainment. The activities were fun and varied.There was nothing we weren't happy with. The cruise had a WW1 theme and the passengers were mostly over 60s which suited us as we are too! If we had to make a complaint it would be the constant smell of cigarette smoke on our deck (Baltic Deck). Also some passengers were smoking right under the 'no smoking' signs! We hadn't even arrived home before we started talking about our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
bar tenders were excellent as were the breakfast staff and dinner and lunch. The food was excellent.Onboard hospitality was excellent The activities were well organised.The rooms were excellent. The choices of restaurants and activities ... Read More
bar tenders were excellent as were the breakfast staff and dinner and lunch. The food was excellent.Onboard hospitality was excellent The activities were well organised.The rooms were excellent. The choices of restaurants and activities were ample. The staff were friendly the trivia games were fun. The night stage shows were good to see.The on shore tours were excellent and plenty to choose from.When we got off at Cairns We went to the Daintree River Excursion and saw crocidiles.which was very good to see. We travelled from Fremantle to the Kimberleys. The scenery was out of this world. Then to broome where we saw the spectacular sunset at the beach. We went to darwin which was also lovely, then to cairns then Milne bay in New Guinea. which was out of this world Then we travelled to Brisbane where we disembarked. I would certainly recommend this spectacular Princess cruise to everyone. Top marks to Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, ... Read More
We have just returned from a 10 day trip on board the Pacific Eden, we were pleasantly surprised as our previous three cruises were with Princess, which we enjoyed in spite of having a flooded cabin twice during our trip. Pacific Eden, staff were great, so helpful, nothing too much trouble, the shows were the best we have seen on board other ships, entertainment staff and all acts were second to none and we had a ball. The attention to cleanliness was very impressive and the choice of restaurants were excellent (both Angelo's, Dragon Lady were like dining in any top restaurant in Perth, the Waterfront was great if you wanted to be waited on; if you wanted to do your own thing, you had lots of choice in the "Pantry" (food hall) the best thing was that your food was served up to you instead of it being open to everyone breathing and coughing around it, causing health risk and shocking waste, though there was still no limit to the amount of food you could have on any serving, hence I saw no evidence at all of sickness on board and we would not hesitate to book on the Pacific Eden in the future. We were especially surprised at the space we had in our cabin and bathroom compared to previous trips. Embarkation and disembarkation ran like clockwork as did all stops, with very well run excursion times on and off the ship,extremely professional. Thanks to the fabulous crew, especially the entertainment guys, second to none. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I ... Read More
Liked the size of the ship, to get away from the large liners with thousands of passengers and the fact it was Fremantle to Fremantle. I do not like food from buffets so I was really impressed with The Pantry. The reason I don't like help yourself food is I have seen too many people touch food and put it back, coughing on food etc. The Pantry is excellent because the food is dished up and handed to you, so no one touches it and I like the fact that the glass partition is between the public and the food. I also liked the amount of water fountains around the ship. Overall I liked the layout and the size of the ship, not so far to go from A to B. This will be our second cruise on the Pacific Eden this year and we even booked the same cabin again as we liked the location. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017

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