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I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 nights stay in a hotel at Singapore. Checking into the ship was complicated by the fact that we did not secure the Indian visa for the stopover at Port Blair but we were allowed to board after we signed a waiver to leave the ship at Yangon and make our own way to Colombo. I had phoned with the travel agency on whether it is permissible to remain on board the ship during the stopover at Port Blair without the costly visa and the reply was that it should be all right. Our ocean view cabin was comfortable. The bathroom was small but clean and functional. As noted by other reviewers, the water in the bathroom is frequently rust coloured enough to stain white clothes if you need to wash them. One night a water pipe burst and flooded the carpets on the fourth level so we were without a flushing toilet for close to 24 hours. Entertainment was limited to some lectures on the culture of the far east. During the cruise on the Strait of Malacca the captain warned that we were in pirate territory and as precaution to close the curtains at night to limit visibility of the ship. Food was acceptable and service in the dinning rooms was excellent.. Service was excellent all around. Shore excursions, aside from introductory tours of each stopover, involved long travel times in buses or boats to sites of interest. Enough said; there are better choices available for cruising in Asia.

Old ship, bad choice of stopover at Port Blair, no entertainment

Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review by Xambo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Asia
I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 nights stay in a hotel at Singapore. Checking into the ship was complicated by the fact that we did not secure the Indian visa for the stopover at Port Blair but we were allowed to board after we signed a waiver to leave the ship at Yangon and make our own way to Colombo. I had phoned with the travel agency on whether it is permissible to remain on board the ship during the stopover at Port Blair without the costly visa and the reply was that it should be all right.

Our ocean view cabin was comfortable. The bathroom was small but clean and functional. As noted by other reviewers, the water in the bathroom is frequently rust coloured enough to stain white clothes if you need to wash them. One night a water pipe burst and flooded the carpets on the fourth level so we were without a flushing toilet for close to 24 hours. Entertainment was limited to some lectures on the culture of the far east. During the cruise on the Strait of Malacca the captain warned that we were in pirate territory and as precaution to close the curtains at night to limit visibility of the ship. Food was acceptable and service in the dinning rooms was excellent.. Service was excellent all around. Shore excursions, aside from introductory tours of each stopover, involved long travel times in buses or boats to sites of interest. Enough said; there are better choices available for cruising in Asia.
MDaniels, Customer Services has responded
Thank you for your comments, we note all that you have said and we acknowledge that visas can be costly but we have to comply with the requirements of the countries we are visiting and we have no control over the charges they apply. It is true that occasionally the water in cabins may be slightly discoloured but supplies are tested and treated regularly so passengers can always be wholly confident that it is safe to use. We are sorry if any items of clothing were stained but presume that this would have been reported to a member of staff who would have been happy to arrange for them to be laundered at our expense. With regard to the burst water pipe, this was a one-off incident which was dealt with promptly and passengers were kept fully briefed whilst repairs were carried out. However, we do of course apologise for any inconvenience caused during the interim period. Having now dealt with the negatives, we are glad to see that you were otherwise happy with the service you received. Thank you for providing this feedback and we hope that you may consider joining us on another Voyages to Antiquity cruise at some time in the not too distant future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin 425
Small room with our choice of twin beds, tiny shower and toilet in small bathroom, were clean and comfortable enough. Water not potable but the ship supply complimentary bottle of water per occupant daily.