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For a romantic, seabound adventure, why not embark on one of our Far East cruises? Discover exciting new destinations against the cherry blossom and gold shimmering splendour of ancient Buddhist temples, panoramic rice fields and beautiful sun drenched beaches.
The Far East is as distinct as it is spell-binding and will captivate you from the moment you sail into her turquoise waters. As well as a classic fly cruise, one of the most popular ways to explore the Far East is on a World Cruise or shorter World Cruise Sector - commonly known as Liner Voyages or simply worldwide cruises. These are often superb value, and afford you the option of adding extra nights in the likes of Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore or Bangkok. Alternatively, you can embark on a Far East river cruise.
With its warm climate all year round, the Far East is a great cruise destination for those wanting to escape the cooler winter months. While May to September are very hot, October to March provides warm weather with more bearable temperatures.
For a room with more than one view, a cruise to this magnificent corner of the globe is an excellent way to explore new horizons. If time is on your side, then why not extend your holiday either before or after you take to the ocean with a land based stay? Have a look at our cruise and stay options and our cruise holidays.
Take your exploration of this mystical destination even further with a Far East River Cruise, giving you access to more ports and amazing places inaccessible by larger cruise ships. Experience the riches and cultural delights of the Mekong River, see the imperial jewels of China or absorb the rich histories of Thailand and beyond.
Stepping ashore is one of the most exciting parts of the cruising experience and if planned properly can enhance the enjoyment of your holiday enormously by visiting some of the world's most glittering locations. You will find a vast range of excursions to suit your tastes and the local knowledge available will ensure that you make the most of every moment with the interesting programme of events. To ensure that you don't miss out, be sure to book these in advance before you set sail.
Make landfall at Bali for the incredible awe-inspiring temple of Tanah Lot, set on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the sea or the supremely calming Ubud Water Temple. Be captivated by the military precision-like steps of the rice paddies or climb the eery volcanic steps. Enjoy an enchanting show from the local traditional dancers with their vibrant colourful costumes and golden headwear.
A celestial mixture of fast and furious coupled with spiritual and serene, Thailand has something for everybody. Step ashore to see the fabulous Grand Palace in Bangkok, shimmering in the sunshine with golden spires and finials. The stunning Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), intricately decorated in Kmer mosaics, is also well worthy of your attention. Beachcombers will be drawn to the beautiful clear waters and white sandy beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, both offering incredible sub aqua experiences amidst shoals of rainbow-coloured fish.
Explore the architecturally significant buildings that grasped the world's attention for the Olympic Games in 2008 or walk a stretch of one of our globe's best assets - the Great Wall of China. Enjoy the forbidden city's maze of courtyards, gardens and pavilions or take a trip to Tiananmen Square and marvel at the circular blue-tiled shrines in the Temple of Heaven.
Enjoy the tantalising aroma of delicious Vietnamese food as you step off your cruise ship and walk onto terra firma. The charming city of Ho Chi Minh, more fondly referred to as Saigon, provides a bustling, scooter-filled street scene set against a contrasting French Colonial backdrop. If you are looking for a more relaxing memory of Vietnam to continue along your itinerary with, then make sure that you take a diversion to Nha Trang, complete with its pristine white beaches, whispering palms and evocatively chiming temples.Don't leave before you have taken a trip over to Monkey Island.
From the palm-fringed beaches of Langkawi to the incredible soaring architecture of the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a treasure trove of treats for its visitors. Take a shore excursion to see the glittering Telaga Tujuh in Langkawi where the azure blue lagoon is threaded together by waterfalls, or why not visit the enchanting snake temple in Penang teeming with poisonous snakes, rendered harmless by incense? The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur is a lively scene with its cacophony of batik painters, glass blowers and shadow puppeteers.
Head straight for the old fishing lanes of Stanley Market for your silk wares and the beautiful hypnotic aroma of the stunning flora at the Flower Market. The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a budding ornithologists dream. Hong Kong's legendary "dim sum" is also waiting to tantalise your tastebuds before you head back to your ship.