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So this cruise was a 5-night Tasmanian domestic cruise. We set sail Friday 22nd March. Check-in was smooth and this was the last time we checked-in where Carnival took our photo for their system. Our Sail and Sign cards were available ... Read More
So this cruise was a 5-night Tasmanian domestic cruise. We set sail Friday 22nd March. Check-in was smooth and this was the last time we checked-in where Carnival took our photo for their system. Our Sail and Sign cards were available reasonably quickly outside our room. We got into our rooms and checked the Funtimes which didn't indicate Port Arthur as a stop. It listed a changed itinerary and an extra sea day. hmm, this was strange. Anyway, we thought they'd make an announcement after everyone boarded. There was no announcement so afterwards, I went to guest services and confirmed the itinerary had indeed changed due to poor weather. I told the guy we never got anything official. He printed out an advisory which we were supposed to have received in our room but didn't. I wasn't upset but just wanted something official in case I'd claim on my insurance for a missed port day. Anyway, due to the missed port day at Port Arthur we stopped at Hobart that day and Carnival put on free buses for those that wanted to travel to Port Arthur. that was an excellent response from Carnival and I'm happy our captain made the decision not hit rough weather for the sake of a day at Port Arthur. The change in itinerary doesn't factor into this review as Carnival are not responsible for the weather but how they deal with it which they did well. I'd never been to Hobart but we did a private tour. Hobart is a great little town. On this cruise, we didn't really watch any of the shows except a few comedy shows. One comedian conceded this was his first cruise and so wasn't all that great. We got to do Nouveau again for not only dinner but also long lunch at sea. Again. great value for dinner but long lunch at sea was so worth it. $35 for long lunch at sea was excellent. We also go the seafood plater thinking it was just an upgrade ($20) but it was actually in addition to the menu which had seafood as well. There was so much food, I don't think I had dinner! The seafood was fresh, delicious and plentiful. I don't eat much lobster, but this was incredible. We also got the matching wines ($20). The staff at Nouveau were excellent and courteous. This was also our first cruise where escargot was no longer offered at Nouveau. This was also the first time we had Your Time Dining in Empire but wouldn't choose it again. Often, we'd need to wait in line just to get a buzzer and then wait again for the pager to go off. We also like to idea of having the same table staff each cruise. I had an issue with a barwaiter who was a little rude but most of the other staff were excellent. I'd also find bar staff would pour the more expensive Chivas Scotch rather than Dewars and not ask my preference. They're just trying to pump up their commissions. Since our last cruise on Spirit (January 2018), we noticed somethings have been refurbished such as new upholstery in La Playa Grille, a coffee shop at Serenity and the Warehouse as an addition. Soul Play has taken over the area where the art auctions were. Our room was clean and as expected. Everything worked as expected without any surprises. Overall, it was a good cruise and we'd done a few things we never got a chance to attend such as the Nouveau cooking demonstration and Behind the Fun. I was sort of glad to have gotten off as I needed a break from all the fun, drink and food! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I have done 53 cruises and this would be in the top 5. Every thing was great,. The staff was fantastic. They soon learned your name. The Pantry food was great. Especially the asian soups which was special. The Waterfront restaurant was ... Read More
I have done 53 cruises and this would be in the top 5. Every thing was great,. The staff was fantastic. They soon learned your name. The Pantry food was great. Especially the asian soups which was special. The Waterfront restaurant was so-so.and the speciality dinning was ordinary but cheap at $30 Lots of kids on this cruise 470. Lots of young couples. A old and dated ship but lots of character. The smallest balcony I have ever had, about a meter wide. Then cabin was good, clean and well maintained. Entertainment was fantastic, great broadway shows. Comedian was great. When you consider the cost which was cheap as a sole passenger. It was value for money and I would do it a again and again. The staff made the cruise they were exceptional I loved them. The Orient bar had the cheapest beer on tap I'm have ever had $6 a schooner. I would recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First cruise and I was terrified due to negative reviews on here. Our review...well we are now hooked....an amazing cruise. We ate everywhere...enjoyed it all. The ships crew are constantly cleaning to keep the ship presentable. The ... Read More
First cruise and I was terrified due to negative reviews on here. Our review...well we are now hooked....an amazing cruise. We ate everywhere...enjoyed it all. The ships crew are constantly cleaning to keep the ship presentable. The entertainment is amazing. Attend as much as possible. All incredibly enjoyable especial the Maquee live shows. Entertainment crew hilarious Mathew Dom Pablo Miguel etc. We had the smaller cheaper cabins which were perfect for our budget and needs....hot showers were amazing. Many reviews complained about the interior being old....well I'm no spring chicken either any more but it's how you present yourself and this ship is no different....the decor is gorgeous. We did a few pacific Islands and pre booked our tours through the ship and had a great time being emersed in the culture and saw some amazing scenery. All our kids 3-17 attended kids clubs Turtle cove HQ and HQ+ and loved it experience. We also had EDGE packages. These were prepaid great for 7-25yrs. Our adults would probably pay per session next time as didn't get the value from pre purchasing. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for your passion to serve. Sad to see you retiring but hope to travel again with P&O and see some familiar faces. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First, I write this as a guy in my early 40s travelling with my partner and no kids. That should give you an idea of my perspective. We found this cruise through a Carnival promotion and we couldn't pass this up at the price. We ... Read More
