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191 Hong Kong to Asia Cruise Reviews

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
This was our second cruise, Hong-Kong Vietnam Thailand Singapore. This was also a good cruise. The nightly entertainment was first class. The sing and dance musicals could not be beaten by anything on the London stage. We dined in the ... Read More
This was our second cruise, Hong-Kong Vietnam Thailand Singapore. This was also a good cruise. The nightly entertainment was first class. The sing and dance musicals could not be beaten by anything on the London stage. We dined in the main dining room and the food was good, with some adventurous dishes for variety. Captain Alex and his crew made every effort to meet and entertain guests. We were invited to tour the kitchen which were vast and spotlessly clean We were in concierge class. An upgrade when we booked. The cabin was comfortable and like everywhere spotlessly clean. Next time we'll be more careful to choose the side of the ship where we could observe arrivals. Our steward was first class We are booked to go on another Celebrity cruise next January around South America. My only negative comment is that the cocktails in the standard drinks package appeared to be be very weak. The martinis, which had to be paid for separately were much stronger. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I wanted to go to Hong Kong, been to Vietnam before and Singapore,I wanted to return, the cruise it self was 5 star, all the way, we also receive an upgrade to a balcony, which was brilliant, the staff was amazing, the young girl in the ... Read More
I wanted to go to Hong Kong, been to Vietnam before and Singapore,I wanted to return, the cruise it self was 5 star, all the way, we also receive an upgrade to a balcony, which was brilliant, the staff was amazing, the young girl in the coffee shop Victoria, was a delight, always knew what I wanted, thenon,y down side was the weather, it was so cold, but the amenities on board was great, would I go with celebrity again yes I would, thanks for a brilliant holiday, The excursions was very well priced, and enjoyed them all, Food was just amazing to much choice Entertainment was good always something going on, Embarkation and disembarkation was all good. The captains announcement was something to look forward to he always had a bit of humour, like keeping the ship upright. Can’t wait to to travel with you again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved ... Read More
My husband is from Hong Kong and we visit all the time. This time I wanted to go somewhere and not just stay there for 3 weeks. We found this cruise and we booked kind of last minute and got a great deal on an Inside Stateroom. Loved the itinerary and chose this cruise over Princess because of the overnight stays and fewer ports. Plus we had sailed Celebrity before and was impressed by the higher quality than RCCL. Once booked I did a lot of research. Was surprised by the number of negative reviews about the Millie being old and rundown. And also that the food was not up to Celebrity's normal standard. Well I totally disagree. We had a GREAT CRUISE. Embarkation in Hong Kong was fast and easy. We arrived at 11am and got to board about 5 minutes after completing a very fast check-in. We headed to the buffet for lunch and then they announced around 1pm that all cabins were ready. The food was excellent. Choices were wonderful in the MDR and our wonderful waiter would advise when something wasn't to his standard and suggest something else. He was always spot on. After dinner we would always drop by the buffet to see if there was anything there we missed. The night the waiter said not to order the lamb, we found amazing lamb chops at the aft grill. We also had Select Dining which meant we could go whenever we wanted to between 5:30-9:30pm. We never had to wait plus we always got a table for two. Yes there were two tables right next to each other. Very close but you could choose to have a conversation with them or not. We met some very lovely people this way. We had an inside cabin on Deck 2 Forward. I usually get sea sick but this was fine for both motion and noise. Everything we wanted was either on Deck 4 or Deck 10 and we easily used the three sets of elevators (Aft, Mid and Forward). (Note: We normally always walk the stairs on cruise but I had just had knee surgery and couldn't walk very far without a cane. And the Millennium is a very long ship. Seemed that way. :) I can't comment on the entertainment as we didn't go to one nightly show. I did attend two talks and they were very informative. I LOVED that the Millie had a Solarium with a heated swimming pool. This was awesome because Hong Kong, Halong Bay & Chan May were cold. I think future cruises should always have this too. Only negative was that some people can't read. Family times was only between 3pm-7pm and kids can only go in the pool IF they are toilet trained; not with swim diapers. Our CC Roll Call for this cruise was large. 89 people I believe and we had a fabulous turnout for the CC Meet & Greet where we met the Captain himself plus other top staff. This was our chance to meet all the wonderful people on our Roll Call who had set up private shore excursions; me included. Thanks to John (Snowy Boy) from the UK who did an amazing job creating a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. As others have said before; the staff and service provided on the Millennium is top rated. Our cabin steward Edi was amazing. I'm not even sure how he sometimes cleaned our cabin when we were only gone for a short time. Also even though we were on Select Dining as I mentioned before; we were usually at table 101-106 which were always serviced by our waiter whose name I can't remember (sorry) and our assistant waiter Sumit. We did lunch in the MDR a few times and only on one day we had a waiter that was not very friendly OR efficient but he was the only one we had anything negative to say about. So glad we didn't have him for dinner. Shout out to Elana the MDR hostess. She always remembered our table preference and sat us in the same section. Shore excursions: Only did one with X and that was the Hoi An on your own. Only did it because we were only in port for one day and the ride was over 1.5 hours each way and we didn't want to miss the boat. Our tour of Halong Bay was a Roll Call excursion set-up by John. Whereas the ship piles on the people; our junk was cut-off at 16 people. We had a longer trip plus a fabulous seafood lunch on the boat for less money than X's excursion. Plus one person I spoke to said they had 38 people on their boat and NO lunch. And it cost more. For Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), we walked outside the port gates and ran into 4 people we had met the previous day at breakfast. We asked if we could join them and off we went for 8 hrs for just $30 US/person. Even had another couple join us and then found out once we started driving that they weren't even