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176 Hong Kong to Asia Cruise Reviews

We like Celebrity and have, to date, always enjoyed the quality, cleanliness and service on their cruises. We chose this itinerary as its a new area to us. We boarded at around 7pm and, maybe because Celebrity no longer offer this or ... Read More
We like Celebrity and have, to date, always enjoyed the quality, cleanliness and service on their cruises. We chose this itinerary as its a new area to us. We boarded at around 7pm and, maybe because Celebrity no longer offer this or maybe because we boarded so late, we missed the welcoming glass of sparkling wine. Not an important thing, but it's one of those small touches that we had enjoyed on previous Celebrity cruises. Our cabin looked fine and we quickly unpacked. We specially enjoyed having the first night in port as it gave us extra time to enjoy Hong Kong. Unfortunately, neither of us could sleep on our first night as the cabin floor vibrated noticeably and there was a lot of noise in the room. We hadn't noticed this in the daytime. It got so we became quite distressed at the prospect of spending 2 weeks there, so I went to speak to the help desk. They quickly sent a lovely lady to help us and we were offered an inside cabin to spend the night in, so we finally got some (half a night) sleep. The following day, we were told we needed to wait until everyone had boarded then could expect to be offered a better cabin by the evening, so we went out for another day in Hong Kong. Our new cabin was fine, as were the room attendents of both cabins and the lady who came to our aid in the middle of the night. The onboard entertainment was generally of good quality and we both appreciated the unubtrusiveness of the daytime entertainment team. We did 3 onboard excursions, all were transfers only, so we could enjoye our time being free to wander. In view of the out of the way port locations, we considered these pre booked excursions worthwhile. One of the things we enjoyed was being able to leave the cruise ship and spend a night in Bangkok. This seemed like an extra mini break in the middle of the cruise. We also enjoyed arriving in Singapore and not having to disembark on the same day. Being able to efffectively spend 2 days in Singapore was a treat. All in all it was a very pleasant cruise, but I wouldn't rush to go on Celebrity Millennium again as it really is a ship that has seen better days. One noticeable thing was that there were definitely less maintenence staff visible, whereas most ships we've been on have had people visibly cleaning, polishing, painting different areas most days. The MIllennium has a fair amount of visible rust which I'd have expected to see staff working on, scruffy chairs in the buffet that weren't up to the usual Celebrity standard etc. etc. Having said all this, Celebrity is still my favourite cruise line and if the Millennium was doing a trip we really wanted todo, we'd return to it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The ship was OK. The storage in the balcony cabins was poor. The food was OK I've had better food on most Celebrity Ships. The main problem with the itinerary was that many ports were 3 to 31/2 hours away. The entertainment was fair. ... Read More
The ship was OK. The storage in the balcony cabins was poor. The food was OK I've had better food on most Celebrity Ships. The main problem with the itinerary was that many ports were 3 to 31/2 hours away. The entertainment was fair. I had already seen 3 of the major shows. They don't seem to create new shows that often. I liked the entertainment that were individual people or groups. At least these weren't repeats. One of the best things about the entertainment was the house band. They were exceptional. I think they should have more than Tuscan Grille & Quisine for specialty restaurants. The 2 best ports of call were Hong Kong & Singapore because the ship was docked at these port cities. A suggestion might be to stay an extra day in Thailand . I only got to see Bangkok and their glorious temples and wonderful food and would have liked to see beautiful Pukett from what other people on the ship said. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Ship is now rather tired. Compared to our previous Celebrity cruises the standards are slipping. Bar prices do not represent value for money $9 +18% percent for a warm beer. Wine $32 per bottle +18% at very minimum and the ... Read More
Ship is now rather tired. Compared to our previous Celebrity cruises the standards are slipping. Bar prices do not represent value for money $9 +18% percent for a warm beer. Wine $32 per bottle +18% at very minimum and the Sommeliers are largely clueless about the wines. Several times was given non branded spirits and charged for branded, $3 difference. Food in main restaurant was not hot due to cold plates which spoiled what is excellent food. Entertainment very good except for band called the Mersey Boys who were poor. Upselling of speciality dining at $50 per cover along with photos, shops and tours became very annoying. More time with staff spent getting basics right would be better. General impression is that the staff are poorly led and often 2 or 3 team leads can be seen congregating together. Staff are generally helpful in most cases but some are absolutely clueless. Ship berths, particularly Vietnam, long distances from cities and Bangkok - an container port berth ate Laem Chabang 3 hours from city. Changing the dress code to 'evening chic' is a disappointing move. This devalues the whole experience with men and ladies resorting to designer means and shirts. Many of those we asked felt very disappointed with the relaxed dress code. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I choose this cruise for the destinations. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the bus trips to my destinations were 2 to 2.5 hours each way. It was a waste of time sitting on a bus that long. A lot of wasted time on the excursions. This ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the destinations. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the bus trips to my destinations were 2 to 2.5 hours each way. It was a waste of time sitting on a bus that long. A lot of wasted time on the excursions. This trip was not what I hoped it would have been My dinning experience left a lot to desire. The portions were extremely small. The Oceanview Cafe served the same food every day just a different way. I expected more for the amount of money it cost me for the cruise and flights. I guess you win some and lose some. I'll try it again with a different cruise line and research it better than I did on this cruise. The service personnel on the ship were great, they were very eager to assist you. The only bright spot on the cruise was the service personnel. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This ship is feeling 'tired'. The furnishings, finishes, flooring, furniture and generally the over ship needs a physical makeover. The chair in our stateroom was stained and dirty looking.. The floor on our balcony needed ... Read More
