4 Shanghai Singles Cruise Reviews

This was not my first cruise and not my first RCI cruise. I have cruised a few times at different price points and therefore different standards. For me, this was the best cruise I have ever taken... But let's break it down... I am ... Read More
This was not my first cruise and not my first RCI cruise. I have cruised a few times at different price points and therefore different standards. For me, this was the best cruise I have ever taken... But let's break it down... I am a solo, female traveler - I am also an Australian expat currently living in South Korea (so this will identify me to my fellow travelers haha) but I have also lived in other Asian countries including a year in China Embarkation. Arrived at the terminal exactly 12 noon and it was busy, not overly crowded, but lots of people moving efficiently with their luggage. Checking the luggage in was a quick, easy and painless process and I was shuffled to the check in queues. There was a distinct differentiation between western travelers and our Chinese counterparts - westerners were given a much quicker run through the check in - but we couldn't see any reason for splitting the groups other than to maybe appease the impatient westerners... So, all in all checkin took less than 45 mins and I was on board and in the dining room for lunch - as a solo traveler, this was the only meal I spent alone. In summary, embarkation was very quick and very painless, there was queuing but it moved rapidly and if you were western it was even quicker. Cabin I was in 7250 a studio balcony cabin. Note: this cabin has a much larger balcony then others due to the way the ship is shaped... so it was wonderful to have so much room. The cabin itself was small but that's what I expected - there were enough cupboards and drawers and a stool instead of a chair - plenty of mirrors and a decent enough bar fridge. The bathroom was the same size as other rooms. As a solo I cannot fault the room, the space was adequate - and importantly I could put empty cases under the bed. I was very happy with this cabin and in the same circumstances would choose it again. Dining I chose to eat mainly in the main dining room, I found the service to be excellent and the quality of food (in most cases) very good. I had no problem with the portion sizes and the temperature was always appropriate. On one day I didn't like the options but that was my palate and my friends on the other hand had no problem with their choices - so I guess it is a personal decision whether you like the food or not. I also ate at Chops Grille and that was a wonderful choice. The meal was excellent and I couldn't fault the service. I also dined in Teppanyaki - there was a hiccup with my reservation that was superbly dealt with by the Maitre D (Leslie) and I couldn't have been happier with the outcome - (this hiccup was the ONLY thing on the cruise that wasn't perfect - but the resolution exceded my expectations). The meal at Teppanyaki was one of the highlights of the cruise. It has to be seen to be believed - a great meal that I will remember for a very long time. I never ate in Windjammers - whenever I was in the vicinity it was always super busy and tables were hard to come by, but on the other hand, the Cafe 270 was almost empty as were the seats and tables - this became a very popular hiding spot to grab a snack or drink away from the crowds (and the food served was very nice too) I had a room service breakfast once and it was adequate - I was given exactly what I asked for... Formal nights are not received by the guests like you may have experienced elsewhere - very few people out of the 5100 dressed up for dinner - these were not published by RCI before the cruise so it is possible that many first time cruisers did not know what to expect. Drinks I was fortunate to get a free deluxe drinks package when I booked so that was a real bonus. I loved the Bionic Bar and would often use it to just grab a juice and soda mixed any time during the day. As I didn't pay for a drink I can't comment on prices and as I didn't really drink that much alcohol, I can't complain about the drinks at all. I also don't drink coffee so didn't sample any of those either. Entertainment and Activities I have to admit when I saw the schedule I was a bit disappointed - very few traditional cruise activities like trivia (it was there though but no where near what I am used to) and no bingo. I love to read on board so I packed books. However, I didn't even finish one book and I was never bored, I don't exactly know what I was doing but I managed to keep busy and have an amazing time during the cruise days. The shore excursions were also a little light on... In Osaka you could have paid $80 to go to the castle and Dotonbori Street on the tour bus - however we walked to the local metro, bought a day ticket with ease and did exactly the same destinations for $8 (we messed up on the way back and overshot the station so needed to catch a taxi back to the ship - but that was our fault). Kobe offered a shuttle bus to the main shopping area and there were several places that offered Kobe beef - which was a main reason for people wanting to visit . However when docked at Yokahama it was an hour from Tokyo so I had to catch the shore independent tour just to get to the city centre. But worth it at $69. The evening entertainment was also exceptional - I loved the Ukrainian acrobats Gold Art Duo and The SIlk Road was absolutely amazing. The flamenco guitar guy was extremely talented as were the Beatles Tribute band (I can't mention the moving piano and player as he said he smuggled himself on board - but he was awesome too). Service CAN NOT FAULT THE SERVICE From the Financial Controller to the Maitre D to the Head Waiters to the Room Attendants and Waiters - I was made to feel like I was the only one who mattered, nothing was ever too much trouble and they did everything with grace and style. I would come back just for the quality of service I experienced. Overall I loved this trip. It wasn't what I expected but it was better. I made so many friends (and as a solo traveler that is important) and had such a fun time. I would not hesitate to book again - due to my personal circumstances I couldn't book again on board but I am already looking at January dates for a replay. Well done Spectrum of the Seas and well done Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Went on a far east cruise on the Celebrity Constellation. Firstly, our taxi didn't turn up to take us to the hotel for our overnight stay. When asking anyone from Celebrity Cruises they couldn't help us as they couldn't ... Read More
