Traveled October 26-Nov 9 2019. Party of 7 (6 adults 1 child). Overall the cruise was great. Here is a breakdown:
Pre-Cruise: Did a lot of planning. Booked 10 months in advance. Chinese Visas were needed for everyone despite the cruise ship saying differently. Live in NJ so went to Consulate in NY and got Visas done. One person was able to drop off Visa applications for everyone and they were ready 3 days later for pickup. Note: if you work for nonprofit, educational institution, sales, etc. they will only approve a 3-month visa so timing is important.
Onboard: Went back and forth with the type of cabin to book. Came down to suite, concierge class (CC), and Family Veranda (FV). Ultimately went with FV and so glad we did. FV is actually larger than sky suite and CC rooms. Although the ship considers FV a step down from CC, the extra space was wonderful for party of 3 (2 adults and 1 child 5).
Food: Food in main dining rooms was good. Specialty dining food was lacking.
Kid Club was amazing. Since went during the school year not a lot of kids onboard maybe 10 but the staff did a great job keeping them entertained. My DD had a blast.
Excursions: Booked all through Tours By Locals. Given our party size was able to book fully customizable private tours. Again booking early is key as their tour guides get booked early. Tour company was great. All tour guides showed up on time, and contacted me prior to confirm. (Used whats app) The one problem we had was easily corrected. No complaints. My family and I got to enjoy so much of Asia.