This cruise required some serious flying to Colombo Sri Lanka , our cruise departure port involving one flight to Abu Dhabi then onward to Columbo, Sri Lanka.
Voyages of Discovery advised us this was a closed port and booked us transport from an airport hotel to the port at £50.00 per person.
We had flown out two days before to enjoy more time in Columbo, this required us to spend thirty pounds on a taxi to the airport hotel and waste most of that day waiting for the paid for transport.
After arriving at the Cruise terminal we discovered there was a cruise terminal building just a ten minute drive from our pre-cruise hotel.
Not a good start.
Voyager was built in 1990, many of its features underline the fact. She is a traditional ship shape with teak promenade decks and hardwood exterior doors.
The ship steams well with around 15 knots achievable in good sea conditions and quite stable in the moderate seas that we experienced.
The public rooms are good with comfortable chairs, good bar service and prices.
The Lounges are good but lack tiered seating in the show lounge which makes some seating not good for viewing the stage.
The top deck has astro turf, there were plenty of sunbeds and space for relaxing on this cruise which had 360 passengers out of a possible 559 capacity.
Our cabin was a junior suite quite comfortable and roomy with a Juliet type balcony that was equipped with two very small folding garden type chairs. These were totally impractical to use, we never saw any of the other same type balcony's with these chairs in use. The cabin have been tastefully modernised with good quality toiletries and towels provided.
Room service breakfast was good and always punctual.
The restaurants are excellent in food variety and quality, coffee from the self service machines was thick enough to stand your spoon in but there was hot water to thin it down with.
The bed was quite firm with very small pillows, not what we expected after paying suite prices.
The waiters and cabin stewards are salt of the earth, you would not know that for many of them their homes in the Philippines had been destroyed.
All the officers and show staff were friendly.
Columbo Sri Lanka, Good Tours here. Hambantota, Sri Lanka, Commercial dock Jeep tours did not appeal.
Chennai India, Much Indian Bureaucracy here but enjoyed the tour but not the high visa fees.
Yangon Burma, really enjoyed seeing the culture and people here, fascinating.
Phuket Thailand, Really a beach resort but the rubber farm visit was interesting.
Penang Malaysia, very touristy here with hordes of people everywhere and oh so hot, cooler at the top of Strawberry hill after sardine type funicular ride to the top.
Kula Lumpur Malaysia, very busy city, super shopping opportunities and eating out.
To sum up we had a great time on this cruise a few minor beefs but nothing serious, we are a little concerned how the ship would feel with a full complement of passengers.