The trip had its share of dramas, tsunami flu epidemic engine failure and burst pipes.The crew handled it with quiet efficiency.
The only negative thing I can say is that the laundry was insufficient for the amount of people on the ship. There was 2 washing machines and 2 dryers on most decks. Most of the time one or another was out of service.They were situated right next to staterooms which was very hard on the people in those rooms. The laundry tended to be a vocal point on the ship. People would congregate from 7.30am onwards as to ensure their place in line.It caused a lot of stress and distension amongst passengers. Can you imagine trying to sleep through that noise? I don't know the answer to that. Perhaps a ticket system would work.
All in all the trip was lovely. We will be back next May 2012 for the 104 day World Cruise.
Shanghai was our next stop. We were at least 40 min away from the city, so we were provided shuttle bus to and from the city. I was a bit disappointed as I felt we wasted a lot of time traveling to and from the terminal Shanghai is awesome. Try and get a hop on and hop off bus, it gives you a insight to the things you really wish to see, also very inexpensive way to go.
Tianjin-Korea was next this was one of the alternatives to Japan. A lot of people were disappointed in this stop. We loved it. We walked out of the terminal(5 min walk) we found banks to exchange our currency, everyone was so helpful. The main shops and markets were underground very reasonably priced. We would have loved to stay there for more than a few hours.
Bussan-Beijing was next. Definitely a organized tour. The great wall of China Tian An Men Square, The Forbidden City, Bronzy lion, The Summer Palace just awesome.
Guam was next. We caught hop on and hop of buses and saw the sights.
Rabaul-New Guinea The people are very friendly, The Volcano was awesome sight, again we did things on our own.