Wonderful Asian Voyager of the Seas Cruise: Voyager of the Seas Cruise Review by wolfegizmo

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Wonderful Asian Voyager of the Seas Cruise

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Beijing
We also were on the Voyager of the Seas Asian cruise from October 8th - October 22nd.
The cruise went from Tianjin,China to Fukuoka,Japan, Jeju Island, South Korea, Xiamen, China, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bangkok,Thailand, and Singapore.

We, on the whole, thought it was a fabulous cruise!!!!!
Yes, there were some negatives, but the positives definitely outweighed the negatives!!!

The biggest negative for us, was that RCCL called us in August and told us it was going to be a "Chinese Immersion Cruise" with mostly Chinese passengers, food, entertainment, and languages. They actually implied that we would have a horrible experience.
Nothing was further from the truth as there were mostly Britons, Australians, Americans, and Canadians!!! Only English was spoken.

Check in was horrible and disorganized but at debarkation we walked right off the ship with no waiting and found our luggage!!! The food wasn't the greatest but the kitchen More staff went out of their way to cater to my special diet.

The staff all over the ship was exceptional!

Most important of all, the fellow passengers were wonderful, and
they made this a fantastic cruise. We met people from all over the world and
formed some wonderful friendships!!!

The ports were mostly amazing!!! We especially loved Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore!
We booked a few private excursions in Vietnam and Bangkok and did others with the cruise line.
The excursions we did with the cruise line were, for the most part, great.
The only port we did not think was so great was our stop in Japan.
All of our tour guides were very good and informative.

Yes, RCCL has to get their act together in some areas, but on the whole, it was a fabulous cruise!! Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bangkok was fascinating! We took a private tour on the first day and a ship excursion on the second day. Our private tour included a long boat ride on the river, visits to the fruit, vegetable, and flower markets, many unbelievable temples, a special night show "Siam Narit", and shopping for local crafts and items. We toured the Reclining Buddha Temple and The Wat Phra Kaeo Temple. The temples were fascinating but the long boat tour really showed the poverty of Bangkok with the shacks along the water and mothers washing their children in the very dirty and polluted river. We were gone from 8:00 AM until 11:30 PM and it was a wonderful day! On the second day in Bangkok we took a ship's tour to Nong Nooch Village. We opted to tour the gardens instead of show because of the show we saw the night before in Bangkok. The gardens were beautiful and the tram's guide spoke perfect English.

We took a pre cruise package and stayed at the China World Shangrila. The hotel was beautiful, included a great breakfast, and in a great location. The biggest benefit with this package was the transfer to the port which was a few hours away.
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City Tour

Ho Chi Minh was an interesting city! We booked a private tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. An amazing amount of motorbikes were everywhere!! We also saw a lot of poverty and very dangerous electrical wires. A temple, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame, the Post Office, and other general sites were the areas we visited. Also included was a great lunch at the Rex Hotel and time for shopping for local crafts.

We took a boat tour of the river.

City Tour

Saw different beautify areas of Hong Kong!

Stanley Market

Found many bargains but needed more time! Barter, Barter, Barter!

Victoria Peak

Very crowed but shops, restaurants, and a great view of Hong Kong.

We stayed in Singapore for a few days after the cruise. Singapore is a wonderful city! We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental and thought it was a perfect location!!!! It was within walking distance of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Gardens, and the huge casino within the shopping mall.

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