First, I write this as a guy in my early 40s travelling with my partner and no kids. That should give you an idea of my perspective. We found this cruise through a Carnival promotion and we couldn't pass this up at the price. We didn't get to choose the cabin but we were given 5114, a balcony room closer to the front of the ship. The room was clean and well-presented, no complaints here. My first cruise ever was on Legend last year and it felt like visiting an old friend this time 'round. Some of the Fun Ship upgrades had been put in like Alchemy, Blue Iguana and Guy's Burger Joint but there was no Fat Jimmy's C-Side as there is on Spirit. Embarkation was easy enough, we rocked up to and dropped off the bags and went through customs. Carnival have changed the process a little since our last cruise on Spirit this year. They now issue you a paper boarding pass rather than the Sail and Sign card just before you get on. The Sail and Sign card awaits in the little mailbox out the room. I was told the paper is quicker to print and you can still use it in place of the proper sail and sign card. Our card arrived fairly quickly. The old Roman/Greco theme has grown on me and it never really bothered me anyway. Some may not like it. I went straight up to Unicorn café and had the fish and a few other sides. Exactly as I remember it on my first time on Legend. The food was great on the Lido deck, be it Unicorn, Guy's or the Iguana. I then purchased the bottomless bubbles package and started getting into the good stuff. The service started off excellent and didn't really deviate from any of the bar staff throughout the cruise. They were pretty much always friendly. One thing I like about Carnival are the drinks prices. They might be a little higher than the local leagues club but they're tolerable. Beer and wine is probably a $1 or $2 higher than the local club. Even spirits (Scotch is what I had) is reasonable. Cocktails are as expected. My local club does them for about $12 - $15 and that was about the price onboard. The first day is always chaotic and we had people with their kids in Serenity. Seriously, there's plenty more ship to keep your kids but Serenity is for those 18+. They weren't rowdy but these families take up cabanas that could be for someone over 18. Staff didn't do anything and ask these families to move to another area. The subsequent days didn't have kids parked at Serenity. And anyway, who takes their kids out of school before school holidays start? That's what school holidays are for. After a day or so, people's movement flows well through the ship. The ship is well laid out and there's always an area where you can sit and have a quiet area. You may not get the lounge beside the pool but on sun deck there's always a few chairs empty. Bars are easy to access and not crowded unless there's an event on. I could sit at one of the bars and enjoy a few drinks especially the more quiet ones such as Dreamteam and Odyssey. Even before dinner times, Alchemy was accessible. All-in-all, I think the Spirit class ships have a good passenger to amenity ratio. Waiters for drink service seemed to come more regularly than I remember on my last Carnival cruises. Our cruise director was Jen and she was great; always around and ready to have a chat and she looked after us. She was always letting passengers know what was going on. Entertainment was generally good and they had Epic Rock on the last night, the second time I've seen the show. DJ Max was our main DJ and plays a good mix of music that would appeal to most anyone. His playlist doesn't feel like it was contrived by a CCL suit in Miami for use onboard all their ships. Unfortunately, Music Manilla weren't on this ship but the other entertainers were good. Music volume levels were good including in areas where piped music was playing so you could easily maintain a conversation. As one would expect, the jams were pumped up a little for the Lido deck 80's theme night. That joint was bumping and it was a good turn out. In terms of cleanliness, Unicorn tables were being cleaned promptly. I'd barely finish a meal and a courteous staff member would be there cleaning. I only encountered one or two public toilets not working but they seemed to have been repaired promptly. Toilets are quite handily located all over the ship so you can leave things on a table and be back quick enough for no one to have removed anything. Toilets were always clean and there'd be someone cleaning/maintaining them often enough. Again, the food was excellent and other than breakfast, changed regularly. Breakfast was mostly things like bacon, eggs, toast, etc. along with cold cuts and even salad. Truffles was excellent and the service astounding. We were able to change our assigned table and we were given a note the next day in our mailbox informing us of the new table number. We also did the Chef's table again as well as Nouveau. Again, both were excellent. Nouveau has bumped up the price but it's still worth it. Just a note, we've had the escargot before so didn't think to order them this time. Our chef came out and had chat with us about the meu. Apparently, Carnival will be taking them off the menu so get in while you can. Our chef quickly had some cooked up for us. Amazing service. Some minor criticisms with the ship include inconsistent bar prices. Most staff will process the mixer component of spirits and it will be then credited back on the bill because soft drink is included in the Bottomless Bubbles package but even at the same bar, other bar staff will not credit it back. In some of the areas, parents would simply not bother controlling their children. Others would let nappy-donned rug rats in the pool. Even with a swim nappy, you can't go in the pool. People don't want to swim in diarrhoea and urine. Staff didn't seem control this whereas they were strict about it last year on Legend. Other than that, I know I've been on a stellar cruise when I shed the odd tear knowing I have to disembark and get back on with life. Well done, Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it on my own. It was the most social holiday I have had on my own. I must have spoken with 50 people at various times during the cruise. The overall experience was fantastic. I did upgrade to a Grand Suite so my room was very nice and comfortable. I also chose the pick up at Sydney airport as I was flying in and out from New Zealand. Because I was the only person doing that they put me in a taxi instead of the coach. Great service. No problems with embarkation and disembarkation. It was probably not a good idea to be flying in and out on the same day as the cruise but lucky for me all went smoothly. I even got time to take the ferry over to Manly for a few hours before boarding the ship (they stored my suitcase). The food was pretty good. I chose to do the Chefs Table and that was a great food experience. I felt the alcohol side of this was a let down. No Cocktail just a glass of bubbles and the wine served during the meal was house wine standard. It was interesting to see the kitchen but i think it would have been better to then go to a separate dining area. It was difficult for me to hear what the Chef was saying due to the background noise. My time ashore was fantastic. Loved Mare and Isle of Pines for snorkelling and swimming. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose the cruise for not only the ports but the size of ship. Having travelled on various classes I enjoy this class the most. The ports were indeed lovely and I would do this cruise again for sure. Embarkation No issues at all. ... Read More
