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 Everything, everywhere, all at once, all the time Sum up touring Asia in a paragraph? Good luck. Positively massive by just about every measure, the sole thread that unites this diverse continent is the sheer diversity of experiences it presents to travellers. Arid deserts and towering peaks; secluded temples and bustling markets; tiny villages and sprawling cities; ancient history and cutting-edge modernity; teeming crowds and places so remote you won’t find another human being around for miles—Asia encompasses all this and so, so, so much more. Don’t expect to absorb it all; dive on in and let it seep into your skin. 


Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My): Cu Chi Tunnels

Step back in history as you explore tunnels dug up to 36 feet below the earth stretching all the way to Cambodia. Explore the tunnels, used by Viet Cong fighters during the Viet Minh fight and Vietnam War, which still display meeting rooms, kitchens, guerrilla tools, and weapons.

Halong Bay/Hanoi (Cai Lan): Halong Bay / Luon & Sung SOT Caves

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Take a scenic boat ride along Halong Bay, the World Heritage Site, brimming with over 3,000 limestone Islands and islets contrasting against the emerald waters. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at islands along the way. But, don’t miss one of the most popular natural wonders, Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave, revealing beautiful stalactites.


Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang): Batu Caves

Explore the sacred temple complex along the limestone hill brimming with statues, caves and long-tailed macaque monkeys. One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, Batu Caves, draws thousands of visitors each year for the Hindu festival of Thaipusam.


Singapore Zoo

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A modern metropolis with a deep-rooted past, the city offers a vast array of exciting excursions, from beautiful botanical gardens to a river cruise. We suggest spending the day at the Singapore Zoo only because it’s considered one of the best in the world. Nestled in a rainforest environment, animals roam freely within “natural boundaries.”

Private Feng Shui Heritage Tour

Dive deep into the philosophy of Feng Sui with visits to a Hakka cemetery, a monastery, the Marina Bay Sands, and Orchard Road and discover how home elements can be used for harmony. Explore sites built around the yin- yang concept and the five elements of nature.


Phuket: Phi Phi Island

Known for pristine beaches and breathtaking coastline, Phuket is home to Phi Phi Island. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the crystal waters, climbing the dynamic rock formations or relaxing on the splendid beaches. On the drive back you have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Phuket and a  local monastery.

Bangkok: Grand Palace & Chao Phraya River cruise

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Laem Chabang, the gateway to Bangkok exudes excitement. Visit the Grand Palace, the gem of the city, and former residence of the royal Siamese court. The most sacred temple in Thailand is not only an architectural masterpiece but boasts a beautiful emerald, Buddha.  After, glide along the Chao Phraya river for a fantastic view of the picturesque shores and the mystical sights along the way. Find out why this charming town is dubbed “Venice of the East.”


Probolinggo: Mt. Bromo

Lush landscape and beautiful beaches infiltrate Indonesia. Be sure to visit the highlight of Probolinggo: Mt. Bromo. The active volcano is one of the most visited areas in East Java where you can discover the myths and legends surrounding the mountain.



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If you’re in search of idyllic white sand beaches, this is your port. With its crystal waters, Sihanoukville is the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Don’t forget to stop by the nearby villages for fresh seafood.

10 Free Apps to Download Before Your Next Cruise

Thanks to technology, organizing your cruise, saving money, and finding the best-hidden gems in port is a breeze. Whether you’re looking to find a WiFi spot in port or translate commonly used phrases, there’s an app for that. We’ve done the research, all you need to do is download these free apps before your cruise. The following apps are available for both Android and iOS.


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Let’s start with step one: packing. PackPoint organizes a custom packing list according to your destination, activities, length of stay, and weather. Your list even gets its own website so that you can share with other members in your party.


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TripIt consistently ranks as the best travel planning app. It’s an excellent resource for keeping all your itineraries, flights, and tickets, in one place. Once you forward your confirmation emails to TripIt, the app organizes the information into a master itinerary and will even send reminders on upcoming events.


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Voted the #1 cruise app, Shipmate is your cruise dashboard. Download it before your cruise and use the deck maps ahead of time to get familiar with the ship’s layout. Access excursions, itineraries, reviews, and more. Once you are in port, check reviews on the destination’s activities, restaurants, and shops. Not only does Shipmate provide information on almost all cruise ships, but it also gives you options on excursions, sends alerts on price drops, and lets you chat with other passengers.

WiFi Map

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While we all want to disconnect during our cruise, there are situations in which accessing the internet is essential. Download WiFi Map to find and obtain fast and free internet via a VPN secure connection. The app lets you discover more than 100,000,000 WiFi locations in more than 100 countries around the globe.

XE Currency Converter

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Not only will XE Currency Converter do the obvious, but the app lets you monitor your money, and even make transfers without any fees.

