Cruises to Asia have never been so popular! With it's diverse culture, history, geography, and itineraries to match, it's no wonder the region is the fastest growing cruise destination among Australians.
Asia cruises combine the fascinating excitement of the Far East with a relaxing journey through the world’s most beautiful oceans. The sheer size of Asia is just as impressive as the variety of its cities and landscapes. Metropolises like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City are bustling hubs of activity, while tropical paradises like Bali, Vietnam or Papua New Guinea relax the mind, body and soul.
Asia cruises boast a variety of routes to a spectacular list of stunning destinations to suit your tastes. With its close proximity to Australia, itineraries range from a few days to a few weeks with the opportunity to depart from or arrive at local ports including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Whichever Asia cruise you choose, you will fall in love with the adventure, magic and personality of the island continent! Asia is the perfect holiday destination and will leave you with enough memories to last a lifetime.
This cruise with Royal Caribbean is a very attractive short getaway for those who maybe can't take a lot of time off work, or want to sample a cruise close to home, without breaking the bank. Royal Caribbean have proven themselves to be a reliable cruise line with flawless onboard service, making this the perfect introduction for those new to cruising.
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Discover the unique city of Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan. You'll find beautiful gardens to wander around and fascinating museums.
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When in Semarang, make sure you visit one of Asia's largest Buddhist Temples - the Borobudur Temple.
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As a melting pot for the world's cultures and nationalities, Singapore's diversity stands out among its surrounding nations. Its cultural and religious diversity, along with the fact it has no less than four national languages (including English) give it a progressive feel. For those who appreciate architecture, the mix of colonial-era buildings and ultra modern skyscrapers and condos mean they will constantly be in awe of their surroundings. The impeccable standards of cleanliness present in the city are astonishing. Strict laws surrounding this issue mean the municipality is a joy to spend time in.Highlights of Singapore
- A visit to the Gardens by the Bay and Haw Par Villa
- Try a variety of food at the hawker centres, which reflects the diverse cultural mix of Singapore
- Shop until you drop in one of two dozen shopping centers on Orchard Road
What you may not know about Hong Kong is that an astonishing 70% of it is made up of green areas and mountains, filled with historical and natural wonders. Yes, it is well-known for being a shopper's paradise, but it is also so much more. As one of the culinary capitals of the world, Hong Kong offers you the opportunity to try the best of cuisines of the Cantonese, Sichuanese, Japanes or French variety, to name a few. Time your visit to coincide with a festival in the city, such as the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival or Arts Month for a truly memorable experience.Highlights of Hong Kong
- Journey to the top of Victoria Peak on the 125-year-old Peak Tram for spectacular views
- Discover the culture of Hong Kong at sites like the Tian Tan Buddha
- Take a ride on a Star Ferry
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and should definitely be on your must-see list when visiting the island. The city used to be known as 'the garden city of the East' and though unlikely to reclaim this moniker, it is still a compelling place. The colonial architecture of the Fort, the lively markets of Pettah and growing number of stylish galleries and shops make Colombo an excellent start or finish to your Sri Lankan expedition. The ever-growing number of eateries serving anything from Sri Lankan to street food, is another reason travellers are starting to flood to the city.Highlights of Colombo
- Explore the local flora and fauna at the recently spruced up Viharamahadevi Park
- Shop in the beautiful colonial-era surroundings of the Dutch Hospital
- Enjoy an evening walk along the Galle Face Green
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's largest city, is bustling and diverse with a variety of attractions, including the world famous Petronas Twin Towers. It was only in 1957 that Malaysia's first prime minister declared independence in Kuala Lumpur, and British colonial-era landmarks are still dotted around the city. The Petaling Street flea market is an authentic taste of Kuala Lumpur while the Batu Caves is a destination you cannot miss. The thousands of hawker stalls, cafes and restaurants ensure visitors don't leave without a true taste of the best of Malaysian cuisineHighlights of Kuala Lumpur
