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YULETIDE IN EAST ASIA

Discover the many and diverse highlights East Asia has to offer in the company of expert Guest Speakers

20 Dec 2016 - 16 DAYS FROM £1699

Spend a wonderful Christmas and New Year aboard Voyager as you embark on a journey to some of East Asia’s most memorable destinations. Malay, Chinese and Indian influences are evident in Malaysia, while Thailand boasts pristine beaches and ornate temples. En route to Indonesia, marvel at the volcanic island of Krakatoa, and round off your cruise with an overnight stay in Singapore where you could toast your trip in the iconic Raffles Hotel.

  • PORT KELANG
  • PENANG
  • PHUKET
  • LANGKAWI
  • MALACCA
  • KRAKATOA VOLCANO
  • SEMARANG
  • SINGAPORE
  • PORT KELANG
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PORT KELANG, MALAYSIA - 20th December (overnight) - 21st December 7PM
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From Port Kelang, explore the bustling metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, also known simply as KL, where you’ll discover a heady mix of history and culture amidst a skyline punctuated by intricate minarets and ultra-modern skyscrapers. Soak up Malay, Chinese and Indian influences as you stroll through the city’s beating heart. Discover the bargainhunter’s paradise of Chinatown, glitzy shopping malls and the soaring Petronas Twin Towers – one of the world’s tallest buildings.

PENANG, MALAYSIA - 22nd December 12PM - 7PM
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Established in 1786 as a trading post by the British, the island of Penang offers an enticing mix of modernity and old-world charm. Its UNESCO-listed capital Georgetown was named after George III and is a treat for the senses. Take in the mingling aromas of burning joss sticks and sizzling woks as you wander streets lined with unique architecture which blends Chinese, Indian and Islamic styles. Experience nature at its best amongst the tranquillity of Penang’s Botanic Gardens, where you can look out for the Pinang palm, which lent its name to the island, and inhabitants such as longtailed macaques and giant squirrels.

PHUKET, THAILAND - 23rd December 12PM - 8PM
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Lying off Thailand’s long southern coast, Phuket is an idyllic island of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters punctuated by sheer limestone karsts. Head away from the pristine sands to discover Chalong Wat, the largest and most ornate of the island’s 29 Buddhist temples.

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA - 24th December 8AM - 10PM
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The archipelago of Langkawi – 99 islands off Malaysia’s west coast – is a tropical paradise awarded Geopark status by UNESCO. The chance to laze on powdery sands under a swaying coconut palm, occasionally taking a dip in the warm, clear waters may prove irresistible. However, a sojourn further inland will give you the opportunity to admire verdant paddy fields and hills draped in jungle greenery.

AT SEA 25th December
MALACCA, MALAYSIA - 26th December 8AM - 5PM
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Malacca was the first stop for British, Dutch and Portuguese colonial forces in Malaysia, and you’ll see evidence of their presence as you explore – either by foot or as a trishaw passenger. In its UNESCO-listed centre see the Sultanate Palace, a wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah’s 15th century abode, painstakingly built in the 1980s using traditional materials and techniques. Admire the Kampung Kling Mosque – among the oldest in Malaysia – and numerous churches which sit alongside Hindu and Chinese temples.

AT SEA 27th December - 28th December
KRAKATOA VOLCANO, SCENIC CRUISE - 29th December 7:30AM - 9AM
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As Voyager cruises past Krakatoa be sure to head up on deck to take in the views of this famous volcano situated between Java and Sumatra.

SEMARANG, INDONESIA - 30th December 8AM - 31st December 7AM
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Indonesia is an archipelago comprising more than 13,000 tropical islands fringed by white-sand beaches – many are uninhabited and some don’t even have a name. Your port of call is Semarang, the cosmopolitan capital of Central Java. Enjoy its colonial architecture and explore its rambling Arab and Chinese quarters. It’s also the gateway to the spectacular UNESCO site of Borobudur, a giant Buddhist monument which looms over a patchwork of rice fields. Built in 800 AD, this remarkable site was lost within dense jungle for hundreds of years and rescued from its hiding place in the 19th century.

AT SEA 1st January
SINGAPORE, - 2nd January 7am - 3rd January 12:30PM
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Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post, the island country of Singapore blends the very best of East and West. Step ashore to marvel at the futuristic glass-and-steel skyline, head to enormous malls where you can shop till you drop, stroll through the spectacular Gardens by the Bay or admire the beautiful Masjid Sultan Mosque in the celebrated Arab Quarter. With an overnight in port there’s plenty of time to discover all you wish – perhaps visit the world-famous Raffles Hotel and order its signature cocktail, a Singapore Sling.

Indonesian visas will arranged by our ground agent and will be charged to your onboard account.

Your outbound flight will be overnight departing on 19 Dec. Your inbound flight will be overnight arriving back in the UK on 5 Jan.

PORT KELANG, MALAYSIA - 4th January 8AM
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PORT KELANG | MALAYSIA

The main gateway by sea into Malaysia, Port Kelang is also the gateway to the capital Kuala Lumpur. In Malay the name Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy confluence’ and the city founded in 1857 lies where the Gombak and Klang rivers meet. When British colonial rule ended in 1957, Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the Federation of Malaya and in 1963 capital of the Greater Federation of Malaya. Today the city is a vibrant, bustling metropolis.

CLASSIC KUALA LUMPUR

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-PKG1
Highlights:

• Visits to the National Museum & Royal Selangor Pewter Complex
• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops at the National Mosque, Old Railway Station & Independence Square
• Photo stop for view of the Petronas Twin Towers
• Shopping at Central Market
• Malaysian buffet lunch

Introducing the highlights of Asia’s most happening city your visit to Kuala Lumpur starts at the National Museum. The museum is custodian to the historical heritage and culture of the country, which was unveiled on August 31st, 1963. Its galleries focus on early history of Malaysia, Malacca Sultanate, the Colonial era and Malaysia today after fifty years of independence. Stop for photos of the National Mosque and the impressive grand Old Railway Station. In Independence Square you’ll see the mock Tudor Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin. Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market was formerly a ‘wet market’. Saved from being turned into another mega mall, it is today a fascinating place to browse for traditional art and crafts. The world’s tallest twin buildings tower 452 metres above the city. Stop for photos of Petronas Towers and visit the Royal Selangor Pewter Complex established in 1885. In the largest pewter factory in the world, which is almost like a working museum, you can admire the skill of its artisans. Your day also includes a buffet lunch of typical Malaysian dishes.

