Posted March 12th, 2009, 08:10 AM
Thanks for that information. Obviously, Hong Kong wasn't counted as part of China when we visited because we had three stops and places. I will remember that when we travel next time to China.
Good luck sorting out your visas, Miss Jolly. Not long now until you go. What did you think of China, New Farmers? What was Legend of the Seas like with shore excursions and other activities? Have read a bit about it.
hello up at Buderim
We loved China, Shanghai especially.
We're not shorex people so can't offer much of an opinion there. Think they were pretty typical but seemed a bit more high energy than those on HAL from our last cruise. Only one we took was Saigon and it was go go go. We loved that part of it. No room for slow pokes, that's for sure. I know there were complaints about them letting others off before/at the same time as those taking shorex but why in all truth should anyone have a right to get off before someone else just because they've been booked an RCL shorex? Sanya was worst for this due to gangway problems entirely out of RCL's control.
Other activities? They had a band out on deck two or three nights for 'dancing under the stars'. Was really nice sitting out there listening to the music. Pool games a couple of times. Didn't do trivia or any of that stuff. Few theme nights. Asian, country and western.
Ship was a good size. One of the Diamond/Sapphire size Princess ships would have been way too big. Royal/Pacific/Tahitian size (Oceania as well) would have been perfect as ship would have been able to get right up to Saigon, closer to Bangkok etc.
People have complained about poor service. Not sure what they were expecting. RCL is not Crystal or even Cunard. Was just as good as our HAL experience. Staff were even friendlier as this is what they are trained to do, to interact on a more personal level.
We had no high expectations and came away impressed.