Went on a far east cruise on the Celebrity Constellation. Firstly, our taxi didn't turn up to take us to the hotel for our overnight stay. When asking anyone from Celebrity Cruises they couldn't help us as they couldn't speak English. (we werent the only ones this happened to) While waiting to check in and board ship in Shanghai, we was shunted from place to place with no where warm to sit. (it was very cold) The staff was amazing so no issues there what so ever !!! But the price on board ship was so extortionate. The WIFI and Excursions was so overpriced. If we hadn't got a drinks package in place, I have no idea what we would have done. The ship docked in cargo type docks in the middle of nowhere. So, if you didn't have an excursion booked then you had nowhere to go. We ended up taking two trips just to get of ship. $49 just take us to Danang for a 4-hr trip which got cut to 3hrs which was not good enough for the amount they were charging. We complained and got a 30% refund. The second one was Singapore night at a glance, which most of it was done on foot and cost a grand total of $99 each for 3.5 hrs long trip. They only had American dollars on boardship. They should have had the relevant monies needed for each port docked at. The food on board was mainly rice type dishes and stir fry, very little of anything English. And you need very long arms to get the things from the back in the buffet. Ridiculous to have to pay to go in speciality restaurants. ( Just my opinion) To top it off we had to wait in airport for our flight home for over 12hrs because of turn around. All in all, very disappointing as this was for our 30th wedding Anniversary and my Husbands 60th Birthday. we saved long and hard for it. A big let down !! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Visiting Shanghai for the F1 Grand Prix and this was my first ever cruise on any ship. I have to say that this ship and cruise is most definitely aimed at Chinese. If you are a European like me, it’s a real eye opener. There are over 1 ... Read More
Visiting Shanghai for the F1 Grand Prix and this was my first ever cruise on any ship. I have to say that this ship and cruise is most definitely aimed at Chinese. If you are a European like me, it’s a real eye opener. There are over 1 billion Chinese that have money to spend and Royal Caribbean wants to exploit that market, it’s good business sense. Be prepared for rudeness, queue jumping and little consideration from the Chinese passengers on the cruise with you. An example was that there was a long queue at Sorentoes, I got my meal, the server tried to hand it to me and a Chinese man tried to steal the meal. He saw absolutely nothing wrong with this until the server rebuked him in angry Mandarin. Try to avoid Windjammer at peak times, complete madness. Little choice apart from Chinese food, even the western food is aimed at the Chinese passenger. You can get other food but you will have to pay for it. Shipboard currency is dollars, they can change currency but be prepared to pay a surcharge. I was advised to go ashore and change currency there. Embarkation was ok, the cruise line have worked very hard to make it a smooth as possible. The cabin I had was internal and was finished to a good standard and the house keeper introduced herself and was extremely helpful when I needed to ask her questions. I cannot fault the rest of the crew I have had dealings with, but it’s VERY obvious which passengers are in the driving seat on this ship and the crew don’t enforce the rules unless they have to. They do not want to upset those passengers at all. I have A LOT of time for the crew on this ship because of the hard work they have to do. There are LOTS of videos in Mandarin instructing the passengers not to walk around in pyjamas, disposable flip flops and certain areas you are required to dress smartly to enter. I walk around the ship and lost count of the passengers wandering around in pyjamas and flip flops. I got dressed up for chops resturaunt and in came several others in jeans, t-shirts and disposable flip flops. I went on a trip and was told that at the last minute I could not leave the ship until my account had been settled, I phoned at friend who had been on another RCL ship (Independence) that it was not done. Where was I going to go? The ship had taken my passport (for immigration purposes) it’s not like I was going to do a bunk without that? I can only say my own observations, it’s a good cruise and I have had a good time but you are going to see an awful lot of bad Chinese behaviour. I have got a master class in Mandarin insults, and watching men hawking spittle into the hand basins they have to wash their hands in before they go into the windjammer. Come and see China and Japan its a great experience, but you have to bite your lip a lot. You have to remember that what’s considered rude and really out of order in the West is totally different from what’s applicable in China. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because Royal Caribbean are dependable for quality. Not so this ship. I had a premonition all would not be well when I entered the main dining room for my first dinner and my enquiry as to ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and because Royal Caribbean are dependable for quality. Not so this ship. I had a premonition all would not be well when I entered the main dining room for my first dinner and my enquiry as to where table 346 was, was met with a vague wave of the hand somewhere towards the right hand side of the ship. After wandering around for a while I sat down at a large table (as I had requested). Shortly after I was joined by two other guests. My order was taken pretty promptly but the first bit of food to pass my lips was 35 minutes after sitting down, the following night it was 40 minutes. To say there was only three of us at the table you have to work hard at mixing up the orders but they did. Courses were forgotten consistently throughout the cruise. Because of a largish contingent of passengers from China RCL were offering two different menus which presumably explains the rather limited offering on the European one each night. Things reached a climax on the 5th night when the waiters disappeared an hour into the meal to go and sing us a song in Chinese and When all I had had thus far was a bowl of soup. After my rant at the Maitre d' that 1 hour 10 minutes to serve a bowl of soup was beyond a joke I left the table in disgust. Things improved a bit after that. For the first time ever after many cruises I asked for envelopes instead of gratuities on the C.C. the envelopes never arrived! The queue at guest relations was always over 20 people instead of discussing the weather the usual topic of conversation was the abysmal service. Entertainment was good, the cabin so so and the overall impression was that RCL were trying to save money, (no chocolate on the pillow after the bed was turned down etc.). I had paid a lot of money for a balcony cabin at the stern on deck 6 (solo) and was really disappointed in this cruise. Am I glad my next two cruises are on Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016

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