Chefs table - a 6 course degustation menu onboard the ship 🚢 - all matched with wines and finishing up with chocolate martinis - wow 😳
Lunch at Pho 2000 - tiger beer 🍻 a great way to cool down in this extreme humid weather
Hoi chi Minh City - 1 day private tour of Saigon - 7 million scooters on the road - complete chaos for us westerners - visited numerous temples and landmarks - also a moving tour of the war museum
Ovation of the seas - Northern Star - great views of Nha Trang and a fabulous look down at the ships upper deck
Nha Trang - fabulous day with a great local tour guide - certainly busy with what appeared to be no road rules
22 November 2017
Ovation of the seas - Hong Kong to Singapore - the ship accommodates 4600 guests. We have a balcony room on the seventh floor and although we have always said an inside room was good enough for us I'm now sold on having a balcony - it's been great to have our own personal space to sit and watch the world pass by.
Checkin was easy and we were onboard at lunch time - we spent the afternoon exploring the ship - although the ship is large we it does lack the elegance and ambience of the smaller ships we have sailed on.
18 November 2017
Day 6 - sea day and time to rest and enjoy the calm sea
16 November 2017
Day 3 and we have a day at Nha Trang northern Vietnam - getting of the ship meant catching a tender - a busy exercise for 4000+ guests still it didn't take long for us to reach the mainland and meet up with our guide for the day. We were on a private tour with "Pham" tours. There were 6 couples and we travelled around Nha Trang in the comfort of a small bus with great air con - much needed as the humidity was very uncomfortable. We visited a local orphanage, traditional hat making where you can purchase a hat for the small price of $2.50 AUD. One of ladies working here is 89 and still going strong.
There was photo opportunities at another standing Buddha who protects those who are buried at the cemetery.
Lunch was at A local restaurant owned by the guide and his wife. Great selection of fresh foods including Pho soup , spring rolls, seafood and of course sticky rice a must have at every meal.
Vietnam markets were great for shopping - bargaining was super fun
14 November 2017
Day 2 was an at sea day - much needed day to chill out and just enjoy the ship - we had lunch and dinner in the dining room "silks" - food was good but the dining room lacks the intimacy of smaller ships.