12 Night Tianjin To Singapore Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from Beijing, Tianjin, China Sasebo, Japan Cosmos Flowers
The 12 Night Tianjin To Singapore Cruise from Beijing, Tianjin, China visits Sasebo, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Nha Trang, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam; Singapore, Singapore. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Priced from: $1506.0 per person 1 sailing dates available
Book Now
12 Night Tianjin To Singapore Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Beijing (Tianjin), China
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Sasebo, Japan
Day 4 - Nagasaki, Japan
Day 5 - 6 - Cruising
Day 7 - 8 - Hong Kong, China
Day 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
Day 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Singapore, Singapore
View Itinerary
Sasebo, Japan Cosmos Flowers
Field of cosmos flowers in Tenkaiho in Sasebo, Japan
This is your

12 Night Tianjin To Singapore Cruise

Explore This Itinerary
Leaving from
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Onboard
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Departs at 7:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Sasebo, Japan
From 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
4
Nagasaki, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5 - 6
Cruising
Day at sea
7 - 8
Hong Kong, China
From Day 7, 8:00 AM - Day 8, 6:00 PM
9
Cruising
Day at sea
10
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11
Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Singapore, Singapore
Arrives at 6:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
from {{ overview.price.currency.code }}
{{ overview.price.currency.symbol }}
{{ overview.price.amount }}
{{ item }}
Sailing from {{ overview.startDate }} (+ {{ additionalDatesCount }} Additional Dates)

Your ship Quantum of the Seas

Your ship
Quantum of the Seas
View Itinerary
Quantum of  the Seas, Side View, China and Japan Destinations
Side View of Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Destinations in China and Japan
Get to know
Quantum of the Seas
Discover everything this holiday visionary has to offer, from 90-metre-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.

ADVENTURE FROM EVERY ANGLE

The first of its class, Quantum of the Seas® is real a game-changer. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® – the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 90 metres above deck in the North Star®. Practise riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. And take in transformative entertainment at Two70®.

A CELEBRATION FOR YOUR SENSES

You'll find plenty onboard to tease your taste buds, like cocktails mixed by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar® and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef's Table. Not to mention family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated Mediterranean fare at Coastal Kitchen.

PUTTING THE SPECTACLE IN SPECTACULAR

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at Sonic Odyssey. Or dive into the mysteries of the sea in the spell-binding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Beijing, China

Day 1
Beijing
Tianjin, China
View Itinerary
Beijing, China Cityscape
View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
Things to do in
Beijing
Departs at 7:00 PM
The centuries have left a lasting impression on Tianjin, and it's waiting to be discovered. In this portside metropolitan area, you can climb a 1,400-year-old section of the Great Wall or wander through Jinmen Guli, the ancient cultural street, where you'll find shops selling traditional jade handicrafts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Soak up the history at the Tianjin Museum, home to ancient cultural artifacts. Then, head to the Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, which sits atop a former Soviet Russian aircraft carrier. Cruise to Beijing and take the 1.5-hour trip to nearby Beijing, where you can shop in 700-year-old Nan Luogu Xiang alley or the city's massive silk market.
Beijing, China Tianjin Eye
View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.
Beijing, China Lantern Tianjin City
Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.
Beijing, China Italian Church
China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.
Beijing, China Steamed Buns
Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.
Beijing, China Shopping
Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
View Itinerary
North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
North Star Raised During the Evening
North Star Raised During Outdoor Movie Night

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure – with 360-degree views of the world from 100 metres above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule – winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor Helping Guest
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving – and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Bumper Cars at the Sea Plex
Bumper Cars at Night

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and dodgem cars – it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 3: Sasebo, Japan

Day 3
Sasebo
Japan
View Itinerary
Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Flower Garden
Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
Things to do in
Sasebo
From 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Centrally placed in the heart of the Nagasaki prefecture, Sasebo is a quaint, romantic town blessed by nature. Hike up Mount Ishidake to take in the scenery from Ishidake Observatory: In the distance, you'll see tiny emerald green islands nestled in the calm bay surrounded by mountain peaks. Stop by one of many festivals and celebrations that happen here throughout the year: Indulge in flavourful oysters during the winter-long oyster festival at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, or dance with the locals in the yearly, city-wide Yosakoi Sasebo festival held in autumn. Cruise to Sasaebo, Japan and don't miss Huis Ten Bosch, a replica Dutch town with Netherlands-inspired theme park rides that reflects the Kyushu region's heritage as a cultural crossroads.
Sasebo, Japan Tenkaiho Observatory
View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

