LAST WEEK, Asia’s Genting Dream Cruise made its maiden voyage to Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta.
The luxury cruise ship reportedly carried 3,300 passengers and offers all-inclusive packages including onboard accommodation, meals, and entertainment.
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According to Indonesian Tourism Ministry honorary advisor Indroyono Soesilo, around 320,000 travelers are expected to visit Indonesia by cruise ship this year, revealing the potential of cruises in boosting the number of tourists visiting the country.
Singapore is the largest cruise port in Asia, followed closely by Hong Kong. In fact, a popular cruise voyage is from Singapore to Hong Kong and vice versa, with stops in Bangkok and Vietnam along the way.
Cruise lines that often pass through the region include Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Star Cruises, Cunard, and of course, Genting Dream.
Sail on a cruise of your dreams and enjoy Asia at a leisurely pace. Source: Shutterstock.
With top-notch facilities such as F&B, entertainment, accommodation, cruises allow people to experience a whole new side of travel. What better way to see exotic Asian landscapes than enjoying the cool sea breeze on a cruise ship as it sails across multiple countries?
Here are our picks.
The brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft, Star Clippers operates three of the largest barquentine and full-rigged sailing ships in the world.
The company’s fleet in Indonesia will take cruisers on an exotic island-hopping voyage.
Relax as the four-masted Star Clipper takes you to quiet harbors and bays, and introduces Indonesia’s best kept secrets such as volcanos, temples, markets, and waterfalls.
Price: From US$1,867 per person for seven nights.
Thinking of making your way to East Asia? Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will be cruising to Japan on an exclusive 17-night holiday between Osaka and Shanghai.
Enjoy a historical tour of the incredible but haunting Peace Park in Hiroshima, sample the local shoju (a clear, colorless distilled beverage of Korean origin) at the distillery in Kagoshima, before hopping onto the Shinkansen and speeding away to the next city.
From modern, towering skyscrapers to traditional Japanese architecture, there’s nowhere else in the world where the past and future meet so significantly.
Queen Elizabeth entering Verige straits, the narrowest part of Boka Bay in 2014. Source: Shutterstock.
Price: From US$3,776 per person.
Celebrate Christmas with an oceanic twist this year on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ voyage from Hong Kong to Beijing.
The 12-night cruise includes shore excursions that will allow you to ride the floating Maglev train in Shanghai, take you to the top of the iconic Pearl Television Tower at the Bund, bring you on a stroll at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, and school you on North Korea’s secret infiltration tunnels in Seoul.
Just remember to whip out your camera and get snapping.
Price: From US$13,333 per person.
Get onboard Silversea’s Silver Shadow for a 14-day Hong Kong to Singapore cruise
The journey includes an overnight stop at the ethereal Ha Long Bay, so you can take a junk cruise around the limestone karsts and then retreat back to the ship at sunset to enjoy the bay’s beauty long after the day trippers have left.
You’re bound to come back with a lot of stories as the cruise also stops at Chan May, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh before kicking it up a notch and heading towards Singapore.
Price: From US$5,772 per person.
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