From historic temples and shrines to futuristic skyscrapers and bustling cities, you can experience both ancient tradition and modern sights on a cruise to the Far East and the Indian Ocean. As you cruise between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, Asia and the Orient will unfold before your eyes, bringing memories that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Far East and Indian Ocean cruises guarantee a treat for the eye, as the colours are bold and vivid, with reds and gold’s adorning many buildings and structures, symbolising good luck and fortune in Asian culture. Elsewhere you can stroll along the historic Great Wall of China in Beijing, look out for Geishas in traditional dress and marvel at the neon signs that light up the streets of Japan’s Shinjuku.
There’s a true blend of laid-back luxury and fast-paced action in Asia that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world. Immersing yourself into this unique and fascinating culture and way of life is an experience like no other.
For beach lovers, and those who enjoy opulence and luxury, the tranquil and serene sands of the Maldives and Seychelles await your arrival. In the Seychelles, make the effort to visit the secluded and isolated Anse Major beach - it’s like something from a postcard! With a thick covering of white sand and a deep blue lagoon ideal for swimming, it’s one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand.
However, if you like activities that really get the adrenaline pumping, the Maldives has some spectacular diving sites. Manta Rays, White Tipped Sharks, and Yellowfin Tuna are just some of the bright, vibrant, and colourful sea life you can swim amongst in the Indian Ocean.
Prefer the big city life? Great! Asia not only offers some of the most unusual and advanced cities in the world, but also have some of the fastest growing economies. Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur are all rapidly growing as tourist destinations, providing a stark contrast to the traditional and historic rural areas that have become synonymous with the Far East. However, if there’s one city that trumps them all, it’s Tokyo. Both weird and wonderful, Tokyo is a must-see destination.
Wander around the department stores of Akihabara, gazing with wide eyes and gaping mouth at the out-of-this-world technology on offer, admire the skyscrapers, complete with their somewhat imposing neon lights, and pop into a curry house to sample bizarre yet tasty combinations.
Of course, the Far East is very much known for its emphasis on belief and religion, and a cruise to Asia and the Indian Ocean allows you to take in the extraordinary views of the ornate temples and shrines that adorn the continent. What you’ll discover is that temples and shrines come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from dramatic palatial structures to tiny, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shrines. However, something that they all have in common is that they’re simply stunning. The temples and shrines are also remarkably interesting, and just visiting one, is a great way to learn more about the history of the Far East.
Fly cruises are a popular way to experience a Far East and Indian Ocean cruise, while those with more time may wish to book a world cruise which will sail the region before or after crossing the Pacific. Whatever time of year you choose to take the trip, you’ll find beautiful weather. With many areas experiencing a tropical climate, even the winters are glorious, and it’s a great way to escape the harsh conditions of a typical British winter. As an example, the Seychelles, brings temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius all year round!
Remember to take your camera; you’re going to need it!