Wilba - Answered a Question by Anderton (14 Jan 09 17:02)

I can't help with China/Cambodia but here goes with Hong Kong: Obviously experiencing the hub bub of the streets of Hong Kong goes without saying. The Star ferry across to Kowloon operates constantly & is only pence to make the few minute journey to find similar hub bub on the mainland. Back in HK the highest point is Victoria Peak, an 8 minute journey by tram to the top to view the island. Down the other side of Victoria Peak is Stanley Market, famous for clothing, silks etc. Aberdeen Harbour can be toured on a ‘Junk’ but the floating ‘Jumbo’ restaurant is known to be a bit of a rip off. HK has a super efficient underground system, a very cheap way of getting around….Bangkok: Laem Chabang port is 112 miles from Bangkok & if your cruise stopping overnight, I would think about a cheap hotel for about £30 to make the most of it. The Floating Market is a popular attraction but it’s some distance outside of the town. An evening cruise/meal on the converted rice boats down the Chao Phraya River to the Golden Temple is excellent & then a tuk tuk to Patpong, bars & markets where all life exists in the manor that Bangkok is famous for!!! It’s also very safe….Singapore: I & others have written recently on this, & I hope/recommend you are spending a few days in this fantastic city before flying home. If you missed the question by Boyd on Costa Classica, just type his/her name into the blue search box & there is some great advice there by other contributors, far too much to copy & paste. Obviously you can google any of the info that I have mentioned if anything appeals further. I too am on Legend before it returns back to the Med & look forward to reading your review as I have not cruised this ship…Regards Wilba.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Anderton - replied to Wilba (15 Jan 09 13:54)

Sound advice as always Wilba, many thanks. I don't know whether I will go to Bangkok as we spent a week there a couple of years ago as part of a land based holiday in Thailand so we have visited most of the atttractions that you mention - we may stay nearer to the cruise ship and explore that part of Thailand. I have printed your advice out and will take it with me - your tips for Hong Kong look really good. Getting really excited now. Hope that you enjoy your cruise on the Legend. Our late summer cruise is on the Celebrity Summit - have you any experience of that ship?

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - replied to Anderton (15 Jan 09 18:37)

Hi! Yes, I do recall you asking about Pattaya which is worth a look if your looking for some where with a bit of a 'buzz' as I can't imagine Laem Chabang having much to offer. I have not been on Summit, but I am a fan of Celebrity, just booked December with them, & overall Summit is still getting 4 & 5 star reviews.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
moore - Answered a Question by Anderton (14 Jan 09 23:52)

We were on this ;cruise in January 2008 - we enjoyed it but the trips are very tiring and a long way from the ship. We went to Hanoi and The coach trips took a very long time. As this was the first time the ship did this itinery, it was not very well organised. We did enjoy the cruise and we sailed from Singapore to Hong Kong. I would imagine a year later it will be better organised, Averill Moore .

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Anderton - replied to moore (15 Jan 09 14:05)

Many thanks for your response. Looking through the reviews for the Rhapsody there did seem to be a few unhappy passengers on the Far East cruise season, I gather it was the first foray for RCI in that area so hopefully the organisation will have improved. I will do a review in March and let you know how it went.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Freddie Moser's blog

BRITAIN AND SUNSHINE.

By Freddie Moser

If you’re unfortunate enough like me to have been in the North-west of the UK this Easter weekend, no doubts you will have the same bittersweet- no scratch that – suicidal – smile on your face this morning as you look out of the window at the amazing sunshine that is currently blasting down at us.Why am I angry?Because like the rest of the UK (i hope), i spent this Easter weekend ducking the wretched damn rain everywhere I went!The previous weekend was glorious, and I did ma...

Read More

Apr 18 2017 08:09:09:000AM


Wash Your Hands

By Erica Todd

Erica Todd's blog

It Is an going problem, hygiene on board! And something I hate people not washing hands, on a ship this can cause huge problems, having recently come back from a Celebrity Cruise, I loved the fact they have staff working to make sure you do the basic things! In this day and age it is a sad problem for basic hygiene!It is not something you like to talk about, but were a bunch of germ-laden conveyors of infectious diseases. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to know the s those people you see tr...

Read More

Apr 24 2017 09:07:36:000PM

Norwegian Cruise Line to Add ...

By Sam Smith

Sam Smith's blog

I find it hard to believe that given the amount of family friendly cruise options around these days, all of which include swimming pools, some even large scale on board water parks that it’s not compulsory for cruise companies to employ lifeguards, especially when you consider some of the recent tragedies that have occurred.Norwegian Cruise Line have announced that it will be joining Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines in employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools acr...

Read More

Apr 21 2017 02:13:09:000PM