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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 ... Read More
I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 nights stay in a hotel at Singapore. Checking into the ship was complicated by the fact that we did not secure the Indian visa for the stopover at Port Blair but we were allowed to board after we signed a waiver to leave the ship at Yangon and make our own way to Colombo. I had phoned with the travel agency on whether it is permissible to remain on board the ship during the stopover at Port Blair without the costly visa and the reply was that it should be all right. Our ocean view cabin was comfortable. The bathroom was small but clean and functional. As noted by other reviewers, the water in the bathroom is frequently rust coloured enough to stain white clothes if you need to wash them. One night a water pipe burst and flooded the carpets on the fourth level so we were without a flushing toilet for close to 24 hours. Entertainment was limited to some lectures on the culture of the far east. During the cruise on the Strait of Malacca the captain warned that we were in pirate territory and as precaution to close the curtains at night to limit visibility of the ship. Food was acceptable and service in the dinning rooms was excellent.. Service was excellent all around. Shore excursions, aside from introductory tours of each stopover, involved long travel times in buses or boats to sites of interest. Enough said; there are better choices available for cruising in Asia. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We chose this cruise ( a cruise of a life time) because it commenced in Singapore then other ports where we disembarked at Mumbai then continued to the "Golden Triangle" by other means. We paid £11000-00 for a Deluxe Outside ... Read More
We chose this cruise ( a cruise of a life time) because it commenced in Singapore then other ports where we disembarked at Mumbai then continued to the "Golden Triangle" by other means. We paid £11000-00 for a Deluxe Outside Cabin this was not reflected in reality. The cabin although clean was tired and required a major refit. The daylight curtains I would suggest had not seem a washing machine in many a month. The main problem was with the bathroom. The water constantly ran red with rust daily. this prevented proper washing and especially inconvenient for my wife hair shampooing. The soap provided was laughable, a tablet the size of a small eraser. We had numerous problems with the cabin lock being on one occasion locked out for five hours. The internet on board costing £28-00 per secission was not fit for purpose. It either did not connect or dropped out at any time. The dining arrangements were fine but the quality of the food I suggest was at best good canteen.The service in the premier restaurant was slow and unpredictable. Lecturers were good and entertaining also the shore excursions. I have made theses observations available to the Company whoo firstly dismissed the bathroom problems as not meaningful and offer a rebate on the internet which I returned. Since then I having written again with revealing photographs of the bathroom problems the Company has now offered a 15% discount from my next booking which is meaningless to me as I will not be cruising with the Company ever again and certainly can't recommend their services to other potential clients. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
Ship is having problems. From Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Bali the following problems occurred: Brown water in shower and basins, a/c not working to capacity, upper respiratory disease went through the ship, ship's engines ... Read More
Ship is having problems. From Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Bali the following problems occurred: Brown water in shower and basins, a/c not working to capacity, upper respiratory disease went through the ship, ship's engines stopped at 2:45 a.m. January 27, 2015 and we drifted at sea without power until 3:26 a.m. Internet was not reliable and your balance disappeared. Positive notes: small ship with friendly Filipino staff who work tirelessly to make your cruise enjoyable, wonderful lecturers, small ports so you get to experience the true culture of the site. Great library on board. Lots of quiet areas to relax, tips included with price, wine/beer provided at dinner, tea time each day, no prescribed seating. Quiet, comfortable and educational. Single cabins or low single supplement. An environmental expert came onboard at Singapore to look into the water/air quality problems. No changes as of February 5, 2015 when I disembarked. The pre and post hotel stays were 5 star and a wonderful way to get over jetlag at the beginning of the cruise and to relax before the long flight home.. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
We were so excited to try this small ship. But there were many things that were disappointing. The A/C was not adequate for the hot, humid climates. The water was brown the whole time we were on the ship, although I know there was a lot of ... Read More
