The Hundred Mile Horizon
Japan, China, Korea, South-East Asia (mainly Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), the Philippines, Indonesia and India – offer a vast range of cultures, scenery, architecture and cuisine. Onshore tours may venture up rivers, or inland to archaeological treasures, nature reserves, remnants of colonial eras, world’s most modern buildings, and tropical resorts. Soak up the serenity of Nagasaki, visit the commercial powerhouse of Shanghai, bargain in Hong Kong, see whole families on a motorcycle in Ho Chi Minh City, or visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Celebrity Millennium departs Australia for SE and E Asia in November 2012, offering a variety of cruises in Asian waters until April 2013. Volendam leaves Sydney for Hong Kong late December 2012 for a superb 30-night tour to include the Great Barrier Reef, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Three Princess ships depart from Fremantle to SE Asia. Many cruises are sectors of Grand Cruises – Amsterdam and Sun Princess – and Sea Princess’s Cherry Blossom Cruise circles the Pacific ex Sydney in March 2013. For luxury sail with Seabourn Pride and Silver Shadow around SE Asia and E Asia. The Australian explorer ship Orion II makes 10 to 14 night cruises, mostly 7 nights, from Indonesian and Malaysian waters to far northern Japanese islands, note especially the 11 night cruise of Japan and Yangtze River in late June 2012. Azamara Journey comes highly recommended for its great itineraries – India, Myanmar and Thailand in late 2012, or, Vietnam with eastern Thailand in February 2013. From December 2012 through April 2013 she cruises between India and Japan.