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11 Royal Caribbean Beijing Cruise Reviews

We had looked forward with excitement to this cruise in view of the ports of call, all places we had not been before. We had a cabin with a balcony on deck six which was well laid out, comfortable and well attended by our Cabin ... Read More
We had looked forward with excitement to this cruise in view of the ports of call, all places we had not been before. We had a cabin with a balcony on deck six which was well laid out, comfortable and well attended by our Cabin Steward. The facilities on board ship were good with plenty to see and do whilst not ashore or on sea days. All staff throughout the ship were friendly and helpful and quick to learn your name. The main downside of the ship was the evening dining. Having cruised before with other cruise lines we were disappointed to find that the standard of fixed seated dining was not up to their standard. We always enjoy the experience of fine dining whilst cruising but on the Voyager of the Seas the evening meals were average at best. The was only three courses provided and the variety available poor, they ran out of certain foods such as mussels and blue cheese despite having them on the daily menu. The excuse for this was that supplies had failed to arrive in Hong Kong, this also resulted in several beers running out in the bars. Due to the size of the ship the ports we called in were often Container ports, often miles from shops or restaurants. This did not bother us as we had booked excursions in most countries. The only port we did not have an excursion at was Fukuoka in Japan, we walked off the ship there and toured the city but in all honesty there was little to see and perhaps missing this port out of the itinerary and providing a extra day in Hong Kong would be preferable The excursions we did go on we're good value and enjoyable, I would recommend the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam and the elephant village Pattaya, Thailand amongst others. The entertainment in the theatre was mediocre but the ice show in the ice rink was fantastic. Our only other real gripe was with disembarkation. We were due to get off in Singapore at 9.30 am but were delayed until 12.00 and even then when we did get off the hotel transfers we had booked though the ship were not there and we had to wait around in total confusion until space on other buses could be found. The reason for the delay became apparent when I passed the staff member responsible for our disembarkation meeting area and heard him speaking on his walkie talkie. He had let groups disembark without authority and the expletives from his colleague ashore made it clear that this had resulted in the suspension of disembarkation. This particularly annoying or us as we only had one day in Singapore with our flight leaving at 2am so it restricted our sightseeing. Overall we enjoyed our cruise and will have many memories to look back on. everybody looks for different things in a cruise and as the dining is important to our overall enjoyment this did devalue the experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
China Sea Royal Caribbean cruise last October, booked with ROL on the 'Voyager of the Seas'. Flew off with Qatar Airways - absolutely first class operators. Vastly overpriced Regal Hotel in polluted Beijing. Typical of Eastern ... Read More
China Sea Royal Caribbean cruise last October, booked with ROL on the 'Voyager of the Seas'. Flew off with Qatar Airways - absolutely first class operators. Vastly overpriced Regal Hotel in polluted Beijing. Typical of Eastern China the infrastructure was superb. Sailed to Fukohara, Japan; Jeju island South Korea,Xiamen China; Hong Kong; Saigon; Bangkok; Singapore. Including Beijing port that makes 9 but your box only allows for 8. Further cavils are that I was in the cheapest interior room but don't remember the code number and I may be slightly out on the number of nights. Great itinerary of visits but I'm crossing off Beijing and Singapore for being vastly overpriced. Fantastic, immaculate ship with a service aimed at patricians rather than backpackers - although I did appreciate the best gym I have ever seen and the most splendid food offerings. I should mention I dropped out of the set dinner as I was not prepared to dress up or tolerate fussy waiter service. On the latter point, their seemed much redundancy of staff and labour - I thought it was extravagant/wasteful. Great entertainment and I especially loved the karaoke and ice skating. Film fare could have been better and more varied (John Carter was srange choice). Didn't understand all the dressing up, gambling or expensive luxury offerings. Delectable staff - esp the Polish gym instructor and Land Dyak service lass from Sarawak. However, the cruise wasn't geared up to service lone, red-blooded, tho' rather ancient males. Room was superb and TV OK but repetitious. I objected to the persistent request over gratuities - as I hadn't noticed anyone providing any specially valued service worth extra remuneration. If they'd offered a massage I could afford, then that might well qualify but I wasn't going to pay over £100 just for the basic. These gratuities could well amount to more than £1M - so what about CTT, witholding tax just for starters! Quite a conundrum. At least all this was optional unlike the clipjoint capers in other cultural milieus where one can arrive to face unexpected surcharges/penalties! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