Practical Info:

• Journey time to the city 90 minutes (each way)
• Walking totals approximately 2 kilometres
• Paved surfaces
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Conservative dress required
• Photography not permitted inside the national museum

KUALA LUMPUR LIGHT & EASY

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-PKG4
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops at the National Mosque, Old Railway Station & Independence Square
• Photo stop for view of the Petronas Twin Towers
• Malaysian buffet lunch

Kuala Lumpur is a city of delightful contrasts and one of the most vibrant cities in Asia. With its colourful potpourri of races and cultures, KL – as the city is popularly known, is a kaleidoscope of fascinating sights and sounds. This primarily panoramic tour includes photo stops at the National Mosque, which embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation, and the Old Railway Station inspired by Mughal architecture. The former playing field of the Royal Selangor Club is today Kuala Lumpur’s Independence Square and site of the country’s most important events. Admire the Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building that served as the government administration during the British era and Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin. Enjoy a visit to Central Market, which was formerly a ‘wet market’. Saved from being turned into another mega mall, it is today a fascinating place to browse for traditional art and crafts. The opportunity to capture on film the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers concludes your sightseeing. Relax and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before returning to Port Kelang.

Practical Info:

• Journey time to the city 90 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Relatively flat, paved paths
• Approximately 15 steps at the restaurant, 20 at Independence Square
• Recommend comfortable footwear & casual, layered clothing
• The running order of visits may vary

GLORIOUS KUALA LUMPUR

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-PKG2
Highlights:

• Visits to the National Monument, Bird Park & Observation Deck of KL Tower
• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops at the, National Mosque, Old Railway Station, & Independence Square
• Photo stop for view of the Petronas Twin Towers
• Malaysian buffet lunch

With its marvellous architecture, beautifully landscaped parks and colourful history, Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly a glorious city. Your tour starts with the National Monument. Felix de Weldon, the architect responsible for the famous Iwo Jiwa Memorial, designed the National Monument built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the insurgency. You’ll then visit the Bird Park, which recreates the natural habitat of the delicate butterfly. More than 6,000 butterflies from over 120 species live amidst multi-hued blooms and exotic plants. The National Mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. A 73-metre high minaret towers above its multifold umbrella-like roof. Alongside the mosque the impressive Old Railway Station is inspired by Mughal architecture and features seven stately minarets. Stop for photos of this famous city landmark and then in Independence Square – the former playing field of the Royal Selangor Club and site of National Day celebrations and street parades. Within the square see the charming mock Tudor Royal Selangor Club and Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which served as the government administration during the British era. Admire the Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin before a delicious buffet lunch. The world’s 5th tallest communication tower, KL Tower is one of the most prominent and distinctive landmarks of Malaysia. Enjoy a magnificent view of KL from the observation deck at a dizzying height of 421 metres. Finally stop for photos of the Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring majestically to a height of 452 metres, they are the architectural pride of the nation. 

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time to the city 1 hour 15 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres
• Paved surfaces
• Approximately 80 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• Conservative dress required

INDEPENDENT KUALA LUMPUR

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-PKG3
Highlights:

• Escorted transfer to/from Kuala Lumpur
• Approximately 5 hours in the city

This excursion is designed for those who may have visited and are already familiar with this fascinating city and therefore do not require the assistance, expertise and local knowledge of an official guide. Coaches and English speaking guides will take you to Kuala Lumpur where you have approximately five hours to explore the city at leisure. During the drive the guide will give you useful information such as opening hours for shopping malls, museums, banks, moneychangers, local cafés and restaurants. At the end of the day the coaches return to Port Kelang.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 90 minutes (each way)
• Drop off and pick up point will be in the Bukit Bintang Area of the city (exact location will be confirmed on the day)Taxis readily available
• Walking primarily at passengers discretion
• Local currency (Malaysian Ringgits) required for entrance fees and most shops
• Credit cards accepted in most department stores
• Conservative dress required to enter religious sites
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing
• Lunch not included

PENANG | MALAYSIA

Lying in the Strait of Malacca and separated from the mainland by a narrow channel, Penang Island is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Englishman Sir Francis Light took possession of the island in 1786 naming it Prince of Wales Island in honour of the heir to the British throne. Trade played an important role on the island, which in 1867 came under British colonial rule. Also known as Tanjung, meaning ‘The Cape’ in Malay, Georgetown is the capital and second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

PENANG HILL & KEK LOK SI TEMPLE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PEN5
Highlights:

• Funicular ride and views from Penang Hill
• Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple

High on a hill with a commanding view of Georgetown, Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as the ‘Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas’, is the largest Chinese Temple in South East Asia. Amongst its features are the Tortoises’ Pond of Longevity where devotees release the creature to earn blessings in life and the Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. This two-part tour continues with a funicular tram ride to the top of Penang Hill. The 823-metre summit is an escape from the tropical heat of Georgetown. It offers a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English Village.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Funicular ride 10 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Some uneven paths
• Approximately 200 steps at Kek Lok Si Temple
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light clothing & sun protection
• Conservative dress required (shoes to be removed at the temple)
• The tour may operate in reverse order

HIGHLIGHTS OF PENANG

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-PEN6
Highlights:

• Visits to the Craft Batik Workshop and Butterfly Farm
• Visit to the Thai Buddhist Temple
• Scenic drive across the island with a stop at a local fruit and spice stall

From the bustle of Georgetown’s waterfront to the countryside of Penang, this tour shows you the island’s highlights. Visit the colourful Thai Buddhist Temple, which is home to the 4th largest reclining Buddha in the World. On the other side of the road is a Burmese Buddhist Temple, which spices-up the already rich cultural diversity of Penang. A leisurely drive to the northern tip of the island passes beautiful coves and bays of Batu Ferringhi. Stop at the Craft Batik workshop and enjoy a demonstration of the intricate and timeless art of printing cloth with wax and dyes. Visit the Butterfly Farm where you feel the fluttering of tiny wings as you walk inside the 41 by 43-metre aviary. More than thirty species of butterfly share their home with other interesting creatures like water dragon and giant scorpions hidden amongst the foliage of the farm’s landscaped gardens featuring waterfalls, ponds and wooden bridges. Scents of clove and nutmeg follow as you drive through the hills. Stop at a local fruit & spice stall for a first-hand look at the fresh species and local fruits.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 40 minutes
• Walking totals approximately 1 kilometre
• Some uneven paths
• 10 narrow steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light clothing & sun protection
• Conservative dress required (shoes to be removed at the Reclining Buddha)

GEORGETOWN TOUR

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PEN7
Highlights:

• Visits to Chew Jetty, Khoo Kongsi and the Thai Buddist Temple
• Photo stops at The Mahamariamman Temple and Fort Cornwallis
• Walk through Little India