We were so excited to try this small ship. But there were many things that were disappointing. The A/C was not adequate for the hot, humid climates. The water was brown the whole time we were on the ship, although I know there was a lot of time spent trying to fix the problem, but we were never sure was the problem was. Not a lot of explanation was given. The food was pretty good, not great. More local fresh fruit would have been a good addition. Wine with dinner was nice. We had one of two Owner's Suites. The suite itself was nice, but the balcony was so small it was almost unusable. Service for our cabin was great. Pool was a small salt water pool. However, there was no fresh water rinse off. So we only used a couple of times. Excursions were included. Pretty well done. Our speakers were excellent . We enjoyed the talks very much. The ship's staff were good, although the cruise director was obnoxious. She was loud and brash. Entertainment was not inspiring. Would be nice to have more upbeat music for listening and dancing. This ship has a broad list of itineraries, so there a a lot of choices. All in all ok experience, but will probably not go with them again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
WE were attracted to the "Singapore and Islands of Indonesia" cruise because of the ports of call and the concept of having "expert" lecturers on board to enhance the experience. All in all the concept worked. The ... Read More
WE were attracted to the "Singapore and Islands of Indonesia" cruise because of the ports of call and the concept of having "expert" lecturers on board to enhance the experience. All in all the concept worked. The lecturers were good, the ports of call were interesting, the staff were brilliant and the food was great. HOWEVER... the ship let the whole experience down. This is the fourth cruise line we have travelled with, and without a doubt this ship was by far the worst. It is disrespectful to customers to expect them to tolerate soot drifting down from the ships funnels which covered the decks, the pool and our clothes with filthy black soot. Similarly, virtually every cabin had brown tap water throughout the cruise. Sure it was being investigated, but it looked foul. Our toilet backed up on more than one occasion. The staff did their best to make our stay memorable, and on the whole they succeeded, but I fear this ship is now way past it's sell-by date. It is after all a converted car ferry, and in many ways this showed. We would certainly travel with Voyages to Antiquity again, but only after they replace this ship. VTA have a great concept, great staff, great crew, but all are let down by the Aegean Odyssey. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
In mid- February my wife and I embarked on a 2 week cruise in South East Asia - from Singapore to Rangoon and back. Our cruise was part of the Voyages to Antiquity program arranged for us by Exclusive Tours, Toronto. Never having ... Read More
In mid- February my wife and I embarked on a 2 week cruise in South East Asia - from Singapore to Rangoon and back. Our cruise was part of the Voyages to Antiquity program arranged for us by Exclusive Tours, Toronto. Never having travelled to that part of the world before, we did not know what to expect, and perhaps were somewhat apprehensive, as 70 year olds are wont to be. There was no need for any doubts. The tours were exceptionally informative and educational, as we delved into the different Asian cultures, religions and visited first hand the cities and towns of the countries visited. Our cruise ship the Aegean Odyssey, although small, met our every need and suited us just fine. The staff was extremely pleasant, friendly, and accommodating. The ship was extremely clean, with our cabin more than ample for the 2 of us. There were plenty of amenities and diversions available for us when on board. We found the meals to very satisfactory, whether going through the buffet line or ordering from a set menu in the more formal dining room. Our choice was to go through the buffet for breakfast and lunch, but have our evening meals in the dining room. Free flowing wine at dinner was an added bonus. Should one hear of the Voyage to Antiquity program, check it out. You will not be disappointed in the tours, nor the Aegean Odyssey cruise ship. My wife and I will certainly keep our eyes peeled. Cheers! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2012
Well, we have been home just 5 days and I can report that our " Grand Tour to S.E Asia " on the Aegean Odyssey was great. Firstly, the ship itself was modern, spotlessly clean and just the right size to get to meet people. ... Read More
Well, we have been home just 5 days and I can report that our " Grand Tour to S.E Asia " on the Aegean Odyssey was great. Firstly, the ship itself was modern, spotlessly clean and just the right size to get to meet people. Our cabin, which was an outside deluxe , had a little balcony. It wasn't classed as a 'concierge" class, but is only one of two on board of the the class down that has a balcony..We still had a fridge that was replenished with soft drinks and water everyday, 2 bottles of Champagne and petite fours on arrival and also half way through the trip again. Our cabin attendant Rex was a meticulous and cheerful guy who looked after us very well. The cabin was bright, cheerful and roomy and having the balcony was fantastic ( great for hanging washing) .We are not good sleepers, so many hours were spent out there watching the fishing boats slide by at night, On board were 2 eating areas..one had an inside