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190 Hong Kong to Asia Cruise Reviews

1 embarkation hong kong 20 mins taxi to ship 2 3disembarkation 30 mins cabin to taxi 3 ship signs of rust on hull otherwise very clean and smart 4 cabin js1630 clean smart well appointed kettle bath fantastic storage 5 main dining room ... Read More
1 embarkation hong kong 20 mins taxi to ship 2 3disembarkation 30 mins cabin to taxi 3 ship signs of rust on hull otherwise very clean and smart 4 cabin js1630 clean smart well appointed kettle bath fantastic storage 5 main dining room very good food sometimes a little cool buffet excellent choice last lunch 4 choices of roast meat etc room service excellent speciality Italian well worth surcharge 6 entertainment something for everyone theatre shows good ice show excellent schooner piano bar outstanding.7 sevice excellent across the ship 8 all ports excellent organised visits smooth and enjoyable.3 experienced travellers from uk and south african a memorable holiday fellow cruisers a mix from many countries Australia usa uk China India etc all mixed well chinese university students were brilliant company.cruised often never before with royal c but would again staff always smiled and ensured you had a perfect holiday cruise package was fantastic and bar service always fast and inefficient Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Did 3 short B2B's on Ovation out of Hong Kong And Shenzhen and enjoyed all of them. Loved the mix of different cultures on board. Not our first time on this class of ship so felt like home before we even boarded. The service and ... Read More
Did 3 short B2B's on Ovation out of Hong Kong And Shenzhen and enjoyed all of them. Loved the mix of different cultures on board. Not our first time on this class of ship so felt like home before we even boarded. The service and friendliness from the crew was as good I have seen on any ship. Food was good, mainly geared towards Asian tastes but still plenty of variety. One of the cruises had 4600 passengers on board but it didn't feel like it with many areas like the bars or Solarium often being rather quiet. The cruise from Shenzhen was mainly chartered by a music group from China and we really enjoyed the pool deck parties they put on with great international dj's. The ship was kept very clean and can't wait to sail on Ovation again. Only negative was long lines for Immigration, but that is not the fault of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our 4th cruise and 1st with RCCL this year. We chose this particular cruise as we’d never been to Japan. Because the ship sailed out of Hong Kong, we were anticipating a large contingent of passengers from Hong Kong and mainland ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise and 1st with RCCL this year. We chose this particular cruise as we’d never been to Japan. Because the ship sailed out of Hong Kong, we were anticipating a large contingent of passengers from Hong Kong and mainland China. While more than half of the passengers were Asian, and some spoke limited English, there was a significant number of passengers from Australia, North America/Canada, the Uk and NZ, so a good mix of interesting people to meet. Consequently, all safety instructions, show introductions, PA messages etc were delivered in English and then again in Mandarin. Sometimes, I got the feeling some information was “lost in translation “ but the crew did their best to keep everyone informed and up-to-date with shipboard activities. I thought Mike and Kitty’s morning update show on TV channel 14 was informative and good fun. This is a very big ship, so yes, there was a bit of bustle and noise at times and yes, sometimes dining room queues were long but it’s not as if you’ve got somewhere else to be! I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with the continual whinging of some of the “international” passengers (particularly a couple of British and US passengers). As early as the first sea day there were a few passengers that others, myself included, were already doing their best to avoid. One very rude woman was observed loudly berating pool bar staff because they couldn’t produce an ice bucket for her water bottle! She turned to me and announced she was having a terrible time, thought the ship was terrible, the staff were hopeless, and that she was “done!” I had to bite my tongue and not suggest we’d all be happier if she jumped overboard and swam back to shore. Others were complaining about the food. Seriously, there was so much variety and choice I just don’t understand what the problem was. Perhaps they lost sight of the fact that feeding 4,000 people at roughly the same time dictates what can be served, how, and how fast. Fine dining was available at the specialty restaurants and take-away style food could be taken to the deck or back to your cabin so there was always a choice if banquet/buffet style was not to their liking. The buffet restaurant and MDRs WERE very busy at peak times but we chose to dine either earlier or later and avoided the melee and had no wait at all. We also booked the Solarium Bistro if we wanted a quieter and more intimate atmosphere for lunch or dinner. We generally had complimentary room service continental breakfast, which was more than sufficient and a pleasant way to start the day. Overall, our experience of this cruise was very positive. The cabins were well appointed with heaps of storage and a very comfortable bed. Cabin stewards were professional but friendly and went out of their way to attend to any special requests. Deck 13 stewards, Kolen and Joela, always acknowledged us by name and with a smile and an enquiry about our day. I thought the headline show, Pixels, was outstanding and enjoyed Live, Love, Legs but to a lesser degree because the vocalists were a bit hit and miss. On sea days, the pool areas were busy but we still managed to secure a deck chair when and where we wanted one. The only annoying thing was the number of selfish people who “reserved” themselves a prime position very early before breakfast by placing a towel on the chair/s, then didn’t return for hours (that’s just rude if you were one of those doing so!) We tried the North Star while in port and the view of the ship and the port was stunning. We didn’t try iFly but plan to next cruise. At the start of the