The main purpose of our trlp from australia was to visit japan for 3 weeks in nov 2017, travelling around the country on a japan railways pass.
When i saw this one way cruise advertised, it fit in perfectly with our plans to go back to australia by a different route. we have been on 4 other cruises in various parts of the world before, but never to asia. the itinerary leaving from yokohama was good, visiting shimizu, hong kong, singapore, nha trang, saigon, bali and darwin australia and it appealed to us in that we had never visited any of these ports before. We used smile tours in saigon and pham tours in nha trang who were fantastic.
Summarizing the cruise : it could have been better. the main negative for us was that being non drinkers, there were few quiet public spaces to relax in comfortable chairs. there were so many bars, with people noisily enjoying themselves and only a tiny library with uncomfortable seats for people like us, who enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. (we are used to holland america line's spacious libraries). also princess unfortunately is no different to every other cruise line in pushing art auctions, drink packages, jewellery sales, photo sales at every opportunity, which makes things pretty boring, and expensive !! surely the marketing gurus of cruise lines, should be able to come up with something different. not everyone who travels on cruise boats is a millionaire !!
Another major gripe of mine is that on this cruise there were a number of mostly australian senior citizens, who were very careless about hygiene, coughing and blowing their noses without adeqeate care. my wife's immune system is not the best and i was worried that she might catch something. surely cruise lines can impress on unwell passengers that they confine themselves to their cabins, or make them wear masks as they do in japan, to stop them spreading their germs.
The ports we visited were interesting. i arranged all my own excursions, on the internet with local operators, as princess line's offering were far too expensive and didn't seem all that interesting and use bus's with far too many passengers.
Last but not least why can't any cruise company provide decent coffee, without the need to resort to a coffee card !!
Cabin was spacious and quiet, although my wife said the beds weren't all that comfortable.
The tv was positioned on the wall not an ideal spot for watching television. there was no sofa lounge to sit down on. Our Cabin Steeard Jenner from the Phillipines was fantastic