Top 5 Asia Cruises for 2016
Is Asia on your bucket list? Here are our top 5 Asia Cruises for 2016!
The latest cruising trends are predicting that 2016 is going to be huge in Asia and the cruise industry has followed their client’s desires! Asia cruises are on the rise and there are several options to choose from this year. Considering how large Asia is finding the right destinations can be a bit overwhelming. Not to worry, we have found some of the best locations in Asia for American cruisers.
Hong Kong: You truly can’t visit Asia without spending at least one day in Hong Kong. The Chinese culture comes alive the second you step foot of the ship. There is so much to discover in Hong Kong it is hard to do it in just one day. I highly recommend taking a shore excursion to see the Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, which is done by cable car. Another must do while in Hong Kong is visit the market place, this will give you a preview of what the Asian culture is like all while getting some great deals! Don’t miss out on the cuisine while at the market place, Hong Kong is known for having some incredible dishes. Victoria Peak is another essential visit while in Hong Kong. The views from this peak are said to be absolutely breathtaking! Lastly, for all of you history lovers, visit the Hong Kong History Museum. This absolutely impressive Asian town is filled with rich and amazing history and the Hong Kong History Museum is the place to learn all about it!
Shanghai: A definite must visit location in Asia is Shanghai, which is famous for the Bund and being China’s most populated city. Wonder why so many people want to live in this town? Simple, it’s extraordinary! Speaking of the Bund it is a must see for anyone’s bucket list. The Bund is a waterfront property surrounded by amazing architectural building. Along the Bund, you will also find several museums, amazing restaurants, and lots of fun activities. If you have the time you should visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition, which has on display a huge replica of how Shanghai will look in 2020.
Singapore: Singapore is considered one of the world’s greats for a reason. Singapore has been considered a top destination too many over the last few years, including The New York Times in 2015, who listed Singapore as one of their favorites. The Lion City, a term many use for Singapore, has some of the most stunning gardens you will ever lay eyes on. You have to visit at least one of the many gardens that await you in this beautiful city. The Flyer is another favorite, this ride allows you to slowly see all of Singapore, kind of like a Ferris wheel but much slower and air-conditioned! The ride lasts around 30 minutes and allows you to see Singapore in a whole new light! Don’t forget to check out China Town, the English language is often used in Singapore which makes this area a great spot for buying souvenirs.
Dubai: We can’t talk about amazing Asia cruises and shopping without including Dubai! If you want luxury shopping Dubai has it all! Not to mention, Dubai is home to the largest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa. A skyscraper that was completed in January 2009. Between that and the Dubai Mall, you will have a lot of walking to do because both are gigantic! Lastly, try to check out the fountains. They put on a show themselves, with lights and music, and it’s very close to the Burj Khalifa.
Beijing: Last but not least on our top 5 list is Beijing. The Great Wall of China is on many peoples bucket list and Beijing is close enough to check that off your list. A shore excursion to the Great Wall will take approximately twelve hours if not more so it’s smart to make Beijing the beginning or exit point of your cruise if this is a must see for you. For those who want to experience more but not stay in Beijing too long there are segments of the Great Wall you can pass through quicker. Other important sites in Beijing include the Forbidden City, now a museum of sorts, which used to be the palace that the emperor lived in. Another fun site in Beijing is the Temple of Heaven, which is a massive Chinese Temple, with amazing features and beautiful architecture.
If an Asia Cruise is on your bucket list, you must include at least one of these amazing destinations! It’s important to note that all of these locations are loaded with spectacular sightseeing spots. It’s important to talk to one of our travel advisors before you book so that you can have some extended time in your favorite destination location. And, like I mentioned before, Asia Cruises are on the rise, so don’t delay and book your cruise today!
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Kimberly Wheeler joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in September 2014. Her role as a Social Media Marketer is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. Kimberly has an extensive background in Public Relations and Marketing and a passion for engaging the public. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with an option in Public Relations from Fresno State University in May 2014.