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6 Mumbai (Bombay) to Asia Cruise Reviews

My husband booked cruise on Costa Victoria mainly for destination Indian Ocean I was a dubious after some of the reviews. We arrived at Mumbai Port at 11am and were allowed to board straight away. Embarkation was fast and ... Read More
My husband booked cruise on Costa Victoria mainly for destination Indian Ocean I was a dubious after some of the reviews. We arrived at Mumbai Port at 11am and were allowed to board straight away. Embarkation was fast and straightforward and we headed to buffet while waiting for our cabin which was ready by 2pm. The cabin was a good size and clean. Our cabin steward always had a smile and was always very helpful. Safety drill was out on deck by allocated life boat this took sometime mainly because of waiting for passengers who took their time getting there. We were in Fantasia restaurant and our waiters Swapnil and Oscar really looked after us well. The menu was varied and so had good choice. One of the complaints we had seen was cold food but every meal we had was hot apparently the waiters have instructions that they must get food freshly plated for British and German guests as we like our food hot. It also made us smile when ordering a cappuccino the one waitress would always bring us a very hot cappuccino. We used the buffet for breakfast and a reasonable selection of hot and cold options. Lunch in the buffet was quite as a good proportion of passengers were Indian so as well as European options there was a section of Indian food as well as the grill where you could get burgers and chips. Entertainment in theatre the first week we found was ok especially the Italian tenor the second week we found not so good but that week they were trying to please be at least six different nationalities. Entertainment in the bars was good except one night the one group scheduled did not appear and it was only after passengers complained to bar staff that anyone realised there was a problem. Because most of the ports were away from the main towns we booked several excursions and found them to be good value for money and well organised. Disembarkation in Mumbai was fast and straight forward as had cleared customs in Goa. Overall an enjoyable cruise Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because of the destinations on the itinerary & because some tours were included. We had travelled on Viking before...a river cruise. Some of the shore excursions were terrible...long bus rides...no time to see ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the destinations on the itinerary & because some tours were included. We had travelled on Viking before...a river cruise. Some of the shore excursions were terrible...long bus rides...no time to see half of the sites. & some bad tour guides. Exception Bangkok which had a great company handling the tours. The embarkation in Mumbai was the worst we have experienced anywhere. No one seemed to know anything. When we arrived at the Airport after being delayed and arriving late, the people who were there to meet us had no idea who we were even though we had phoned Viking to tell them that KLM screwed up our flights so badly that we missed the 2 day pre excursion we had booked.& would be delayed. We sat in the airport while 5 guys tried to get us a taxi.The taxi driver took us the long way to the hotel as we would not pay the tolls on the freeway.all this in the middle of the night. The Viking personnel were overwhelmed at the hotel. We finally got on a bus to the ship only to be told that it had to have luggage removed from the previous group. We loaded on a busy street with cars and motor bikes whizzing past. Three days at sea..not enough interesting activities to relieve the boredom. No complaints at all about the quality of the service, the food, the crew or the ship itself or the food we had while off the ship on excursions. If you are going to offer city tours, you need the time to actually see sites, & take some photos from a place other than through bus windows. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. Unfortunately, this cruise lasted only 4 days for us. My wife and I left the cruise in Sri Lanka on day 4 since she had to go to the hospital due to a serious infection to her left leg from a ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. Unfortunately, this cruise lasted only 4 days for us. My wife and I left the cruise in Sri Lanka on day 4 since she had to go to the hospital due to a serious infection to her left leg from a laceration that happened in Delhi. The Viking ship and facilities were outstanding. The medical staff tried to due all they could to stem the infection - it ended up being beyond their capabilities with the antibiotics they had available. The Director of Cruise Services was a terrible failure - no compassion or customer service focus. Cabin was spacious and balcony was nice. Unfortunately we spent most of our time in the cabin for 4 days since my wife had to have her leg elevated and could not walk. We used room service for most of our meals. The menu was good and the food was delivered timely and arrived hot. I'd choose this again for the great itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This cruise combined a 5-day land tour of India's Golden Triangle -- Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Jaipur-- with sea voyages from Mumbai to Oman (Muscat and Salaleh) and Jordan (Aqaba, Petra, Amman). Fascinating itinerary, high-quality ... Read More
