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I normally just read reviews, but after this cruise I thought I could counter some of the previous negative reviews with a positive one. This is a bit lengthly as a warning but I hope to help others get a better underling of the Asian ... Read More
I normally just read reviews, but after this cruise I thought I could counter some of the previous negative reviews with a positive one. This is a bit lengthly as a warning but I hope to help others get a better underling of the Asian market. After reading previous reviews on here about Ovation of the Seas, my wife and I came onboard with a lower expectation. We were pleasantly surprised. The biggest disclaimer of those thinking about Ovation of the Seas. If you are going to the Asian theater, you need to be prepared for the cultural differences you will likely see. Royal Caribbean does announce the cruises as a cultural tour, so you will have an idea when selecting your cruise. We had an amazing cruise and Ovation of the Seas is now our favorite ship. Can't wait to go on her again when she goes to the North American market. EMBARKATION Was a breeze. Make sure you have done all of your pre-cruise paperwork filled out on RCL's cruise planner, and you'll have no problems. Also, showing up early will definitely help! Once onboard they directed passengers to the MDR, but we went directly to Windjammer. Since we arrived to the ship at 1000, we were one of the first onboard (boarded around 1115) so we didn't have to wait. If you get onboard after 1130-1200, strongly do not recommend the windjammer, as it fills up quickly and you'll be waiting a long time. Promenade cafe and Solarium are some great second options to avoid the initial rush to eat. SHIP This was our 5th cruise. We have previously been onboard several of the Oasis and Freedom class ships. The ship is huge, with many activities and experiences onboard that will be mentioned later. What we liked about the ship is the modern touches, from the ease of embarkation, to the decor throughout the ship, the ease of going through the photo galley (it's simply all upload to monitors where you can select your photos and pick either prints or digital, and pick up at a later time), we found the modern touches to be quite pleasing. CABIN We had a Junior Suite 9632, starboard side, and the beginning of "the hump". Great cabin and if you are looking for a JS, strongly recommend this cabin, as the layout is quite different from other JS. We had a single cabin passenger stateroom next to our cabin, which made our cabin and have "elbow" layout, vice just the straight walk-in view as is typical for JS. Very modern looking, right down to the telephone, and we had a HUGE balcony that included 2 chairs that you can lay down on. Had dimming lights that you could control from one knob, including right next to your bed, very convenient. Also had the best bathroom we've ever had on RCL as of now. DINING Here, we came onboard with a low expectation due to so many negative reviews on Cruise Critic. Within 30 minutes onboard, I was talking directly with the Sous Chef and maître d' of the Ship about the most recent Cruise Critic Reviews. They assured me they have been reading these and have taken action on some of the complaints, in particular the lack of western food options. It is true! The Windjammer had several "Western style options" throughout the cruise, including for breakfast scrambled eggs, omelets, hash browns, bacon and sausage. For lunch, standard options included hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and even spaghetti or Alfredo. Yes, there were several Asian options at the windjammer and MDR, but this was an Asian cruise! 75% of the passengers were Asian, so I was happy to experience some of the Asian cuisine, but pleased to have a few Western options to cater to me as well. Yes, the MDR had the same menu at all four restaurants (American Icon Grill and Silk are on deck 4, Grande and Chic are on Deck 3), but I thought it was fine. Towards the end of the cruise I did shift to more classic dishes, but I was happy to at least have the options for an Asian cruise! In the MDR, they do try to seat the international passengers in the same section. This was also RCL's way of addressing the critics. Smart move for sure! Once again, please realize this is a Cultural cruise, so you will need some order of patience, but it can get quite loud in the "local sections" which is why I definitely understand some of the separation that takes place. In addition, the Chinese liked to be served quickly, so the separation gives the international guests the chance to enjoy their meal without feeling rushed by the staff or other passengers. You do have the option to sit wherever you want, as a point I loved the MDR staff that served me, so we picked the same restaurant at Grande for a majority of the time. Did not eat at the speciality restaurants because we had family onboard with a budget, but we did have dinner one night at Coastal Kitchen and the food was outstanding! The staff were even kind enough to my request and brought my favorite dessert to the MDR each night because I couldn't go there for dinner (parents were not suite members). ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES Several previous negative reviews mentioned the lack of entertainment or activities, this is NOT TRUE! I also keep my compass' so if you would like to see them just message me, I'd be more than happy to show you an average day. There is plenty to do onboard, you just have to take the time to look at your compass or ask the staff. We spent most of our time at the Solarium (better layout than even Oasis or Allure) , the IFly and North Star are a must do, and we were really impressed with the Seaplex. There were more older people riding the bumper cars than the teens, very fun! Another note: Many previous reviews said bars were lacking or closed, but every bar that was onboard was open and available, with little to no waiting. HUGE PLUS: The best part of the cruise was going to the Solarium. You can easily find deck chairs all day long! There is no need to worry or rush about finding a chair while on an Asian cruise. 8am, or 1pm, it's easy getting chairs and enjoying all the pools anywhere onboard. Must see shows are Pixels, and Live, Love, Legs (wish they had this how on all the ships). SERVICES When I went to Guest Services, they were very helpful and friendly, stressed for sure, but mainly due to the cultural types of people onboard. Once again, patience by everyone is required here, but the staff went out of there way to help me. MDR service was good, get in line onetime per your sea pass card and you won't have any problems. In fact, the staff is there to greet you if you are one of the first ones in line. Within 20 minutes of the first seating, the line was always cleared out, so you never have to wait for long, once again showing up on time is key here. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS This was the one disappointment on the cruise, and hence the 4 stars. Our ports were Danang and Nha Trang Vietnam. For the Danang port, we did RCL's Past and Present Danag shore excursion. Overall, it was a decent excursion: You start by getting on an air conditioned bus with a guide, then they take you a museum that talks about the ancient kingdom in this particular area, some really need artifacts are there to check out. But you only have about 10 minutes to look around. Then they take you on a Vietnamese Tuk Tuk for a ride around the city, which was alot of fun. After that you get to stroll through a local market. However, you have zero time to do any shopping, because you're then moving to go back on the bus where you drive to marble mountain to see a ton of marble statues and stop at their marble store to pick up souvenirs) You then drive to a local resort for lunch. The buffet was VERY good and included wifi (lunch is about 30-40 min). We then drove to see a huge Buddha and Chinese Pagoda. Here again, you only have about 15 minutes. I literally had to leave my older family behind in order to run around like a madman grabbing photos as fast as I could in order to see everything and get back on the bus. After this sweat fest to say the least we cooled off on the bus as we drove back to the ship, with a quick (less than 5 