Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: ASIA A diverse destination for all Representatives from cruise lines offering itineraries in and around Asia tell Laura Hyde about the region’s appeal and what to expect when sailing to this diverse region From the cosmopolitan cities of Hong Kong, China, and Tokyo, Japan, to the rural rice paddies of Vietnam, the unspoilt beauty of the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand and historic sites like the Great Wall of China, there’s no shortage of attractions to visit once passengers disembark in Asia. A cruise around Asia is not just sailing from one port to another; the world’s largest continent offers passengers endless diversity. “The main attraction of sailing to Asia is the enormous amount of diversity offered,” explains Tony Archbold, vice president of sales for Asia-Pacific at Crystal. “Whether you are talking climate, history, food, architecture, shopping, art or entertainment, every country in Asia offers something different. So, a cruise through Asia is a voyage of discovery for all your senses.” Nick Hughes, sales director for UK and Europe at Princess Cruises, also highlights the enormous variety available in an Asian itinerary, pointing to the range of different shore excursions guests can experience. “Cruise passengers can visit the tranquil beaches of Thailand, the vibrant city of Vietnam’s Hoi An, and the mesmerising Supertree Grove in Singapore, all on one cruise,” says Hughes. “Princess’s Asia cruises circumnavigate around southeast Asia and Japan, which is best experienced on a cruise. The majority of Princess’ Asia voyages are on Diamond Princess, our ship built in Japan, for Japan. The ship boasts incredible Japanese features such as the Izumi bath, making exploring the country seamless and relaxing, whilst immersing guests into the rich culture and history both ashore and onboard.” Photo: Setouchi Tourism Port Tower is a 108-metre high observatory tower in the port city of Kobe in Japan 88