Cruises to Asia and the Far East can take you on a journey of discovery through vibrant cultures, colourful cities and amazing contrasts. Explore the amazing,
futuristic capitals of China, Korea and Japan, such as lively Beijing, where you can visit the narrow alleyways of the city’s historic hutongs, or take an immersive
tour around the Great Wall of China, infamous Tiananmen Square or the atmospheric Forbidden City. In Shanghai you can explore the Art Deco landmarks of
the charming French Concession or stroll along the neon-lit Bund to view the skyscrapers of Pudong reflected in the waters of the Huangpu River.
Travel just a short distance from the cities and you can find yourself immersed in natural beauty.
Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis of technology, seething with energy all hours of the day and night, but looming through the skyscrapers you’ll catch a glimpse of ethereal, snow-capped Mount Fuji which you can easily visit on a shore excursion. In Southeast Asia you’ll find countless picturesque beaches of talcumpowder soft sand, shaded by gently swaying palms and backed by lush jungle. Thailand is one such destination, where the beaches are as beautiful as they come and the people some of the friendliest you’ll come across – it’s no wonder the country is known as the ‘land of a thousand smiles’.
Asia is also known for its incredibly varied cuisine. Many of our cruises start and end in Singapore, where you can enjoy its hawker markets and high-end
restaurants which often sit side by side. The steaming stalls that line its many bazaars are a national treasure and the city has garnered a much-deserved
reputation for excellent eating. Pick up a piled-high bowl of Lao Sim shredded chicken and fish dumpling noodles, spicy noodle laksa soup, skewered yakitori
chicken, sticky rendang and Haianese curry rice. Singapore’s Peranakan cuisine takes its influences from China, Malaysia and Indonesia, but the city also has a
thriving Japanese population so you can take your tastebuds on an adventure. In Vietnam you’ll find a riot of colour on your plate, with translucent spring rolls
packed with an assortment of vibrant vegetables, banh mi baguettes stuffed with delicate omelette and simmering bowls of pho.
Intriguing cultures can be found in all corners of Asia. Dock at the port of Cochin in India and you could uncover the remote backwaters of Kerala or head north to the Golden Triangle and take an immersive tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, touring the grand monuments of the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort. On one of our cruises to Asia and the Far East you can twin the world’s leading cruise lines with in-depth tours of glittering cities, beautiful beaches and fascinating historical sights. We can take you to incense-wreathed temples, ancient ruins and national monuments, or just find you a blissful beach and let you while away the days.
Best time to travel
The best time to visit Asia depends on where you’re going.
It’s a year-round destination as topography and size means it could be hot in one destination and snowing in another! The region is also subject to monsoons and humidity, so it’s always best to pack a waterproof.