From ancient temples and sacred sites, to tropical islands and futuristic cityscapes, Asia is a treat for all the senses. Be dazzled by the neon lights of Tokyo, tantalise the taste buds in Thailand or enjoy a quiet moment of reflection as you drift down the mighty Mekong River. The possibilities are endless in this culturally diverse and captivating region.
You too can get swept up in the mystery and beauty of Asia, with a range of great cruise holidays.
Asia is the largest and most populous continent in the world. Home to more than 4.4 billion inhabitants, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population live within the confines of this vast and sprawling continent.
Covering one of the largest expanses on the planet, Asia not surprisingly also encompasses a dizzying array of cultures, languages and cuisines. From the sprawling Indian subcontinent to the steppes of Mongolia and high-tech hotspots of East Asia, just about every travel experience imaginable is on offer on a trip to Asia.
While a countless number of languages are spoken throughout Asia, a simple command of English is usually all that’s required to get around. Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Japanese and Persian are just some of the other common languages of Asia, in what is without doubt one of the world’s most diverse regions.
Who goes there?
A wide variety of cruise lines offer a vast array of itineraries to Asia. Small ship and luxury lines such as Azamara Club Cruises, Compagnie Du Ponant, Crystal Cruises, G Adventures, Lindblad Expeditions, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Swan Hellenic, Voyages to Antiquity and Windstar offer a wide range of cruises to Asian ports.
Larger ships on lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Costa, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Star Cruises also boast multiple Asian itineraries.
Asian River Cruises are also available, with popular routes offered by the likes of APT, Viking Cruises, Uniworld, Tauk and Pandaw.
Best time to go?
Most cruises to Asia predominantly leave in late October and early November, with temperatures tending to be cooler and less humid at this time of year. February is also a popular month to travel, however, East Asian ports in China and Japan can still be quite chilly, so look for itineraries between March and May if you’re after some warmer weather.
Bright lights, big cities and a few of the most bustling destinations imaginable are just some of the highlights of a trip to Asia.
- Singapore is fast becoming one of Asia’s most popular cruise destinations, with its vibrant cityscape, fantastic food scene and trendy shopping attracting visitors from far and wide
- Discover the neon lights and fabulous street food of Osaka – one of Japan’s most spectacular waterfront cities and home to an eternally popular aquarium
- While the Great Wall of China is an obvious attraction, nearby Beijing offers much more than just history, with the Chinese capital also one of the country’s most modern cities
- The Mekong Delta criss-crosses southwestern Vietnam, making a river cruise a great way to explore this exotic part of South East Asia.