Home to some of the most incredible sights in the World, the magical continent of Asia is a vast and varied portfolio of different cultures and customs set against an exotic colourful backdrop of mountains, rice fields, temples and rule breaking modern architecture.
Unravel the mysteries of the Far East with an Asia Cruise, visiting ports in countries as diverse as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore. This is the perfect way to explore this wonderful continent and will give you ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the many different cultures.
Enjoy either taking your time discovering the Orient as well as many other interesting destinations as part of a sumptuous World cruise, or just simplify your travel arrangements by concentrating on Asia and explore her hidden gems by flying to your first port of call and getting straight to the heart of the matter on a fly cruise.
Enjoy a comfortable, convenient and safe way to explore the glittering destinations along your itinerary by taking full advantage of the rich and varied shore excursions on offer from your palatial cruise ship. Take a look at some of the highlights of a Cruise to Asia below.
If you are looking for a full sensory awakening experience, then India should be at the top of your list. The vibrant colours and lively spice aromas in Mumbai will leave you with a whole host of magical memories. Visit the General Post Office Building or the former home of Mahatma Ghandi or even have an interesting introduction into the Hindu Religion.
Step ashore and visit "Tahiti " of the East, as it is fondly known amongst Westeners, for its beauty and tranquility. This stunning island off the Southern Indian shores has a reputation for being a first class tropical island paradise of supreme calm.
Walk a stretch of the awesome Great Wall of China (pictured left) and marvel at the majestic Tibetan Mountains. The Xi'an Terracotta Army will have you bewildered for days and The Silk Road will offer you a small fascinating insight into the extensive network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.
Enjoy one of the many beautiful National Parks or one of the secret beaches set under imposing cliffs. This green land of lush tropical vegetation holds a huge ginseng reserve and is a real feast for the eyes.
Visit Victoria Peak for amazing panoramic views of this incredible city and the oldest and most famous, Man Mo Temple. The flower market in Kowloon is a dazzling vibrant example of nature at its best. Also worthy of your attention are the Soho District, Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Village.
Typical of the Asian landscape are the rice terraces, and none are so well etched into the hillside as those in Vietnam. Take a shore excursion to experience this unique panorama which gives way to the breathtaking endless coastline shaded with palm trees.
Step onto the shores of Bali where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap up onto the sundrenched sands. Visit the Monkey Forest, the Ubud Art Market and the Batik Workshops- all fascinating insights into Balinese culture. The natural landscape of rice paddies, volcanoes soaring high into the clouds and glittering white sand beaches will keep even the keenest of photographers busy for hours!
This amazing country of contrasts awaits you with open arms. On the one hand its cutting edge technology reinforces Japan's position as a prominent player on the World's stage and on the other, its traditional past instils a calming respectful, spiritual atmosphere. The vibrant city of Tokyo, is fun to see as is the capital city of Kyushu, Fukuoka. Don't leave before you have seen the florally abundant theme park of Huis-ten-Bosh at Nagasaki with its multitude of flowers and trees, restaurants, theatres and museums.
The unspoilt landscapes, crystal clear waters and unusual wildlife of Malaysia are what you should expect to see if you take a trip ashore from your ship. Juxtaposed with this, stand the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the cultural and economic centre of Malaysia. Exotic perfumes permeate the air and the people are very warm and friendly.
Head inland from the world renowned stunning beaches and coastline to discover the ruins of the ancient Buddhist temples (pictured left) and fascinating, enchanting cities.
Also well known for its tranquility and celestial ambience is Singapore where a common respect for all cultures, traditions and religious beliefs is commonplace. Sit on the exotic terrace at the luxurious Raffles Hotel and be sure to order a notorious Singapore Sling before heading back to your ship.
For a real melting pot of different cultures to compare and contrast, all with a splash of foreign influence, make the Philippines your port of call. This beautiful part of the world is made up of over 7000 islands stretching from the South of China down to the North of Borneo.For more Asia cruising information.