Astor Cruise Review by wiljam1968
- Sail Date: January 2018
- Destination: Nowhere
I cannot give a view on actual cruising on the ship as it was an in port celebration, so we didn’t actually leave the dock.
I have also been on around 13 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Celebrity.
The ship is small, built in the 80's and is getting on for a cruise ship.
Embarkation was ok, we were given a group number and sat in the terminal till our group was called. We had arrived at 1130am and didn’t board till 1.30pm so a two hour wait in the passenger terminal.
There appeared only 5 staff booking over 500 people hence 2 hour wait.
After getting a 'seapass card' we walked on board.
After getting on board we went straight to the room. We had booked a premium suite on Atlantic deck.
Arriving at the door we realised there is no swipe or insert card entry. The door was unlocked, and two keys were on the desk. Given the ship had undergone an upgrade I would have thought electronic locking on doors to modernise it would have been a given.
The suite was very good and extremely spacious and bathroom excellent. What let the décor down and also around the ship was the expanse of fake mahogany veneer everywhere making open spaces very dark and closed in.
We had lunch in the buffet area which was average, Food was unimaginative, bland and lacked choice.
There was also no staff member ensuring that people sanitized which given the increased risk of norovirus on ships I find amazing.
We had a walk around the ship and given the size, deck space was at a premium.
We checked out the indoor pool in the Wellness Centre at level one. I’m not sure Wellness Centre is appropriate as the area stank of cigarette smoke apparently from staff quarters.
For dinner we went to the Waldorf restaurant and had to wait for a table. The waiting was not organised, and no queue was in place.
The menu was good with lots of choice and presented very well. What let the service down was the food served in a luke warm state.
After dinner we took in part of the show featuring singers and dancers. To be fair they do a very good job with the space they have to work in.
On return to the cabin we had instructions that we were to be out of the cabin by 7am which I thought was very poor.
During the night the noise from the funnel was loud and made sleeping difficult.
In summary, the Astor I am sure caters for many people not wanting the frills / attractions / variety other larger cruise ships offer but I was not for me.
I also think it is overpriced given the lack of facilites.
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