After 3 years since having been on its inaugural sailing, I went with the family on a 2 night cruise out of Singapore to Bintan Island (Actually more of a gambling cruise then for the ports). Stayed in the Palace Suites once again and service has improved vastly. Upon embarkation, we were escorted from the cruise terminal through security all the way up to our cabin. This is was done by the event hostess of Resorts World group. Butlers were great, didn't use them much on this short cruise.
Entertainment on board the ship was disappointingly HEAVILY catered towards the Indian demographic. The theatre show called 'Sonic' was quite impressive with acrobatics and cool stunts. Also Zouk was closed the 2nd night of sailing to host an only Bollywood themed party which was by invite or purchase tickets at the front. Didn't like that exclusivity for the Indians and lack for other races.
This sailing also coincided with a Justice League themed sailing, where Justice League merchandise were on sale in shops, and decorated throughout the entire ship. It made for a good touch to appeal to families and children.
Food was generally good, a significant improvement from the inaugural where we would feel that portions were too small, and free food ran out very fast on board. Portions were much better, eating at Silk Road (complimentary for Palace Suite guests). The Japanese Bento restaurant on Deck 8 was good as well, not fabulous though. However what was really the highlight was the Hotpot restaurant al fresco seating by the aft of the ship. Beautiful views of the sea going past while watching the sunset and eating good hot pot.
This ship IS a gambling ship, the Casino smells of smoke and its a very strong stench be forewarned. Thats the only thing i didn't enjoy in the public venues. Also we were sailing at 4000+ pax at the time, seating in public venues were often insufficient with us needing to sit down and reserve seats for family members. This made it slightly less pleasant of an experience.
Because this was a 2 night that sailed to Bintan Island (Indonesia), we decided not to get off at while tendered. It seemed like barely anybody had gotten off at Bintan, which was interesting because there were a lot of Indian families on vacation.
The Palace suite still remains very classy, and we slept 3 in the suite with a pull out sofa bed for myself, very comfortable, except maybe the sofa bed isn't the softest. Clean rooms. Great sized balcony, good for lounging and chilling. 17068 was on the same deck and very near The Palace, a lounge/restaurant for only Suite guests.