minutes) stop at a local market. This was a good way to see Danang, but the whole tour was way too rushed and stressful to really enjoy. We definitely needed a few more hours overall to enjoy some of the sights, particularly the Buddha and Pagoda which was AMAZING. After that experience, we were quite exhausted, so the next day at Nha Trang we decided to stay onboard. RCL has to tender at Nha Trang, and the passengers booked with RCL for shore excursions had first priority off the ship. Most passengers didn't get off the ship until 10-11am, and all aboard was at 4pm, so there wasn't much time there. But people did like the port more than Danang, so there was a tradeoff. However, we had a great time being onboard, most of the facilities were still open so I took advantage of that, plus my all-inclusive drink package. All in all a very nice relaxing day. I know this review is long, but I wanted to counter some of the negative reviews. The ship is great, the staff is helpful and friendly (Challenged by the theater/area of the passengers), and easy to relax and be busy with activities. Ovation of the Seas is now our favorite ship in the RCL fleet, and if you want an outstanding coffee, just see Viraj from Mauritius in the Windjammer coffee bar, he can whip up a mean cappuccino! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate a significant birthday of a close friend, there was a party of 10. Overall we were very happy with this beautiful ship, and the excellent service we are used to on RCL. We had been on Ovation before, on ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate a significant birthday of a close friend, there was a party of 10. Overall we were very happy with this beautiful ship, and the excellent service we are used to on RCL. We had been on Ovation before, on her maiden voyage through the Panama Canal and loved it then. This time was perhaps not so good, for example the menu was the same in each of the 4 dining rooms, but we were told that the different menu concept was not popular. Also generally the food was not up to the usual standards. The ship left from and returned to Hong Kong, embarkation was efficient, but disembarkation was a mess. We later discovered there was traffic chaos in the city which could account for the long lines waiting for taxis. The ports in Japan were not the best (they did not really seem geared up for cruise ships) but we enjoyed Nagasaki which is very easy to get around on your own, and also Shimonoseki, where we took a very good ship's tour. Tha Japanese people we had interactions with were all friendly and helpful. Our family suite was fantastic, so roomy and comfortable, and our room attendant did a wonderful job. The production shows were of an excellent standard, especially Pixels in the fantastic Two70 venue. To sum up we would happily go on this ship again (we love the big ships, they have so much to offer) but probably not in the Asian region when the cruise lines are catering to a different demographic. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation took about 40 to 60 minutes. Had trouble initially on how the embarkation process starts. There were no signs on what to do. Bag drops in the middle of the hallway. Line was long but moving. The actual check in process was ... Read More
Embarkation took about 40 to 60 minutes. Had trouble initially on how the embarkation process starts. There were no signs on what to do. Bag drops in the middle of the hallway. Line was long but moving. The actual check in process was fast. 5 to 10 minutes. First time cruise with my wife on Ovation of the Seas May 6 to 11 Hong Kong to Vietnam back to HK. The ship is huge. Its only 2 years old and feels like it. You can feel that the ship is very well maintained as the areas of the ship are very clean including the public toilets. The ambience is very much like a 4 or 5 star hotel. The layout is also good as the promenade is at the center of the ship and the MDRs and dining options are close with each other. Entertainment venues however are in different areas of the ship. The cabin is quite adequate. Very comfortable bed. Large spaces for storage. Temp was quite cool. Balcony is large. Power outlets are ok. Desk is a little small. Toilet is a little small for me. Dining/Food - dining options are the Windjammer, Solarium, 4 MDRs and Cafe Two70. Quality of food is hit or miss. On some days there were delicious food and some days not good. Windjammer on 1st day was good the other times were average. Dinner at MDRs was average. They changed the menu to cater to chinese market and the best food i tasted was the lamb shank. Room service food was average for my wife order and good for my order. Some bread on snacks were rock hard. Pizza is ehh. Breakfast at Solarium was good though was the same every single day. However i truly enjoyed the drinks at the bars and bionic bar. Dined at Chops grille and Wonderland. Chops grille was very good. Wonderland was fantastic. The shining point for food on Ovation are the desserts. Entertainment - the entertainment on Ovation was great. From Pixels in Cafe Two70 to the royal theatre. Live Love Legs was spectacular. Pixels was great. Plenty of activities nightly. As it was geared towards the chinese market on this cruise there were plenty of karaoke and dancing activities throughout the day and night. iFly is a must for the adventurous and North star for a wonderful sight seeing experience. Service - Service was also good. From cabin attendant (Danny) and waiters at MDR and windjammer and Solarium. Shoutout to Indra in wonderland for exceptional service. good service also at bars and general staff. Everyone was quite friendly and helpful. Excursions - 1st excursion was to Hoi Ann. You will visit only the small town of Hoi Ann as the trip going there was 90 mins going and 90 mins back. The town itself was great but there are not too many spots in the tour for sightseeing. the tour of the town itself was only about less than 3 hours including lunch.Its mostly shops now and tourist traps for shopping. The lunch however was fantastic. 2nd excursion was to Nha Trang. We visited the large pagoda and the sleeping Buddha (Fantastic). A Hindu temple and an embroidery shop and a beach side restaurant. Overall, it was very nice cruise for me and my wife. A perfect balance of rest & relaxation and fun activities from tours and entertainment. As you can see from my ratings the food was not i was expecting. I expected better quality. And yes i will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I wanted to try cruising in Asia for a change and choose this cruise with Ovation of the Seas. I was on Quantum's maiden voyage in 2014, but hadn't been on the Quantum class since. It was nice to be back onboard. Ship in ... Read More
I wanted to try cruising in Asia for a change and choose this cruise with Ovation of the Seas. I was on Quantum's maiden voyage in 2014, but hadn't been on the Quantum class since. It was nice to be back onboard. Ship in general: Ovation has a nice and familiar atmosphere onboard, although I do prefer the layout on the Oasis class ships comparing to this one. There are many fun activities onboard, although in Asia they put a charge on some of them (like the Ripcord and the North Star). However, I had to try the North Star since it was mostly closed when I went on Quantum and I really wanted to try it this time. I really recommend a trip in it, it's a really unique experience. Very special to see the ship from above while on the sea... The Solarium area is great and it's also amazing that one of the main pool areas is with (removable) glass roof. In this case you preferred being there thanks to the AC, outside was simply too warm. In colder areas or rain it would also be appreciated. This is something Royal Caribbean should do on all their bigger ships. Stateroom: We had a Spa Junior Suite this time which was big and nice. The bathroom was great with both tub and a big shower with seat an light through a dimmed window to the livingroom. he balcony was a bit small, but we didn't use it much anyway because of the heat and humidity outside. The TV system is generally good, and I do appreciate to be able to see my cruise account on the tv. Royal caribbean recently started charging for room service except breakfast, I do not like this. Dining: Luckily for us we could dine in