We cruised on the Millenium on February 4, 2013 from Singapore to Hong Kong, stopping in Bangkok and Viet Nam.
First the Ship was great. Even though it was an older ship it didn't feel like one. The food in the dining room was great and the service was one of the best we have ever had. We only ate at one optional restaurant, Qsine. It was great. You order off an Ipad and they will make you as much as you want. we ordered 20 things before the waitress told us that most people order 6 or 7. It didn't matter,. The food was interesting and almost everything was great. Skip the fried things and concentrate on the Meats and seafood. It really is a experience to enjoy.. We did it on the second night when we were still capable of eating a lot. If you go later, you may not be. The Ocean View cafe didn't appeal to me. Breakfast, however, was good. The elites had a daily continental breakfast that served specialty coffees and champagne.
Second, the ports were great. We stayed in a hotel overnight in Bangkok so that we could see more. The ports for every city except Hong Kong were two to four hours away. We arranged for a car to take six of us to Bangkok and return us the second day. Only cost $64.00 a couple and we got dropped off at two different hotels and were picked up when we wanted not when the ship's transportation told us to. So much to do in Bangkok. It is a most interesting city. Buddhas all over Nest stop was Saigon. We took the ships trans into town and did our own thing. It was Tet, their New Years so the city was decked out. Must go to the Rex Hotel's fifth floor outdoor dining area. Have a drink and Pho (chicken noodle soup). Big enough to share. We took a cyclo ride (bike driven) ride around the city for $5.00 a piece. They take U.S. dollars and almost everything is a dollar. We saw enough of the city on the first day, so we stayed on board the second. We were looking at the map of the trip outside the Ocean View Cafe when we felt two arms over our shoulders. It was the captain. He was the one of the friendliest we have had. He spend twenty minutes talking to us. Hue ,was the nest port and we took a city tour. It was Nice. Last stop in Viet Nam was Ha Long Bay the gateway to Hanoi. Ha long is great. you don't need to take the ships tour. Just get off the ship and you will be greeted by many wanting to offer you tours. Get their price down to around twenty a person. Next day we went into Hanoi. I really didn't like it much. Our first stop was the Hanoi Hilton and that really left a sour taste in my mouth. Viet Nam is a very interesting country. We lost so many young men trying to protect hem from the commies and now it's just a capitalistic as can be. Waste of lives. Last stop was Hong Kong. The ship docked right outside a hugh mall. As a matter of fact you have to walk through the mall to get out, and that was no easy job. Great city.
We found the crew generally very friendly and helpful. Always a good day. Only little thing ,was the waiters in the Ocean View didn't radially come over to get you drinks. You really had to stop them. But that's just a little thing.
Best way to see part of Asia. Down and dirty. I certainly would sail on the Millenium again. Next trip is on the reflection so I will be able to compare the old and new.