The dream of going to Southeast Asia was born last year when I saw a cruise on Princess Cruises. The itinerary (below) seemed to resonate with me. But I had some hesitancy. I have only cruised once on the Carnival brand and I didn’t love it. Reviews on Cruise Critic, for the specific cruise, were not great.
|Thu||Dec||17||Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia||8:00am||6:00pm|
|Sun||Dec||20||Muara (Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei||10:00am||8:00pm|
|Tue||Dec||22||Nha Trang, Vietnam||7:00am||4:00pm|
|Wed||Dec||23||Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam||7:00am||6:00pm|
|Sat||Dec||26||Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand||7:00am||7:00pm|
|Sun||Dec||27||Ko Samui, Thailand||8:00am||5:00pm|
Then, I received a coupon book from Celebrity Cruises. I had just cruised them the previous November in Australia and I was a Select member. I am now Elite but I digress.
To me, the itinerary (below) was better and there were more days in port. So, I called a friend and we booked it. We wanted to see Angkor Wat on our own and that was an added cost. But the deal breaker was when I added the cost of the room as a solo and tours it was $5699.22. The issue became the total cost and what I was seeing. So, I canceled the cruise and decided to plan it on my own.
|2-Dec||Siem Reap, Cambodia||2:00pm||Beng Melea|
|3-Dec||Siem Reap, Cambodia||4am||10am||Angkor Wat|
|3-Dec||Siem Reap, Cambodia||1pm||1)Banteay Srei
|4-Dec||Siem Reap, Cambodia||6:30am||12pm||Ta Prohm|
|4-Dec||Siem Reap, Cambodia/ Singapore||4:15pm||7:20pm|
|5-Dec||Singapore, Asia||Orchard District, Flyer, Museum|
|10-Dec||Bangkok / Laem Chabang, Thailand||7:00AM||BP07 BANGKOK OVERNIGHT SINGLE|
|11-Dec||Bangkok / Laem Chabang, Thailand||6:00PM|
|13-Dec||Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam||7:00AM||8:00PM||UH02 CU CHI TUNNELS|
|15-Dec||Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam||7:00AM||6:00PM||HZ05 IMPERIAL HUE|
|16-Dec||Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam||12:00PM||HJ01 HA LONG BAY BY BOAT|
|17-Dec||Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam||10:00PM||HJ02 HANOI IN A DAY|
|19-Dec||Hong Kong, China||7:00AM||HQ41 MACAU FULL DAY EXCURSION|
|20-Dec||Hong Kong, China|