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May 5th 2011 4:00AM We're definitely seeing an increase in the number of "specials" being offered in Singapore by the cruise lines, but one of the biggest downsides is the cost and distance. Travel in the region is very cheap especially with the Low Cost Airlines and a beach that will take you 2 nights to sail to on a cruise ship is a 2 hour flight. The first (and last) cruise I took from Singapore had no more than 5 non-western guests on board. Not sure how this demographic has changed since then, but if they really want to make it work they need to appeal to the asian and not western market (which is VERY different).
Jan 30th 2010 9:48PM Agree with the above - and do you really want to know what is in those cushions (some research as been done - do a websearch)? Give me plastic any day...
Jan 1st 2010 9:10AM Is it possible to "get at the truth" anywhere you travel? It would be easy if the truth were absolute, but it isn't. Are people who travel to China concerned about its Human Rights Abuses record? Do visitors to most countries really care what goes on behind the scenes? Vietnam, Burma (Mynmar) to name a few. What makes North Korea different? In traveling through North Korea I spent the first while trying to get to the "real story", but then decided to enjoy my trip and appreciate what the hosts had laid on for us. You cannot miss the poverty and the "showiness" of some of the things that we saw, but then I don't go to the slums of Paris and report on them either.
Jan 1st 2010 9:04AM You're unlikely to get a passport stamped. We requested it and were turned down and then we forgot to request to retain the piece of paper that contained our visas. The only evidence that you will have is a departure stamp from Dangong in China or a plane ticket if you're flying in (all US visitors have to fly).