Set sail on one of our Asia cruises and prepare to be amazed by one of the most incredible cruise destinations on earth.
A vast land of contrasts, Asia is almost as impossible to take in as it is to forget. Ancient legends and modern skylines are underpinned by a surreal, slower way of life in regions where technology is merely an interesting concept. It’s a place where booming economies lay at ease with ancient pagodas and Buddhist temples, and where vibrant food markets and gleaming malls co-exist side-by-side.
The best way to explore Asia’s myriad of colours, sights and sounds is by cruise. Depending on which itinerary you choose, you could soon be experiencing vibrant cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, before delving deep into the rich histories of places such as Yangon in Myanmar or walking amongst the dragons on Komodo Island.
Asia Cruise Itineraries
With so many different regions available to explore, there is no ‘typical’ Asia cruise itinerary. However, as a starting point; the most common departure ports are Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, with the average sailing lasting between 10 and 14 nights.
Southeast Asia is undoubtedly one of the most popular regions for cruising. Brimming with history and outstanding areas of scenic beauty, a cruise in this part of Asia provides you with the chance to visit various ports throughout the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
You will also find Asia cruise itineraries designed to offer an in-depth experience in Japan. Operating roundtrip from Toyko or Osaka, these voyages will tour this fascinating island country’s numerous highlights, including the cities of Nagasaki and Hakodate. Selected Japan-intensive itineraries will also visit Busan and Seoul in South Korea.
Other Asia cruise itineraries will head further south towards Indonesia. Famous for its tiered rice paddy fields, volcanos, and lush beaches, Indonesia offers much to explore in Benoa, Jarkata and Surabaya.
River cruises offer a different type of Asia experience from their ocean-going counterparts. The two most popular river routes are the Mekong; which includes Cambodia and Vietnam, and the Yangtze, along which you can enjoy stops in China and Tibet.
The best time for Asia cruises
Due to Asia’s size, different regions in the continent have their own microclimate, so the best time for cruising differs depending on where you want to go. For example, January is one of the best times for cruising Cambodia and Vietnam, due to the lack of rain and pleasant temperatures, while Japan-intensive cruises often depart throughout late March and April. For Hong Kong, November to January is the optimum time to visit, while the best time for Singapore cruises is between May and September.
Cruise lines that visit Asia
Nearly all of the major cruise lines visit Asia. For all-inclusive luxury, choose Seabourn, Silversea or Regent Seven Seas and look forward to enjoying the vest best in ultra-luxury and all-inclusive value.
Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line are great options for onboard facilities, while river cruise specialists like Scenic and AmaWaterways will enhance your time ashore with immersive shore excursions and guided tours.
Alternatively, what could be better than cruising Asia under billowing sails with the likes of Tradewind Voyages, Windstar Cruises or Star Clippers? There is so much choice available that choosing who to cruise with might be the hardest decision you have to make!
Book Asia cruises with us
For more information regarding Asia cruises or to receive a quote for a future voyage, please call us on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please make an online enquiry for one of the itineraries featured below.