This ship is feeling 'tired'. The furnishings, finishes, flooring, furniture and generally the over ship needs a physical makeover. The chair in our stateroom was stained and dirty looking.. The floor on our balcony needed cleaning and painting. Food and service in Blu was excellent General dining staff was confused. Took me three requests just to get a bottled water. Good entertainment and lecturers on the coming destinations Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Did not think that we would get to these destinations, so cruising seemed the perfect option, however whist they sounded good with the exception of Ha Long Bay, which was a tender port) all ports were a long way from anywhere, making ... Read More
Did not think that we would get to these destinations, so cruising seemed the perfect option, however whist they sounded good with the exception of Ha Long Bay, which was a tender port) all ports were a long way from anywhere, making excursions essential. Not being experienced in arranging these ourselves, or with fellow passengers we relied on the Cruise line options. We were particularly disappointed with the pre destination talks, normally they are really helpful and aid enormously in descision making, not so this time. With HaLong Bay the problem was as much with what wasn’t said, ie when we docked we noticed a HUGE Ferris wheel and what appeared to be a gondola connecting it to the tourist side of the bay (the side the the tender drops you off), there was no word of this at all in the talk. When I asked about it at the excursion desk, the very dismissive staff member all but rubbished it, saying that it was Chinese owned and ran intermittently and was not worthy of consideration. We were therefore astonished to learn at dinner that it was totally accessible, represented excellent value and gave the most stunning views of the bay from the - wait for it -one of the Highest Gondolas In the northern hemisphere. I think this would have been worth mentioning and can only assume that the Cruise company had not been able to secure a deal with the operators? The meals were the best we have ever experienced, both the buffet and the Dining rooms were wonderful, night after night, excellent service and very timely. The cocktails were brilliant and incredibly consistent, no matter which bar you went to. Really enjoyed the aftenoon quizzes, great fun, varied topics and enthusistic staff. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. We selected it based on the time it was running and the ports it visited. This cruise was round trip hong kong visiting 3 ports in Vietnam and 3 in Taiwan. As others have mentioned the ship is a little ... Read More
Overall we enjoyed our cruise. We selected it based on the time it was running and the ports it visited. This cruise was round trip hong kong visiting 3 ports in Vietnam and 3 in Taiwan. As others have mentioned the ship is a little tired in areas especially the cabins. We had an ocean view on level 2 mid ship. The furnishings desperately need replacing and the mattress and pillows were very uncomfortable. Other than that the cabin was well laid out and we had plenty of storage. Our room steward wasn't the best we've had often missing one thing or the other when she made up our room. They didn't supply body wash which was a little annoying. We also had an issue with noise from a pump or stabilizers so I think we would look at moving up a level to see if we could avoid that in the future. We didn't really have any issue with the food being served. We've seen some people comment that the main dining room was lacking in quality but we ate there most evenings and never really had any issues. Our waiter was always willing to correct meals that weren't up to our standards. We lost our wine guy mid cruise so this made getting drinks challenging some evenings. We usually picked up a drink on our way to the dining room to make up for this. We tried to avoid the buffet if possible as it was almost always a zoo and you could never find a table. When we did eat there the food was generally good. Because we had late dining we would go for afternoon tea which was always good. The grill by the pool was good and generally had seating. We didn't try the spa cafe as nothing really looked appealing to us. We had the classic drink package included with our cruise which could be limiting at times but we took full advantage of the drinks at the coffee bar which were always delicious. The ports were nice but some were a little far out so you spent a lot of time travelling instead of enjoying the port. We did a couple of tours with cruise critic people and they worked out great. We did a few ports on our own and a couple through the ship. We didn't really like the entertainment on the ship. We found there was very little to do in the evening other than disco or DJ. There wasn't a single comedian on the ship which we thought was very odd. There was a few games or activities but they only lasted about 20 minutes each time so they didn't eat up a lot of time. Luckily we had wonderful dining companions so we ended up chatting until 1030 or 11 each night. The TV in the stateroom is horrible. We brought our own downloaded shows so we at least had that to fill our evenings and sea days when the weather wasn't good. The pool areas were good but is was a challenge to find a spot by the indoor pool when the weather wasn't great. We see people get up to go to lunch and they'd leave all their stuff there which of course is always frustrating. We would sometimes go up to the outdoor terrace area if we couldn't find a padded lounger by the pool. Embarkation was a breeze we arrived around 130 and were on the ship by 2pm. Getting off the boat in Hong Kong was a little trickier but only because cabs don't really come out there. We were second off the boat at 7am and had to wait about 15 minutes for a cab to show up. Our flight was at 10am and we made it with plenty of time but is was Sunday and we didn't have to deal with any traffic. I wouldn't book a flight out much earlier than that if you're counting on a taxi getting you to the airport. Overall it was a decent cruise. We loved the people we met through cruise critic and will use this forum again for future cruise. Staff on the boat we always friendly and willing to help. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Chose this as it was the best way for us to visit different parts of Asia. The ship was very tired and if we had known it was going to be so old, we would not have gone. This was the general opinion of everyone, especially those who had ... Read More