Enjoy a visit to Chew Jetty which is the biggest waterfront settlement in Georgetown. Built in the middle of the 19th Century, in a very different Penang from what it is today. Walk over the narrow wooden platform to appreciate the humble beginnings of the immigrant Chinese who braved the seas in small boats to seek better fortunes in then Malaya. Take a casual stroll in Little India to feel the vibrancy and colours of Penang’s living heritage. As you walk through the village see the Indian traders going about their daily chores with the smell of spices which fills the air. At the end of this walk an exterior photo opportunity awaits you at The Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Penang. It is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Mariamman, who has a following among the Indians of South India. Stop to see the Majestic Khoo Kongsi, a beautiful Chinese Clan House with intricate wood and granite carvings. Next the colourful Thai Buddhist Temple awaits you. It houses the 4th largest Reclining Buddha in the world measuring 108 feet long. The Burmese Buddhist Temple sitting across the road adds colour to the already rich cultural diversity of Penang. On your return journey stop by Fort Cornwallis, the famous site where Captain Francis Light and his crew first landed 1786. Originally a wooden stockade, it was replaced with a stone and brick structure built by convict labour in 1804.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 20 minutes
• Approximately 500 metres walking
• Wooden platforms at Chew Jetty
• Some un-even paths
• Approximately 25 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, light clothing & sun protection
• Conservative dress required (shoes to be removed at the Reclining Buddha)

FLORA, FAUNA & SPICES

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-PEN2
Highlights:

• Visits to the Botanical Garden, Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden
• Leisurely drive through coastal and interior landscapes

Showcasing the flora and fauna for which the island is renowned, this tour leaves Georgetown passing the Governor of Penang’s official residence. Huge rain trees stand alongside suburban houses and some of the beautiful colonial homes that are reminders of the British occupation. In 1884 the British set up Penang’s Botanical Garden. Also known as the Waterfall Gardens, it is home to myriad native and hybrid orchids, a vast cactus plant collection, and varied ferns, bamboo plants, flowering trees and shrubs. Look out for the long tail macaque during your visit. A leisurely drive to the northern tip of the island past the beautiful coves and bays of Batu Ferringhi takes you to the Butterfly Farm. More than thirty species of butterfly and some rare insects live in the landscaped gardens that feature waterfalls, ponds, wooden bridges, a bubbling mud spring and a rock tunnel. On the shores of Teluk Bahang, hidden in an eight acre valley is a little pocket of paradise. Nature’s sights, sounds and smells abound in the Tropical Spice Garden. This tranquil retreat boasts a collection of over 500 species of flora from the island, Malaysia and all over the world. The lush nature conservation is also home to wild animals, birds and insects. Different aspects of the garden can be explored by following any of the undulating garden trails throughout the enchanting grounds eleven garden ‘rooms’ that feature herbs, spices, bam

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 3 kilometres
• Uneven paths and hilly terrain
• Approximately 60 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & casual, layered clothing
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users
• Please note wildlife spotting cannot be guaranteed

PHUKET | THAILAND

Situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. In the past it was on one of the major trading routes between India and China and its wealth was derived from tin and rubber. Today the idyllic island is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations boasting a fascinating heritage and culture.

TRAILS OF PHUKET’S HERITAGE

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKT1
Highlights:

• Visit to a local farm with a chance to see the traditional activities
• Visit the Kathu Mining Museum
• Opportunity to purchase island souvenirs (time permitting

Step back in time and discover Phuket’s disappearing agricultural traits in the north of the island at a local farm hidden in the barren hills left over from tin mining. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a herbal tea before experiencing local traditions that were once a part of everyday life. Ride a cart pulled by buffalo into the farm where you’ll see how rubber trees are tapped to produce natural rubber latex. Watch how monkeys are trained to pick coconuts and see how, after harvesting, rice is processed from husked rice grain to the finished product sold in shops. Kathu is the old tin mining district of Phuket. Here you visit Kathu Mining Museum for a fascinating insight into the island’s booming tin mining industry during the 18th century when Chinese immigrants sought to make their fortunes from this precious ore. If time permits you’ll visit the Gems Gallery for the chance to browse for traditional souvenirs, handicrafts, pearls and semi-precious stones.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Rough, uneven path and some cobblestone surfaces
• Approximately 10 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear, casual layered clothing & sun protection
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

PHUKET HIGHLIGHTS & SIAM SAFARI

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKT3
Highlights:

• Enjoy a visit to Siam Safari Camp with the opportunity to ride an elephant ride in the Chalong Hills
• Visit Wat Chalong

There is a strong bond between Thai people and the elephant, which is highly respected and revered in society because of their symbolic importance to monarchs, religion and the nation as a whole. Siam Safari promises the ultimate Siam experience with the Thai national animal. Upon arrival you’ll meet the elephants and the mahouts who take care of them. Then take to the king of the jungle and enjoy a unique trek in the Chalong Hills with superb views over the island. Wat Chalong is the largest and most sacred of all the temples on Phuket Island. Of particular interest are the gold leaf encrusted statues of three former abbots. One of them, Luang Por Cham, was well known for his magical powers, which he successfully used when the Chinese attacked Phuket at the turn of the 20th century

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 50 minutes
• Walking approximately 800 metres
• Uneven, unmade paths and some cobblestone surfaces
• Approximately 15 steps (high threshold at the temple)
• Recommend comfortable footwear & casual clothing 
• Passengers may choose to omit the elephant ride should they wish 
• Conservative dress required to enter Wat Chalong
• Passengers wishing to participate in this excursion will be required to sign a waiver
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

HIGHLIGHTS OF PHUKET & CULTURAL SHOW

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKT2
Highlights:

• Visit Wat Chalong
• Thai cultural performance at Phuket Thai Village
• Visit Phuket Botanical Garden

This exciting glimpse into the rich culture of the Thai people starts with beautiful panoramic views of Promthep Cape and a visit to Wat Chalong. Wat Chalong is home to bronze statues of three monks – Luang Pho Chaem, Luang Pho Giuma and Luang Pho Chuang. Luang Pho Cham is much revered having put down the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. Baan. Set in a peaceful lakeside location Phuket Thai Village showcases the best of ‘Thai’. In a traditional thatched bamboo-style house, sit back and enjoy a spellbinding performance expressing Thai culture. Graceful Thai dancers dressed in elaborate costumes with head pieces made of sparkling gold embellished with coloured stones perform classical Thai dances from all regions of Thailand. See a demonstration of cultural rites including long pole and club fighting, sword fighting and powerful Thai boxing. Continue on to visit Phuket Botanical Garden to enjoy the small orchid farm as well as other tropical flowers before your return to ship.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 750 metres
• Longest journey time 45 minutes
• Primarily flat, paved paths. Some cobblestones
• Approximately 15 steps (high threshold at the temple)
• Conservative dress required to enter Wat Chalong
• Recommend comfortable footwear, sunhat & sunscreen

