Embarkation in Singapore was quick and we were soon on board. The staff servicing our cabin were excellent and nothing was too much trouble for our attendant Nina, who went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed.
We found the dinning room meals to be very good, with the exception that nearly every meal came with mashed potato, which we found a bit much really.
Service was impeccable with our waiter Gong.
We used the dinning room for some breakfast and lunches when at sea and also found these to be of a high standard.
The ship had a good solarium but I felt it could have provided better food in this area as a small pizza station was set up there.
The ports of call I felt where too far away from the cities Bangkok being 2 hrs and ho chi min being 3 hrs both by bus. We opted for closer places to visit. The buses where late collecting people for tours and wasted a lot of time for those on distance drives to the city, and passengers had to wait in the hot sun for them to arrive...At niether port were there taxis on the wharfe and so no freedom of choice to do your own thing. In Vietnam the port was Phu My (miles from anywhere and no taxis on the wharfe) we took a tour of Vung Tau with the ship which was really disspointing. We saw very little and had no oppotunity to stop anywhere for a relaxing browse of shops or even get a drink. Even the fishing village itself they just let us off the bus for a quick photo and that was all...However the guide provided usefull information along the route so we did learn a bit more of the country from his narration.
At Leam Chabang the stop for Bangkok it was slightly better the ship offered a do it alone bus transfer to Pattaya for $18 which we did. From there we hired a private taxi to take us to the Nong Nooch Gardens. Which was the highlight of the trip. The cost of a taxi for 3 hrs was $1000 bart and the entrance fee was 500 bart. We arrived in plenty of time to see the shows leaving the ship before the ship excusion, they arrived after the shows had started.
We had time to shop in Pattaya before heading back on the shuttle...Saved a lot of money doing the trip ourselves compared to the price the ship excursion wanted.
At Koh Samui we hire a taxi to tour the island rater than get the ones on the wharfe we picked one up in a side street and that saved us some extra dollars as they where charging a wharfe fee for the taxis there.. we had 5 hrs to tour the island and had lunch on the beach on the far side of the island. The ships tours were expensive and did not offer a full tour of the whole island. We saw much more alone
On the whole a good cruise but with slightly disappointing ports..one thing i did note was that the ship only carried one brand of cigarettes in the duty free shop,but some in koh samui at 7/11 for 80 Bart a pack of 20. so very cheap.. be warned that Singapore allows you no concessions in taking smokes back in there and will charge tax if you have got a lot and get caught.
I did hear from passengers that their bottles of wine had been confiscated from their luggage upon boarding, for anyone trying to get it on board. It was returned at the end of the cruise. We didn't get ours touched as had syphoned it into smaller plastic bottles packed in cases. Royal caribbean being the only ones Ive heard of that will take things out of your luggage. If it looks like alcohol when scanned then be prepared to lose it.
disembarkation was very slow and painful queuing for over 1hr to get off, they really need to speed this up. If you need to be off to get a flight. get express pass and take your own luggage ashore with you and get off at 7.30 or get stuck in the line.
We would sail with RCI again but on a larger ship and with better ports of call. They are refurbishing Legend of the Seas in March. totally re-gutting it so would be interested to see how it looks once done.