Bangkok, Capital City of Thailand – once called ‘Siam’. Many countries and cities around the world have changed their name (recently Swaziland changed their name to iSwatini), so what a great idea to have a show with music from artists that have changed their names. Who knows…is “Captain Nige” my real name???
For today’s Cruise Deal of the Week, we have a cruise that visit Bangkok…and its on a ship that changed its name!
Princess Cruises built two identical ships, originally titled the Sapphire and Diamond Princess, but due to a delay in construction of the Diamond Princess in Japan, and Princess Cruises desire for the first of the completed ships to be called the Diamond Princess, they swapped the names over. Diamond became Sapphire, Sapphire became Diamond!
Sapphire Princess is a jewel on the high seas – filled with innovative features and luxurious amenities. Swim in one of four sparkling pools, shop the boutiques or get a massage in the Lotus Spa. Dine casually on pizza and burgers or more elegantly in one of the many formal dining rooms and specialty restaurants.
On the 3rd January you will fly from Brisbane to Shanghai. On arrival, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel to enjoy 2 nights in this amazing city. As a bonus, you are staying less that 48 hours in China – so no visa needed for Australian Passport Holders.
Transferring to the Sapphire Princess, you will enjoy a wonderful 14 night cruise down the South China Sea. First up is Nagasaki – birthplace of the Sapphire Princess. Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II.
Back across the Sea of Japan and to the southern tip of South Korea, you arrive in Busan. Busan is Korea’s second largest city and the number one trading port. Shopping in this port city has also become quite popular. The summer months offer an array of festivals on almost every beach, while in the fall, the Jagalchi Fish market holds a cultural festival for foreign tourists.
A city of great contrasts, Hong Kong presents a vivid and vibrant feast for the senses. You will find mirrored skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls and colourful markets vying for your attention. Take a cruise in a Chinese junk for a unique insight into this city’s lifeblood – its bustling harbour. Head to Victoria Peak for unforgettable views of the city. Visit Aberdeen Fishing Village to learn more about one of Hong Kong’s thriving communities, its boat people. Admire elaborate temples and stroll serene Chinese-style gardens. Or simply indulge in some serious retail therapy!
The port of Phu My is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The port city of Vung Tau is a seaside beach resort located about two hours east of Ho Chi Minh City, with shopping, discos and a range of eateries. As the closest beach in the vicinity, Vung Tau is a daytrip from Ho Chi Minh City offering a retreat from the city heat.
The port of Laem Chabang is the gateway to the many exotic destinations in the Gulf of Siam including today’s feature destination – Bangkok. Visit ancient Buddhist temples and palaces, the colourful floating market, great shopping, fabulous cuisine and cultural shows. Don’t forget to visit the Royal Palace and the Golden Buddha.
After the madness of the big cities of Bangkok and Saigon you need to relax. Featuring beautiful beaches and endless activities, Koh Samui is the ultimate island paradise. A small island that can be circumnavigated in just a few hours by car or bike, it’s located just off the east coast of Thailand. A must-see destination for it’s natural beauty, local cuisine, and a taste of the traditional culture.
Finally you arrive in Singapore, where you wave farewell to Sapphire Princess and enjoy two nights in your downtown hotel. Singapore is a prosperous, ultra-modern city-state that stills holds many surprises, sporting diverse cultures, world class hotels, street eateries and duty free. Explore cultural enclaves like Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Visit such attractions as the Jurong Bird Park and Sentosa Island. Or Simply head to Orchard Road for world-class shopping.
Finally you fly back home to tell your friends about your amazing cruise holiday!
A wonderful 18 night fly, cruise and stay cruise holiday, and one that is at a fantastic package price right now. Unbelievably this holiday starts from an extremely low fare of just $4,199pp!
What are you waiting for – Call the crew at Travel Masters on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!