21 Perth (Fremantle) First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Just returned from a trip up the West Australian coast first ocean cruise to experience what a longer cruise would be like. Have recently done excellent river cruises through Europe. The Pacific Eden is a rust bucket with gaffer tape ... Read More
Just returned from a trip up the West Australian coast first ocean cruise to experience what a longer cruise would be like. Have recently done excellent river cruises through Europe. The Pacific Eden is a rust bucket with gaffer tape covering over rust hole on the exterior of the ship and painted over some of the tape was pearling off and you could see the rust holes in the metal. The ship was old and tired light globes not working throughout the ship. Furniture in the Pantry eatery was dirty and not cleaned for a considerable amount of time. Bad smell from rotting food waste coming from one side of the Pantry for the whole trip. Lactose free milk served up had gone off so was the next carton supplied. The food was very average and bland throughout the restaurants. The quantity of food served in the restaurant were very minimal requiring to get extra food from the Pantry after the main meal. Had trouble getting a drink from one of the Waterfront restaurant at dinner asked 4 waiters to take our order and told us they were too busy finally spoke to a manager to get eventually served. The extraction system in our bathroom stopped working for 4 days resulting in the area turning into a sauna when having a shower and still wasn't working when we retuned to port. Although we enjoyed the trip and the crew were very nice how ever the expected standard from P&O was very lacking. Our next cruise will be with another cruise operator. It appears this company is on a cost cutting exercise. Will next time check the reviews before booking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise as we have never been to WA and thought it would be a great way to see Perth, up to Broome and then the Margaret River region. This was our second cruise and we were pretty disappointed. Nothing went majorly wrong but ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we have never been to WA and thought it would be a great way to see Perth, up to Broome and then the Margaret River region. This was our second cruise and we were pretty disappointed. Nothing went majorly wrong but everything was just average. The common areas and dinning have been refurbished but the cabin rooms haven't. They are still old and original style. Whilst there was plenty of variety in food it just tasted average. It was cold or too salty or just didn't taste nice. I lined up for 2hours to get a reservation in the Italian restaurant and it was a big let down. There was only two pasta options and the food was no better then the buffet. They had hyped it up so much, the same with the lady dragon restaurant. Other guests i spoke to felt the same. The gym is great and very large surprisingly. There are a lot of leaks on the boat and the toilets were blocked for half a day which was disgusting. There is not a lot to do on the boat and we found we were very bored. Two of the ports we were due to visit were cancelled due to the swell. I understand the reason we couldn't go ashore but we were still extremely disappointed. It meant another boring day on the boat. I don't suggest getting off at Exmouth, there is nothing to look at. Unless you do the whale shark diving. We had our 6year old with us. He loved kids club which was a relief as there wouldn't have been much else to keep him entertained. If you are looking for a cruise that doesn't have exciting stops and you don't need much stimulation then this would suit you. I suggest going in summer so you can at least swim in the pool and sunbake. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Because we wished to see the West coast of Australia, I must say all about the ship was very good, I think those that complain must be a little hard to please. I found the food in the Pantry to be most adequate and suitable for what ... Read More
Because we wished to see the West coast of Australia, I must say all about the ship was very good, I think those that complain must be a little hard to please. I found the food in the Pantry to be most adequate and suitable for what we required, choice was good and I thought the servings were sensible( you can always go back for more if you need to) We Enjoyed the atmosphere and the crew and everybody associated with the Journey were pleasant and helpful. I would love to cruise again. Extremely relaxing holiday, All I had to do was get up in the morning have a shower and decide what to have for breakfast and how to fill in my day. There were so many choices, It would be hard not to be content,. I noticed the crew gave very good attention and service to those who were disabled or older. the rooms were comfortable and clean, the staff kept the room and linen very clean, Ashley and Fred were our room attendants, they were very pleasant and helpful. All in all I did really enjoy myself. Including shore trips. Thankyou Pacific Eden for giving us the opportunity to have a great relaxing holiday. I certainly would do it again probably very soon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
