Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an exotic yet easy-to-navigate cruise destination. Singapore has long been Asia's crown jewel, with a plethora of glitzy shopping malls, rooftop cocktail bars and fine dining opportunities. It's modern, classy and blessed with lots of sun for a day of exploring.
Things to do in Singapore:
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a haven for nature lovers, located near the Marina Bay Waterfront in the heart of Singapore. Gardens by the Bay has hidden gems such as unique plantlife, calm gardens and unique spots to relax in, as well as its expansive conservatories.
Merlion Park, named after the water-spouting Merlion statue, is an essential Singaporean landmark. The Merlion is Singapore's national symbol, with a lion's head and fish's body. The park is popular with tourists and locals alike, who come to take photos of the outstanding scenery, the famous statue and relax by the water.
Mint Museum of Toys
The Mint museum houses a collection of the best toys from across many ages. Learn about its history and the significance of the museum to academics, artists and students on a guided tour. With so many toys to see, you'll be reliving your childhood in a wave of nostalgia.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Agri-Horticultural Society, in 1859, transformed plantation property into a massive botanical garden for recreational use. It has become a major element of Singapore throughout the years, to the point where it has been designated as the country's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Orchid Garden is a highlight, as is the ample room for jogging dining or simply relaxing.
Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)
DAY 529 Mar 2025
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 7 PM
The vibrant and bustling capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur boasts a modern skyline, fantastic restaurants and historic landmarks. Dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers (that stand at an impressive 451 metres tall), there are so many things to see and do there, including venturing up the Menara tower, exploring the Batu Caves and venturing out to the fascinating Thean Hou Temple that’s situated just outside the city centre.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang):
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Built in 1994, Kuala Lumpur Tower is a 6 storey, 421 metre tall communication tower, is the second-tallest tower in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, and the seventh-tallest skyscraper in the entire globe. Venture to the top of this extraordinary building and enjoy breathtaking views out across the city.
The cave complex, which is devoted to Murugan, is one of the most well-known Hindu sanctuaries outside of India. It serves as the main point of Malaysia's Thaipusam, a Tamil holiday. Located just a few miles outside of the city, it’s well worth a visit to these incredible caves, so you can see the breathtaking surroundings, numerous statues and other attractions found in and around them.
Thean Hou Temple
A six-tiered temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, Theanu Hou is situated on 1.67 acres of property on Lorong Bellamy, atop Robson Heights, with views of Jalan Syed Putra. Built in 1987 and formally inaugurated in 1989, it's a captivating attraction to visit whilst in the city.
DAY 630 Mar 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Penang, commonly referred to as the pearl of the orient, is one of Malaysia's most popular tourist destinations. The island is located on the Malaysian Peninsula's northwest coast. On the island, there are lots of different attractions to enjoy. Blending Malay, Chinese, and Indian food, culture, and architecture. Its capital, George Town, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. During your time there, make sure to visit the Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang National Park and the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
Things to do in Penang:
Kek Lok Si
Built in 1891, Kek Lok Si Temple is considered to be one of the most beautiful and popular temples to visit in Malaysia. Not only does it boast millions of images of Buddha, but sculptures, murals and impressive carvings. Blending traditional Chinese rituals with Mahayana Buddhism, it’s a captivating attraction that’s a must visit whilst in Penang.
Alternatively, you can head to the picturesque and tranquil Penang National Park. Offering an array of activities within it, from hiking trails to jungle trekking and visiting the beautiful Muka Head Lighthouse, you won’t be lost on activities to enjoy. A wide selection of wildlife can also be found here, including the Black Giant Squirrel, White-throated Kingfisher and turtles (within the designated Turtle Conservation Centre).
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Another fascinating attraction in Penang is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Situated in George Town, it’s a museum that encapsulates the heritage of the island. Housed within a colourful and extraordinary building, it will immerse you into the town’s captivating past.
