Took Mum on a short cruise to see how we both cope on Cruise liners - as this was both our first ever cruise. The buffet was nothing pretty 'meh' but the Waterfront restaurant was AMAZING! Comedy shows were brilliant - definitely recommended for first timers!
Second time on Queen Mary 2 . February 2017 .
Wonderful as we were last on 2013 around New Zealand. This time we had an Obstructed View Balcony Cabin. Superb . Obstruction was minor, I would recommend to try.
Loved it on deck 8 .We had an 8 seating table and the fellow travelers were a real bunch of fun travelers.
Loved meeting up for High Tea each day and discussing our excursions each evening. Love Queen Mary wouldn't sail any other ship. Crew are very helpful and fellow passengers are very nice . So our next voyage will be within the next two years as Pensioners we look forward to our next Sailing.
I travelled with family and we all had a great time. Food was good, entertainment was great and you could not get bored as there is so much to do. Staff were excellent all round. A great meal in the Salt Grill and the staff were excellent there as well. Pondering about my next cruise.
this was a first for us both and at first what had i let us infor but after the first night on the ship i was convinced that this is the life and was thinking about where to go on our next cruise.
the food and entertainment was great,the staff on the ship great so over all the whole experience was great and still get talked about over morning tea most days of the week.
so guess what we are hooked on cruising.
Apart from the food which was not up to standard. The pantry is useless, we were queing up all the time for anything that we wanted. not what I was expecting from P&O, we enjoyed our cabin and the stewards who looked after us. We were disappointed that there weren't more talks but enjoyed
immensely the Reef Pilot, particularly as we are yachtsmen. The railway was very good but as we didn';t have window seats missed a lot of the views. The tour guide on the bus and on the railway was excellent, Disappointed in not having been able to visit Hamilton Island
We wouldn't sail again on this ship nor any P&O that had the pantry arrangement. kitchen staff didn't seem to understand what we wanted, e.g. " a small serving or more". The . Vanuatu staff who were clearing the tables were very pleasant. I wouldn't rte it as a comparison to the Sea Princess which we had recently done a trip on (with a buffet).
I would rate this trip 3rd class, maybe that was because of its price and school holidays although they weren't really a problem.
The only food that was acceptable was the deep fried fish but we always had to queue up for it and it was served on stupid wire baskets rather than on a plate so it be cut it up to eat. salads were very poor. No afternoon teas were provided for older people to enjoy. and another grizzle was that there was nothing like chess tournaments for older people, particularly the men.
More light piano playing in the lounges would have been nice rather than loud bands. there was a very nice piano and singing chap in one of the lounges in the evening from 6pm to 9pm, very pleasant.
Sorry this is all negative but that is how I rate this cruise unfortunately, and I wouldn't cruise with P&O again the the near future. I am planning on another voyage but will go with Princess cruises instead or a higher rated cruiseline....
We had a wonderful time as it was my husband's birthday cruise, little knowing that within five weeks of returning he would have passed away. Port Arthur was his most interesting place. He was appalled at the conditions the prisoners were kept in. It was a sobering time for him to hear their
stories. I wanted to visit it all again and take my mother this time as she has never been to Tasmania and is now a sprightly 91 year old.
First time cruising with P&O. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Entertainment was great and varied to suit all kinds of people. The Pacific Eden is a smaller ship but had everything you needed. I enjoyed the adrenaline (The Edge) activities that they had to offer on board to kill some
extra time. However, on a longer cruise I feel you would be bored towards the end of the cruise. Some more fun activities to engage you around the ship on sea days would be good. Food was outstanding. Plenty of choice and the specialty restaurants were very nice with the Italian and Asian restaurants at no extra cost (You just had to book, get in early or miss out) I enjoyed the ship, staff and facilities and visiting Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and have already booked my next cruise back there. :)
I have given only 3 stars for the cabin because of the size. It was too small, even for two. Granted it was an interior but two smallish people couldn't get dressed/undressed at the same time. The bed was soooo comfy and everything was spotless though. Even the balcony and oceanview are very small
compared to other cruise lines we have been on. Probably OK for a short cruise but 29 nights a bit much. The food was the best we have had. The selection was not as vast as other lines but everything we ate was delicious. Thank you Rene for your attention and hard work to make us happy.
Cruise on the inaugural cruise to Australia on Ovation of the Seas from Fremantle to Sydney.
Most disappointing of nearly 20 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P & O International. Ordinary food, long queues, poor service, lack entertainment and passengers participation not to mention limited activities or demonstrations.
Was worried that my Radiance cruise was just as disappointing.
FORTUNATELY, Radiance WOW me a lot more than the Ovation.
Movies daily. Variety of activities. Food Great. Staff Friendly. Plenty of Entertainment. Passenger Competitions and lots more.
10 of us; family and friends enjoyed the cruise.
Ship however is dated and need to be refurbished soon or a newer ship Down-under.
Thank you Radiance and Crew for restoring my Faith in Royal Caribbean.
Ovation needs to learn from other Royal Ships cruising Australia waters like the Legend, Rhapsody, Radiance, Voyager and Explorer, all of which I had sailed on except the Explorer.
Cruising in Australia is booming and to increase passenger shares needed with latest fleet to complement Great service.