This cruise combined a 5-day land tour of India's Golden Triangle -- Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Jaipur-- with sea voyages from Mumbai to Oman (Muscat and Salaleh) and Jordan (Aqaba, Petra, Amman). Fascinating itinerary, high-quality land tours, comfortable small ship, lovely crew and staff, and interesting fellow passengers -- mostly Australian, British and Canadian. Many aboard were university professors, history aficionados, seasoned travelers seeking cultural immersion. Pros included the high-quality onboard lecturers: a BBC war correspondent, a BBC radio religion commentator, a top archaeologist. Land accommodations were first-class; food onboard was always enjoyable; dining venues were attractive and elegant -- al fresco dinners in the stern's Terrace Cafe were especially memorable. Public spaces -- the lounge, the library, the pool and decks, the small spa, the spacious lecture space -- were fine. Cabins were comfortable and attractive, if showing their age a bit (the ship is a converted car ferry of some vintage). Given the troubled areas we were passing through (Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the territorial waters of Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia) the Captain reassured us of the security measures in place: armed military men, 24 hour watches, razor wire on the stern to prevent pirate invasions. The slight element of tension was worth it for the wonders we saw, especially in Jordan: the desert expanses of Wadi Rum, the breathtaking hidden city of Petra, the Roman ruins in and around Amman. Criticisms: the quality of the musical entertainment was far below the standards of the cultivated clientele. North American passengers reported problems with reservations, flights and timely receipt of tour materials. Overall, a memorable experience. Not perfect, but very good. A vacation that stimulated the brain and enlarged the vision. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
The Voyager is a well appointed ship and well maintained by an excellent mostly Filipino Crew who are always friendly and helpful. The restauants serve excellent food although dinner in the Discovery Restauant can take a very long time. ... Read More
The Voyager is a well appointed ship and well maintained by an excellent mostly Filipino Crew who are always friendly and helpful. The restauants serve excellent food although dinner in the Discovery Restauant can take a very long time. The Veranda Restaurant is a buffet and the same choice of food is available and again the staff are helpful but there are problems with the layout. At breakfast, the cereals are in one section and the cooked food etc are in another section but with the layout of the ship it would be impossible to change any arrangements. The entertainment consisted of an excellent programme of lectures given by a high calibre group of lecturers and the Darwin Lounge was usually full for these events and the use of three screens helped to overcome the problem of poor sightlines. The sightline problem was most noticeable in the production shows where the complicated footwork could only be seen by those in the front row. The production shows were of a high quality and performed in a limited area. Shore excurions were all to a high standard and some local guides were excellent. The visits to Egypt were well received by the local populations who had not seen a cruise ship for a year. The cabin was well appointed but I had a major problem with the noise from the propellors and engine. I was allocated a cabin in the stern of the ship on deck 3 and at 0330 one morning I was at reception asking someone to come down and listen to the noise. Sleep was impossible and I feared thirty-one nights of disturbed sleep. I was moved the following day to another cabin but for that sector only and I had to return to my old cabin for the second sector as new passengers had boarded. I kept up my complaints and moved to a cabin on deck 4 which again was fine. I was not seeking an upgrade and would have happily accepted a downgrade just to have a quieter cabin. I would recommend any intending passenger not to book cabins at the stern of the ship because the noise is unbearable and one passenger had the crew checking the noise with a noise monitor. The Reception Staff were always helpful and sympathetic. My reaction is that if the Company choose to sell cabins which are liable to excessive noise and vibration then the intending passenger should be warned of the problem and the cabins offered at a much reduced cost. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Returning from our cruise on Pacific Princess, I would like to give some feedback. As in my previous business life, feedback should be taken as learning opportunity and starting point for improvement. Without critic we will never see ... Read More
Returning from our cruise on Pacific Princess, I would like to give some feedback. As in my previous business life, feedback should be taken as learning opportunity and starting point for improvement. Without critic we will never see improvement and growth. I had this summary sent via two different travel agencies to Princess Cruises, however, no answer since 3 months. Our trip started at Frankfurt (Germany) with a 2 day pre-program in Mumbai. The time spent in the city as well as in the vicinity was worth the money. Hotel (Taj President) and sightseeing were well organized and professionally conducted. Mumbai is the city with the largest contrast between poor and rich we ever saw. We embarked on Sept. 1, 2006 in Mumbai (Bombay) and disembarked on Sept 15, 2006 in Bangkok. Despite the monsoon season we had sunny to fair weather condition and an almost mirror flat sea, besides some tropical rain at noon or night. The ports of call had been changed after we booked. Colombo was dropped for safety reasons, added Mangalore instead, which was no adequate replacement at al. All other ports of call