My husband and I chose this cruise as the first part of a back-to-back cruise because of its price and itinerary. We enjoy having sea days so the first and last days as sea days were quite relaxing.
Because the price was so low, we had a forward-facing suite. It was perfect! Because we were in a suite, we got concierge and butler service. Though we didn't use the concierge or butler for anything special, we enjoyed the embarkation/debarkation process and the contact point should we run into any issues. Sumedh (concierge) and Lucas (his assistant) were very friendly and helpful. We were able to meet in a small location (as opposed to the theatre) when we were on excursions and made it to the bus first. We also skipped much of the hassle in debarkation, where the queue was madness. Another perk was lunch at Cagney's. Normally, we opt for O'Sheehans and have a small lunch of soup or wings. But, I always ordered the half portion of fettuccini. The servers got to know my order and were always so friendly.
The entertainment was meh. But, what do you expect for the price we paid? The magician was clumsy, the dancing put us to sleep, and while the acrobats were good, nothing was memorable. The cruise director staff was amazing thought! We participated in the Newlywed, Not So Newlywed Game for the first time (and won)! Jerry (cruise director) and Jonny (asst. cruise director) were amazing! They were entertaining, constantly visible, and greeted us.
I couldn't believe how spacious the cabin was. We had more storage than we required and loved how the makeup/blow dry hair area was away from the main cabin. We had a table, that we only seemed to used for the snacks the butler brought. The balcony had so much space! We were out on the balcony a few times. I enjoyed taking my morning coffee outside and enjoyed the views.
We took the Phang Na Bay excursion with NCL. It did take us over an hour to get there (and an hour back) but it was worth it for the beautiful bay views. I felt that the group size should have been smaller as we were constantly waiting on the people who wanted to use the restroom AND go to buy candy from the store. Similarly, at the end when we were promised a visit to a local market to buy souvenirs, they took us to a high-end jewelry store and trapped us there for 40 minutes. What a rip off! Then, we had no time to buy actual souvenirs at the port.
The long tail boat trip was the highlight as we saw many of the islands, mangroves, and the caves in the boat. The floating island (Koh Pan Yee) was also very nice. It's where we ate a buffet style lunch (so many good options) and walked around.
Singapore was very clean and easy to get around in. We spent 3 days in Singapore prior to our cruise and had the day after. All in all, we went to the zoo experiences (all 4 parks) which even my husband enjoyed (and he's not a zoo person). Out of all 4, the night safari was the best because you could walk through exhibits and see nocturnal animals in their element. We also took a cooking class with Food Playground which was such a fun and engaging experience! Must do. Our last day in Singapore we did a food tour With Locals (Hawker stalls) and really learned so much about the city as well as the food culture.
I always felt safe here and the Grabs were very easy take (and cheap). Love this city!!!