The ship was clean and the Indonesian (only) staff was very friendly and gave their best.
The cabins were O.K. and the ship, though old, was very clean.
However the negative aspects were overwhelming.
Excursions too expencive and no value for the money. Excursion to Bangkok overnight USD 500,-- In Korea to get up a hill by bus ,look down and back to town for USD 100,--(told to us by other passengers). It is cheaper to fly from Europe to Beijing for one week of more ,including hotel., than a two days/one night excursion with H-A.
Walking around an uninteresting Thai village. The usuall tourist shops as there are 10000 in Thailand. Nothing to see, nothing special. There was a beach, that was O.K.
There was just a container port, which was many kilometres away from any village, house or local transport. We have been to bangkok before and dont want to go there again for USD 500,-- incl. 1 night hotel
I have been there before. The place is just a beach town, with many hippies, backpackers and some friend of hashish and the like.
Generally I like Cambodia, but no Sihanoukville
Da Nang may be interesting for American war veterants but not really for other people. The (container) port is quite far away from the city and there is no public transport. Taxis are expencive as the taxi drivers take advantage of the ingnorance of the cruise passangers.
The ship docks far away from Hanoi (quite an interesting town otherwise) and the only possibility to get there is again with expencive H-A tours.
Halong Bai, the docking area is nice on a sunny day. I have been there before.
We have been to Hong Kong before and there was no need to go on a tour. For people, who have never been there it may be a highlight. THe geographical situation is beautiful and a bus ride to the top of Victory hill be public transport is nice.
The citi is modern and impressing. Old backward areas are difficult to find and the local tourist bureau would not tell you. There is an area nearby with buildings, which show the kind of Chinese houses ,which tourists might expect
There is not enough time to visit the Imperial Palca (long queus at the ticket office) and not enought time to visit the "Great Wall" unless on an expencive overnight tour with H-A. (around USD 2000,.. or more )
A very beautiful town and there is no need to take any transport ,except maybe one day street car for 500 yen or so. Nagasaki is very clean, very Japanese (I habve been living in Japan) and good for a one day visit. For the surroundings there is no time.
One needs much more time to visit Kyoto, Nara and the surrounding places. The boat did not use the beautiful Japanese Inland Sea but rather the open ocean. I guess, they did that to be able to open the on bord gamabeling casino
Tokyo is more impressive than New York, and the surroundings like Hakone and Mt. Fuji area are very beautiful. But again ,not enough time to go to most of these places.
Japan is the country of that cruis we liked best. People very polite and the food much better than on the ship (the same is true for selected reastaurants in China
Beautiful landscape a nice and clean little village ,very well maintained and organiced, beautiful little forest with impressive trees. The tab water is of a much hight quality, than the drinking(?)water of the ship.
Alaskas nature must be very beautiful, but nothing much to see from the ship.
The straight between Victoria Island and the mainland must bebeautiful, but the ship was cruising there mostly during the (dark) night.