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Singapore , Singapore | Bangkok (Laemchabang) , Thailand | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) , Vietnam | Nha Trang , Vietnam | Hue / Danang (Chan May) , Vietnam | Hong Kong , China

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Discover everything this vacation visionary has to offer, from 300-foot-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 favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.

DAG 1 - Avreisedato

Singapore, Singapore

AVREISE:
5:00 PM

MORE SHORES IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore
Things To Do

in Singapore

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 epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore.

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."

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.

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.

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 vacation is to shop in the city's ethnic neighborhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

DAG 2 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

DAG 3 - DOKKET

Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand

ANKOMMER:
11:00 AM
AVREISE:
11:00 PM
TEMPLE TO

THAI CULTURE

Thailand's capital city, Bangkok is a feast for the senses. Visit the elaborate Grand Palace, the former home of the Thai royalty dating back to 1782: See the intricate blend of traditional Thai and European architecture, and stand in awe of the Emerald Buddha housed within. Then, bring a picnic of shrimp noodles and papaya salad and lounge over lunch in Lumpini Park, or see more of the city from a boat tour of the Bangkok Canals.

Great palace Buddhist temple with famous green tree gardens in center of Bangkok, Thailand
Seller on a boat with ripe bananas in the floating market of Bangkok, Thailand
The busy cityscape of Bangkok city of Thailand

Thailand's capital city, Bangkok is a feast for the senses. Visit the elaborate Grand Palace, the former home of the Thai royalty dating back to 1782: See the intricate blend of traditional Thai and European architecture, and stand in awe of the Emerald Buddha housed within. Then, bring a picnic of shrimp noodles and papaya salad and lounge over lunch in Lumpini Park, or see more of the city from a boat tour of the Bangkok Canals.

Great palace Buddhist temple with famous green tree gardens in center of Bangkok, Thailand
Seller on a boat with ripe bananas in the floating market of Bangkok, Thailand
The busy cityscape of Bangkok city of Thailand
Things To Do

in Bangkok (Laemchabang)

Grand palace with long tail boat in Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Glide Along

Take a tranquil boat ride down what used to be the city's lifeline, the Chao Phraya River. It's still an active waterway, but today it's lined with some of Bangkok's most iconic site. From the river, you can take in views of the Grand Palace and the spires of Wat Arun, as well as the bustling riverside markets.

The blue tuk tuk is the traditional taxi car in Bangkok

Change Your View

The best way to discover a new city is to see it from a different perspective. Cruise around in a tuk tuk — the driver-powered rickshaws you'll see all around Bangkok — and put yourself right in the heart of the city's hustle and bustle. Or head to Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of the Dome State Tower and see the metropolitan sprawl from above.

The reclining buddha gold statue face in Wat Pho Bangkok, Thailand

A Tale of Two Buddhas

No visit to Bangkok would be complete without seeing its world-famous Buddha statues. Inside the Grand Palace, you'll find the ornate Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the statue of the religious figure made from the precious green stone. Afterward, take an easy 10-minute walk to Wat Pho Temple, famed for its giant statue of the Reclining Buddha.

Fried food with sticks, Thai style food, Thailand street foodl, Bangkok

Local Cuisine

You've come to the right place for the best of Thai food. Bangkok is home to countless restaurants — but the real experience lies within its street markets. Try fried sen yai (white, flat noodles made from rice flour) with moo daeng, red barbecued pork. Snack on gai bing or moo bing, skewers or tender grilled chicken or pork. Or spice it up with red curry chicken with your Bangkok cruise.

Chatuchak market, largest market in Thailand, in Bangkok

Shopping

In addition to the Weekend Market, Sampeng Market, Pratunam Market and Wang Lang Market are perfect spots to pick up distinctive Thai souvenirs. Cruise to Bangkok and look for coveted elephant pants, traditional paper lanterns, scarves embroiderd with geometric Thai patterns and Buddha carvings and sculptures.

DAG 4 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Things to Do

DAG 5 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Things to Do

DAG 6 - DOKKET

Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 PM

FIND YOUR CHI

When you arrive, take a port shuttle into the city to explore. Head to the park Cong Vien Cang Du Lich Bach Dang, where you can catch a water bus for river tour of the city. Later, see a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance at the Opera House. Or stroll through the Saigon Botanical Gardens, and see exotic lizards and tigers at the attached Saigon Zoo.

The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Historical Ben Duoc Temple entrance with a rainbow shining over it in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
City hall with a garden and statue at the entrance of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

When you arrive, take a port shuttle into the city to explore. Head to the park Cong Vien Cang Du Lich Bach Dang, where you can catch a water bus for river tour of the city. Later, see a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance at the Opera House. Or stroll through the Saigon Botanical Gardens, and see exotic lizards and tigers at the attached Saigon Zoo.