I chose the cruise for not only the ports but the size of ship. Having travelled on various classes I enjoy this class the most. The ports were indeed lovely and I would do this cruise again for sure. Embarkation No issues at all. Checked in at terminal seapass obtained then through to customs. Luckily a nice lady with a hole punch passed by as and was nice enough to punch a hole in mine to allow me to attach my lanyard. If however you didn’t get it done there guest services on 5 were lovely and could that that for you. Took about 45 mins all up from beginning to end to process and seating was arranged prior to customs clearance. Rooms/Cabins No announcements were made at all when rooms were ready so I went at the usual time 1pm to my cabin and it was lovely clean neat and tidy. My safe however didn’t open by itself I had to use the instructions card to slide in the side to open it but that was not a big issue. Amenities Onboard the usual from RCI. All clean neat tidy and very well maintained. I found no issues with access and staff readily available to help. Captain/Staff Disappointed. Same announcements from the Captain every single day. I was shocked in that the Captain announced daily that he did not do handshakes for hygiene reasons and instead chose to FIST PUMP. I am less than impressed with that etiquette or lack there of. Perhaps white gloves appropriate with dress attire would be more appropriate than a FIST PUMP. Very embarrassing to say the least to announce that daily. Very cringe worthy. I was going to have a photo with him but after this I decided against it. Also perhaps change the dialogue daily too, the Cruise Director can help the Captain with that. Very mundane announcements with no thought process involved. Was like listening to a repeat recording day in day out. Entertainment I will start off with the only complaint I had the DJ in Dizzy’s nightclub. Oh Geez raised on lemons. I have never seen someone so horrid to guests. He was constantly frowning, never smiled, the music was terrible. Same tracks every single night. You know its bad when the nightclub dance floor is empty and he is playing with his phone. Goodness don’t approach to ask for a song you are greeted with a hand gesture of go away and the face to match. Yes I did put this on the interim review I got in the cabin, but it made no difference at all. The tracks are dated and boring. Ice shows/Theatre etc – 10/10 Well hats off ladies and gents. The poolside band were amazing, friendly approachable and really got us all up and dancing. They made the trip with their professionalism and such dedication to their art. Big shout out to Fe and Viv in the Crown and Kettle outstanding members of RCI they really brought the guest service levels up. Wow factor. They were incredible they smiled, they actively sought to enrich anyone who came to the pub. They are a credit by far to RCI as was the live band those boys know how to rock and entertain. MDR I have never had service like it, the worst ever. Night one I gave allowances for the lack of attention, as they are busy etc, night 2 sat for 30 minutes no menu had to ask. They produced a dish full of fat not succulent steak, then brought a seafood dish as replacement. My table walked out. We organised a different table the following night, stark improvement but we ate elsewhere for most of the cruise returning 2nd last night to find lack luster efforts again. I usually sing the praises of the dining staff, but unfortunately not on this occasion. Very poor, staff need training and headwaiters need to be visible which they weren’t. 1/10 for MDR. Windjammer/Café Promenade Amazing staff, great service, and wonderful experience. Clean tidy friendly nothing was too hard for them Bar Service No long waits, friendly staff, very informative and all had a sense of humor. Disembarkation I chose to walk off. There was a huge line to get off however the staff processed everything very smoothly. Was sad to leave, as the staff and the ship were lovely. Plenty of cabs, shuttle buses etc available. Very streamlined and the staff again helpful and friendly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Each year for my birthday I choose to treat myself to a holiday as I live alone and normally people are friendly and fun. The price for the getaway on Pacific Eden was a bargain. However, the dining experience was the worst I have ... Read More
Each year for my birthday I choose to treat myself to a holiday as I live alone and normally people are friendly and fun. The price for the getaway on Pacific Eden was a bargain. However, the dining experience was the worst I have ever had. My past experience on cruises was that I would be seated with a larger table and enjoy their company for the cruise. On this cruise, they sat everyone who came together, together in their group, small or large tables to suite. It seems they do not know how to cater for the solo traveller, but had so many small tables they tend to want to sit you on your own. My birthday was not a total disaster, as a visit to reception had Elizabeth, one of the PAs join me for dinner on the 2nd last night (is in the photo added) after which I managed to find some friends. Elizabeth also managed to get me a reservation for dinner in the booked out restaurant for my birthday, it was still dinner on my own, but the staff looked after me and sang me happy birthday. The staff are generally lovely, and you'll enjoy the dining experience if you are travelling with others, but maybe avoid this dining experience if travelling alone as you have to work really hard to not feel isolated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This cruise visited Wallis and Futuna which I could not get with another cruise line. Since this was also a 30 anniversary cruise lots of specials were in store, such as reception in Wallis; native entertainment on board and on shore and ... Read More
This cruise visited Wallis and Futuna which I could not get with another cruise line. Since this was also a 30 anniversary cruise lots of specials were in store, such as reception in Wallis; native entertainment on board and on shore and the fireworks on the last night. The hula performances were a highlight. those dancers could surely move. The shore excursions were well organized allowing me to see the beauty of the various islands, especially from a high overlook on Moorea where the different shades of the waters really stood out. Even the dolphins cooperated (showed up) on an offshore boat trip. My balcony cabin located amidship, reduced the affects of the ocean and was always kept in good shape. The ships personnel was always friendly and eager to help. The food was plentiful and of good quality, too bad, gained a few pounds even though I was using the walking machine in the exercise room. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The embarkation process was efficient but the security checking staff need to improve their manners and consideration of elderly passengers, and try to emulate their counterparts at airport security checks. Dining in Empire rooms ... Read More
