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All Things SINGAPORE – 28th July

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Gardens by the Bay

Singapore is much more than just another Asian city of numerous attractions.  Singapore is constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself.  It’s where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet, and new experiences are created every day.  You can visit Singapore every few months, yet every time it has something new and exciting to offer.

For this weeks Cruise Deal we include Singapore as the embarkation port, giving you two full days to explore this island nation and immerse yourself in everything Singapore has to offer.

Flying from Brisbane to Singapore on the 5th March, make your way to your downtown hotel for a 2 night stay.  Plenty of time to visit the new Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay, have fun on Sentosa Island, dine at one of the many Hawker Centres or to ‘shop till you drop’ at any of the numerous malls.

Then, its all aboard – your Holland America cruise awaits.

Maasdam is the fifth Holland America Line ship to be named for the Netherland’s Maas River, Maasdam pays homage to the past, while embracing modern amenities. During your cruise you can hone your skills with on board cooking shows and hands-on workshops from America’s Test Kitchen, or explore the world with the BBC Earth Experiences. You could choose to relax with a refreshing spa treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon or dine at your choice of specialty restaurants.  And with only 1,250 passengers on board, you wont be queuing!

After sailing from Singapore and enjoying your first day at sea you will arrive at Bintulu, Sarawak on the island of Borneo in Malaysia.  Visit local villages such as Kampung Jepak, where locals still stick to traditional fisherman life, or learn about the nearby Tue Pek Kong Temple, that dates back to 1890.

Kota Kinabalu welcomes you next, giving you the chance to visit the Mari Mari Cultural Village, or Lok Kawi National Park, home to an amazing array of wildlife including the illusive Orangutans.

7107 islands make up the Philippines, and yours to explore for the day is Palawan and the port of Puerto Princesa.  There is one must-see attraction that has to be on your list, and this one has been included in the new ‘7 Wonders of the Natural World” – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River…the longest underground river in the world!

Entrance to the Underground River

After two days relaxing on board the Maasdam at sea you call into Ujung Pandang in Sulawasi, Indonesia, home to the pretty Bantimurung Waterfall.  Ujung Pandang is also known as Makassar, and is the largest city in Sulawesi—an exotic orchid-shaped island to the east in the Indonesian archipelago. Despite having a population of over 1.5 million, Indonesia’s fifth-largest city has a certain mellow feel to it, especially closer to Ujung Pandang’s waterfront.

The tiny nation of East Timor only gained independence in 2002, and is today still a region with strong Portuguese culture, mixed with an Austronesian flavour.  During your visit you can learn about the struggle for independance from Indonesia, Portugal and even Japan.

Familiar surroundings greet you in Cairns – and the popular attractions await those that have never visited them, so off you go to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Railway or just to relax at the Esplanade.

Despite arriving in Australia, the Maasdam turns back north and its the pristine waters of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea for the 3 fascinating ports.  First up is the historic town of Alotau – the home of the Australian War Memorial commemorating the Battle of Milne Bay.  The Culture Centre is a great attraction to see the colours, music and dancing of the indiginous Papuans.

No shore excursions are available on the island of Kitava, this is place for the locals to offer an insight into true village life.  Walk around observing life as it has been for hundreds of years on this very pretty island.

Your final port of call in PNG is the significantly titled Conflict Island.  Part of the Panawal Group, this privately owned island was the scene for and named after the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Now, completely at peace, the island offers many activities and opportunities to relax on the beach, enjoy snorkeling or kayaking or a gentle stroll around this tiny island.

Conflict Island, Papua New Guinea

2 days at sea to chat to your fellow passengers about this amazing cruise, and you arrive into Brisbane to wave a fond farewell to the Maasdam.

This is a truely unique holiday, and comes complete with flights from Brisbane, 2 nights in Singapore and the 21 nights onboard Maasdam – and a truly amazing package price to go with it.  Just $4,395 per person!!!

Higher grades of cabin are available, along with other options and extensions in Singapore, so give the guys at Travel Masters a a call on 1800 672 988 to GRAB THAT CABIN!!!