Written on: 05/12/2009
I CANNOT SAY, HOW MUCH I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS CRUISE.OK I WAS SEA SICK A FEW TIMES, BUT MORENO THE DECK STEWARD, JUST KNEW TO LEAVE ON THE SUN LOUNGERS EVEN IF RAINING.FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL...THE MAITRE D,S WERE WONDERFUL. WE WENT OFF SHIP WITH A LOT OOF THE CREW. AND HAD A FAB TIMEIT WAS LIKE ONE TO ONE ON BOARD.THE PEOPLE WE SAT WITH AT A TABLE OF EIGHT WERE AMAZING,RANGING FROM DENTISTS TO COMPUTER EXPERTS,BUT THEY WELCOMED US ALL OF THEM. I PERSONNALLY HAVE NLY EVER BEEN ON THIS... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009 by Guest1988 (1 review written)
Both me and my girlfriend found the Nile cruise both enchanting and beautiful.
The only problems encountered are down, in my opinion, to nothing more than such vast differences in culture and location, and if you can look past this you really can enjoy the trip.
For one, its going to be hot, its in the desert and you're on a boat. But the cabin is as cool as you want it to be, and there's plenty of shelter on the sun terreace.
The food isn't to the same quality as you would find in a 5... (read more)
Written on: 18/04/2009 by paolom (1 review written)
I had very bad experiences with African Safari Club. Customer service before holidays is bad. They do not answer for emails and you can ' t get to many informations before departing.
I bought bed and breakfast hotel (Palm Beach Hotel) and on their website, it was continental breakfast. However, I had to pay for the breakfast partly in the hotel. We had coffee or tea, some fruit and bread. We had to pay for an omelette, fried eggs or any kind of eggs. They did not put any information about... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2008
The wonderful crew-- they really tried to please.
The food was good & very nicely presented. The drinks were not overpriced nor were the excursions compared to P&O & others
The deck steward did not allow saving of sunbeds
The Entertainments Officer was excellent -- his talks were a high light. The Dance troupe gave 101%. One of the guest artists a singer was very goodOverall we had 9 happy nights. The boat was old & shabby. The cabins were small. The Captain just ignored the passengers. The... (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2008 by MegsDad (1 review written)
Sure it was cute boat, but that doesnt make up for comfort and the cooling thing, oh yes air conditioning!
It has been an eye opener to travel with a company with such little regard for their clients, I think they are forgetting who are paying the wages. The whole experience was a joke. (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2008
As a party of five ranging from 20 to 56 all members had a very enjoyable holiday. Our cruise was the Spice Island tour with a weeks stay in the Shanzu Paradise Beach hotel over Christmas and the New Year.
Previously, we have travelled with Fred Olsen and NCL cruise Lines and found the Royal Star evening meals excellent in comparison. The staff are first class.
The ship is small - as expected- but makes the holiday much more sociable than found on the larger liners.
The second week at the... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2008 by Kate Corlett (1 review written)
A lot of time was spent choosing our cruise, it's a shame that African Safari Club do not consider thier clients in the same way,
obviously we humble clients really are a means to an end-namely a good healthy profit. (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2008
loved the holiday and enjoyed the stay in Kenya after. We stayed at the Flamingo and the rooms were basic but the pool was wonderful. Food was good, especially the seafood restaurant. Did a 7 day safari which was a little too long. Zebra lodge was best accom. And Mara Buffalo camp was the worst. Overall a holiday to remember and would recommend to others. (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2007 by adamsorenson (1 review written)
People cruise for many reasons - to celebrate a lifetime, or the end of a life in some cases. And cruises aren't cheap either. Save your money and put it towards a cruise from another company that can actually fulfill your dreams. This cruise was a waste of time, money and most importantly, our effort. (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2007 by OMEGA865 (1 review written)
my advice is don't do it, unless you are used to sub-standard quality and then you will be pleased.
I am however used to quality and value for money this was not offered by the cruise line.
the ship is far to old and is due to be scrapped in 2 years  so there will undoubtedly be no improvements.
I do not expect to be told upon boarding the ship "she is old, but we try to colour her grey to make her look young" this didn't work for me, sure the ship has wonderful charm but needs a... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2007 by lynworswick
Don't expect large cabins and a large ship. The beauty of this cruise is the smallness of the ship so you make great friends and see people often - doesn't matter if you are a lone traveller you will always have someone to talk to.
Don't expect action all day at sea - beauty is the relaxation.
The places the ship can get to is fantastic - small paradise islands.
Can't wait to save up for the next one. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2006 by peterfphillips (1 review written)
Going back through Mombassa airport was a trial but it is a third World country so what else can you expect? (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2006 by Rutherfordxx (1 review written)
The African Safari Club, Royal Star cruise ship was wonderful, and the staff were excellent, from the cabin boy to the cruise director. The best entertainment was the crew's evening - what talent! There was plenty of information about the places we were visiting. The itinerary was good - we loved Madagascar, Mauritius and Zanzibar, but you can keep Reunion and Mayotte - too French and lacking in local colour. We loved our time on the ship, including the days at sea, where you could either... (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2006 by A R Webb (2 reviews written)
After reading some reviews, I considered cancelling my holiday. Some people will complain about anything, and they seem to enjoy making themselves miserable. I couldn't fault anything about the Royal Star African Club Safari Mysterious Zanzibar cruise, and nor could any of the friends that we met on-board.