4 day cruise to Albany and back was fantastic on the Sun Princess. Went with a group of about 90 for a family 50th. I spend 6 months of year flying around the world staying in hotels etc for business so see a lot of hospitality. This ... Read More
4 day cruise to Albany and back was fantastic on the Sun Princess. Went with a group of about 90 for a family 50th. I spend 6 months of year flying around the world staying in hotels etc for business so see a lot of hospitality. This was our first cruise and found it above average for staff friendliness, efficiency of embarkation and debarkation at Fremantle, and the quality of food / drinks and service. Plus a reasonable price. Balcony cabin was fine - maybe bathroom a bit small and low water pressure. Seated dining and buffet both had plenty of choices and quality of food good. Plenty of entertainment if you wanted it ( we only saw the comedian who was OK and didn't take any shore excursions) , otherwise a relaxing drink or two or three could be had at any of the numerous bars. Will definitely do another cruise. Although mid fifties this dispelled my notion that cruise are for old people ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
As first-time cruisers we weren't sure what to expect, or how a small ship like Astor compares with a 4,000 passenger monster. We were attracted by the bargain rate of $900 for two people for five nights. If the cruise had cost two or ... Read More
As first-time cruisers we weren't sure what to expect, or how a small ship like Astor compares with a 4,000 passenger monster. We were attracted by the bargain rate of $900 for two people for five nights. If the cruise had cost two or three times as much our post-voyage opinions might have been sterner. The ship was excellently maintained and operated. If there were grumpy crew members we didn't see them. I suspect that reviewers who harshly criticise crew are types who like confrontation and making complaints. The interior cabin was small but as described on the website. The only failing was an erratic vacuum toilet that sometimes left solid and liquid offerings unflushed, then later whisked them away at a time of its own choosing. Food was generally good. Some of it looked better than it tasted but the chef deserved more bouquets than brickbats. Unlike another reviewer we had no stale rolls or hard scones. Quite the opposite, both were excellent. The entertainers merited top marks for trying even though their cheesy dancing, cheesy singing and cheesy costumes weren't to our taste. A different show was presented each night. We excused ourselves from afternoon bingo, morning quizzes and other activities that would appeal to some. Life on board would have been cost-free if we'd been teetotal and hadn't bought one souvenir photo. For what we paid the cruise was extraordinarily good value for money. We began to feel a bit 'stir crazy' after three days. The cruise taught us that more of the same wouldn't be our next holiday choice, but that's the way we are and not a criticism of the Astor. Overall, a highly satisfactory and memorable trip. Near to top marks to the Cap'n and his capable, cheerful crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first cruise and we loved it Very clean room and common areas constantly being cleaned This was a short cruise but a great introduction whilst the Astor is small compared to others I see why many love her it's not ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it Very clean room and common areas constantly being cleaned This was a short cruise but a great introduction whilst the Astor is small compared to others I see why many love her it's not shiny new and modern but warm and welcoming The crew were happy and very helpful maybe more signage on the ship would have been helpful This trip had a good mix of people but this is clearly not a ship for children limited activities The food was ok we dined in the Waldof resturant and the meals did become repetitive and average more choice in the Buffett and better desserts enjoyed afternoon tea there several times The drinks package was good value but the water package is not The nighttime shows did not meet expectations they need a lot of work I feel high school students could provide a better standard Lots of room around the ship for quite reflective time or if you prefer bars and music that's available also The use of the tender in Esperance was fast and professional and the volunteers in the towns were lovely and appreciated No tender required in Albany and a wonderful day was had I found the twin rooms very spacious the double rooms have less room to move about great storage in the rooms Highly recommend not sure I would like the modern ships will have to contemplate this Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was the first cruise my family took together - mum, dad, 2 kids plus grandma. Princess Cruises upgraded my mum's cabin so she can have one next door to us. That was nicely done Princess on a sold out cruise. I liked the ship ... Read More
