The embarkation was a pleasant experience up until we boarded the ship as the embarkation staff were very helpful and quick in providing the cabin key and other necessary documentation. Once I got on the ship myself and all the other ... Read More
The embarkation was a pleasant experience up until we boarded the ship as the embarkation staff were very helpful and quick in providing the cabin key and other necessary documentation. Once I got on the ship myself and all the other passengers could not go to our cabins because they were not ready.
The ship is old and a little bit tired, there were numerous leaks from the overhead pipes on the promenade deck, they attempted to patch them but without much success, The public areas of the ship were generally OK.
I was in Cabin 747 on Caribe Deck the cabin was very clean except for the fact there where a pair of ladies jogging pants and a top in one of the draws, The hot water in the shower didn't work for the majority of the journey. The balcony was lovely and we had a number of excellent meals on as there was a table and three chairs on it. I enjoyed being able to relax on the balcony and watch either the sun rise or set.
I mainly used rooms service for breakfast, it was alway delivered on time and was exactly what I required, Fabio the room service steward alway made sure the table was set ready to start my breakfast.
I dined once in the speciality restaurant (Steak House), whilst the food wand service was OK the ambiance was terrible and it is a part time restaurant made up of one half of the Horizon Buffet restaurant divided by a number of wooden screens which provide no audible or visual separation would not recommend this restaurant at all.
I had anytime dining in the Traviata Dining room food was OK nothing really special staff were excellent but service was too fast for my liking.
Used the Horizon restaurant a few of times the less said the better.
The Pizza restaurant was OK for the no cost pizzas if you liked them drowned in cheese and the base not crispy. The you paid money for the pizza then it was very good. I suppose you get what you pay for.
The bars were very good, excellent staff who were extremely attentive once they got to know you.
Entertainment of the ship was inline with all the other ships I have been on. They like a curates egg good in parts but generally pretty bad especially the princess players the guy could not hold a note if his like depended upon it. They danced like they were robots whilst they smiles only went as far as they lips.
My room steward (Prichiet) was excellent, nothing was too difficult, he always happy.
The ports we visited were
Port Charmers (Dunedin)
Taieri Gorge by Train , excellent excursion, magnificent scenery , excellent commentary and good food and wine. The volunteers on the train did a very good job of looking after us.
Lovely little town, Didi the harbour nature cruise, saw a number of little penguins in the water preening their feathers, two hughes dolphin mothers with their days old babies. It was absolutely wonderful.
Went on the Museum and Cable Car would not recommend this tour as it was too rushed and really didn't get to see anything
Went on a wine tour, enjoyed it there was a lot of wine to sample at the three wineries we went to
The jet boat was fantastic and very good value for money.
The disembarkation was a breeze, very well organised and executed/ Read Less