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Asia Cruise Guide

Float along the rivers or around the coast of a continent that blends spectacular scenery with beautifully preserved traditions and cultures.

There is no such thing as a typical cruise to Asia. The continent is divided by many operators into the subsections of Southeast Asia and East Asia, each diverse and thrilling. Both regions promise a heady mixture of natural beauty and fascinating culture, albeit with very different atmospheres. Spend your days aboard an Asia cruise watching idyllic islands pass by or enjoy port days exploring stunning temples, energetic cities or rural retreats.

Many Southeast Asia cruise itineraries mix the beautiful beaches of Phuket, the manic energy of Hanoi and the sleek modern elegance of Singapore. However, the diversity of this part of the continent means you can find exactly the right kind of Asia cruise to suit your tastes. That might mean partying in Bali or taking an organized shore excursion into a quiet Malaysian fishing village.

Choose a cruise to East Asia for a vacation that includes China, Japan and Korea. Disembark in Beijing to enter the Forbidden City or visit the Great Wall. Pick an itinerary that travels via Kyoto to see some of Japan’s most impressive Shinto monuments. Try an East Asia cruise vacation along the Yangtze River, leading through the towering scenery of the Three Gorges. 

Although most Asia cruises start and end on the continent, some East Asian journeys will travel as far as Los Angeles as a first or last port in longer itineraries. The most comfortable time of year to cruise in Asia and the best Asia cruise deals will vary according to which part of Asia you are visiting. Often cruise lines will avoid scheduling Southeast Asia cruises in the most uncomfortably humid months. In East Asia, the summer months of July and August can be very hot.

Such a wide array of destinations means that there is no set length for cruises in Asia. Spend four days skimming around Japan or take 14 to explore Phuket, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City. Cruises to Asia can also entice you away from the most famous itineraries too, with expedition cruises taking passengers into Borneo or along rivers through Myanmar.

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