It was planned and saved for over 18 months, first the cruise element (which the free upgrade to a Balcony cabin was on) and then added to with flights/hotels and excursions.
We flew out to Hong Kong for one night. We did an open-top bus tour including up the Peak Tram where the view overlooking the city is simply breathtaking. We only scratched the surface in 24 hours here and would love to go back on day.
Azamara Quest is a beautiful ship with exquisite décor, stunning cabins and we enjoyed having a balcony suite, where we enjoyed breakfast served most mornings!
Before we sailed from Hong Kong we were out on deck to experience the light and laser show.
We had several days at sea in between ports on this trip. It was extremely relaxing lazing by the pool and being served drinks or taking part in the odd deck game - what's not to love? The weather wasn't too kind to us however and we had lots of rain so our macs and brollies unfortunately came in very handy!
One port we were really looking forward to was Halong Bay where we took a boat trip out to see the famous rocks which have all been given nicknames. Unfortunately the weather was too bad to be able to enjoy them fully - and walking through the rocks in such wet conditions was quite dangerous.
The sailing ended in Singapore where we had another overnight stop over.
After doing some training in the UK with Shangri-La Hotels I'd booked us at their hotel, in the Valley wing. This stay was out of this world! Service like I've never experienced before. We were welcomed to the hotel with a massive boxed lily. We were escorted to our suite and served hot tea whilst we were checked in and shown the facilities and then invited down for afternoon tea in the lobby whilst accompanied by a beautiful harpist.
In the evening we'd pre-booked a trip to see Singapore by night and visit the world famous Raffles for a Singapore Sling. Then back at the hotel we enjoyed a couple of night caps in the hotel lounge.
Our next stop was Dubai were we had one night at the Atlantis and spent the day chilling in the lazy river to get our breath back from all the travelling. The following day we were picked up at 2pm and taken to the Burj Al Arab for High Tea. Oh my - what a treat - a seven course afternoon tea. It was not rushed, we were in there for around three hours, chatting to other guests and served tea/drinks and so many treats as you'll see from the photos.
Next we were whisked off to the Burj Khalifa and a trip to the very top floor and the stunning views over Dubai. Back down to the ground to see the waterfall display after dusk to round off what was a simply amazing trip and one never to be forgotten.