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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I was surprised that I had a great time on this cruise, even though I was told by friends that the average age of guest on the Princess would be 65+ (I’m 38). The entertainment was fantastic, great shows every night and never the same, ... Read More
I was surprised that I had a great time on this cruise, even though I was told by friends that the average age of guest on the Princess would be 65+ (I’m 38). The entertainment was fantastic, great shows every night and never the same, they also have outdoor movie sessions at night, great service from staff, variety of food choices from buffet to fine dining. The Princess also had art gallery exhibition which also included art auction. My tip is that make sure you buy a drink package bacuse the cost is in US dollars. We were a party of 8, and the gym on the Princess is better then most hotels! Shopping was average, the ship has 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. Day spa and treatments were great but pricey, best time to book day spa treatment is the day they have shore excursions as the prices drop. The casino was always busy. Didn’t like the shore excursion, would of rather stayed on the boat! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose princess cruises because I had cruised with them before in Alaska and enjoyed it. I wanted to experience parts of Asia. We enjoyed a suite on the 10th floor which was lovely. The sofa was a bit worn. Our cabin attendant Stephen ... Read More
I chose princess cruises because I had cruised with them before in Alaska and enjoyed it. I wanted to experience parts of Asia. We enjoyed a suite on the 10th floor which was lovely. The sofa was a bit worn. Our cabin attendant Stephen was very good. We mostly ate at Sante Fe Restaurant which we enjoyed. The waiters were excellent. We did attend the buffet and it was acceptable. Bar service was good. We had purchased packages. Entertainment was not exciting. I think Princess has done a better job in the past. The real disappointment was the excursions. We did our best to choose excursions we felt would give us an overview of the culture. The two things that stand out most were visiting temples......too many, and shopping. One excursion was pushing shopping 3 times. Honestly the merchandise at most places wasn’t worth buying. On another excursion we took a ride the river. At the end of the river we fed catfish. Really, Princess? We need to pay hard earned money to go on a cruise for this. Our flight was 18 1/2 hours. We don’t need to feed catfish. Singapore was the best and most interesting port. Much to see. I did go to the excursions desk to explain our disappointment. We were credited a total of $80. Unacceptable! We took an excursion in every port including the last day prior to tge airport. That excursion was good. Read Less
Meh
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Of all the princess cruises I’ve been to, this ranks one of the lowest. The food was mediocre. Service mediocre. Tour excursion disappointing. We booked the phi phi island excursion ahead of time because of the famous maya bay. We were ... Read More
Of all the princess cruises I’ve been to, this ranks one of the lowest. The food was mediocre. Service mediocre. Tour excursion disappointing. We booked the phi phi island excursion ahead of time because of the famous maya bay. We were told that it’s closed and the excursion will stop at Bamboo island instead. We cancelled that excursion and booked James Bond island tour instead. Found out that they substituted the buffet lunch with box lunch. The box lunch comprised of a tiny cold burrito (yuk), an apple (not sure if it’s washed) and orange (dry and tasteless). The chip was the only thing that tasted ok. We found out they changed to box lunch more than two years. Princess continues to advertise as buffet lunch. James island was beautiful. But the bus and long tail boat ride to get there was more than 3 hours each way. I was feeling light headed by the time we were there. Excursion in Ko Samui Peace Resort was nice and relaxing. Actuhad a buffet lunch. Taste of Penang was on. The only thing I recommend to buy is the coffee. I wish I bought more. My major complaint about this cruise is the visa fee that princess charge each person. $56 whether you get off in Vietnam or not. That’s a rip off. Vietnam charges less than $10, princess kept the rest. Other cruise lines don’t rip off their customers like that. We didn’t know when we booked the no refundable cruise. Only found out when we log in to provide personal info. By then it’s too late. The one thing I highly recommend is the Zumba and ballet dance classes. Rachel was great! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all ... Read More
