Whether it’s the exotic of the orient or the thrill of a sea voyage, cruises around Asia can offer both. As you sail on top Asian cruises, luxury and fun can be defined by a cabaret evening, casinos, or perhaps a quiet formal evening in a country club environment, sipping a glass of champagne.
For some travelers, cruise holidays in Asia can mean glamorous, 5-star ships boasting lavish, gourmet buffets and world-class entertainment. For some, a small, luxury line with only a single bar and restaurant, limited activities may be of interest.
Cruises from Asia are on the rise. So, let’s take a look at everything that you need to know.
When is the Best Time to Cruise from Asia?
Generally, June to August, followed by September, October and subsequently December to February are the best times to start your cruise from Asia. If the plan is to cruise around the Equator, the weather will be mostly humid throughout the year.
Where can you Go?
Typical destinations from Asia can be a Singapore to Bali cruise. If you are looking for something around a week’s duration from Singapore, then try the Singapore – Hongkong route. Stops at Ko Samui, Laem Chabang for Bangkok, Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, Chan May for Da Nang/Hue, and Nha Trang may be included in the itinerary. If offbeat locations such as Komodo, Surabaya, Semarang, Phuket, Langkawi and Port Klang, then you can start the cruise at the Benoa port in Bali.
Cruises that explore the far east, for example, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will include port visits for Yokohama, Shimizu, Osaka, Beppu, Fukuoka, Pusan, Sasebo, Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Sakaiminato, Nagasaki, Naha, Ishigaki Island, Keelung, Kaohsiung, Xiamen and Shanghai. Puerto Princesa and Manila will feature in your itinerary if you intend to sail from the Philippines.
What are the Key Embarkation and Disembarkation Points?
In Asia, Hong Kong and Singapore are the two major ports from where passengers tend to start or end their cruise journeys.
Which Liners Offer Cruises from Asia?
Genting Dream and World Dream operated by Dream Cruises start their sails from Hong Kong, Guangzhou. Dream cruise Singapore can also be an embarkation point for many passengers. Their itineraries are typically Asian heavy. Superstar Gemini, cruising to destinations in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan is operated by Star Cruises, another Asian based liner.
You also have the option of selecting alternative cruise liners such as Princess Cruises with its luxury ship Diamond Princess sailing around Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Norwegian Cruise Liner is one of the newest additions on the block with their Norwegian Jade voyaging throughout Southeast Asia from Singapore and Hong Kong this new year, calling on Phuket, Langkawi, Penang, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) and Ha Long Bay on the way.
Special itineraries are offered by Holland America Line, Silversea, P&O Cruises, Celebrity and Carnival Cruises that sail through Asia and have planned stop over at select ports.
If you are someone who is not afraid to try out new things, then cruising should definitely be on your bucket list. As most people say, especially the first timers – it is indeed the ‘once in a lifetime holiday’ in its truest sense!