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24th February 2020 cruised from Singapore 15 days, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand back to Singapore. First trip to Borneo to see the orang-utans (most peoples attracted by this opportunity to the cruise) cancelled because the ship was too big to navigate the channel (you would have thought that this was known before being on the itinerary), To cut a long story short the main reason for the cruise was missed and the ports of call for example we stayed because of this missed itinerary an extra day at Phu My, Vietnan I can only liken to being moored literally next to the Port Talbert steel works in South Wales (a smelting furnace alongside) for two days with nowhere to go unless you were repaired to be ripped off by the very very extortionate taxi fairs or take the shore excursions which were not good value and a disappointment for the those that did. All the ports of call except Singapore were of poor quality and I guess chosen by accountants rather than the benefit of the passengers (it's cheaper to moor in out the -way industrial ports) and were too far from the intended destinations to make you take the expensive excursions. The fee for Cambodia landing card $120 for 2 whether you got off the ship or not, another rip-off. That said the ship was well cleaned, staff were excellent, cabins good even if dated and the food very good despite being served (that they were aware of) a food that could have killed me owing to an allergy but fortunately stopped by my wife.

Good ship poor itinery

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review by richardo43

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2020
  • Destination: Asia
24th February 2020 cruised from Singapore 15 days, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand back to Singapore.

First trip to Borneo to see the orang-utans (most peoples attracted by this opportunity to the cruise) cancelled because the ship was too big to navigate the channel (you would have thought that this was known before being on the itinerary), To cut a long story short the main reason for the cruise was missed and the ports of call for example we stayed because of this missed itinerary an extra day at Phu My, Vietnan I can only liken to being moored literally next to the Port Talbert steel works in South Wales (a smelting furnace alongside) for two days with nowhere to go unless you were repaired to be ripped off by the very very extortionate taxi fairs or take the shore excursions which were not good value and a disappointment for the those that did. All the ports of call except Singapore were of poor quality and I guess chosen by accountants rather than the benefit of the passengers (it's cheaper to moor in out the -way industrial ports) and were too far from the intended destinations to make you take the expensive excursions. The fee for Cambodia landing card $120 for 2 whether you got off the ship or not, another rip-off.

That said the ship was well cleaned, staff were excellent, cabins good even if dated and the food very good despite being served (that they were aware of) a food that could have killed me owing to an allergy but fortunately stopped by my wife.
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Comfy bed, good hot water, bath with shower, very good cabin staff, balcony.

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