- Visit the Petronas Twin Towers for extraordinary views
- Taste the mouth-watering mix of Asian cuisine Kuala Lumpur has to offer
- Shop till you drop in expansive shopping malls hosting upmarket labels
Shanghai, the most populated city in China, is a renowned international metropolis drawing in visitors from all over the world. Due to Shanghai's colonial history, the city is a unique fusion of East and West. Enjoy the stunning skyline views on an evening cruise, or perhaps take a leisurely stroll down the Bund promenade and watch the ships sail by. Shoppers are sure to be impressed by the variety of pop-up boutiques, contemporary designer-outlets and trendy vintage stores! From chilled-out jazz venues to lively night clubs, Shanghai's nightlife options are endless.Highlights of Shanghai
- Discover Shanghai from above at the Shanghai World Finance Center observation deck
- See the variety of architecture along the Huangpu River as you walk the Bund
- Immerse yourself in Chinese culture at the Shanghai Museum
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city. Until 1975, the city was known under the name Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is located north of the Mekong Delta on the west bank of the Saigon River. There are attractions such as the Reunification Palace, the French-built 'Notre Dame' Cathedral, as well as numerous theaters and parks. The Reunification Palace is widely seen as a symbol of the end of the war and guided tours of the palace are highly recommended. Ben Thanh Market is an ideal spot for trying authentic Vietnamese cuisine and local crafts.Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
- Learn about the history of the city at Ho Chi Minh Museum
- Experience Vietnamese culture at Ben Thanh Market
- Visit Vam Sat Ecological tourist centre, complete with crocodile farm and more
South Korea's second largest city, is a modern port town with skyscrapers and beaches, while the city is also surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Seoul may be the capital but Busan is an energetic city with a soul of its own. Fresh seafood is a city staple as there are sprawling markets offering locals the freshest variety of produce. The city also has numerous trendy nightclubs for partying after a day spent exploring or laying on Haeundae Beach, while October welcomes the Busan International Film Festival.Highlights of Busan
- Be sure to check out the fish market at Haeundae
- Take a tour of the history-rich Gamcheon Culture Village
- Enjoy panoramic views on the Geumgang Park Cable Car
The tropical island of Penang lies on the west coast of Malaysia. The capital, Georgetown is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. There are numerous temples, mosques and churches on the island. Of particular interest is the Ke Lok Si, the largest Chinese temple in Malaysia. Penang is known as a region of diversity and is often seen as a connection between Europe and Asia. Some argue that Penang offers the best food Malaysia has to offer and the island is fondly referred to as the 'Pearl of the Orient'.Highlights of Penang
- Explore the trail of the Tropical Spice Garden
- Sample local dishes such as Char Koay Teow and Nasi Kandar
- Stroll through Penang National Park
The capital of Thailand is famous for its mixture of old and new. Boasting temples, skyscrapers, the famous tuk tuks, markets & food stalls, luxury shopping and gourmet restaurants, there is much to experience in Bangkok. Wander about and you will find something fun at every turn. Many locals may not speak English, but they have a sense of playfulness and will always greet you with a smile. A city full of character, Bangkok is never boring.Highlights of Bangkok
- Stroll about the Banglamphu neighbourhood with its busy markets and golden temples
- Take a tour of the Grand Palace, a former royal residence
- Visit Wat Pho, a stunning temple compound covering 8 hectares
The Japanese city of Yokohama is known as an industrial and commercial city and is part of the metropolitan area of Tokyo. After Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan. The geographical position of the city is on the bay of Tokyo which adds to its charm. Yokohama is particularly popular due to its lively arts scene and impressive bay area.Highlights of Yokohama
- Check out the superb collection of model trains at Hara Model Railway Museum.
- Explore the beautiful landscaped garden Sankei-en.
- See how ramen was invented in Shun-Yokohama Ramen Museum.