and outside area. This terrace cafe was the one most favoured by the guests. There's nothing better than dining out the back with new friends watching the sun set , or looking at the locals busy about their work just off board. The Marco Polo downstairs was a nice venue also that served pretty much the same food, but the stewards served it to you .You did tend to dress a little smarter down there, some very much so, but it wasn't necessary.Its a great place to go if you've overindulged upstairs at the buffet ... The food was a;ways very nice with plenty of variety and the provided wines were drinkable. There are a number of places to go just to sit and read or chat, with the Charlestown lounge the most popular. Bridge was being played most days at the Observation lounge upstairs. There were lots of deck chairs all around the ship so there was none of that CHAIR HOGGING that you find on the other cruises. There's a lovely little shop with all sorts of goodies to buy. It always seemed to be open at meal times, which meant we always popped our heads in on the way to eat and ended up buying something that I'm sure was necessary. There's a well stocked library that had mini newspapers printed every day which was great because TV reception out to sea was poor. One point I would make was that every day they ran 3 or 4 DVDs through the TV. They were pretty old and a lot of the time the quality was so poor that you couldn't hear them. Or someone forgot to press PLAY and they just stayed in the one position for hours. Also as we were on 2 cruises back to back to make the "grand tour" , they played the same movies in the second half as they did in the first half. DVDs are so cheap these days, it would be very easy to improve their library. As I thought the music played each night was a little old for me, I was more than happy to lie on my bed and read or watch a movie...only to be disappointed. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had the usual bunch that didn't listen at the daily briefings and asked all sorts of stupid questions , but the staff were endlessly patient.. The excursions were well run and very efficient ..Its great being on the smaller ship , you are off the ship and on the buses in no time...none of this waiting around for hours like the huge ships. We were in colour groups and pretty much stayed with the same lot the whole trip, so you knew your group pretty well by the end of the month. The pre and post cruise accommodations and activities were absolutely first class..5 star hotels all the way. we thoroughly enjoyed our hotels in Bangkok and Siem Reap. We couldn't have asked for better. EXCURSIONS..Have you heard of the ABC tours ? ( Another Bloody Cathedral) . Well this was a little like this.Only this was ABB ,Another Bloody Buddha. We hadn't been to S.E.Asia before, but found that all the countries were pretty similar. It could be because we were seeing the same things in each country. Buddhas,museums,temples,water villages,pagodas and markets. After a while, towards the end, some people preferred to stay on the bus and snooze rather than get out for the same thing. It wasn't bad, but a bit repetitive. As it was a VOYAGE TO ANTIQUITY, NOT VOYAGES TO SHOPPING MALLS AND BEACHES, I suppose it was only to be expected. Our best excursion was one we organised ourselves to see the Orangutans at Kota Kinabalu. Was very surprised that VTA didn't do this and more guests were cross after we told them of our great day. Next best was to Angkor Wat..A fantastic place and the magnificent hotel to return to,made for a great day. Was disappointed at how dirty a lot of the countries were. Our world will be swallowed up by plastic water bottles, that are strewn everywhere. Burma in particular was a filthy place with obvious poverty and starving dogs everywhere. It did have some lovely things to see, but I was left with a sense of sadness about the place. But that's just my impression. The jacuzzi had disappeared from the ship, hopefully that will be returned.. The pool was hardly filled in the second half of the trip due to the swell. Christmas and New year were quiet on board due to the numbers of guests in their cabins with sea sickness. Overall. loved the boat..VTA seems to have dealt with all the prior concerns that had been brought up at forums such as this. I never met anyone on boat that was unhappy..It was a great trip that I would do again in a heartbeat. Obviously doing something right as the ship was full of return clientele.Missing ports of call. Phuket...seemed nice enough..did a longtail boat ride around islands. Yangon ,Myanmar. Saw some great things , but disappointed in the place as a whole. Penang. Just a city drive, museums etc. seemed a nice cleaner place. Mallaca. As Above Brunei ..Very modern areas, big modern buildings and mosques for the king, some poor areas. huge housing suburbs being built.. Kota Kinabalu..Liked this little town. nice beaches, some modern buildings. typical stinking markets. Fantastic Orangutan sanctuary Nga Trang. city tour again. usual museums, temples etc but lovely beaches too. looked nice Sihanoukville..city tour.. and beaches.. looked nice.. very poor area. Siem Reap..enjoyed these two days.. new hotels everywhere, great temples, different to all other places visited. very enjoyable. Read Less
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