This was the first cruise my family took together - mum, dad, 2 kids plus grandma. Princess Cruises upgraded my mum's cabin so she can have one next door to us. That was nicely done Princess on a sold out cruise. I liked the ship and the entertainment. Kudos to the performers in the Princess Theatre for perfect shows while the ship was rocking. Quite an art just to stand up yet alone dance in heals! Amazing :-) The bedding was super comfy. Movies under the clouds was an interesting idea :-) Photo opportunities were a hit with us. We were in the first group of people to take the tender over to the Busselton Jetty. Those tenders have a capacity of 150 but they are tiny and our tender had 61 people and it felt full to the brim. It was too many people! They should cap it at 40 or 50. It was a rough ride to the jetty and my 8yr old daughter threw up and there were no sea sickness bags on board. So it was lucky we had a spare plastic bag with us! Bags should be handed to each person as they get on especially when they know the ride will be choppy as they were thinking initially not to let anyone go over due to the roughness of the sea. The biggest let down for me was the food and everything to do with that! Before you can eat anything on board you must put some unknown solution on your hands. I don't know what is in the solution. So I didn't go near Horizon Court as the staff acted like Nazi's by the doorway. So since Horizon Court was out of the question we tried the Restaurant on the first night. There was nothing organic on the menu and I know better than to eat non organic meat or dairy, so I asked for a plain vegan salad. What I got served was literally just an iceberg lettuce cut in half drizzled with dressing. I should have taken a photo, but I didn't have my camera. I kid you not the restaurant served me an iceberg lettuce cut in half as my mains meal. I didn't eat it. Who even eat iceberg lettuce anyway which is tasteless and low in nutrients. Why don't they have rocket, cos lettuce, mixed lettuce, and put in some effort to cut it up and put it in a bowl with some cherry tomatoes and the like? It was shocking service and made me realise how much I love my home and how good I really have it at home where were all care about the quality of the food we eat and how it is presented. So we never went back to the restaurant. I discovered you can get bananas delivered to your room, so I ordered plenty of bananas and lived of them until until we got to Albany where thankfully there was organic food available everywhere. I ate two good solid meals in Albany and brought more as take away to bring back on board the ship which supplied me a nice lunch for the following day. We discovered that the pizza place makes nice vegan salads at dinner time and if you arrive before it opens you don't get the Nazi treatment! So we had dinner at the pizza place thereafter. It's a pity they don't have salad on the lunch menu too. There wasn't even any organic teas available which is rather shocking giving the high content of pesticides in conventional teas. I get the impression that most things on the ship is poisoned with pesticides and is genetically modified. I know it makes business sense for Princess Cruises to provide the cheapest crappiest food that people will eat, but surely they could also have a small fresh whole-food organic cafe on board which you can pay extra to eat at? So I wonder if I was the only person to get off the cruise lighter than when they got on? Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
12/15 3 day cruise Fremantle to Fremantle Check-in at Fremantle Passenger Terminal was the first contact with the ship’s crew, very professional and friendly. Fremantle terminal is basic and dated! Oops, if you have trouble walking ... Read More
12/15 3 day cruise Fremantle to Fremantle Check-in at Fremantle Passenger Terminal was the first contact with the ship’s crew, very professional and friendly. Fremantle terminal is basic and dated! Oops, if you have trouble walking a mile, get help! We had an interior twin room lower deck 4 port side, room 506, very clean, well equipped but small. Bathroom very small but extremely clean, bright, well-appointed with lovely soft towels including pool towels. Even brought the glen 20 freshener, didn’t need to use it (tip from what to bring). The cabin was quiet and ocean movement minimally felt. Air-conditioning was good but when rushing around in the cabin you did warmed up, so a fan would have been excellent to have! I’m going again in January, so I will bring a desk fan (bring European adapter) Weekend weather was around 25 degrees c, what to wear, on board perfect temperature, I didn’t t need a cardie, outside was pretty warm too. Afternoon, yes a sea breeze happen but it depends where you are at, still not cold. I brought too much cool weather gear, not used on this trip. Two lovely dining areas to choose, one with table service and one buffet style, both gorgeously set so much attention to detail. Great service, immaculate dressed multi-tasking crew from all over the world and so many of them. Coffee was divine, choice of teas and water all available, no charge. Food was plentiful and fresh! Sweets, too many to choose from, including an ice-cream station. Loved the grill (barbeque) Saturday lunch time at the buffet. Drinks prices ok, a summary, soft drinks around $3.95, Beer $6.95+, glass of wine $8.50 (nice wine too), bottle of wine mid varieties $22-$38, of course top shelf is available. Upon entering the dining areas a hand sanitiser unit is available and encouraged to be used. Wellness centre with beauty treatments, hair, saunas, and heated swimming pool with aqua gear, dumb bells, and noodles is available and I had a great time. Staff excellent at the wellness centre! Of course they will marketed the goods to sell but that’s business as usual .Didn’t use to outdoor pool. Had a wedding party on board, so good to see the wedding fashion stakes at its finest and the party people, the crew very attentive! Entertainment, well I loved it! 3 different cabaret themes over the 3 night cruising with a talented multi-tasking crew. Best part is leaving the internet behind and meeting people! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Sold as a shiny new ship, Pscific Eden was floating chaos. Fresh from dry dock, most of the public areas were shiny and new, yes, but that's where any similarity to The Love Boat ended. The majority of staff on board may have been ... Read More