cruise, there was a fee for both North Star and iFly but this charge was dropped or refunded for those who’d prepaid, towards the end of the cruise. We had planned to “wing it” in each port, but ended up booking three shore tours (Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Shimonoseki) once on board, and I’m glad we did. All were very well organised and well worth the money. Our English-speaking Japanese tour guides,Yoko and Mr Morry were fantastic - we learnt so much about Japanese culture, traditions and history, and Morry even taught us some basic Japanese words and did a bit of magic for a few of us (as well as a tour guide, he is also a professional, touring magician). I doubt we would have found our way to some of the tour locations easily on our own. A lovely young couple we met did do their own thing though via locally organised walking and cycling tours and reported that they had a great couple of days. Wherever we went, we found the Japanese people to be very gracious and respectful and from what we saw, Japan has to be one of the cleanest, tidiest places I’ve ever been. Pity one filthy group of smokers from the ship gathered on the street, made a spectacle of themselves being loud and obnoxious and then threw their cigarette butts in the gutter/drain outside a stunning Japanese garden - disgusting behaviour and a poor example of Australian tourists overseas. I felt compelled to write this lengthy tome as I find there seem to be many overly critical reviews on this site. I think many people who are satisfied and have enjoyed themselves just don’t write reviews, so there’s sometimes a biased and unbalanced view from people who are probably never happy about anything. I prefer to see the glass as half full, not half empty. From my observation I believe the ones who complain about poor service or “sullen”, unhelpful crew are rude to crew who work hard and are paid every little. I’ve seen them behave as if they are somehow superior to everyone else. They might find that instead, a little bit of humility, politeness, gratitude and good grace results in friendly, cheerful encounters and excellent service every time. Just a thought ... Anyway, in summary we enjoyed this cruise very much, and met some truly delightful people. So much so that we’ve booked two more cruises on Ovation this year and are looking forward to catching up again with some of the new friends we made onboard this trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for several reasons: The reputation of Regent, the itinerary (Hong Kong, coast of Vietnam, Singapore and ended in (70 miles away) near Bangkok, and a chance to travel with good friends. We found almost every aspect of ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: The reputation of Regent, the itinerary (Hong Kong, coast of Vietnam, Singapore and ended in (70 miles away) near Bangkok, and a chance to travel with good friends. We found almost every aspect of this voyage to be outstanding. The staff, from Captain Felice, to the other 400+ officers and employees, was friendly, efficient, and service-oriented. The ship was spotless and embarkation and debarkation both ran like clockwork. The food on board was outstanding. When we ate in Compass Rose, the main dining room (spacious and very attractive), or either of the speciality restaurants (Prime 7 and Chartreuse), we felt like we were dining in five-star restaurants. The wine choices were varied and of high quality. We never ordered premium wines and didn't regret making this decision. The pool grill and La Veranda, the informal dining options, and offered good variety, wonderful salads and barbecued items. We especially appreciated the barbecue night on the pool deck where the crew worked in very hot conditions to transform this space into an elegant buffet with broiled lobster as one of the choices. Another option is the Coffee Connection, which although it doesn't have a view location, offered excellent speciality coffees and light breakfast, lunch and tea options so we often had breakfast there on days when the excursions left quite early. We had a special offer of three nights pre-cruise in Hong Kong at the Shangri-La and upgraded to a harbor view room there. Well worth it! We found the excursions (only took one extra one - a small group van to the Mekong Delta) to be of good value although some made for a very long day with 2-3 hour bus rides each way. We especially enjoyed the tours in Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Hoi An and the Mekong Delta. The only disappointment were the entertainment/enrichment activities, which varied substantially in quality from excellent to barely acceptable. The lecturer on board, who we had hoped would be a southeast Asia expert, wasn't, and offered lectured on topics that had little to do with our itinerary, reading from his notes. On the other had, the photography expert on board, was very informative and had excellent handouts to refer to later. The onboard entertainment team was very strong but only does 4 shows (one brief) per voyage and the others were less than strong overall. Know that at this time of year, it is HOT and HUMID. Temperatures were well into the 90's every day after Hong Kong, with high humidity, making it feel even hotter. This did affect our experience on some of the excursions and even the sun lovers sought shade on the pool deck much of the time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We saw the advertisement for the cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo via China in the weekend Australian newspaper. The service staff, in the cabins and restaurants, were particularly impressive. Genuine friendliness and welcoming. Extremely ... Read More