had interesting points to visit and included Cambodia and Vietnam. The Ship: Positive items first: - Food at dinner time was excellent, high quality, nice presentation, sufficient list of different items to select from, - Service at dining area very friendly and supportive with an excellent taste - Stateroom steward provided all help needed in due time and kept our room tidy and clean. - The stateroom itself included a balcony, which used at night time in these tropical nights, the room itself provided more than sufficient storage capacity, everything ok - Service at bar areas friendly and quick, not urging or pressing - Very fast check-in process at Mumbai, very well organized disembarkation in Bangkok - Some performances at show time had been extremely good (e.g. Piano & Banjo) - Pacific Princess offers two speciality restaurants, however, because of the quality of the standard dining restaurant we did not use them. Items to improve: - Embarkation process lacks positive moments like a welcome glass of Champaign, or someone guiding us personally to the stateroom. -Service and environment in breakfast/lunch buffet area was somewhat strange: - The starboard side of the buffet restaurant is close to the centrally located dish washing facilities, emitting an extreme noise at each opening of the doors,loudly rumbling carts are used to transport plates and silver ware in and out of cleaning area - cleaning of garbage cans and pulling sacks filled with garbage or dirty table cloths in the midst of the area where people are sitting for either lunch or breakfast.All men assigned to this job express their hate of both the work and the guests sitting there. - plastic chairs at outside areas are dirty with spilled coffee and food stains, cleaning frequency far too low, no seat covers, - coffee supply the worst I ever met (lousy quality, only two self service filling stations and one cart for direct service, nobody looking for refills,therefore coffee on cart luke warm. Compared to any coffee shop just unacceptable), - no fresh fruit juices or fresh milk supplied at breakfast buffet. - Food at breakfast buffet somewhat boring, every day same fruit selection, egg station was not able to produce a decent omelette or fried eggs, used partly eggs with an extreme pale yolk without any taste. However, very good and tasty selection of bread. As a tip, the guy at the hamburger station (pool area) produces really good fried eggs and omelettes to your choice during morning hours. - Pool was closed for maintenance for about a week, while we had bright sunshine (however, it will be always at the wrong time anyway) - Lift system is used for transport of cleaning personal with their respective carts and utilities at the time passengers are heading for dinner, keeping passengers waiting. (Should be kept in background anyway) - The restroom check system is nicely set up, but does not function too well, more than once we observed sign-off at the door w/o checking the facilities Show time events had a good variety of events. The dancers and singers might need a new choreograph and some singers need refreshing training on how to hit the right tone. The announcement and the introduction of performing persons are far too exaggerating, thus, they can never meet the raised expectations. It is a question of taste, but joke telling should never disrespect minorities. Shore excursions, as far as we joined them, are basically ok and well organized. However, all excursions land at sales points. At that cruise price level this needs to be restricted to true value sites, and, then, need more time in those cases (e.g. Kuala Lumpur Jewelry and Silk/Batik). We observed in Vietnam at planned restroom stops at different places where the same dealers were aggressively selling low value offers, and the identical cripples begging for money. At a ship, which wants to maintain 4+ stars someone might want to teach the waiters the basic rules of serving at the table like: - serve ladies first - don't over-fill a wine glass - don't start clearing the tables for next sitting while guests are still at the table - don't rush, no loud chats among waiters. While we observed some best of the best we also saw quite a few worst of the worst. This needs attention of and training by the supervisors. Directly booking gratuity might be helpful to have a balanced distribution system. However, it seems to be a contribution of the passengers to adjust for low wages. Eventually, this socialized system disconnects pay from performance. I did not observe the leaders of the crew personally checking their staff's performance and using weaknesses as training and coaching opportunities. My tip: have all automated gratuity re-booked, and use the amount where you are really satisfied with the service. My gut feeling: Some of the leaders are complacent and far too long in their position. In average lowest service standard compared to NCL, Celebrity, Trans Ocean, and Costa, however, average is unfair because we experienced some best of the best who were outbalanced by a good share of the worst of the worst. Good quality does not only mean in average good; the spread between outstanding and low performance needs to be managed. Day time attire of service personal needs improvement (worn out, dirty and scratched tennis shoes; someone, not color blind, should look at shirt and short/skirt colors) Summing up all experiences, Princess might want to have a very close look at the Pacific Princess, or the rating as a high class ship will be lost. We do not want to miss the experience of this cruise, however, for the time being, we will not recommend this ship to friends. Arno Read Less
Sail Date September 2006

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