this was our first RCCL cruise. ( previously cruised Carnival ). the ship was huge, and with over 3000 passengers and crew on board, most would think crowded.. NOT THE CASE! there always seemed to be plenty of areas to find a quiet place ... Read More
this was our first RCCL cruise. ( previously cruised Carnival ). the ship was huge, and with over 3000 passengers and crew on board, most would think crowded.. NOT THE CASE! there always seemed to be plenty of areas to find a quiet place to just sit, enjoy the scenery, or just people watch. there are plenty of activities on board if you really want things to do.. Karaoke, card games, trivia, mini golf, inline skating, golf driving simulator, bingo, ice skating, indoor movie theatre, poolside music, and on sea days, a poolside barbecue and live bands.. the list could go on and on.. on the same token, plenty of bars, and a couple of café spots, just to sit and relax.. the promenade is lovely, but can get a bit crowded on show nights.. there is a true English pub, and a lovely little where you could find pastries, pizza , small sandwiches, and tea or coffee almost all night( all included in the cruise cost )great spot for those with late night munchies. there is also, what at first glance appears to be just a tobacconist / bottle shop.. however in this little gem you will also find everything from hairbands, to headache pills, Band-Aids and sunscreen.. I didn't know this til the last night.. (too late then :) there is a lovely looking coach ( handbag ) store.. a bit expensive for me, but they do have sale days.. heaps of bargains to be had here , so look out for them.. we cruised from Beijing to Singapore, and while I wont bore you with the individual tours that we did, I will tell you that there are so many options.. do your research on the individual ports before you go.. this makes the choice of tour much easier to make. we found with RCCL that there were more tour choices available on board, than was listed on their website, and although with 3000 people on board, some did sell out quickly, there were often similar tours still available. the lines at the tour desk could be long at times, but this is to be expected.. we were told that we could book tours on out in cabin TVs, but each time we tried, an error came up, and we had to go to the desk anyway.. we weren't the only ones, and were eventually told that this was an IT problem on the ship that they could not fix at sea.. oh well what could we do but go with the flow,.. this cruise is sponsored by Pixar I think.. had Madagascar characters making appearances all the time, so you would have thought that it was directed towards young families, however I found that more than 70% of passengers on our particular cruise would have been over 35...so I don't think that this was well thought out, but most found it amusing all the same. we ate at the buffet every lunch on board, most nights. we found it more relaxing, as we would come and go when we wanted, with all of the activities on board this suited us more.. we did eat in the main dining room twice on formal nights, and once in the Italian restaurant to join a friends 50th birthday dinner celebrations.. they were lovely for a treat, but not us every night.. I cannot fault the food or the service anywhere, but we are not on any special diets, nor are we fussy eaters.. probably the best advise I could give on this ship is ..BE PATIENT.. long lines come with the territory when you chose to go on such a large ship.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
For starters, the main let down was the ship stunk of sewage, as you go at the back/side of the ship, it stunk really bad. In some other areas I could get whiffs of the same stench here and there. The cruise was ok. Plenty of food choices ... Read More
For starters, the main let down was the ship stunk of sewage, as you go at the back/side of the ship, it stunk really bad. In some other areas I could get whiffs of the same stench here and there. The cruise was ok. Plenty of food choices at the Windjammer. I didn't like their Main Dining food options, they stated the meat wasnt tender, very chewy, and they advised us to choose something else which there wasnt else much to choose from. The people were amazing, friendly people. I loved their service so much I miss them already! They all seem very happy to serve and greet everybody. Plenty of cocktail options! It was so easy to just want to go through the list and taste all their cocktails! And good price for the amount of each alcohol content that goes in each glass! The Ice show was fantastic, however they had no musical stories. They had good, single entertainers on at the La Scala every night, but they had no "wow" factor to the entertainment, except the ice show. The activities were rather sparse. Lots of trivia games were fun, but they also featured many bingo games and casino games to pay for. The other activities that were available were live music, health spa seminars and fitness seminars that did not appeal to us. We spent most of the time playing mini golf and rock climbing. The ice skating was fun too, but were only open for 1/2hr at a time, and when it stated on their activity list the ice skating was open, half the time it wasn't open to the public. I reckon I will definately sail on another Royal Caribbean cruise, but maybe not the Voyager. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We are first time cruisers on this type of boat, having done European river cruises and small boat cruising in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It is true the boarding experience in Tianjin was an absolute shambles. No information, queues ... Read More
We are first time cruisers on this type of boat, having done European river cruises and small boat cruising in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It is true the boarding experience in Tianjin was an absolute shambles. No information, queues going in every direction, everybody there at the one time as travel from Beijing was not co-ordinated. A really bad impression much commented on by regular cruise folk. Our disembarkation in Singapore was little better as we had contracted RCI to transport us to Changi Airport. Once in the terminal they left us for dead. Critical question , would we do another cruise, Only if it was to a different destination as we are not cruisers who love sea days, want to encourage skin cancers by becoming walruses by the pool or even refrigerate in the library or 'card room'. We had a D1 cabin 7356 which was quite adequate and serviced twice daily by Fabian with great courtesy and care. Our meals in the L3 Dining Room were pleasantly served by Harold and Tiu Lin, always ready with appropriate drinks and a friendly approach. Food quality was passable but not anything exciting. On one night the steak was not served to the second sitting! Prawns were always watery. Only did one formal night as our table companions deserted us. The alternatives, the Windjammer food hall crowded often and of poor quality (except the fries) or the paid venues were not that swish. We paid $105 US extra for half cooked lobster of good size on our only venture. We had bought the Ultimate Drinks Package as the only means to cover our wants. Converting US to AUD plus the 18.5% loading allowed the flexibility to cover anything we drank, within reason. Ellingtons or the Wig and Gavel were regular haunts. Wifi is a disaster, pricey and only worked on Deck 5, again at the Wig and Gavel. This was only established after more than one approach to Guest Services. Entertainment, liked the Ice Show. Watched one singer who was just a 'belter'. We chose half day tours, and were reasonably satisfied with our Asian sampler. It is in each individual's choice whether private touring is cheaper and more satisfying. To summarise, you make the most of what you get in life; our adventure on the Mariner had many good moments but as many when we felt let down. Overall it was a great experience but not something that would become habitual!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
After we booked this cruise there were lots of rumours about how the ship was changing e.g. No Mamma Mia, extended shopping and casino, smaller music hall (now we know why - see below). We contacted RC who denied that anything was ... Read More
After we booked this cruise there were lots of rumours about how the ship was changing e.g. No Mamma Mia, extended shopping and casino, smaller music hall (now we know why - see below). We contacted RC who denied that anything was changing. However, all the rumours turned out to be true. First - embarkation. We had been told the ship arrived in port at 7 am. We booked boarding time of 11:45. Unfortunately, out taxi driver got very lost and we arrived an hour after this, in a bit of a panic that we were late. There were no signs for baggage drop and it was unclear even which door of the terminal to go in. We found the baggage drop where it was only just setting up and the staff were only just being trained! Once inside Katy was helpful in explaining that the ship only arrived at midday and we would start boarding til 2 pm. This eventually slipped by degrees to 3:30 as we watched previous passengers disembarking. Very smiley but totally inexperienced Booking in staff, in matching school uniforms were also being trained and Katy told us this was only the 2nd time RC was using Tianjin. The delay enabled us to meet our fellow western passengers - about a dozen in total. We were confused where the rest of the passengers were. Once on board, we walked through the deserted ship for a welcome and delicious lunch at 270. The 'deserted ship' was to become a feature of our holiday. Checking into our room slightly late, due to the delay we found it clean and comfortable and were helped out during our stay by Eduardo. All the