Chose this as it was the best way for us to visit different parts of Asia. The ship was very tired and if we had known it was going to be so old, we would not have gone. This was the general opinion of everyone, especially those who had been on other Celebrity ships. The service was very good especially in the Blu restaurant where we were. We had a fantastic cabin person who was always smiling. The Oceanview restaurant was not great and eating there was not a good experience. Most of the time it was difficult to find a seat. I am gluten free and if we went for breakfast it took 20 minutes for someone to find me a piece of toast. The manager eventually organised for the GF bread to be out with it's own toaster. There was a lot of walking around to get food. The bread was in one part of the ship and they wouldn't let you toast it yourself. You had to wait in a queue for that and then go to another room to order an egg, where you had to queue again. Usually there was only one person making the eggs. The variety of food though was good, just logistically it didn't work out very well. If you were vegetarian it was fine if you liked Indian cuisine, if you didn't it was difficult to find vegetarian food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We were looking to do a nice Christmas cruise that took in Vietnam and Taiwan. We found Celebrity Millennium was well priced although an older ship. We noted that the ship had been refurbished and that the Aqua class cabins had been done ... Read More
We were looking to do a nice Christmas cruise that took in Vietnam and Taiwan. We found Celebrity Millennium was well priced although an older ship. We noted that the ship had been refurbished and that the Aqua class cabins had been done at the same time. However the deck nine cabins were all listed as having restricted views we were also concerned because deck nine is immediately below the pool deck. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the room and the restricted view was the deck above protruding out restricting the view up but not out so we had issues. There was some noise from the chairs and tables being dragged across the deck but did not stop us from sleeping. We were very happy with Aqua Class and the Blu restaurant was excellent particularly as it catered only to Aqua passengers. All the staff and crew were very friendly, helpful and efficient. Yes she's an old ship but it has been well looked after. Good range of entertainment and the visiting performers were great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our 15 days cruise started in Hong Kong; we made a tour along Vietnam (3 ports) and around Taiwan (3 ports) and then back to Hong Kong. Celebrity Millenium is a very nice ship (°2002), but it's well maintained, and very stable. ... Read More
Our 15 days cruise started in Hong Kong; we made a tour along Vietnam (3 ports) and around Taiwan (3 ports) and then back to Hong Kong. Celebrity Millenium is a very nice ship (°2002), but it's well maintained, and very stable. Even in heavier weather with 5m waves, the ship cuts clean through the waves. Oceanview cabins are agreable. Our room attendant gave a very nice service. The captain showed up regularly, gave some presentations in the theatre, and was very accessible and sympathetic. But for people like us, who like French cuisine, the food was a disaster. For other people it was maybe mediocre (never 'delicious', sometimes looking good, mostly tasting bad, chewy steaks, greenish scrambled eggs, ...). Often it sounded right on the menu card, but sometimes it turned out to be something entirely different; they used a nice french name, and then they felt free to create a dish that does not even smell right. For example, when words like 'bisque' are used, you cannot throw in some fish in the soup, it should be prepared the french way. We wanted to 'celebrate' the new years evening countdown to 2018. What did we expect? - A deliceous dinner in the Metropolitan Restaurant - A big Sylvester Show in the Theatre - A nice dance evening in the Rendez-Vous lounge What did we get? - The delicious dinner was a disaster (several people had to send their plates back because of almost uneatable, like the lobster bisque, the salmon mousse and the orange duck). - There was no big New-Year's Show, instead the show was a female singer (although very good) but nothing like the big broadway shows that they dis on some other days (with the Celebrity Singers & Dancers). Bad timing regarding what show to bring when. - Later, while we were dancing in the Rendez-Vous lounge, suddenly the band stopped playing from 11:50 until 12:05, so we missed the whole countdown experience, the kissing and the wishing. Explanation was that the 'official' countdown was at the foyer, and that all the rest was secondary (and therefore aborted). At 12:30 a DJ would then continue in the ugly Cosmos lounge on deck 11. Thanks, but no thanks. Overall the staff was very friendly, and they offered a very nice service. Only the Cruise Director (responsible for entertainment) had no feeling for how and what to organise on which day: Chrismas went by unnoticed. On some days he organised 'silent dancing' where people were 'dancing' with headphones (choice of 3 channels), unable to communicate to each other while doing so, and not on a dance floor but on the carpet of the foyer. Celebrity maybe again, but surely not for Sylvester. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We're quite excited to go on the same ship as we traveled on a few years ago and the Itinerary was good before the changes, sad to miss out on Korea but Japan was Fantastic, china was not, The ship is very clean and nice, the crew is ... Read More
We're quite excited to go on the same ship as we traveled on a few years ago and the Itinerary was good before the changes, sad to miss out on Korea but Japan was Fantastic, china was not, The ship is very clean and nice, the crew is friendly and the food is good. The only crew I'm not happy are the x-Eastern european ladies in the reception, they are never helpful, they are very inflexible and should be reminded of how much people pay on this ship. Because of the huge reductions in the price we paid for a butler but would not do this again as you don't meet the cabin stewards and don't get a chance to have a chat and whilst the butler was handy, it felt like there were a lot of interruptions when we tried to relax in the cabin. It feels like the standards have dropped a little since last time 2012, we didn't get a gift on the return home like we did the 1st time. The itinerary changed and we didn't go to Korea, this was disappointing but the extra stops in Japan were great. China was terrible, the organized tours were in dirty busses, the guides were obsessed with money, pretty much all they spoke about, forget about telling us about what the old buildings