2 Beijing Holiday Cruise Reviews

We have just returned from a thirty day cruise from Tianjin China to Sydney. Back to back. Loved the cruise, especially the ports of call on the first cruise,, Nagasaki, Fukoka , Okinawa, all in Japan, then Hong Kong ,Vietnam , Thailand ... Read More
We have just returned from a thirty day cruise from Tianjin China to Sydney. Back to back. Loved the cruise, especially the ports of call on the first cruise,, Nagasaki, Fukoka , Okinawa, all in Japan, then Hong Kong ,Vietnam , Thailand and Singapore, 2 Nd cruise was to Malaysia then to Darwin , Brisbane & Sydney. A wonderful cruise , ships staff all very helpful and friendly . The panorama coffee shop was a hit with everyone where you could go make a drink any time of the day or night, on board shops a disaster, don't cater for Australians at all and all items were very expensive. The alcohol twice and more of what you would pay in Australia. Entertainment ok except some of the magician acts a bit weak. Loved Rhonda Burchmore, she got a standing ovation, think they need more entertainers like her to suit the age group cruising. We did several ships tours which were good. The cruise directors terrible , started off with someone called Fang, he was replaced and we ended up with Luke what a rude person so full of himself, do hope our next cruise he is not on board. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We were looking forward to our first cruise in the East. We had a wonderful itinerary Beijing to Bangkok. We spent 3 nights in Beijing first then we were due to board the Diamond but the fog in Beijing stopped all the traffic and we were ... Read More
We were looking forward to our first cruise in the East. We had a wonderful itinerary Beijing to Bangkok. We spent 3 nights in Beijing first then we were due to board the Diamond but the fog in Beijing stopped all the traffic and we were stuck in Beijing until they opened the roads - we got to the ship about 4pm and the sailing was delayed for all the other late arrivals. Our embarkation was the quickest we have ever had. It must have been 15 mins in total - very organised and flowed well. We have an inside cabin - it was really good - very roomy. We like the walk in wardrobe/dressing room style. We had booked set dining - second sitting - the first night is a free for all and we had a wonderful waiter and we all had a good laugh. Unfortunately from then on we had our own table - in the cold air of the air conditioning - the slowest head waiter we had ever had. He had 3 tables - and often waited for everyone before putting any orders into the kitchen - by this time we had often been waiting for 15 mins or more - we were always there on time - some people only strolled into the dining room 15 - 20 mins later. Because of this we often ate at the buffet - so we could eat and catch a show. We found the food very good - although maybe not as good as our food on the Star. We left Beijing in thick fog and this continued for about 4 days. We were looking forward to some of the ports - Shanghai - but the fog spoiled this - delayed our arrival. Because we were in such a large ship it had to dock at a container port and meant a 1 and a half hour trip to the town. The fog spoiled any views and then the rain came - so we almost got the return coach back. Okinawa was a lovely day - not much to do there and we only ha half a day. Taiwain was raining but seemed nice - we had children dancing for us on the dock. Hong Kong was wonderful. But again we were in the container port and it was about 30 mins to town on the coach. You had to be back on board by 6pm if you wanted to be aboard for its repositioning - it went through the harbour during the light show and anchors in Junk Bay - there is then a 1 hour tender. Then onto Vietnam - Nha Trang - was a tender - it was really lovely. Then the following day we docked in Phu My - the container port for Ho Chi Minh city - it was about 2 hour drive to HCM - we did a trip down the coast. Singapore next - Another container port - an hours drive to Singapore and then only half a day - so a drink in Raffles and back to the port. Bangkok was also a good hour from the port. It was good to see these places - we could have done with better weather - but that is in the lap of the gods. The down side of the whole cruise was the container ports - due to the size of the ship. If I were to do this cruise again I would choose a smaller ship. We enjoyed the ship. The evening were very quite - the most popular was the piano man. The staff at all the bars were very helpful and friendly. We especially spent a lot of time in the bar next to the piano man. Due to the weather we did not have a single sailaway party. There was a party on the pool deck on warm evening - that was very popular. Also the balloon drop was a popular night but mostly the nights were very quiet and only us at the bars or nightclub. The entertainment team were around during the day but come the evening they did their show and disappeared. The evening entertainment was not too good - the local show was good and the staff show was good - the rest only just ok. The disco was empty every night. We had the same captain that we had had for the Antartic cruise on the Star - he was as unfriendly this time as he was last!! He just about managed to say his speech at the captains party but left as soon as he could. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009

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