Google Translate

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By far, the most used language app, Google Translate lets you translate between 103 languages. Offline, the app will convert into 59 languages. Type or speak into the app for immediate translation. The coolest feature is the instant camera translation. Just point your camera at the sign and voila, instant translation.


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Whatsapp is a great, economical way to message while onboard and overseas. It uses little data, letting you communicate with friends and family for free. Share messages, photos, and even do voice and video calls, at no charge.


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Looking for the best local cuisine or quant coffee shop in port? TripAdvisor gives you a range of options in the category you select based on millions of reviews from travelers and locals.


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Avoid sticker shock at the end of your cruise by keeping track of your expenses with the Spendee. The app even lets you set a daily budget. It’s user-friendly and enables you to convert currency and save receipts with photos. If you don’t feel comfortable synching your bank, you have the option to enter information manually.

Flush Toilet Finder

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There’s nothing worse than searching for a public restroom in an unfamiliar locale. The Flush Toilet Finder App, shows the closet restroom. With more than 190,000 bathrooms, the app works without an internet connection. Thank goodness!

Hopefully, these handy apps will make your cruise that much better!

Add These Cruises to Your Bucket List

While any cruise can make for a fantastic travel experience, there are some truly incredible adventures out there that are waiting to be booked. If you’re in search of a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience, you’ll want to check out our bucket list cruise destination list. These destinations are sure to please any traveler who is seeking a memorable experience.

Take an Amazing Trip to Antarctica

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The average person never gets a chance to step foot on (let alone cruise throughout!) Antarctica. If you’re dying to see this gorgeous continent, you’ll be happy to know that many cruise lines have journeys that go here. If you’re looking for a bucket list option, we recommend booking one of Silversea’s Antarctica cruises. Their luxury cruises are all-inclusive, so you can sit back and relax and have a fantastic vacation. Plan to see local wildlife like whales, seals, and penguins up close and take part in culture and adventure activities, too!

Explore the Famous Galapagos Islands

Another bucket list cruise experience you should consider is the Galapagos Islands. For a luxury option, we suggest you hop aboard the mid-size Celebrity Xpedition ship. With room for only 48 passengers, you’re sure to have a more intimate experience as you enjoy an all-inclusive adventure. As you explore each island, you’ll learn that each has its own unique landscape, creatures, and things to love. While on a Galapagos Islands cruise, plan to snorkel with sea turtles, go bird watching, and hike as you take in incredible views—and much, much more!

Voyage Through Africa by Cruise

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Another continent that is begging to be explored by cruise is Africa. With Crystal Cruises, you can explore many amazing African ports while on a luxury cruise adventure. Visit incredible destinations like Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Dakar, and the Cape Verde Islands. There are so many breathtaking natural wonders to explore, and, of course, wildlife. If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a safari, you can do that, too! Crystal Cruises has several Africa cruise journeys.

Take a Northern Europe Cruise to Explore All Things Scandinavian

Scandanavia is another bucket list cruise destination that you’ll want to explore. You’ll quickly see why these countries have some of the happiest people in the whole world. We recommend booking a cruise with Seabourn to see the best popular Northern Europe destinations and hidden gems. Wondering what kind of excursions you’ll be able to book? Culture and history walking tours, local farm visits, kayaking adventures, craft brewery tours, and picturesque helicopter rides are some available options.

The Best Cruises with Whale Watching Excursions

Watching whales swim in their natural environment can be an exceptional experience. Many travelers choose to book a whale watching tour when they visit a new place. But, did you know that several cruises offer this activity as an excursion? This is an incredible way to see have fun and experience wildlife on your next cruise. Check out some of the best cruises with whale watching excursions.

Whale Watch in Alaska with Crystal Cruises

Alaska is a breathtaking destination and the perfect place to cruise. On the Fjord Explorer luxury cruise, you’ll witness impressive nature and wildlife up close as you make your way from Vancouver through Alaska. Plan to cruise the Inside Passage and Hubbard Glacier on this journey. We recommend the Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest excursion. You’ll hop on a jet boat and see whales, sea otters, and other sea life.

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See Humpbacks in Hawaii with Holland America

On the 16-Day Circle Hawaii cruise with Holland America, you’ll visit some of the best sights in Hawaii on the roundtrip Vancouver journey. Part of your adventure will take you to gorgeous Lahaina in West Maui, where you can take part in a Deluxe Whale Watching experience. Learn all about humpback whales from onboard naturalists and see the creatures up close. The best time to book this cruise is November through May as you’ll have a better chance of seeing the whales.

Explore the East Coast of the US and Canada with Silversea

Silversea is another excellent cruise line to consider. On the Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale cruise, you’ll enjoy 16 days of adventure as you make your way to some of the coolest destinations. While exploring Canada’s Bonaventure Island, be sure to go whale watching. The area is known for its Humpback, Minke, and Right whales. This cruise will give you the chance to see a lot of wildlife.