The Buu Long Pagoda at District 9 ornated with gold finishings on a sunny day in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Historical Ben Duoc Temple entrance with a rainbow shining over it in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
City hall with a garden and statue at the entrance of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Things To Do

in Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DAG 7 - TILBRINGERTJENESTE

Nha Trang, Vietnam

ANKOMMER:
9:00 AM
AVREISE:
5:00 PM
FIND YOUR

INNER CALM

Kick off your day at Nha Trong's Oceanographic Museum, housed in a French colonial building — see exotic underwater specimens like reef sharks, lionfish and puffers. Then, take the cable car to the Vinpearl complex on Bamboo Island for spectacular views of the bay. Make sure to allot time for oceanside relaxation: Bai Duong Beach is pleasantly quiet and offers mountain views while you wade in the turquoise waters.

Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Hon Chong cape, popular tourist destinations at Nha Trang, Vietnam
Po Nagar, temple tower, in Nha Trang

Kick off your day at Nha Trong's Oceanographic Museum, housed in a French colonial building — see exotic underwater specimens like reef sharks, lionfish and puffers. Then, take the cable car to the Vinpearl complex on Bamboo Island for spectacular views of the bay. Make sure to allot time for oceanside relaxation: Bai Duong Beach is pleasantly quiet and offers mountain views while you wade in the turquoise waters.

Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Hon Chong cape, popular tourist destinations at Nha Trang, Vietnam
Po Nagar, temple tower, in Nha Trang
Things To Do

in Nha Trang

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.

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.

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.

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 chili sauce.

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 jewelry, 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.

DAG 8 - DOKKET

Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam

ANKOMMER:
9:00 AM
AVREISE:
10:00 PM
GLIMPSE OF

IMPERIAL GLORY

After you arrive at Chan May, take the one-hour drive south to Danang. Hike up verdant Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain — the world's tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy lies at the top — and check out pink-hued Danang Cathedral. Or head north to Hue, less than 90 minutes from port: Here, you can see seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda (Vietnam's tallest religious building) and walk among imperial battlements at the Citadel.

Tall yellow columns at the entrance of the Thien Mu Pagoda in Vietnam
A yellow giant dragon bridge on a beautiful cloudy day in Vietnam
Ocean view from mountains overlooking the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam

After you arrive at Chan May, take the one-hour drive south to Danang. Hike up verdant Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain — the world's tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy lies at the top — and check out pink-hued Danang Cathedral. Or head north to Hue, less than 90 minutes from port: Here, you can see seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda (Vietnam's tallest religious building) and walk among imperial battlements at the Citadel.

Tall yellow columns at the entrance of the Thien Mu Pagoda in Vietnam
A yellow giant dragon bridge on a beautiful cloudy day in Vietnam
Ocean view from mountains overlooking the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam
Things To Do

in Hue / Danang (Chan May)

Entrance of the citadel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hue, Vietnam

City Citadel

The last emperor of Vietnam gave up his throne for Ho Chi Minh's communist government in 1945. Since 1802, his family ruled the country from Hue, and you can visit what remains of the Imperial Citadel. It's being restored after damage by the French in 1947 and the Americans in the 1968 Tet Offensive. The city's imposing gates, halls and moat give a peek into imperial life of old.

Statues of warriors in Imperial Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue, Vietnam

Emperors of Old

In Hue, you can find the ancient tombs of the emperors along the Perfume River. The tomb of Tu Duc was designed to be used by the emperor when he was still alive, as well as after death. You'll see pavilions, elephant statues, thrones and other royal artifacts. Or head to Khai Dinh Tomb, with its European-influenced design inspired by Khai Dinh's travels to France.

A majestic giant white buddha at Danang, Vietnam

Guardians of Danang

In Danang, visit China Beach for a swim or a walk. You'll see Lady Buddha, Vietnam's tallest statue, guarding over the city and its fishermen at the Son Tra Linh Ungh pagoda. Cruise to Vietnam to get up close to Danang's guardian dragon by walking across the Dragon Bridge — it breathes fire and water on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Vietnamese Pho with spicy Sriracha and chopsticks

Local Cuisine

Banh beo is a traditional dish in both Danang and Hue — these steamed rice cakes are served in small bowls and topped with shrimp, mung bean paste and scallions. Dip them in salty fish sauce. Or seek out banh khaoi, a crispy crepe stuffed with savory pork belly and shrimp.

Traditional bamboo hats are common souvenirs while shopping in Vietnam

Shopping

Conical Vietnamese hats, called non bai tho, are available all over Vietnam. In Hue, hat makers often put poems and drawings of the city inside the hat. Hold the hat up to the light to see it. You might wear the hat while on holiday; it makes a nice wall-hanging at home.

DAG 9 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

Things to Do

DAG 10 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Bottles at the Bionic Bar

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Bottles at the Bionic Bar

Things to Do

DAG 11 - Ankomstdato

Hong Kong, China

ANKOMMER:
6:00 AM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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