Embarkation was very swift and efficient. Luggage arrived in about 4 hours. (A bit slow compared to Princess..Couldn't figure out why.)
There was lots of storage space including a huge walk in closet. There was a nice Vanity with a makeup drawer and a huge makeup mirror...a real plus. There was a huge flat screen tv with a free pay per view channel of newish movies. Also there were " destination movies' like "Gandhi' And "Slumdog Millionaire" for our time in India which was a nice touch.
The food on board was excellent. Most night there was a good choice of starters and entrees. Deserts were probably the weakest area. Still there was always a selection of ice creams and sorbets and a lovely tidbit tray of bite size cookies and other treats. Every night there was an offering from the alternative restaurants. We ate at both alternative restaurants and they were a nice change
The lobster in Prime Seven was disappointing. (I really don't think lobster travels well.) The food in Compass Rose was so good that it wasn't necessary to go the the other restaurants to get a good meal.
Standout food was the Dover Sole, and Sea Bass with miso glaze. Outstanding. The Caesar salad, offered every night was delicious. on Sunday there was a Champagne and Caviar Brunch. The souffles were very good.
The Veranda Cafe and Pool grill had delicious fare for lunch. There was always a great selection of salad offerings, and fresh fruit. On sea days there was a buffet on deck with a theme.
The ice cream bar was fun and well used.
Everyday there was a wonderful tea with a different theme.
The wines and liquor provided were good brands. The wines at dinner were good $15- $20 wines (I priced at home.) and we found that if we liked a wine we could get it on subsequent days if we asked.
The service was just wonderful. All the crew seemed to be happy people From the captain to the
Deck hands. Speaking of the Captain, John Oneil was the most personable we have ever had. He was delightful. You could tell he loved his job. Willie Aames, the Cruise director was also a delight. So funny and available around the ship all the time. They set the tone for the whole trip...fun, fun and more fun.
The entertainment was entertaining and there was something for everyone from Las Vegas reviews, to singers, to musicians to even a crew show.
The ports from Singapore to Dubai were very interesting. It was a port intensive cruise with 5 sea days.
Most of the included excursions were as advertised and on time. One exception was the tour to James Bond Island in Pucket. It was mostly 4 hours on bus, 2 hours of boring boat ride, a bad meal for about 2 hours of interesting scenery. And Tea at the Burg Al Arab was not worth it. My suggestion is for a few dollars more do it on your own ..it is a bit more expensive but worth it.
Ports included Pucket, Thailand. Great shopping on the dock.
Tricamonee, Sri Lanka. Did a basic tour which was a good introduction.
Colombo, Sri Lanka. Did a shopping tour which also included a tour around town. Odel department store was fabulous!!! Shopping at port.
Cochin, India. Did a basic tour to "Jew Town" , Vasco de Gama Church and fishing nets plus Harbor cruise.
Went back with a taxi shopping the next day which was very fun.
New Mangalore, India. Did a tour to town with a stop a private home and a market. Our least favorite port.
Shopping and free wifi at port.
Goa, India. Did a long tour to another market and two Catholic Churches. Very hot. Wished we could have seen the beaches.
Mumbai, India. Did a highlights tour which was excellent. Did an evening tour which was disappointing.
Saw a bit of a Bollywood film..raced through a market with no time to shop, stopped at a "trendy" bar which was Japanese???? with no one else there and then drove around but it was so late no one the buildings were illuminated as advertised.
The next day we hired a cab at the Taj Mahal Hotel and had a lovely day shopping and sightseeing.
Muscat Oman. We did a basic tour. We went to a souk but a lot of the stores were not opened.
Dubai, UAE. We did a heritage tour and tea at the Burg Al Arab. We didn't get back to the ship until 8 pm which made packing and last dinner rushed.
We had smooth seas throughout. No rough water anywhere. Lovely.
The best thing was the other passengers..everyone was unpretentious, well traveled, well read and nice.
Overall it was a very special voyage!