99 Islands in a Day

The Kujukushima Islands – the name translates to '99 islands', although there are actually 208 — are a beautiful sight to behold. Ranging from tiny to massive, each island features a jagged shoreline, a rocky base and abundant green forestry. See each island up close with a boat tour or view from above at the Tenkai-ho observation deck.
Insider tip
The port is in the centre of town, and you won't have to walk far to find public transport or a taxi.
Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Tulip Fever

At the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, you can enjoy recreated Dutch landscapes, buildings, canals and gardens. Celebrating the beneficial relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, the park doubles as a beautiful botanical resort – a different array of flowers blooms each season in rows designed to resemble Dutch tulip fields.
Insider tip
In Japan, it's considered rude to walk and eat: Stop and finish your food first if you pick up a snack from a street vendor.
Sasebo, Japan Aquarium Jellyfish
Jellyfish swimming about in Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Mother of Pearl

Spend the day at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort: Explore the aquarium, learn to sail or take a guided island tour. Learn how to harvest a pearl with a hands-on experience, and check out the Jellyfish Symphony Dome, where you can see jellyfish swim alongside a video, music and light show. During winter, you can taste delicious Kujukushima oysters at the Oyster Festival.
Insider tip
You can only draw local currency from international cash machines commonly located in 7-11 or Lawson shops.
Sasebo, Japan Chicken Nanban
Chicken nanban, deep fried chicken with tartar sauce, Sasebo, Japan

Local Cuisine

An outcome of the town's history as a US naval base, Sasebo Burgers are a delicious fusion of Japanese and Western tastes. Made to order, vendors entice you with topping combos like egg, cheese and bacon. Try other favourites unique to the Kyushu region, like nanban fried chicken brined in vinegar and topped with tartar sauce or Hakata-style ramen with its creamy white broth and chewy, straight noodles.
Sasebo, Japan Lacquer Ware
Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan

Shopping

Near the dock, you'll see Sasebo 5bangai, an air conditioned shopping centres with everything from fashion outlets to trendy restaurants. During your Sasaebo cruise holiday, head to Tonneru Yokocho shopping arcade to see the small shops built in wartimes and protected by metal doors. Vendors often sell novelty naval-themed trinkets, traditional kimonos and lacquered wood homeware and decorations.

Day 4: Nagasaki, Japan

Day 4
Nagasaki
Japan
View Itinerary
Nagasaki, Japan Castle
The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Things to do in
Nagasaki
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
A beautiful and bustling city, Nagasaki's streets have been touched by foreign culture for generations. This is the port by which the Portuguese and Dutch brought Japan into contact with Western culture in the 1500s, and over the years, international influence has continued to transform Nagasaki into the hub of cosmopolitan activity it is today. Explore the Dutch Slope, where you'll find Dutch residences from the 1800s and Japan's first Protestant Church, Higashi Yamate. Cruise to Nagasaki to see the oldest bridge in Japan, Megane-bashi – or 'Spectacles Bridge', so called for its arched appearance. Then, visit Nagasaki Peace Park, with its 18-metre-wide fountain built to memorialise the events that took place here when the atomic bomb struck in 1945.
Nagasaki, Japan Hashima Island
Hashima Island on the corner view from the sea in Nagasaki, Japan

Play James Bond

Just 20 kilometres from the shore of Nagasaki lies a mysterious, abandoned island. Commonly called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, its derelict shores tell a story of coal mines and immigrants. On a guided tour, you can see the areas that famously appeared in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall'.
Insider tip
Getting around is easy in Nagasaki: The port is conveniently located in the centre of the city, every major destination is connected via trams, and taxis are available at will.
Nagasaki, Japan Glover Garden
Glover Garden, nature and city view in Nagasaki, Japan

City of Firsts

Nagasaki is home to some of Japan's oldest structures. See the Spectacles Bridge built in 1643, it the oldest bridge in Japan. Then stop in at Oura Catholic Church, the first wooden Gothic church in the country, or see the island's oldest European-style house at the picturesque Glover Gardens.
Insider tip
If you'd like to save on public transport and taxis, spend your time doing a walking tour of the inner city.
Nagasaki, Japan View Mount Inasa
View from Mt. Inasa in Nagasaki, Japan

