Far East cruise on Celebrity Constellation
We had a lovely cruise on Constellation for 2 weeks from 3rd February. We have been on Connie before and although a little tired in places still find her a comfortable ship. Boarding in Shanghai was a bit of a nightmare as it took 4 hrs, priority boarding for concierge didnt make any difference. Our luggage took a while to arrive, only just managed to unpack in time for a quick drink before 8.30 dinner. After 2 days in a very chilly Shanghai 1 - 8 degrees and a bitter wind in was lovely to sail south with the temperature getting better daily. After 2 sea days we arrived in Hong Kong 22/23 degrees, much better. It was very busy due to Chinese New Year but had a good couple of days with overnight in port. We did a ships tour to the Victoria Peak and Star Ferry across the harbour, pleased to be on a tour as would have been difficult on our own due to the crowds. A bonus for us was sitting on the ships deck 11 at 8pm watching the Fireworks for the Chinese New Year. Our second day in port we took ourselves off to Stanley using public transport which was quite easy and very pleasant after the chaos of the city. Next port of call was Chan May, Vietnam, getting warmer upper 20s now. We did a ships tour to Danang, another busy city with interesting museums and temples and crazy traffic with thousands of scooters and rickshaws. Another day at sea before Phu My, southern Vietnam. Did a tour to Ho Chi Minh which was also very busy and took an hour and a half transfer each way. Laemchabang, Thailand was next, very hot now 36 degrees. We did the day trip to Bangkok but it was 2 and a half hour transfer each way. Although, very enjoyable think we have seen enough temples and Buddhas now. . On to Singapore next, overnight in port before disembarking. This was useful as we were having another 2 nights there before flying home, we did a city tour giving us an insight as to what we could do in the next couple of days. A little cooler 31/32 degrees but the humidity was a bit of a killer 95 percent! We loved Singapore though, definitely the favourite of the whole trip. Overall really enjoyed the ship, food and entertainment up to a good standard and most of the staff were friendly and helpful. The only down side was immigration, the ship held our passports from embarking, we had to collect them a couple of times to go ashore and Singapore took well over an hour to get off on the first day in port due to the queue for immigration.
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