staff, and there were plenty of them, were friendly and attentive, though not informed very well about the overall running of the ship. Over the next few days we were given 4 different explanations for the late departure: weather, sea traffic, longer distance than expected from last port(!) and finally, from the Hotel Manager on the 4th day, that the ships arrival had always been scheduled for midday - so why were we given a boarding time of 11:45? All the other westerners we met had the same problem. We were very concerned about our arrival time back in Tianjin as we had booked flights home the same day and needed to be able to rely on RCs info. Internal communication needs looking at RC please. The restaurants were lovely and we enjoyed the food in American, Chops Grill, Chic though not so much Jamie's, which is same old menu as at home, and just felt slightly below par compared to the other restaurants. I would question whether they really need to source and boast about chicken from the USA. That really is a lot of food miles! It was full most nights though, so others enjoyed it. Service in the restaurants was over the top with half a dozen staff greeting us on entry, and sometimes more than one waiter competing to fill up our drinks. We were confused about the reservations which we had made at home, Only to be told they were not necessary. It transpired that the ship was only 2/3 full with approx 3000 passengers so this may explain why. Bars. We had all the bars to ourselves apart from the other few Europeans. They were totally deserted. It was like a ghost ship! The other passengers, mostly Chinese, just do not do bars. They were to be found shopping or in the casino where they drank endless tea. We felt really sorry for the musicians and performers who were often playing to empty rooms. The bar staff were really happy to chat - I suppose it passed the time a bit for them. They made me some delicious cocktails - I preferred humans to robot bar, though we tried this too and I loved the music. Entertainment. I really enjoyed the ships orchestra jazz night, Starwater was bizarre and unconnected, the Chinese illusionist was incomprehensible - trying to do 'close up magic' on a big stage. Some of the bands C-wind quartet were really good - Chinese band playing western rock music. They could have done with a better audience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Actually we did 3 B2B cruises. Enjoyed the itinerary. Savio the guest services manager and Chen our cabin steward on deck 7 were the best we have encountered on any cruise and we cruise extensively. Don’t miss meeting Mike the hotel ... Read More
Actually we did 3 B2B cruises. Enjoyed the itinerary. Savio the guest services manager and Chen our cabin steward on deck 7 were the best we have encountered on any cruise and we cruise extensively. Don’t miss meeting Mike the hotel manager he should also be the cruise director. 95% of passengers on first cruise were from mainland China thus the cuisine was appropriate for them but we did find offerings for us “international” passengers as we were termed.. Many of the crew knew we were B2B cruisers and treated us like rock stars.. If you do a cruise leaving from mainland China prepare yourself for the Chinese passenengers whom seem to lack a knowledge of the “social graces” and personal space..The Quantum class ship is spectacular with many great features but the crew and service was the biggest bonus on the ship. Don”t miss the Pixels show in 270theatre and the iFly Ripcord. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
On August 25 I embarked Ovation of the Seas on one of the ship’s last trips in China. The ship is newly built and sent to China immediately. It is returning to the US but this does not mean RCI is quitting the area, as they will deploy ... Read More
On August 25 I embarked Ovation of the Seas on one of the ship’s last trips in China. The ship is newly built and sent to China immediately. It is returning to the US but this does not mean RCI is quitting the area, as they will deploy an even newer ship of the same class to the China seas next year, while Princess and Norwegian are retreating (it is a joke that NCL took away the 160000-ton Norwegian Joy and replaces it with the very old and practically un-refurbished Norwegian Spirit, well-known to this market as the former SuperStar Leo (particularly this old ship suffered a 24-hour power loss recently). I have of course cruised on RCI before but too long ago, and the brand has not been my favorite. But what a pleasant surprise, and what a proof why RCI is the most successful operator while Princess and NCL failed in this region. Immediately I notice good things: (1) It is not fully localized and retains elements of a real international cruise, and it is the first time I saw many Australian joining a China cruise. (2) It is quiet, stateroom well-insulated and no unnecessary announcement as on MOST big ship soliciting your business (3) Hospitality was generally good and the local Chinese recruits were professional, unlike on other ships. (4) The ship sails full load at 4700 but it still feels