I’m flying to Singapore this morning, first to take a look at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, and then to board Silver Shadow for a cruise to Vietnam.
I’ll be racking up a number of firsts. For a start, my Singapore Airlines flight will be the first chance I’ve had to travel in an Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet. It will, of course, be my first visit to the new terminal – officially opened only last month. When I was last in Singapore, on Queen Mary 2 five years ago, the ship berthed at the commercial container port, and on my first visit to the city state in 1998, on Fred Olsen’s Black Watch, the ship docked at the Harbour Front terminal in the shadow of the cable car from the mainland to Sentosa Island.
It will my first experience of cruising with Silversea. After recent voyages with SeaDream and Crystal, I get another opportunity to sample six-star luxury treatment and to compare what each operator offers.Tell you this, my butler on Silver Shadow will have to go some to match the service I received from the ever-smiling Engin on Crystal Serenity.
Shadow will take me to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) which I last visited on Black Watch, and I’m looking forward to returning to Hoi An and Ha Long Bay. The cruise ends in Hong Kong, so I’ll be back in the city where I disembarked Diamond Princess in March this year.
If the dirst part of Peter Knego’s lavishly-illustrated report from his Silver Shadow cruise in south-east Asia is anything to go by, the ship’s wi-fi should be good enough to allow me to upload pictures en route. Stay tuned.