on the Millennium. They were on the Sapphire Princess which sailed an hour before us. No problem though and we got them back in plenty of time. For Thailand we didn't want to go to Bangkok so I had arranged a van that could hold 10 people and opened it up to our Roll Call. Ended up with 3 other couples; surprisingly all fellow Canadians. We split the cost among the 8 of us and it was just $13 per person for a return trip. We had a transfer only to Pattaya where we then did our own thing. They all followed me on a ferry over to Ko Larn (a small island about 35 minutes away) that had much better beaches . In this port they charged us a few dollars more to get inside the gates and we gladly paid it as it would have been a long walk otherwise. On the second days at both Halong Bay/Hanoi and Bangkok, we stayed on the ship when it was noticeably much quieter. Both times we spent the whole day (10+ hrs) in the Solarium on a nice L-shaped couch. Lunch those days were buffets. The heathy spa buffet for my husband and the burger & fries buffet on the other side of the outdoor pool for me. Loved the overnight in Singapore but also booked an extra night at a great hotel just around the corner from Chinatown. We bought the tourist EZ Pass for "unlimited rides" on the buses and MRT for just $30 for 3 days. Also took the MRT to the airport and turned in the card for a $10 refund. Definitely worth the $20. (Tip: Can only buy a certain stations and stupidly IMHO not at the Marina South Pier station which is right next to the cruise terminal.) This was a great cruise and we got it for such a steal. Talked to a sales rep about booking a future cruise but the cost for an inside cabin was 3x what we paid for this one so we passed. We still want to do another cruise in 2019 to celebrate our 25th anniversary but will keep looking for a similar sale. Not restricted to just Celebrity either. This is a great way to get a small taste of Vietnam and Thailand but the big cities are very far away (2-4 hrs ONE WAY). We didn't do Hanoi or Bangkok and were okay with that. For others it made for some extremely long days. Disembarkation in Singapore was easy. We were staying overnight so didn't need to rush off the ship. We said we could leave in the last group at 10am. We were given a 9:45am time slot but ended up being called a 9:15am. Walked right off and immigration and customs was easy. (Maybe because I had my cane and they sent us to special lines.) I highly recommend the Celebrity Millennium and even this cruise if you've never been to Asia before. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Southeast Asia Itinerary and wanted a southern climate in winter, so we chose this cruise. Minus the problems with the air and arriving in a rainy Hong Kong a day late (the night before the cruise), we had a wonderful time. Celebrity did ... Read More
Southeast Asia Itinerary and wanted a southern climate in winter, so we chose this cruise. Minus the problems with the air and arriving in a rainy Hong Kong a day late (the night before the cruise), we had a wonderful time. Celebrity did exactly what it promised. Ship provided exceptional entertainment and food. Cabins were big and roomy, and our oceanview had a huge window. The ports were wonderful. Each one so different from the next. We did a private tour of Halong Bay (Asia Expeditions--perfect), but did On Your Own Buses to the cities through the cruise lines. All worked well, but be aware. All the Vietnam ports and Thailand are at industrial ports with nothing to see without lengthy transportation (2 hours) into the cities. Be ready for long-ish rides. We did not hit warm and sunny weather until Thailand, but, then, Singapore was great and very warm as well.Be sure to overnight in Bangkok and Hanoi--you cannot see the cities in a day. In fact, I would have liked an extra day for Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok--just not enough time. Felt piecemealed. All in all trip couldn't be better--minus the air being redirected to Anchorage for a mental health case and sleeping on the floor of the Narita Airport due to a snowstorm--but we survived, and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
All the important aspects of this cruise on the Millennium (Hong Kong to Singapore) were excellent. Our stateroom service was flawless. Our dining room waiter, his assistant and the wine stewart were very, very good. The bar service was ... Read More
All the important aspects of this cruise on the Millennium (Hong Kong to Singapore) were excellent. Our stateroom service was flawless. Our dining room waiter, his assistant and the wine stewart were very, very good. The bar service was great. And the contemporary sculptures and art photos on display throughout the ship elevated the "tone" of the ship. Also, the process of embarking and disembarking at the various ports was smooth. There is only one "nit" we would like to pick-- and we mention it here because we know the Celebrity staff reads these reviews closely-- and that is that the sound system for the ensemble entertainment (dancers, singers), and even for the gentleman previewing the highlights of each port, was WAY TOO LOUD. Again, WAY TOO LOUD. We mentioned this to the sound guy after one of the performances, and while he thanked us politely for our feedback, it didn't seem to change things with any consistency through the rest of the cruise. We ended up having to dig out our ear plugs from our flight bags in order to be able just to sit through the shows in the Millennium Theatre. Without them, the volume was just painful. We talked to a number of our fellow cruisers and they agreed. We know from long experience with over-hyped PA systems on bus tours, that while people automatically complain when the sound is too low, they almost never complain when it's too loud. They just endure it. Well, we do complain. It is unfortunate, but this was the only bad spot in an otherwise flawless cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The Good: Best food I have ever had on a cruise. The cafe buffet was always excellent, wide range of foods and flavors. I dont normally go for the specialty dining, however we did try the Quisine restaurant and where blown away by the ... Read More
The Good: Best food I have ever had on a cruise. The cafe buffet was always excellent, wide range of foods and flavors. I dont normally go for the specialty dining, however we did try the Quisine restaurant and where blown away by the food. Simply A class. We had a porthole room on the port side. Room was large with good storage, well maintained and very well cleaned by the room service team. We had a second room for the kdis. Our eldest loved the X club and made a bunch of good friends there, our youngest, (11) was one year to young for X club and was in the younger kids version. He didnt really like it as much, but I think just wanted to be in the "cool" elder kids room. My only complaint on the trip was the port in Vientnam which was an industrial port two hours away from Danang. Simply put it was to far away to do port tours, and no local attractions. Any of the port tours would have meant a two hour each way trip, to far, to long, to boring. You will also get a lot of pressure to buy the drinks packages, unless you are a really heavy drinker they are just not worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We choose this as our first cruise as we wanted to visit the destinations provided. The cruise met and probably exceeded our expectation The staff on board the ship were all top class in their customer service irrespective of where we were ... Read More