were. The trip to the Wall was badly organized, getting there only 1h before sunset and there are no lights on the wall, some older (but fit) people walked far and then struggled to return to the bus in the dark. The Chinese officials at the port treated the crew badly on the return to the port, they had them lined up for over an hour, not letting them board the ship for over an hour. A few people got an upset stomach after one of the lunches on the tours in china and on the whole, china is not a place I would go back to. A cold cruise was nice to experience, more energy to walk around the towns in Japan but you do miss out on sitting around the pool, swimming and drinking cocktails. Bingo was very disappointing as the entertaining crew did not promote and tell people that there was Bingo every sea day, they could have made a bigger effort. Regent cruises are very expensive compared to others so I don't think we'll be back, add to that the office in Sydney were not at all helpful or friendly, maybe they need a reminder that they are working for a 5 star company Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Great ship that is well maintained, with lots to do especially if you are young and mobile. We are still on this ship headed to Sydney, and in an inside cabin again which we will never do again because of the toilet flushing noise which is ... Read More
Great ship that is well maintained, with lots to do especially if you are young and mobile. We are still on this ship headed to Sydney, and in an inside cabin again which we will never do again because of the toilet flushing noise which is a design fault, but they do offer you ear plugs. On the cruise out of Hong Kong we were on level 10 below the kids club which resulted in us being unable to go back to the cabin during the day with the kids jumping and running around, and of course the toilet flushing that occurs during waking hours starting at about 5.00am - we complained a few times and were moved to a quite balcony cabin. This time, and for the last time, in an inside cabin again - no issues with other ships, but the Ovation has a major design flaw with the plumbing !! Very friendly staff, especially the Captain, Hotel Director, waiters and even our stateroom attendant which I met after 6 days. Would book again on this ship, but not an inside cabin - so diminishing value for money. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Let me start out by saying that this ship is beautiful- it is one of the most modern cruise ships I have even on. Which is why its a shame the cruise failed to impress. Embarkation: Fast and efficient in hong kong. We were on the ship ... Read More
Let me start out by saying that this ship is beautiful- it is one of the most modern cruise ships I have even on. Which is why its a shame the cruise failed to impress. Embarkation: Fast and efficient in hong kong. We were on the ship less then 30 mins after cruise terminal arrival. Dining: Not very good. This ship has now started charging $7.95 for room service (expect breakfast) I will be traveling on royal less because of this. The windjammer buffet was a mess. Completely overcrowded and understaffed. It took me at least 20 mins every time I went there to get an omelet. For dinner in the evening the two restaurants on deck 4 were very nice but on the first day the 8:00PM dinner was delayed until at least 8:25. Imagine a crowd of people waiting to eat not my idea of a fun vacation. The food the other nights was ok but RCCL has stopped offering lobster on formal night. The food in the dining room was pretty good but nothing to write home about. Entertainment: Shows were very good! I enjoyed Pixels but make sure to book this once onboard as it fills up. Pixels is a special show that uses multiple screens in a smaller venue. All the regular shows you dont need to book. Onboard Experience: TERRIBLE. This is the worst part of this cruise and it happends because there were way too many people for the size of this ship. The elevators were ALWAYS crowded and I rarely used them due to this. LINES EVERYWHERE. From the buffet to the shore excursions desk. Be prepared to wait and do some more waiting. The service in the dinning areas sucked. They need to hire more staff for this amount of people. Ports: The star of this cruise. Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bangkok and Singapore were all amazing!!! It's a shame for me to have to write this review because once again this ship is breathtaking from the second you walk in. The staff did the best they can but this ship is overcrowded and severely understaffed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Management very disorganised so much so every passenger received $50 compensation. Too many commercial ports ship excursions very expensive. Some areas of the ship were in a very poor state eg the theatre. The performances were amateurish ... Read More
Management very disorganised so much so every passenger received $50 compensation. Too many commercial ports ship excursions very expensive. Some areas of the ship were in a very poor state eg the theatre. The performances were amateurish at best, but have the making of a good performance with more shows. Dinning was an issue although allocated table we only got to sit at this once. Food was good but nothing outstanding. The buffet was ok, hand gel was only used in the hot section and not in cold section. I was shocked at how little hand gel was used throughout the ship. Lots of complaints on board with a lot of very angry passengers at customer service they did not have an easy time this cruise. Would I travel to this area again yes but not with princess cruises. Meet some loverly people who made our holiday experience so enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The Sapphire cruise itinerary and time of year appealed to us and worked with our schedule. Our friends are Elite Princess members and have had excellent experiences and encouraged us to try Princess. Unfortunately, this particular ship ... Read More
The Sapphire cruise itinerary and time of year appealed to us and worked with our schedule. Our friends are Elite Princess members and have had excellent experiences and encouraged us to try Princess. Unfortunately, this particular ship was not ready to serve passengers efficiently and there was uncoordinated communication about important issues like passports and where to meet for directions and such. Embarkation was a mess and Princess did compensate everyone $50 credit per person for this inconvenience but it was bad to start off the cruise this way. Our cabin steward was wonderful and made the trip pleasurable given the rest of the staff was not always so helpful. The cabin was fine and overall the ship needs some updating. The Princess Theater is worn, seating chairs and wood railing is peeling. The ship was clean and the staff was always working to keep things in shape. The ports of call were great. We did our own local tours and the people that were on the ship became fast friends. The loyal Princess Cruisers admitted this was not what they have ever experienced from Princess in the past. My husband and I traveled together and may consider another Princess Cruise if it fits our needs but we have many other choices to consider. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We were booked in to this cruise as part of a bigger land and sea package tour by UK company Cruise.co.uk. It was one of their "Bucket List" trips which included seeing some of the "7 Wonders". We took in Cambodia and ... Read More