spacious enough (5) There are photographers but not the intrusive kind. (6) Most passengers are Chinese so most announcement are for them, but there is always a statement that “the following announcement are for Chinese passengers only”, showing respect for the minority. Shopping is a highlight, high street type shops usually seen in RCI ships are changed to Cartier, Prada, Omega. The shopping was tremendous to the extent that even I bought something (I almost never buy anything on a ship). Wonder how they will deal with the luxury shops aimed at the Chinese on return to Alaska. The stateroom was small but well-designed, and it is equipped with tea making facilities (hope this remain in the US). It had a fridge, slippers, and bath robes not to be seen in most ships of a simple balcony cabin. There are more than 5 inclusive eating places in the dinner time in addition to the most popular buffet. The main restaurants open in slightly different time and operate in a free seating system, but there are plenty of tables for me to enjoy solo dining. Dining food was not impressive but it is the buffet that scores! I intend to vote it the Best Buffet of any big ship I have been on. Food is plentiful and in many varieties, and well-cooked. The Chinese food is Chinese-Chinese, not American-Chinese as on NCL and Princess. There are other dining outlets that charge. The steak house and Italian are not bad, but the Japanese is entirely American-Japanese. RCCL excels in shows and here they have a show on a specially designed lounge of some technical innovation. The productions shows are big but just many people moving on the stage, without impressive choreography and good singers. However it was good to see the very attractive and sexy Taiwan violinist Venus Tsai again as headliner show host, after seeing her only months ago on Princess. So I was happy with the show time offer as well. If my expectation was not high, the real impression far exceeds my expectation and this cruise brings me back to RCCL, to compete with and to beat NCL and Princess and Costa. RCCL may probably win my patronage, along with MSC. The 7-night trip is considered long for China but it pays off with full attendance. The call to Fukuoka was good and convenient for shoppers, the other two ports caters for excursionists. But it took too long to go to Kyoto, as it was a real disaster to embark in Tienjin allegedly Beijing. But as a whole the cruise was enjoyable and it was almost a blessing that despite very strong winds the sail was smooth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was only our 2nd cruise with Royal Caribbean and some of the online reviews of their Asia cruises had me worried. I need not have worried as it was generally a great cruise. Food/restaurants were excellent as usual. You would need ... Read More
This was only our 2nd cruise with Royal Caribbean and some of the online reviews of their Asia cruises had me worried. I need not have worried as it was generally a great cruise. Food/restaurants were excellent as usual. You would need to be hard to please to not find something to your food tastes. Facilities were also great - we enjoyed the North Star, rock wall, whirlpools etc. Shows were very good. The mix of passengers was good - mostly German, British, Australian, New Zealanders, American and a few from various parts of Asia. I only have a couple of negatives - boarding was a very slow process (much slower than our previous Mediterranean cruise with this company). My other concern was our bed - mattress was extremely hard and pillows uncomfortable - one very thin and one bigger but both hard and unsupportive. I was surprised, to say the least, that bedding on a cruise ship of this class was not better. I did raise my concerns as the hard mattress was giving me neck problems. Our steward put some doonas on top of the mattress which helped a bit, but this problem really needs addressing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This holiday was called the Walls & Warriors which started off with a 6 day land tour arranged by Cruise 1st during Chinese Golden week! Followed by a 12 night cruise on the Ovation of the Seas. We started our journey to Xian from ... Read More
This holiday was called the Walls & Warriors which started off with a 6 day land tour arranged by Cruise 1st during Chinese Golden week! Followed by a 12 night cruise on the Ovation of the Seas. We started our journey to Xian from Edinburgh via Frankfurt & Beijing on 1st October. After travelling for a very long time we were met at the airport by a guide from CBT holidays, arranged by Cruise 1st. There were 4 of us on the flight from Xian that arrived around 2.30pm, what we didn’t know was that we would have to wait until every other international flight arrived with all the guests before we could leave the airport & that wasn’t until around 5pm so not a great start but anyway we were on the way to the hotel until the guide informed us that we were getting taken for dinner first & not to our hotel but a buffet restaurant 40 mins drive away from the hotel which we stopped at briefly as 2 passengers demanded to be