We choose this as our first cruise as we wanted to visit the destinations provided. The cruise met and probably exceeded our expectation The staff on board the ship were all top class in their customer service irrespective of where we were in the ship. Our cabin 6144 was in a great location and was very comfortable with no outer noise whatsoever. The cabin service was above first class and deserves a special mention. Dining experience again was first class from the a la carte to the speciality restaurants. We enjoyed them all again with great service. Entertainment was varied throughout and all musicians were well accomplished. The resident band were first class and engaged with the audience.Please let them know. If there was a negative and we have both agreed it was the distance of some of the ports to the excursion destination. We did feel on a number of occasions that this time was wasted and would have welcomed more time at the destination. 3 hrs each way is excessive and not down to traffic. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This tops any previous cruise. Aqua Class has us spoiled for any other level - from the flowers, wine, fruit, evening treats and use of the Persian Garden to the food in Blu. Their service was exceptional - from our waiters to the wine ... Read More
This tops any previous cruise. Aqua Class has us spoiled for any other level - from the flowers, wine, fruit, evening treats and use of the Persian Garden to the food in Blu. Their service was exceptional - from our waiters to the wine steward...even the front desk knew our names on the second day. Each port was unique and provided enough time to get a perspective of life at each stop. Only wish is that the ports were closer to areas of interest. Having a sea day between ports to relax was helpful as tours required full, long days. Our small group planned our sightseeing through Tours By Locals and was never disappointed. Easy pickup; english speaking guides; delicious local restaurants; cost effective; outlined to meet our requests...even the tailor shop in Hoi An...we felt we saw twice the sights compared to a normal cruise tour. It was also nice to have large vans to relax on the longer trips into town. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
In late 2017 my father suffered a massive heart attack while in Vietnam. It was a horrific experience in every way that can be imagined. It was however, made a little easier by the actions of the crew involved that day. The medical team ... Read More
In late 2017 my father suffered a massive heart attack while in Vietnam. It was a horrific experience in every way that can be imagined. It was however, made a little easier by the actions of the crew involved that day. The medical team saved his life. The guest relations team traveled with my mother as she followed the ambulance to the local hospital and helped her fill out the necessary paperwork. Meanwhile, the guest relations manager (Alana) began preparations for us to disembark. Organising everything from emergency visas to transport and accommodation to Ho Chi Minh City. She are forever thankful that She started our insurance claim immediately, making the whole process a great deal easier for us. Alana personally packed my luggage, when I was unable to. The care and compassion shown to my mother and I was beyond reproach. We cannot thank the crew and Alana and her team enough. When we finally made it back to Australia there was even a couple of emails from the team asking about Dad condition. Our memories of that cruise are sadly, horrific but we will never forget the kindness and compassion we were shown that terrible day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Reason for cruise was for pampering and relaxation after a difficult year. Let me just say that I find it difficult to relate the complaints I have seen on cruise critic with the reality of my experience on the Millennium. I found ... Read More
Reason for cruise was for pampering and relaxation after a difficult year. Let me just say that I find it difficult to relate the complaints I have seen on cruise critic with the reality of my experience on the Millennium. I found staff to be extremely helpful, kind, professional and going above and beyond what is required of them being either cabin attendant, wait staff and guest relations, etc. Always smiling and trying to please. Must be a hard job and I could certainly not do it. The food on board was on the whole tasty but if not to one’s liking, could easily be returned and something else supplied. No questions asked, staff just eager to make one’s dining experience as good as it could be, if you want more of one thing, or three or more entries not an eyelid is batted, same applies for deserts, have them all if you want. What the customer wants, customer gets. Yes Millennium is aging but what do you expect, you know the age of the ship before you get on, you are not as good today as you were 15 years ago. You can see by the new ships they are improving all the time. I had a few issues with its design with my mobility. All my issues were addressed with Guest Relations and taken seriously. I was treated respectively and was very impressed with their assistance and helpfulness. Ports were interesting and the trip was very enjoyable. I felt there was enough to do on board for those that wanted to be entertained. The Celebrity life games, trivia, Yes and No, etc. were very enjoyable and the Entertainment staff did a great job. Loved the coffee shop La Bacio, especially Victoria who was extremely helpful. My preferences were known after the first time, being lactose intolerant and needing lactose free milk. These was also known by the bar staff that supplied coffee to the dining room and knowing my stateroom details, hence not needing to see my card, this was very impressive. All I have to say people is cut the staff some slack, they are doing a great job and their jobs depend on you the people they are trying to please. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our only other Celebrity cruise was 5 years ago to celebrate my husband’s 60th, so it seemed fitting to choose Celebrity again to celebrate his 65th! Last time, we were in an inside cabin, but this time, we “pushed the boat out” ... Read More