We were booked in to this cruise as part of a bigger land and sea package tour by UK company Cruise.co.uk. It was one of their "Bucket List" trips which included seeing some of the "7 Wonders". We took in Cambodia and China before flying to Hong Kong and boarding the SP. Disembarking at Singapore we flew on to India and had a land tour from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra. The whole package ran in to a 5 figure sum for two people before any extras so it wasn't a cheap trip. As we didn't pay for the cruise separately I guess it came under the umbrella of how the whole trip went and as such suffered from the poor performance of the Cambodia and China sections due to bad planning. Anyway, lets ignore that but let's remember perhaps to put that into the equation . Our arrival in Hong Kong was on a very wet day so we decided to stay on board once we had checked in. Embarkation wasn't too bad by the time we arrived as we were late in the afternoon and presumably most passengers were already on board. Our first meal was proceeded by a visit to the bar at the back of the ship on the open deck and our favourite ( forgot to mention we have largely traveled this route on SP 4 years ago). "I'll have a draught beer please!" "We don't have any!" "Why not?" " We have just been on a cruise of Japan and Korea and the demand was unexpectedly high." "Strange, last time I boarded the ship in Beijing before sailing to Korea and Japan and that's the answer you gave then too. You said you'd be re-stocking in Hong Kong but you never did." Meanwhile, barman slopes off and is replaced by bar lady. "What beers do you have please?" "I'll just take a look, sir" It turns out she doesn't know where to look. She has just arrived on board, been sent to work this bar and hasn't even been shown where anything is kept. That's not her fault but it seemed typical of what was to follow. The SP appears to have been sub let to a Chinese company prior to the November sailing. Lots of the crew were new on board and unfamiliar with procedures due to poor training. Not only that but it appeared that the SP hadn't restocked with essential supplies and there was a shortage of various beers and wines. When ordering at the bar over the next few days it was unacceptable to be told that they didn't have a particular beer try another bar. It was unacceptable to be told that bar didn't have the least expensive gin at $7 a shot so you had to settle for a more expensive one. It was unacceptable to be charged 15% service for a can of beer that is placed unopened on the bar along with a glass. In my opinion drinks are hugely overpriced and as a consequence Princess are the losers. On the SP there are no wine packages, the only one offered is the 15 drinks a day one which for a 14 day cruise for two people is silly money. We just drank a lot less and probably as a result enjoyed ourselves less as we didn't socialise in the bars after dinner. Others find all sorts of ways to try and beat the system and who can blame them. So back to day 1 and off to anytime dining. There are 4 restaurants earmarked for anytime but as there was a huge group of 600 South Americans representing some miracle additive, two dining rooms were set aside specifically for them as requested prior to the cruise beginning. Problem was they din't want to use those restaurants but preferred the buffet which meant that until someone realised what was happening finding a table was not easy for "anytime". As for the food, edible but nothing special. Bland and mediocre. This was the pattern for the whole cruise and I can honestly say I can't remember anything memorable at all, Very disappointing. We ordered a bottle of wine each evening and the quality was acceptable but there is no way you would pay $28 plus 15% for a bottle such as this anywhere else I have been. $32 in total for a bottle you could buy in a supermarket for $6-7 represents quite a mark-up. Breakfast was the usual bunfight at the Horizon Court. Despite the demand the hot food always seemed tepid, the pastries a bit dry. Again, it was OK but not memorable although the choice was huge. Our cabin was an inside one. Perfectly acceptable as we didn't intend spending time in it. We didn't turn the TV on so it was of no importance what was being shown and I can't comment on that. Bathroom was just about big enough and there was sufficient storage for clothes. A fridge and kettle are provided but we didn't use them either.Our cabin steward was lovely and no complaints there at all. The boat itself is starting to look worn in places but not disastrously so. Many pieces of the plastic decking around the jacuzzis were missing which didn't look good and right at the very back the lower deck was cordoned off because the wooden decking was lifting. Deck carpets lifting and worn , signs of rusting, doesn't really bother me. I was told the decor in the theatre was particularly bad with broken chairs and ripped coverings. I only ever stood at the back for brief moments and what I saw didn't encourage me to look for a seat. Poor quality entertainment in my opinion. It wasn't just in the theatre that things seem to be lacking though, the daily sheet of activities always seemed to contain lots of promotions trying to get you to spend money. "Enrichment classes" meant enriching Princess not your mind. As for ships tours, we didn't take any as they are overpriced and sold on the fear factor that if you do your own thing you'll be left behind if you miss the sailing time. Our Bucket List package did include a Junk boat ride in Halong Bay,a visit to Ocean Park in Hong Kong and a trip to the Royal Palace in Bangkok as well as a quick 4 hour tour of Singapore before being dropped off at the airport. We did our own thing and did a tour in Da Nang organised by a Cruise Critic member and advertised on the Roll Call, I had arranged one myself for Phu May and we availed ourselves of the shuttle bus at Da Nang on another day. A quick appraisal then. Ocean Park Hong Kong surprised me. Really enjoyed it, it's more than a theme park and well worth a visit to see the Giant Pandas,Walrus and Penguins kept in good conditions. Halong Bay. Well it