Sold as a shiny new ship, Pscific Eden was floating chaos. Fresh from dry dock, most of the public areas were shiny and new, yes, but that's where any similarity to The Love Boat ended. The majority of staff on board may have been brand new, but had received little training and functionally ranged from just coping to inattentive and slow, to down right rude. The dining was mediocre at best, in fact we found the restaurants basically unusable. Twice it took 3 hours to serve a 3 course (average) meal, so we gave up and just used The Pantry, a floating food hall. The food here was also average. It varied little each day, especially the breakfast. I never need to see cold bacon and uncooked toast again. The worst part of the experience was the service. Except in our case for our cabin stewards who were excellent. Everyone on board was unhappy. Some cabins had no air con, there was no room service (the phone just rang out). The in cabin movies were in constant repeat and featured such classics as 10 year old episodes of The New Inventors (same episodes repeated constantly throughout the cruise) and week old weather from the US. I tried hard not complain but my patience was tested when I was asked by a member of the reception staff, "well, what do you expect me to do about it?" This was a reaction to my complaint a the fact that The Edge, the ships adventure area with flying foxes, funnel climbs etc was not functioning for the entire cruise. The manager of this 'service' was in a meeting for three days! I queued for 90 minutes to be treated with disdain. The ports we visited were excellent, but there were issues with the tender service. NOTHING ran smoothly. Getting off was slow and disorganised, we almost missed flights. It was a relief to get off. We felt like Guinea pigs on a practice cruise. Full price paying Guinea pigs! Supervisors, managers and chefs were conspicuously absent from public areas. In light of the complaints and chaos they should have been taking some responsibility. I asked for a complaint form but none were available. I approached an officer in a hallway and he literally RAN away from me. On the plus side, some of the entertainment and bands were good. The ship itself is only partly refurbished but quite pleasant. We made the best of our cruise and would cruise again but no way with P&O. I intend to follow this up and have asked my travel agent the same. I'm sure though, that any complaint I make will just be ignored. Cruisers beware! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I travelled with my husband and 2 teenage boys and my parents. First time cruise for us, 13th cruise for parents who had done this cruise before several years prior. My parents rated this at the worst ship, it appeared to have been ... Read More
I travelled with my husband and 2 teenage boys and my parents. First time cruise for us, 13th cruise for parents who had done this cruise before several years prior. My parents rated this at the worst ship, it appeared to have been downgraded from the previous cruise. It needs a 3rd adult pool. There is main pool which kids used, plus any LOUD belly flop/sexiest man/volley ball comps were held. Loud music blasted out all day. Another pool in the solarium, nicknamed "cocoon" by one entertainer and stuck with the passengers throughout was full of the elderly, it was also enclosed making it very stuffy and humid. There really should be another adult quiet pool. Tendering was a long drawn out process, taking literally hours to get off each time. Once off, we always seemed to be on the opposite side of where any tourist spots were, necessitating in more queuing and haggling for drivers to travel for some distance. Same to return. Shore excursions exorbitantly priced. The omission of the Broome port was played down, only by chance after queuing for 2 hours at Fremantle to embark, I picked up a flyer on a desk that had a small announcement explaining tide issues caused a problem and we would dock at Port Hedland instead. REALLY??? Port Hedland is comparable to Broome??? Anyone I talked to on the ship would have preferred to Bali for 2 days instead of Port Hedland. No one had ANY desire to visit Port Hedland. Port Hedland volunteers did their best but were sympathetic. We had a bus ride to the visitors centre/mini museum and then to a shopping centre which had a Woolworths and a couple of shops. In no way was it equal to Broome. The buffet was ok. The dining room evening meal was the highlight of each day. Iputu and Sreeyesh our waiters were friendly and very accommodating with any special requests. Our food was always very well presented and cooked (except for the last night of frozen fish and running out of lamb shanks). All crew we came into contact with were very polite and helpful, we were impressed by all staff. I would be prepared to try cruising again but not on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
