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Voyager of the Seas Picture Review Singapore to Shanghai June 2012

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Hi everybody,

 

My family just returned from the Voyager. My earlier attempt at a review turned out to be a failure.

 

Let me try again.

 

Here is the Voyager dwarfing the new Singapore international cruise terminal at Marina South. Hopefully the Oasis or Allure comes by some time in the future!

 

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We arrived at 11am thereabouts and the check-in line was very short for Platinum and above C&A. Boarding time was 1130am. There is a nice big waiting area.

 

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We certainly have never seen a cruise ship this big.

 

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All aboard! As I recall, the ship left quite punctually.

 

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Great pics. Looking forward to more!

 

Could you please tell me itinerary for this cruise. Thanks

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That is the view of the cruise terminal from the pool deck of the Voyager. You can see lots of construction in the background.

 

Also, Marina Bay Sands - the integrated resort which includes a 5 star hotel, casino and lots of other stuff.

 

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Great pics. Looking forward to more!

 

Could you please tell me itinerary for this cruise. Thanks

 

Itinerary (8 nights cruise) as follows:

Day 1 - Depart Singapore

Day 2 - Cruising

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh (Phy My), Vietnam

Day 4 - Cruising

Day 5 - Hong Kong (3:30pm arrival, tendered); overnight HK

Day 6 - Hong Kong, depart 5pm

Day 7 - Xiamen, China

Day 8 - Cruising

Day 9 - Shanghai (Baoshan)

 

Here is Day 1 of the Cruise Compass front page.

 

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Enjoying your review so far & looking forward to reading more. Thanks for posting it!

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Very nice cruise !!! my family and I took the 7th June to 11th June. Singapore - Klang Port -Phuket -Singapore. Thumbs up !!!

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Oh very rarely do I see a cruise review (especially photo) from an itinerary like this! Real excited!

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Ok, time to continue the review!

 

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Pool bar.

 

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Singapore skyline in the background.

 

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Look at the busy Singapore port.

 

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Singapore skyline from the front of the ship.

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Royal Promenade

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Promenade Cafe. The Starbucks joint was rather popular.

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Royal Promenade again.

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Promenade cafe and all the yummy food.

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Cruisers resting in the Cafe Promenade.

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Lift well.

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Woman looking out of her promenade balcony.

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Our stateroom, 7694. Aft cabin, Junior Suite, very comfortable for my family of 4.

 

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The sofa was converted into a nice and big sofa bed.

 

Views from the balcony.

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Toiletries.

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Captain and officers.

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Apparently this was the last cruise for Gordon (Cruise Director) before he goes on holiday. Fang would be taking over for the sailings out of Shanghai.

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Day 2 was a sea day. This is the front page of the cruise compass.

 

Notice the 3D screening of Puss in Boots in the La Scala theatre. We went for it. Pretty cool!

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Meet & Mingle was scheduled for Day 2 at 11am. Unfortunately, by the time we settled the kids into the Kids' club, went to the gym, showered, it was time to pick the kids up again, so we missed the M&M.

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Day 3 - front page of Cruise Compass.

 

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We arrived at Ho Chi Minh (Phy My) on schedule. We had so sail up some river to get to the container port. You could see the swamps nearby! Quite a sight indeed.

 

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You could almost jump off the ship to swim there.

 

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I wonder who is living in those swamps........

 

The problem was that the container port was 2+ hours away from city center! Cruise Director said that 1,700 cruise passengers were following the ship tour. We were on a private tour - much better!

 

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This was our private van that came with an English speaking guide and driver. If you do the research, you'll find that the private tours in Ho Chih Min aren't cheap, but I would still strongly recommend going private.

 

Ship organized tours were really expensive - US$99 per pax. I had 6 persons in my party and we got this van (looked almost brand new, Mercedes) for USD$430.

 

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The ride from container port to city center is really far. The van could go much faster than the 40-seater coaches.

 

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On the way to city.

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View from behind the driver.

 

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Our guide pointed us to the Coke building.

Read this - http://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/07/business/new-vietnam-combat-coke-vs-pepsi.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

 

The guide told us that very shortly after Bill Clinton normalized ties with Vietnam, Coca-Cola came to Vietnam! But up till today, McDonalds has yet to enter Vietnam. Wonder why. We saw KFC though.

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First stop - Reunification Palace. (or Independence Palace)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reunification_Palace

 

This palace used to house the South Vietnamese President until South Vietnam fell to the VietCong.

 

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It was a bright and sunny morning.

 

Now, what were those tanks doing in the Palace grounds? Not one, but two! A puzzle indeed. Needless to say, my boy was thrilled that there were tanks! This palace wasn't going to be a boring place any more for a 7 year old........

 

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Don't mess with me, baby.

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It turns out that these tanks were the same models as those that broke through the main gate and side gate on 30th April 1975.

