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. Cruising 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 simplify your travel arrangements by concentrating on Asia and explore her hidden gems by flying to your first port of call to get straight to the heart of the matter on a fly cruise. Alternatively, if you'd like to try something a little different to an ocean cruise, why not embark on a river cruise along the Mekong where you'll discover just what South East Asia has to offer as you travel through Cambodia and Vietnam.
Given the huge size of Asia, countries differ in their climates, however, the cruise season tends to run from November to March as outside of these months the weather can be very hot, humid and rainy.
Thanks to the diversity of the countries throughout Asia, there are a wealth of activities that you can enjoy during your cruise, from active pursuits to afternoons spent lounging on the beach and everything in between. Snorkelling is always a popular excursion, particularly on cruises to Thailand where the waters of Phuket are said to have some of the best marine life in the world. There is also plenty of opportunity to go on adventurous hikes through the tropical rainforests and get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Alternatively, the long stretches of idyllic beach make for the perfect few hours spent relaxing in the sun and cooling off in the enticing waters.
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 Gandhi or even have an interesting introduction into the Hindu religion.
Step ashore and visit "Tahiti " of the East, as it is fondly known amongst Westerners,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 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 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 are Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Village.
Typical of the Asian landscape are the rice terraces, and none are as 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, perfect for everything from diving expeditions to sunbathing.
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 and 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, making you feel at home almost immediately.
Head inland from the stunning, world-renowned beaches and coastline to discover the ruins of the ancient Buddhist temples and fascinating, enchanting cities.
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.
A real melting pot of different cultures to compare and contrast, all with a splash of foreign influence, makes 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.