Five Best Asian Cruise Holiday Deals

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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 means 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 – 21 October 2015

With a night’s stay before and after the cruise in Singapore, this 9 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.

Singapore photo by Arian Zwegers (Flickr)

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Malaysia & Thailand – 30 January 2016

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.

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Tokyo to Singapore – 3 September 2015

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 11 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.

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Asia on the Quantum of the Seas – 14 June 2015

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.

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Luxury Asian Christmas – 19 December 2015.

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.

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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.

Great Wall of China

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 make up 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.

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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.

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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 deal. For a full range of cruise deals, call us now on 1300 857 345 or click the button below.

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Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons andWikimedia Commons. Credit: HellonEArth2006, Sivaanan, rabol2004,Arian Zwegers, EarthBound Misfit, Francisco Diaz, Hankt.

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Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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