Asia is full of life. There is something to excite every sense in the colourful, vibrant cities and tropical beach resorts which make up the cruise destinations on this incredible continent. From the futuristic skylines of Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to the stunning white sands of Thailand and Indonesia, the ancient temples to the modern architecture, any visitor to the area will find something that sticks with them. ... Read more
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Getting on board a cruise to Asia is easy, with many ships departing Australia's main cities to head north. Passengers can experience the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of the Orient with itineraries taking in the full range of cruise ports.
Asia Cruise Departure Ports
There are a number of places from which you can begin your Asia adventure. Aussies will find a number of cruises departing right in their backyards, putting the exotic cruise ports well within reach These are often one-way due to the distance involved, but this means an opportunity to spend a few days in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai or wherever the cruise disembarks.
Cruises from Sydney: Australia's biggest city and most prolific cruise port, Sydney frequently farewells Asia-bound ships. It is a handy starting point for all Australasians, with a major airport for ease of access. Sailing away from Circular Quay or the Whites Bay Cruise Terminal is made unforgettable with views of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Cruises from Perth: This isolated city on Australia's western coast is very handy to southeast Asia, and several lines operate cruises from there to Indonesia and beyond. The ships dock in the port town of Fremantle, not far from central Perth. Don't want a long flight? It is possible to take a roundtrip flight from Perth. P&O's Indonesian Adventure is 12 nights long return, and Princess's Asia Cruise is 26 nights return and ventures as far as Vietnam.
Cruises from Singapore: Central to much of Asia, Singapore is a great place to kick off an exotic itinerary. As a major international air hub, it is easily reached from almost anywhere in the world and one-way itineraries often begin or end here. The Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre both welcome ships to the island state.
Asia Cruise Lines
You don't need to give up your favourite cruise line to get onboard a cruise to Asia. All of the major lines offer itineraries there, along with plenty of small boutique companies.
Ships from Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and even P&O Australia are commonly spotted around the cruise ports of Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. The Mariner of the Seas, Sapphire Princess, Volendam and Zaandam are frequent visitors, sometimes based in Singapore during the northern hemisphere's off season. P&O's Pacific Jewel and Pacific Eden both cruise to Indonesia and southeast Asia from Fremantle, and Pacific Eden also sails from Singapore for part of the year.
The adventurous luxury lines and expedition ships are no strangers to the many delights of Asia cruise ports. Crystal is a line of mid-sized luxury vessels founded in Japan, and has one ship spending much of its time in the region - the Crystal Symphony. Orion Expeditions has in-depth southeast Asia cruises, and Azamara Club, Seabourn and Silversea all offer Asia cruises which take in the smaller ports where big ships cannot go.
Asia Cruise Destinations
There are innumerable destinations for a cruise to Asia. Here are a few of the most frequented areas:
- Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing are the biggest cities in the region, and ships often call in so that passengers can enjoy the urban Asia experience - they are also used occasionally for embarkation and disembarkation. Street food, neighbourhood markets, fine dining, vast shopping malls, museums, temples and plenty more all wait to be discovered on the city streets.
- In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang are the most common ports of call. This beautiful country of green mountains and hospitable culture is a fantastic place to stop.
- Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are where the beach resorts come into play. From famous Phuket and Bali to the lesser-known Langkawi and Koh Samui, there are endless beautiful stretches of white sand in southeast Asia.
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