Our only other Celebrity cruise was 5 years ago to celebrate my husband’s 60th, so it seemed fitting to choose Celebrity again to celebrate his 65th! Last time, we were in an inside cabin, but this time, we “pushed the boat out” (or perhaps “splashed out”?) and went for a concierge class cabin, 8099. The Millennium is quite a small ship by today’s standards, which made being midship very convenient. Nothing was more than a few minutes away. The cabin was quite small, but the balcony did have room for two nice chairs and a table. We made a lot of use of the enhanced breakfast menu as we found 9am rather early to close the restaurant, which only had a limited menu. The buffet offered more choice, but not much remained after 9.30am. Our cabin breakfast orders were generally okay (if not quite what we expected), the order form didn’t have any way of showing what should be on which plate – and one day they forgot teacups! Being British, we’d brought our own teabags (rooibos) - it’s a shame that a kettle wasn’t provided in the cabin, but the buffet wasn’t too far away, and hot water could be ordered from room service – sometimes it came quite quickly, other times it really was easier to go up to the buffet. My husband has some problems with his sight, so we were delighted to find the cabin had very good lighting, especially if you put the lights on at the dressing table (something we didn’t discover until half way through the cruise!!). Other little extras in concierge class were the afternoon delicacies (which were very nice, if rather small). We were also invited to a lunch the first day, but got there 20 minutes after it closed at 1.30. One morning, we were invited to a sail in on the helipad which was quite fun and a nice surprise. We didn’t really make much use of the concierge, but said hello from time to time when we were passing. Due to the enhanced breakfast menu and location of the cabin, we felt that the upgrade was worth having, however, we’d probably have been just as happy in the inside cabin across the hall which, after all, was just as well located! We enjoyed the cruise immensely – a few things could have improved our enjoyment, but we certainly never had cause for complaint. On the whole, the food in the Metropolitan was bland American fare, however, the service was excellent at every level, right from being greeted at the door by an amazingly friendly hostess. One thing we’d liked to have seen was some local cuisine on the restaurant menu (apparently that can be found in the buffet). We ate in Qsine for my husband’s birthday which was excellent - our welcome bottle of fizz was delivered there without any fuss. One night, we noticed a message after getting back from a rather late tour saying speciality restaurants were half price, but we didn’t take up the offer. Evening entertainment in the theatre was very good, however, I do wonder why they fly people half way round the world, rather than having some local talent! It was quite ironic that one of the entertainers hailed from my home city of Leeds in the UK! We did struggle, however, to find a spot to have a quiet drink some evenings – the DJ playing in the atrium was quite unnecessary and we found it difficult to talk to people in the Martini bar, which was supposed to host an LGBT meetup, but never seemed to do so successfully. Our cabin steward was great and very efficient. We’ve noticed that towel animals seem to be thin on the ground, and I think on this ship they were in hibernation. Can’t say we really missed them, to be honest! The only niggle was that our toilet broke more than once which meant we had to use the public toilets a couple of mornings. Daytime activities were rather thin on the ground (unless you wanted to shop, play bingo or attend an art auction, of course!). Instead, we enjoyed the indoor jacuzzis and thalassotherapy pool very much, which made the holiday very relaxing. There were no vegetable carving demonstrations, etc and Christmas Day was a bit of a non-event, although we enjoyed New Year’s Eve. We had to congregate around the small atrium as couldn’t be on deck as the winds were too strong. One thing we did discover was a device (by the Captain’s Club) which let you take a selfie and email it to friends, something we haven’t seen on other ships. We were quite shocked by the complete absence of any printed port information – on other cruise lines, we’ve always had a pull out giving full details of the port, local site information and a map of the area. Having said that, most of the ports were industrial, so with the exception of Keelung, simply walking off the ship and having a look around wasn’t possible, although in Halong Bay, there were things to see from getting off the tender, and in Hong Kong, there were free shuttle buses which took you to shopping centres. We went to Hollywood Plaza and enjoyed looking round and visiting both a park and nunnery next door. Our concierge did, however, send us telephone messages with port information, rather garbled and not what you need when you’re just getting up and not paying much attention! There were port / cultural lectures for each destination in the theatre which were interesting. But something written would have been useful. Due to the fact that the docks were generally quite a way from anywhere, we decided to use the ship tours apart from Taipei where someone from Cruisecritic kindly organised a tour for 19 of us. Although the ship tours were expensive, they were well organised and informative - and without too many long shopping stops. Needless to say, the horribly expensive internet didn’t work very well – and to add insult to injury, stopped at 7am on the last day, even though we weren’t getting off the ship until 9am. However, presumably there was free wifi at the terminal! Where Celebrity score over other lines the most is with the staff. They are all bright, cheery and amazingly helpful. The captain was the friendliest we’d ever had (not to mention by far the youngest) and his morning announcements were brilliant (including “the ship’s position is upright, and I intend to keep it that way!”). We were delighted to see so many “stripes” in attendance at the cruise critic event which took place on our first sea day, Christmas Day, and around the ship generally. Celebrity certainly understand the value of making guests feel welcome, with tea, coffee and orange juice. Returning to the ship after a day sightseeing was like coming home and was very well managed. We were welcomed back dockside with a refreshing cold drink, followed by a cold towel to clean hands and face, then hand gel before being greeted by the security staff. The boarding process was very quick and efficient with officers in attendance to manage the flow of people and add to the welcome. All in all, the best we have ever experienced on a sea cruise. Getting off the ship was like saying goodbye to a friend. The captain was there to make sure we all went – something we’ve only seen on river cruises. It’s true that the ship lacks a wow factor, but that’s more than made up for by the staff who make you feel very welcome. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We wanted and achieved a Xmas New Year experience on a ship with friends. A holiday which allowed my husband and friends time to enjoy each other’s company and meet new friends. A holiday where we didn’t need to cook, clean or go ... Read More