For my family and myself it was our very first cruising experience, all except my mother. My partner and I, both in our twenties, were the oldest young people on board, but it suited us just fine. There were quite a few children, but you ... Read More
For my family and myself it was our very first cruising experience, all except my mother. My partner and I, both in our twenties, were the oldest young people on board, but it suited us just fine. There were quite a few children, but you rarely saw or heard from them. We took the "Treasures of Asia" cruise and we just loved it. The only thing that tarnished the journey was when my partner and I both fell ill. On our second sea day, we caught the tail end of a cyclone and my partner and I spent the entire day in bed with sea sickness. I also caught a mild case of gastro at the end of the trip, but both times the staff were wonderful, especially my cabin steward who constantly checked in on us. We're quite simple people and not used to luxury. We normally travel just a little more expensive then back packing, so for us, the ship was amazing. The decor was beautiful and warm and though it did need some touch ups here and there, there was nothing really to hinder the beauty. The staff were very friendly and warm and the food was simply amazing. I'd love to see more Asian dishes on the menu, but what was there was always delicious. Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. There was a slight hiccup in Bali due to the swell and standing in line in the sun was a bit much for some of the elderly, but other then that, there was no issues. Entertainment was pretty good, especially the comedians. We very much enjoyed the game shows as well. All in all, we were very happy with the cruise and the value for money and will definitely attend another Princess Cruise. In fact, my partner is already avidly planning our next holiday! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I am an experienced traveler though not an experienced cruiser. Let me say firstly that the cruise ex Fremantle to Geraldton, Broome, Lombok, Bali and Komodo was fantastic value for money. What I would have liked is to pay more to GET ... Read More
I am an experienced traveler though not an experienced cruiser. Let me say firstly that the cruise ex Fremantle to Geraldton, Broome, Lombok, Bali and Komodo was fantastic value for money. What I would have liked is to pay more to GET more. Its best described in star rating. Accomodation 2 star. (went 12 nights without a fridge in my cabin. Everyday I was told it was getting fixed. Food 4 star in the restaurants... 2-3 star in the buffet. Drinks 2 star. Beer $8.00 .After 2 days at sea you couldn't buy a bottle of wine under A$50 which sells at any land based outlet for $16.00.( And P&O have the benefit of duty free buying!!!) A very poor effort. Entertainment 3 star. Staff 3 star. Those that historically get tipped were good. Those that didn't were plain rude. Shore Access. 2 star. You spend ALL day queuing for a 3 hour shore time. Will I sail again.... maybe... with P&O.... never. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise was a little unsure what to expect, but from the moment we arrived at the Terminal were treated exceptionally well. Upon arriving at our oceanview cabin a room steward appeared and happily brought our luggage into ... Read More
This was our first cruise was a little unsure what to expect, but from the moment we arrived at the Terminal were treated exceptionally well. Upon arriving at our oceanview cabin a room steward appeared and happily brought our luggage into the cabin and explained everything about the cabin and ship. We found the staff and crew on board were the friendliest people on earth, always smiling and acknowledging you by name, especially the cabin stewards making little towel animals for the bed. The meals in Plantations and the Waterfront were fantastic with plenty to choose from, ooooohh the pastries and deserts were incredible, the only negative was the coffee stations would break down quite abit. The entertainment was brilliant with plenty of choice between stage shows to just chilling on the pool deck watching a movie. The tours available were fantastic with a good selection to choose from, Komodo Island tour including Pink Beach was my highlight, it is a bucket list item ticked also the Elephant Safari was brilliant. The ship was starting to show signs of wear but was going to dry dock in may, but was still very comfortable, my only concern on the Cruise was that our Air Conditioning in the Cabin broke down only 3 days into our cruise. I would recommend this company, boat and crew to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and myself went on the Comedy Cruise which left Perth on the 3 April 2015. This was our first cruise as a taster to see if we enjoy "Cruising". In some ways I am glad it was only for three days! We had a mini-suite ... Read More