PHANG NGA BAY BY SPEEDBOAT

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-HKT9
Highlights:

• Scenic cruise via speed boat through PhangNga-Bay
• Photo stops at James Bond Island (from the boat)
• Visit Koh Panyi village

This afternoon tour offers the opportunity to discover some of Thailand’s most spectacular scenery. Begin your day with a drive to the local jetty where you will switch to a speedboat for a cruise to Phang-Nga Bay where you can admire the surreal landscape of limestone stacks. Their dramatic colouring of ochre and amber hues contrasts vividly with the startling blue of the water. The beautiful scenery of Phang-Nga Bay is well worth the trip. During the tour you’ll cruise past Khao Ping Gun, popularly known as James Bond Island, here there will be a short stop to enable you to take photographs from the boat. There may also be the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the sea (time and weather permitting). Following the photo stop at James Bond island enjoy a visit to Koh Panyi, an impressive 200 house village built on stilts. You’ll then cruise back through Phang Nga Bay towards Phuket where you’ll re-join your coach and return to Voyager.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (by speedboat)
• 10 minutes each way by coach from the ship to embark the speedboat
• Approximately 300 metres walking
• 20 steps at the marina to embark/disembark the boat
• The speedboat ride can be very bumpy depending on the sea conditions and it not suitable for passengers suffering from heart, back or neck problems. Passengers wishing to participate must be in good physical health.
• Life jackets must be worn during the speedboat ride
• Toilets on-board the boat are for emergency use only. Toilets are available at the jetty and Koh Panyi (facilities at Koh Panyi are very basic).
• The tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users
• Swimming at James Bond Island will be time and weather permitting and is not guaranteed. If you wish to swim please bring a bathing costume and towel (towels can be collected from the gangway)
• Recommended light casual clothing and comfortable footwear
• Passengers wishing to participate in this excursion will be required to sign a waiver
• This tour will operate subject to sea and weather conditions 

LANGKAWI | MALAYSIA

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. The interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Swaying coconut trees and powder-fine sands fringe the island’s shoreline, which is lapped by stunning turquoise waters. There is an outstanding natural beauty to all the islands in this idyllic archipelago.

BEACH BREAK AT WET RICE ISLAND

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-LGK6
Highlights:

• Time at leisure on Wet Rice Island

Pulau Beras Basah – or Wet Rice Island, is blessed with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. It is the ideal place to get away and simply indulge in doing little or nothing. Relax and top up your tan on a beach that looks out over a calm, clear blue sea that gradually gets deeper and is perfect for swimming or simply cooling off in the heat of the day

Practical Info:

• Boat ride approximately 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 350 metres (each way) between Voyager and Awana Jetty for the boat
• 300 metres walking on wet rice island
• Steps to embark/disembark the small (12- 15 seats) open boats
• There are no changing facilities or toilets available at Wet Rice Island
• Casual clothing, swimwear, good sun protection & towel required
• Please note that there are wild monkeys on the island, please keep personal belongings safe and do not bring food onto the island
• Regrettably this tour is not suitable for passengers using wheelchairs

LANGKAWI HIGHLIGHTS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-LGK1
Highlights:

• Visit to the Rice Garden
• Exhilarating cable car ride with breathtaking views
• Opportunity to shop for souvenirs at Oriental Village

Comprising 99 islands, Langkawi has long harboured some of the world’s best-kept secrets – secluded coves, long stretches of white sandy beaches, age-old forests, geological marvels and wonderful nature. Discover them for yourself on this tour that shows you Langkawi’s highlights. Rice is the ‘bread’ of Asians and a necessary ingredient of every meal. Laman Padi, or the ‘Rice Garden’ is dedicated to this humble grain showcasing the history, heritage and development of the nation’s rice growing industry. The museum displays old rice-planting tools, charts, photographs and other fascinating artefacts, whilst its roof top garden has many different sorts of rice growing in mini paddy fields. Enjoy the aroma of cultivated fragrant rice as you take in a bird’s eye of view of the surrounding paddy fields. Take an exhilarating ride on the Langkawi cable car, which has the longest free span for a single rope cable car at 950 metres and at 42 degrees is one of the world’s steepest incline rides. Spectacular scenery unfolds on the unique L-shaped route. As you soar over ancient rainforests enjoy breath-taking vistas of the many islands scattered around Langkawi and the islands of Thailand. The top station sits on majestic Mount Machincang believed formed some 500 million years ago. Browse for local souvenirs in the quaint Oriental Village before returning to Voyager.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 45 minutes
• Cable car ride 10 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Rough, uneven terrain
• Approximately 30 steps
• Photography is not permitted in the Rice Museum
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light, layered clothing & sun protection
• Should the cable car be closed for routine maintenance or inclement weather a visit will be made to Underwater World – a marine showcase featuring both fresh and salt water fishes and other forms of marine life in more than 100 tanks. The tour will also visit the Duty Free Zone next to Underwater World instead of the Oriental Village.
• There may be long queues to board the cable car
• The running order of visits may vary

MANGROVE SAFARI & BAT CAVE

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-LGK3
Highlights:

• Cruise on the Mango swamps
• Visit to a fish farm and the Bat Cave
• Opportunity to spot wildlife including wild eagle viewing

Get up-close with nature on this tour cruising the mangrove swamps that are Langkawi’s natural defence system acting as natural shields against strong waves. Here you’ll discover a magical ecosystem full of unexpected surprises. As you pass through thick mangrove forest fringed by limestone caves and hidden canyons look out for the wildlife that gathers along the coastal waters including kingfishers, monitor lizards, monkeys and mud crabs. You visit a fish farm where as you walk on the platforms you see a variety of fish separated by nets in the sea. Enjoy the exceptional sight of wild eagles as they zoom down with incredible accuracy to feed. Finally enjoy a visit to a bat cave. Hundreds of bats cling upside down from the ceiling of the cave where stalagmites and stalactites are part of the remarkable rock formations formed 400 million years ago. At the end of the tour re-board your coach and travel to a nearby cultural craft complex, this complex is dedicated solely to Malaysian handicrafts. Here, one can find an exclusive assortment of craftwork items. Also housed inside this complex, are two galleries. A heritage museum that showcases a number of handicrafts and musical instruments representing the various Malaysian ethnic groups and a wedding Gallery showcasing the colourful traditional wedding costumes worn by the various communities of multi ethnic Malaysia.