We wanted and achieved a Xmas New Year experience on a ship with friends. A holiday which allowed my husband and friends time to enjoy each other’s company and meet new friends. A holiday where we didn’t need to cook, clean or go to far for entertainment. The. places we visited were interesting and allowed several choices for a variety of tours. The. Cabins were cleaned twice a day with clean towels left as often as needed. The entertainment consisted of a variety of performances, Showtime stoppers, musicians, singers, comedians and gymnasts. The dining stewards were attentive and couldn’t do enough to make meal times fun and enjoyable. When the weather wasn’t perfect for outdoor activities we found Cafe Al Bacio was a great meeting place. We were able to meet and mingle with many different people from many countries. Overall a fantastic holiday which we would like to repeat every year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We took this cruise as we wanted to away for Christmas and New Year, cannot understand the bad reviews, must be very unhappy people and miserable in their lives. We had a great time and especially on Sea Day, I was running from one to ... Read More
We took this cruise as we wanted to away for Christmas and New Year, cannot understand the bad reviews, must be very unhappy people and miserable in their lives. We had a great time and especially on Sea Day, I was running from one to event to another. Ate most nights in the Main Dining, and sometimes for lunch and Breakfast rather than the buffet, you eat better and have less on your place rather than the buffet, plus better relaxed atmosphere, rather than searching for a table and the waiter to bring you your drinks. We did select dining and met amazing people every night. The shows were very good quality Uk West End or New York Broadway quality. Most of the shore excursions were good, perhaps I did not do enough research to the finer details, but they were as described, just I perhaps was not so interested, next time I will do my research. All in all we found the staff very good, our cabin boy was great and we have no complaints Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Two nights in Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel and two nights at the end in Singapore's Hotel Jen finished off our first Azamara cruise beautifully. Boarding was a breeze but the roll call for the drill after embarking was a total ... Read More
Two nights in Hong Kong's Marco Polo Hotel and two nights at the end in Singapore's Hotel Jen finished off our first Azamara cruise beautifully. Boarding was a breeze but the roll call for the drill after embarking was a total shambles. Due to this fiasco we did not make it to the cruise critic get together. Liked the two nights in ports, size of the ship, being able to cruise up the rivers in Bangkok and Saigon, the first ever bridge lessons by Agnes, and Trivia. Our cruise travelling friends took over from Agnes and we played with them nearly every day. Loved the entertainment with Eric and Alisha, who has the voice of an angel along with the service and quality of the food. What was not to like? Had a X 4 specialty restaurant package but really could have eaten in the restaurant or buffet any time and been just as happy (I don't eat seafood or lamb and very little beef). The couple we were travelling with and my husband love seafood and quality beef and were not disappointed with the chateau Bryon served in the specialty restaurant. We found the quality of the wines quite reasonable as were the cocktails. Must mention that we found some of the food to be quite salty. Even though we have been to all the ports before except for Ko Samui, which in hindsight I would have happily missed, we loved re-visiting them. Shower curtains are so yesterday!!! Want to do another Azamara cruise but need to know that Eric will be part of it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We had never cruised With Azamara before however the idea of spending Xmas and New Year on a ship, cruising from Hong Kong to Singapore, with overnight stays at several ports was very compelling. We loved every moment of this cruise! ... Read More
We had never cruised With Azamara before however the idea of spending Xmas and New Year on a ship, cruising from Hong Kong to Singapore, with overnight stays at several ports was very compelling. We loved every moment of this cruise! The Captain was the most friendly, engaging captain we had ever encounted and this friendly, outgoing style was mirrored by the Hotel Manager and the Cruise Director. We could not fault the service and professionalism of any crew member. The Captain and Hotel Manager would often wave us off as we went ashore and all staff would echo the greeting, ‘Welcome Home’, on our return, There were many other highlights including: - the sail away from Hong Kong with its dazzling display of Xmas lights - the beautiful Xmas decorations throughout the ship - the shows and entertainment with the Cruise Director leading the way with his prodigious talent - New Years Eve dinner and show that went on to the wee hours and all guests looked resplendent in their Azamara hats and head dresses - New Years Day buffet - the Azamazing evening, a stunning show in Ho Chi Minh, with music, dance, fireworks, fashion parade and three giant screens displaying scenes from across Vietnam - the White Night deck party with great food and entertainment and the parade of staff - being able to cruise up the Saigon River to The heart of Ho Chi Minh City and up the Chao Phraya River to Bangkok - the Q&A sessions with the Captain, Hotel Manager and Cruise Director provided a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the ship and it’s operations And much more!! We were sad to see this adventure come to an end and look forward to our next cruise with Azamara. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife really enjoyed the shows performed by the Italian / western artists and paid extra to watch the late night show. My boy liked the play group. There were 136 children in the group and the staff appeared overwhelmed. All later ... Read More
