Costa Allegra Asia Cruise 2010 - Singapore – Vietnam –Hong Kong- Philippines - Malaysia – Brunei - Singapore
The ItineraryDay Details Day Details1 Brisbane to Singapore 2 Singapore3 At Sea 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)5 At Sea 6 Da Nang7 At Sea 8 Hong Kong9 At Sea 10 Manila11 At Sea 12 Kota Kinabalu13 Bandar Seri Begawan 14 At Sea15 Singapore 16 Arrive Brisbane
Day 1 – Saturday - Brisbane to Singapore Singapore Airlines, A330-300, aircraft departed Brisbane at 0930hrs after a stress-free check-in. 7.5hrs flying time. Wonderful flight, superb service and delicious food. Changi airport is unbelievable in scale & design. Embarkation at Singapore Cruise Centre was very well organised; quite a bit of walking due to the size of the terminal
Day 2 – Sunday – Singapore Chinese New Year CelebrationsEarly breakfast &a cab ride aroundtown; visited theChinatown area &VivoCity shoppingcentre; return toship The first show in the Folies Bergeres Theatre was Vito Valente a tenor who badly needed a haircut, which just about summed up his performance.
Day 4 - Tuesday– Ho Chi Minh City VietnamDocked 7.30am met by girls in national dresswho released 100’s of balloons. Shuttle to citycentre visited markets and museum by pedalcab; real contrast between old & new areas.French influence slowly being erased. A veryvibrant, noisy and, except for CBD, a typicallyAsian city.
VietnamHo Chi Minh City (HCMC) – Formerly Saigon
Day 5 – Wednesday – At Sea (the South China Sea) Restful day at sea; the South China Sea was calm, the weather sunny and warm. Relaxed by the pool, all very decadent! Entertainment on board very professional and varied. Music in all the lounges and on the pool deck in addition to main theatre.
Day 6 – Thursday - Da Nang, VietnamVisited ancient town of Hoi An and absorbed the cultural variety ofthe region and spent. Pedal cab rides again. Well worth the visit!Da Nang is most impressive city with many multi-millioninternational resorts under construction.Like Saigon the traffic is breathtaking – chaotic by Australianstandards!
Day 8 – Saturday – Hong Kong, China Amazing shopping paradise, the scale of the place overwhelms the senses. Clean, modern and awash with double deck buses.
The light Victoria display Peak was throughoutcovered in the city as thefog all day. ship left portMissed the at night had best view to be seen to of HK. be believed; almost every building was alive with lights of every colour and moving patterns.
Day 9 – Sunday – At Sea Fellow travellers from USA, England, Wales,Canada turned the various meal times into entertaining events.Large number of German, Swiss and Italianpassengerswho generally kept to themselves and did not tend to mix with the English speakers. All activities on-board were conducted in Italian, French, German, English & Spanish
Day 10 – Monday – Manila, PhilippinesAfter a most colourfulwharf-side welcome fromdancers & drummers innational dress we took ashuttle bus to RobinsonMall which even dwarfedthose of Singapore. Verywesternised. Prices bestyet! Didn’t spend too much. Cars & ‘Jeepneys’ replaced the bicycles of Vietnam but the traffic was equally terrifying. (Victory to the bravest).
Day 12 – Wednesday – Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia Took the Citysights tour which included the citycentre, the Sabah Foundation Building & City Mosque then a visit to Toh Poh Tze Temple,Heritage Village & Sabah Museum. Reminded us of Penang in many ways.
Day 13 – Thursday – Bandar Seri Begawan, BruneiBest destination of the cruise! The city is beautiful, cleanand a feast of experiences. The sultans have built palaces,mosques and public buildings which reflect their enormousoil produced wealth.The population of 400,000 own 1.2 million cars with fuelbelow $A0.50 a litre.Free education, health services & subsidised housing.
Kampung Ayer – Water Village Amazing water village houses over 13,000 people in the heart of the city with schools, mosque, police, all utilities & water taxi service.Kampung Ayer – Water Village
Day 14 – Friday Our Last Day At Sea Leisurely breakfast in the Yacht Club followed by a stroll around the deck. Much cooler day today about 25°C. ‘Last supper’ with our new friends at Table 52.
Table 52 – 1st Sitting Montmartre Restaurant Our new friends from Table 52. Left: The Girls’ , Hunter Valley NSWRight: Gary & Sue, Mandurah WAMissing: Margaret, Bundaberg QLDThanks for your great company!
After a final breakfast in the Montmartre Restaurant we disembarked with the minimum of delay through the highlyregimented SingaporeCustoms & Immigration officials. A late model, fully air- conditioned coachawaited us for a day oftouring through 36°C & 90℅ humidity
Day 15 – Back in Singapore! Heritage of Singapore tourtook us to Little India withshopping time & lunch. Then on to, Arab Street,Kampong Glam & sights galore & moreshopping beforewe arrived back at Changi.
Day 16 – Back HomeReturn Flight departedSingapore at 9.10pm – a long day! 7.30 am local - Bron & the boys met us at Brisbane where we all had breakfast and talked non-stop. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way!