The embarkation process was efficient but the security checking staff need to improve their manners and consideration of elderly passengers, and try to emulate their counterparts at airport security checks. Dining in Empire rooms unsatisfactory, queues to get in, noisy loudspeaker announcements and meat and fish dishes sometimes tortured. Exactly the same dishes available in better condition in La Playa grill. Price of wine unreasonably high cf my previous cruises, $14.25 per glass. The La Playa grill was well run with pleasant and efficient staff I was told there was no longer alibrary on board, a deprivation The cabin was good and steward efficient and pleasant The electronics for allocating places on tenders to go ashore at Ile des Pins broke down leading to delays, confusion, and yet more queuing. Someone at breakfast first day out warned me to “expect the atmosphere of visiting your local RSL club in Sydney “ - a very perceptive remark. Sorry to be so negative but the senior management of Carnival needs to improve Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I choose this cruise Because of the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff .Far supérieur than of have met on all cruises l have been. Stewards are amazing at remembering everyone’s names. Due to cancelled flight, didn’t get a ... Read More
I choose this cruise Because of the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff .Far supérieur than of have met on all cruises l have been. Stewards are amazing at remembering everyone’s names. Due to cancelled flight, didn’t get a chance to explore Sydney . Embarking was easy, we opted for the take bags off ship 7am get ready in area to dis embark.. Easy was directed up lift to awaiting taxis.We had issues with the balcony door not closing properly ./fridge very noisy / and paint fumes . All of these issues were taken seriously and address promptly , ,! We opted for dinner at the Nouveau restaurant first night and were again given first class treatment . The meat melts in your mouth and is heavenly. Disappointed by the fake offer of free wine first night,, apparently per table Not per person.false advertising l believed.!. So my partner sat at another table . We still could talk and got our free wine as well which was not the best but 2 glasses in it was drinkable.. The punchline comedy club was great with great A plus comedians and R rated. Shows Also :The Marriage show was a scream .so funny and r rated l think and plenty of activities and entertainment for children to play games .Guess who l am and build a tower taking middle and blocks out .The Empire Room was used for dinning every evening and we loved the happy family vibes that the staff gave out . The matridi and singers at show time / dinner time was great entertainment .We did some ship booked excursions but it was easy to book off ship at some places. Ship at Noumena has a bus that takes and return s people to the ship . Drops off along the waters edge and a walk to shops and large information centre to view assortment of other tours . Traveling with another cabin buddy who was very pleasant and considerate ,we had a fun time all up . I plan to go back but not happy they are moving to Brisbane. Last thing was the entertainment same old shows but new actors Unsure if that is common for a yr or a certain time span. For frequent travellers it’s a bit boring but the new actors singers put their version of the show into a different light . Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board ... Read More
I chose this cruise because the dates fit with my annual leave & also for the ports if call. The staff were very helpful & friendly however the standard of the food was a little lower than my last voyage. The activities on board including Trivia and carpet bowls were lively & fun however the entertainment was a little one dimensional with only 2 people doing the singing in a lot of the productions. I also felt that this cruise was treated as filling in time before the World Cruise with both pools being closed for 3 days for maintenance & a major renovation being done on the Atrium fountain during the day with a grinder being used along with very smelly sealant. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ports we visited and we eere blessed with great weather. There was the usual bickering over the laundry facilities, but that comes down to the people, not Princess. Shore excursions are expensive & unfortunately 3 of mine were cancelled, one of which I received no notification. The people maje the cruise & I met some wondrrful ones. Great trip overall Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This ship is big enough to not keep running into people you meet, it offers a variety of physical activities, fab shows and lovely quiet areas to just chill out. The food was great, staff were friendly and the ship modern and funky. The ... Read More
This ship is big enough to not keep running into people you meet, it offers a variety of physical activities, fab shows and lovely quiet areas to just chill out. The food was great, staff were friendly and the ship modern and funky. The cabin was clean, the balcony lovely stayed on the bump of the midship ... staff remember your name and can’t do enough to keep you happy. We did have to miss Fiji due to cyclonic weather but we diverted to Vanuatu instead and were welcomed by the locals like we were Royalty! Lovely people. Lifou was very nice, I enjoyed the scenery and vibe, the fitter you are the more you will see... last Port of Call was Noumea / over priced, lots of graffiti and I did t find the local folk very friendly.. wouldn’t bother going there again. But I did do a tour in Noumea through the ship and it was great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our ... Read More
Heard there were a lot of fights and many passengers 'kicked off' but we didnt see anything. I have cruised with RCL twice now on Voyager and this time around the food, service and overall experience has greatly improved. Our dining room waiters and cabin steward were the highlight of the crew- absolutely awesome. A lot of the shows were not my cup of tea- but hats off to the dancers and singers- awesome voices and moves. Ice skate shows amazing. A lot of activities not my thing but there's heaps to choose from to keep you busy, or just relax- which is what I prefer. Ports of call more than most cruises I have been on, so a good variety of things to do ashore except Mare. Unfortunately due to the weather (and hoard of jelly fish) it wasn't safe to do anything, but mare has definitely upgraded the dock and market, so great to see. Have booked Ovation of the seas for Jan 2019, so excited to see all the extra activities onboard. Crew very attentitive in all areas. Promenade cabin 6305 in a perfect spot too. Got a great price. Booked all tours directly with locals before boarding- all ships are too expensive! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for ... Read More
