Asia, China and Far East Cruises
Imagine the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s urban jungle, Bangkok’s busy street markets, the ancient temples of the Cambodian jungle and the crystal clear waters of Vietnam’s beaches, and you’ll gain some idea of what Far East Cruises can pack into a single getaway.
With a choice of a fly and cruise break, sailing direct from the UK, and combining a sea voyage with a stay on dry land, there is no set way to experience this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Hark back to the grand tradition of British seafaring as old-world-meets-new upon the shores of these exotic destinations.
A Far East Cruise is a sophisticated and hassle-free way to experience the treasures of the Orient, steeped in customs, traditions and superstition, and you cannot fail to be caught up in the magic and excitement of these ancient and modern destinations.
Nothing can rival the world-class luxury of a Cunard Cruise. The exuberance and vitality of Celebrity Cruises is hard to match, and the all-round Italian-chic of Costa Cruises is unrivalled. Browse through our collection of Far East Cruises and imagine embarking for destinations and experiences that will dazzle your senses and intoxicate you with their startling beauty.
With so many cruise operators sailing the oceans and coastlines of Asia and China all year round, there are dozens of cruise ships to choose from. Princess Cruises have a number of ships voyaging through Far Eastern waters this year. Built in Japan, the Sapphire Princess has over 700 balconies from which guests can enjoy the sea breeze and spectacular ocean views. For couples looking for exclusivity and sophistication from their cruise break, the Sea Princess includes The Sanctuary, an adults-only area which provides a tranquil haven for a rejuvenating retreat at sea.
Fly to Singapore and spend a few days discovering its exotic blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences – not forgetting the incredible designer boutiques of Orchard Rd. Afterwards, you’ll set sail with Royal Caribbean for the motorcycle madness of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. Other stops include Hong Kong, Okinawa (Japan), and Jeju (South Korea), before you finally disembark at Shanghai. Whilst in Shanghai, choose to sample the mouth-watering delicacies of a dim sum lunch before taking a look at the clash between old and new worlds as the city’s gleaming skyscrapers go head to head with its colourful ancient temples.
Take in the delights on the Indian Ocean, with P&O cruises. Starting off in Singapore, this itinerary sees you stopping off at Port Kelang, Colombo, Mumbai and Muscat, before ending up in the jewel of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Soak up the hot sunshine in the height of luxury in world-class hotels such as the Burj al Arab, or cool off in the state’s exclusive shopping malls before enjoying a cocktail at sundown in a high end bar or restaurant.
Sushi fans will love Royal Caribbean’s 7-night Pearls of the Orient cruise, which sets sail from Shanghai and spends two days in the cosmopolitan city of Kobe - where you can sample its world-class beef - before heading onto Nagasaki and Jeju, before calling once more at Shanghai. When in Jeju, make sure you make the trip to Gyeongju. Often referred to as a museum without walls, the capital of the ancient Silla Dynasty is home to several historic sites including the Bulguksa Temple.
Azamara Club Cruises offer a great Stay & Cruise option. Tour Thailand and Vietnam before you recharge your batteries on Koh Samui’s famous beaches. After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, you will be ready to enjoy a well-earned break. Those who prefer the bright lights of the city could combine an 11-day Princess cruise with a few days in cosmopolitan Beijing and a tour of the Great Wall of China, before heading home to enjoy the memories of a lifetime.