was dull, overcast and misty the day we went and that we were told is quite common. Too many boats are licensed so it can be very busy. We visited the caves which have the usual stalactites and mites and appropriate lighting, then we were dropped off on an artificial beach where anyone brave enough could swim in the polluted waters. Personally I found the trip disappointing. Phu May we took a local tour that included a list to some nearby Viet Song tunnels. You don't need to travel far to see some. An excellent tour, check out Vung Tau tours. The second day in Phu May we decided to stay on board. Been to Pattaya before, it's a pit. Ho Chi Minh City is just too far to be bothered IMO. Just another crowded Far Eastern city. There is nothing to do locally either. Phu May. is one of three industrial ports that make up this cruise's stops. Da Nang Day 1 we did the shuttle bus that took us to a low budget hotel in an uninspiring district. Sat on some plastic chairs at a makeshift bar alongside a dual carriageway. Had we had prior information we could have easily picked up a taxi tour here at a fraction of what we paid the following day. Day 2 Da Nang. Took a tour as previously mentioned. It was well subscribed and ended up one minibus and one coach load. We were on the coach. The highlight was an enjoyable lunch but much of what we saw and did seemed as if they we srtugglingto find suitable places to take you to although when we got to Hoi An I could have spent ages wandering around this delightful town. Instead our guide persuaded us to all stick together and visit a silk factory in case we go separated and missed the bus etc etc. No doubt he got his back hander for taking us there. I wouldn't take the trip again but I would visit Hoi An. Bangkok. We were on our organised package here, A promised 2-2.5 hour journey to get there ended up as 4 hours due to traffic. The Places were interesting,"bling" comes to mind and the whole place looked like a Disneyland theme park. A poor lunch was part of probably 3 hours in Bangkok before repeating the journey back to the ship which took a similar amount of time. A tiring day to say the least. Koh Samui was chaotic tendering. Two boats provided by the local port took about 25 minutes each way and had a capacity of 100 people. 3000 passengers wanted to get off. The day was wasted and no more to be said about that. Singapore is a beautiful city. So much to see and do but it's somewhere you can do on your own with ease. We just wandered over to the excellent gardens in the Bay and spent the day looking at the gardens and drinking beers. So that just about wraps up my thoughts. We had done a similar trip previously but on that we got on In Beijing and visited Bosan in Korea,Nagasaki and Shanghai before arriving in Hong Kong after which we went to Phu May, Laem Chabang,and Singapore. This cruise now has three overnight stops which if I'm honest are not really appealing for a second visit as they are industrial and miles from anywhere of interest. The ship? Well hopefully they will get their act together in terms of the crew being training, that's not difficult. Entertainment? Well it doesn't matter what it's like if the weather is OK. Food and drink, Much left to be desired IMO, and to me they are very , very important parts of any holiday. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We cruised from Hong Kong to Singapore. The embarcation was a nightmare, so much so that Princess credited each guest $50 to spend on board. I thought that that was appropriate givien the fact that people waited for several hours to ... Read More
We cruised from Hong Kong to Singapore. The embarcation was a nightmare, so much so that Princess credited each guest $50 to spend on board. I thought that that was appropriate givien the fact that people waited for several hours to board in Hong Kong. In addition, there was not a separate line for elite passengers who are guaranteed priority boarding. It was only after about an hour that the lines were separated. The cruise staff were mostly limited English speaking which made it very difficult to get any information from guest services. Many times, they did not answer the phone. The Princess Theatre, the main theatre on the ship, was in terrible condition with torn and shredded seat upholstery. That was an embarrassment. I have never been on a Princess ship in such need of repair, and this was my 23rd Princess cruise. There were also many positives. My husband and I had a suite, which was most comfortable. The bed was wonderful and the linens divine. Our cabin attendant was ever present and attendant to our every need. However only one of the two TVs in the cabin worked. We had club dining and found the food and the wait staff excellent. We did only one ship tour in Singapore which was fine. The other tours were all arranged privately prior to the sailing. I found that there were fewer activities during the days at sea than on other cruises. I spoke to several people on this cruise, all of whom had cruised Princess before many times, and they all thought that this ship was in the poorest repair. I understand that it is going in dry dock in March, which, I believe, is several months at least, too late. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this 42 day cruise as a one-time trip to the Far East. It was supposed to include stops in Korea, which were prevented by Chinese sanctions, so that it was slightly disappointing before it even began. Things just seemed to go ... Read More
We chose this 42 day cruise as a one-time trip to the Far East. It was supposed to include stops in Korea, which were prevented by Chinese sanctions, so that it was slightly disappointing before it even began. Things just seemed to go wrong whenever possible. We were awakened at 3am in Shanghai by an announcement that there might be contamination in the water (false alarm), we were kept in Shanghai an extra 38 hours by a storm without the ability to go ashore. No extra entertainment, other than a one hour open bar on sailing. The air conditioning went out and the captain blamed mussels in the inlets which had been acquired in Alaska and had to be flushed. There was a lack of organization in dealing with disembarkation in several ports, mainly blamed on the local officials, but often with the help of the staff. Although the cruise was 58, 42, 28 or 14 days, the entertainment was repeated every 2 weeks. The shows cast was talented, and the performances spirited, for such a small group, and quite entertaining the first time around. Additional entertainment was mixed. The repeating of a BBC documentary did not do much to enhance this aspect. The kitchen was light on no sugar food, having only no sugar added, and it ran out of ice cream 2 weeks before the end of the cruise. The food in the dining room was excellent, but portions were very small, and the service exceedingly slow. Several times meals lasted over 2 hours. Ashley Wade and her trio in the Ocean Bar were excellent for their Jazz, and she had a great rapport with her audience. The crew was exceptionally friendly and tried to be helpful. They made the voyage into a much more positive event. Working hard to please, they were the best we have seen. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This ship is in serious need of a refreshment. It is very tired and worn. The art work looks like something from a second hand shop and is drab and dull. The food was mediocre at best. The La Dame restaurant was a total waste. The ... Read More