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for celebrating life to the fullest! If your looking for a glass-half-full trip then this is the one. It's also largely suitable for families, we could see no evidence of any impropriety.. just great great times. Truffles restaurant was great and they would break the dinner up with their dancing cabaret through the enthused diners. We didn't really try the buffet up on the Lido deck except for cooked breakfasts. The staff were so very courteous and helpful. They made the whole experience very personable one which I really love. The best advice I can give is don't try to participate in all the activities all the time - you will exhaust yourself. Just pace yourself and give yourself a little buffer to go and enjoy the view of Bass Straight from the observation deck. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I’ve been on quite a few cruises and chose this one for the destination and price. P&O is a budget line. Ship: Really great sail past Moreton Island. lovely modern decor throughout. Curtains on the pool deck and deck chairs on the ... Read More
I’ve been on quite a few cruises and chose this one for the destination and price. P&O is a budget line. Ship: Really great sail past Moreton Island. lovely modern decor throughout. Curtains on the pool deck and deck chairs on the promenade deck smelt (of vomit, urine, and dampness) and needed cleaning. Duty Free alcohol for purchase onboard was fairly expensive in comparison with pricing on other ships I’ve been on and probably on par with Dan Murphys. Unfortunately all shore tours in Port Douglas were cancelled due to rough seas but we were able to go ashore later in the day after the seas had settled a little. Embarkation: smooth, there wasn’t a long wait and they had a guitarist playing to entertain those waiting - a nice touch. Service: in the dining room it was mixed, sometimes ignored, sometimes slow. Great Australian Entertainment Director: Ben. Captain Ian Dockeray provided regular updates and each day would name and wish happy birthday to crew members (a lovely touch). My room stewards AJ and Michelle were lovely and always greeted me by name. Food: in the Waterfront Restaurant the cauliflower soup was excellent, the beef tip was over cooked and tough and didn’t come with vegetables (you need to order separate sides). The dinner menu was significantly reduced in the Waterfront restaurant - 3 entree choices, 3 mains and 2 salads (the rest you have to pay for). A lot of gouging for money: hotdogs, pizza, hamburgers, ice creams etc you pay extra for. The Pantry closes at 9:30 so if you want to eat later you’re forced to pay. It’s also very crowded at night and hard to find a table (they close off the back of the pantry for their pay extra restaurant Shell and Bones. The salads and soups in the buffet are delicious and fresh but the desserts are of poor quality compared to other cruise lines. No ice buckets offered for wine purchased in the Waterfront Restaurant. Bread on the second night was stale. On cocktail nights dress wasn’t enforced, a lot of passengers were wearing jeans and t-shirts in the Waterfront Restaurant. Entertainment: Soloists in the public areas were great. Production show Seven Deadly Sins, Velvet Rope and Slumber were excellent - great costumes, great sets and dancing- singing was also of a high standard but may have been due to a pre recorded sound track. The towel animal show on the last see day with the room stewards was a lot of fun. They played the Winter Olympics on the pool deck screen which was very enjoyable. Because I’ve done a few cruises, I was invited to the senior officers party, which included a complimentary photo with the Captain, canapés and drinks. I found days at sea a little boring entertainment wise. There was always trivia available but not much else. There only appeared to be a lot of up sell opportunities for the company to make extra cash eg get a flatter stomach, boost your metabolism, foot analysts, the casino and spa treatments. A matinee movie in the theatre would have been good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this cruise to take my 83 year old mother and her friend on a ship and to see islands. This was part of their "bucket list". The advertised price was great however when I booked a single cabin for myself suddenly found ... Read More
I chose this cruise to take my 83 year old mother and her friend on a ship and to see islands. This was part of their "bucket list". The advertised price was great however when I booked a single cabin for myself suddenly found I was paying double the advertised price. Whilst I appreciate the need to cover cabin expenses I did not feel it was value for money to have to pay for two lots of meals as well. Dont get me wrong the meals were fantastic, the crew were extremely helpful and friendly, and the entertainment very enjoyable. My role as a carer for two elderly ladies turned out expensive for me. The entertainmet on board was excellent however the shopping was basic. The shore excursions offered were excellent and would cater for a wide variety of interests. We were on a pacific island cruise. Staff were there to assist and each tour we did lived up to the publicized description. We especially loved the ice skating show. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
It was my first cruise to embark and i was exploring the South Pacific with my sister, we are both in our early 20's. Rock climbing/ Surf Rider and Ice Skating are not available all the time. Putt Putt and Basketball equipment ... Read More
It was my first cruise to embark and i was exploring the South Pacific with my sister, we are both in our early 20's. Rock climbing/ Surf Rider and Ice Skating are not available all the time. Putt Putt and Basketball equipment gets packed away at 10pm every night and earlier if they are in Sydney waters. Events are very unorganised and it looks like they have never cruised before but they have heaps of time. We cruised the South Pacific and booked our Shore Excursions through Royal Caribbean as they say if you are not back in time they will leave you behind. We purchased Glass bottom kayaking in Mystery Island and it costs a fortune but once we turned up the locals were advertising 1 hour for $10 and 2 hours for $15 way cheaper. Food was overall average and the my time dining took forever. The good entertainment (comedians) are very limited and only perform for an hour tops. Pools are closed and spas are unsupervised after 10pm. Children have a curfew of 1am and are aloud to enter any part of the ship apart from Dizzy's. We tried origami and that was a disappointment as they ran out of paper and the instructor wasn't given a microphone or anything. People were literally youtubing their own designs. Guest Services were absolutely useless and never resolved any issues. Their idea of an Australian Day Party is people watching them dance in the promenade. Oh and they tried releasing thousands of balloons but that was a fail. They need to lift their game and o would not recommend them to my worst enemy. Very disappointing and a waste of money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I went on the 9 night South Pacific Cruise to Noumea, Mystery Island and Lifou. The cruise compromised of mostly 3000 Australians and about 1200 kids. This was my first cruise and I am in my early 30's. I came with my partner. ... Read More
