Cruising today is becoming the more popular alternative among travellers who want to make the most out of their vacation minus the fuss. In fact, cruising allows travellers to visit several destinations in one trip, albeit in a shorter period of time. So, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in 2017, Gaya Travel presents a list of top cruise lines that traverse the waters in Southeast Asia that travellers can consider for that fuss-free yet well-rounded journeys around the ASEAN region.
Diamond or Sapphire Princess
Expedition: Packages include cruising around Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Features on board: Discovery at Sea™ Onboard activities, Captain’s Welcome Champagne Waterfall Reception, Theatre/Production Shows & Guest Entertainer Shows, movies under the stars, bars, nightclubs, casino, library & Princess Book Club, zumba classes, Afternoon Trivia, Theme Night Parties, ScholarShip@Sea® Enrichment activities, Youth & Teen Programs and Youth & Teen Activities.
Price: From SGD697.99 per person.
Expedition: Family-friendly tour packages around Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Features on board: Dancing classes, sports tournaments, Italian cooking classes, world-class performances, Pompei Spa with facilities that include Jacuzzis, saunas and Turkish bath, including beauty salon.
Price: From USD169 per person.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas
Expedition: This luxurious cruise visits many ports including Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Langkawi, Malaysia; Penang, Malaysia; and Phuket, Thailand
Features on board: VitalitySM Spa, 3 pools, fitness centre, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, mini-golf course, basketball court, jogging and in-line skating tracks, Broadway-style entertainment, Vegas-style Casino Royale, 22,000 square feet dedicated to kids’ areas and duty-free shopping.
Prices: From USD307 per person.
Expedition: 7 nights, 4 nights or 3 nights cruising on a floating five-star hotel along the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia.
Features on board: Observation Deck, outdoor pool, 5-Star Southeast Asian Cuisine, spa, library, games room, guided excursions and onboard shopping.
Prices: From USD3,660 per person.
Anawrahta Cruise (Bagan – Yangon)
Expeditions: 8 days cruising from Bagan to Sale, Magwe, Minhla, Pyay, Zalon, Danuphyu before ending the journey at Yangon.
Features on board: Open air yoga or Tai Chi class, bar, spa, lounge, pool deck and restaurants with international offerings.
Prices: From USD3,534 per person.
Expedition: A wide range of packages on hand-crafted low-key luxury ships around Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Features on board: Spa (only on Mekong Pandaw), onboard activities (cooking demonstrations, fruit carving, napkin tying and a tour of the working ship), culture forums, themed movie nights and a farewell gala dinner and guided tours during land excursions.
Prices: From USD333.90 per person.
AmaDara (Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong)
Expedition: an 8-night journey from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.
Features on board: Welcome dinner and farewell cocktail party & dinner, folklore dances and music performances, culture discussion forums, theme dinners and piano entertainment, fine dining and excursions.
Prices: From USD2,999 per person.
Azamara Journey (Indonesia – Temples & Dragons Voyage)
Expedition: 14 nights cruising on an award-winning ship from Singapore to Krakatoa, Semarang, Lombok, Komodo, Benoa (Bali), and Celukan Bawang before returning to Singapore.
Features on board: Land Discoveries® seminars, wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, spa service, salon service, acupuncture service, fitness centre, casino, cabaret lounge and white night parties.
Prices: From USD3,499.00 per person.