This ship is in serious need of a refreshment. It is very tired and worn. The art work looks like something from a second hand shop and is drab and dull. The food was mediocre at best. The La Dame restaurant was a total waste. The tours on the two back to back cruises we took (Hong Kong to Singapore and Singapore to Sydney) were not well vetted and the itinerary on the second cruise was poorly chosen. No overnights in the major ports and stops at very small remote towns. We will not sail on Silver Sea again as most of the guests on our cruise that we socialized with. The Italian influence here is so out of touch with what people want. The formal nights inflicted on the guests is so ridiculous, only a few people wanted to dress in their kilts or high school dinner jackets. There should be an alternative besides dining in you room. People are on vacation so don't be so worried about shorts in common areas after 6 PM! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Far east cruise offers wonderful ports of call. Previously we had travelled with Silversea to Antarctica and had a 5 STAR experience. This was the main draw for our choosing Silversea once again. Unfortunately, the Silver Shadow is in ... Read More
Far east cruise offers wonderful ports of call. Previously we had travelled with Silversea to Antarctica and had a 5 STAR experience. This was the main draw for our choosing Silversea once again. Unfortunately, the Silver Shadow is in desperate need of a trip to dry dock. She is showing her age. Extremely challenging to control stateroom's temperature. Either too hot or too cold were the options. This was a complaint heard throughout the ship on this cruise. Carpeting is showing much wear, walls are scratched, but these cosmetic issues are visual only. There are not enough electrical outlets in the staterooms. NO USB Charging ports whatsoever. If you are travelling, bring along a massive extension cord that allows for multiple plugs. Service by the room staff was impeccable. Fabulous butler and maid. Food was a disappointment. Utterly unable to order decaf coffee in the morning and have it arrive before finishing half of breakfast, A DAILY Occurance. Most disappointing was totally skipping a port. Danang did have some rain and Vietnam did have some limitations on accessing it's port due to APEC meeting. BUT this was on the books for months . No excuse for not having a plan other than floating at sea for and extra 36 hours. Really, overall a nice trip. Just I can't say this was a 5 or even a four star experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this trip primarily for the itinerary and also because we had enjoyed our prior experiences with Celebrity on trips to Alaska (Mercury) and the Baltics (Constellation). The itinerary certainly was as advertised, but - fair warning ... Read More
We chose this trip primarily for the itinerary and also because we had enjoyed our prior experiences with Celebrity on trips to Alaska (Mercury) and the Baltics (Constellation). The itinerary certainly was as advertised, but - fair warning - many of the ports are a long way (2 to 3 hour drive) from the cities you want to visit. However they were worth the effort to get there. We only used the ship's excursions in one port, and did the rest on our own or with small groups we found here on Cruise Critic. While I understand the necessity for changing the time of an excursion from 8:30 to a 7:30 am departure time (due to weather conditions), there was no reason for the excursion department to notify guests of that change by a note under their door sometime after midnight the night before when they had to have known about it earlier that evening. We barely made it in time only because we happened to get up at 7:00 for breakfast. The ship itself was definitely a mixed bag. Millennium is an older ship and her age is beginning to show, e.g. worn varnish on balcony handrails, visible rust, etc. Embarkation in Hong Kong was a disaster. When we arrived at the docks, we found no porters, inadequate signage and no instructions to taxi drivers of which area was serving which of the two ships in port. When we got to our stateroom the keys did not work and after three trips to the Purser, the door lock was finally changed. The room itself was excellent and our attendant was most helpful. Actually all of the crew were very friendly and helpful, and the actions of the Captain in keeping the ship safe during a Typhoon was exceptional. Disembarkation in Singapore was very smooth which surprised us because when we landed there the day before it took people over an hour to get off the ship after we had supposedly been cleared. This however was not the fault of Celebrity, but of Singapore's immigration people. We usually ate Breakfast and Lunch in the buffet (Lido) and the food was always plentiful and tasty with a good variety. Regrettably Dinner in the main dining room was less so. Celebrity used to be noted for their excellent dining and that reputation has certainly suffered. Service was satisfactory for the most part, but the food quality was usually mediocre, and there is no excuse for serving cold coffee! The evening entertainment was typical for most cruise ships, however more classical or light instrumental music during sea days would be nice. Since the cruise was very port intensive we didn't participate in many ship activities - using the sea days to recuperate and get ready for the next port. All in all, we were glad we went, but certainly wouldn't classify this as our best vacation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Nothing extra on this cruise ship, older ship, rust on outside, but rooms were nice and clean. good entertainment at bars, disappointed in quality of theater shows, breakfast had lots of variety for difference countries, dinners average, ... Read More