We saw the advertisement for the cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo via China in the weekend Australian newspaper. The service staff, in the cabins and restaurants, were particularly impressive. Genuine friendliness and welcoming. Extremely helpful and obliging - no request was too much or too problematic to carry out. The entertainment in the theatre was of a very high standard - each evening's performance more professional than the previous one. All areas of the ship were clean, well cared for, appealing and comfortable to relax or be entertained in. Especially enjoyed the art education sessions given by Divan from Park West and his very entertaining art auctions. The speciality restaurants, La Cucina, Le Bistro and Cagney's Steakhouse were included in our food package and very worthwhile. Disembarkation and embarkation at each port was smooth and well organised. The reception committee on embarkation were very pleasant, welcoming and friendly. We organised our own shore excursions, so didn't use the ship's excursions. There were absolutely no problems or negative experiences throughout our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our overall impression of the Silver Whisper was amazing. The services were excellent. We had a wonderful butler and maid. The attention to every detail made us feel very special. The food was amazing and all our waiters were quite ... Read More
Our overall impression of the Silver Whisper was amazing. The services were excellent. We had a wonderful butler and maid. The attention to every detail made us feel very special. The food was amazing and all our waiters were quite efficient as well as entertaining. The ports were places we never dreamed of seeing and experiencing. We would definitely recommend the Silver Seas. The only comment on the negative side would be that our ship did not have a gift shop for sundry items and logo wear from Silver Seas. The gifts shop on board carried lovely specialized gifts and apparell. We particularly enjoyed the two shows that were scheduled earlier in the evening (6:45 pm). We found it difficult to stay up for show at 10pm after having such wonderful dinners. Our excursions took us to the places we really wanted to see. Some had extensive travel in the vans but could not be helped. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Pick the finest hotel and place it on a boat. You are welcomed and within a day the entire crew addresses you by name. Clean, outstanding food choices, wonderful products and towels, outstanding crew and the facilities are beyond first ... Read More
Pick the finest hotel and place it on a boat. You are welcomed and within a day the entire crew addresses you by name. Clean, outstanding food choices, wonderful products and towels, outstanding crew and the facilities are beyond first class. There is so much to do on a "sea day." You can relax or stay as busy as you desire. Everything is included so that you do not need to worry about extra costs or tipping except if you take an excursion. Embarkation and disembarkation is smooth and seamless. What a wonderful experience. We have experienced Silverseas prior to this one that went to Southeast Asia. Already we are planning to take the entire family away next year. i want my family to experience luxury on the sea, while staying in shape, eating with great options and experiencing the world with excursions. Nothing could be better! I cannot see trying another line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I Love Celebrity and the Infinity is an older ship but so comfortable for us! Let's start from the beginning: March 14th: We choose to break up our trip and fly from Fort Lauderdale to Bogota, Columbia. It was a 5 hour ... Read More
I Love Celebrity and the Infinity is an older ship but so comfortable for us! Let's start from the beginning: March 14th: We choose to break up our trip and fly from Fort Lauderdale to Bogota, Columbia. It was a 5 hour flight on Avianca Airlines (an airline we haven't traveled). The flight was great, I would definately fly with them again. We booked the Marriott Bogota Airport. It was a good choice with shuttle service to and from the airport. The rooms were nice and it had a restaurant on the premesis with good food. March 15th: We book a full day tour with Bogota Travel tours. They were great and we had a fun day in Bogota! I would recommend them! March 16th: Flight to Santiago was 6 hours and we were met at the airport by our driver. We stayed at the Santiago Marriott Hotel in an Executive room with a Mountain and City View. It was beautiful ! The sunsets were some of the best I have seen. We had Lounge access and used it for our dinner that evening. It was nice enough to have the tapa's, wine , and desert. March 17th: We had a tour the next day of Santiago and had lunch in Maipo Valley. Maipo Valley was beautiful with lots to do. They had river rafting, hiking, and a great Zip line with a beautiful waterfall! That evening we did the lounge again since we had a big lunch. We all had our St Patrick day garb on and had some fun with that as well! March 18th: We were picked up at the hotel for our transfer to the ship which was in San Antonio, Chile. It had been changed from Valparaiso, Chile. On the way to the ship we stopped in Casablanca Valley for wine tasting. The wine was good, but the tasting experience was expensive. I would probably leave that out the next time. My brother bought wine at the winery to take on the ship, and later we found he could have bought the same quality of wine for half of what he paid!! We should have known better when our tour guide called it a boutique winery!! The name of the winery was Casa Marin. We boarded the ship around 2pm. The process was very smooth both for my husband and I who were Concierge and our fellow travelers my bother and sister-in-law and friends were in a balcony and they boarded just about 20 minutes after us and said the process was good. Our room was nice with a slightly bigger room and balcony then our fellow travelers. I was surprised that we had a bigger room because I thought they were the same size as the balcony rooms. We met our room steward whose name was Arthur! He was wonderful! In a Concierge cabin you get a bottle of Champagne the morning after boarding and canapé's daily. I have not been fond of some of the canapé's I have had on other voyages, so I asked Arthur if he could just have them send Cheese and crackers daily. I also asked him to send a bottle of red wine in lieu of the Champagne. No problem done!!!! He was fantastic attending cheerfully to our every need! I miss my friend Arthur as I write this review! We ate the early dinner (6pm) and enjoyed all the many meals. They are so accomodating on Celebrity. My brother who has Celiac Disease has to have a gluten free diet, and the staff and chef went our of their way to prepare his meals. We went to the Ocean View several times and the food was great there as well! We did