I went on the 9 night South Pacific Cruise to Noumea, Mystery Island and Lifou. The cruise compromised of mostly 3000 Australians and about 1200 kids. This was my first cruise and I am in my early 30's. I came with my partner. Embarking was really quick and easy, I checked in at approximately 3pm. Just have your luggage tags printed out, passport ready and credit card for the seapass handy. I got my luggage pretty quickly to my room as well. Tip: Bring your own lanyard for easy access of your seapass As it was nearing Xmas, the boat was beautifully decorated with lots of xmas decorations. The boat is quite nice although feels outdated in parts. By the second day, my partner and I were very familiar with the boat and there were lots of maps about if you are lost. I found it best to wake up early to get a great table with a view at the buffet and to ensure a short wait at the buffet. A lot of people sleep in so by the time it's 8am-9am or beyond - it was difficult to get a table. We had an interior room which fit a bed, small couch, small desk and a tiny bathroom. There was also shelves, draws and hanging space for clothes. It was fit for purpose although as there were no windows, it was pitch black when you turned off the lights. Our room attendant cleaned our room twice a day and was very polite. The first few sea days when things were new, I felt like there were lots of things to do. We avoided mini golf as there were so many kids, the rock climbing wall seemed to have a large line as well but I did do a zumba class and right after we registered for plastic archery. A number of people turned up at the time archery was meant to start and missed out. We quickly learnt that you had to get there early or you would miss out. This is where I thought the planning of the activities was poor. By the final days of the cruise, people were lining up 20-30minutes prior to events starting and people were everywhere. People would sit at the schooner bar claiming several seats for other people waiting for Trivia which made it impossible for popular trivia including Harry Potter where I felt like 150 people were trying to fit into a space that would fit 40 people. The hosts of trivia seemed to be quite stressed at having enough paper and pens for people to participate and would really focus on people returning pens. On the last few days of the cruise, I wasn't able to do a number of activities such as xmas card making, ginger bread decorating or ice skating as so many people were there. At the animal towel demonstration, approximately 80 people were trying to crowd around a small table which the kids and parents of about 15 people could see. I felt that better planning was needed or they needed multiple "attractive" activities occurring at one time. At times I saw very few people attend the seminairs that obviously didn't seem that interesting. The evening shows were good, with the quality improving as the cruise went on with external acts on board. The ice skating show was really cool and entertaining with ex-olympians. I went to the chef's table (additional $$) which was a nice dinner but the quality of food did not compare to the high quality food in Sydney. The food was still the best on the cruise. I found the buffet to be a bit repetitive but was sufficient. The Main Dining Room had food that was always incredibly salty in taste. The seafood quality was poor compared to Sydney standards. They had "jumbo prawns" on the menu which would be considered king prawns in Sydney. We have much bigger prawns that would be considered jumbo. There were still some good dishes in between but I was hoping the food would be better. I wasn't sure if there was a cultural difference - is American food typically a lot more saltier than Australian? I would recommend eating breakfast in the buffet and switching to the main dining room for breakfast as well. The buffet for lunch and the main dining room for dinner. Other patrons on the cruise said they didn't think Giovanni's was worthwhile and I did not think Johnny Rockets was worthwhile unless you are desperate for a chocolate shake. It was really good. The islands were really beautiful and I recommend going early for a seamless tender to the island. DO NOT book any shore excursions as you can easily book for 1/3 of the price as soon as you enter the islands. Noumea was nice, I did a bus tour which my partner really enjoyed. You can also pay an additional $8 for access to the hop on and hop off bus. Other people just went straight to the cove. My partner also had really nice french pastries in a local patissier. Mystery Island was my favourite and I paid $30AUD for a dodgey looking glass boat tour but it was still nice. There weren't loads of schools of fish but you did see various fish like Dory fish and coral. My partner also did a cultural tour which he really enjoyed. Lifou was a bit touristy and we paid $10 AUD to go into a cave. There was a guy at the entrance so I wasn't sure if it was official or if he just made an opportunistic play. Regardless I hope he shared the profits with the broader community. The cave was a relatively quick descent although not ideal for eldery, I was fine in flip flops (thongs) and there was a small pool of water at the bottom which a few daring people dived into. The last few sea days were really boring as It was very difficult to get into the activities. I managed to line up for a while and get into ice skating which was nice. Overall the staff were really friendly and lovely. Overall, as I got the cruise on sale, I think it's very high on value when you have accomodation, travel, food and entertainment included. The service was great and the people on the cruise were generally quite polite. With some better planning in activities and adjustments on the food - the cruise could significantly be great. I was a bit bored in the end. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
First time in a Royal Caribbean ship I was impressed never a dull moment always something to do or not if that was your choosing. The staff where always very accommodating and generally where having as much fun as the passengers. ... Read More