DAY 731 Mar 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6 PM
Thailand's southernmost province, Phuket, is Thailand's largest island. Phang-nga and Krabi are the closest provinces to Phuket and due to the significant Chinese influence on Phuket, there are several Chinese shrines and restaurants all across Phuket City. Since Phuket is a large island, it is bordered by a number of spectacular beaches, including Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, and Mai Khao. The most magnificent sunsets in Thailand are allegedly seen from Laem PhromThep viewpoint. Alongside beaches, Phuket has an array of other attractions including the Big Budha, the old town and Chilva Market.
Things to do in Phuket:
The third tallest statue in the country, this huge buddha stands at an impressive 45 metres tall and 25.45 metres wide. Overlooking the city, it’s made of concrete and has been meticulously covered with Burmese white marble. Taking over 10 years to build, this extraordinary statue offers the perfect photo opportunities.
A historical area in the city of Phuket, the main streets boast buildings with a distinct Portuguese appearance. In the town you’ll find an array of shops, hotels, museums and restaurants to explore throughout your time there.
Alternatively, you can head to the bustling Chilva market. A market that runs at night, it offers an array of food, from savoury delights to sweet treats at reasonable prices.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
DAY 1003 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 4 PM
Colombo, Sri Lanka's major commercial hub and popular tourist destination, was first found by traders over two thousand years ago. The capital of the country, serves as a cosmopolitan entry point to the splendors of Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial past, as well as to mouth watering cuisines. It boasts an array of attractions to explore during your time there including Independence Square, Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple and the Viharamahadevi Park.
Things to do in Colombo, Sri Lanka:
A national monument in Sri Lanka, Independence Square symbolises when the country became independent of British rule. A tranquil area with beautiful surroundings, it’s in the heart of the city and makes for a fascinating walk.
A prominent attraction in the city with a captivating past, the temple is known for the Gautama Buddha, its beautiful paintings and sculptures. Depicting the events in the life of Buddha, alongside the Jataka tales, the temple is a must see when visiting Colombo.
Situated in the Cinnamon Gardens, the Viharamahadevi Park is surrounded by an array of buildings including the Town Hall- which is a popular landmark due to its colonial architecture. The largest park in the city, it’s filled by beautiful plant life.
DAY 1104 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 10 AM to 6 PM
Located in Kerala, Cochin (also known as Kochi) is a picturesque port city that has a bustling harbour, alongside several key attractions including the Kerala Folklore Museum, Hill Palace Museum and the Lulu International Shopping Mall.
Things to do in Cochin, India:
Kerala Folklore Museum
Immerse yourself in the culture of Cochin at the Kerala Folklore Museum. Home to a variety of crafts, antiques and folk art, the museum is housed within a beautiful building within easy reach of the city centre.
Hill Palace Museum
An archaeological museum and palace, the Hill Palace Museum is housed within a unique white building in Cochin. Once home to Cochin rulers in the 17th century, it now has an array of artefacts and collections from stone elephants to a dinosaur statue.
A popular attraction with those looking for souvenirs or to treat themselves to a new item of clothing, the Lulu shopping mall boasts 225 outlets, 100 popular brands and spans an incredible 68,000 square metres.
DAY 1205 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6 PM
Also known as Mangaluru, Mangalore is a bustling sea port situated on the Arabian sea in India. With a mixture of natural and man made attractions, it’s a fascinating port to explore and a great gateway for exploring the surrounding cities. Particular highlights nearby Mangalore include the St. Aloysius Chapel, Panambur Beach and Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park.
Things to do in Mangalore:
St. Aloysius Chapel
An extraordinary chapel, the St. Aloysius Chapel is a prominent landmark in Mangalore. Situated at the heart of the city, on Lighthouse Hill, it boasts a colourful exterior, stained glass and other beautiful features.
A tranquil beach in Mangalore, Panambur Beach boasts beautiful white sands, crystal clear waters and a lighthouse nearby. The ultimate place to relax and unwind, you can sit back on a comfortable lounger and take in the breathtaking sea views.