Practical Info:

• Coach journey time 45 minutes (each way)
• 2-hour cruise (8 – 10-seater open boats) with visit to a fish farm and the Bat Cave
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Rough, uneven paths/wooden platforms (slippery when wet) and approximately 20 steps
• Recommend walking/sports shoes, light clothing, sun protection & a towel
• A flashlight & binoculars are also recommended
• Regrettably this tour is not suitable for people using wheelchairs, walking aids or needing special assistance
• Please note that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed

LANGKAWI OVERVIEW

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-LGK5
Highlights:

• Visits to Galeria Perdana & a working rubber estate
• Panoramic tour with photo stop at Eagle Square
• Visit to the Craft Cultural Complex for traditional souvenirs

A beautiful tropical island paradise, Langkawi is renowned as the ‘Isle of Legends’. Though the island saw change when it became a duty free port on January 1st, 1987, it is still very much a land of beaches, rice fields, villages and friendly people with intriguing lifestyles. The Craft Cultural Complex is dedicated solely to Malaysian handicrafts. Here you can find an exclusive assortment of craft items ranging from forest-based products, batik fabrics, ceramics and metal artefacts to beautiful art, carved wood, baskets, rattan products and costume jewellery. Within the complex are two galleries. The Heritage Museum showcases a number of handicrafts and musical instruments representing the various Malaysian ethnic groups and the Wedding Gallery exhibits wedding costumes worn by the various communities of multi ethnic Malaysia. Galeria Perdana was a concept of former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahatir Mohamed and his wife. His idea was to have a gallery to house, display and share with the people various awards, souvenirs and gifts he received from world leaders, statesmen and prominent Malaysians during his tenure as Prime Minister. Fine gifts made of wood, leather, crystal, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, silver, pewter, copper and brass are on display along with musical instruments, Islamic art and even a Formula 1 racing car. This museum, housed in an orientalstyle building where the ceiling is hand-painted with beautiful intricate designs, is fascinating and unique. Your island overview continues into the countryside where you visit a functioning rubber estate. Watch as a rubber tapper shows you how his skilful cut makes the rubber tree bleed latex. On the attractive seafront at Kuah see the monumental 12-metre high giant eagle signifying the Lang, or brown eagle, from which Langkawi got its name.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 600 metres
• Rough, uneven terrain
• Approximately 20 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light layered clothing & sun protection
• The running order of visits may vary to the description above

MALACCA | MALAYSIA

Malacca was the first stop for British, Dutch and Portuguese colonial forces in Malaysia. As you walk around the city you’ll see evidence of their presence. Back when Kuala Lumpur was a muddy swamp and Penang was yet to become the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Malacca was already one of Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports. Over time it lost favour to Singapore, but this slowdown in trade protected the ancient architecture of the city from development. Much of it remains beautifully preserved to this day and this was recognised in 2008 when the historic centre was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CITY WALK AND TRISHAW

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MKC1
Highlights:

• Guided walking tour of Malacca
• Visits to the Governors Museum and Sultanate Museum
• Enjoy views of the Straits of Malacca from St Pauls Hill
• Trishaw ride back to the ship

After a short transfer enjoy a guided walk around this old trading port once the centre of the spice trade where sultans, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists have all left their mark. At Dutch Square see the main colonial buildings including Queen Victoria Fountain, Christ Church completed in 1753 by the Dutch as well as Stadthuys, the fomer residence of the Dutch Governors, which houses the History and Ethnographical museum (outside visit only). Your next visit is The Governor’s Museum, also known as Museum Yang Di-Pertua Negeri or Museum Tuan Yang Terutama, is one of the many museums in Malacca. Formerly called Seri Melaka, the museum is housed in the former official residence and office of the Dutch Governor of Malacca on St Paul’s Hill. The building was used as the official residence of the Tuan Yang Terutama, which is the title of the governor, until September 1996. The museum showcases the personal belongings of the various governors of Malacca since independence, beginning with the first Governor of Malacca, Tun Leong Yew Koh. Climb up to St Paul’s Hill to see the ruined Church and enjoy the commanding views of the Straits of Malacca before walking down to Porta do Santigao to see the gateway of the ruined Portuguese Fort ‘A Famosa’. Walk to visit the Sultanate Museum, a wooden replica of the Malacca Sultan’s Palace before returning to Voyager by trishaw. Alternatively, you may choose to remain in town to browse in Jonker Street and walk back to the pier

Practical Info:

• 15 minute coach transfer from ship to the town
• 15 minute trishaw ride back to the ship
• After transferring to the town the entire tour is on foot and involves approximately 3 kilometres walking
• Approximately 100 steps
• Predominantly flat paved terrain – uphill walk at St Paul’s Hill
• Recommended good walking shoes, light casual clothing, sun hat and sunscreen
• Photography is not permitted inside the Governors Museum or the Sultanate Museum.
• Due to the amount of walking this tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

MALACCA BY RIVER & SCENIC DRIVE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MKC4
Highlights:

• Scenic tour of Malacca with photo stops at Porta de Santiago and the Dutch Square
• River cruise through Malacca
• Panoramic views of Malacca from the Menara Taming Sari Tower
• Photo stop at the Straits Mosque

After leaving the pier, your first photo stop today will be Porta de Santiago which was built by the Portuguese in 1511 as a fortress. It sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion and, when the British took over Malacca, they set out to destroy it. Timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles, in 1808, preserved the remains you will see today. In the city center, you will have a photo opportunity at Dutch Square. Located within is the Stadthuys which was built in 1650 and serves as the official residence of the Dutch Governors. It is one of the major landmarks in Malacca and is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East. A short period of free time will be given where you may wish to shop for souvenirs. A cruise on Malacca’s river offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown and Kampong Morten. The River has played a key role in Melaka’s colourful history. After your river cruise enjoy a ride up the Menara Taming Sari tower. At the top you can enjoy spectacular panoramic view of Malacca from a height of 80 metres. A final stop is made at the Straits Mosque. Here you can admire the fascinating view of Malacca’s bay. Head back to the port via Bukit Cina—Chinese Hill. This was the official settlement area of the entourage that arrived with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po and remained here until the Portuguese occupation in 1511. Today, Bukit Cina is believed to hold one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside China, with many of the tombs dating back to the Ming Dynasty. 