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Go Orca Whale Watching in Canada with Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has many wonderful cruise adventures that take travelers to Canada, but their Vancouver to Los Angeles cruise is a great option. You’ll head from Vancouver to Alaska and then explore parts of Canada, and finally the US. While in Victoria, whale watching is a must.

These are our favorite luxury cruises with whale watching excursion opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to see these beautiful sea creatures up close on your next cruise.

How to Plan a Cruise with Extended Family

Vacationing with extended family or even planning a destination family reunion is a great way to bring loved ones together. But finding a trip pleasing to everyone can be an insurmountable task. Enter cruises. A cruise vacation takes hotel accommodations, dining, entertainment, and multiple destinations and places them in a perfectly presented package pleasing to most everyone. Here’s what you need to know when planning a cruise with extended family.

Appoint a Group Leader

Appoint a leader for your group in order to streamline communication, field questions and act as a point of contact to the cruise specialist. Having one person acting as a liaison between the specialist and the group avoids confusion.

Decide on the Length of Your Cruise

The first thing you need to determine is the length of your cruise and embarkation point. Consider where a majority of the group is located. If most people live within driving distance of the embarkation point, a short 3-4-day cruise is an option. However, if family members will be traveling far or flying to the port, it becomes worthwhile to book a longer cruise, around 7-10 days. Sometimes getting away for a week is a challenge, in that case, a short cruise is better than nothing!

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Sand or Sightseeing?

Consider the demographics of the group. If there are a lot of children, a Caribbean cruise keeps the little ones entertained while adults relax on sandy beaches. Alternatively, if there are more adults and older children traveling, Mediterranean or European cruises boast an array of art and cultural opportunities.

Ask About Group Discounts

Many cruise companies offer incentives or discounts when booking a cruise. For instance, Royal Caribbean offers a cruise credit for every eight staterooms (with a minimum of 16 guests) that sail in your group. Celebrity Cruises features group discounts and points that can earn your group onboard amenities while still offering payment flexibility. Each person can pay individually or as a group. Your assigned Celebrity Group Planner handles the details.

Customize Your Group Cruise

Celebrity does a great job of helping you customize your group cruise by arranging private shore excursions, cocktail hours or other events just for your group. Most cruise companies will offer this service, just check with your cruise agent.


Depending on the size of the cabin and price range you choose, options range from staterooms to suites. Within each category, there are different options as well. For example, some suites offer amenities such as butler service, concierge services, and fully stocked mini bars. Most cruise lines make group bookings simple. Cruise lines such as Carnival and Celebrity allow guests to book multiple staterooms at the same time easy and ensures that cabins are close together.


Many ships will accommodate dinner arrangements based on the needs of your group. Whether you prefer to dine at the same time or in different groups, cruise specialists can assist you in setting up your preferences. Royal Caribbean lets you choose table allocations 50 days prior to sailing so your group leader can assign seats in advance.

Cruises are a great way to spend quality time with extended family. With the perfect amount of group time, individual time and even alone time along with a vast range of entertainment and dining options, there is perhaps no better vacation for family reunions or multigenerational travel.

Our Favorite Cruises for Nightlife

On your next cruise, you’ll want to keep busy with plenty of activities and fun. The fun doesn’t stop once you get back on the cruise ship after adventuring at shore. Most cruise ships have a variety of entertainment onboard to make the days and nights spent at sea enjoyable. If you’re looking to take a cruise, but want to make sure that you choose a cruise line with great nightlife to stay busy, check out our favorite cruises for nightlife. 

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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has something for everyone when it comes to entertainment. Each ship has its own unique performances and live entertainment offerings. If you’re feeling lucky and want some adventurous fun, head to the casino. Of course, the lounge areas onboard have a variety of drinks to enjoy. We suggest you head to the Lounge for live jazz performances or head to Horizons for dancing and cocktails. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

After a day exploring at port, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has you covered with evening entertainment. There’s a lot of variety in nightlife options. Constellation Theater hosts cabaret shows, theater performances, and other events. Several bars and lounges are available on each ship for drinks and dancing. For those who prefer a relaxing evening with a cigar and cognac in hand, be sure to spend some time at the Connoisseur Club.

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Celebrity Cruises

When you set sail with Celebrity Cruises, you’ll never run out of fun. For starters, their cruises have plenty of live entertainment — theater, comedy, magic shows, and live musical performances. Their ships also have many bars and lounges for you to hang out and enjoy a cocktail. For those who like to dance the night away, check out the on-ship nightclubs for DJ performances and dancing. They also have rooftop movies and casinos to keep you entertained.