Situated in the foothills of a mountain, the Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park is home to several species of butterflies. A peaceful place to explore, you can learn all about their habitats and see these fascinating insects up close.
DAY 1407 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
A bustling city that lies on the west coast of India, Mumbai (formally known as Bombay) is the largest city in the country. With a vibrant harbour that features the iconic Gateway to India arch, and known as the heart of Bollywood, there are so many things to see and do in the city. Top attractions include the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Kanheri Caves and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Things to do in Mumbai (Bombay):
The Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is a significant Hindu temple that’s dedicated to the god Ganesha. Centrally located, it was constructed in 1801 and is frequently visited by tourists visiting Mumbai. Home to an array of artworks and status, this colourful temple is a must visit when in Mumbai.
A group of caves, the Kanheri Caves are situated within the picturesque Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Within the caves, there are several rock-cut monuments and artworks, making it a fascinating place to visit whilst in Mumbai.
A protected area in Mumbai, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a beautiful attraction near to Mumbai. Established in 1969, there are caves, cliffs and an array of flora and fauna throughout the park.
DAY 1710 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 9 PM
The capital of the UAE, the bustling metropolis Abu Dhabi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations. Not only is it home to beautiful, historic buildings but modern skyscrapers and attractions that draw millions of visitors annually. Top attractions in Abu Dhabi include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Warner Bros. World and Ferrari World.
Things to do in Abu Dhabi:
The beautiful and ornate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest of its kind in the country and is host to thousands of visitors every year. A prominent place of worship, its white walls and golden features are a picturesque and peaceful marvel in the bustling capital.
Warner Bros World
Alternatively, you could head to the popular Warner Bros World theme park. The world’s largest indoor theme park, it features characters from across the production companies franchises, from DC comic to Looney Tunes, amongst several thrilling rides.
Another indoor theme park, Ferrari World is any car enthusiast's dream. Located on Yas island in Abu Dhabi, this theme park is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa and opened its doors in 2007.
DAY 1811 Apr 2025
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 7 PM
A major city that’s a holiday hotspot, Dubai is situated in the United Arab Emirates. Known for its luxury shopping, huge skyscrapers and extraordinary beach, you’ll be spoiled on attractions to enjoy throughout Dubai. In particular, the Burj Khalifa, the Palm and the Burj Al Arab are particular landmarks within the city that are must sees.
Things to do in Dubai:
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa dominates the skies of Dubai. Standing at 830 metres tall, not only can you climb to the top and enjoy breathtaking views out over the city, but within the skyscraper there are restaurants that you can dine in, along with a luxury hotel and apartments.
A man made landmark, The Palm is situated on the beautiful turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. Not only is The Palm home to an array of luxury properties and restaurants, but the world-renowned 5-star Atlantis Hotel which has a waterpark and more within it.
Burj Al Arab
The world’s only 7 star hotel, the Burj Al Arab is an extraordinary building that’s located on a picturesque beach. A wonderful place to explore or take pictures of, it’s a prominent landmark in Dubai.
Hotel stay included
Hotel in Singapore City - 4 stars
26 Mar 2025
2 nights stay
We don't know the hotel in Singapore City yet as this cruise is too far in the future but it will be centrally located, a minimum of 4 stars, selected from our list of preferred hotels & based on a 'room only' board basis. Local government city taxes & local resort fees may be payable.
Hotel in Doha - 4 stars
12 Apr 2025
2 nights stay
We don't know the hotel in Doha yet as this cruise is too far in the future but it will be centrally located, a minimum of 4 stars, selected from our list of preferred hotels & based on a 'room only' board basis. Local government city taxes & local resort fees may be payable.
