We had decided to travel to Asia only months before departing and were very pleased to see some great packages on offer through our Internet agent and terrific prices for the package (including transfers, hotel etc). This was our ninth cruise, our second with Princess. Like most people we met on the cruise, we added extra days in both Bangkok and Beijing.
We were booked into the Banyan Tree in Bangkok - wow! The view on the 55th floor was spectacular, the suite was very spacious and tastefully decorated, the service exceptional and English was spoken by most staff. The included breakfast was very good, with a lovely view to the Banyan courtyard and pond adding a special touch. I would recommend this hotel, though be prepared to travel across town to the sights and shopping (taxi or skytrain are easy to use).
Out two hour transfer to Laem Chabang went smoothly and we found ourselves aboard the grand Diamond Princess. Clean lines, bold white and standing high above the port terminus, we were set for our Orient Express tour.