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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nagasaki is located on the third-largest Japanese island of Kyushu on the south-west coast. The city became well known in 1945 when it suffered a nuclear bombing. The city is home to a range of museums, one of which is the atomic bomb museum which commemorates the city's past.
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.
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.
The Japanese ability to mix a fast-paced world with a world of tranquility and refined ceremonies can be seen to its full effect in Osaka. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Japan’s third-largest city before taking part in a traditional tea ceremony.
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.
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 cuisine
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.
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.
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.
In Hiroshima, due to the Second World War, the are many war monuments and memorials such as the Peace Park, the Peace Tower, and a peace museum. The original Hiroshima Castle (called Carp Castle),was destroyed in 1945 by the atomic bombing. However, it was reconstructed in the 50's and now houses a museum of the history of Hiroshima before World War II.
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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