not go to any of the specility restaurants this trip!! We figured why when the food in the main dinning room was so good!! The Martini bar was lots of fun we had cocktails there on a couple of occasions and the staff was fun! We had several sea days and they went by quickly with all the activities offered. We enjoyed 2 scavenger hunts, several trivia sessions, some afternoon shows and of course a few swims in the Thelasothearpy pool! So relaxing! March 21: Our first port of call was Arica, Chile. We had a tour with South Excursions. We saw some very interesting things such as the ex customs building and St. Marks Cathedral which were both built by Eiffel. We saw beautiful panels of Geoglyphs. We visited San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum to see the Mummies of the Chinchorro culture! Who knew they date back earlier (10,000 years) than the Egypian Mummies!!! The boys were fansinated with the 9 hole golf course with the greens being black sand! It was a great day and we were glad we had a private tour with just the six of us! March 23: Pisco, Peru was our next port and we were met at the Arica pier by South American Secrets for a six hour tour. We first rode a bus with several other passengers and our six person group to the port where we boarded a boat to what they called "The Peruvian Galapagos" it was fantastic with close up encounters with lots of bird species and sea otter and penguins. It lasted a couple of hours and was a blast! From there we visited the Paracas National Reserve. We had a little discrepency in the amount of money we owed the company, but it was settled pretty quickly. I would advise e-mailing until the price is settled to your satisfaction. The tour guide apologized to me for the misunderstanding and the tour was good so I would recommend them with the stipulation noted above. March 24th: Lima Peru was our next port and we again booked a private tour, this time with Monica tours. She is the bomb!!! She drove and Natalie was our tour guide. The traffic in Lima is really incredible with cars zooming in and out! You would think there were no lanes!! Fantastic tour With a fun visit to Love Park and several museums into the night with the final hour taking us to Parque De La Reserve and the Magic Water Circuit. It was a park with 13 fountains with a light, Lazar and water show that was magical!!! I would again recommend Monica Tours if you want to do a private tour! March 27th Our next stop was Manta, Ecuador. We did this port on our own. We took the shuttle to the Market and shopped. Some of us bought a Panama hat!! March 29th Full Panama Canal transit! Very interesting. We had a person on board giving us all the details of the transit. Celebrity did a good job. It was especially fun watching Holland Americas cruise ship going through the canal to our right! We met some of the passengers in Grand Cayman a few days later and we laughed about watching each other go through the locke. March 31: Grand Cayman and our only tour booked with Celebrity was a great time. We saw Dolphins and Stingray up close and swam in the Ocean. We had a lot of Sea days, but I was not bored for a second!! Would recommend this cruise !! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because we are fascinated with going east. It took in many places we have heard of but wouldn't want to go for a long period. It ticked every box. The ship was everything and more than we expected. The crew ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we are fascinated with going east. It took in many places we have heard of but wouldn't want to go for a long period. It ticked every box. The ship was everything and more than we expected. The crew were excellent and our cabin guy Renz was brilliant. He helped us with everything we asked of him. The food was brilliant, everywhere. Our family upgraded us for four nights and we just loved Qsine. Our favourite place daily was the coffee shop, Al Bacio. The entertainment was as good as going to Broadway. It was fantastic. We saw most shows and loved them all. I can't sum up in a few words everything about the cruise. I just loved everything. In fact it was so good we booked up two more while we were on board, and I'm so excited already about them. You certainly get a 5star plus rating from me, or whatever the highest rating is. Thankyou for making our first cruise ( for or Ruby Wedding Anniversary ), such a memorable one. It was fantastic in every way. THANKYOU. Valerie Clare. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We have cruised on the Millennium many times. Yes, it is now an older ship. The experience is great. The crew works hard to make sure everyone has a great vacation. Celebrity policies favor the passenger too. Want to have fun. The ... Read More
We have cruised on the Millennium many times. Yes, it is now an older ship. The experience is great. The crew works hard to make sure everyone has a great vacation. Celebrity policies favor the passenger too. Want to have fun. The Captain was always available to the passengers, walking around greeting passengers and inspecting the activities. The cruise director works tirelessly to make certain the entertainment and activities are top quality. The waiters always check to make certain you are happy with your meal and are ready to exchange it if you are not happy. I was always happy. The room steward tries to adjust his schedule, so your room is always fresh and clean. Crew members always greet you as you pass them. The senior officers were mingling with the passengers and subtly checking your experience. Security was top notch. The ship was clean and comfortable. Choose this ship for a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the destinations. We have travelled before to Asia in February. It is interesting as it’s the Chinese New Year celebrations. Halong bay is awesome. The weather in all destinations was pleasantly hot ho chi ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations. We have travelled before to Asia in February. It is interesting as it’s the Chinese New Year celebrations. Halong bay is awesome. The weather in all destinations was pleasantly hot ho chi min was the hottest at 33 degrees. The millennium is a lovely ship the food was lovely and the theatre very comfortable with excellent shows. Cafe el bacio served speciality coffees and cakes. Often musicians played there in the evenings. Our outside cabin was spacious and the bed and pillows very comfortable. We took two of the ships excursions which seemed good value for money, the outdoor pool seemed to be salt water and quite warm. They had an indoor sanctuary pool very warm with massage jets and jacuzzis. The staff and cabin stewards was so pleasant and helpful nothing was too much trouble. The ship was very clean and the dining rooms very pleasant and appealing. This is our third celebrity cruise and each time we have had their classic drinks package. It covers most good quality wines and spirits as well as bottled water and speciality coffees. Our embarkation and when we disembarked went smoothly. We waited 15 minutes initially to board and when we left walked straight out to pick our cases up. There are always plenty of staff around to help with questions and queries. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
For us, Hong Kong is always worth a visit and starting a cruise there seemed a good idea. Departing from the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong was a fantastic and unforgettable experience. The itinerary of this cruise through the South China Sea ... Read More
For us, Hong Kong is always worth a visit and starting a cruise there seemed a good idea. Departing from the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong was a fantastic and unforgettable experience. The itinerary of this cruise through the South China Sea was very attractive. Manila, Coron, Porto Princessa, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Brunei and Singapore. Only Manila we found disappointing, despite its beautiful location; but all the other landfalls were amazing and worth the visit. The Silver Shadow could use some renovation, but the crew makes up for this in providing an outstanding service. Butler service couldn't be better and the food in the different restaurants was really good. The french food and beverage manager, Nicolas Longin, was very much present and it showed. We both are vegetarian and had no problems finding something delicious. One advantage of the Shadow being an older ship, its bathrooms still have two sinks and handy single lever mixers for comfortable control over dosing and tempering the water. The furniture in the suites look worn and the old flat tv's should be replaced; for us personally, this is not a problem, as we always turn the tv off. We rate this cruise excellent for its crew, the food and most importantly for the small number of passengers. This is getting more difficult, even Silver Sea ships get bigger; more and bigger doesn't sound better to us. We prefer and love the smaller vessels with fewer passengers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, interesting ports in Asia, and the multiple overnights in some ports. One of the challenges was the distance many of the ports were to the major sights. Normally we would do excursions on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, interesting ports in Asia, and the multiple overnights in some ports. One of the challenges was the distance many of the ports were to the major sights. Normally we would do excursions on our own or jump in a cab, but we didn't feel able to do that many times. We booked more expensive, ship-offered excursions for 3 of 6 ports. They were extremely long days (one was 14+ hrs), but necessary to get to a city and have any amount of time there. Although we've cruised over a dozen times between us, neither my partner nor I had ever cruised with Celebrity before. The cruise exceeded our expectations. Despite its age and what some of the other cruisers stated, the Millennium was well-kept and did not feel outdated. It had a lot of different, large areas for music, dancing, and activities. It was a joy to walk through a smoke-free casino without holding my breath. Captain Alex, was very outgoing and friendly. We met him several times, and he was a significant presence on the ship...even playing pool volleyball with other officer vs. guests. The cruise director, Paul, and his small, but energetic staff (Valentina, Emily, Ashley, and DJ Lenny) were a lot of fun. I can't believe so few people provided plenty of activities like SAFE archery, 80s night, trivia, baggo, etc. Like the captain, Paul was a constant presence and knew us by name. We've never had that experience. Overall, the staff on the Millennium was friendly, accommodating, and one of the most engaged staff we have ever encountered on a cruise ship---from our room steward Edi, to our waiters, to the man who cooked my eggs every morning, to Immy, who brought us drinks a single time and said hi to us when she saw us around the ship. The food was good. Great buffet with a lot of variety. Smaller portions (but that's ok!) and tasted great. They had special dining rooms for guests at higher levels, which we were not. Also, my biggest complaint aboard the ship was the strong sales push for the specialty restaurants at an upcharge. Every time we went to the MDR, someone was there encouraging us to have sushi or Italian elsewhere. This overbearing tactic was also used to try to sell spa services. It felt non-stop. The evening entertainment was mostly good, but with the occasional dud. We really enjoyed the three production shows, Monique (solo artist backed by the ship band), and the Sonz of Soul (Motown trio). The production singers and dancers were very talented. The house band Next Stage was amazing! They played every evening, backed up Bandaoke, and livened up most of the parties. All five members were talented musicians. They had an extensive repertoire and super high energy. At the Full Moon/Chinese New Year party, they had the guests energized. Even after they were supposed to finish, the crowd cheered them on for 3 encores. We would definitely sail with Celebrity again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose to do this cruise because it is relatively close to home (only about 8 1/2 hours to Hong Kong and 7 1/2 from Singapore). A lot closer than Europe or the US. We have been to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok many times and to ... Read More