My wife really enjoyed the shows performed by the Italian / western artists and paid extra to watch the late night show. My boy liked the play group. There were 136 children in the group and the staff appeared overwhelmed. All later activities required the participation of a parent. The cruise should have allocated more staff to take care of the children so the parents could go and play, even for an hour. I liked the ship tour. The cruise app worked very well on my Android phone. I could use the app to call the phone of my room. But it didn't work on my wife's iPhone. The cruise appeared to provide free data occasionally. I did subscribe to the cruise data plan, however. The sea between Naha and Taiwan was very rough and once the lift I rode stopped abruptly for a few seconds because the ship tilted too much. Luckily the ship crossed the sea at night but I still felt the ship went up and down 10 feet when lying on my bed for a few hours. On the first day in Naha we disembarked at 12 noon. We went to Shuri Castle, Urasoe Dai Park, and Kokusai Doori. I wanted to go to Hacksaw Ridge, which is 30 mins hike from the Urasoe Dai Park, but we spent too much time in the playground and it was getting dark so we skipped the Ridge. On the second day we disembarked at 10am and went to Omoromachi. We briefly visited Okinawa Prefectural Museum, and went to the supermarket to purchase some food and cookies. The ship would leave at 12:30 noon so we were in a hurry. The plug of the bathroom sink stuck. I called the operator at 2am and a repairman arrived in 10 minutes to fix it We were fortunate to have this Italian cruise experience. I have heard the Fortuna is heading back to Europe in 2019. We live in Hong Kong and boarded the ship heading to Naha at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The ship stopped at Naha for two days then sailed back to Hong Kong. We spent our 2017 Christmas Day on the ship. See my pictures. They worth thousands words I guess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I chose this cruise because we wanted to revisit parts of Asia that we had been to years ago. We enjoyed all the ports; interesting. The food on board was wonderful, the service was excellent. The shows were o.k; many of the songs ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we wanted to revisit parts of Asia that we had been to years ago. We enjoyed all the ports; interesting. The food on board was wonderful, the service was excellent. The shows were o.k; many of the songs performed were not familiar to us. Our cabin was always kept neat and clean by the attendants; they work very hard! The ship itself is in good condition and also very clean. I enjoyed the port talks, they were extremely informative and to the point; excess information was not given. Embarcation and disembarcation was smooth and quick. Dining room service was excellent; our waiter was always ready to meet my requests for alterations or additions to the meal. We cruise on Holland America more than any other cruise line. I can still say I enjoy the company very much and would highly recommend the ship, the crew and the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Would highly recommend cruising on this ship. We were a family of 4 travelling, 2 adults and 2 young children (2yrs & nearly 4yrs). Our balcony stateroom was larger than expected and housed us sufficiently. The food all around the ... Read More
Would highly recommend cruising on this ship. We were a family of 4 travelling, 2 adults and 2 young children (2yrs & nearly 4yrs). Our balcony stateroom was larger than expected and housed us sufficiently. The food all around the boat was more than expected. We did not find the boat over crowded, yes at times there were lots of people around, but never felt over crowded, even with our little ones at toe. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze for us, on check-in, check-out and on shore excursions, so I really do not understand where these negative reviews come from for this. Yes sometimes there were lines, but nothing our 2yr old and 4yr old could not handle. (I think some times people need to learn manners and have patients!) Adventure Ocean the kids club was great for my kids, my 4yr old always had a great time when there with the fun activities they did. My 2yr old didn't enjoy it as much, but the girls put in effort to make his time enjoyable, he did go 3 times to give my husband and I some much needed and appreciated time, kid free. All the activities on the boat are fantastic, so many things to do and all the staff worked very hard to make sure we had a great holiday. We were never bored, actually, there were a few things we didn't do as we couldn't fit it all in. My only complaint would be the cocktails are too sweet and not enjoyable and the staff did not know how to make half of them. Overall – our holiday was more than we could have imagined because Royal Caribbean have produced and amazing ship with out of this world activities and facilities on board! At the end of the day, remember you are on a boat on the middle of the ocean!! :) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Having only been on 1 cruise prior a short 3 day one, we chose this cruise purely for the ship. The location was then selected and as it had a number of stops to break up the trip and went for this one with stops in Vietnam and Thailand ... Read More
Having only been on 1 cruise prior a short 3 day one, we chose this cruise purely for the ship. The location was then selected and as it had a number of stops to break up the trip and went for this one with stops in Vietnam and Thailand before arriving in Singapore. We also had not visited HK before so that was an added bonus to fly in a few days prior to look around. Despite the stops, we could have done with more days at sea as there was so much to do on the ship. The ocean was flat all the way and was perfect. The weather had a few overcast days but only rained once or twice. We expected for the size of the ship it would be overcrowded and embarkation and disembarkation at the Ports and pre/post cruise would be a nightmaree but it was a painless experience. Some of the prior reviews rated this negatively and I guess they have put more focus on this as the wait times were minimal and we got on and off the boat easily. For the number of people (around 4300 guests) it did not feel crowded at all, there was always plenty of space. We had an interior stateroom with a virtual balcony (9185) and it was excellent. We have stayed in a balcony room before so wasn't sure what to expect but I was more than happy with the room. Friends stayed in a balcony room and the size and layout was exactly the same except for the balcony. The virtual screen provided a good look at what was going on outside the ship but we hardly noticed as we were never in our room. Once we left in the morning we didn't return until night before getting ready for dinner or to go out. We did the most of the activities on board, Eye in the Sky, I-Fly (sky diving), roller staking, bumper cars, rock climbing, basketball, ping pong etc. There was a lot to keep you occupied. All of which was great fun. I travelled with a group of 10 (5 couples, no children). There were not many young kids on board that we saw, and same for teenagers. However, there were specific kid and teenage activities arranged and the sporting area (ping pong, roller skating, basketball, volleyball, bumper cars, xbox lounges, foozball etc.) as well as the arcade would be awesome for them, it was pretty impressive. My teenage son was a bit envious he didn't come! We saw the Love Legs show (may have the name wrong) which was excellent. Great singers and performers. Entertainment