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes by coach
• Approximately 1 kilometre walking
• 10 steps to embark and disembark the river cruise boat
• At Porta D’Santiago passengers may have the opportunity to go up St Pauls Hill should they wish (this involves approximately 60 steps).
• Approximately 30 minute scenic cruise
• 10 steps at Menara Taming Sari Tower
• Recommended good walking shoes, light casual clothing, sun hat and sunscreen
• The running order of the tour may vary to the description above

HERITAGE TRAILS OF MALACCA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MKC3
Highlights:

• Visits to the Memorial Garden, Baba Nyonya Museum and Villa Sentosa
• Photo-stop at Dutch Square
• Free time at Jonker Street
• Refreshments at Villa Sentosa

After a short transfer by coach, visit the Memorial Gardens before ascending the 60 steps to St Paul’s Church where you can enjoy the views over the Malacca Strait. See the famous gate at the ruined Portuguese Fort ‘A Famosa’ and enjoy views of the striking pink Dutch buildings including the former Dutch Governor’s Palace, Queen Victoria’s Fountain and Christ Church. From Dutch Square continue on foot to Jonker Street where you can enjoy some free time. Here you can find shops selling unique antique, wood-craved statues, interior household products, fashionable clothes, colourful accessories and various souvenirs. Your next stop will be at the Baba Nyonya Museum, a traditional Peranakhan townhouse built by 19th century Chinese rubber planter Chang Cheng Siew. As well as admiring the rooms and furniture, you can gain an insight into the intermarriage of Chinese and Malay peoples. You will also visit Villa Sentosa, a Malay Living Museum where tea and local cakes will be served.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 15 minutes by coach
• Approximately 2 kilometres walking
• Approximately 100 steps (optional at St Pauls Hill)
• Flat paved terrain in Malacca, un-even with cobbles at the Memorial Garden
• Recommended good walking shoes, light casual clothing, sun hat and sunscreen
• Due to the amount of walking this tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users
• Photography is not permitted inside Nyonya Museum
• The running order of the tour may vary to the description above
• Passengers must remove shoes to enter Villa Sentosa

SEMARANG | INDONESIA

On the north coast of the island of Java, Semarang – capital of the province of Central Java, is Indonesia’s 5th largest city. As part of a debt payment the control of Semarang was given to the Dutch East India Company in 1678 and by the early 18th century it had become an important colonial trading centre. In the 1920’s Semarang became a centre of leftist and nationalist activism and with the founding of the Communist Party of Indonesia it was known as the ‘Red City’.

MOUNTAIN RAILWAY & COFFEE PLANTATION

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-SEM1
Highlights:

• Nostalgic steam train ride through charming scenery
• Time to enjoy Ambarawa Station Railway Museum
• Visit to a coffee plantation with traditional snacks and a coffee

Under the Dutch colonial government Ambarawa was a military city. King Willem I wanted to build a railway station to enable the government to transport its troops to Semarang. On May 21st, 1873 the station was built and the Ambarawa – Semarang service operated for around a century. When the service ceased the Governor of Central Java and Head of the Railway Company in Central Java decided to establish Ambarawa Station as a Railway Museum collecting 21 locomotives, which served in the fight for Indonesia’s independence by transporting the national army. There’s time to take photos of the old steam engines at Ambarawa before stepping back to a bygone era for a century-old, Dutch built steam train journey. Relax as the train winds its way through rice fields, plantations and tiny villages Arriving at Ambarawa Train Museum, you’ll disembark and re-board your coach for the drive to a local coffee plantation. This is an excellent opportunity to see up-close Javanese coffee trees with their beans in various stages of ripening. Your hosts at the plantation are happy to share with you their knowledge of coffee and the process of how the beans are grown and then made into the final coffee product. A traditional snack will be served along with the opportunity to try the coffee before the relaxing drive back to the pier. 

Practical Info:

• Longest coach journey approximately 1 hour
• 60-minute steam train ride
• Walking approximately 500 metres
• Uneven paths
• Approximately 4 steps on/off the train, 20 steps at the coffee plantation.
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing, sun hat, sun cream and insect repellent •Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for passengers using wheelchairs

EXOTIC BOROBUDUR TEMPLE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-SEM2
Highlights:

• Guided visit of Borobudur Temple with free time to explore
• Contrasting scenery from Semarang City to towering volcanoes
• Buffet lunch

One of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, Borobudur Temple was built by the Sailendra dynasty between 750 and 842 AD – 300 years before Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, and 400 years before work began on the great European cathedrals. Little is known about its early history except that a huge workforce of sculptors, plasterers, master masons and painters must have laboured in the tropical heat to move and carve some 55,000 cubic metres of lava stone. For about a century and a half it was the spiritual centre of Buddhism in Java. Then it was lost until Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles rediscovered the site in 1814. He ordered that the site be cleared of undergrowth and surveyed. A massive restoration project led by Dr Van Erp ran from 1905 until 1910. Then, with the help of UNESCO, a second restoration project was carried out from the 1970’s until 1983. Erected on a hill in the form of a stepped pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three circular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit, the whole structure is in the form of a lotus – the sacred flower of Buddha. The lowest level has 160 of the 1,460 relief scenes. The middle level contains various stories of the Buddha’s life from the Jataka Tales. The highest level has no reliefs or decorations but has a balcony, square in shape with round walls: a circle without beginning or end. Here 92 Dhyani Buddha statues are tucked into small stupas. Borobudur Temple represents the ten levels of a Bohisattva’s life, which he or she must develop to become an awakened one. A buffet lunch will be served in Manohara Restaurant at Borobudur Park before returning to the ship. 

Practical Info:

• Journey time 3 hours (each way) with comfort stop
• In order to fully appreciate the site approximately 2 kilometres walking is required. Additional walking is at passengers discretion.
• Paved ascending/descending paths
• Approximately 250 steps
• Recommend comfortable non-slip walking shoes & light clothing, a hat, sun screen and mosquito repellent
• Due to the amount of walking and number of steps, this tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

SEMARANG CITY TOUR

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-SEM3
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops
• Visits to the Dome Church, Sam Poo Chinese Temple and Lawang Sewu
• Refreshment stop for tea, coffee and local sweets

This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to see some of Semarang’s most popular attractions. Starting from the pier, you will first travel to the Central Java Grand Mosque for a photo stop. Your next stop is at Gedong Batu Temple / Sam Poo Kong, a unique Chinese Muslim Temple, representing both religions. The imposing temple was built in honour of the Muslim Eunuch Admiral Chen Ho of the Ming Dynasty. He led the Chinese fleets during their forays throughout Asia and Java in the 15th century. The temple is well known now as the Building of Stone is because it shaped like a large stone cave located amongst the hill. Other sites seen on your tour include Lawang Sewu (Thousand doors), a remarkable building also from Java’s Dutch period which now serves as an administrative office. Semarang Old City area is a silent witness to the history of Indonesia during the Dutch Colonial era of more than 2 centuries nearby see some of the 50 ancient buildings that still stand as a reminder of the Dutch colonial period. Dome Church is the eldest Christian Church in Central Java built by the Dutch community in 1753. It shows the Church architecture of the 18th century with its huge dome and a baroque organ inside the building. A short refreshment stop where tea, coffee and local sweets are served completes this tour.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes between stops
• Approximately 800 metres walking
• Flat paved terrain and 25 steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & light, conservative clothing
• The order of visits may vary to the description above

SINGAPORE

An island city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. Before European settlement it was the site of a Malay fishing village. In 1819 the British East India Company led by Sir Stamford Raffles established a trading port on the island, which went on to become one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire. Today this highly cosmopolitan city boasts a diverse wealth of cultures.