 

This was a Chinese-made T-59 tank.

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These guys were the tank crew that stormed through the main gate (I think). I think they are Vietnamese legends.

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Looking at these pictures, it was clear that Vietnam was the classic proxy war during the Cold War era. VietCong used Soviet/Chinese tanks, flew Soviet/Chinese planes, used Soviet/Chinese weapons etc.

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We spent about 45 minutes in the palace.

 

Rule number 1 - when in Vietnam, don't mess with Uncle Ho.

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What's an American Vietnam-era helicopter doing on the rooftop?

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Apparently the South Vietnamese used American choppers for his tours. Nice way to beat the traffic.

 

This is the view of the Palace garden and main gate from the roof.

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The basement of the Palace contained many rooms from which the President monitored the war effort. There was also a bunker.

 

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In their rush to get out of Vietnam, I think the Americans left behind lots of equipment. Now, they serve as fine exhibits.

 

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These looks like signal equipment.

 

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Wonder why they needed so many typewriters. They certainly weren't typing love letters to the VietCong.

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Ok, some Vietnamese propaganda here.

 

I found this mildly amusing. No doubt that Uncle Ho's victory over Uncle Sam shook the world. Then again, fast forward 35 years, one wonders what the fight was all about.

 

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I did ask our guide whether the Vietnamese people hated the American people. His answer was quite a categorical no. He had no qualms with the American people but they hated the American Government of that day.

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Our next stop was the War Remnants museum. Prior to 1993, this was the War Crimes Museum. Whose crimes? Allegedly Uncle Sam's.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Remnants_Museum_%28Ho_Chi_Minh_City%29

 

Not for the faint-hearted, I must say. Lots and lots of very graphic war pictures. War is cruel, no doubt about that. I realised that I didn't take any photos of those graphic pictures. Too sad for me. So the photos here are of all the American war material on display.

 

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I was told that the chopper on the right is a Chinook.

 

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Ammunition. Not sure if they can still be used!

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Wouldn't it be nice to have a collection of these at home? Maybe not.

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These look mean, really mean.

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Somebody forgot to clean up the 'junk'.

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I did find the name of the museum rather strange at first - War Remnants. Later I found out it used to be War Crimes. I suppose they just had to change the word Crimes to Remants after relations with USA were normalized.

 

However, inside the museum, it was still all about war crimes.

 

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If you are not familiar with Agent Orange, please read -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange

 

The pictures were extremely disturbing. If you intend to bring kids to the museum, please prepare them properly.

 

Who thought of this Agent Orange idea anyway? It's quite crazy, like seriously.

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Thanks so much! I am enjoying the picture review!

 

Since we will be ending our cruise in Singapore, will it be easy enough to get a taxi from the port to our hotel?

 

Thanks!

Sharon

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Next stop was some temple. We spent like 15 minutes there. Nothing much to see. (well, I guess from a Singaporean perspective, we have many similar temples locally)

 

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KFC in the background.

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Next stop was a laquer-ware factory cum store. Nice stuff but rather pricey, I must say.

 

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Thanks so much! I am enjoying the picture review!

 

Since we will be ending our cruise in Singapore, will it be easy enough to get a taxi from the port to our hotel?

 

Thanks!

Sharon

 

Shouldn't be a problem at all. Which hotel would you be staying at?

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Ok, I'll call it a night for now. It's 2230 local time, and I'm off to bed.

 

If there is demand, I shall continue the picture review.

 

Please feel free to leave me your comments on what I have posted so far.

 

Cheers & have a good night (or good day). :)

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Very interesting pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

 

I'm surprised at how many of your fellow passengers appear to be white people. I would have expected more Asians on a cruise through southeast Asia. I see that the Cruise Compasses were in English. What about the announcements? And was the food "typical" cruise food, or were there more local dishes available? (Or, both?)

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Ok, I'll call it a night for now. It's 2230 local time, and I'm off to bed.

 

If there is demand, I shall continue the picture review.

 

Please feel free to leave me your comments on what I have posted so far.

 

Cheers & have a good night (or good day). :)

Oh, please keep on writing and posting. Your pictures are great. I travel to HK and Xiamen quite often for business and never have enough time sightsee so I would love to see pictures from a tourist/cruisers perspective. Thanks so much.

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Very interesting pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

 

I'm surprised at how many of your fellow passengers appear to be white people. I would have expected more Asians on a cruise through southeast Asia. I see that the Cruise Compasses were in English. What about the announcements? And was the food "typical" cruise food, or were there more local dishes available? (Or, both?)

 

This particular cruise had a substantial number of white people. I recall 500ish Australians and also a large number from European countries and also more than 100 from America.

 

Singaporeans formed the majority, almost 1,000 of us.

 

I will post pictures of the cruise food soon.

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