First time in a Royal Caribbean ship I was impressed never a dull moment always something to do or not if that was your choosing. The staff where always very accommodating and generally where having as much fun as the passengers. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth especially being able to board earlier than expected having flown in overnight. The entertainment on board was fairly good, excellent variety available. The small bar groups and individuals where brilliant but the shows in the main theatre where a little disappointing. Ice skating impressive! The adult pool area should though be allocated to people over the age of 21, as I did make it very difficult to enjoy your time there as there was a lot of young adults between 16 - 21 taking all the seating whilst being in the pool the whole of the day. In general the overall experience was pretty good and would definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I travelled on this 9 night sailing on board Voyager of the Seas from/to Sydney, visiting Lifou, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu & Noumea, New Caledonia, with a group of other singles. Overall I had a great ... Read More
I travelled on this 9 night sailing on board Voyager of the Seas from/to Sydney, visiting Lifou, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu & Noumea, New Caledonia, with a group of other singles. Overall I had a great time and made some great new friendships. This was my sixth cruise, and I do believe there is a huge amount to like about a cruise holiday. Unfortunately, it's often an expensive option for singles/solos as there is usually a significant single supplement. This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean ship, and while there were many great things, there were quite a few cons as well. Pros: * The ship is a really great size - not too small, and not too big. It was pretty clean. * The crew were almost universally friendly and efficient. There was the odd exception but that can happen on any cruise line or ship. * The food was very good and plentiful. The variety was good. * There were lots of activities on the sea days, and the activities staff were really good. * The pool area is very nice (although showing its age a little) * The complaint that I made in the mid-cruise survey about slow service in the Main Dining Room was responded to very well. It's the first time I have had a manager call me in my stateroom to discuss the matter with me. * The cabin I had (Large Oceanview) was very comfortable with a larger than normal wardrobe area. Cons: THE BIG ONE FOR ME: * Every other cruise line that has ships based in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere summer uses Australian dollars as the currency on board, while they are sailing out of Australia. Having USD as the currency on board RC ships is a pain for antipodean cruisers. * Also particularly disappointing was the fact that there was no liquid soap or shampoo provided. Only small bars of soap. This is disappointing and not up to the level of competitor cruise lines. * There weren't a few of the niceties, like a chocolate on the pillow. * The theatre entertainment was good, but not outstanding. I think I have seen better on Carnival's Australia-based ships, and on Princess. * It's difficult to avoid walking through the smokers area on the main pool deck, unless you restrict yourself to one side. * Check-in in Sydney at around 2.30pm was pretty slow with long queues. * There weren't enough tables at the busy times in the buffet. * I was surprised that the buffet was not open 24 hours. Instead the Cafe Promenade was the 24 hour option, with significantly less options. * You could only get individual slices of two varieties of pizza (cheese or pepperoni). Other ships that I have been on (including Carnival Australia's ships, which is Royal Caribbean's biggest competitor for out-of-Sydney cruises) have full pizzerias with more options and the ability to get a whole pizza. * I was disappointed by the towel animals compared to Carnival Australia. The 'animals' that I got on Carnival Australia were quite a lot better. * The colour scheme in the hallways is a bit of a shock at first. It's a pretty unpleasant pink. * The range of non-alcoholic cocktails was a bit limited. * The burger joint is not free, unlike Carnival Legend/Spirit. * For the money paid, the 'Mystery Dinner Theater' was disappointing. The food was patchy. * The prices for snacks, sunscreen, shampoo etc. in the retail shop were extortionate. The ports: Lifou (tender port) - This was my second time to this port, and I think I'm done here. The beach is pleasant, and they have a cultural performance several times during the day. There is an ok cafe. If you're not a beach person, you really do need to do a tour here, whether through the ship or from local operators (although the ship has more choices). The first time I visited this port I did the Luecila Beach & Drive tour and loved it. Luecila Beach is beautiful and great for swimming, as it's very sandy under foot. Port Vila (docked port) - This was a new port for me. I had a great day out with Atmosphere Tours. The Blue Lagoon is very nice, and I was pleasantly surprised that the turtle sanctuary wasn't as bad as I expected. This is also a fantastic port in which to get cheap duty free alcohol if you live in Australia. I feel like I've got more to explore here. The city wasn't quite as developed as I expected, but it's a nice enough place. Mystery Island (tender port) - Wow! If you're a beach person, this is paradise. We were there on a beautiful cloudless day, and the white sand beaches were amazing. Those who went snorkeling and paddle boarding had a ball. Nobody lives on the island - instead the locals from the nearby larger island sail across every time a cruise ship calls. A few tips for people not confident in the water - there is a glass bottom boat that you can book on the island that is cheaper than the one onboard the ship. Doing a tour across to the local village on the larger island is also a great activity, if you want to experience real life, with no electricity. One other important note - the food offerings on Mystery Island are very poor. You might want to go back to the ship for lunch and then come back to the island. Noumea (docked port) - Noumea is an interesting hodge podge. Most ships dock at the cargo port, and you have to board buses to the Cruise Terminal Building at the bottom of town. There are some nice islands in the harbour for swimming, and even swimming at the main Anse Vata beach is pleasant enough. (Although be aware that the bottom of the sea is not smooth.) The city is very French, and that can either appeal or detract. French people are not known for being particularly friendly to tourists. Getting the Tchou Tchou train or the competitor Lyvai Green Train are good options. Overall, I think Carnival Australia has the edge over Royal Caribbean for cruises out of Sydney. (I didn't expect this to be the case, but I've been on both, and that's my view). The exception is probably Ovation of the Seas which I haven't had a chance to sail on yet. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, ... Read More
