The bucket list destination that doubles as the cruise gateway to Southeast Asia
Singapore is the homeport for numerous cruise lines and, with so much to see and do, it is the perfect place to spend a few days before or after a cruise
A melting pot of cultures, Singapore is where wildlife and futuristic architecture co-exist; a city of historic sites, Michelin-starred hawker food, iconic hotels and lush parks. A British trading post in the 19th century, today it is one of the world’s most important cruise ports and the gateway to Southeast Asia – a region of unparalleled experiences. Here’s why it should be the top of your clients’ bucket list, whether they are looking for culture, adventure or relaxation.
What to see and do
Singapore, a city state in Southeast Asia, packs a lot of punch into its 724 sq km. From Raffles, the iconic hotel where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, which re-opened following a multi-million pound refurbishment last year, to a series of immersive Passion Tours that cover everything from kayak fishing to food walks, there is something for everyone. Head to Mount Faber, a hilltop park with spectacular views via the HarbourFront cable car; explore the incredible Gardens by the Bay, 250 acres where more than one million plants grow; or ride the white-knuckle Skyline Luge in Sentosa. With its distinct cultural precincts – from Little India to Kampong Glam – Singapore is an incredible destination for foodies. For an authentic experience, head to the Chinatown Complex food centre, home to Michelin-starred street hawker Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle.
Singapore is home to two cruise ports. Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCCS), which can accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships, is located centrally and about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, a major hub. Singapore Cruise Centre, the country’s original terminal, handles around 1.4m cruise passengers annually and is close to the city centre and Sentosa Island, where you will find hotels, restaurants, beaches and parks, including Universal Studios Singapore and Mega Adventure. The terminal is also 20 minutes from the airport.
Cruise and stay
From epic ex-UK sailings to world cruises and Asian mini-breaks, Singapore is the cruise capital of Asia and with dozens of lines home porting there, making it the perfect place to spend a few days before or after your cruise. For more information on destination attractions and itineraries, see visitsingapore.com.
Singapore Tourism Board can support cruise agents in developing and marketing cruise packages with a minimum stay period in Singapore before or after the cruise sailing, via the Cruise Development Fund.
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