the Coastal Kitchen, which offered amazing service and great food. I'm very happy we didn't have to use the "main dining", which looked horrible with extreme ques just for choosing which restaurant you should be in (they all had the same, terrible, menu). So if you cruise from Hong Kong, do not stay in any other stateroom than Junior suite and up! Entertainment: The show's were average. Nothing very special about them. Ports: The first port was right in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Da Nang and Hui An. Bus to Da Nang took 1,5 h on not-so-good roads. Da Nang is a nice little town, though, as long as you get away from the tourists. In Nha Trang the ship is about 40 min walk from central parts. But already after 20 min the 7 km beach starts and you can find some really nice and cheap sunchairs. We didn't visit the actual city this time but were fine with the beach and a visit to the Aquarium close to the harbour where the tender boats come and go. Summary: I liked cruising in this part of the world for a change and would like to go again sometime, especially to Japan. But, as I said, nothing below Junior suit if you don't want to fight for your meals. I liked that most Asians respected the dress codes for Formal night, which the Europeans on Royal Carribean are horrible at. I recommend the Quantum class for anyone who wants something different. But personally I do prefer the Oasis class when it comes to the bigger ships. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We did a back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the last leg, Hong Kong to Yokohama. The Jewel is now quite old and in need of a refit but provides a good cruising experience with lounges and restaurants to suit all ... Read More
We did a back to back to back Sydney to Yokohama so this review is for the last leg, Hong Kong to Yokohama. The Jewel is now quite old and in need of a refit but provides a good cruising experience with lounges and restaurants to suit all tastes. Our inside cabin was adequate and our cabin steward did his best. Dining was generally good. The two main restaurants were fine, the buffet (Market cafe) often a scrum but the food was good. The speciality restaurants were good. Service was generally good, some outstanding, some poor. Entertainment became a bit samey but we were on the ship for 40 nights so that was to be expected. Ports on this leg of the cruise were great. We did not take any NCL excursions but seldom heard anything good from those who did take them so this is an area on this ship that NCL should look carefully at. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary (China & Japan were top of our list). Unfortunately, the itinerary changed several times before our departure, which took some of the shine off it (particularly the loss of an overnight ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary (China & Japan were top of our list). Unfortunately, the itinerary changed several times before our departure, which took some of the shine off it (particularly the loss of an overnight stop at Beijing, which left us with very little time in between travelling from and to the port where the ship was docked), and the removal of a stop in South Korea (although this one was down to Chinese legislation) Embarkation was a bit of a nightmare, previous cruises we have been on, after checking in we have moved into a seperate 'holding area' waiting to board, but on this occasion everybody seemed to be hanging around together, making things rather confusing, blocking routes, etc. Once onboard things did improve, with the good points being as follows:- The public areas were always clean, the entertainment was very good compared to other cruises we have been on, and the bars and restaurants were plentiful and well stocked. One huge plus was the freedom dining, which allowed us to eat at whatever time we desired, with quite a few options to choose from (we were a group of 4 and we only had to wait once for a table, and that was for less than 10 minutes at one of the smaller complimentary restaurants). However, there were some negatives, as follows:- We had pre-booked some speciality restaurants prior to the cruise, but when we attended our first booking we were told that ALL online reservations had been lost (somewhere in cyber space no doubt). They did accommodate us on that first date, but only after a 40 minute wait and a gentle reminder from me that we were still waiting for a table. This first visit to was 3 days into the cruise, surely they would have known by that time that there was a problem with online reservations, and surely they could have made some sort of announcement...?? (our other reservations were re-booked, and all 4 restaurants we ate in were excellent, so no complaints after that initial problem) Some of the bar staff were a little rude, especially when my wife went to the bar (we have never come accross this on previous cruises, where 99.9% of bar staff have been brilliant) and a few of the customer service staff were even worse (not very helpful at all, in fact) The cabin, although adequate, was difficult to manouevre around, and the overhead bunk was a nightmare for me as I banged my shoulder on it many times when getting out of bed, despite it being 'stowed away'. The cruise ship's policy for passing through customs in Japan left a lot to be desired. It was explained through a flyer that every passenger required a 'face to face' inspection with a customs officer (pretty standard stuff at most ports, airports etc, you'd think). but the ship decided it was so complicated, we were to disembark at our first stop at pre-determined intervals, starting with the upper decks and working down to the lower decks. Great if your cabin was on deck 13 or 14, not so great if your cabin was on deck 5, like ours. If we had stuck to the ships plan, we would have been doing our 'face to face' (i.e. going through customs) over 2 and a half hours after the first passengers were allowed off. As we had pre-booked a private tour (costing a lot of money) I visited customer services to inform them that our party WOULD be leaving the boat at the time we had agreed to meet our tour guide (i.e. the time which NCL had said we would be docking at the port and allowing people off). After declining a 'free phonecall' to our guide to say we would be over 2 hours late, followed by several visits to the desk, and a refusal to give in (hence the comment earlier about the unhelpful staff) it was agreed to let us off earlier than our 'scheduled' time (but we were asked not to advertise the fact, so as not to upset other passengers on lower decks I presume!). One other thing, which didn't affect us but needs mentioning, was the lack of information provided by NCL prior to the cruise with regards visas. Fortunately we had done some research beforehand, and knew we needed visas, but there were several people onboard who could not leave the boat whilst in China because they didn't. One couple, we heard, were in their 80's and it had been their lifelong ambition to visit China but, because they were unaware that a visa was required, they had to stay on the boat. We also heard that another couple had even been turned away at the airport, so they didn't even get to go on the cruise. Can't say for certain if these stories are true, but I do know there were an awful lot of people stuck onboard while we were in China. Now it could be said that it was the passengers fault for not doing their research (and I agree to a certain extent), but we did a cruise last year to Thailand and Vietnam (similar countries to China and Japan in my opinion) and all the visas for that trip were sorted by the cruise ship (we just had to deposit our passports, and our cruise card effectively became our visa and passport). To be truthfully honest, I thought it would be exactly the same on this cruise, and it was only through a stroke of luck that we discovered a visa for China was required, otherwise we would have also been trapped onboard. So I can fully understand why some people may have not known they needed a visa. Surely an email from NCL a month or two before the cruise would easily have solved this problem, or at least made everybody aware? I've rambled on about the negatives but to be honest, we still had a fabulous time, and the cruise ship was generally great. Nothing is ever perfect, but most of the issues above could have been avoided, which would have made this cruise almost ... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation was very fast. The porter accepted our luggage and all the luggage was delivered to the cabin without any delays. Aqua Class Cabin was on Deck 11 AFT. Aqua Class has it own dining room and some additional perks. There is ... Read More
