So let me start out by saying that my wife and I are optimists, and easy to please. We had only been on one cruise prior to this, and it was a Disney cruise line (which was amazing, minus the squadron of children running around screaming all day). We took this ship on our honeymoon for 14 days through Asia. The average age of the guests on this cruise was approximately late 50s to early 60s. The rooms looks a bit dated and the beds were pretty hard, but it was very clean as well as inviting, and that made up for it.
The only recommendation I have is DO NOT buy any drink packages... We bought a 17.95 a day all soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, etc. and drank tons and tons of fluids and 2 to three specialty tea lattes daily, and doing the math... there's no way we could have even come close to coming out ahead. The alcohol packages are the same... the drinks are so reasonably priced (8 dollars for a rocks pour of top shelf liquor and 4-5 dollar pints) that you don't need any type of package... unless you plan on downing 3-4 bottles of wine every day consistently.
On to the good things! The staff across the board was so friendly, so polite, and went out of their way in every aspect to make sure you were having the best possible time. Our housekeeping staff was 2 gentlemen named Made and Joni, and they made it their mission to find us every day to say hello and wish us all the best. The dining staff at the Rotterdam was equally as entertaining and despite being exhausted from walking for 6-8 hours on the daily, we made an effort to get to the sit down dining because the food was fantastic, but the staff made it something to look forward to. The food on the ship as a whole was good. Even the buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner weren't boring and had many options.
Need a bit of updating, but very clean, quaint, and inviting.
Don't let the drab port fool you! The small city is just a few miles away. Great shopping, check out any festivals when you're in port if there are any!
Only went to the mega mall... cabbies weren't happy to be taking you to and from port because of traffic? not much to see but lots of shopping @_@
Got out of town on this day and went to Fushimi-Inari. Beautiful temple with quite the hike up the mountain. Street food before you got there and some beautiful sites.
Shanghai wasn't very tourist friendly, however it was on a Sunday... On the second day in port, traveled to shanghai Disneyland. 5/5 for that!
Keelung was nice, coutryish, night markets were fun... very stinky though... not sure what is was... smelled like sewage. Taipei was a 25 minute (and cheap) cab ride. Definitly the opposite end of the spectrum. Very big city feel, lots of suits and yuppyesque areas. Everyone was very friendly and english speakers would do fine here.
Hong Kong was a very nice area despite the port being kind of far from anything.