I highly recommend ASC, and I will certainly travel with them in the future. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2006 by sherwooh (1 review written)
An excellent holiday overall. Couldn't fault it.
A helpful note - the deluxe package ensured that there were no hold ups with transport from/to ship/hotel/airport, and the gourmet pass is definitely recommended, as the a la carte restaurants in the Dolphin hotel were superb. (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2006 by Jacky Stevens (1 review written)
We thoroughly enjoyed the Royal Star African Safari Club Secrets of the Seychelles cruise (but see comments above regarding the hotel in Mombasa, airport and transfer).
Yes, it's a small ship, but this allows not only closer anchorage to ports of call, but more intimacy with fellow passengers and crew who all learn passengers' names within a day or so. It is 50 years old, but this can add to its charm - lots of wood and brass work.
The staff - particularly the Filipino restaurant and... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2006 by rogerharrop (1 review written)
We loved just about every minute of this excellent cruise and the delightful ship.
The staff could not be more friendly or helpful and the food was excellent.
The excursions were well selected and organised.
We will definitely travel on the Royal Star again - a real ship - not a floating hotel and holiday camp! (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2006 by PDERRICK (1 review written)
The complete holiday from initial booking to finish was a disaster. We were overcharged for the holiday by the travel agent. After boarding the flight from Gatwick, we were ordered off because the toilets were blocked - a two hour delay ensued. During 6 out of the 9 days on-board the Royal Star African Safari Club cruise there were very heavy seas, and consequently a good proportion of the passengers remained in their cabins, as the stabilisation on the ship was non-existent.
With one... (read more)
Written on: 13/08/2006 by boltbolt (1 review written)
Having read many reviews prior to taking the plunge we went with expectations that were probably a little low for the money we paid, however we were pleasantly surprised when on board the Royal Star.
She is an old ship but that does add to the charm and nostalgia. Lots of wood and brass that is lovingly cared for by the mainly Phillipino staff that are a credit to the Royal Star. The food was extremely good and plenty of variety. Tea/coffee on tap whenever required and always served with a... (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2006 by Hello Sailor (1 review written)
Additional service on the Royal Star African Safari Club cruise is from wearily cheerful, indentured Filipino staff on micro-wages, superintended by a seemingly Xanaxed Greek misanthrope Captain, incapable of speech. The ship shaking and juddering to the ceaseless death throes of its geriatric engine, you may wish by day two to resort to painkillers and gin cocktails. I recommend dihydrocodeine tartrate, which take the edge off nicely, although you can stock up on Valium in Mombasa.
Further... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2006 by JIMSS (1 review written)
Luckily, the ship was only 50% full, otherwise there would have been a lack of sun beds. There was virtually nothing to do during sea days if the weather had been poor, and there was a lack of sufficient public area seating. Food was adequate on-board.
The management at the hotels were only interested in their Continental guests. Not even toast, cold meat or cheese was available for breakfast. Complaints were met with a "go somewhere else" attitude. Luckily good food was available in the... (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2006 by rickcraft (1 review written)
The Royal Star holiday started with a flight to Mombasa which was adequate in comparison to other charter airlines. Transfer was in buses that were dirty, uncomfortable, no a/c and not roadworthy. The stay in The Flamingo Beach Hotel was appalling. The hotel was dirty, with poor fittings, grubby and worn towels, bedlinen and curtains. The food was repetitive and of a very low standard.
We then transferred to The Seychelles to the MS Royal Star for an 11 day cruise. The cabin was dirty with... (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2006 by kaswell (1 review written)
The Ms Royal Star is exactly what I expected. We travelled on the Jewels of the Indian Ocean Cruise which departed on the 27th December 2005. The islands are beautiful, especially Mauritius and Port Louis. The staff on board were amazing and couldn't help us enough. The food and presentation really is top class with a superb variety. The ship is 100% suited because of it's size to sail the Indian Ocean and visit the islands I only dreamt of visiting. For the price we paid at msroyalstar.com... (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2006 by Jay Shah (2 reviews written)
Royal Star not appropriate for the holiday. The ship is only good for the cargo. The refitting does not provide any comfort.
I have sued the ASC and successfully received a positive result. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2006 by Cordelia (1 review written)
Although the African Safari Club information booklet sent out with the tickets is helpful it needs to state more clearly what type of visa is required. After our cruise we had to go through immigration at Mombasa airport before we proceeded to our hotel. Confusion and mayhem reigned! Although we were all on the same package some of us were paying for transit visas and some of us for single visas! ASC club need to state categorically what type of visa is required for a particular package.... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2005 by Eganoc
African Safari Club.
We spent 7 nights on the Royal Star sailing from Mauritius to The Seychelles. The ship is 50 years old and not suitable for the conditions. 200 passsengers on board with a large number ill for 3 or more days through lack of sleep and` sea sickness. Food and`service fine. Accomodation poor(Toilets in cabins need some effort to clear). Some cabins`ae below the`water line in poor weather and can be very noisey with the sound of water crashing and banging. July and Aug... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2004 by steph004 (1 review written)
We spent 9 days on the Royal Star cruising with African Safari Club from Mombasa visiting visiting Zanzibar, Mayotte, Nosy B', La Reunion and Maurituis. The ship is a little old, but if you are looking for a small ship with excellent food and service we can recommend this cruise. All the cruise staff were wonderful. Beware though if you are spending anytime in one of the African Safari Club hotels in Mombassa, the standard is well below what we expected. We stayed in the Paradise Beach Hotel... (read more)