I would suggest that anyone who gets turned off by the negative reviews on this site read between the lines of the review, Yes the Voyager externally needs a repaint and is going to dry dock around Sept '19, However once on board all is forgotten and the fun begins. If you board from 12 midday you will be asked to go to the Windjammer buffet initially as your cabin will not be ready till around 2.00pm, obviously it will get congested as 3000 new passengers are boarding so have a meal and drink and move on..We were with a group of six, our daughter and husband (25yo) and a first time cruise couple (age over 55) like ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment from the excellent Australian illusionist John Taylor, Philippine's four piece Kronos band playing in the royal promenade and various bars, Ice skating "Ice Odyssey show" and the "Queen Tribute" show with two Aussie singers. Throughout the day you had a multitude of activities to choose from- mini golf, rock climbing wall, flowrider, Ice skating rink, three adult swimming pools and hot tubs, deck games, basketball court, trivia games at different bars, fully equipped gym, children's activities and centre, jogging area decks, bingo, table tennis, shops and movie entertainment. The majority of this is provided at no cost however you will pay for Wifi (around $17 a day) Ben&Jerry's Ice cream, freshly squeezed orange juice and premium coffees. Free soft serve ice cream is available to the side of the windjammer and Iced water, tea and coffee dispensers are located in the cafe promenade. Alcohol drink packages are $65 per day, per person however if you're not a big drinker buy your beers @ $6.50-$7.00, Premium spirits inc mixers $8-$9, Cocktails $12 (All in US dollars) The food on board is a) Fantastic in the extra cost restaurants like Giovanni's, Izumi and Chops grille, (a two for one package can be bought on line before you sail for $60A, pp) b) Excellent in the main dining room (Free) for breakfast, lunch and dinner and c) Mediocre in the very busy Windjammer buffet, the cafe in the promenade serves breakfast egg & bacon muffins, pizza, plus sandwiches, rolls and cakes and is the only venue open 24hrs. For all those that cant be bothered wearing casual attire and covered footwear for the main dining you will suffer the fate and chaos of the Windjammer buffet. I must mention the specials in the duty free liquor on the ship at the time 2x1Ltr Johnny Walker red for $40US other great specials were to be had however after shopping in KL & Sing this was the cheapest avail. (Not to be drunk on board) We took the tour to Pattaya buy bus which was the only stop on this cruise however the air quality left a lot to be desired at this time as Bangkok had several health warning in regards to this the previous week. Currently Royal Caribbean are doing bargain prices for cruises for Singapore for as little as $130 p/p per night so you can afford to spend a little extra on specialty restaurants and enjoy the cruise even more. Don't be put of by the negative reviews, do your homework on what you want from the cruise and if in doubt talk to a cruise specialist that can advise you more on the destination and cabin type ect. Pro's.. Excellent Value, Friendly crew, Entertainment, Specialty Restaurants. Con's..Exterior of ship needs Drydock, Worn cabin mattresses, Asian manners. Prev cruises, Ovation OTS, Radiance OTS, Legend OTS, P&O Aurora, Oriana, Diamond & Regal Princess, F. Olsen Black Watch, Superstar Leo & Virgo. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We are a group of 4 senior citizens and wanted to see Myanmar. We booked this cruise after looking at The Pandaws and others. We wanted something that felt Asian in design but was full service and luxurious. It was EVEN BETTER than we ... Read More
We are a group of 4 senior citizens and wanted to see Myanmar. We booked this cruise after looking at The Pandaws and others. We wanted something that felt Asian in design but was full service and luxurious. It was EVEN BETTER than we could have imagined. The rooms were spacious and finished in teak and lovely weavings and linens. The crew was about 3 crew to 1 of us. They treated us like Kings. My husband gets tired and has some mobility problems. They assigned 2 personal guides to him to literally help him up Pagodas with an arm on each side--no extra charge. The food was delicious and the service was "over-the top". I don't generally take the time to write reviews, but this cruise deserves to be highlighted. After the cruise we returned to Yangon for a couple days and next to Angkor Wat, but the Belmond Governor's Residence--5 star--is really yukky compared to the cruise we just came off of. Thanks Heritage Cruise Line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for the destinations namely- Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. All destinations varied as Cambodia and Vietnam in comparison to the others are a tad behind with the modern World, however we had done ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations namely- Thailand, Cambodia,Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. All destinations varied as Cambodia and Vietnam in comparison to the others are a tad behind with the modern World, however we had done our research, therefore they came as no surprise. We enjoyed having a taster of all the places and Singapore was the cleanest place we've ever visited, it's spotless. Malaysia was fantastic. The cruise experience was mixed due to poor entertainment for us. Emphasis was on game show and quizzes galore. Two comedy acts, one of the Grumbleweeds and Peter Piper a seasoned comic pro. An Asian 4 piece male ensemble, good to be fair, especially the Operatic songs. The Bangkok lady boys show was excellent. Two resident bands one British who were okay. The other Asian who were excellent. Food on board was average to good, service was excellent. 99% of staff are a credit to themselves and Marella all over the ship.....always polite and smiling. Cinema on open deck showed poor films, one night Jaws was on???? Why not put a film on in afternoon instead of quizzes!!!! Films on in cabin were not advertised so you never knew what or when they were coming on? I mention this because the ship was plagued with coughs colds and chest infections. To which I succumbed to myself and could have done with an itinerary when I took to my bed ill. The medical team looked after me putting I.V. Antibiotics into me getting me in reasonable shape to fly home. Cabin steward Willy was top notch along with his team. As I fell ill towards the end of the trip fortunately this did not distract our overall enjoyment. A great taster for this part of the world which has enabled us to most certainly go back. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to visit those ports that were listed on itinerary! We didn’t like the tendering to shore n back. The line was too long! Weather was not great, hot humid and the sea air smelled like fishy! Time to spend on shore was too ... Read More