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, conversation and company for activities. Lots to do each day......not a problem for a solo cruiser. The food was varied and plentiful. Great service given in the MDR and at the buffet. Loved the production shows in the theatre each evening. The comedy shows were a bit hit and miss. Mare Island stunning water and sand.......but lots and lots of blue bottle jellyfish so could not swim (early December). Isle of Pines had a relaxed feel with beautiful, easy to swim in shallow lagoon. Water was cold on an overcast and drizzling rainy day, but still beautiful and only 23 degrees temp. A good mix of relaxation and activities for an enjoyable holiday! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our ... Read More
We cruised on the P & O Pacific Eden on 1st December 2017 for a six-night cruise to Tasmania. We were rather worried because of all the negative reviews which we had read. Contrary to this we had a very pleasant trip when all our expectations were exceeded. It is an old ship, but our room 'Stateroom' was very comfortable and clean. The bathroom also old with a bath to step into for a shower but clean. It was serviced every day. Our room was tidied and cleaned each day including our bed made each morning and turned down before the night. The aircon was nice and cool and we slept well each night. The crew was very helpful at all times, but I guess it always helps if there is a mutual exchange of respect. The meals were totally opposite to the negative reviews - food was always hot, and satisfying. The Pantry was our favourite...the variety was amazing! The 'Waterfront Restaurant' very nice and I feel sorry for the poor waiters carrying those burning hot plates. I have included some photos which you can judge for yourself. With taste I think there is a phenomenon of being at sea... tastes are slightly different, for example my cup of tea. using the same tea as back at home tasted not as strong. Not sure why but the food was fantastic. At the Pantry you could go for second helpings if so desired, but tried to resist and used the stairs for exercise instead of the lift. Sadly because of adverse weather, the Ship Captain made the decision to sail West and around Tasmania and to Hobart, wisely choosing passenger safety over the stop over at Port Arthur. This choice made sailing more comfortable for us. Although we missed out on Port Arthur, spending time on the ship made up for it in comfort. The shows were very entertaining, and we enjoyed the Jazz Band at the bar, the Trivia, games and activities all very good. The decks were never overcrowded. We thoroughly enjoyed our stop over at Burnie and Hobart. Our pre-booked on-line Shore Tours tickets were delivered to our room. Overall we had a great and restful holiday and don't understand why people complain so much? We recommend this cruise as a great holiday for a very affordable cost. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My brother and I chose this cruise because it traveled through French Polynesia to Australia on an itinerary we liked. We always wanted to see Tahiti and Fiji, and this cruise also included Bora Bora, Moorea, and Raitea in French ... Read More
My brother and I chose this cruise because it traveled through French Polynesia to Australia on an itinerary we liked. We always wanted to see Tahiti and Fiji, and this cruise also included Bora Bora, Moorea, and Raitea in French Polynesia, as well as Samoa, Vanuatu, and 2 islands in New Caledonia as well. There was an itinerary glitch. Apia, Samoa was cancelled due to port construction, but an overnight and extra day was added in Bora Bora. This was an excellent trade off. The staff in all hotel and restaurant positions was universally friendly and helpful. It has always been my experience that NCL staff is top notch when it comes to friendliness. The entertainment was varied and generally very good. I rate only 2 days out of 17 as sub par. Burn The Floor dance shows are very good. Public spaces were better than expected. You didn't feel crowded in any venue. Food and accommodations were as expected. Embarkation was outstanding. Overall, the value and amenities exceeded my expectations, and I am platinum plus on NCL. This was a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
6-24 August. Leaking old ship poorly maintained. During the voyage constant leaks could be seen coming from overhead Water Tanks (so we were told). Drying machines and buckets were placed in hallway (Deck 9) We were told some cabins had ... Read More
6-24 August. Leaking old ship poorly maintained. During the voyage constant leaks could be seen coming from overhead Water Tanks (so we were told). Drying machines and buckets were placed in hallway (Deck 9) We were told some cabins had damp carpets which they were trying to dry. On route to Komoda Island 16 th August the ship suddenly lurched to port (mid morning)causing concern to many passengers. The ship scraped along a coral reef so passengers were told. In the Waterfront Dining area we were finishing breakfast, suddenly cupboards and shelves were opened and china and utensils flew across the floor. Staff appeared from the galley, and started trying to sweep the broken china together. All looked very shocked, along with many passengers finishing their meal. There was a poor follow up P.A. about an hour later with an explanation “ the problem was caused due to an outgoing tide and the narrow channel the ship was in”! Constant maintenance, painting, welding etc. caused the walking deck (deck 6) to be blocked off in places. The Pantry eating area (deck 11) had water from the adjacent swimming pool wash into the food area when the ship leaned over suddenly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was my second cruise in the same cabin on the Sun. It was a little cleaner than I remember and the bathroom had been rennovated a bit. The bed was ultra comfortable and as I travel solo I had heaps of room on my balcony and ... Read More
This was my second cruise in the same cabin on the Sun. It was a little cleaner than I remember and the bathroom had been rennovated a bit. The bed was ultra comfortable and as I travel solo I had heaps of room on my balcony and usually had some drying hanging over the spare chair! The laundry seemed to be a hostile place to hang out, so I avoided it. The entertainment was first class this trip and the tenders were not crowded as Princess have FINALLY realised you cannot fit 150 tubby Australians on just one life boat. Marquis was underwhelming and the service standard was not up to Dawn Princess levels, unfortunately. The food was excellent. But, like last time, I became ill on the 5th day with a chest infection. To save the huge costs I had my antibiotics and other medications with me and avoided the Medical Centre. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017

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