After a wonderful night and morning at the Shangri-La Hotel, we were driven by BMW to the ship at Laem Chabang(Bangkok). We went through all the paper work fast and boarded the ship.
On board we made new friends from Canada,USA,New Zealand and Australia and spent many nights going to shows and dinners with them. We attended the activities on board, viewed sky lined lights from Hong Kong, attended a few dances and cocktail parties, played golf, bingo and gambled on the horses. We attended lectures on every port which was fascinating and informative and the lecturer offered many suggestions on what to see and what to stay away from, there was standing room only. This was a shopping trip and we shopped for our family at most ports. Our room steward was amazing and had everything ready for us when we needed it. We had anytime dinning with our new friends from New Zealand. We enjoyed the days at sea relaxing and meeting new people. We were not active with cruise critic at the time and we missed out on meeting more people and enjoying other activities that were offered through cruise critic. Left the ship in Xingang and went to Beijing, we took a plane from China to LAX. Overall we had a great time and look forward to many more cruises and now being a part of Cruise Critic we have a lot more great times ahead of us.
Missing Ports: We visited Vietnam, took a 6 passenger van to the Mekong Delta eat lunch on the river, paddled in a canoe through the jungle, sampled fruits and drink of the area. We toured Taipei and saw the changing of the guard in the rain. Great time. In Okinawa Japan we stained cloth that hang on our walls today, Okinawa is westernized and there are many US Armed Forces stationed on the Island. Last was our tour of Shanghai. We toured a silk factory and visited gardens bought coffee at Starbucks and Rolex watches for $25US and they still work today.
Cabin was small, but we got around OK. Closet worked fine and our balcony was perfect, we had great views of sunsets and as we entered and left the port we could see fine. Our cabin was in a great location in the stern and was quiet. No complaints.
Singapore was the cleanest and safest port on the tour. We took a Princess Tour and visited China town and the city. It was fascinating and we saw how the people lived back in the early 1920's, from there went to a Pewter Factory and were given demonstrations on how to make pewter bowls, than made our own bowls. Next we walked around the park area before boarding the bus. We toured old town Singapore and viewed the largest Ferris wheel in the world, next we drove to the Raffles Hotel and were given a Singapore-sling demonstration and than we had snacks and Singapore slings. After 4.5 hrs. we were bussed back to the ship.
Hong Kong was a shopping port. We experienced their subway system and found off the beaten areas to shop and eat. It was an exciting experience, as not to many locals spoke English. We found our way back to the ship and took an afternoon Princess Tour to the Olympic ampatheater for a Tai Chi class. This tour was 5 hrs..