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Thailand, Andaman Islands & Malaysia - W312 MS Westerdam departing 3 Feb 2023

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MS Westerdam
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
3 Feb 2023
Duration
11 Nights
From / To
Singapore / Singapore
Ports of call
Singapore - Phuket - Phuket - Langakawi - Penang
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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 03/02/2023
Location Singapore
In
Out 18:00

City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore’s urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore’s food scene—which is arguably the world’s most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues—would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

Date 04/02/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 05/02/2023
Location Phuket
In 08:00
Out 20:00

Situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Gain an understanding of Phuket history at the Talang National Museum; marvel at the elaborate ornamental design of Wat Chalong, Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple; and of course spend time on one of the islands many incredible world-class beaches. Sample shore excursions: Sea Canoe Adventure; Phang Nga Bay.

Date 06/02/2023
Location Phuket
In 08:00
Out 20:00

Situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Gain an understanding of Phuket history at the Talang National Museum; marvel at the elaborate ornamental design of Wat Chalong, Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple; and of course spend time on one of the islands many incredible world-class beaches. Sample shore excursions: Sea Canoe Adventure; Phang Nga Bay.

Date 07/02/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 08/02/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 09/02/2023
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 10/02/2023
Location Langakawi
In 07:00
Out 16:00

While some 99 islands make up the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi, Pulau Langkawi, the largest island, is the destination where cruise ships call (at Porto Malai) and where ferries and flights arrive from Malaysia’s mainland, just 30 kilometers (19 miles)

Date 11/02/2023
Location Penang
In 07:00
Out 20:00

Malaysia is the very definition of multiethnic and multicultural: Its population is a mix of Chinese, Indians and ethnic Malays, and its art, food, culture and language are influenced by former Portuguese, Dutch and British colonizers. Nowhere is this more evident than in Penang, which was the British Empire’s first settlement in Southeast Asia—the beginning of more than 150 years of British rule, which ended in 1948.

Penang is divided by the Strait of Malacca into Penang Island and, on the Malay Peninsula, Seberang Perai. It’s easy to while away a day in George Town, the island’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting ornate historic houses, snapping pictures of its charming streets and breaking for spicy laksa (coconut-curry soup) and kopi peng (iced coffee with condensed milk).

Beyond George Town, Penang has a number of natural gems, including the idyllic Monkey Beach—with its white sand, clear waters and the occasional macaque—and Tropical Spice Garden, a must for anyone with an interest in South Asian cooking.

No matter where you go in Penang, you’ll find something delicious to eat, from the chicken wings at humble hawker centers to upmarket takes on Malaysian home cooking.

Date 12/02/2023
Location Malacca
In 07:00
Out 16:00

Malacca City (also spelled Melaka) is the capital of the coastal state of Malacca, in southwestern Malaysia. At its center, Jonker Street, Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, is known for antique shops and its night market. Nearby, the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple has ornate decorations and multiple prayer halls. A green, 3-tiered roof tops the 18th-century, Javanese-influenced Kampung Kling Mosque.

Date 13/02/2023
Location Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)
In 07:00
Out 21:00

As you travel from Port Kelang to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, 37 kilometers (23 miles) to the northeast, it can be hard to believe that the city with a skyline of soaring towers was a small mining town for much of the 19th century. That changed beginning in 1880, when the British moved the capital of Malaya here. Yap Ah Loy—a Chinese-born émigré who rose from miner to political titan—and British politician Frank Swettenham were crucial in turning KL (as it’s often called) into a true city. Their program of improvements, including establishing Kuala Lumpur’s first school and building a number of roads, continues to this day. For more than a century, Kuala Lumpur has been determined to become bigger and better.

For all its focus on the future, Kuala Lumpur has preserved some rich historic architecture, including the cheerful Art Deco Central Market, the Mughal-style Old Railway Station and the Tudor Revival Royal Selangor Club. These colonial-era buildings contrast nicely with newer structures, among them the gleaming Petronas Towers, whose design is based on motifs found in Islamic art, and the National Museum, inspired by Malay imperial palaces.

Eating is practically a national pastime in Malaysia, and KL has some of the country’s top restaurants. You shouldn’t leave without enjoying a meal of delicious Southeast Asian, Chinese or Peranakan (a Malay-Chinese fusion) dishes.

Date 14/02/2023
Location Singapore
In 07:00
Out

City-states are rare in the present day—and none are quite like Singapore. In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore’s urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses (a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above). Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups—mainly Malays, Chinese and Indians—and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore’s food scene—which is arguably the world’s most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues—would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

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