Port and Shore Excursions
Port 1 was Kuantan (Malaysia) - you were transferred 40 mins to a shopping mall for 3-4 hours, this was a waste of time port of call, and definately wasn't worth getting off ship for.
This port is a 2 hour transfer from Bangkok, we were not informed of this at the point of booking. There were 2 excursions available on board ship, option 1 day in Bangkok including Grand palace, reclining buda, evening show, overnight stay in hotel and then next day free to sight see, this option cost 289 euros per person (almost the cost of another holiday if paying for 2 people), option 2 was same as above but no overnight stay and no 2nd day, this option cost 219 euros per person. We decided to form our own group, hire a minibus and make our own way to Bangkok, we shared a minibus with 6 others, this cost 400 US dollars return, which shared between 4 couples was by far a cheapest option.
Grand palace, need to be dressed in long trousers and shirts with sleeves, or longish skirts and tops with short sleeves, be warned if you go in any other type of clothing, you have to que up and pay for the loan of appropriate clothes, money paid is fully refundable when you return clothes, but if your hubby is a bit of a buda and tall like mine and our friends then your in for a long wait as most of the trousers (like tracky bottoms) are small. Looking round grand palace can take as long as you have the stomach for culture, we spent 1.5 hours which was enough for us.
Reclining buda in walking distance of grand palace, but only takes 20-30 mins at most to look at.
Personally we thought Bangkok was dirty and appeared more so in comparison to the absolute cleanliness and lack of litter in Singapore.
Port 3 Ko Samui: I am sure this was a beautiful island but didn't get chance to discover its charms beyond the port as it absolutely chucked it down for hours.
Kuala Lumpur was 1.5 hr transfer from the ship, so after all the hectic travelling, we stayed on board to rest up, this was definitely not a relaxing holiday.
Port 6 was Puckett: 2 days in this port, and for a change right on the beach, so at last some relaxation, but wow come darkness the place comes alive and people appear like ants seemingly from nowhere, certainly wouldn't want to stay in this port location, but guess most holiday makers staying on the island do so a resorts in other locations and travel in for this swamp of nightlife.
Port 7. Langkawi Malaysia: short 30 min transfer to a shopping centre which is crap, but is close to a beach.
Port 8 Penang: 45 mins to a beach and no sun lounges so its towels on sand if you want to swim in the sea.
Port 9 Malacca Malaysia: complete waste of time going into this port, all that's there is another shopping centre.
Only got chance to go round Chinatown, but this was amazing, loads of tailors who are eager to make you suits, shirts, etc and some who will make ladies wear, all are made to measure and fairly cheap depending on material choice, all items ready either later in the day or the following week when you disembark, so you can pick stuff up before going to the airport. Tailors are also available throughout Thailand so many options available and Bangkok being a 2 day stay in port and Puckett also a 2 day stay in port are good options for getting clothes made and delivered to ship before sailing.
Singapore is fantastically clean, no litter anywhere not even in the central reservations of main roads, it is an offence to drop litter, chewing gum or cig ends so be warned, all are enforced regardless.
Raffles: if you want afternoon tea, you need to book it online before you sail, no chance of just getting in on the day you are in Singapore, there is a waiting list, and you need to be dressed appropriately, we couldn't get in as we were unaware of having to book beforehand, so we decided to have a Singapore Sling in the bar instead, wow it cost 26 Singapore dollars each, so this was by far the dearest drink we had throughout the cruise, and not worth the cost, I thought maybe you got the glass free, but this was not the case, so be warned Raffles is very pricey, but the hotel itself is beautiful, oh and watch out for the service charges they are everywhere.