Embarkation was very fast. The porter accepted our luggage and all the luggage was delivered to the cabin without any delays. Aqua Class Cabin was on Deck 11 AFT. Aqua Class has it own dining room and some additional perks. There is Concierge for Aqua Class. The Blu Dining room has a limited menu and the portions are smaller than the regular dining room. The Internet connection was very good. The Port of Incheon was fogged in and the ship could not leave. The ship arrived one day late to the Port of Tianjin (Beijing). The Port of Shanghai was closed due to fog and the ship was 8 hours late docking. The Captain and crew updated the passengers on the delay. One hour before docking the Wi Fi was disable and there was no way to contact anyone waiting at the port for the arrivals. The Entertainment was very good. The dining in all the restaurants were very good. The crew was outstanding. The tram service in Nagasaki made it very easy to visit the area of the Atomic Bomb. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I loved the itinerary of my cruise on the Volendam. I sailed from Singapore to Shanghai and discovered many unknown ports and countries. As far as the itinerary was concerned the trip exceeded expectations. As usual the crew from ... Read More
I loved the itinerary of my cruise on the Volendam. I sailed from Singapore to Shanghai and discovered many unknown ports and countries. As far as the itinerary was concerned the trip exceeded expectations. As usual the crew from Holland Amerika was great as well. However there are some improvements that could be made. Especially during the second leg of the trip, from Hong Kong to Shanghai, the customs forms were rarely delivered to my room. I had to make sure that I read the daily programm to be sure I would not miss out on something last minute. I know customs are very demanding in this part of the world but if you say you will deliver forms to people's staterooms you should do it. It went wrong at least three times in my case. I was also annoyed by the fact that the laundry I sent out came back with the same stains I had sent it in for. This is the problem if you cannot do laundry by yourself. I would have treated the stains before putting things in the machine, they obviously don't. Last but not least, the menu was quite often the same or maybe I should say that I saw the same dishes come back over and over again. There was less variation then I am used to from other cruises. HAL also seems to cut on things like a pen, a note pad and a picture of the ship in your room. The in-room breakfast also offered less choice than I had on other HAL ships. Maybe this comes because this is a smaller ship, maybe it is a budget cut. On the bright side though were the new bathrooms, I loved the walk in shower. What a great improvement. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I chose this cruise because of the timing and the ports. It was my first trip to the far east and I wanted to see Vietnam in particular. I booked Aqua class and got a very good deal. Celebrity threw in a drink package which was very ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the timing and the ports. It was my first trip to the far east and I wanted to see Vietnam in particular. I booked Aqua class and got a very good deal. Celebrity threw in a drink package which was very nice. My cabin was a standard cruise ship cabin with a balcony, beds, good closet room and a couch. The shower was big for a cruise ship shower so there was no problem showering comfortably. The cabin steward was very nice and took good care of us. Some of the reviews I had read complained about the ship, but I really liked it. There was live music that rotated around, and I liked to have drinks in Cellar Masters and the Martini Bar. I swam in all the pools, indoor and outdoor. I particularly liked the Thalassotherapy pool in the solarium. I used the personal trainer on the ship and he was very good. The gym was smaller than on some of the newer ships but it suited my purposes fine. For dinner, we dined in Blu most nights. It was my first cruise without a fixed table and the same waiter every night. But Blu is small and intimate, so we got to know the whole staff there and they were great. The food in Blu was quite good, particularly the filet mignon that we had on the first night. I bought a specialty restaurant package and we really enjoyed Qsine, so we ended up going there 3 times. The food was creative, delicious and well presented, and the wait staff was great. We also tried Tuscan Grille but that was a big disappointment in terms of the food, though the service was very good. We had been eating so many steaks that I decided to go with an Italian dish - lasagna. It was a very poor quality dish, probably comparable to what might be served at a lower end chain restaurant. It had almost no pasta, was dry, and the sauce was poor quality. The food in the buffet was good, but I found the atmosphere there to be chaotic, worse than other cruises I have been on. I think it had to do with the demographics of the ship's passengers, with many more people than I am used to taking their meals primarily in the buffet. It was difficult to get a table most of the time unless it was a real off hour. We also tried Sushi on 5 and I liked it, though I didn't have sushi. This was a pretty demanding cruise in terms of the tours. Most cities we visited were some distance from the port, which meant long days off the ship. As a result, I didn't get much into the entertainment on this ship so I can't really rate it. I found the service to be very good throughout and never had an issue. On one previous cruise (not Celebrity), I had an issue with bar service, but not on this ship. The waiters, bartenders and the cabin steward provided very good service. I chose this cruise for the ports and I really liked the tours we got in each port. At Halong Bay, I decided to skip Hanoi because of the distance, and I preferred not to stay there overnight since I wanted to see the Halong Bay caves, which were magnificent. We also had a very educational tour of the Red River Delta and Haiphong. At the Danang port, I agonized between seeing Hue and Hoi An, and decided on Hoi An because I wanted a bike tour. It turned out to be a good decision since Hue got torrential rains that day while the Hoi An tour had perfect weather. Hoi An is a real tourist spot but quite pleasant and has some very nice example of pre-French Vietnamese architecture. Saigon was the most interesting port in Vietnam. I had wanted to see it for a long time, and I really enjoyed seeing the spots I have long read about -- the former Presidential Palace, the city museum, the site of the former US Embassy and then the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden. The people throughout Vietnam were so friendly, including the children who were wonderful. The whole visit there was a great experience. In Taiwan, we saw Tainan at the first port (Kaohsiung), Taroko Gorge at the second port (Hualien) and Taipei at the thrid port (Keelung). It was interesting to learn some Taiwanese history, especially that it has only been Chinese for about 300 years and prior to that was inhabited by people closely related to the aborigines. At Taroko Goge, I was expected a hike through the park, but it turned out to be more of a series of bus stops (along with a million other buses) to take some photos and get back on the bus - a very geriatric tour. If I had it to do again, I would arrange a private tour that would hopefully involve more of a hike away from mobs of tourists. In Taipei, I really loved Taipei 101, which was not expected. I thought it would just be a visit to a random high building, but it was beautifully done and had a lot to see. I could have spent the whole day there, and we enjoyed a great lunch/dinner at a restauratn in the building. Our Hong Kong tours were very good also. When I first arrived, I had not been thrilled with Hong Kong because I didn't see the right things. The daytime tour took us all around Hong Kong, including to Stanley and around Repulse Bay, plus up to Victoria's Peak, so I got a much better rounded view and got to really like it. We also took a night tour to see the laser show and back up to the peak. Hong Kong has a magnificent skyline at night, with the buildings' colors and displays changing and dynamic. Unfortunately, for both trips up to the peak, it was foggy and the view was poor (as in non-existent), but that was beyond anybody's control. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first Celebrity Cruise but we have cruised with other cruise companies in the past. If I’m being honest I have to say that I expected a bit more from a 5* company especially with regards to the food in the main dining room. ... Read More