AN ORIENTATION OF SINGAPORE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN1
Highlights:

• Panoramic sightseeing with photo stops
• Walks around the Colonial area and Chinatown
• Visit the Orchid collection at Singapore Botanical Garden

Experience the contrasting sights, scents and sounds that make up the vibrant metropolis of Singapore. Your introduction to the city starts with a drive through exotic ‘Little India’, where stalls and restored shops are perfumed with fragrant jasmine garlands. Merchants offer everything from saris and aromatic spices to intricate ornaments. From Raffles’ landing site beside the Singapore River your exploration continues on foot through the civic district. See Parliament House, Victoria Theatre, the Empress Place Building and other colonial structures restored to their original splendour. Re-join your coach and drive past City Hall, the Supreme Court and legendary Raffles Hotel – all famous landmarks from the colonial-era. Admire Singapore’s enduring symbol the statue of the Merlion and cross the Singapore River to historic Chinatown. Step back in time to where the age-old customs and architecture are from a bygone era. Look out for Chinese medicine shops, teahouses, acupuncturists and calligraphers as you wander along the atmospheric narrow streets. Singapore’s famous Botanical Garden has the world’s largest orchid collection with some 60,000 plants displayed in a natural setting. Stroll through this lush tropical park before driving along Orchard Road – Singapore’s fashionable shopping district.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1.8 kilometres
• Some uneven paths and gentle inclines (or optional steps)
• Minimal steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light clothing & a sunhat
• The running order of visits may vary

CHILL OUT IN SINGAPORE

DURATION: EVENING
REF: V-SIN9
Highlights:

• Visit the bustling Arab Street with a photo stop at the Sultan Mosque
• Panoramic drive through old Singapore
• Enjoy a Singapore Sling on the rooftop bar at the national gallery
• Stunning sound and light show at Gardens by the Bay

After leaving the ship a short coach journey will take you to the the bustling Arab Street, the old centre of the Malay community. Today, Arab Street is abundant with glittery and lavish fashion items that include the finest lace, sparkling semi-precious stones, ostrich feathers, iron-on diamantes, gold thread, wholesale bales of silk, and organza with dazzling rainbow hues and intensities. Traditional rattan is also sold in some Arab Street shops, and the beautiful gold-domed Sultan Mosque is also located here. Your tour continues to the heart of old Singapore, passing St. Andrew’s Cathedral, City Hall, Padang and other splendid buildings from the bygone Colonial era. Sip a legendary Singapore Sling while admiring the city skyline from the rooftop of the newly refurbish National Gallery. Your last stop will be at the Gardens by The Bay: this iconic new development is a horticultural oasis nestled in the heart of the city. Here, marvel at the striking architectural structure of the Super trees’ vertical garden and the cooled conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Immerse yourself in a unique convergence of lights and sounds in the “Garden Rhapsody” show. When night falls, traverse the Australasia and Oceania sections where fleeting rays of light shine through the rain-forests, and watch the trees come alive with original music compositions inspired from the tropical rain-forests.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 25 minutes
• Approximately 1 kilometre walking
• Flat paved terrain (optional steps)
• Recommend comfortable walking shoes & light clothing
• A visit to the Arab Street and Sultan Mosque also features on the ‘Singapore’s ethnic heritage’ tour and Gardens by the Bay also features on the ‘Wonders of the Gardens by the Bay’ tour, however an evening visit will offer a different experience.’

A TIME GONE BY – RAFFLES DELIGHT

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN4
Highlights:

• Cruise on a bumboat on Singapore River
• Short trishaw ride to Raffles Hotel
• Singapore Sling in the hotel’s famous Long Bar

Despite Singapore’s continuing development there are many marvellous reminders of a bygone era. At Clarke Quay on the Singapore River former warehouses have been restored and converted into shops and restaurants. Here you’ll embark a ‘bumboat’ – the unique vessels that used to carry cargo between ships and the riverside quays. Cruise Singapore’s historic waterfront past the site where Stamford Raffles first landed in 1819 and founded this prosperous city. Back at Clarke Quay your nostalgic adventure continues with an exhilarating trishaw ride to the ‘Grand Lady of Singapore’ – Raffles Hotel. Adjourn to the Long Bar for a taste of the famous ‘Singapore Sling’ invented in 1903 by Ngiam Tong Boon – a Hainanese bartender working in the legendary bar. There is time to browse the gift shop before returning to the ship.

Practical Info:

• Longest coach journey approximately 30 minutes
• Approximately 25-minute boat ride & 25-minute trishaw ride.
• Walking approximately 600 metres
• Flat surfaces
• 20 steps at the jetty, minimal steps at the hotel
• This tour is not suitable for passengers using wheelchairs
• Recommend comfortable footwear, light clothing & a sunhat
• Conservative dress required for the visit to Raffles hotel Gentlemen must wear trousers and ladies are not permitted to wear short skirts or tops with a low neckline

GARDENS BY THE BAY

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-SIN8
Highlights:

• Guided visit to the Marina Bay Gardens (Gardens by the Bay)

‘Gardens by the Bay’ is one of the newest attractions on Singapore’s shores. The Garden was opened in 2012 also named building of the year in 2012. You’ll visit two cooled conservatories, each showcasing a specific environment. Spectacular and innovative in design, these are icons of Bay South Garden. Known as the ‘Flower Dome’ the Cool-Dry Conservatory is a world of perpetual spring, where unique plants bloom in an ever-changing display of flowers. It replicates the cool, dry climate of the Mediterranean and regions like South Africa and California. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. A cooling and leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome reveals amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe and offers a spectacular view of the Marina reservoir skyline. The Cool-Moist Conservatory is the ‘Cloud Forest’ – a mysterious world veiled in mist. A 35-metre tall mountain, covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000 metres above sea level. Ascend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below and learn about the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environment threats that they face.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 15 minutes (each way)
• Walking totals approximately 2 kilometres
• Paved, grass & natural paths
• Some steps and inclines (optional)
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & light, layered clothing
• Some photography restrictions apply & will be advised locally
• Jumper/sweater recommended for the Flower Dome (temperature inside is 18 degrees Celsius)

