With rich cultural history and beauty that will take your breath away, Asia is the perfect cruising destination. From the lush rainforests of Borneo to the nightlife and neon lights of Tokyo, the port cities of the Far East are full of adventure, excitement, and intrigue. Enjoy the foreign cultural pleasures and exciting historical attractions of this rich and vibrant region on a Crystal Cruises Asian cruise. Whether you prefer to spend your time soaking up the sun or meandering through museums, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a Crystal Asian cruise.
From the beauty and tranquility of ancient temples to the distinctive flavors of local cuisine, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to make your own adventure. The moment you first step aboard, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in local dishes, folkloric entertainment, and cultural activities designed to bring the Asian colors and flavors to life. On shore, you’ll discover the local wildlife, historical temples, and ancient treasures that make the region famous. With visits to bucket-list attractions, including Beijing’s Great Wall and Bangkok’s Grand Palace, you’re sure to enjoy every second you spend on a Crystal Asian Cruise
Crystal Serenity & Symphony
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Crystal Cruises cruise will take you on board the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. The Crystal Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. With an expanded space-to-guest ratio and elegantly appointed staterooms, each room has an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding land.
Things to Do in Asia
From the bustling boulevards of Bangkok to the world-famous nightlife of Tokyo, an Asian cruise is more than just rest and relaxation. While there are plenty of tranquil day-trips for cruisers to enjoy, don’t forget to let loose and enjoy your evenings in the larger, urban areas. If you prefer enjoying Asian culture and history at your own pace, there are plenty of shore excursions to choose from. The Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City will give you the Vietnamese perspective of the Vietnam War, while Yangon is an exhilarating city with ancient palaces, traditional golden pagodas, and a variety of traditional shopping markets.
If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll love a visit to the Butterfly Farm in Penang, Malaysia. While there, you’ll come in contact with over 120 species of butterflies before heading to the Tropical Spice Garden, which hosts 500 species of local plants, herbs, and spices. While visiting the Temple of Tanah Lot, located on the beautiful waters of the Bali Sea, be sure to take a relaxing walk through the orchid gardens and enjoy the breathtaking views of Bali along the way. From the pagodas in Myanmar’s capital to a taking a trishaw ride in Singapore, you’re sure to enjoy wherever your Crystal Asian cruise takes you.
Asian Cruise Tips
One unavoidable issue on large-ship cruises is the long distance between the port and city attractions. Some cruises mitigate this inconvenience by docking for two or more days at a port. If this isn’t a possibility, make the most of the extra days at sea by savoring the journey- especially if it’s in the company of an informative guide. Remember to look out the window and enjoy what’s passing by. In some cases, countrysides can reveal as much about a nation, their people, and their culture as a day spent walking city streets.
Although violent crime against tourists is unusual, pickpockets are known to roam the more crowded, tourist-heavy streets in many Asian cities. Dealing with traffic can also be daunting to pedestrians. When traveling in a group, stay close together, and step out onto the street only when traffic is minimal. Walk at a slow, steady pace and follow locals as they cross the street until you get the hang of it. Be cautious, respectful, and friendly, and you’re sure to enjoy your time in the Far East.