MSC Cruises

Take a cruise with MSC Cruises, and you’ll enjoy many nightlife opportunities. Their known for their impressive live entertainment options including Cirque du Soleil at Sea. When you sail with MSC, a different live performance is available nightly. You can also enjoy the many lounges and bars on the ship as well as special events and activities. If you prefer gambling the night away, slots and table games can be found in the casino. 

All of these cruise lines offer fun well into the evening hours and beyond. Make your next cruise more memorable, and be sure to take part in nightlife experiences while sailing your way to your next destination.

The Best Afternoon Tea on a Cruise

Enjoying afternoon tea and pastries is the perfect way to relax on a lazy day at-sea. If you’re thinking of taking a cruise vacation soon, you should book with a company that offers afternoon tea service. Check out the best cruises for those who like to enjoy afternoon tea. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

You’re going to love afternoon tea with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Travelers can snack on a variety of teas, coffees, fruit, and pastries. Live music and entertainment is also provided during afternoon tea. You can take part in afternoon tea in the lounge areas of your ship.

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Princess Cruises

When you book with Princess Cruises, you’ll have the chance to have afternoon tea while onboard. Teas and coffees are available as well as a mix of finger sandwiches, cakes, and cookies. 

Silversea Cruises

Another cruise line that offers afternoon tea service is Silversea Cruises. One thing that sets this cruise line apart is their private tea service — afternoon tea service can be ordered directly to your suite for a more intimate afternoon relaxation experience. If you prefer to enjoy tea along with other passengers while listening to the pianist, head to the Panorama Lounge. 

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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises participates in the tradition of afternoon tea and serves it daily. Head to Horizons at 4 in the afternoon to enjoy this experience. Live music plays as guests enjoy a variety of teas, pastries, and finger foods. 

Crystal Cruises

Afternoon tea is available daily. There’s often a set theme in place for the event, making the experience even more fun. Prepare to have a menu with a variety of tea options. Pastries and other treats are also available. 


While traveling with Seabourn, travelers can enjoy the afternoon tea service. While The Club is a hot nightlife spot in the evenings, it has a relaxed afternoon vibe while afternoon tea is served. Teas, scones, and other goodies are available. 

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience a fantastic afternoon tea while at sea. Book your next cruise with one of the above cruise lines to take part in this experience. 

The Safest Cruise Destinations

We love that cruises are heading to exotic locales. But, we also understand some travelers may harbor hesitation when it comes to traveling certain destinations. If you want to cruise, but are erring on the side of caution, these are the safest cruise destinations around the globe. Remember always be aware of your surroundings, regardless of where you are traveling, and check government websites for the latest travel updates.

Pacific Northwest

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From Washington’s dramatic coastline to the lively metropolis of Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest offers some of the world’s most magnificent scenery and adventurous excursions. Whether you’re marveling at the natural beauty of the Puget Sound or getting a bird’s eye view of Vancouver via seaplane, the Pacific Northwest is all about nature’s beauty.

St. Bart’s

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The crème de la crème of the Caribbean when it comes to an upscale, island getaways, St. Bart’s draws an A-list crowd looking for a quiet reprieve. Celebs have been flocking to the destination for years. And, with for some of the world’s most pristine beaches and Rodeo Drive style shopping, it’s easy to see why.  The small, quaint feel makes St. Bart’s a hidden gem in the French West Indies.

New Zealand

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Ahhhh Auckland, New Zealand. Where the local greeting is ‘Kia Ora,’ meaning “Stay Well”. With its distinct beauty, spectacular wildlife, and gourmet goodness, New Zealand has so much to offer in addition to safety.

Turks & Caicos

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With little rain, perfect 80-degree year-round weather, and idyllic waters, the Turks & Caicos are one of our top picks for safe and fabulous cruise destinations. The British Overseas Territory of the Bahamas consists of an archipelago of more than 40 islands, including the famed Grace Bay Beach.


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Another tropical paradise and British Overseas Territory, Anguilla is a hot spot for celebs and luxury travel enthusiasts. Anguilla’s low crime rates consistently make it one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for adventure, family fun, a romantic escape or relaxing spa retreat, Anguilla has it all.


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From snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef to cuddling Koalas; from sampling botanical infused gin to tasting gastronomical delights, Australia offers a host of exciting options.


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Unlock the mysteries of the far north and uncover some of the earth’s most remote and peaceful locations. Beautiful fjords and acres upon acres of nature reserve, make Iceland a truly unique destination. To truly experience the magic of the north, consider a luxury expedition cruise on PONANT.


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Japan may not be the first destination to come to mind when planning a cruise. However, a cruise to the Far East offers a bounty of culture, ancient empires, and cosmopolitan cities. Visit volcanoes, Edo Period gardens and a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A world of amazing destinations await. Cruises offer a hands-off approach for those looking to travel to safe locations in a secure environment.

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