Nothing extra on this cruise ship, older ship, rust on outside, but rooms were nice and clean. good entertainment at bars, disappointed in quality of theater shows, breakfast had lots of variety for difference countries, dinners average, internet connections horrible, especially at sea. Good fitness room, nice variety of equipment, not very busy in mornings. Spa services very nice. Outside pool small, offered hot dogs and hamburgers at pool grill. Asia exertions were great, booked private tours. One port, tendering was a problem, as there was a one hour delay in getting off of ship, but tour company worked with us on this. Great destinations, itinerary was great, as we spent two days at each location. Typhoon was approaching, but Captain changed the sea days and avoided the rough seas as we docked before the storm, which was a great decision. No sickness. We were a day late at one destination, but tour groups worked with us fine. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Wanted to see Asia for the first time, we were on this phone two months after it was launched in, South America. I can remember the services being some of the best I've ever had told my friends it was just like eating at a fine ... Read More
Wanted to see Asia for the first time, we were on this phone two months after it was launched in, South America. I can remember the services being some of the best I've ever had told my friends it was just like eating at a fine restaurant we're staying at a luxury hotel, those things have change drastically, most restaurants were hard to get into if not impossible, waitstaff varied from being Very good to not knowing what they were doing at all. My wife and I will continue to search for ship that meets our expectations. Suggestions would be that the Service is improved through better training of the people in charge of the guests, you should do away with the reservations on the restaurants, many restaurants were not filled to capacity, and the excuse was we did not have enough waitstaff to appropriately serve the extra tables , therefore we did not Seat them, Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise as we wanted to visit Vietnam Hong Kong & Singapore. The cruise was a means to do this. I chose RCI to complete all aspects of our holiday and have regretted this. Believing they had worked all areas of our holiday ... Read More
I chose this cruise as we wanted to visit Vietnam Hong Kong & Singapore. The cruise was a means to do this. I chose RCI to complete all aspects of our holiday and have regretted this. Believing they had worked all areas of our holiday to connect with each other, flights, hotels & cruise, I didn't question anything. Then to find when we got to the airport our flight had already departed while we were on our pre-booked overnight stay! We were left with no option but to pay extra for another flight. The fight is now on with them to take responsibilly for it, good luck with that I hear you cry! Hong Kong was great, Park hotel is well placed for Kowloon if like us this is where you wish to be based. Cocktails in the Pennisula, lunch with free flow in Hutong, with views to die for. Stanley is scenic bus ride away. It was an easy taxi from airport HK$310, & HK$ 230 to cruise port. Voyager is an okay cruise ship, smaller than some but perfectly serviceable. We had an inside cabin 7525, and we're very happy there. Everything we needed for a good stay with a comfortable bed, on 2 day sea journeys, we slept up to 10hours! Food was fine. Although I prefer to have service I found windjammer food tastier than Sapphire. In between the coffee shop provides sandwiches and cakes/coffee. Also Ben & Jerry Ice Cream stall. We found drinks to be expensive, and thought $65 p.p.p.d way too expensive if you just want 1 or 2. We brought our bottle each onboard and enjoyed a tipple in our cabin, with a glass of wine with dinner, and post dinner drink. Didn't bother with entertainment early nights and lots of sightseeing to do!! The other problem encountered was that I have an Irish passport, I read on a previous review that someone in my position hadn't gotten a visa for Vietnam and although worried had no problem. This wasn't clear enough for me so I checked with Vietnam Embassy..oh well..all they would say was I needed it, and a multiple one as more than one port. Contacted RCI, they said yep need one and we can help for an extra charge of $75 US! Felt too nervous to leave it and ended up paying £120 including postage to get visa from London. Got on the ship only to find out that according to guest services they have a good relationship with the Vietnam Authorities and they give us a pass that gets handed back after the 3 trips!!! So please DON'T waste your money, if only RCI could work together, and FOR their customers! We did all shore excursions with ship. Pleased we did as there is nothing close to ports and felt they were good value for money. Taiwan was great, very clean and the best Temples of any we visited. Vietnam we did: Na Trang city highlights , very good Hoi An is a fantastic city so pretty and enjoyable to walk around. Ho Chi Minh, well it had to be done! Very informative and enough time to shop and eat. No trip was anymore than 1.30 hours and they will stop for toilet breaks if needed. Good weather at all times so enjoyed sunbathing on deck, plenty of beds. Into Singapore, did the silly thing and took the limousines at Airport door, 55 SGD for a 10 minute ride to Four Points Sheraton, Robertson Quay. Next evening we took a taxi to Gardens on the Bay, which is beyond the port and it cost 8 SGD! Our hotel was wonderful and convenient to lots of things. We loved Singapore. All in all a great holiday marred by the return flight muck up by RCI, please keep a check on anything they do for you, as they can't be trusted! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I will keep this review brief. The food on the ship was way below standard. The food in the Saphire Restaurant was only just above the buffet standard at times and we consider ourselves pretty easily satisfied. The entertainment on board ... Read More
I will keep this review brief. The food on the ship was way below standard. The food in the Saphire Restaurant was only just above the buffet standard at times and we consider ourselves pretty easily satisfied. The entertainment on board was a 6 out of 10, excluding the ice show which was fantastic. The onboard activities were limited. If you didnt like trivia there wasnt alot of other options! Pool activities were few. Kids loved the flow rider and they considered that a highlight. Alot of people looked bored, especially if you dont drink during the day. By the way, we have really really enjoyed other cruises with carnival and PNO. This cruise was boring at times and lacked service and overall interaction through lack of activities. Ps the interactive board showing how to get to ones room is a fantastic idea, made getting around so much easier. A few more smiles and staff interaction would be great. Ps when they have the waiters entertainment in Saphire, dont forget the tables tucked around the corners..other ships dont exclude Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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