Feeling inspired by the Olympics to explore a new part of the world? Why not consider a cruise through Asia alongside one of our fabulous Cruise Specialists hosts, whose been there many times and has not only wonderful stories, but fantastic tips to share for your visit.
While you won’t be stopping in Korea, the list of stops will fill your days with exciting tours, excursions and history. The 2018 Grand Asia sailing includes an exclusive shore excursion, pre-cruise hotel stay and bon voyage dinner, along with our standard onboard exclusive events and so much more!
Here’s a little of what you can expect during this wonderful voyage.
Singapore Overnight Port
There’s so much to do here, you’ll be surprised when two days doesn’t feel like enough!
- The Singapore Flyer or “The Eye” as some call it, a huge ferris wheel (the world’s largest observation wheel) at the waterfront, that makees a 30-minute revolution for a relaxing ride over the city.
- The Arab Street or Pagoda Street or Orchard Road for shopping.
- Famous Raffles Hotel for the $60 Singapore Sling, a cocktail made from gin and cherry brandy.
- The Singapore Zoo and the Jurong Bird Park.
- The Botanical Gardens or the Gardens by the Bay with their 250,000 rare plants and huge indoor waterfall.
- Mount Faber via the cable car for beautiful views of the city.
Night Safari Zoo Special Excursion
Take part in a fabulous excursion available only to Cruise Specialists guest.
The Nihht Safari is the world’s first wildlife park purpose-built to be viewed at night. It is not an ordinary zoo simply illuminated by night or a modern version of nocturnal houses found in many zoos.
Set in 98 acres of dense secondary forest, the Night Safari offers visitors the fascinating experience of observing wildlife in a tropical jungle at night. Through the use of subtle lighting techniques, guests are able to view the 1,000 nocturnal animals of 100 different species in vast natural habitats.
Watch the Cape buffalo, African bongo, blue sheep, striped hyena, golden jackal, the greater one-horned rhinoceros and many others roaming freely through the Night Safari’s lush grounds from a relaxing, open-air tram ride that slowly weaves through the enclosure. Following the tram ride, you will have some time to take photos and pick up souvenirs before your private, air-conditioned coach takes you back to the ship.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The port of Phu My, Vietnam is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City otherwise known as Saigon. This is the biggest city in Vietnam, the fastest growing and the youngest. You’ll find many iconic places here:
- the Notre Dame Cathedral
- the Old Post Office (designed by Gustave Eiffel)
- the Reunification Palace – a symbol of the fall of Saigon to the North and was once the home of South Vietnam’s President. It houses lots of historical pictures of events in those troubled times.
- the roof garden at the Rex Hotel, the gathering place for war correspondents and US officers during the war
- the Cu Chi tunnels- over 120 miles of underground passages that housed and protected the Viet Cong
- a Traditional Water Puppet Show, where the puppeteers are in the water behind the curtain with their puppets (in the form of dragons, fish, birds and a few people) on long poles extending out into the pool
Shanghai Overnight Port
Another wonderful overnight stop allows you to experience this vibrant city in all its forms. During the evenings, Pudong transforms into a festival of lights, providing a unique way to experience the city. But there’s so much more:
- Jinmao Observatory for a bird’s-eye view of the city
- visit local markets to explore a wide array of local delicacies
- walk along The Bund, Shanghais picturesque waterfront
- tour the water town of Zhujiajiao
- discover the 5-acre Yuyuan Garden dating back to the 16th centry
- visit as many of the stunning temples as possible to see the ornate decorations and learn more about the culture and history
These are just a few of the stops you’ll enjoy on this particular voyage and we haven’t even started to dive in to the fun you’ll have when it reaches the Pacific Rim!
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