Embarkation from Marina Bay Cruise Centre was a breeze.There was sufficient manpower to direct the guests. They took notice of guests with young children or aged guests. We took 15min to board since we brought along aged parents. HOWEVER, disembarkation at the same port at the end of the cruise was a nightmare because 2000 guests were leaving at the same time. Despite being assigned staggered disembarkation timings, it was one big pandemonium at the exit points. We were assigned the first group for disembarkation but the meeting point was already congested.So, we were sandwiched for an hour like in a subway peak hour carriage.
Disembarkation at other ports were uneventful.I wished we were offered a cold drink or a cold towel though.
All guests should note, the check-in luggage porters can only accomodate suitcase/trolley luggages. Sports utility bags,shopping bags, backpacks are out.
I think guests who are travelling alone will appreciate the availability of single cabins, considerate dining arrangements of table for twos at the buffet corner, as well as in the restaurants.
The water slide was closed. The gym was closed after second day. The pools were crowded. Sigh!
Considering that the ship is plying around Southeast Asia which is humid, hot, and wet weather all roll into one, the absence of ice-cream parlours, water coolers and memories of seeing long queues of people filling their water bottles and milk bottles at the buffet stands were a sorry sight.
One last caution. Pasta is freeflowing. Pizzas? You have to pay. I am sorry but I missed Costa Victoria.
Quiet and still on the ship fwd....except when they engage the hull! Good news for people with motion sickness, still.
Spacious (17m2). I am so relieved it's not a double-deckle bed. Even with an additional single bed laid out, there is still adequate space for three people to move around and for us to enjoy a cabin breakfast.
Clean cabin, clean towels.
Bedroom Slippers available
One fridge (which doesn't need to be locked on the last night of cruise)
One single usb port
No electric kettle. Please bring your own drinking flask. The cabin attendant explained it was removed after the ship began the East Asia route.
No shower cap.
No avenue to tell them, hey ! we are celebrating a wedding anniversary onboard.