This was my first experience with 'Cunard' and I embarked on this cruise with very mixed feelings after an awful experience on the P&O Azura in 2013 despite being in suite accommodation. That is now in the past and my experience on board this short cruise has restored my faith and love of cruising. My only criticism would be with the customer service team of the company so I will comment briefly on that. Despite booking this cruise some 8 months prior to sailing and requesting first sitting dining due to a diabetic condition, this was never accommodated and written requests were initially ignored and then when I did receive a reply I got the usual 'T&C's' referral. Not quite the response I expected but, it did not cause me any great problems once on board.
My cabin was a restricted balcony 8062 which had a tender blocking most of the view and while I didn't find this too much of a problem my only serious complaint was that maintenance work was carried on the tender during a sea day and affected our privacy. The cabin was quite spacious with a king size bed and sufficient wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom had a walk in shower with plenty of room. The décor was nice and appeared quite fresh, the carpets did not have any signs of wear. That's the 'complaints' concerning the ship out of the way. Excellent stewardess "Jeanette" who kept the cabin spotless and replenished the ice bucket without having to be asked.
The ports of call were Singapore, Sihanoukville (Cambodia) Phu My for Saigon (Vietnam) Sanya (Hainan, China) and finally Hong Kong. I did not do an organised tour in Cambodia and found the port to be an absolute dump to be avoided, a fellow passenger overheard the Captain making a similar comment at dinner after departure. Saigon was worth the visit and I took the 'city sights tour' which was interesting. I did not enjoy Sanya which is described as the Chinese Hawaii, and strongly object paying to be taken to a 'pearl museum' simply to lighten the contents of our wallets. For me Singapore and Hong Kong are just very large modern cities which I did not enjoy. So, onto the actual cruise.