The main purpose of the trip was to visit Hong Kong as my wife had connections there when she was a child. We did not get off at any of the ports en route as we had visited all of them previously and we enjoy the ship on the quiet port days. The following are my opinion of good and bad aspects.
Sydney embarcation was fast and faultless
The ship was in good order with paint being refreshed continually
The cabin was clean and well kept by the steward, Joseph
The evening entertainment was generally good. The cruise director and staff were also good. Best production show “Bravo”
The waiters and bar staff were all fantastic being the best part of the voyage. The Filipino, Balinese and other Asian staff make the cruise with their friendliness and all round abilities.
The food in the MDR and Horizons was generally uninteresting, sometimes poorly cooked with root vegetables generally undercooked.
Our interior cabin was so narrow it was difficult to get in and out of bed. We had our double configuration altered to singles. About the first time in married lives we have done this. Princess cabins are the smallest we have ever been in but this was the narrowest!
The officers are rarely seen.
The new red loungers on deck 12 look nice. Toget two together, go to deck 12 early, spread out towels and leave a book or an old hat. Then go to breakfast for an hour or two. They are then “booked” for the day.
Drinks are generally expensive and bar staff advise happy hour just a memory.
The passengers were the oldest demographic ever encountered and general conversation was how many cruises done, to where and how good a price they had got. It would have been nice to have met young or even middle-aged people.
The highest class is ELITE (synonym for snobbish) but the benefits are poor compared to Royal Caribbean.
The disembarkation in Hong Kong was the worst ever encountered, even beating Honolulu. Off the ship was easy but the Terminal processing was awful with long queues. The final line to get a taxi took at least 90 minutes and the whole process 2and 1/4 hours. AVOID any cruise terminating in HK.
Tender processes looked long and tedious.
Too small. Too narrow. Worst out of 5 cruise lines travelled on. Bed quite good if oversoft and pillows very soft. One pillow too low, two pillows too high. When double bed converted to singles, single seemed quite narrow. Many people commented on this. All old people, of course.
Cabin otherwise OK, although limited seating. Bathroom adequate with good hot water supply.