let off the bus. We were taken to a restaurant in a lovely building but so were all of the 8 coaches so it was pandemonium. We eventually got back to the hotel about 9pm & then had to listen to the guide tell us about luggage, labels, passports all stuff we really didn’t want to hear as we were all shattered. We were only 2 nights in Xian before getting the bullet train to Beijing but we asked to take out some clothes & leave our suitcase out the following morning so that it could be taken to our Beijing Hotel by courier & not on Bullet train with us. This did not go down well as all we wanted to do was get some sleep before our 6.30am alarm call. We stayed at the Mingdu int hotel in Xian which was ok, didn’t really cater for international guests. We obviously came on this trip to see the Terracotta Warriors but as we arrived during Golden week it was extremely busy & I mean thousands of people queuing to get in, pushing & shoving. It was quite dangerous but we went with the mass of crowds & eventually got to see the army so it wasn’t the big wow unfortunately as we couldn’t see right away . We then managed to make our way round & get some pictures. It was the same trying to get in to all of the pits. Lunch & dinner were provided throughout this trip but we were a bit fed up of Chinese food after 6 days. It was mostly buffets with a couple of meals served to our tables. The trip on the Bullet train was fantastic, 308km per hour but you wouldn’t think it. A subway lunch was provided for us for the train trip so that was welcomed- no boiled rice in sight! In Beijing we visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Sq, The summer palace & Ming tombs & the Great Wall over 3 days with 5.30-6am alarm calls. One thing to note if you are going to do this trip, what we wore in the morning we were in for the day & night, not once did we get the chance to return to the hotel to change or freshen up .This trip is extremely tiring but as the guide said we were only there for 6 days & could sleep when we got home! One point which caused a lot of complaints that were advised by Cruise 1st only a couple of weeks before that it was suggested that we pay the guide £7 per person per day as a tip, this was then spoken about by the guide manager on the first night saying he would collect the next day & this would cover everyone, guides, drivers etc for the 6 days so that totalled £42pp but he would take £40pp. Well this didn’t go down well at all, some paid all, some paid part & some paid nothing. We weren’t happy about it but paid & will be letting cruise 1st know. The guide manager told us this was their wages; there were 8 coaches so it worked out between £8-9000. This trip was advertised as an escorted tour, everything included so this was really cheeky to throw this in just before we left. We would obviously have tipped the guides & drivers but as a result of this they got nothing further from anyone. This did put a dampener on things & was a hot topic which Cruise 1st could have sorted out at the booking stage & added it into the overall cost of the holiday. We enjoyed the tour, albeit tiring & the guides from CBT Holidays were very good, our guide Michael was fabulous on bus no 6. THE CRUISE- arrived a Tianjin port at 11.30am & the terminal was absolutely packed with people, queues everywhere, I had read prior that you needed 2 photo copies of your passport on A4 paper (not enlarged to A4 size), a lot of people didn’t seem to know this so there were a couple of photo copiers & literally hundreds of people waiting to use them. We had to go up an escalator to get departure cards , fill them out & then come back down to wait in a check in queue, the queues were that big they were all merging , not a good start but all in it took us 1.5 hours & we were on the ship at 1pm. We needed to get a Chinese visa prior to travelling at the Chinese Visa centre in Edinburgh £151 pp but the people with the 144 hour free visa were taken aside at the last customs point to have paperwork checked, you had to tell them hotel details were you had been staying before the cruise so have all that info ready if you get the free visa. Our balcony cabin on deck 7 was ready as soon as we stepped onboard & luggage was in the corridor, always look around as sometimes not right outside your cabin. The ship is huge but easy to navigate. As this ship was built for the Asian market the shops are very high end, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Cartier etc. With the usual sales? In the Royal Esplanade most days. 2 days at sea greatly welcomed to recover from our hectic 6 day trip & get used to our new surroundings. We had pre booked drinks package, North Star (complimentary on this cruise) & Ifly also complimentary. The bar staff were amazing & would make you any cocktail, not pre made like some cruise lines. We enjoyed the food, ate in Windjammer a couple of times, such a vast selection of food if you can’t find something you like in there well there is something wrong with you. Also ate in American Icon & Silk both my time dining restaurants. We had also bought the 5 night dining package so ate