My husband and myself went on the Comedy Cruise which left Perth on the 3 April 2015. This was our first cruise as a taster to see if we enjoy "Cruising". In some ways I am glad it was only for three days! We had a mini-suite which was fantastic and our cabin steward was very helpful. The food was very disappointing. We ate at all the food outlets and restaurants. The Buffet was uneatable, The Grill not much better and the Waterfront a little better. In all three the staff were very rude. We ate in Luna (Asian) one night and was well worth the extra $$. Staff were also very good. We ate at Salt Grill twice. Food was good the staff and service excellent. Our Cruise was overbooked and P & O were phoning customers two days before offering refunds. If you have already booked and get offered a refund I would highly recommend you take it. We will give "Cruising" another go but definitely not with P & O. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
It was our very first RC cruise. Overwhelming is an understatement, we didn't know what to look at or do first. Finding our way around the ship for the first 2 days was the biggest challenge. Of course the kids wanted to do ... Read More
It was our very first RC cruise. Overwhelming is an understatement, we didn't know what to look at or do first. Finding our way around the ship for the first 2 days was the biggest challenge. Of course the kids wanted to do everything at once! Ice skating, flow rider, basketball, shuffle board, arcade...... the list goes on. There was loads to keep us occupied and when there wasn't we played cards in the library or out on deck. My husband and I spent many an hour on deck 4 enjoying the gentle breeze, watching the ocean, searching for ocean junk and enjoying a quiet drink or 2. Our ports of call weren't exactly what we would have chosen but we chose the cruise for the timing-our school holidays. The 5 day continuous stretch at sea from port Hedland to Bangkok was rather long for us. Boredom was starting to kick in and we were getting cabin fever. You can only do so many quizzes and we didn't want to roast in the sun on a lounge chair all day. The staff on the ship were faultless, they couldn't do enough for us. The food was amazeballs! There was just so much of it! We used the stairs whenever we could to help work off all that food and we made use of the impressive gym with the best view on the ship! Our cabin was extremely small for the 4 of us. Being confined with 2 growing boys had it's challenges. My boys didn't make use of the kids club as they were at the awkward ages of 10 1/2 and 13. They still found plenty of kids to hang out with and made some lifelong frienships as did we. The nightly entertainment was fantastic And of such a high standard. Our dining room staff for our fine dining were exemplary. Liao was our assistant waiter and he remembered our names from the first instance and our drink orders. He even sang to us each night! Marcos was our head waiter and always did everything he could to make our dinner special. Unfortunately for me, I got food poisoning from our stopover in Vietnam which really tarnished the end of our holiday but in no way did that reflect the cruise company. They had impeccable health and safety standards. All in all we had a fabulous trip with a few ups and downs which you expect on any holiday. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I embarked in Fremantle with our young Son in Perth, it was super slow embarkation. We left our bags with MSC staff as requested at 3pm, we did not get our bags again until 10:30pm when they were delivered to our room. We had ... Read More
My wife and I embarked in Fremantle with our young Son in Perth, it was super slow embarkation. We left our bags with MSC staff as requested at 3pm, we did not get our bags again until 10:30pm when they were delivered to our room. We had all the baby things in those bags and all essentials for us. There was no reason given to why it could take 7.5 hours for us to receive these bags. This was the start of a disappointing display by MSC! Service is the slowest, especially at the bars and coffee bars. The food was terrible, the coffee was terrible, the restaurants are cramped, the buffet was slop!! But the worst thing was that the vast majority of passengers were sick, there was no policing of this, including usage of utensils and sanitizer at the entrance to the restaurants. Or sterilization of the ship. The Internet was a huge ripoff, the photos were a massive rip off!! The MSC dvd set was €49 and if I can convince anyone not to buy this then please save your money, it looks like a 5 year old filmed it on a old camera and doesn't represent your actual shore excursions. As ours had a port we attended after receiving the dvd. Save your money and sail with the best reviewed ship on cruise critic is my suggestion!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
OK, 35 nights cruising for one's first cruise could be problematic! NOT loved the cruising, despised the European cruise staff. Best bits: Our dinner table companions (overwhelmingly the best thing about the cruise) ... Read More