We chose to do this cruise because it is relatively close to home (only about 8 1/2 hours to Hong Kong and 7 1/2 from Singapore). A lot closer than Europe or the US. We have been to Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok many times and to Vietnam in 1999. We kept ourselves amused in Hong Kong by walking from our hotel the Harbour Grand to the top of The Peak. It is a long way but if you are into walking or running it is worth it with magnificent views all along the way. We have been on Millenium before. She was our first Celebrity cruise back when she was younger. She is still in good shape and we were very happy with how she was being looked after by her marvelous crew. We even had the same cabin! A concierge class next to the Royal Suite with the enormous balcony. Our cabin steward did a great job at looking after us. This time after a few trips with Luminae we were back in the MDR. We found the food, staff and ambience very good. The menus changed nightly, the food was as described and they still had lobster tail and escargot. We met wonderful people on board, frequented the Martini Bar and Rendevous Bar. Thanks to our premium drinks package! All the crew were wonderful. Captain Alex is the most accessible Captain we have met. He is everywhere, including the gangplank when disembarking to say goodbye! He leads by example and all the crew were professional, friendly and incredibly helpful. The crew on all of our Celebrity cruises have been very good but this crew was exceptional. We loved our cruise and cannot wait to plan our next. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We enjoyed our South Asia Immersion cruise on the Millennium very much indeed. Certainly the fabulous weather contributed significantly to this. A really good captain and crew plus entertainment from two very talented house bands were ... Read More
We enjoyed our South Asia Immersion cruise on the Millennium very much indeed. Certainly the fabulous weather contributed significantly to this. A really good captain and crew plus entertainment from two very talented house bands were other important factors. We thought the food in the Oceanview was better than last year but this may be that I had learned to better navigate the serving stations (still massively prefer the layout of the buffet in the Solstice ships). We were not overly impressed by the production team but some of the other shows were enjoyable. Once again we were lucky enough to share a dinner table with delightful guests from both North America and Europe. Selection of food in the MDR varied from superb to distinctly average but we always found something decent on the menu even if on a number of occasions we had to revert to the classic choices. All in all a very pleasurable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Traveling with our dear friends, one of whom is a Veteran that served in Vietnam 50 years ago and wanted to finally go back to see it again, we originally selected this cruise because the itinerary matched with what we were interested in ... Read More
Traveling with our dear friends, one of whom is a Veteran that served in Vietnam 50 years ago and wanted to finally go back to see it again, we originally selected this cruise because the itinerary matched with what we were interested in seeing. Now, having completed the journey and enjoying every minute of it, I'm compelled to let others know how pleased we were for choosing Oceania's Nautica as our home for 15 days. Not only was the ship clean and beautiful, the Crew and Staff were so warm and welcoming every single day. The food was excellent, the entertainment top notch, the almost-daily disembarkation and embarkation process for excursions went smoothly and quickly, and all arrangements made on our behalf were very nicely taken care of. Another word about the entertainment....the 6 performers (singers and dancers) were so polished and so talented....and friendly!! We'd see them all over the ship at different times of day, and they felt like friends!! The Cruise Director too...he made every day so enjoyable!! We are looking forward to booking another cruise in the near future with Oceania. Our experience was so positive and memorable....Loved it!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The ship is lovely, all paneled walls and elegant furnishings. People have referred to it as old world. I also like very much that it is smaller than the ones we have been on in the past. It is not so exhausting to go from one end to ... Read More
The ship is lovely, all paneled walls and elegant furnishings. People have referred to it as old world. I also like very much that it is smaller than the ones we have been on in the past. It is not so exhausting to go from one end to the other all day. I also feel that it is easier to meet people when there are fewer of them. You are more likely to see people you have seen before. The theater is less massive. There are fewer nighttime activities, which is fine, and only 2 stores, which is great. It feels much less commercial than the big ships. Everything feels more low key. The entertainers were very good, except for the comedian. The food was very good, though not as exceptional as the advertising would lead you to believe. I would skip the ship's excursions and book your own separately. You will get smaller groups at less cost with more customization possible. I was annoyed that all the tours included shopping stops. Though I understand that people want souvenirs, I felt this took p too much of the excursion time. Be aware that if you did not prepay the tips they will be charged against the $800 shipboard credit that people commonly opt for. I didn't realize this and used my credit up on other things that I could have skipped. Bottom line. Great itineray. Lovely ship and service. Feel confident to book this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I chose this cruise to join a family group. It was my 6th cruise but first on Silversea. It was the best cruise ever. The service,crew and entertainment was outstanding. I loved the smaller venue which allowed us to get to know the other ... Read More
