10 Hong Kong Fitness Cruise Reviews

Just did a 6 days Hong Kong Vietnam Cruise, 2 adults with kids 9 and 11. It was our second cruise. Very glad we choose the PALACE SUITE upgrade, and this particular World Dream cruise-ship. The room is fantastic with a huge bathroom, ... Read More
Just did a 6 days Hong Kong Vietnam Cruise, 2 adults with kids 9 and 11. It was our second cruise. Very glad we choose the PALACE SUITE upgrade, and this particular World Dream cruise-ship. The room is fantastic with a huge bathroom, much storage and an easy-to-fold down sleeper for the kids while the ship is less then a year old having cost almost a billion USD (build in Germany). The Palace VIP upgrade comes with many perks, e.g.: • Personal butler for your room available 6 x 15 hours. Can call her/him from anywhere on the ship to sort out small issues/make bookings/a lost bag/etc. • access to the VIP/PALACE area which covers about 1/3rd of the ship in the front. Economy class passengers do not have access to this area. The buffet restaurant (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper till 2am) is fantastic with great views/service/food. No need to queue here (while in economy obtaining a lobster requires strong elbows and immaculate timing Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was along awaited trip to the far east and inparticular first time visits to Hong Kong and Singapore, where my parents lived for 20 years The ship moored ocernight in both Hong Kong and Singapore which along with a few days in ... Read More
This was along awaited trip to the far east and inparticular first time visits to Hong Kong and Singapore, where my parents lived for 20 years The ship moored ocernight in both Hong Kong and Singapore which along with a few days in hotels gave us time to explore Singapore is the most beatiful city and so accessible by road, river and train Whilst the Millenium is clearly in need of a refit, the crew make up for this with service in every are being top class My wife has food allergies and the restaurant staff were brilliant at getting this right each night, this coupled with a very attentive wine waiter and some great company each night made for memorable dining We haven't been on many cruises (5) but the entertainment on this ship was the best! A superb ships company gave stunning shows in the main theater and the cosmos lounge. The guest artist were all top qaulity and very varied West end eat your heart out, where else can you be served a gin and tonic in your seat. Our captain (nicolaos was the ,most visible w ehave seen attending losts of the vents and being available for chats / feedback and I'm sure that helped with the overall culture onboard The only negative is the need to charge so much for wifi on board, nearly $30 a day for access is ridiculous, todays traveller expects to be connected 24/7 - even on holiday Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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
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
I am 25 yr old, traveling alone, and on my first ever cruise. Couldn't have been more impressed with the Azamara Journey. There isn't one single category (crew, amenities, food, security, rooms, atmosphere, activities, land ... Read More
I am 25 yr old, traveling alone, and on my first ever cruise. Couldn't have been more impressed with the Azamara Journey. There isn't one single category (crew, amenities, food, security, rooms, atmosphere, activities, land excursions, etc.) that I can criticize. I was the youngest solo traveler on the ship but was far from forgotten! The crew took time to get to know me and it wasn't long before I was being called by name everywhere I went and they had my food/drink preferences down. There was a large variety of land excursions at each port, and a lot of activities put together by Taylor (activities manager) for those remaining on the ship. Entertainment on the ship was excellent! Eric (cruise director) is VERY GOOD at what he does. The ship's officers, including Captain Johannes, were out and about getting to know the guests which, to me, is very important. The food was outstanding on all levels, from snacks in the cafes, the buffet, and all the way up to fine dining in Prime C and Aqualina. Cleanliness and presentation of the facilities and staterooms was excellent. All in all, Azamara blew me away. I did zero research on the ship before booking this cruise, but from here on out Azamara is the only ship I will choose. Every guest I met on the ship were all experienced cruisers and said Azamara is by far the best. Already booked my next cruise for November on Azamara Journey! Cheers! :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We felt in love with cruising after our retirement. This was our second time with Royal Caribbean. Because this Ovation Of The Seas, advertised as a mega new ship, my husband and I would like to have a go as we have never been on such ... Read More
We felt in love with cruising after our retirement. This was our second time with Royal Caribbean. Because this Ovation Of The Seas, advertised as a mega new ship, my husband and I would like to have a go as we have never been on such sized ship before. A wrong decision, extremely disappointed. Compared with Princess, Holland American and Celebrity cruises etc what we had in the past, this mega ship was no better than the Costa Victoria. Dining was hopeless, portions served in the main restaurants were small , [though we could do the double helping]. For example, lamb shank, it was originally small in size, but they cut the shank into half to serve on the plate, never seen on any ship before. The buffet area was like a battle field, food was ordinary , stir fry meat, fried rice, noodle and some oriental stews. The salad greens were the best among all. Something like sausages meat loaf served as carvery and one night we had roast pork belly. Cooked vegies was not enough. Over all, far from our expectation. Apart from that, the quality of the passengers was another problem. It was a big relief for us once we disembarked and vowed never again ! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We had taken a 10 day land tour of China first and then boarded the Millenium in Hong Kong. Unfortunately it was cold and very foggy so we could not see much of Hong Kong. The ship was quite nice though smaller than some of the other ... Read More