This was our first Celebrity Cruise but we have cruised with other cruise companies in the past. If I’m being honest I have to say that I expected a bit more from a 5* company especially with regards to the food in the main dining room. The positives were definitely the places we visited in Vietnam and Taiwan (which we loved) and also Hong Kong. I see that Captain Alex gets lots of comments about being seen around the ship but my husband didn’t see him once and I only saw him once at the opening of the sale in the shop. He wasn’t there when we disembarked but we were one of the last. His announcements are very amusing. Ourselves and most of the other guests we chatted to or dined with were disappointed with the food in the MDR. It was often cold and not worthy of a 5* ship. The starters were very poor most nights and we weren’t impressed with the desserts and mostly chose from the standard choices were were offered every night. The size of the portion of vegetables was tiny but we did find out that you could ask for extra veg and when someone on our table did it was always broccoli and green beans. Food in the Oceanview buffet was excellent. Lots of choice at breakfast and lunch. We ate there one evening towards the end of the cruise and wished we had done it more often as we enjoyed our meal more than most of the meals we’d had in the MDR. Cafe Bacchio served great coffee and cakes and was a lovely place to go in the afternoon when you returned from a trip or for a nice coffee after dinner. ( coffee in MDR wasn’t nice ) The crew everywhere from your cabin steward to the little girl on the hand gel going into the buffet and those on the public desks were all brilliant and very helpful. We saw some amazing places met some lovely people and overall had a brilliant time but not sure that we would pay Celebrity prices in the future. Being from the UK we have had better food and entertainment on the smaller ships like Thomson and Fred Olsen. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Recently back from this 14 night cruise via Phillipines, Borneo and Brunei. Overall a very good trip. This is our second cruise with Windstar, and they certainly run a quality operation. The whole crew are friendly and helpful, and ... Read More
Recently back from this 14 night cruise via Phillipines, Borneo and Brunei. Overall a very good trip. This is our second cruise with Windstar, and they certainly run a quality operation. The whole crew are friendly and helpful, and you are greeted by name within few days. Lovely cabins, we had a balcony suite, which was spacious, and well appointed, and it was lovely to be able to see the sea from our bed, or our bath! Our cabin was midships, which I would recommend. Some passengers at the lower front of the ship reported bad seasickness, and lots of noise, particularly on the first night which was rough. We found the food excellent, with plenty of choice and variety. The one thing lacking is decent evening atmosphere. Two singing duos were playing each night in two separate venues- one indoor and one on deck. Trouble is the older passengers go to bed early, so the smallish number of people looking for entertainment are spread between the two venues, which means both lack any real atmosphere. Not sure why you would want to be inside when you could be outside in the balmy weather - makes more sense to me to have one venue open at a time dependent on the weather. Compared to other small cruise lines, there was little opportunity to dance apart from at one of the deck bbqs which was very near the end of the cruise. Would have liked this opportunity sooner, as it made for a great atmosphere. The excursions are pretty pricey. We held back from the visit to a beach including lunch for $129 US each! You can usually organise your own excursion, or just take the tender, or shuttle bus into the town and have a mosey round yourself. The Philippines are pretty new to the cruise circuit, we did not see any other cruise ships after the first couple of days. Bear in mind that this country is poor, and Manila in particular is pretty grim, but there are some lovely small islands, lagoons, and beaches too. Overall would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The agenda and celebritycruises are our favourite cruise company. We were not disappointed, it was one of their older ships could say classic and also a very friendly ship all kept very nice with good staff.Jun Jun our cabin attendant was ... Read More
The agenda and celebritycruises are our favourite cruise company. We were not disappointed, it was one of their older ships could say classic and also a very friendly ship all kept very nice with good staff.Jun Jun our cabin attendant was excellent and always asking of there was anything he could do for us making sure our cabin was kept nice and clean. Not many children on this cruise so not sure if there would be enough things to keep them occupied on this ship not much activities that you would get on newer and larger ships. This size ship suited us very well no complaints the restaurant bleu would give it 10 plus. The other dining options were also good. Must give a mention about captain Alex the best on any cruise we have been on. His good morning announcement was always pleasant and with good humour. He kept a good ship which followed down to all his crew. The ports on this agenda are a long way from itineraries so can be tiring the excursions from celebritycruises can be expensive private tours are cheaper and probably better but take into account traveling back to the ship. Would travel again with celebrity on the millennium and any of their fleet. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Hongkong and Bangkok as start and ending point. Seeing a new country (Vietnam) and a beach day in Thailand. A little bit of everything. Ship hat fabulous locations for ports, in HK one could walk to Kowloon. In Saigon one could walk to ... Read More
Hongkong and Bangkok as start and ending point. Seeing a new country (Vietnam) and a beach day in Thailand. A little bit of everything. Ship hat fabulous locations for ports, in HK one could walk to Kowloon. In Saigon one could walk to the center of town. In Bangkok it was 15 min by cab. Just make sure to leave the harbor and get a normal taxi. The once in the Harbor are a ripoff. Only the Hanoi stopp was awfully far from the city so we did the Halong Bay instead. Very impressive landscape. As it is a small ship, embarkation/disembarkartion was smoth. Even wenn tendering. Always room in the restaurants, seldom a line at the ones with buffet. Sevice as extremely nice, from the Stateroom attendants to the waiters. Food is good but a bit old-fashioned. Missed Red Ginger from the other ships where one can get some spicy Asian food. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this itinerary because of the ports. We loved every port and all were unique. It was especially fun to be there while each country was celebrating the Chinese and Lunar New Year. The towns were beautifully decorated and ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because of the ports. We loved every port and all were unique. It was especially fun to be there while each country was celebrating the Chinese and Lunar New Year. The towns were beautifully decorated and festive. It was different embarking and then having an extra day in town to explore. Embarkation was smooth and quick, very organized. The ship Millennium is in dire need of updating. We saw so many maintenance issues. The excuses were the ship will be going out for renovation in the next 2 years. They need to make it sooner. There were screws missing from the handles in the public bathrooms, so there was concern the handle might come off and your stuck! Bolts were missing from the metal frame around the door in bathrooms. Our cabin was great except the light and rim that was hanging down and we could see the wiring. I reported and was told, "there aren't any extra parts available." Our interactive menu on the TV didn't work until 3 days prior to leaving. We reported numerous times and had 3 different remotes. The MDR was great and we had 2 exceptional waiters - Andi and Candida. They were awesome, as well as the Sommelier Tes. She was constantly there for us and a delight. The 2 best martini bartenders - Maria and Gusti were awesome as well. The food in the MDR was great with lots of variety. Everyone at our table was happy with their meals, except one night, but it was a fluke. Our cabin steward - Gabriel was wonderful. Attentive, polite and always available with whatever we needed. The casino only had the bartender and could have used more staff to walk around and take drink orders from players at the table and slots. More staff is needed in the Ocean View too. They all work so hard and Celebrity needs to hire more, not give them more duties. The entertainment was really good with lots of variety, as well as Paul and Valentina were awesome! We booked our own tours and had wonderful guides and just immersed ourselves in to each town. Fabulous, fabulous food and keeping the groups small make it so much nicer to see sights and have time to explore. Our favorite cities were Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. We really like Hanoi as well, but didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked due to the traffic and travel time. Super long day, but worth it to go into Hanoi. We did Hong Kong and Singapore on our own using either the MTR and occasional taxi. Easy to get around and MTR is cheap, quick and super clean in both cities. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Celebrity Millenium 14 night Asia Immersion cruise Embarkation took 30 mins. Then we were welcomed onboard with champagne & mimosa on a red carpet. (We expected this, having been on its identical sister ship Celebrity ... Read More
Celebrity Millenium 14 night Asia Immersion cruise Embarkation took 30 mins. Then we were welcomed onboard with champagne & mimosa on a red carpet. (We expected this, having been on its identical sister ship Celebrity Constellation.) Our oceanview room was comfy & spacious, but the bath cubicle was small. We had the Classic unlimited alcoholic drinks package, so I decided to try out their amazing array of cocktails. The Lido poolside bar was empty & the bartender gave me his signature drink in a jiffy, with a smile. In fact throughout the cruise, the bartender service was impeccable. They were really keen to serve us, cos as one bartender said, everytime we slash our sea pass, they earn 18% gratuity (paid by Celebrity & NOT charged to us--very nice). All cocktails were good, though the alcohol content was 45ml. If you wanted to add more Vodka or Triple Sec, they would gladly oblige (and slash your card once again). It was symbiotic--the more (free) drinks you order, the happier the bartender! Drinks service was very quick, esp at the Casino bar, Sunset bar & Poolside. Only the Martini bar had very slow service, since it was always crowded (not the bartenders fault) Unlike Constellation, on the first day, they was NO liquer sampling. But it didnt matter, cos we had the Classic alcoholic package. The special discount offers on alcohol purchase (in the duty free shops on deck 5), were much better than those at duty free airports in Singapore & H.K.. They also had a ladies hat, shawl & handbag sale (really cheap, only $40 for 5, mix & match) Every morning, on the way to the buffet breakfast, there were pretty girls waiting to give you a FREE sampler head massage. Yes, every morning! The cruise director Paul was outstanding & so was his deputy, Valentina. Paul conducted the game shows exceptionally well & was always witty & cheerful. He introduced all the entertainers every night. At every port, he would wait at the exit to greet the passengers & help, if required. Valentina wore stilts & a Chinese costume to entertain the crowd at the grand poolside Chinese New Year dance party. She also conducted the social media classes ( Facebook, WhatsApp, etc), some gameshows & trivia. In 14 days, we had only 3 grand shows, (this is the ONLY reason I deducted 1 star, as we expected more shows on a 14 day cruise) The other 11 days had a movie night (Billy Jean King's life story), a Phil Collins tribute singer, a Stevie Wonder tribute singer, a lovely Jamaican singer (Monique), a Vietnamese lady pianist (Van Anh Nyugen), a lady violinist (Inna Tolstova), a singing trio from US, the Mersey boys quartet from UK, a comedy juggler, an acrobatic couple, a comedian (Funny Bones). So, every night was taken care of. The 3 shows--iBroadway, Boogie Wonderland & Elyssium; were 45-50 mins each & truly amazing, easily of Broadway standard. 4 of the 12 performers posed for pics after each show. But they didn't mingle or dance with the passengers (like they did in Constellation). They also performed a small act on the pool deck & in the Cosmos lounge, in addition to the 3 main shows. For Chinese New Year, Celebrity even had a special Chinese dragon dance. The Cruise director Paul dressed magnificently like a Chinese Emperor & posed with all passengers. The passenger vs crew (in full uniform) pool volleyball game was a blast! Unfortunately, very few showed up or seemed interested in the enrichment health & fitness lectures. The fitness trainer who spoke on health & detoxification, was repititive. She spoke the same thing at every lecture. The buffet lunch had a lot of variety & was very satisfying. There were 6 diff. flavours of icecream & frozen yoghurt, which kept changing daily! Exotic flavors like cherry, pecan, peach, apricot, dark chocolate, banana, strawberry, etc In the main dining room, the service was good, but food was below par. Often we left after starters. The desserts were also ordinary & TOO SWEET. The buffet had better food & a lot more variety both for lunch & dinner. The cruise itinerary was well planned, with 5 sea days & 9 port days--2 Hong Kong, 2 Halong bay, 1 HoiAnn /Hue /Danang, 1 Ho Chi Minh, 2 Pattaya & 1 Singapore; so enough time for sightseeing at all ports. Overall I do recommend this cruise. We got a good deal, Love & God bless, drsel Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary plus our experience on a previous cruise on Riviera. A big plus was that Nautica, being a small ship, was able to dock close to several of the city centres rather than at the more distant ports. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary plus our experience on a previous cruise on Riviera. A big plus was that Nautica, being a small ship, was able to dock close to several of the city centres rather than at the more distant ports. Sailing out of Hong Kong harbour from Ocean Terminal after dark was a an amazing sight and a cruise highlight. Several overnights in port made it possible to take two shore trips per port. As anticipated, the food was great in all dining venues, especially at the Polo Grill. We appreciated room service breakfast on days when we had an early start for shore excursions. We like open dining times, being able to dine whatever time we feel like, and enjoyed sharing tables sometimes. The wine prices were very high, but we made good use of happy hour pre dinner drinks. The enrichment lectures we went to (4) we very good. Attended only 2 evening shows, but both were very good given the small number of the entertainment crew. Embarkation didn’t go as expected. We arrived 15 mins after embarkation began but found everything at a standstill, with nowhere to sit while we waited for action, around 30 mins. Were told later that we were kept inside for warmth, as it was unusually cold outside. Once the line started moving all went well. Disembarkation was seamless. Service in all areas of the ship was excellent, and courtesy was shown by everyone from the Captain down. We didn’t do any ship’s excursions, partly because they were so expensive, and partly because we prefer small group excursions. We organised our own trips or joined some organised by others via Cruise Critic. A little disappointed with the lack of a Concierge lounge on this smaller ship. Otherwise this was a great cruise, and if we cruise again we are likely to choose Oceana. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We did choose this cruise for the ports of call selection (Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Da Nang - for Hue, Nha Trang, Phu My - for Saigon, Shianokville - for the beaches, Laem Chabang - for Bankok, Ko Samui - for temples and the beaches and ... Read More