I chose this cruise to join a family group. It was my 6th cruise but first on Silversea. It was the best cruise ever. The service,crew and entertainment was outstanding. I loved the smaller venue which allowed us to get to know the other guests and staff. This made the time on board very friendly and personable. I felt so welcomed and special from the time we boarded until we disembarked. The prepaid tours were excellent giving us an excellent insight at all sites. Sue the excursion director was helpful in last minute changes which allowed us to see the super bowl and not miss a tour that was top on our list. The cruise director Mr Moss went out of his way to advise us on the availability of watching the super bowl. His personal show was one of the best performances. However it should be presented on a night at sea so you can’t miss it. We came in at the end after attending a fabulous on ground evening excursion. Kennan our butler went above and beyond to serve us. I miss him so much!!!! The entertainment had something for everyone. There were activities I missed only because of enjoying the spa or pool or just laughing with new found friends. I can’t wait to sail again on Silversea!!,, Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this particular cruise due to its itinerary. Due to some negative reviews I was becoming increasingly concerned regarding the ships presentation. I should not have worried, the ship was in my view well presented, yes, it is ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise due to its itinerary. Due to some negative reviews I was becoming increasingly concerned regarding the ships presentation. I should not have worried, the ship was in my view well presented, yes, it is showing some wear, however like a good bottle of wine is is aging well. The ships restaurants provided a varied menu, our favourite was however ‘Hot Rocks’ the cuts of meat were excellent, it was a great experience, so much so that out of our 9 night voyage we ate there 5 times. The ships crew at this venue were outstanding in particular Glenn, who ensured our glasses were always full and we wanted for nothing. We had thee points of call on this trip, all of which offered differing experiences, the highlight being Ho Chi Minh city which was a pleasant and immersive assault on the senses. The cruise director Moss was excellent, keeping the guests informed as to the days acrivities, he was both personable and was always interacting with the guests. On the formal night I noticed that I had forgotten to bring my shirt studs with me. To my relief Moss kindly found some suitable alternatives. The only down side of this cruise was having to leave the ship in Singapore. Would I sail Silversea again? ...absolutely. Would I sail on Silver Shadow....without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My experience on the January 31, 2018 sailing of the Volendam from Hong Kong to Singapore far exceeded my expectations. Having owned a large Incentive Travel planning company, I am admittedly very critical of services provided by hotels, ... Read More
My experience on the January 31, 2018 sailing of the Volendam from Hong Kong to Singapore far exceeded my expectations. Having owned a large Incentive Travel planning company, I am admittedly very critical of services provided by hotels, airlines and cruise companies. It was my job to provide the highest customer service and to make sure every detail was planned to perfection for my discriminating High Tech clients. For that reason, I am simply amazed that my experience on the Volendam was so wonderful. Let me explain....The ship was gracious and elegant. The food service was so outstanding, that it was shocking! The dining room, unlike other cruise lines, was quiet, spacious and every meals was better than the last. It was truly like dining at a fine restaurant. Even breakfasts were wonderful. Although the ship had nearly 2000 passengers, it felt empty. There was never the mad rush for a lounge by the pool, or fighting for a seat at the piano bar. The LIdo Market, while providing outstanding options,it was never a problem finding a table.It was delightful to sit outside by the pool and have breakfast, as we watched the sea. So, what makes this cruise so special, besides the dining experience? The shows were great, a small cast...but they really delivered delightful shows. The America's Test Kitchen surprised me by how great it was. I attended five classes. The lectures were wonderful. Our stateroom was very, very comfortable. It was clean, and when we had a problem, the Guest Services staff were right on it. Amazing! The Ports were great, too. I loved the itinerary, and especially with four stops in Vietnam. We spent three days in Hong Kong prior to the cruise, and then sailed for two weeks. Cambodia was not my favorite, but I think it was my fault, as I just took the transfer to the town and it left much to be desired. The two night stay in Bangkok was great, as we spent the night in Bangkok. If there is one challenge with this cruise, is the port is a long way from the major cities, like Hanoi, Saigon and Bangkok. Hoi An (Da Nang) was my favorite....beautiful town, with great shopping. I highly recommend Holland American Cruise line if peacefulness, great food, not feeling crowded or hassled, enrichment classes, and a beautfful library are important to you. Finding the right Ports is important,and I found the Asia cruise to be wonderful. PS: This is my eighth cruise, and our travelling companions 37th. They felt it was the best cruise they have had, as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was my first time on the Volendam, but not my last. The captain skillfully maneuvered this medium size cruise ship through high waves at the port of Nha Trang, Vietnam, and kept all the guests well informed. This my first HAL cruise ... Read More
