We completed our South East Asia cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on the 17 March.
we were on the Millennium and it was the ship chosen to christen the new Passenger Terminal at Hong Kong's old Kai Tak runway. The terminal was still under construction and I am sure will be fantastic when completed this July.
Having sailed on the Millennium three times now we were little concerned about the bad reviews it was getting. Thank goodness our concerns were eliminated once we were on board. Great staff, food we thought was the best so far and the big production numbers in the theatre were outstanding.
The attention to detail and incredible frienliness by our main dining staff was excellent and made our evening trip to the dining room a joy. Speciality dining at the Olympic and Qsine was of excellent standard. However, as the main dining was such a high standard we will probably not choose these options in the future or go back to "Blue" with the Aqua class. The two trainers in the Gym were exceptional and James from Australia must be the best motivator we have ever encountered on any cruise. His classes were overbooked and rightly so.
The port stops are very akward on this cruise, be prepared for delays in getting off the ship and for very long bus rides.
We chose firstname.lastname@example.org for our private transport for the 2 days at the Bangkok port. On time and clean and reasonably priced. Avoid the tourist floating markets.
Following others recommendations we chose email@example.com for Ho Chi Minh.
The car is at the wharf and you meet Tri Dung Nguyen in the city at the Rex over a delicious iced coffe. He is without a doubt one of the best guides we have ever had.He provides you with a disk of over 100 photos of you over the day and then provides a portfolio of information on Vietnam to your web address.
Finally we chose Ha Vietland Discovery - firstname.lastname@example.org for our days in Hoian and Hanoi and Halong Bay.Signs are held with your name at each port. You are whisked away before the big groups thereby avoiding the queues. Be warned the trips are long but what the heck if you want to see these cities just have a little shut eye on the trips.The rest stops are very very clean.
The temporary arrangements at Hong Kong port were conducted with precision and need tobe congratulated.
Overall we had a great South East Asia experience.