We had taken a 10 day land tour of China first and then boarded the Millenium in Hong Kong. Unfortunately it was cold and very foggy so we could not see much of Hong Kong. The ship was quite nice though smaller than some of the other ships. We continued on to Vietnam, visiting Hanoi, Saigon and Halong Bay. Halong Bay was a site to behold. The bay is strewn with quite spectacular rock formations and one of the houses a cave. Hanoi is a bustling city and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is very modern. The markets are something else! Never seen one like the Chinese market in Saigon! By now the weather was definitely warm. We continued on to Thailand. Bangkok was great a there is such a mixture of new and old! The Grand Palace was amazing! We ended up in Singapore from the grand finale! Singapore is clean, modern and full of life. The area near Marina Bay is spectacular! Life on board was good but not without a few hiccups. The food was good but somehow some of the passengers got sick with a stomach flu and the buffet had to be with attendants serving the food and it was not the same carefree way to dine. The entertainment was a disappointment on this cruise, not to Celebrity's usual standards. However, we were so exhausted from all the excursions, that after dinner we were ready to go lay down. The Casino was not well attended on this cruise. It is a shame that the cities we visited were so far from the ports and there is nothing to do at the ports themselves (quite industrial) without taking a bus and traveling 2 to 3 hours to get to your destination. In any event, it was worth it once you got there. All in all, another successful and enjoyable cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call and wanted to try our luck with Celebrity. Plus we liked that the ship stayed in ports for multiple days. This was our 7th cruise (first with Celebrity) and we have traveled extensively. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports of call and wanted to try our luck with Celebrity. Plus we liked that the ship stayed in ports for multiple days. This was our 7th cruise (first with Celebrity) and we have traveled extensively. Staff on the ship was friendly, courteous and very attentive! Our state room attendant Schubert and his assistant were excellent and seemed like genuinely good guys! Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. This was a Christmas cruise and the ship did a very good job providing for the kids. Both our Kids 5 and 9 years old had a fun vacation. Ship layout was easy to navigate and possessed the usual cruise ship flair. The ship is bit old and shows its age. Our room was 9156, a family veranda with an extended balcony. It was spacious with a separate sleeping area for our 2 children which included an extra television. We would have been quite happy. However, the room was infested with bed bugs. Many of them were mature and we were all badly bitten. We were immediately removed from the room. All of our luggage and clothing was put in plastic and taken away to be cleaned. We were moved to a much smaller room. We were told our original room would be ready in a few hours. A day later, our clothes were delivered to the smaller room without an explanation. After several calls to guest services, we were informed our room would not be ready. Then only after complaining, we were offered 2 rooms side by side but not connecting. I would have preferred that our family be together in the same room but at least we were comfortable. The new rooms were clean and serviceable. Our new rooms were 6027 & 6029. 9156 was offered back to us after a few days but we elected to stay as packing up again didn't appeal to us. We essentially missed a day and a half. The ports of call were amazing cities! We had prepared for the long distance 2 - 3 hours bus or car rides each way but many were complaining. More time to compensate could have solved the problem. The ship was in port overnight on many of these occasions. We spent 2 nights in a private hotel in Bangkok. We wished we had done the same thing in Saigon. Hanoi needs an extra day. We missed the port at Da Nang because of inclement weather. The food at the restaurant was generally OK. There were some disappointments. The food at the buffet was not good. Snack food was terrible. Everyone at our dinner table liked our head waiter Alberto. His assistant Nadan was also extremely nice and should be recognized for giving outstanding service! We didn't eat at any of the specialty restaurants. The shows and entertainment are exactly what you should expect on a cruise ship. The lounge acts were marginal at best with the exception of the one man guitarist/singer who plays in the main foyer. He was exceptional! We had our issues. None which we didn't overcome. We met some very nice people and had a nice time. Somehow we expected more...   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Our last two cruises were on crystal cruises which we thoroughly enjoyed, but we wanted a different type of cruising experience for our Asian cruise. We took a chance and booked with azamara club cruises on the Journey for a 14 day trip ... Read More
Our last two cruises were on crystal cruises which we thoroughly enjoyed, but we wanted a different type of cruising experience for our Asian cruise. We took a chance and booked with azamara club cruises on the Journey for a 14 day trip from Hong Kong to Beiijing. This ship is smaller (can navigate down smaller waterways and dock in the cities), there was no tendering at any ports. There are no formal nights on this cruise line so no need to pack extravagant evening wear even though I love to wear really nice outfits, I prefer to decide on my own when I want to wear them. Also prefer nice pants and jackets versus cocktail dresses or gowns. Another pleasant aspect of their cruising style is the dining - everyone can go to the main dining room whenever they want. If you prefer a table for two and one is not available they may ask you to wait but not for very long and time can be spent having a cocktail. They always ask if you would mind sharing a table and many enjoyable dinners were had with different cruisers. We booked into a suite( first time for us) and this gave us much more space. The passengers booked into the suites also received quite a few extracts such as free dining at the two specialty restaurants which were very good and one could make a set reservation. You also had the services of Ronald our butler and he was very helpful in making reservations. The people who worked on the cruise were such a pleasure (waiters, waitress, cabin stewards etc.). I have been on many cruises and these were the friendliest people and seemed to actually enjoy their job.. All gratuities were included but we gave extra to all who assisted us in making our trip a success. The cruise director Eric was a true gem-charming personality, honest, and a great entertainer(he sang and danced in the shows). The captain was very skilled and kept us informed through thick and thin (few rough seas). My only complaints(just so you know) is that the furniture, closets, bathroom etc in the staterooms is a little dated. Not shabby but old -closet doors are creaking and bang. Staterooms are a little dark and could use a spruce up. The beds were super comfy. The food was very good and the specialty restaurants excellent. My husband loves breakfast and said the best breakfast ever on a ship. The shore excursions were good but could use a little tweaking. The guides in all ports ( china and Japan) were totally charming and had very good English. The lecturer on the ship was a great speaker and very informative. We spent four days at the end of our trip in beiijing and had a great time( booked a private tour group called Catherine Lu tours and stayed at the Regent hotel. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013

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