Phuket is located in southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea. The country's largest island is well renowned for its marvelous white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, colorful fish and coral reefs, but Phuket is also full of vibrant nightlife and great tourist attractions. Visit Laem Phromthep at the island's southern tip to watch the stunning sunset, see the great work being done at Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, or laze around and do nothing but relax on the 8km long Hat Bang Thao beach.Highlights of Phuket
- See the wonders of Phuket from the Big Buddha viewpoint
- Visit Phuket's only working distillery in Chalong Bay Rum
- Discover the nation's history at the Thailand National Museum
Tokyo is one of the most famous of Asia’s metropolises and deservedly so. With a mixture of both ancient traditions and modern architecture, the city makes for an unforgettable experience and is a must see for any kind of traveller. With so much going on it’s hard to pick what to do but you should definitely pay a visit to the Tsukiji outdoor market. Here you’ll find an unparalleled selection of the freshest seafood. Another highlight for many cruise passengers is the Imperial Palace. There are several guided tours in English making for a great shore excursion.Highlights of Tokyo
- Breathtaking mix of old and new
- Tsukiji outdoor market
- The Imperial Palace
The Vietnamese coastal town of Nha Trang is located on the South China Sea and to the north of the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. Because of its scenic beaches and charming town, Nha Trang has become a top holiday destination in Vietnam. Tropical islands scattered about the bay's crystal clear waters host water-sports as well as opportunities for both adventure and relaxation. The Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam which offers a unique insight into the marine life of the region, while the ancient Po Nager Cham Towers offer insights into the lives of earlier generations of the Vietnamese.Highlights of Nha Trang
- Enjoy a relaxing evening on the enchanting Nha Trang Beach
- Visit the striking Long Son Pagoda
- Visit the amazing white Buddha statue seated on a lotus blossom
Shimizu is a small town of 10,000 inhabitants in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan. The town lies at the foot of one the Japanese 'Three Holy Mountains' and the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mount Fuji. Nature enthusiasts will love the pine groves located just outside the busy town centre, there are over 30000 trees lining the shore. The port of Shimizu is the liveliest place in town. Hundreds of cruise ships anchor at the Cruise Terminal every year, bringing people from all over the world.Highlights of Shimizu
- Enjoy fresh fish at the 'Shimizu Fish Market Kashi no ichi' restaurant at the port
- Take a stroll through the Miho-no-Matsubara pine grove
- Explore the harbour on a harbour cruise
The Japanese seaside city of Kagoshima lies in a bay on the southwestern tip of the island. The city is sunny and friendly, it has even been voted Japan's friendliest. The very active Sakurajima volcano that sits across the bay is one of the city's main attractions. The local weather report has a special section for an 'ash forecast' as it falls regularly, coating everything, including cars, laundry and teeth. Kagoshima is often nicknamed 'Naples of the Eastern World' for its volcano and tropical climate.Highlights of Kagoshima
- Take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Sengan-en Gardens
- Quench your thirst with a delicious kakigori - shaved ice with condensed milk, fruit and beans
- Learn all about sword-making and Satsuma history at the Reimeikan Museum
Asia cruises will be sure to create wonderful memories in unforgettable locations! The continent is so varied and vibrant as each destination is a paradise in its own right. Take a short trip to the major cities or spend two weeks at sea exploring both popular spots as well as places you never dreamed of visiting.
A few of the most popular ports of call are: China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Asia cruises often depart from Australia, in particular Sydney, or from within Asia itself. Asia cruises will be either sea voyages or cruises up winding inland rivers, stopping at smaller, more remote locations. At-sea voyages on large ocean liners give you the chance to visit a couple of countries and their respective capitals, which is great for those looking to experience a variety of cultures in one trip, as well as spending your days at sea relaxing in on board pools, or taking part in exciting activities. On the other hand, the upriver sailings take place on smaller vessels with shallow drafts, which allows passengers to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations and undertake considerable inland exploration. This option is ideal for a more relaxed and specialised trip on a smaller vessel, with fewer people. This more intimate approach to cruising can be perfect for a romantic getaway or a solo adventure. This is why at CruiseAway we feel that a cruise is the only viable way to explore this dynamic place. It could take several lifetimes to scratch the surface of Asia’s treasures. So discover the world of stunning skylines in Tokyo or Singapore, as you see both the incredible infrastructure of these innovative cities, as well as a wealth of unique culture and history honoured there.
For a slower pace choose an itinerary exploring quaint farming villages in India, or travel to the stunning islands of Malaysia and learn the local cultures and way of life. There is so much to see, learn and do on these diverse itineraries, Asia cruises have never been a better option! The diverse cultures of Asia all share an ethereality which stems from Asia’s role as an ancient spiritual hub. Spread out over the vast continent are relics of this tradition. From the idols of Christianity and Hinduism, the teachings of Buddhism to the traditions of Islam, cruisers are sure to be enthralled by the air of history pervading the land.
Asian Cruising Options
Whether your cruising style is more focused on the metropolitian areas of Asia, or if you’d rather spending some peaceful days floating along the rural rivers, CruiseAway will have an array of options to choose from. There are many cruise lines who sat sail on Asia cruises from Sydney and other Australian cities, such as Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Azamara cruise line. For journeys which begin in Asia ports such as Tokyo or Hong Kong, talk to our cruise experts today for the best way to get to and from your departure and arrival ports. CruiseAway also offers DreamAway packages, which include flights, pre and post cruise hotel stays and even transfers to and from the port!
With best price guarantee, our cruise experts will be sure to find you the best deal on your Asia cruise, while making sure the itinerary you choose suits your cruising style. We can tailer a cruise so that you get the best value for your money, when you book now with CruiseAway.
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