5 Incredible Asian Cruises
September 2, 2014
New cruise ships in Asia are offering more meaningful cultural journeys, with plenty of luxury to boot. Here, a few recent additions luring us to the seas. By Monsicha Hoonsuwan.
Published on Sep 2, 2014
1. CELEBRITY CRUISES
This just in: brand new ports of call in Beppu and Kanazawa, Japan; Vladivostok, Russia; and Mystery Island, Vanuatu. Extended itineraries feature overnight stays in eight cities across the region including shopping meccas Tokyo, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. These Asian adventures all debut in 2015, but bookings open this month—and while you're planning ahead, why not boost your budget so you can be among the first to try Celebrity's Suite Class for butler service and VIP perks? celebritycruises.com.
Celebrity Cruises takes on new routes.
2. CRYSTAL CRUISES
Fusing off-the-beatentrack treks and high-end urban stopovers, Crystal Cruises has doubled its Asian voyages to 14 trips. On one of the 40 new excursions ashore, you can drink with former headhunting warriors of Borneo; then make robes from tree bark while trekking along the rain forests of Malaysia's Kinabalu National Park; and top it off with a stop by Lombok, Indonesia, for a visit to Sasak village where men sleep outside their daugters' houses to protect them from being abducted into marriage. crystalcruises.com.
Crystal Serenity, all decked out.
3. SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS
How's this for a highlight? A sail to the remote Buccaneer Archipelago, off Western Australia, where you can watch 149-meter tidal waves crash against two narrow coastal gorges, forming bizarre horizontal waterfalls. Go where few have ever set foot—including plenty of picturesque beaches and turquoise waters—via Silversea's recently refurbished Silver Discoverer. Ritzy oceanview suites with private balconies will keep you in high comfort while the ship weaves through the Pacific. silversea.com.
Silver Discoverer sails Western Australia.
4. WINDSTAR CRUISES
Foodies can expect packed days and full bellies on Windsor Cruises' sleek, 148-passenger yacht Wind Spirit that set sail from Tahiti in May, 2014—for the first time, on a sevenday themed voyage to six French Polynesian islands. Take in all the beauty of the South Pacific, from lagoons to wild rainforests. Then dive into the local way of life over suckling pig in Bora Bora, courtesy of Windstar's new privateevent service, facilitating in-depth cultural experience. windstarcruises.com.
Wind Spirit on the night seas.
5. BOHAI FERRY
China's largest roll-on, roll-off passenger ferries operator, Bohai is launching its cruise fleet with Costa Voyager, an 804-passenger ship that's one of the fastest in the world. This purchase from Costa Cruises features three restaurants, a solarium, disco, casino, spa center and shopping gallery. Renamed Zhong Hua Tai Shan, the vessel will make an inaugural China-Korea-Japan trip in 2014's summer, then head to Southeast Asia during the winter.