We wanted to visit those ports that were listed on itinerary! We didn’t like the tendering to shore n back. The line was too long! Weather was not great, hot humid and the sea air smelled like fishy! Time to spend on shore was too short! Got sea sick from the cabin being the last end of ship! Horrible cabin room design for disabled wheelchair accessible shower! Shower did not drain n flooded the room for two nights till maintenance came to fix the drain! Patio door lock broken can’t close balcony floor full of paint dropping didn’t clean up! Room chair has a big hole, drawers can’t close refrigerator door pops open can’t close! Everything was old n not updated! Shower curtains smells! Very disappointed at ythe twin beds too short too small can’t sleep well! Very uncomfortable! Very bad cabin despite we booked very early never knew what room till last minute n can’t change the beds set up ! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We started planning this trip two years ago to coordinate 10 of us .. and then ended up with two more joining. Asia was a mystery to me and taking a cruise to an area I don't know much about is very appealing. The trip did not ... Read More
We started planning this trip two years ago to coordinate 10 of us .. and then ended up with two more joining. Asia was a mystery to me and taking a cruise to an area I don't know much about is very appealing. The trip did not disappoint and we had an amazing time both on and off the ship. The ship: We have been on about 6 Princess cruises and this was one of the best. We had set dining time and our two table of 6 were well taken care of. The service in general, from the cabin stewards, to bar tenders , to deck staff etc was excellent. The entertainment was by far the best I have ever seen on a ship. The tenders and the port disembarkations were all organized and handled so well. The port talks were interesting and catered both to those taking Princess excursions as well as private ones or doing a port on your own. The Ports: Singapore- We started off with 4 nights at the Holiday Inn Express at Clarke Quay. This was one of the more modest priced hotels and was in an excellent location, with great amenities. A full buffet breakfast, a nice pool and deck, unlimited bottled water, cell phones for your use during the stay. Would definitely recommend. Singpore is the most beautiful city. Very easy to get around on the MRT and we felt safe everywhere. Check out the Lua Pau Sat Hawker market. We went to others but this was the best. Some of the musts: Gardens by the Bay (do the domes and the light show), a trip up Marina Bay Sands (don't do the observation deck- buy a ticket to the bar and $22 dollars buys you a drink and a view as opposed to the $28 for just the view), Sentosa cable car, take the MRT to Chinatown, Little India, Bugis street and Arab street. Nowhere in this city is the same. The Marina Bay water/light show is great too. Really loved everything about this city. Koh Samui- We took a taxi to Bophut and enjoyed looking in the markets and the beach is lovely. Had an amazing massage on the beach for the equivalent of 10 Canadian dollars. If you feel like a beer- don't go into a restaurant- buy it at 7-11. The water was nice to swim in but later found out about sea lice, which are harmless but wondered what was nipping at us. Bangkok- We did a private tour rebooked with Thai Tour Guide. This was a great day with a very knowledgable guide Ms Aom. All my communications with this company were fantastic and we were well looked after. Saw the Grand Palace, The reclining Bhudda, took a long tail boat ride and went for lunch.. Ho Chi Min City- We had booked a private tour with Tour by Xuan. It really was a highlight. Our guide Mr. Lee just made our day.. so fun. We walked through markets, saw historical sites, did a trip shaw ride, crossed the road (which in itself is an excursion!) had vietnamese coffee, a really tasty lunch, visited the war museum. Highly highly recommend this company. Penang- We did this on our own as the boat docks right in Georgetown. It was an extremely hot day when we were here. We went to the Peranakan Museum which showed the lifestyle of the rich over a century ago. We really enjoyed this - not expensive to get into and very good tour guide. The rest of the day was spent trying to get out of the heat. A little hard to get around- no sidewalks in most places. The place comes alive after dark and we found fantastic food on Chulia street night hawker stalls. We then grabbed a Tri Shaw back to the ship. Phuket- Here we did the ships tour to Phi Phi Islands. I prefer private tours, however, there are some places I feel more comfortable with the ship's tour. This is definitely one of those if headed out to Phi Phi. Our boat had 35 people and I would not have wanted to be on anything smaller. This trip is marked as strenuous and as soon as I saw the dock with had to walk to get to the boat I understood why. About 15 of us headed out on a rolling dock with very little handrails until they stopped us and decided to bring boats in closer. I have the video to prove I braved the walk. haha. About an hour of