We did choose this cruise for the ports of call selection (Hong Kong, Halong Bay, Da Nang - for Hue, Nha Trang, Phu My - for Saigon, Shianokville - for the beaches, Laem Chabang - for Bankok, Ko Samui - for temples and the beaches and Singapore. Overall, not too many days "at the sea" and nice ports of call selections. Good start and end ports (where you can come in earlier or stay more at the end - like three days for each) to you can better see and experience both Hong Kong and Singapore. The ship is not in a good shape anymore. The food is about average (the same food choice over and over again, day after day). The Lido on this ship closes at 8 pm (not at 9 pm as on other Holland America ships). The late dining takes way too long (one hour is the minimum - going up to 1.5 or 2 hrs) as they did cut on cooks and waiters as well - so be prepared to wait for your food if you want each night dining experience. We skipped the dining experience for the last couple of days as it was too long for getting the food. As usual, shore excursions as overpriced, but if you do your homework in advance - you can get at least 1/2 price if not even better. These are interesting ports of call - so the cruise is worth although it has all these issues (mentioned above). The late night entertainment was sub par (only 3 good shows in 14 days). Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
3 star Mariners and prefer HAL to cruise due to service and food. We like how the staff is treated. If you are looking for good entertainment than you need to look elsewhere. This was our first time in this area of the world. This was also ... Read More
3 star Mariners and prefer HAL to cruise due to service and food. We like how the staff is treated. If you are looking for good entertainment than you need to look elsewhere. This was our first time in this area of the world. This was also part of an around the world trip for my husband and I - mostly on our own. We flew into Hong Kong and spent 3 nights in the city. The day of embarkation we took a taxi from our location to the pier which is easy to get to by taxi. Check in ran relatively smoothly except the person helping us didn't seem to know what she was doing. Others didn't have any issues. The wait room was very large and comfortable. Disembarking went extremely well and very organized. Holland America line is an excellent line for cruising. Food is always excellent and service is superb. This particular cruise was just ok as far as the port of calls. If you want to see this area and like cruising then it is easy to do. Lots of different options and cultural things to do on the excursions. Our favorite was Halong Bay. Beautiful location. We chose to do Bangkok on our own and had no problem. Arriving in Singapore we choose to be picked up by our hotel which was easy. Singapore was another favorite stop. Extremely beautiful city and very easy to get around on the MTR. However, we would probably not do this particular section of the world again. Our preference appears to be more European locations for the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Celebrity (the first was New Zealand and Australia). The idea of this cruise was introduce wife and kids (Girl 13, Boy 15) to Asia while retaining the comfort of the cruise ship. Object was achieved and some lessons learnt along the way. We had connecting rooms but could have had a family room without much impact. Recommendations: 1. If you can get on-board internet as part of the booking bundle do it for the kids only. The kids used it a lot. It wasn't always the best but kept them connected. Our only gave them one device at a time but that was enough and gave us a way to look things up when needed. 2. Only do ship planned trips if you don't have a lot of time in port. We only did one on a day which were departing at 5pm. Doing a ship tour means sharing the experience with a lot of people. That "experience" can also mean that you are sharing a single toilet with two bus loads of passengers. This slows the process down and usually means that not all of the planned activities are completed. 3. Where you can, do research and plan your own on-shore excursions. When in doubt just organise a car for the day. Very reasonable in Thailand and Vietnam. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the taxi network works well and they both have an amazing public transport system. Just pick a couple of sights that you want to see and lock in an agenda that works for your family. We did one excursion in Thailand with a couple from Canada which meant there was six of us in a mini bus with your own driver. Worked great. The trick is to book in a price before getting port, which is why the kids wifi helped so much. 4. Where you can book something before you travel independently. We booked an excursion from this company below and it was our highlight in Vietnam. http://besttoursinvungtau.weebly.com 5. Encourage the kids to get involved in the kids club. On Celebrity there aren't as many kids but that actually works well as they form a small but tight group. Usually we didn't see the kids for lunch and about 50% of dinners. The kids love the buffet whist we enjoyed the Main Restaurant. 6. Local currency. Do change currency for any port that you are visiting. Don't expect that the local ATMs will work as more often than not, they don't. At the end of the trip and if you are not planning on returning, tip the cruise staff in the left over currency. Hope that helps. Enjoy Asia, my family did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Celebrity wins again - a great break on the high seas! This was our second cruise with Celebrity and our first on the Millennium or "Millie" as her crew affectionately call her. She's an old girl, at 18 years, but maintained ... Read More
Celebrity wins again - a great break on the high seas! This was our second cruise with Celebrity and our first on the Millennium or "Millie" as her crew affectionately call her. She's an old girl, at 18 years, but maintained pretty well and the crew, led from the front by the lively, charming Capt Alex Papadopoulos, take a real pride in introducing her cruise guests to all aspects of her workings - from the immaculately clean galley (kitchens) churning out excellent food daily - to the hi tech bridge. Capt Alex says Kalamari to all his cruise passengers ... at first I thought he was offering me a squid sandwich but it turned out to be "Good Morning" in Greek. Excellent on board entertainment in the fantastic Celebrity Theatre, led by Steve, the friendly and experienced Cruise Director and Sam, the lovely Entertainments Coordinator, meant that we looked forward to our evenings on board, even when the sea was a bit bumpy. We saw first class shows every night, magicians, singers, dancers and comedians - all first rate. Despite poor weather - pouring rain in Hong Kong on departure, and overcast cloudy weather in Vietnam - we had a great time anyway - meeting interesting fellow cruisers on board, dancing to the excellent ship's band Head Start - and learning from informative excursions led by enthusiastic local guides. Our only real disappointment was that this huge cruise liner had to anchor in deep water ports some two hours or more away from the major cities on the itinerary and so a lot of the excursion time off the ship took place on coaches hurtling at high speed past fascinating sites, rather than having sufficient time to wander round these exotic destinations to explore at a more leisurely pace. That aside, highly recommended - but perhaps not the best for singles, who did not seem to have as much fun as we couples were having. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Took this cruise because of the time and the itinerary. Exactly what we were looking for. Have traveled with Celebrity on the Infinity in the past and had a great experience. I thought the crew and staff top to bottom was amazing. I ... Read More
