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 625 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 5 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 726 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 7:30 AM to 4 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 1029 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Situated in southern Sri Lanka, Hambantota is a bustling harbour with a rich history. With a name that’s derived from ‘Sampan Thota’ - which was a prominent port used by the Sampans in the 1400s, it’s a great starting point for exploring the beautiful south of the country. Top highlights nearby include the Kumana National Park, Ridiyagama Safari Park and the Agro Technology Park.
Things to do in Hambantota :
Spanning an impressive 391 kilometres, the Kumana National Park is home to hundreds of wading birds and flocks of waterfowl. A scenic park within easy reach of Hambantota, it’s fun for all the family.
A drive through safari park, the Ridiyagama safari park spans an impressive 50 acres. Home to different animals, from giraffes to zebras, buffaloes and African lions, it makes for a fun day out whilst visiting nearby Hambantota.
Opened in 2008, the Agro Technology and Tourism park includes hundreds of species of agricultural crops across 50 acres. With a prominent entrance depicting two clasped hands, it symbolises the local bond between agriculture and farmers.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
DAY 1130 Apr 2024
Time at Port: from 7 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 1201 May 2024
Time at Port: from 1 PM to 11 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 1403 May 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
Arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Goa effortlessly blends Indian and Portuguese cultures. With bustling markets, pretty beaches and a huge food scene, there’s so much to see and do in this extraordinary state. Top sights in and around the state include the breathtaking Dudhsagar Falls, Aguada Fort and the Se Cathedral.
Things to do in Goa:
Spanning four tiers, the Dudhsagar Falls are situated on the picturesque Mandovi River. A unique falls that’s within easy reach of the city centre, it can be reached either by road or can be seen by taking the Belgaum-Vasco Da Gama rail route.
Dating to the 17th century, the Aguada Fort is a Portuguese fort that overlooks Sinquerim Beach and the Arabian Sea. A unique attraction with a lighthouse, it makes for a fascinating walk around during your time in Goa.
Another landmark that takes inspiration from Portuguese architecture, the Se Cathedral (also known as the Se Catedral de Santa Catarina), is a World Heritage Site that’s situated in the historic Old Goa district. One of the oldest churches in the world, it’s dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Mumbai (Bombay) - Overnight onboard
DAY 15-1604 May 2024
Time at Port: from 8 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) - Overnight onboard:
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 1908 May 2024
Time at Port: from 1 PM to 11 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 2009 May 2024
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 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
Park Regis Singapore or similar
4 star hotel
21 Apr 2024
3 nights stay
Customer reviews for Serenade of the Seas
Based on 12 reviews
Value for money
Great ship with excellent facilities and dining options. Really enjoyed using the very well equipped gym. Stateroom very comfortable and clean. Our cabin attendant was lovely and very helpful. Entertainment exceeded our expectations. The crew were all really helpful and provided excellent customer service.
3 Jun 2019
Fantastic trip, the staff are excellent for service and friendliness. At the ports we visited, it was easy to find a clean beach with lovely blue sea to swim or snorkle in.
17 Feb 2019
We were initially disappointed that our sea pass card was not loaded with our drinks package. This caused a number of embarrassing occasions when we were refused drinks, it was only when I insisted on being taken to someone who could address this issue that the problem was delete with by the head waiter. Also getting meals in the restaurant at a sensible time for my grandsons was only resolved after my son in-laws intervention with the restaurant manager. After this we could only speak highly of all of the members of the crew.
9 Jan 2019
The cruise was more than i expected . Royal Caribbean can be proud of themselves as the ship was wonderful and the crew were always there to help out and the ports were great but i think we arrived at them at the end of there season so there were many places closed .
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