We travelled from Adelaide to Perth on the Indian Pacific and the Astor left a day after we got to Perth so we thought that would be an interesting way to return. The cruise started out badly discovering we had not got the cabin I requested but that was the travel agents fault. The corridors are narrow but the restaurants were spacious enough. The service in the Waldorf was hot and cold. When you first sat down the drinks waiters couldn't wait to present you with the wine list and take your orders, but try getting a second drink if you didn't order wine. You could look directly at a drinks waiter and he would look away. They were each assigned a certain table and didn't seem to want to help any other table out. But, if you dined in the specialty Mediterranean restaurant it was like being on another ship! Service and food were both excellent. Even though some of the service was lax the food itself was pretty good to excellent. There is no facility where you can buy a good coffee except after 9am in the morning. My Wife likes a coffee first thing so she was not impressed. Another irritation was the fact they charged $10 a day in gratuities. I believe this contributes to the behaviour of some of the crew. We never saw our cabin steward once for the whole voyage. I am comparing them to the steward we had on our last Royal Caribbean cruise who always seemed to be available and wishing you good morning etc. Won't be cruising on this ship again.

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Astor Cruise Review by warreni

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We travelled from Adelaide to Perth on the Indian Pacific and the Astor left a day after we got to Perth so we thought that would be an interesting way to return.

The cruise started out badly discovering we had not got the cabin I requested but that was the travel agents fault.

The corridors are narrow but the restaurants were spacious enough.

The service in the Waldorf was hot and cold. When you first sat down the drinks waiters couldn't wait to present you with the wine list and take your orders, but try getting a second drink if you didn't order wine. You could look directly at a drinks waiter and he would look away. They were each assigned a certain table and didn't seem to want to help any other table out.

But, if you dined in the specialty Mediterranean restaurant it was like being on another ship! Service and food were both excellent.

Even though some of the service was lax the food itself was pretty good to excellent.

There is no facility where you can buy a good coffee except after 9am in the morning. My Wife likes a coffee first thing so she was not impressed.

Another irritation was the fact they charged $10 a day in gratuities. I believe this contributes to the behaviour of some of the crew. We never saw our cabin steward once for the whole voyage. I am comparing them to the steward we had on our last Royal Caribbean cruise who always seemed to be available and wishing you good morning etc.

Won't be cruising on this ship again.
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Cabin 459
All the previous cruises we have been on have been in rooms with a balcony. We knew there were few cabins with balconies on this ship and asked our travel agent to get us a cabin with a double bed on the highest deck possible, Imagine how unhappy I was when we got a cabin on the bottom accommodation deck with two single beds! The beds were narrow and the mattress thin. It was also very noisy. I measured the noise at 68dB which is louder than normal conversation.
On the plus side it had a fridge that worked as a fridge (unlike our Royal Caribbean fridge) and the water pressure and temperature in the shower were good. Plenty of storage space as well,and the air-con worked quietly and efficiently.