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We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The port experiences were as expected, quite happy with the ports ..... all first time visits except Australia. It was a very low budget cruise ..... but the cruise price wasn't!!!! ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. The port experiences were as expected, quite happy with the ports ..... all first time visits except Australia. It was a very low budget cruise ..... but the cruise price wasn't!!!! Embarkation was very smooth at the Kai terminal. It is huge, the team were organized and kept the crowd moving smoothly. It was nothing like the mess we had heard of from previous cruisers. They have listened to previous reviews .... thank you for that. The cruise clientele was mixed, Australian, US, Asian, Canadian and European. A wide range of tastes to accommodate. The food was repetitive, and pretty much boring. The beef was horrible, there was more salmon served then I have ever seen. The 'used food' in the buffet had no flavor and obvious ..... last night's Yorkshire pudding, veggies, roast meats chopped, sliced etc and recooked..... tough, dry and tasteless. Small but I loved it .... there were poached eggs and hollandaise in the buffet every day. =0) Many of the staff were new, lacking training and nervous for the first few days of the cruise. No one seemed to know what they were doing. The dining service improved as the days went on. Many officers seemed to be in active clean up duty. The bar staff were all excellent. The CD team was wonderful. We really enjoyed James, Sophie and Shreta (sp), they are personable, professional and top notch. The spa offers were generous. I had my gel nails repaired, excellent service. The comedians, musicians, hypnotist, orchestra and small bands were all very good. The officer entertainment was the best! It was really nice to see the officers in events during the cruise. The dance team were good, the shows were not what we have come to expect from RCCL. The Diamond teams in both the lounge and Viking overflow and our cabin staff Okle and Ide were also excellent. The ship was in good condition. We weren't sure what this would be like considering it has been sold, delivery to happen in 2017. It was not a good example of an RCCL cruise, many first timers we met said they would not choose RCCL again. We took the Legend in 2007 to the Mexican Riviera, and it was pretty much the same. We found it very strange and interesting that it hadn’t changed. The ship won’t be available …. But not sure we would do this itinerary again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a 18-night repositioning from Hong Kong to Brisbane visiting port of Manila, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach. The ship & the crew were good in general. The food was not bad in quality. ... Read More
This was a 18-night repositioning from Hong Kong to Brisbane visiting port of Manila, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach. The ship & the crew were good in general. The food was not bad in quality. However as Royal Caribbean is an America company, all the supply was by containers from America. As such the variety in food was a bit limited and became a bit boring at the later stage of the 18 nights trip. In the buffet restaurant, the water & ice dispensers always ran slow, empty or out of order. The most disappointed part is the land excursion arrangement. The excursion staff did not have much knowledge about the destinations. The Excursion Manger admitted that she had not personally visited the locations before. Choices of excursion tour were a bit limited. The price of tour was very expensive to double the average local price. The time at port was rather short and not good as well. At Darwin, Cairns & Airlie Beach, the ship arrived at late morning. Other than joining the excursion tour, independent travellers would find no sufficient time for them to explore on land. The tender arrangement at Bali and Airlie Beach was a disaster. At Bali, we were fortunate in taking the first tender out but on return spending more than 2 hours in waiting & tendering back to the ship on the last tender. A lady informed that she got the tender ticket at 9am and arrived on land at about mid day. At Airlie Beach, we did spend more than 2.5 hours waiting for the tender to go on land. Also the ship arrived in the late morning at many ports, such that it was not possible for independent travellers joining the local tours. However for Manila, we found an excellent local travel agent "Baron Travel (sales@barontravel.com.ph)" on the internet. We booked a half day city tour with them and fully paid - much cheaper than the cruise excursion tour. Our arrival time delayed 2 hours due to the change of route to avoid the typhoon. We could not contact the agent on ship but they had amended our tour accordingly and the tour bus picked us up & dropped us back inside the cruise terminal. I highly recommend Baron Travel for any local tour in the Philippines. There was room for improvement with entertainment as well. Some popular art & craft sessions were held around the piano in the Schooner Bar such that only about 10 seats available. A bigger venue should be provided. Bingo ticket was very expensive at about US$30 for a set of 5 games with 2 tickets for each game. The morning seminar of 8 sessions on Chinese art was boring. The topic is a very interesting one but the lady did not provide interesting or detailed information. She only talked about her own work in the second half of each session. In summary, this 18-night cruise schedule was good that it visited some very interesting destinations. Royal Caribbean could make the trip much more enjoyable by providing sufficient excursion time in port - better arrive early in the morning and leave late in the afternoon to provide passengers with a whole day to explore the destination. There are much improvement work can be done in shore excursion arrangement especially in tender arrangement. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and becasue, as a repositoning cruise, it offered good value. There were many positives about this cruise - 1. Our junior suite was very roomy, well set out, with lots of storage space. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its itinerary and becasue, as a repositoning cruise, it offered good value. There were many positives about this cruise - 1. Our junior suite was very roomy, well set out, with lots of storage space. The balcony was also a good size, ideal for drying laundry. The bathroom included a bath, and had good lighting - a rarity in so many hotel bathrooms these days. 2. The food and service in the dining room were both excellent. 3. There was plenty of entertainment, although much of its was pretty standard pub entertainment. 4. A choice of bars and lounges gave options for socialising. 5. Our waiters and stateroom attendant were all brilliant. They work so hard! 6. Speciality restaurants such as the Chops Grille offer very good quality meals at a reasonable price. However, there were many negatives, and some of these were significant. 1. We only booked one shore excursion, mainly because the prices were so high. The Manilla city historic tour was very interesting, but terribly rushed! They tried to pack far too much in, and our guide,poor woman, was determined to squeeze all the sites in, even though bad traffic meant we were running late. We had about 25minutes in the National Museum, and I was so frustrated. There were many interesting exhibits, but she kept herding us through like cattle. The size of the group (40) meant that only the few standing right near her could hear the commentary - that is such bad organisation. What about a microphone? 2. A major problem lay in the huge delays and inefficiency when it came to transporting people off the ship on tenders. The groups who had booked cruise excursions always had first preference - that's fine, but what about all those who want to free range? At Bali we waited nearly 3 hours for our numbered ticket to be called. Given the traffic problems in Bali, that meant we could not possibly get to Ubud, the main cultural site. It was a totally wasted day. At Airllie Beach, similar chaos prevailed. The ship management really needs to get this right. 3. The prices at the beauty spa were exorbitant, especially given that 18 % gratuity on top of everything. 4. Oh those dreadful art auctions! Who dreams up this kind of thing? The standard of art made Ikea productions look like Renaissance art. It just seemed that at every possible opportunity, the management was trying to squeeze money out of passengers. 5. DRinks are exorbitant, but I suppose that is to be expected. 6. The Windjammer Cafe offered 3 meals a day, but it was appalling quality. Think school cafeteria. 7. Any complaints were politely received by staff at the guest services desk, but then nothing happened. We saw staff listen to the complaints, and then....they did not even record the issue of concern on their computer. They just turned to the next person,smiling benignly. 8. The pool at the aft deck had dangerously slippery tiles all around the area. Despite being very careful, one of our group slipped and injured her knee. Surely people slip there all the time! But, the management just puts up signs saying - caution - slippery floors!! Well,fix the floors!! Put down outdoor carpet or rubber matting. Is that so hard? Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Cruising with friends. Ports of call very good however, would skip Sanya, not much to see/do and locals anti some visitors. Our cruise was marred by the huge queues from beginning to end I.e embarkation 3 hours, trips ashore long queues ... Read More
Cruising with friends. Ports of call very good however, would skip Sanya, not much to see/do and locals anti some visitors. Our cruise was marred by the huge queues from beginning to end I.e embarkation 3 hours, trips ashore long queues too. 6 hour round trips to 50% of our site seeing tours I.e Tunnels. Double check you itinary for ship tours. We ended up in a zoo (not good experience for animal lovers) obligatory marketing visits to jewellery or printing factory inc!. Our shopping trip section of the shore trip was cancelled due to departure time of ship and the long journey back to the ship. Tours expensive. Pre booking from home locally led tours Ie Happy Tours requires your credit card details up front! So ship has captive audience? Ship v/good. Food excellent but very slow service. Definitely need to book your table for evening dining. Shows for visiting on/off entertainers hit and miss. Animation team very good. Cabin staff wonderful Read Less
Sail Date October 2016

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