This was my first time on the Volendam, but not my last. The captain skillfully maneuvered this medium size cruise ship through high waves at the port of Nha Trang, Vietnam, and kept all the guests well informed. This my first HAL cruise with in depth cultural sessions, such as feng shui, temple etiquette, or coffee culture, in addition to the regular tips for touring various ports. One minor quibble is that only maps of some ports/cities were readily available at the front desk. Major disappointment was the wait to disembark in Singapore due to long lines at immigration/customs. Although customs at Changi Airport experienced over the last 20 years is efficient, this disembarkation wasn't. However, the cruise itself was outstanding with a good food (loved the tropical fruits at the Lido Market daily -- guava, lychee, mango), flawless dinner service, and a variety of entertainment choices. Our compact cabin on the walking deck was comfortable and cozy with our own added décor; the steward furnished a vase for flowers acquired and used a bed runner also purchased in Vietnam. I was completely satisfied with 3 of the 4 tours, and highly recommend the My Son, an UNESCO World Heritage site, in Da Nang, Vietnam. The escort on the HCMC city transfer only provided general information on Vietnam and nothing city specific; he didn't even recognize that the street of the meeting point was the same where we were meeting our friends for lunch. We took shuttles (one paid & one free) in 2 cities and were able to explore on our own. Despite its location in a large, busy commercial port Terminal 1A in Laem Chabang Thailand has WiFi ($3.00 for 3 hours), an indoor souvenir market, and a small massage corner. Whether or not this is your first trip to Southeast Asia, you are in good hands sailing on the Volendam. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Choose this cruise for the itinerary and earlier good experiences with Holland America Line. Had a very comfortable outside cabin on Main deck with renovated bathroom, now having a spacious walk in shower. Cabin stewards did excellent ... Read More
Choose this cruise for the itinerary and earlier good experiences with Holland America Line. Had a very comfortable outside cabin on Main deck with renovated bathroom, now having a spacious walk in shower. Cabin stewards did excellent job, just everything was looked after very well. Food on Volendam was very good. We especially liked the meals and service in the Dining room. This cruise had great and very experienced Cruise Director, in charge of all the activities on board. He kept an eye on about everything and was always thefe for questions and so on. We very much recommand this cruise, next season to be operated by mv Westerdam. Only remark is that Thailand port Laem Chabang is rather far from Bangkok, 2,5 hours by car one way. For more time in Bangkok one should think of 1 overnight in a Bangkok hotel (tour or on individual basis, what is very well possible). Join HAL for this cruise and have fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First time to this part of the world loved Hong Kong would have been better if I could have seen it through the clouds, after an eventful time in HK we boarded Millennium first time for us on this class of ship we had an Ocean view cabin ... Read More
First time to this part of the world loved Hong Kong would have been better if I could have seen it through the clouds, after an eventful time in HK we boarded Millennium first time for us on this class of ship we had an Ocean view cabin deck 3 which was fine 3035 layout good lots of storage space better than Solstice class ships. The ports of call were all very interesting loved Halong Bay the boat in the bay all day was superb. Next Hue loved Cyclo ride like being in pram raining with hood up risked life and limb. HCM Siegong was also very good tour. All our Vietnam tours were with Authentic Asia superb company. Singapore been before but love the city. This is a great cruise on a nice ship Celebrity one of the best lines IMHO. Looking forward to my next trip on Connie Barcelona to Venice Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
10 of us: family, friends and friends of friends cruised together. The social aspects of the cruise were definitely a highlight. We had dinner together; we took some local tours together; we planned some shore excursions together. And ... Read More
10 of us: family, friends and friends of friends cruised together. The social aspects of the cruise were definitely a highlight. We had dinner together; we took some local tours together; we planned some shore excursions together. And we went off on our own to pursue our own interests. Travelling with compatible people really makes a difference. My friend and I stayed on the Concierge deck and having her available to solve our problems was extremely helpful. I celebrated my birthday during the cruise. The crew made a big fuss over me. One senior crew member shared the same birthdate and he sent additional champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to my suite. The crew always makes a big impression on me. Everyone is so friendly and always greets me. The young man who serves the poached eggs remembered that I liked them without any water in the dish and no muffin. The lady who pours the sparkling wine in the Ocean View Cafe remembered my preference. Same thing at the Fortunes Casino bar. The Captain was a wit and his 10 a.m. briefings were always entertaining. Even the reception for Cruise Critic members was a hit. The crew remarked on the large turnout. All of us have pre-booked our next cruise and hope to find one that we can all agree on. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
After reading so many negative reviews about the Tired looking Millenium we did not have high expectations boarding. However embarkation was swift and we were immediatly invited to have lunch in the dining room waiting for luggage and room ... Read More
After reading so many negative reviews about the Tired looking Millenium we did not have high expectations boarding. However embarkation was swift and we were immediatly invited to have lunch in the dining room waiting for luggage and room to be ready. Yes the ship does need upgrading however the food, staff and layout of the ship far exceeded our expectations. We did not run into 1 bad experience and we would say that the entertainment of this 14 day adventure was consistently top notch with standing ovations more that once.Our dining room wait staff Gayhnor, Bundhoo and Menhir were the best and made every night special. Dee Dee in the Rendevous-vous lounge was amazing creating special drinks based on your liquor preference. The on board music was diverse and greatly enjoyed. This was a great way to see Asia and ports of call were diverse and interesting although a bit far from the sites but we were prepared for this. The only negative was the # of people coughing onboard which could be from the pollution in the area and/ air quality system on ship. Overall a great adventure and would do it all over again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018

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