OK, 35 nights cruising for one's first cruise could be problematic! NOT loved the cruising, despised the European cruise staff. Best bits: Our dinner table companions (overwhelmingly the best thing about the cruise) Visiting Gallipoli Nice cabin (balcony on deck 12) - clean, adequate storage, comfy bed, good maid. Tour out of Naples to Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Dinner waiters Days at sea (lots) - peaceful etc. History lecture series - unparalleled I'm told by many (I didn't attend) OK bits: Entertainment. Good variety of Australian artists. Impressive cruise staff performances. Theatre was usually full. Coffee (paid for) once you sorted out how you liked your coffee (inevitable differences between countries). Visiting the various countries/sights. Although, be warned - one day stops make it a brief & stressful race to get off, get somewhere & get back on the ship. NOT leisurely, you don't get to see much or experience the ambience. The rest of it: Food was appalling - not even one-star. All tasted pretty much the same & was out of bain-maries - warm & re-heated tasting. Apart from ordering poached eggs etc or smoked salmon in the dining room at breakfast. Of course you could live off the adequate muesli & fruit selection. But that was not the way the ship was advertised. However I did lose weight (7kg) - not a bad thing but unexpected. Italian staff would smile but were inanimate, disinterested & only helpful if really really pushed (politely). Drinks packages were a joke. They saw us coming - premium allegrissimo alcoholic & non-alcoholic. No way we could come close to getting value for money ($4500). Other reviewers have said it all. Running out of drinks, no service etc etc. We even had the bar staff refuse to serve us an icecream in a cone (at the icecream bar with cones in sight). The wretched respiratory bug - nightmare. Duty of care non-existent. One wonders, was the ship working to a budget? The food was so so bad. Where did all our money go? About $50,000. Yes. Plus the pre-paid gratuities. We worked out every staff member could have received approx. 600 Euro - bet they didn't. I don't regret the cruise - Gallipoli etc - but feel a bit foolish & cheated - captive for 5 weeks with crap food on a beautiful looking, clean & glamorous floating hotel. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise "a test" to see if we would enjoy cruising prior to booking overseas. We sailed from Fremantle to Esperance, Albany return. This is a four star ship but our whole experience was five star plus !! The ... Read More
This was our first cruise "a test" to see if we would enjoy cruising prior to booking overseas. We sailed from Fremantle to Esperance, Albany return. This is a four star ship but our whole experience was five star plus !! The staff, food, cabins, activities, cabaret shows were all first class. Nothing was too much to ask. The selection of food in all restaurants was amazing. The whole ship and cabins were spotlessly clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They had a variety of activities each day that catered for the majority - quizzes, crafts, quest speakers, sports and games. The majority of our passengers were older than us (average age 65+) but this wasn't an issue as they knew how to party like 20 year olds :-). There were a few families on board and although the cruise didn't really cater for families with activities - the families we spoke with didn't have an issue with this as they knew in advance that it catered for older age groups. The evening entertainment was great - the variety of shows in the Astor lounge were terrific and the musicians in the Captain's lounge and on the deck were fabulous. We didn't go on any shore excursions but chose to arrange a hire car in Esperance and Albany and do our own thing. We used the cheaper hire car companies (not the Avis and Budgets) and had a car for $45 / day which was perfect. Embarking and disembarking was very quick and easy. It seems that most people only put negative reviews but honestly we cannot think of one negative thing to say about our whole experience. We will definitely recommend Astor to family and friends and in particular this cruise is perfect for people being "first time cruisers". We would cruise with Astor again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I was just having a look at the reviews of the Astor and for the first time in my life had an urge to spend the time (which i treasure greatly) to sign up to a site so i could put my two cents worth. I was on the Astor from Freo to Bali ... Read More
I was just having a look at the reviews of the Astor and for the first time in my life had an urge to spend the time (which i treasure greatly) to sign up to a site so i could put my two cents worth. I was on the Astor from Freo to Bali and back for 10 days over xmas 2014 on my first cruise experience. When i saw that the Astor was here and having wanted to go on a short cruise to dip my toes i did a bit of research waited a month or two and booked at what i believe was a reasonable price. I was not expecting a five star experience and i didn't get one. What I did get was a very pleasant time at a very reasonable price. I am a not a complete skinflint but i am a sucker for value for money and if that gets your heart racing then I can recommend the Astor (although the experience may vary of course) I have spent a bit of time on the ocean and whilst the trip out of Freo was a bit rough it didn't last long and soon got to the point where one night I had to get up and go outside as i thought we were dead in the water. We were steaming at a steady rate and i couldn't feel or hear a thing. I didn't hear either of my neighbors except once when there was