was generally high quality. The ship has a huge lounge called the 270 which has screens that cover all windows. One of the shows Pixels that you had to book for showcased the facility with moving screens, light show etc. The show was a bit out there but it was good to see the full capability of the facility which is pretty amazing. The food was excellent in most of the facilities. Fine Dining was a bit disappointing and the standard was ok, but not great. We had better meals in the Windjammer (buffet) and ate there on most occasions. I think this was consistent with most travellers as we tried fine dining again on day 4 or so and there was hardly anyone there and they were so grateful we went back. Again, meal was ok and we didn't return again. The buffet at Windjammer was very good quality, could not fault it. So much variety and suffice to say we ate a lot! We also pre-booked Jamie Oliver and Chops Steakhouse both of which were very good as well. The food was unlimited and we paid around $35-40 pp pre-booked and it was well worth it. Plenty of other places to eat but we did not try them all. Also did room service breakfast before tours in Port and this was also good. A few in our group smoked and there was a good area on the pool deck with nice lounges and you could open the windows. A few commented this was a lot better than other cruises where you can be stuck in a tiny, crappy area. We booked our own tours rather than go with the boats which was perfect for a group. We used a Company called "Shore Excursions" in both Vietnam and Thailand. It was much better as we did not have to wait for other people and could adjust the itinerary on the day. The itineraries and tour guides were great and would highly recommend this as well. As you can see by my novel - we loved our time on Ovation!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My cousin, Alec Graham, had cruised several times with Silversea, and he asked us to accompany him and his wife on the cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore, which we did. It was a terrific experience, as my cousin and other friends of ... Read More
My cousin, Alec Graham, had cruised several times with Silversea, and he asked us to accompany him and his wife on the cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore, which we did. It was a terrific experience, as my cousin and other friends of ours predicted. The ship was perfect in comfort and seaworthiness, the cabin comfortable and lacking nothing at all, the steward well-trained and very affable, the food very good in all the restaurants. On the sailing and entertainment side, the crew was always accessible and helpful, the entertainment program top quality with crew members doing a super job singing and dancing, and outside talents first rate, and the theater is very good in layout and acoustics. Finally, the shore excursions support group was definitely up to the challenges they faced on a daily basis, transportation vehicles and Immigration paperwork were no problem, and the restaurants chosen were very good as well. We're already looking for another cruise for this year! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
After 7 years this was my first cruise on Silversea again. Food was outstanding, crew fantastic. I did not try Le Champagne. Food in La Terrazza, main dining room and Pool grill was just great. We had to cancel on port cause of bad ... Read More
After 7 years this was my first cruise on Silversea again. Food was outstanding, crew fantastic. I did not try Le Champagne. Food in La Terrazza, main dining room and Pool grill was just great. We had to cancel on port cause of bad weather but I think it was a wise decision cause of safety reasons. Yes the ship does need some refurbishment but it is still a beautiful ship. The crew was absolutely fantastic. I never heard anyone saying no to a request or a question. The few shore excursions I've attended have been really good. Especially the trip to the Railway and Floating Market outside of Bangkok. My cabin was great as always and my butler and room attendant did everything they could to make my stay another memorable one. I loved it so much I will be back on the Shadow in February 2018 cruising again South East Asia. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
TRIP: The overall trip was amazing and the ship was the perfect floating hotel. SHIP: The ship overall was in great shape, clean and well maintained. STATEROOM: The stateroom (8134-Concierge Class) was also very clean and well ... Read More
TRIP: The overall trip was amazing and the ship was the perfect floating hotel. SHIP: The ship overall was in great shape, clean and well maintained. STATEROOM: The stateroom (8134-Concierge Class) was also very clean and well maintained by an excellent cabin steward.. The only disappointing things were the Concierge Mattresses were years overdue for replacement and the cabin air conditioning was weak as the room never got cold even after a maintenance visit. SERVICE, STAFF & CREW: Staff was very friendly, attentive and wanting to make sure your stay was a positive experience. FOOD: The Main Dining Room had great service however it was a very generic menu (looked like a universal menu for all Celebrity Ships) The chef specials and lobster night were the best meals. We only did about 4 dinners in the Main Dinning Room. We spent most of our time in the Oceanview Cafe (Buffet) which had a wide variety of options with lots of opportunity to try some more regional dishes which is what I expected would have been in the Main Dining Room. Very high quality selections on the buffet. ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES: Most were enjoyable with the night that featured the Russian Gymnasts and the Russian Violinists. PORTS of CALL & SHORE EXCURSIONS: Embarkation: Hong Kong: Kai Tak Terminal looks beautiful however the only transportation to it is by taxi or bus making it difficult to use it a base to explore Hong Kong. It is also very long and requires a lot of unnecessary facility walking (I am guessing around two to three football fields) to get to the ship. The check in was by a third party company (very young kids) that could not answer any Celebrity questions nor enter your account check in correctly which required us to make a couple of additional trips to the ship's Guest Relations to straighten out. DISEMBARKATION: Singapore Marina Bay Cruise Centre was a ship walk off and was extremely smooth! (The airport in Singapore-Terminal 4 is new and really an amazing place) BEST PORTS of CALL: Hue, Vietnam (Fishing Village Tour-On Your Own) and Bangkok, Thailand (Overnight on Your Own- with the Nighttime Tuk-Tuk Tour). Wish we had spent less time in Vietnam and an extra day in Bangkok, so much more to see! I would absolutely recommend this trip for those looking for some adventure! