We’ve rounded up five of the best cruises which take you from Singapore to all around Asia, and even to Australia
We usually swear by affordable flights to take us to our dream destinations, but there’s nothing quite like a luxury cruise to kick back and truly relax. For first-timers, a vacation at sea can be a lot more pocket-friendly than jetting around, as cruise trips come with packages that include accommodation, dining and entertainment. Check out these top five cruises which take you from Singapore to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Taiwan, Mumbai and more.
Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas: Spice of Southeast Asia Cruise
If you think you’ve done everything there is to do in Southeast Asia, you’ve probably thought wrong. Hop aboard the Royal Caribbean International for a vacation like no other. The seven-day trip will take you to the buzzing city of Kuala Lumpur, Phuket’s dramatic coastlines, Penang’s old-world town and Langkawi’s powdery white beaches. Chances are you may not even want to get off the boat, thanks to its Broadway-style entertainment, mini golf courses, casino, pool deck and fitness classes.
Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess: Treasures of Southeast Asia
This 14-day cruise isn’t for the fainthearted – it’ll whizz you around Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia’s Silhanoukville, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Bali, and finally Perth’s Fremantle. If you’re keen on checking out these ports, simply book your excursions online; tours include kayaking, village walks, elephant safaris and river cruises. On board, you’ll find live music, movies under the stars, a luxurious spa and freshwater pools to wile your afternoons away.
Celebrity Millennium: Pingxi Lantern Festival
For a great escape, whisk yourself away on the Celebrity Millennium Cruise. Aside from the usual Southeast Asian ports of Koh Samui and Bangkok, it brings you to Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh, and even as far as Taipei and Hong Kong. Prone to seasickness? We promise you’ll be far too distracted by your plush room, fine dining options and sunset cocktails on the deck.
Azamara Club Cruises: Indian Ocean Adventure Voyage
You’d be hard-pressed to find an adventure like this – this Azamara Club cruise’s highlights are the golden pagodas of Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, where fragrant cinnamon and clove gardens and an elephant orphanage awaits. Expect to break out your glamorous outfits as you navigate the stunning premises of the Taj Mahal, and strut the streets of Dubai. Your home for the 18-day trip will be the Azamara Journey: a mid-sized boat which features all the modern nuts and bolts you need to make your stay a sumptuous one.
Star Cruises SuperStar Gemini
Bringing the whole fam on a short vacay? Check into the SuperStar Gemini Cruise to Malacca or Langkawi. Here, you’ll find a wealth of recreational facilities – we’re talking two adult swimming pools, a karaoke lounge, a mahjong room (great if you’re planning on scoring brownie points with the in-laws), a salon and a fitness centre. Most of the cabins are opulent, with generous space, ocean views and amenities like a flat-screen television screen and mini fridge.
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