We chose this cruise because of the SE Asia destinations which sounded interesting. Embarkation was handled reasonably well, considering the number of people they have to handle. We've only done one cruise before on Dawn Princess, so ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the SE Asia destinations which sounded interesting. Embarkation was handled reasonably well, considering the number of people they have to handle. We've only done one cruise before on Dawn Princess, so only had that as a comparison.
We didn't think the food choice at Horizon Court was good as Dawn P. Also, on Dawn P we could get a nice pizza at Sabatini's at no extra charge, this Sabatini's was one of the speciality restaurants, with the only pizzas available up on deck. Hardly conducive for a nice dinner. Food in the restaurants was OK. We also ate at the Japanese & Sterling Steakhouse speciality restaurants. Was disappointed in the latter.
We were also pretty disappointed in the entertainment which was pretty average. Who wants to watch a group of singers/dancers sing half a song in cabaret style which all seemed to be the same. There weren't any subject expert lecturers, apart from the port expert whose presentations were long and dull. Pretty much the only things we took part in were the trivia sessions (there were LOTS of them).
We were told on Dawn P that we could re-use our Princess memory stick for our ship photos. No deal, we were told when we asked - we had to buy a new one. So they didn't get any more of our business.
The cruise was advertised as a 10 or 13 day cruise & we chose the latter, despite the fact that it returned to Singapore. Little did we realise that the cruises were actually divided into a 10 day, followed by a 3 day completely different cruise where the entire dynamic of the ship changed, particularly as many Singaporeans took advantage of a long weekend getaway. It was loud & crowded, with children playing in the public areas. And they repeated some of the restaurant menus which wasn't very appealing. In fact we really didn't enjoy the last 3 days at all.
But, on the positive side, the food & service were good. If you stay away from the crowded areas, it was quite relaxing. We found the Wheelhouse Bar was very pleasant for a pre-dinner cocktail, mainly because there weren't many people there.
The gym was good - only negative about that was they scheduled some spin classes for shore excursion days, rather than sea days, so in two cases we were the only attendees.
We did some great shore excursions (with the exception of a dreadful day in Bangkok) and we satisfied our ambition to visit some interesting places. Read Less