in Wonderland (strange but worth a try) Chops Grille, Izumi & twice in Jamie’s as that is the best restaurant on the ship! Two 70 lounge was good for breakfast & lunch & Sorrento’s for late night pizza. We visited Okinawa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam & Singapore. Okinawa- shuttle bus into town then walked to the market. We then got a taxi for $8 to the former hq of the Japanese Navy- Underground tunnels. We also rode on the Monorail to Shuri Castle then back to the main street to get the shuttle bus, plenty of shops here & easy to get around by yourself. Taiwan- shuttle bus into Keelung then we shared a cab to Taipei as we had pre booked tickets for Taipei 101. One thing I will say is why do Royal Caribbean take you to container ports then charge you to get off the ship? $10 or $20 for a shuttle bus to the nearest town i.e. Keelung which is still half an hour from Taipei. Shuttles from these ports should be included, felt a bit ripped off. Taxi to Taipei actually was $20 for 4 of us so we should have just got a taxi from the port, we got the train back & it cost a couple of pounds. Hong Kong - free shuttle to nearest mall (Diamond Hill i think) then easy to get underground over to Hong Kong & star ferry back, went to ladies market before returning to mall to get shuttle to ship. Ho Chi Minh- RC tour - Panoramic bus tour- good value. We had a fabulous private tour in Chan May with Andy Hoi an tours to Ba Na Hills & the golden bridge. The ship didn’t even offer this as an excursion although the bridge is only months old so that is maybe why. On the ship we enjoyed Martin the singer in the Amber & Oak pub, he had us partying every night, there was a good band called Kinetic in the Music Hall. Other acts like the comedian & the balloon guy didn’t go down too well & we are not big INXS fans so 4 nights of that wasn’t our cup of tea. There was a 70’s party in 270 1 night, the place was packed then they stopped the music at 11.40pm & told us to go to other venues that were playing slow music! I was disappointed that there were no deck parties even on the beautiful night we were leaving Hong Kong & the deck was packed they had a film on which was so inappropriate, Jurassic world I think with dinosaurs roaring spoiled the beautiful sail away. Pixels was the only show we had to book & I loved the Vegas style show in the theatre, Live,love,legs. Unfortunately we had 2 medical emergencies on the 2nd last night & one of our passengers passed away. The other had to be taken off the ship which meant we had to turn back to Vietnam & we were 5 hours late in getting to Singapore, this was ok for us as we were going to a hotel but the queues were enormous at guest services trying to sort passengers out. The last night actually ended up like a proper party night as we were told we could stay in our cabin until 11am on departure day & all venues were open for breakfast & lunch. Lots of people stayed up late because of this & we had a thoroughly enjoyable last night (sorry for the man who took ill). As a result lots of passengers decided to self disembark with luggage at 12 noon. This wasn’t handled well by the staff & the queues to get off the ship were not managed at all until it was brought to their attention before a fight broke out! We had a fabulous trip& met some fabulous people, the ship is very modern & some people in our group did not like it, said it was like living in a shopping centre, I missed the theme nights & deck parties (didn’t get to wear the Hawaiian frock!) but overall the staff & food were very good.In fact the staff were excellent. We enjoyed the bionic bar that was included in the drinks package as were the coffees in Two70 lounge & the cafe on the esplanade. Sorry for the long review but this trip is happening again next year on Quantum so maybe help some people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
this cruise allowed us to discover part of asia with stops in japan at taiwan in hong kong vietnam 3 stops aet in singapore. the boat is huge. Lack of entertainment during the day and shows not supoer except one which was beautiful. ... Read More
this cruise allowed us to discover part of asia with stops in japan at taiwan in hong kong vietnam 3 stops aet in singapore. the boat is huge. Lack of entertainment during the day and shows not supoer except one which was beautiful. the staff was great though. Liliana, Alex at the reception desk and Marjen one of the restaurant managers were very professional and knowledgeable. we avouns take advantage of all the activities on the boat namely bumper car, simulation of parachute jump, surfing wave against the current and climbing in a bubble at 100 meters from the ground with panoramic view of the boat from above and on the sea ​​. all these activities are free but ask to register not to queue and it was great . so we recommand to cruoise with royal carribean . this ship must be very great for alaska trip since a glass panorama is offfered in the front ot the ship in the adult pool corner . Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
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