Just came off the the vessel this week, no need to worry over visa. admin on board will do it for vietnam and china for a small cost. no problem on board with laundry, just fill the laundry bag in cabin as required again for a small cost returned in 2 day.
We did same cruise in Novemb er 2007, we did not have to arrange for any visas. Costa arranged visa for Vietnam and for Sanya (China). All was explained there and then, all we ahd to do was, the day before, fill out forms and then eventually pay what was due for the visas.
I did not use the laundry facilities.
Enjoy the cruise it was really worth it.
Wonderful cruise,everything is done for you by Costa,visas,16 euros for Sanya, thats all, laundrey no problem.hope you will enjoy every minute as we did in December, love to do it all again. 3 formal evenings, staff so friendly.
We did the cruise on 6 Jan 08. No problem with visas as they arrange everything (you just pay!). Laundry is quite reasonably priced and reliable. Brian Sherrad New Milton, Hants.