We did a b2b. Our second cruise was supposed to be Pusan, Jeju (South Korea) and Fukuoka (Japan).
At Shanghai about 1,400 mainland Chinese boarded, along with a group of about 40 cruisers from Ireland and another group from Norway, and a handful of us from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, UK and one or two other countries. About 500 had cancelled due to the situation in Japan.
The MDR was quite empty for first sitting. And if I thought that the Windjammer had been busy during our previous cruise, it was virtually impossible most of the time to get a seat during this cruise. We had hoped that the food would have more of an asian influence, but really it was disappointing - it was moreorless the same as the previous cruise.
On the way to Japan, the weather was not good and the sea was rocky - many people were ill. The morning we were due in the Port of Fukuoka (Japan), we were already to go when the Captain made an announcement informing everyone More
that, due to the situation in Japan, the decision had been made not to stop at Fukuoka, but to go straight onto Korea. Everyone was disappointed. I guess that many must have complained, because the Captain later made an announcement that each Stateroom would be given a credit of $200. We actually loved South Korea and it was, for us, worth the journey, but I think probably this cruise should have been cancelled before it left the Port of Shanghai, or an alternative Port of Call arranged.
When we disembarked in Shanghai, we were told that there had been many more cancellations and that the ship was only expecting about 390 guests. Many of the crew were concerned about their jobs. I see from a previous review by margaretskib that there turned out to be only 198 guests.
Just as a note, the Beatles Tribute Band "The Beatels", who were actually really good, had played to full houses during our first cruise and had to return to the stage and play an encore. During the second cruise they played to about 30 people.