109 Koh Samui Cruise Reviews

Had a complimentary transfer into Chaweng beach. Walked to a resort about paid about $17AUD to stay for the afternoon.
Had a complimentary transfer into Chaweng beach. Walked to a resort about paid about $17AUD to stay for the afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Could not leave ship as planned due to port issues, 40 minute tender trip to shore so instead of starting at 9:10 AM we arrived at the port at 11:10 AM for a 40 minute trip. The rest of this tour was great - but we still left on time!
Could not leave ship as planned due to port issues, 40 minute tender trip to shore so instead of starting at 9:10 AM we arrived at the port at 11:10 AM for a 40 minute trip. The rest of this tour was great - but we still left on time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruise Line cancelled our tour before the cruise so we went to an elephant sanctuary on our own and it was amazing!
Cruise Line cancelled our tour before the cruise so we went to an elephant sanctuary on our own and it was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
A tender port with slow disembarkation so missed planned excursion with local operator as not ashore until 11.45. Small Thai town with limited facilities but at least a glimpse of the way that many Thais live.
A tender port with slow disembarkation so missed planned excursion with local operator as not ashore until 11.45. Small Thai town with limited facilities but at least a glimpse of the way that many Thais live. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 March 6, 2019 Ko Samui is the only Port (in our itinerary) that the ship docks close to Port, and you need a boat transfer (free - provided by the ship) to get on land. This is a 20 mins boat ... Read More
NCL Jewel South East Asia March 4, 2019 March 6, 2019 Ko Samui is the only Port (in our itinerary) that the ship docks close to Port, and you need a boat transfer (free - provided by the ship) to get on land. This is a 20 mins boat ride one way. It was announced that transfer ticket would be distributed on Deck 12 starting at 7.30am on the same day. Passengers could pick up tickets for other members in their party. Already at 6.45am (we were lucky to be walking through this location back to our room) long lineup (about 75) for the transfer tickets. As planned, distribution started at 7.30am. We were in Group 4 for disembarking. We later met some in Group 11 who stayed near the Docks as they disembarked too late, with no time to explore. At 8.00am the ship docked at Nathon Pier right on schedule. 8.30am Passengers were let off ship, starting with privileged members and those who booked excursions through NCL At 9.50am, our group was called, and at 10.15am we were on solid ground on our way to a 7-11 (less than 10 mins walk from where we landed) to buy a data sim card. They sell for 299 Bhat (CAD $13), and a copy of your passport is needed to process purchase. They sell only DTAC. We then pass by a Morya Pharmacy, very close by, which sells AIS, which I read is Thailand's fastest internet. We were happy with the DTAC Internet speed, and was able to use the same card the next day in Bangkok. Now equipped with Google map, we started our self tour. I approached a driver who was parked outside that 7-11 and negotiated a reasonable fee to hire him for 4 hours and back to the same spot (10 mins from the docks). I ensured the fee is for our group of three and not for 1 person. On top, with his limited English, I made him repeat, so there is no disagreement later. I stayed away from drivers at the docks, as they seem to be more aggressive. Under my driving directions, Mr Nut Phiphop, our driver (a true gentleman) drove us around the Island starting south, with our first stop at 11.30am at Grandma/Grandpa rocks. At 11.55am we arrived at their famous Chaweng Beach where we had a good swim, as we came fully prepared. The sand is very comparable to that of Varadero, Cuba, with lot less waves. We changed in the hotel outside washroom. 12.30pm stopped at Big Buddha, but first, a bite at a restaurant nearby to taste their famous pad Thai 120B (CAD$5) Visited the Pagoda and the many small souvenir and clothes shops around. Not enough time to pass by the Bophut's fisherman's village and we drove north and west, through the scenic roads back to our starting point and arrived at 3pm. We had time to do a last shopping stop at the numerous souvenir shops around, and walked towards the Pier, where there was a huge line up, with no one from NCL to confirm that we are in the right queue. 25mins later, everyone in the queue was rushing towards another embarkation point, over 100m away. The elderly, and those not physically fit had trouble keeping up with the crowd to retain their place in the new queue. In fact, there were no queue, just a herd who was trying hard to stop people from pushing from the back. Finally at 4pm, we were relieved to be on board. Everyone was just in shock, as no one has ever experienced anything similar. And not one word of explanation or apology on that day. I have later read that NCL had announced some sort of vague apology 2 days later, that we were not aware of. Besides the fiasco of NCL, Ko Samui is a great destination to spend time at, good people and great beaches. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Loved Koh Samui. Beautiful Island and the beaches are amazing. Food was very good and if you eat where the locals go it is very inexpensive and authentic dishes.
