Posted November 2nd, 2011, 09:43 PM
We inquired about a cruise in Asia once, I think it was with Star Cruises.Our TA checked it out and advised the same as above. She was more than willing to book it for us, but thought we should be aware of what it would be like....ie language and most important... FOOD.
We opted for a Princess cruise in the end , with a "Western style" passenger mix , and absorbed and enjoyed the Asian culture and lifestyle , from our shore tours.
Star Cruises is an ASIAN cruise company. Their main customer base IS Asian. I took the Super Star Virgo for a few day cruise to Thailand and Vietnam 3 years ago. The food WAS primarily Chinese/Asian (and I don't eat Chinese anyplace except Panda Express-LOL). The announcements were in 3 Asian languages and then English was the last.
But I didn't starve and it was OK. NOT very many Westerners (a few Aussies and Kiwis and some backpacker kids from Europe). But for something as long as a 2 week cruise where you really want to interact with other passengers and want to know what is going on, find something that caters to Westerners.
I really wonder how RCCL is going to handle the SMOKING situation. Asians SMOKE, particularly Chinese. If they are putting out announcements that the cruise MAY NOT be suitable for Westerners, I bet RCCL's smoking regulations go out the window too.