SINGAPORE’S ETHNIC HERITAGE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-SIN5
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour of Chinatown
• Short walking tours of Little India and Arab Street and Kampoing Glam
• Visit to the Peranakan Museum
• Panoramic tour of Katong & Joo Chiat district
• Visit to an historical Peranakan shop-house for demonstration of local arts
• Lunch in a Peranakan Restaurant

Experience the colourful and rich ethnic heritage of this modern metropolis starting with a panoramic drive into Chinatown seeing places where age-old traditions such as calligraphy are still practiced. Though few remain, and many of the buildings have been newly restored, these old shop-houses are genuine. As are the traditional Chinese medicine halls offering all kinds of traditional medicines. You will be amazed by the different religions practiced in Chinatown where all three main religions are represented through traditional Chinese temples and the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple standing almost beside the Jamae Mosque. The next stop on this ethnic journey is Little India where colourful streets and bustling life permeate every nook and cranny of the district. Little India is the focal point of the Indian community and you will find yourself enticed by spice-scented streets. Stroll around the enclave that assaults all your senses with its cacophony of colours, sounds and scents. Walk along the five-foot way of the shop-houses and discover an array of Indian silk, brassware and carvings. The Peranakan culture evolved through the intermarriage between early Chinese settlers and indigenous Malays in the areas surrounding Singapore in the 1800’s. The Peranakan Museum introduces this rich and distinctive culture through architecture, lavish furnishing, clothing, embroidery, beadwork jewellery and wedding traditions. After your visit enjoy an exquisite lunch at a Peranakan restaurant. Katong & Joo Chiat showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. You will pass by middle-income houses and rows of colourful, quaint shop-houses of the residential area of Katong. Keep an eye out for the painstakingly restored Peranakan homes decorated with distinctive pastel-coloured floral designs. Visit an historical Peranakan shop-house, which, restored with gold-gilded woodcarving and furnishing, is dedicated to preserve the traditional arts. Bebe Seet – the doyenne of Peranakan beadwork in Singapore, will welcome you and show you the art of beading. You can participate in a sarong demonstration and experience local delicacies such as the nonya kuah. An array of gifts ranging from fashion, household to collectibles are amongst the timeless artwork. Your Singapore heritage journey concludes at the area of Arab Street and Kampoing Glam, which still retains strong ties to the ethnic-Malay and Muslim community. Admire the majestic Sultan Mosque – a major landmark and congregation point for Singapore Muslims, and wander the small side streets of the Arab Street area experiencing the assortment of textiles, colours and aromas.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 40 minutes
• Walking approximately 2.5 kilometres
• Primarily paved streets with some gentle inclines
• Approximately 100 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & light, casual clothing
• The running order of the tour may vary to the description above

KUALA LUMPUR - 2-NIGHT CITY STAY

You can choose to extend your holiday, either before or after your cruise, with a two-night stay in Kuala Lumpur. This vibrant city, the capital of Malaysia, is an intriguing mix of old and new, where exotic mosques and temples stand alongside gleaming skyscrapers. Discover more about its rich history and culture as well as its modern icons on an included sightseeing tour, which features the soaring Petronas Twin Towers among other highlights. The bustling city is also a shoppers’ paradise, with street markets to browse and contemporary malls featuring high-end stores. You’ll stay in the heart of this exciting city at the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, so you’re perfectly located for exploring. The hotel’s tranquil atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and excellent facilities including a health club, pool and spa also make it the ideal place to relax at the end of the day.

PRICE PER PERSON
TWIN: £359 SINGLE: £459

Price includes:
• 2 nights’ accommodation at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with breakfast
• All coach transportation between the airport/hotel/ship*
•Guided City Tour

*Applicable only for those passengers on package bookings. Please see general information for further details.
Prices subject to change.

ROBIN PETCH

A whale and dolphin expert, Chairman of the Sea Watch Foundation and skipper and naturalist with Whitby Whale Watching. Robin’s extensive knowledge of these wonderful creatures, and other marine life, will be shared in lavishly illustrated lectures and on deck, helping you identify and learn more about what we might see.

STEVE RAGNALL
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Steve has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history. An Old Boy of his Grammar School, James King (1750-1784) had sailed as a lieutenant with Captain Cook on his fatal third Pacific voyage, leading Steve to immerse himself in tales of Pacific exploration and adventure. He has lectured extensively on maritime history around the world. A member of the Society for Nautical Research and the Captain Cook Society and a regular contributor to its Quarterly Journal, Steve is continuing research, with members of the society and various museums, into Cook’s world and the characters associated with Britain’s greatest navigator. He has worked in Hawaii on the site of Cook’s 1779 shorebase. His recent book “Better Conceiv’d than Describ’d: The Life & Times of Captain James King” is something of a culmination of that research and has been well received. Steve has worked extensively in local and regional radio as musician, writer and presenter. RYA Yatchmaster certified, he has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association. He is currently working with the National Register of Historic Ships to pursue an ambassadorial role.

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  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Balcony Suite
SOLD OUT
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Promenade Deck minimum 216 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Balcony Suite with Spa Bath
SOLD OUT
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Bridge Deck minimum 303 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés

 

  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Owners Suite
£7009
£5607
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stateroom Grade Logo
Bridge Deck approx. 342 sq ft
  • Sitting room
  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant


For detailed fare information, please see 'Offers' tab above.

Prices shown are per person based on two sharing.

Single Occupancy prices are available please call 01858 897377 for more details.

Fares shown are a guide only - please call the above number for the latest up to date pricing and availability.

Great saver fares available

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Saver Fares offer great value if you are happy to have your cabin allocated just prior to departure, while Standard Fares include benefits such as your choice of cabin category, location and number, a complimentary chauffeur service to the port or airport for higher grade cabins or car parking at the port/coach transfers from central London on selected no-fly cruises.

All Saver Fares are per person based on two people sharing lowest twin-bedded inside/outside/balcony cabin category currently available, include all applicable savings, are for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other discounts and must be booked two business days before departure. Not all cabin categories are offering Saver Fares, please check individual cruise for details.

All fares are subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn at any time. No retrospective discounts can be applied. Prices include port charges, pre-paid airport and government taxes, service fees and on board gratuities for your cabin steward, dining room waiter and his assistant. Saver Fares have limited availability, are payable in full at time of booking and 100% cancellation and amendment fees apply and are not combinable with any other offer. Cabin category, location and number will not be confirmed at time of booking but allocated nearer your departure. Saver Fares also exclude complimentary chauffeur service to the port/airport, car parking at the port, past passenger discount, back-to-back discount and coach transfers on no-fly cruises. Saver Fares must be booked two business days prior to the cruise departure date.

 

YOUR FARE INCLUDES

Standard Fare

Saver Fare

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*Payable in full at time of booking, 100% cancellation and amendment fees apply.

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