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise and we are British (late 40's) I think we don't like to moan so much as others judging by some of the comments I read before we went. I can't fault this experience, after reading some of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we are British (late 40's) I think we don't like to moan so much as others judging by some of the comments I read before we went. I can't fault this experience, after reading some of the reviews I confess to be a bit worried but alas no need. Food - This ship caters for everyone and anyone no matter what you like, how much of it you like ad what dietary requirements your have. In the Restaurant you can have as many starters/mains as you like and we found the service amazing. We didn't have set times for dinner, just rocked up and got a seat either for two or as the cruise went on with new friends. You have to be a bit organised there is no point turning up at 8pm after show time. The Cafe on floor 10 has multiple culinary delights again to suit all palettes, it's mostly serve yourself but very good, with puddings galore if that's your thing. We used it mostly at lunch as it was close to the pool. (not as close as the burger stop!) Pizza's and other things go on till midnight. Food is endless. One thing you are surely to get is bigger! Drinks - We did the Classic package others upgraded but we found the Classic held it's own and if you fancy something more fancy you just pay the difference and it's all recorded on your account on the room TV. Staff were more than helpful and we got great service including Sun bed service a bit of a luxury. The Martini bar is a great pre and post dinner bar (you don't have to have martini's). The Cosmos good later for partying! Some people were moaning however if you are going to be rude and throw your toys out of the pram because you were next and have to wait a nano second to get another of the drinks you already have in front of you then serves you right. treat as you find is my motto. Entertainment - just too much to pack in as well as sun bathing and trips. The pool party and silent disco were two of our favourites. Cosmos is great once you have met some peeps. Trips - we did our own, much cheaper and usually a slightly better itinerary but if you are a worrier best book with the boat. Really liked Halong Bay as it was close to the Port - didn't like the Tender business as it took ages, with limited info being distributed. Between Halong Bay and the rest of the trips we had the added extra of a Typhoon so we were a day delayed - note get flexible bookings on your hotels if staying away overnight an expect to have to fret a bit - the Cruise ship did help those of us with Third party trips but it was hard unless you had internet which was expensive. Most of the Ports are a long way from the attractions and there isn't much going on at the Ports. So just be careful. We didn't of Hanoi as I didn't want to spend 6 hours on a bus. Vietnam was an experience - ticked it off the list won't go back. We went to Pattaya for the day (see Typhoon comment above we were going to stay overnight but Hotel wouldn't honour the change of date). I quite like Bangkok but we've been before. We went by pre arranged taxi to Pattaya onto the boat across to Koh Lann on the way back we went to Walking street. Neither were really our cup of tea but each to their own. Again nice to have a day off the boat but that's that one. Cabin - on 2nd floor with a window - expertly cleaned and homely. Not massive but did us proud for 2 weeks. Soap, shampoo and conditioner and skin cream (no shower gel) but it's all good stuff. Clothes - worried I hadn't packed right but Chic is really anything goes as long as you are tidy. Nice to have some dresser dresses (not ball gowns) or trousers but sun dresses worked. Boat - they were constantly painting and varnishing and when a stomach bug broke out (which is really passengers not washing their hands) the whole boat was on disinfectant frenzy they couldn't do enough. Loved the pool and all the outside facilities, towels and sun beds galore no reserving going on which was good after a hard evening partying. Gym was bigger than expected and the run/walk track was used quite a bit. Clientelle - Average age there were some youngster (20's) and a good range between 40 - 50. And some oldies. We got on with everyone but found the 40 - 60 year olds great fun and made some fantastic new friends. Do go on Cruise Critic to join groups etc. I did think an added extra would have been a notice board by reception as not many people paid for internet so once you are on the boat that's your contact gone. Or make sure you pre - arrange before you get on the boat. Think that's it. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We picked this cruise because it left from Hong Kong, a city we always wanted to visit, and the rest of the itinerary were places we've never been. Nothing is perfect, and Celebrity had an occasional misstep but, except as I'll ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it left from Hong Kong, a city we always wanted to visit, and the rest of the itinerary were places we've never been. Nothing is perfect, and Celebrity had an occasional misstep but, except as I'll mention later, nothing important. In terms of the things they got right, the most important was our captain, Nikolas Christodoulakis. As we were leaving Hue for Ho Chi Minh City, the weather forecast was for a typhoon. The captain, his primary concern our safety, had the boat anchor in the Bay of Da Nang to ride out the Category 2 storm, but made up the lost day after Bangkok, so we did not lose any port time. Well done! The staff was universally excellent, except for the person manning the Captain's Club area, who vanished the one day I wanted to talk to him. But the service otherwise was always friendly, helpful, and efficient. By the third day or so I no longer looked at the wine list, I just told our sommelier (Benny) what I was having for dinner and he always picked a good wine to compliment the dish. One area Celebrity needs to upgrade is their website. By the time I could find a decent selection of tours listed we had booked everything through external vendors, except for the tour we took of Lantau. Our one big problem was Celebrity's communication about tendering for the one such port we had (Ha Long Bay). Although they said the first tenders were only for those taking Celebrity tours, that is not true: they will tender you in on the first tenders if you have a (non-Celebrity) tour with a time-critical arrival on land. Because we didn't know this, and followed the announcements, we missed our pre-booked tour; we were able to make other arrangements, and Celebrity did an excellent job of compensating us for the loss. One unexpected highlight: the thallasotherapy pool. It almost made me wish there were more sea days! Also very much appreciated was the inclusion of specialty coffees and bottled water with the beverage packages, and I was impressed with the number and variety of single malt scotches on my upgraded package. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017

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