Dr M G Spillane
Number of Cruises: One
Cruise Line: Sun Cruises
Sailing Date: January 21st, 2003
Itinerary: Phuket -Singapore-Malacca-Penang-Phi Phi Island-Phuket
This was our first cruise and we did not know what to expect. In the event we were extremely happy with the service and found the crew to be very helpful and friendly. We had one of the smaller outside cabins, but it was well planned, the bed was good, the stabilizers kept the ship steady and we were very comfortable.
Part way through the cruise, half the catering crew went off on furlough and, although their replacements were just as friendly, the quality of the food, which had been absolutely excellent, suffered a little.
The evening entertainment did not strike us as brilliant, but in this we appeared to be in a minority, for most people seemed to enjoy it.
Twice a week we were asked to "dress formally" for dinner, but this was widely interpreted by passengers and the full range of garb could be seen, from dinner-jackets (tuxedos) to shirt with no tie and from ball-gowns to summer dresses. This request evidently took some people by surprise, but women who rushed to the ship's 'boutique' to buy a dress were often disconcerted to find several identical dresses being worn at dinner. Arriving early at dinner watching the incoming crowd provided excellent entertainment.
The official shore trips seemed expensive, but they were well organized and the guides were very good.
A minor irritation on the ship was the charge of $2.75 for a bottle of water which could be bought at the airport or ashore for only $0.50.
We flew roundtrip from London to Phuket (Thailand) with My Travel Charter airline (formerly Air tours), with a refueling stop at Bahrain. The seating was cramped, but the cabin staff were very good and the food was better than that found on most scheduled transatlantic flights.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the fact that we have already booked another cruise on "Seawing" must speak for itself.