some shouting.which you would have heard in a crowded street. The public areas of the ship were deathly quiet most of the time and the only noises that could be heard at times was the waitstaff when they were asking for drinks orders or delivering them. The Staff were very friendly, they all spoke english (of varying abilities but you get that when you have to speak several languages), they were all polite, they were all courteous, they were all professional and every single one of them went out of their way to make sure I was looked after. The reception people looked a bit frazzled on occasion but i was still served professionally. The Captain is a good sort and the ship is clearly looked after. Our baggage was delivered to our cabin without issue and the room stewards were fantastic. I had a slight issue with a leaking shower and they sorted it out immediately by getting a maintenance guy in and cleaning up after he fixed it. The only issue I can say bug'd me was the constant apologizing while it was happening but after seeing some passenger behavior i can understand why they were doing it. After being in remote camps in the 80's and 90's the food was better than what I was expecting could be cooked for a crowd of 600 three times a day but I couldn't rate it versus other ships. I do however eat good food when at home and know when I am being fed rubbish, which this wasn't. The full service restaurant was a nice experience and I didn't mind a short wait in the Captains bar until a table was free as i was getting to be a bit of a fan of a cocktail and quickly got used to a pre dinner drink in the Captains lounge. Compared to a bar in Perth the drink prices were reasonable and less than I was expecting given I was very much a captive audience. I was not that keen on the idea of cruising and i might have been going out of my mind for the first three days trying to turn off after a hectic year but i did get to relax, mainly because the internet was next to useless for trying to get work done (it was sufficient for emails though and i was warned). I enjoyed the experience more than i thought i would, which the wife was eternally grateful for. Thank you Astor, Captain and crew, you set us up for a good start to the year.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
It was a leap of faith to choose this cruise as our first but either through luck or good judgement we really chose well. The ship was, in our opinion, 5 star in every aspect; comfortable, clean, superb staff, great food and good ... Read More
It was a leap of faith to choose this cruise as our first but either through luck or good judgement we really chose well. The ship was, in our opinion, 5 star in every aspect; comfortable, clean, superb staff, great food and good entertainment. Despite having almost 3000 passengers we never felt crowded and the solitude of the cabin was always available. The route was what we had wanted although a couple of the stops were not that exciting (e.g. Port Hedland). There were a number of sea days but it was a top end trip around Australia and it's a big place! In fact the sea days were rather nice. Plenty of activities if you wanted and peace and quiet to be found if you didn't. Our cabin stewards (Joe from Goa and Lincoln from Jamaica) were great and really deserve a special mention. The cabin was always spotless and they were both discreet and professional. We could wax lyrical about the food and the choices of menus and restaurants. Only bad experience was at one of the speciality restaurants but we did complain and this was taken seriously. Good choices that we made were to have a cabin with a balcony, go for select dining instead of sittings and choosing a starboard cabin as the cruise went clockwise around Australia. No real bad choices although I think that, for us, the shore excursions were a bit overpriced and we preferred to do our own thing when in port. All in all a great experience, a great ship, great crew and a great Company to cruise with. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We embarked on our first cruise with Royal Caribbean on Radiance of the Seas around the bottom end of Australia and the southern island of New Zealand. I'd never been on a cruise before, so wasn't sure what to expect. Well, all ... Read More
We embarked on our first cruise with Royal Caribbean on Radiance of the Seas around the bottom end of Australia and the southern island of New Zealand. I'd never been on a cruise before, so wasn't sure what to expect. Well, all I can say is that it was magnificent from start to finish. I am now a devout cruiser and question the sanity of anyone who isn't!! We went in a balcony room, approximately mid-ship. I loved Radiance, and having been on a few different ships now, I can still say she's brilliant. Not too big, not too small. The ship was a floating palace, the service was second-to-none, the food was great (and PLENTIFUL *OMG*). On top of all this, almost every day you woke up somewhere new! I thought I would dread the days at sea, stuck on a boat with nothing to do. In the end, it was almost the opposite. There was so much to do (or not do) that I think I almost preferred the leisure and total relaxation of the sea days, over the port days! I'd definitely recommend this cruise   Read Less
Sail Date March 2013

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