The itinerary was the main driver for selecting this cruise. Myanmar has been on my bucket list for a while. Going there as part of a cruise was an easy way to get a peek at the country. Three days in port with Azamara allowed for a more in depth visit.
Azamara has always been our favourite cruise line. The smaller ships allow for closer access to ports and a higher staff to guest ratio. It has a very homey feel to it. When you return from port, you are greeted with "welcome home". The crew greets you by name.
We have always traveled in a stateroom with a balcony. There is enough room to move around and plenty of storage space. The shower is a tad small, but that is to be expected on a ship.
The food on Azamara is always delicious. We don't usually eat at the buffet except for breakfast when we have an early start. I've heard good things about it, but I prefer the dining room. There are two specialty restaurants on board with a surcharge for each. We did not visit them this cruise but have in the past. Aqualina is our favourite. Azamara has open seating so we could have dinner when we wanted. Sometimes we ate on our own, sometimes we joined friends, and sometimes we opted to sit at a table with strangers. We always had a pleasant experience. Joining strangers is a great way to make new friends.
The entertainment is hit and miss. Being a small ship, the theatre is small and the entertainment is not as high quality as the larger ships. We aren't usually big fans of the on board entertainment productions, they always seem a little cheesy. The Quest has a new area, The Den. The casino has been removed and made room for more seating. Much more comfortable for trivia - which is very popular. The nightly entertainment, Harry Rios, was fabulous. He played the piano and sang. He could play almost anything that was requested. He also had sing-a-longs in the evening. It was always a blast.
We started the cruise in Singapore. We arrived three days early and did our own sightseeing. We could have spent much more time in Singapore, there is so much to see and do. We felt very safe there and found it very easy to get around. We used the MRT and taxis. We explored the colonial area, Little India, China Town, Gardens by the Bay, and saw the Merlion statue.
We took a ship tour in our first port of call, Phuket, Thailand. It was called The best of Phuket with Lunch. It was well organized, the tour guide was great - very informative. There were lots of stops - beautiful lookout, giant buddha on a hill, cashew factory, jewellery store, and a decent lunch.
There was no free shuttle to Phuket due to a strong taxi union. That was unfortunate as it was $80-$100 cab ride from the port to Phuket. We were glad to have done the tour.
The Azamazing evening was held in Phuket. It was great! Lots of local entertainment, including Thai Boxing and a live theatre show.
The Myanmar port was also a distance from Yangon - the main city. There was a free shuttle, but the ride was 1.5 hours each way. We had arranged to two days of tours with an outside company. We did one ship tour while in Yangon - Shewadagon Pagoda by Night. It was definitely worth it. The pagoda is magnificent during the day but even more fabulous at night while lit up.
Georgetown, Malaysia was our favourite port. We were able to walk around and see lots of street art and get a good feel for the city.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was also far from the port (1 hour drive), again a free shuttle was provided. We opted for an outside tour company. We saw the palace, the towers, the veteran's memorial, and had lunch in Little India.
Veranda cabin. Club Veranda Staterooms feature two lower beds convertible to a queen-size bed, sitting area with sofa, flat-screen television, and refrigerator with mini-bar. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors lead to the balcony.
The layout met our needs. There was plenty of storage space.
Safe, lots of interesting things to see - Gardens By The Bay, Merlion, Chinatown, Little India
Took a ship tour which gave us a good overview of the area and the people.
Amazing place. Spectacular at night.View All 8 Shwedagon Pagoda Reviews
Easy to see on your own. Lots of cool street art. We picked up a map and found most of the art.
Very cool. Lots of stairs up to the caves. Watch out for the monkeys. The temple at the bottom is quite interesting as well.