Asia is rapidly growing into one of the world’s most important cruise regions – with increasing passenger numbers and more ships dedicated to the continent than ever. As well as benefitting the locals of the region, the increased port facilities and options mean Australians have more opportunities to explore than ever before. Here we document our five best Asian cruise deals and five things you cannot miss when exploring the beautiful continent.
Cruises to Asia
Here are the five Asian cruises we are currently most excited about, aboard some of the world’s most stunning ships.
Spice of South East Asia
With a night’s stay before and after the cruise in Singapore, this nine-night holiday aboard the Mariner of the Seas explores some of South East Asia’s most beautiful coastal destinations. The cruise also includes a one-night stopover on the beautiful island of Phuket, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s most stunning beaches. This comprehensive cruise only spends one day at sea, packing plenty of port visits into the week on board.
Malaysia & Thailand
This six-night cruise provides a perfect introduction to some of the most beautiful parts of the two countries. Stopping in Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia before making its way to the stunning island of Phuket, Thailand – the cruise is a short taste of paradise for guests. Cruising aboard the Celebrity Millennium, the comprehensive ship ensures that the luxury and decadence isn’t just restricted to when you get your feet on solid ground.
Tokyo to Singapore
From the Japanese capital to the city-state of Singapore, this cruise aboard the Diamond Princess explores two of the most culturally significant destinations of Asia. The eleven-night cruise also takes in a number of destinations in China and Vietnam including the bustling metropolises of Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. This cruise is perfect for history lovers who truly want to explore the rich culture of the Asian continent.
Asia on the Quantum of the Seas
The Quantum of the Seas is the most technologically-advanced ship currently in service, offering a wide range of world firsts and unique features including robotic bartenders, on-board sky-diving and the fastest ever internet speeds aboard a cruise ship. Coming to Asia to complete her first year in service, the Quantum will be undertaking a number of itineraries and this is our favourite – exploring Hong Kong, Vietnam and the gateway to China: Xiamen.
Luxury Asian Christmas
If you’re looking to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style this year, this Asian cruise from Celebrity Cruises offers unforgettable experiences. Spend Christmas Day on the banks of the beautiful Perfume River, Vietnam and explore the local temples, palaces and tombs. The cruise spends New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at sea, giving you the chance to party the night away in one of the stunning bars or eateries.
Five Asian Highlights
Having showcased cruises which explore China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand – we are using this opportunity to expand upon our favourite place in each of these countries.
China – The Great Wall of China
Barely needing an introduction, the Great Wall of China is undisputedly one of the world’s most stunning experiences. Stretching for more than 13,000 miles, the wall has stood for centuries with the oldest parts of the world dating back to 220BC. Although the myth that the wall is the only manmade structure visible from the moon has been debunked, the wall remains one of the world’s most enduringly mystical and awe-inspiring sites.
Japan – Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the whole continent, with the strikingly parallel inclines topped with a distinctive white covering of snow. The 3,776m high mountain is the largest in Japan and best approached from the seas. Less than 65 miles from Tokyo, the mountain dominates the skyline when you leave the city. The active stratovolcano last erupted just over 300 years ago, and geologists believe another eruption may occur in the coming years.
Malaysia – Batu Caves
The beautiful Batu Caves, just north of Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India and are the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. The limestone caves are reportedly around 400 million years old and have been used as shelter by indigenous people and a place of worship. The wooden steps up to the cave have only been built in the past century, helping more visitors enter the caves than ever before.
Vietnam – Ha Long Bay
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bay is made up of over 2,000 islands emerging from the beautiful azure waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. One of the most staggering sites in all of Asia, Ha Long Bay is particularly popular with cruise fans and people holidaying on a sailboat. The islands also play host to a number of caves to explore and birds to watch.
Thailand – Wat Ratchanatdaram
Built over 150 years ago, Wat Ratchanatdaram is a striking temple, unlike most others in the country. The Buddhist temple was built for the princess granddaughter of King Nangklao in 1846. The temple plays host to 37 metal spires, which reportedly signify the 37 virtues towards enlightenment.
Whether you are looking for a cruise to Asia or anywhere in the world, the Cruise1st team will be able to help you find the perfect cruise deal. For a full range of cruise deals, call us now on 1300 857 345.
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