hitting waves - but it was all worth it. The beauty of this area is astounding. We snorkelled for about 45 min and swam... then stopped in at a couple other bays for photo ops. Then to Bamboo island to spend time on the beach. We also had lunch at a resort we had to wade into which was pretty cool. This tour is definitely not for anyone with any mobility issues. or perhaps sea sickness. For us it was very good, and again worth the travel time. I was not aware that this voyage was considered two different cruises when I booked. One was a 7 day and one was a 4 day. Not sure I would knowingly do that again, as everything repeated itself on the four days... but we did get bonus internet time being platinum and it refreshed for the 4 day cruise. Make sure you plan all your stops ahead. It would have been overwhelming had we not known what we were doing in these ports. Most were far away from where the ship docked. For those who want to see Asia but are not too sure of how to do that... this is the perfect way to go! Enjoy! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My wife and I chose this cruise because we wanted something a bit different to the Caribbean , We chose Marella because we have always liked the ships and crews . This was the first time we had been on the Discovery and we were quite ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because we wanted something a bit different to the Caribbean , We chose Marella because we have always liked the ships and crews . This was the first time we had been on the Discovery and we were quite impressed with the ship , our cabin was a junior suite with a balcony and to be quite honest we could find nothing to complain about it was spacious and very comfortable , our steward kept everything clean and tidy and also gave us a sprinkling of towel art and chocolates on the bed . Regarding the food on the ship we found that there was always something to eat somewhere we ate a lot in the Italian restaurant at night and just snacked at the snack shack in the daytime . The drinks available on the all inclusive were very good and very plentiful and having to show your card was not really a problem as if you did not have it with you you could give your cabin number , Moving on to the entertainment we thought the big shows were not quite as good as on previous ships but there was quite a choice around the ship like game shows in the Squid and Anchor or music in the live lounge . Some of the places we visited were quite an eye opener like Cambodia but we found a tour you can book on the internet with the Don Bosco Hotel School Sihanoukville , You can google it , They do a tour around picking you up at the port gate with English speaking students , They will take you to a fishing village , To a temple then to the Hotel school for lunch after that you will visit the waterfalls then back to the Hotel school for Dinner after which you will visit a local market then travel alongside some beaches back to the port , All the food is included this was one of the best days of our cruise , most of the other destinations were better to book of the boat as you got better value , I would say that the destination services team were not very good if we asked about tours they would just point you to the monitors to book them , On most of the news letters we got it said if you wanted to know about your next stop ask destination services but we found that to be a waste of time , Overall we had a great time it was not perfect but pretty close to it Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this new, exotic destination for my husband and I and I believe it was our best cruise ever (we have cruised 6 times with Princess, a few times with Celebrity and once with Viking). Our upgrade to Princess Clubclass with its private ... Read More
Chose this new, exotic destination for my husband and I and I believe it was our best cruise ever (we have cruised 6 times with Princess, a few times with Celebrity and once with Viking). Our upgrade to Princess Clubclass with its private dining, daily cocktail events and spacious mini-suite were the highlight of our trip - largely due to the outstanding service and wonderful relationships we were able to develop with the staff...hats off to Sapphire Princess for the excellent training of their club class staff. We also enjoyed another outstanding Chef’s Table - both the Chef and Pastry Chef are excellent on Sapphire Princess. We enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody on the giant “Movies Under the Stars” screen. We had many shore excursion options and did one at each port...all were well co-ordinated with very good guides and drivers. Embarkation and disembarkation were relatively easy and very well organized. Princess did an outstanding job of dealing with the various customs for all countries, making our visits hassle-free, including in Vietnam where Princess procured our visas for us. Sapphire Princess is a beautiful ship with many dining rooms, eateries, stores, pools, bars, lounges and daily activities and this cruise was a beautiful, tropical cruise where even the weather co-operated. We wish we could do it again...tomorrow! The only painful part of our journey was the very long travel time from Calgary to Singapore. We flew United and upgraded to their Premium Economy seats on the Dreamliner, thinking it would be like Air Canada’s Premium Economy on their Dreamliner. Suffice it to say I will never fly United again - we were squished into our seats (we are only average size) and service was remarkably poor (non-existent) on the flight from San Fran to Singapore. Read Less

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