Rotterdam Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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5 out of 5

Great Destinations

Sail Date: January 07, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The quality and number of exotic, new-to-us destinations on this cruise made it a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.  Highlights included Malta (perfect location for a Segway tour with all it's hills), Crete (hired our own expert in Minoan civilization as a guide - Marilina Paters was fantastic), Muscat and UAE (especially Dubai - incredible architecture, and the light and water shows at the base of Burj Khalifa at night), Myanmar (overnight excursion to Bagan to tour the ancient temples; Yangon - Shwedagon pagoda at night), Singapore and Bali.

Cabin / Stateroom
Fine. Although directly across from a staff service door.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Southampton (London), England
Lisbon, Portugal
Gibraltar (U.K.)
Malaga, Spain
Valletta, Malta
Great place for a Segway tour, since it is very hilly. Can go for greater distances and see more in a short period of time.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Look up Marilina Paters as a guide if you want to learn about Minoan Civilization history.
Suez Canal Transit
Muscat, Oman
Dubai, U.A.E.
New Mangalore Port, India
Cochin, India
Alleppey Traditional Houseboat cruise was a real highlight.
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Thilawa (Yangon), Myanmar
Phuket, Thailand
Tanjung Priok (Jakarta), Indonesia
Semarang, Java, Indonesia
Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Surabaya, Java, Indonesia
Stayed on for 4 days after cruise was over - Marina Bay Sands hotel is fantastic & over the top - especially the infinity pool on 57th floor. Don't miss it!


BB King Blues Band was a fantastic addition - great, authentic music in the Crow's Nest every night.

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