Customer reviews for Norwegian Sun
Based on 4 reviews
Value for money
We were on a cruise to South America starting on the 9th. March, 17, visiting Chile, Falkland Islands and Argentina. Before the cruise, we stayed 3 nights in Santiago, in Santa Lucia District. Its in a Local residential area, full of hotels, bars and restaurants. Its very near the main shopping malls and the place where we stayed in, was quiet at night. We had booked TUR BUS on line before departure from UK and on the day of sailing we took a taxi from Santiago to Valparaiso for the bus to the port. The bus stops well away from the ship port and you have to take a taxi to the port. It costs us$12 in total and worth it.While waiting to check in at the port for ship embarkation, there was no announcement that the ship could not come to the port because the berth was taken up by a cargo ship. After waiting for over three hours, we finally boarded the ship. We have been sailing with NCL over a number of years and have visited almost all the ports of call in USA, Canada and Europe. We have been on this ship before but the facilities have been run down to cut cost. The quality of food did not vary from day to day, the entertainment on the ship was worst than before, there was no parties on the pool deck when on sea or Barbecues as before. Although the staff in general were quite helpful and courteous but watch out for the security check when disemarking at ports. Securitykept on telling the customers to put their DINEROS(loose change) in the small tray she was handing out. When customers put their money in the tray, she said its all right, don't worry about it and she had problems with customers who found it hard to understand why is she saying one thing and then saying don't worry about it. I wanted to go out to the port and handed in my card. She swiped the card and as I was about to go she said wait and after couple of minutes, said you can go. When I asked her for my card, she said that the tender is coming and I have to wait. You can see the problem she has caused and its the customer who is blamed for everything and not the staff. Otherwise the cruise was fantastic and the weather was excellent going round the Cape Horn and very sunny and virtually no wind in Port Stanley. The NCL Sun is more likely to be replaced by NEW ship BLISS but its time for NCL to look at the behavior of their staff towards their customers.We definitely would not sail on NCL Sun again because of poor management, lack of entertainment, which is the worst I have seen on any of the NCL line, the cruise director laughs at his own jokes and does not think outside the box. Its time for NCL to either train their staff to be customer friendly or fire them, get another cruise director and entertainment staff and variety of performers and not the same old performers on the ship coming two or three times doing the same things.
18 Apr 2017
BA flight to Tampa 4/10 Tampa Hotel 7/10 This was our first 'normal' cruise previously done Star Clipper x 2. The advice and suggestion from Saam was spot on, the ship was the right size for us, we saw the Epic in port and that really is too big! The experience was very enjoyable and I have no major complaints. The ship is 14 years old and showing a bit of 'wear and tear'. The main buffet area is OK but like a motor service area, however the food was good and lots of choice, the 'free style' dining definitely worked for us. The speciality restuarants were very good, we tried French, Brazilian and Tepanyaki. The two main restuarants Seven Seas and Four Seasons were generally good, service was great, food was average. Our cabin was great and service A1. The onboard facilities were good, we always got a sun bed and pleanty of room on the decks. The spa was pricey and not good value, sales pitch is quite heavy and it is easy to be 'confused' with the costs. The shows ,jersey Boys & We will Rock You' were amazing, as good as West End shows. The bar service was hit and miss, often slow and not as customer service focused as other services, maybe because they are not on the tip rota? The wifi was very expensive.
20 Jan 2015
Dear all This was our first cruise - we had no expectations and we were not really disappointed. Seasoned cruisers will tell you that the ship was not the best, in fact not good at all compared to other lines and ships. The price we paid, the value was very good. Please be aware that the ship deals in dollars, if the rate for sterling is low everything is v expensive! If you get a good deal - go on the trip - if you are looking for a cruise with all the trimmings - don't bother.
3 Jul 2010
The ship was very clean and the staff overall very good. Some would even help you with opening the heavy doors. Our cabin staff were excellent. Clean towels twice a day and nothing was too much trouble. There were two resident groups singing during our 3 week cruise through the Panama Canal, needless to say they repeated songs on a daily basis and never upped the beat. The food was great, only one comment and that was in the Pacific Heights Restaurant the menu stayed the same for 3 weeks. Not sure why.
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