Asian Experience great.: Costa neoClassica Cruise Review by Dawn Pittaway

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Dawn Pittaway

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Asian Experience great.

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Asia
Embarkation: Singapore
Booked couple of weeks before departure from newspaper ad - . Thought price good. Flew Singapore Airlines which we recommend - they were excellent. Taking early flight from UK we knew from this site would not be able to get on the ship straight away.Pleasantly surprised when we found we had been upgraded from inside to outside with port hole. Cabin clean. Beds comfy.Food on board good. Had 8.30 dining. Allotted table. People were good fun. Could always get sunbed on sea days.Happy hour 5 to 8.30, 2 for 1 this included cocktail of the day for 5.5 Euros, it did not include bottles of wine as the travel agent had told us.Outside of this bar prices very expensive.

Now the bad. Once on ship told about 6 Euro per day per person charge (for tips) and the 15% service charge on drinks. This added to your final bill.Tried to get removed as we would have preferred to give our own tips.This was not allowed. Daily show was at 6.30 far too early. Could not go to the later one because that More was on whilst we were at the fixed 8.30 dinner. Shame cos on couple of nights they had later show and the dancer and singers were good. However the singers in the bars were poor. St Patricks night which was billed was canceled because the rep could not download any Irish music from the internet. So not very well organised. The Casino was expensive, no £1 tables open and very often hardly anybody in there - empty. Late night nightclub empty.English rep very poor. Had no knowledge about the itinerary

The trips arranged by Costa were all very expensive.If u arranged your own there were taxi drivers at the port you could negotiate with.

Itinerary - Singapore is lovely.Have done port review for this. Kuantan - why did they stop? Costa just sold tours here.Nothing to see or do.

Bangkok - port review - 2 hours from port.Costa you need to stay here for 2 whole days.

Ko-Samui - beaches on side away from port are suppose to be good. if you come out of port and walk to the right for about 10 or 15 minutes there is a small beach here.belongs to hotel but if you buy a drink you can use.

Malaca - port go left. You will see what looks like a 1940's 50's U S ship.Go left here and you will see signs for River Tour. Think about £2 We walked along and it was very pleasant. Market with tourist stuff. China Town. If you don't go left and carry on walking there is a shopping mall.Apparently glasses are very cheap here. We did a Duck Tour which was not very good.

Phuket Town - where we in the wrong place, not impressed.Went to Pattong Beach in the eve.Lots of bars and restaurants.Lady boys eek

Langkawi-port review - lovely

Penang - at the Costa port straight in front of you there is a fort. If you come out and go left you go to the Jetty Communities - houses on stilts.Interesting.Also Little India are from here.

Kuala Lumpur - port review -worth a look

Busy holiday - need holiday to recover Less

Published 04/16/11

Cabin review: E5

Outside cabin had lots of room. Bed was large and comfortable. Lots of wardrobe space. Bathroom was clean and large.Shower. Attendant tidied cabin. TV was old fashioned - no flat screen. Limited programmes

Port and Shore Excursions

This port is 2 hours away from Bangkok.We took taxi ride in and the driver escorted us around. Saw lots of Buddha s and temples. Did not have time to go round the Royal Palace. Ride down the river from Pier 1. Saw modern buildings next to tin shacks and temples. Very busy. Shopping centres. Would like to have gone to the floating markets but not enough time if you are only there for a day.

K L is approx one and half hours from port.Petronas Towers beautiful.If you want to go across the walkway between the two buildings book before u go. Luxury stores can be found in the the Formula One car in the foyer. For cheaper things China Town good here. Has lots of stalls and shops with fake goods.There is tour bus that has a stop outside the tower. Lots of places here that have the fish tanks where you put your feet in and the fish eat the dead skin from your feet - sounds awful but strangely refreshing.

When disembarking small beach, boats and large hotel/resort in a calm bay.Some people we spoke to took private boat from here for tour. The guide threw cicken into the sea and huge sea eagles came down to eat.They said it was breathtaking. Also tours here into rainforest type areas but you need to get into town early. there is big sea - life cen.tre there. Beach lovely lots of watersports

Singapore -take a Red Bus Tour.3 routes.It allows you to hop on and off and take a boat trip around Clarke Quay.If you go to Raffles you can have a drink in the Long Bar.Singapore Sling approx £15 each.If you want afternoon tea book in advance or you may be disappointed.Marina Bay Hotel - the one with boat on the top.You can take lift to the top.Infinity pool 3 x Olympic.Can only use the pool if u are a guest in the hotel.

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