Took this cruise because of the time and the itinerary. Exactly what we were looking for. Have traveled with Celebrity on the Infinity in the past and had a great experience. I thought the crew and staff top to bottom was amazing. I don't eat in the buffet so I can't rate it. Coffee bar was great and the ship could have used another one. Other services were plentiful and of quite decent quality. Enjoyed QSine but it's not for everyone..check the menu. Tuscany was boring to me but others liked it. The entertainment was really fun. Silent disco, good house band, orchestra and performers were entertaining...not broadway but not off key, either! The ship is worn out. Air quality is poor from bad air conditioning and doors stick and swell. Carpets are dirty and worn and decor is painfully dated. Felt our aft cabin at the concierge level was well appointed...if only the AC had worked properly! Embarkation and disembark was phenomenal and immigration was kept as efficient as it could have possibly been. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The destinations were perfectly suited to our curiosity. Overall we were very pleased with the trip and the service was excellent. Steve, the Program Director, is one of the best we have ever had. We would have liked to have had more local ... Read More
The destinations were perfectly suited to our curiosity. Overall we were very pleased with the trip and the service was excellent. Steve, the Program Director, is one of the best we have ever had. We would have liked to have had more local cuisine in the main dining room and unfortunately most of the seafood was over cooked. The departure from Hong Kong required us to all converge on the upper deck to go through immigration before departure. The scene was chaos and unorganized. As a result many of us missed most of the mandatory lifeboat process. Lots of choices for ship shore excursions and we enjoyed our choices. In particular, we enjoyed the bicycle tour through the garden plots in Denang. Entertainment included a wide variety of options. We added some extra days at each end of cruise and this was very helpful as there is so much to enjoy in all the ports. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South East Asia and we had previously cruised on Celebrity Silhouette and loved it. We were aware that the Millennium is a smaller and older ship and so were prepared for it to be a step down ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit South East Asia and we had previously cruised on Celebrity Silhouette and loved it. We were aware that the Millennium is a smaller and older ship and so were prepared for it to be a step down from the S-class ships. It was smaller as expected and has fewer specialty dining restaurants and bars. However, we found that the layout of the ship to be very nice and the public areas to be very open and inviting, not tired at all. We particularly enjoyed spending time in the el Bacio café and in the Martini and Cellar Masters bars.The food was good, but maybe not quite as good as last time. The Oceanview food is varied and nice. I love how they cook meat or stir fry to order. However, I did not like how the buffet is set up. It goes around and around in one long line, rather than being set up in open plan stations. Some areas are tucked away and we did not realise they were there till half way through the cruise. The main dining room is fine and the food is presented well and good quality. We did find the choices each day very similar and over two weeks it was a bit boring for our tastes. To counter this we often chose to eat at the speciality restaurants which are all excellent with fantastic service. (Tuscan Grill, Qsine, Sushi on Five). The service in general is generally good. There were a few hiccups e.g warm soft drinks, but staff rectified these when asked. The drink service in the theatre was slow as the staff are busy so get a drink from the bar before you go in. The entertainment was excellent and better than on the Silhouette. The shows are all fun and entertaining and there are lots of musicians around the shop. The only exception is the house band who unfortunately were laughably bad. Our room was similar as previous and while not luxurious was a good size with a nice balcony and adequate storage. Our steward was friendly and quick to deal with queries and problems. Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and efficient, but some of the immigration and passport checks at ports and on ship need more organisation as they often took a long time - especially when departing Hong Kong. Port excursions were interesting, but I would not recommend taking the trip to Hanoi. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to get away over the Christmas and New Year period. We had been to Taipei before, and wanted to see the other places on the Itinerary in Taiwan. We have been on Millennium before, but felt that the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to get away over the Christmas and New Year period. We had been to Taipei before, and wanted to see the other places on the Itinerary in Taiwan. We have been on Millennium before, but felt that the food on the ship is not as good as previously. The staff and service were excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation were both smooth, similarly getting the tender and getting off the ship at every port went very well. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas and had lots of Christmas activities for both adults and children. We are Elite members and the Club host Graham, was the best host we have ever had on any ship in the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean fleet. He was at the Club every night to greet us, gave us lots of information re the ports of call, and was in the lounge to organise our departure from the ship on the last morning. This was a vast contrast to a previous Millennium cruise in March/April 2016, the club hostess was in attendance on the first night, and after that we did not see her until the morning of departure from the ship. Thank you very much Graham for your excellent service. In spite of hearing lots of negatives about transport from the ship, we walked straight out of the baggage area into a taxi without any wait at all. The Captain of the vessel was simply great. He is what I would call a high profile Captain and as well as attending many functions, he was in the port building on disembarkation to personally farewell every passenger. We enjoyed our cruise, met lots of lovely people from all parts of the world and Celebrity did a wonderful job in ensuring everyone had a happy Christmas and New Year. What more could you ask? Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Recommended by friends. Very disappointed with the wines. I’ve been told how good they were in the past but I know other passengers were disappointed also. I have booked another cruise and giving Azamara another chance to improve ... Read More
Recommended by friends. Very disappointed with the wines. I’ve been told how good they were in the past but I know other passengers were disappointed also. I have booked another cruise and giving Azamara another chance to improve their wines. Good Australian wines are not at all expensive. Apart from that I enjoyed the cruise with Azamara I like more than one day in ports and chose this cruise for that reason as well as the destinations. Eric de Gray is one one of your best assets. Edina in the restaurants was always so friendly and willing to serve us with a smile. Enjoyed Agnes Lee’s Bridge sessions. Our cabin was serviced to our expectations We could dine whenever we liked and sitting with different people in the Discovery Dining was so good. Our Excursion to Hanoi was a big disappointment. Azamazing evening was very good but too much food was offered at the venue. We had eaten on the ship and didn’t know there would be so much food offered. A waste of so much food as we didn’t have any. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017

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