My husband and I decided on this cruise because it was so culturally immersive. We left out of shanghai and embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. Make sure you write out the name of the cruise port in Chinese if your taking a taxi there because the drivers don’t know English. Also make sure they use the taxi meter so your not over charged. We got a balcony cabin and the room was super spacious and larger than other regular balcony rooms in other ships. We had cabin 9160 and it was awesome. The entertainment and announcements were all done in both English and Chinese and they did an awesome job. The ports were all amazing and it was the first time this ship had gone to Vladivostok and Kyoto so we had an awesome send off from the locals on the pier. All the staff onboard were awesome and super friendly. Everyone speaks English on board as well as most can also speak Chinese. The food was so yummy and the menu was huge every night! I would defiantly cruise again on this ship! The shows were well rehearsed and better than the ships in the Caribbean. The only thing was the shopping wasn’t the greatest on board. It was all super high end shops. The pools and hot tubs were never ever busy and super easy to find a chair. They do not have walking waiters by the pool or shows for drinks so be aware. There is no bingo on board either if that’s your thing. This ship is so different from the ships in the Caribbean but everything was great! There is always lots of activities to do presented in both English and Chinese. The ship never felt crowded even in the windjammer! They have a great variety of both western food and Chinese food which is awesome to give new things a try. Kyoto Japan was our favourite port of call so if you go make sure you get the motor coach into the city with royal! Vladivostok was really pretty and the locals were all very nice. You cannot go ashore without a visa or booking a tour directly with the ship so we booked a tour. Fukuoka japan was great too but the prices of merchandise was higher here. We also did explore dazaifu and you get free time to shop! Great tour!
The balcony cabin was very spacious and larger than the older ships on the same cruise line. Lots of storage! The bed was a little hard but still ok for sleeping. The balcony had lounger chairs with a foot rest and a small table. The shower had a two in one shampoo and body wash on the wall. There are lots of hangers in the closet and lots of drawers and you can put your suitcase under the bed. There is a blow dryer in the room as well. No complaints at all on the cabin! Super clean and spacious!
Amazing city to visit! We stayed at the courtyard by Marriott international tourism area and went to shanghai Disney the day before we got on the ship! The taxis were very affordable just make sure they use the meter and you have the place you want to go written out in Chinese. The hotel will help you. We visited the bund as well and that’s amazing to see at night. The taxi cost about 200rmb to get from the Disneyland area to the cruise port in Embarkation was a breeze but I am a platinum member and the priority really helped! Most people speak English there in the ship terminal.