View from Above

Mt Inasa is the tallest mountain in Nagasaki and gives you a dazzling view over the city and the bay. At 333 metres high, you can see as far as the Goto Islands on a clear day. To get to the observation deck, hop on the ropeway up the mountainside.
Nagasaki, Japan Pork Belly
Pork belly with boiled egg called Kakuni in Japan

Local Cuisine

Dine like royalty at a Shippoku Ryori restaurant. You'll be served shareable small plates that blend Japanese staples with influences from China and Europe. Sample kakuni, cubes of pork belly braised in a dashi broth flavoured with umami-packed dried bonito fish. Cruise to Nagasaki to indulge in a Sasebo burger, typically topped with egg, bacon and Japanese mayo. For dessert, try the Portuguese-inspired castella, a fluffy vanilla sponge cake balanced with gentle sweetness.
Nagasaki, Japan Kimono Umbrella
A kimono under a purple umbrella

Shopping

The Hamano-machi shopping district sells just about everything you can imagine. Pick up delicately patterned cotton and silks, or spring for a pair of unique, hand-carved chopsticks. Stop in at a fun 100 Yen store, where every item in the shop only costs 100 yen (less than a dollar).

Day 5 - 6: Cruising

Day 5 - 6
Cruising
At Sea
View Itinerary
Jamie's Italian Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Plank
QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Spinach Rotolo
QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house – all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.
Wonderland Chef Pouring Sauce Over Beef
A chef pouring sauce over a beef dish on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Wonderland

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you 'brush' the menu and find your element – Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio Izumi
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favourite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made to order with intense flavours, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Day 7 - 8: Hong Kong, China

Day 7 - 8
Hong Kong
China
View Itinerary
Hong Kong, China Red Bridge Garden
A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Things to do in
Hong Kong
From Day 7, 8:00 AM - Day 8, 6:00 PM
Although it's officially part of China, Hong Kong is a world unto itself. This bustling city is full of ancient and modern architecture, lots of people and — of course — the best dim sum around. Head to the Kowloon Peninsula for Golden Mile shopping along Nathan Road. Then, make your way to Hong Kong Island to admire the views from the top of Victoria Peak — you can see the skyscrapers of the financial district as well as the fishing village of Stanley Harbour. Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall. Or score some quiet time at Hong Kong Park, full of contemplative rock gardens and tree-lined paths.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Peak Tram
The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.
Insider tip
The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn't great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.
Hong Kong, China Harbor Pier Ferry Dock
Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.
Insider tip
Buy an Octopus Card at any subway station to get around Hong Kong easily. Cards purchased here have a $100 HKD (about $12 USD) credit and $50 deposit. The deposit covers negative balances up to -$35. You can also use the card at many restaurants, shops and even at ice cream carts.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor Sailboat
Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.
Hong Kong, China Dim Sum
Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.
Hong Kong, China Traditional Jade Necklaces
Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

Day 9: Cruising

Day 9
Cruising
At Sea
View Itinerary
Ice Skating Shows Performers Tent Bright Lights
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.
SHOW-STOPPERS
Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show Man Drums Royal Caribbean Cruise Entertainment
A man is drumming during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

Sonic Odyssey

Take your seat for an immersive musical journey, where instruments envelop you in the next dimension of global sound.
Two Couples Enjoying the Jazz Bar Lounge
Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Live bands

Select the genre you like and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.
Ice Skating Shows Performers Dancing Colorful
Performers dancing in colorful costumes during ice skating shows onboard a cruise.

Ice Skating Shows

Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice-skating rinks right on board, plus complimentary ice spectaculars with amazing jumps, lifts and spins performed by professional skaters.

Day 10: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 10
Nha Trang
Vietnam
View Itinerary
Nha Trang, Vietnam Buddha Statue
Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Things to do in
Nha Trang
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The easy-going city of Nha Trang is known for its six-mile palm-lined sandy beach with clear turquoise water. Spend some time relaxing by the bay at Nha Trang Beach or the more secluded but arguably even more beautiful Bai Duong Beach, shaded by lushly forested mountains. See the picturesque boulders overlooking the waters at Hon Chong. Then, check out the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers, with its sand-coloured temples that date back to the 700s. Head to the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area for scuba diving and snorkelling, or take the 45-minute drive past rice paddies and coastline and hike to the contemplative Ba Ho Waterfall and its three swimmable pools.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Cable Car
Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.
Insider tip
Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.
Insider tip
Bargaining is par for the course in the markets here, so it's OK to haggle on price.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Po Ngar Towers
Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Seafood Beach
Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore – have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chilli sauce.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Silk Scarves
Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors

Shopping

Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewellery, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach – look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh City
Phu My, Vietnam
View Itinerary
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Buu Long Pagoda
The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Things to do in
Ho Chi Minh City
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Officially named Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 to celebrate the reunification of Vietnam, many in the country's largest city still call it Saigon, especially when talking about the city center. Cruise to Vietnam to get to know the immense, bustling metropolis that is HCMC, as its commonly abbreviated, by visiting Cholon (Chinatown) in District 5 — wander its narrow streets and picturesque pagodas, and step foot in the incense-filled Thien Hau Temple. Then, fill up on spicy beef noodles at Ben Thanh market. See the massive dragon carpet inside Independence Palace, the former home of South Vietnam's president before reunification, or learn more about what the Vietnamese call the American War at the War Remnants Museum.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Elephant Garden
Topiary elephant in a botanical garden, Saigon, Vietnam

Escape the Traffic

Saigon's one million motorbikes don't make for calm explorations, but you can escape the fray at the 130-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Wander the vast green park with its bonsai trees and orchid collection, and check out elephants and tigers in the zoo.
Insider tip
Crossing the street in Vietnam is not for the timid. But just keep a steady pace with no sudden moves and traffic will weave effortlessly around you.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Remembrance Musem
American military planes on display at Vietnam Remembrance Museum

Get a History Lesson

The War Remnants Museum in District 3 has immaculate tanks and planes outside, as well as sobering exhibits detailing the realities of the war. Note it's closed for an hour and a half starting at noon. Outside town, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn how the Viet Cong moved underground.
Insider tip
Always be clear whether you're negotiating for prices in Vietnamese dong or U.S. dollars. Double-check when paying with dong, as some bills of vastly different denominations look similar.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Financial Tower
Bitexco Financial Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam, view from below looking up

Architecture Old and New

See District 1's ultra-modern Bitexco Tower with its sky deck and extending helipad, or the actively used Jade Emperor Pagoda with its fertility goddess statue in District 3. Also in District 1 is the 1975 time capsule of the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese tank drove through its gate.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Noodle Soups
Traditional vietnamese noodle soups pho in bowls

Local Cuisine

Try pho in the birthplace the now-popular soup, made with a rich, long-simmered broth and flavored with cloves, cardamom and other spices. During your Vietnam cruise, feast on a banh mi sandwich, which integrates Vietnam's French colonial past with pork, pickled vegetables and herbs on a crusty baguette. Or try banh tam bi, thick noodles with pork in a coconut cream sauce.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Souvenir Lacquer Bowls
Souvenir lacquer bowls with cover in Vietnam

Shopping

Lacquerware, in the form of bowls, trays and vases, is a popular souvenir in Vietnam. You'll see it everywhere, but head for the An Dong Market, Binh Tay Market and Ben Thanh Market. Dong Khoi Street is considered the main shopping street with a mall and the Parkson Department Store.

Day 12: Cruising

Day 12
Cruising
At Sea
View Itinerary
Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
SUN-DRENCHED DAYS
Girl Body Surfing
Young Girl Body Surfing on Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 13: Singapore, Singapore

Day 13
Singapore
Singapore
View Itinerary
Singapore, Singapore City View
Beautiful city view of Singapore from Skyway
Things to do in
Singapore
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Singapore is small in size but big on excitement. Discover the multicultural medley of this city-state through its neighbourhoods: Check out the statue-adorned temples of Little India and the colourful pagodas of Chinatown. Cruise to Singapore and explore the city's Malay section on the Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, which will take you past Arabic-influenced mansions and the gold-dome-topped Masjid Sultan mosque. Experience the contrast between the lush rainforest flora of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the high-tech 'supertrees' and biodomes of Gardens by the Bay. Complete your Singapore adventure with a panorama from the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands or a Singapore Sling cocktail at the historical Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Masjid Sultan Street View
View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicentre of Malay-speaking Singapore.
Insider tip
Although Singaporeans speak English natively, the accent (lovingly called 'Singlish') can sometimes be tricky to grasp at first. If you don't understand what someone says to you, politely ask them to repeat.
Singapore, Singapore Gardens By The Bay Park
Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in 'Avatar' than an issue of 'Better Homes and Gardens'.
Singapore, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.
Singapore, Singapore Chopsticks
Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore

Shopping

Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise holiday is to shop in the city's ethnic neighbourhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

Share