For the last week of Plan a Cruise Month, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is showcasing Asia as a brilliant destination to sail to.
“Asia has seen the largest influx of cruise travelers over the past few years and it isn’t difficult to see why – with Asia’s distinct cultural experiences and breathtaking destinations,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA, in a press release. “Cruise itineraries throughout Asia are captivating travelers ranging from those simply looking for an exotic, unique destination, to those wanting to fulfill a bucket-list vacation of a lifetime.”
Plan a Cruise Month is an opportunity for potential travelers to discover the unique befits of a cruise vacation and plan with special deals accordingly. In setting up travel goals, CLIA always recommends the use of certified cruise specialist.
If you’re visiting Asia, there are a number of specific locales to consider on your itinerary below:
– Isle of Pines: The scarcely-populated island is dotted by sacred rocks and totems and its bay is brimming with sea turtles and other marine animals. Meanwhile, beaches of soft sand call visitors to their crystal-clear waters.
– Sihanoukville, Cambodia: The only deep-water variety in the country, the unique port is also where cruisers will discover local life as well as private beaches.
– Bangkok, Thailand: Bangkok is home to sacred Buddha statues, temples and “spirit houses.” Floating markets additionally sell wares of tapestries, jewels and more along the canals.
– Singapore, Asia: With a low crime rate and clean city, Singapore welcomes tourists with points of interest such as Orchard Road, the colonial district and Sentosa.
– Mystery Island, Vanuatu: A gem of the Vanuatu archipelago, the South Pacific isle is resplendent with beaches and coral reefs.
– Thai Cuisine: Foodies can’t forget to try a lesson at The Blue Elephant cooking school, which includes a market visit and an education in Thai flavor profiles.
– Malaysian Batik Making: Crafty cruisers can choose to create their own Malaysian batik pieces via handmade silk-screening and tie-dying techniques under the tutelage of resident experts.
– One-on-One with Orangutans: An afternoon spent at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center will bring guests closer to orphaned orangutans that are being rehabilitated. The sanctuary will also teach them about the animals during their visit.
– Overnight in Temples at Bagan: For an evening adventure, ancient temple architecture can be enjoyed uniquely in the evening hours.
– Sea Caves in Phuket: Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay National Park is where guests can partake in a sea cave excursion aboard a three-person Sea Explorer canoe, heading to local lagoons.
CLIA Travel Tips for Cruising to Asia
– Enlist an Asia Expert: There are cruise-certified travel agents well versed specifically in Asia that can better customize a cruise to the international destination.
– Keep the Culture: Asian customs may be different than what you are used to, but guidebooks and apps can help pave the way culturally.
– Dine Deliciously: If shoreside food options ever pose a challenge, onboard selections are great to meet special dietary needs including gluten-free, vegan or low-carb. Just make sure the ship knows ahead of time to best plan