Good overall experience to visit some Asian cities in HK, Vietnam,Bangkok, Singapore

Silver Shadow Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Silver Shadow

14 Night Journey In The Far East (Hong Kong To Singapore)

Sail date: February 08, 2019

Ship: Silver Shadow

Cabin number: 416

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Good experience, mostly positive experiences from the onboard ship activities, service and condition to ports visited. All the ports had numerous, duplicative "hawker markets" which got old real fast as about all were just selling same junk.

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Horrible-boarding after passing thru crowded shopping mall with little to no signage nor instructions. No a good opening experience.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Above average cuisine--one to two real misses on dinner servings. Dress attire from formal to casual too confusing. Need to keep it simple.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff and service excellent all around. one the better cruise lines for service and staff

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Well maintained but dated ship. TV remotes from vintage in the 90's, same for TVs

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent size, for our itinerary, a balcony was not necessary nor would have been used. Dated TV and especially the remote which was not intuitive at all. Beds comfortable, great cabin staff to keep clean and organized.

Ports of call

Hong Kong

1 out of 5
only embarked with SS after spending 3 days before. Crowded, dynamic city though--need to learn to tolerate a lot of people.

Ha Long Bay City (Hanoi), Vietnam

3 out of 5
Kayak excursion on the Bay was fun, and good way to see the bay. Morning visit to HaLong city ok but really not much to see other than experiencing local culture. Hanoi was too far for us to go and return on bus in one day to just see a large city.

Chan May (Hue), Vietnam

3 out of 5
Went to Hoi-an--nice small town, with the local culture and attractions. A little to much time in the town,

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

4 out of 5
Excursions to Chi Chu tunnels and Mekong Delta worthwhile and interesting. Booked Saigon night foodie tour by scooter on our own which was blast.

Bangkok, Thailand

4 out of 5
We organized our own private guide and excursions over the 1.5 days while in port. A few interesting sights but after a while get "templed" out. Trip to floating market and train . market interesting if one can tolerate many many tourists. Advantage of ship size is it was able to get close to city center vs being docked 1.5 hrs or so further away, having to fight the horrible Bangkok traffic. We strongly recommend the Siam theatre show which we did on our own and surprisingly was not on the offered ship excursions. ( a little pricy though at about USD $65)

Singapore

4 out of 5
Ok to visit for a few days--dynamic, expensive city.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Well organized and on time
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