Author: Margaret Austen
Just returned from Thailand, Java and Bali on Azamara Quest, beginning with three nights in Singapore. We very much enjoyed the stay in Singapore, though would rather have been near the bay, as many other cruisers were, as the Orchard Hotel was too far away from the touristy part. We enjoyed Bangkok with its temples and statues and Indonesia was fascinating, though the poverty and dirtiness brought us back down to earth with a bump. Bali is lovely, especially the southern part, but of course the tourists have been going there for many years, so it is better equipped to deal with them. In all areas we went to, poverty did not stop the local people from being friendly and kind, perhaps an example to us all. The ship was very friendly, but we felt that things were not quite as good as usual, eg entertainment poor, with the exception of a couple of excellent guest performers, favourite wines ran out after a few days, not reappearing until the last day and waiting staff appeared to have been cut back in the Main Restaurant, resulting in long waits for courses and bread not arriving early enough etc etc. Little niggles which became irritating on a 14 night cruise. The Speciaility Restaurants were very good on the nights we used them. We had upgraded to a Suite and had a very helpful and pleasant Butler, though we did not use him that much.