Singapore Cruises

A relaxed way to see more of Southeast Asia 

If you’ve been considering a holiday to Southeast Asia but you’re not sure which of the fabulous destinations to choose, a Singapore cruise could be the answer. Not only are cruise holidays a stylish and comfortable way to travel, but they’re also a cost-effective way to visit multiple countries and without the stress of the airport. Singapore cruises come in many shapes and sizes – starting or finishing from Sydney, Brisbane or Perth you could take in countries like Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Malaysia along the way.  

As a starting or finishing destination you can’t beat Singapore. Clean, safe and wonderfully easy to navigate, you can relax as you immerse yourself in Singapore’s diverse culture, marvel at the modern architecture, enjoy some excellent shopping and sample delicious food. 

Here are our tips for planning your Singapore cruise, welcome aboard!  

See more of the world as you cruise your way to Singapore 

So, what are the options for Singapore cruises? A popular choice is to fly one way and cruise the other; either flying to Singapore and cruising home or starting with the cruise and flying back. Cruise lines including P&O, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Cunard and Celebrity Cruises depart from Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. It could be a novel way to see parts of Australia you’ve never visited. 

A 14-night cruise departing from Sydney, for example, could include stops in Cairns and Darwin before you head to Bali in Indonesia and on to Singapore. While a longer cruise – 20 to 25 nights – gives you the chance to stop in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Vietnam. 

Another option is to take a return flight to and from Singapore but include a short cruise while you’re there. With Malaysia so close by, you could easily enjoy a three-night cruise to Penang or go for four nights and also visit Phuket in Thailand


What to expect on your cruise 

Expect to relax from the moment you step foot onboard your ship! One of the main advantages of this type of holiday is not having to worry about getting yourself anywhere – well, other than to one of the many restaurants to enjoy delicious meals, or to the entertainment venues to have some fun while you sail! You can simply wake up each morning and enjoy a different view from a new port. 

Itineraries vary but typically you’ll spend a couple of days at sea before reaching a port where you’ll have the chance to go ashore and see the local sights. Days at sea are never dull and your schedule can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. Choose whether you want to spend your time relaxing by the pool, sipping on a coffee or a cocktail, visiting the spa for a rejuvenating massage, working out at the gym watching a show or a movie, or enjoying a romantic meal. 

 As well as your accommodation, cruise deals usually include main meals, entertainment and use of facilities like swimming pools and gyms but double check this with your operator. 

You can also expect to be well looked after on your trip. Cruise operators pride themselves on delivering a high level of personal service including a personal cabin steward who will not only ensure your cabin is spick and span but can help you out with making dinner reservations and more. 


Activities and shore excursions 

A good way to explore once you reach a new port is to join one of the organised activities and shore excursions. These could include cultural and sightseeing tours and adventure activities tailored to each destination. It’s a good idea to book in advance to avoid missing out on these popular tours.  

Once you reach Singapore, popular activities include shopping on Orchard Road, a visit to the Gardens by the Bay Botanic Garden, a stroll around Marina Bay to see such architectural marvels as the Marina Bay Sands hotel with its 1.2-hectare SkyPark, or to the beach on Sentosa Island. Be sure to head to Chinatown and Little India to treat your tastebuds and if you’re really loving the cruise lifestyle why not include a Singapore River cruise as a relaxing way to see the sights.  


Cruise ship in Singapore Harbour


Where do cruise ships leave Singapore from? 

The Singapore Cruise Centre is at 1 Maritime Square, HarbourFront centre, Singapore, just four kilometres or a seven-minute drive from the city. If you’re arriving from Changi airport, it’s a 20-minute drive.   


How to pack for a Singapore Cruise 

Singapore can be hot and humid for much of the year so loose-fitting clothing, sunglasses and a sunhat make life more comfortable. It’s a small place with lots to see and do so you might find yourself walking a lot; comfortable walking shoes are a must. A daypack will also come in handy for tour excursions and you can use it to carry essential items like sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray.  

Other items to pack for your cruise include: 

  • Swimming togs 
  • Seasickness medication 
  • Earplugs  
  • Binoculars
  • A fancy outfit or two – in case you’d like to join one of the onboard cocktail evenings! 

Check out our handy holiday packing list for more tips.  


Packing hat in suitcase

When to go on your Singapore cruise 

Singapore has consistently warm weather all year round so there’s never really a bad time to visit. February to April is the dry season so if you’re not a fan of the humidity, this would be the best time for you. August to November is the low season so planning a trip for this time of year gives you a better chance of avoiding the crowds.   

The Great Singapore Sale will either be something to embrace or avoid, depending on your personal take on retail therapy. Check the dates before you book as this annual event can be scheduled for anytime from June to September and lasts around four weeks. People come from all over the world to enjoy up to 70% discount on luxury items including designer clothes, jewellery, bags and electronics. If you’re embracing the experience, you might want to include an extra bag in your luggage! 

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