Loved Koh Samui. Beautiful Island and the beaches are amazing. Food was very good and if you eat where the locals go it is very inexpensive and authentic dishes. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We took a taxi to Bophut beach , did some shopping in the markets, spent time on the beach, swimming. Had a Thai massage on beach for equivalent of 10 dollars Canadian. A very pretty place.
We took a taxi to Bophut beach , did some shopping in the markets, spent time on the beach, swimming. Had a Thai massage on beach for equivalent of 10 dollars Canadian. A very pretty place. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took a taxi from the port and despite the weather beaing particulalrly bad we saw enough of the island to see why it is so popular. I would love to re-visit in good weather. what didn't help was the arrangements for getting the ... Read More
We took a taxi from the port and despite the weather beaing particulalrly bad we saw enough of the island to see why it is so popular. I would love to re-visit in good weather. what didn't help was the arrangements for getting the tenders back to the ship; it resulted in Westerdam guests standing out in the pouring rain and getting soaked. The German TUI ship was much better organised. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
When you leave ship you can get your own taxi with driver for the day, he will take you everywhere you want to go. So much more cheaper doing this. And we had a great time.
When you leave ship you can get your own taxi with driver for the day, he will take you everywhere you want to go. So much more cheaper doing this. And we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Koh Samui does not seem ready for cruise ships. After a ride on the tender boats for 25 minutes, you arrive at a pier and are bombarded by tour venders and taxi drivers. The port is quite ugly and dirty.
Koh Samui does not seem ready for cruise ships. After a ride on the tender boats for 25 minutes, you arrive at a pier and are bombarded by tour venders and taxi drivers. The port is quite ugly and dirty. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
After the chaos of Phuket, Ko Samui was a peaceful haven. We simply walked off the ship and into the town. Strolled along the beach. Relaxed. Drank beer we couldn’t otherwise afford on the ship.
After the chaos of Phuket, Ko Samui was a peaceful haven. We simply walked off the ship and into the town. Strolled along the beach. Relaxed. Drank beer we couldn’t otherwise afford on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We are not beach people - our plan was to just wander around, which is what we did. The ship docks very close to downtown.
We are not beach people - our plan was to just wander around, which is what we did. The ship docks very close to downtown. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Hired a private taxe for the entire day for 3000 Baht. It was a good day with several interesting stops including the waterfall (swimmable) and a crowded silver beach
Hired a private taxe for the entire day for 3000 Baht. It was a good day with several interesting stops including the waterfall (swimmable) and a crowded silver beach Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I went to the Four Seasons resort, and spend a lovely afternoon at their Spa. This was one of the highlights of the cruise. The cruise offers a spa package at a local hotel, and I think this is a good option. The beaches were gorgeous!
I went to the Four Seasons resort, and spend a lovely afternoon at their Spa. This was one of the highlights of the cruise. The cruise offers a spa package at a local hotel, and I think this is a good option. The beaches were gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Not that much to do but pleasant to wander around. We went to the Sunset Bar for a very nice lunch.
Not that much to do but pleasant to wander around. We went to the Sunset Bar for a very nice lunch. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018

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