Thanks to a generous public holiday calendar in Singapore, it is easy to have many long weekends with just a few days of leave, and after living here for a few years, you have likely made weekend trips to the majority of the neighbouring countries. Forget about another trip to Bali or Bangkok, and mix it up for your next holiday by indulging in one of these luxury cruises that depart from Singapore.
Dream Cruises was the first-ever Asian luxury cruise liner. Their ships boast a bevy of entertainment, dining and relaxation options. Their first ship, the Genting Dream, first set sail in November 2016. The 18-deck, 335-metre-long (1,099 feet) ship has entertainment options that will thrill the whole family. Kids will love the waterslide park, rock-climbing wall and mini-golf course, while young couples can party the night away at Zouk’s, the only club on the sea. Families of all ages will enjoy eating food from across the world, with over a dozen food and beverage options from which to choose. Stay tuned for Dream Cruise’s second ship, World Dream, scheduled to set sail in late 2017.
Later in 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line® is set to debut the Norwegian Joy, their newest and most innovative ship to date. Setting sail from China, this state-of-the-art cruise liner will be making its way to Southeast Asia in May of 2017. Along with over two dozen culinary options and a beautiful observation deck is one of the ship’s most exciting features: a two-level competitive Ferrari racetrack! The ship is fully decked out with adrenaline pumping activities, though, including multi-storey waterslides, open-air laser tag and more. Visit the website to learn more about the ship and get berths for its inaugural voyage.
With over 240 ports of call, Oceania Cruises® offers perhaps the most extensive range of locales that you can visit from Singapore’s sunny shores. Over the next few years, they are more than tripling the number of worldwide itineraries available, including a dozen new Asia journeys. Try the 20-day Empires & Dynasties voyage that stops at ports in Thailand, Vietnam and China or the 15-day Pagodas & Shrines voyage that includes a stop in Cambodia as well as Thailand and Vietnam.
For a real splurge, look to the Seven Seas Explorer®, where you’ll find the largest and most luxurious seafaring suite in the world. Feel like royalty in the 412-square-metre (4,425-square-foot) Regent Suite that includes unlimited fine dining, wine and access to the suite’s private spa. Once guests of the Regent Suite have tired of the spa and unlimited drinks, they can retire to the room’s private solarium. The rest of the ship boasts five signature restaurants, including a French dining room and the Prime 7 steakhouse. Don’t worry if the Regent Suite is out of your budget (or already booked) as all of the rooms on the Seven Seas Explorer® have an unparalleled level of luxury.
Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas® is a perfect ship for families looking for a luxurious, no-hassle getaway from Singapore. Besides the three pools, a rock-climbing wall and even an ice-skating rink, the dedicated Royal Caribbean team plans special activities for kids of all ages. Unlike some of the other cruise liners on this list, Royal Caribbean offers quick three- and four-night getaways through ports in Malaysia and Thailand.
Azamara Club Cruises specialises in longer trips. Many of their getaways from Singapore are in the range of two weeks or higher, complete with bespoke landside tours so that guests can fully enjoy both the luxury and opulence of the ship while gaining a true understanding and appreciation for the ports of call, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia and as far away as Australia.
This cruise line is not for people looking for a short break; rather, Fred. Olsen Cruises caters to people who are fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing the world via luxury cruise. Some of their trips are upwards of 100-plus days, with itineraries taking you across several continents. Check out their upcoming trips, and start dreaming about (and saving for) embarking on one of these voyages in the future.