But after spending much time looking through my photos and videos, I've finally managed to organise my thoughts and I'm finally ready to share in detail all my adventures and tales onboard the Legend of the Seas' Isles of Southeast Asia 5D4N cruise. There was LOTS I did, LOTS I-SEA (see)!
So in the following one month, I will unfold for you a sea-faring legend of epic proportions. It is going to be epic not just because the cruiseliner was big, but because of the larger-than-life encounters I had. I came face-to-face with some of nature's most majestic handicrafts, discovered that a cruise holiday is anything but boring, and experienced a level of service so personal, it seemed surreal.
Onboard LOTS, the permutations for fun are endless and the anecdotes of amusements many. Since what you can do on the decks are not so much limited by time but energy, my posts will not be a day-by-day account of what happened during the trip but presented as chapters about the things you can expect from Royal Caribbean's multiple award-winning standard in creating unforgettable cruise memories.
It took the olden seafarers weeks to reach the distant ports with much perils (archaelogical finds in the coastal waters of the route uncovered nurmerous ships who met their watery graves), but with our modern-day LOTS, we could shuttle between this ancient route in a matter of days with time to spare for shore explorations at the ports of call.
I've been to KL countless times and vacationed at Phuket in 2006 and 2007. I thought I know these destinations well enough but the shore trips offered by LOTS showed me there's so much more to see and appreciate. In the ensuing chapters, I will not only bring you into the heart of the ship, but will share with you the interesting facts I learnt during the docked explorations as well. Are you ready to set sail with me?
As you probably know from my previous entry, I'm not travelling alone but with nine pedigree bloggers picked from an earlier preview excursion onboard LOTS. Having spent the few days with them, I have a feeling readers would be in for a real treat with plenty of eye candies, sharp wit, spot-on observations and no-holds-barred reviews!
You can visit our combined blog about the cruise experience at http://blog.omy.sg/royal-caribbean/. Do vote for your favourite blogger and stand to win S$3,700 in prizes!
From the above photo (left to right), with me on this trip are Fong Yee Leong (Yiliang), Calvin Timothy Leong, Phan Mui Yee, Eunice Khong, Estelle Kiora Cheng, Cherie Lee, Christine Ng, Catherine Ling, yours truly, and Philip Lim (aka Keropokman).
You can click on their names to view their personal blog but let me warn you, they are very addictive! Their blogs are not just entertaining with great percepts, but are very informative over a wide range of topics from food, travel, lifestyle and modelling. Anytime you need a pick-me-up during the day, pop by their blogs and have fun!
If you would like to know more about them, you can visit Catherine's very succinct and accurate descriptions here. She didn't talk about herself in the post so I shall say that Catherine is one of those rare breed of wordsmiths whose words exudes warmth and great creativity. She's also ever humble and an award-winning food blogger.
Different as the 10 of us are, each with unique abilities and views, we have a common quest... a mission to find our bliss (or lack of) onboard Legend of the Seas.
No doubt that this trip was born out of the generosity of the good people at Royal Caribbean, but we weren't given any special treatments or privileges that any fare-paying passenger cannot enjoy. All the things we had or participated in are available to every guest.
We may be couped up in a ship all day, but yet, there's no greater freedom one could ask for to enjoy an amazing vacation. Food, shopping, entertainment, sports, casino, clubbing... everything is in one place, within easy reach. It's a floating oasis! Needlessly to say, I was on cloud nine those few days. I had a great cruise experience.
I survived paradise.