5* Asia Sapphire

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Enjoy a 10-night roundtrip cruise from Singapore on board 5* Sapphire Princess, visiting Thailand and Vietnam.

Last Few Cabins!

The cruise departs Singapore and sails to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia before heading to Vietnam to visit Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. The next port of call is the Thailand capital Bangkok (Laem Chabang) followed by Ko Samui before returning to Singapore.

Inclusions

  • Overnight flight from Dublin to Singapore
  • Transfers from airport to hotel
  • 1 night in a 4 star Singapore hotel, room only, before your cruise
  • Transfer from hotel to port
  • 10 nights onboard the 5* Sapphire Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Transfer from port to airport
  • Flight from Singapore to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Dublin to Singapore

On arrival in Singapore, following your overnight flight, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one night stay. In the morning you will be transferred to the port to board your cruise ship, the 5* Sapphire Princess.

Singapore – the very name summons visions of the mysterious East. The commercial center of Southeast Asia, this island city-state of four million people is a metropolis of modern high-rise buildings, Chinese shop-houses with red-tiled roofs, sturdy Victorian buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the fabled East India Company, the city is a melting pot of people and cultures. Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil are official languages. Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are the major faiths. Singapore is an ever-fascinating island boasting colorful traditions, luxurious hotels and some of the finest duty-free shopping in the world. Lying just 85 miles north of the Equator at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, the island was a haven for Malay pirates and Chinese and Arab traders.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu sprawls between the South China Sea and the towering ramparts of the Crocker Range. The capital of Malaysia’s Sabah State in Northern Borneo, the town dates from 1963 and occupies the site of Jesselton, the old British colonial capital. (Jesselton was razed during World War II.) More importantly, Kota Kinabalu is your gateway to the natural wonders of Northern Borneo. Offshore sit the five coral islands of Tunku Rahman National Park, a Mecca for hikers and divers. To the north is Mt. Kinabalu National Park, home to the highest mountain found between New Guinea and the Himalaya. On a clear day, one can stand on its summit and look across the South China Sea to the Philippines. The only remainder of the old colonial settlement is Atkinson Clock Tower, built in 1905 and named after the first British District Officer.

Day 5 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 6 Nha Trang, Vietnam

One of Vietnam’s most popular seaside resorts, Nha Trang offers white-sand beaches, azure waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Gaily painted fishing boats line the harbors. Small farm villages nestle in the countryside’s lush valleys. Yet this relaxed city of some 300,000 souls boasts a long and storied past. Nha Trang was the capital of the Champa Kingdom, which dominated this corner of Southeast Asia for 13 centuries. North of the city, the great Cham Tower complex overlooks the Cai River and offers mute testimony to the kingdom’s glory. Today, the towers attract locals and visitors alike, many of whom come to meditate while contemplating superb views of the river and the bay. Nha Trang’s tourist district consists of a scattering of colonial-era beachfront hotels and sidewalk cafes. The city was a popular spot for U.S. servicemen during the Vietnam War.

Day 7 Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

Over three decades have passed since the Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles fly down the boulevards at dizzying speeds. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you. The port of Phu My (pronounced “Foo Me”) is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau.

Day 8 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 9 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand

Laem Chabang is your gateway to Bangkok. This enchanting city on the Chao Phraya River is a magical place where graceful dancers perform in shimmering silk gowns, temples with gold-leaf spires harbor priceless Buddhas and riverboats cruise a maze of canals. The only nation in Southeast Asia to escape colonial rule, Thailand offers a rich and ancient culture that flowered unhindered by Western influence. Proud and strongly nationalistic, the Thai people call their nation Muang Thai – “Land of the Free.” Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, Bangkok is home to more than eight million people. The capital’s proper name is Krung Thep – the “City of Angels.”

Day 10 Ko Samui, Thailand

Thailand’s third largest island has been attracting international travelers for less than half a century. Before then, this island in the Gulf of Thailand was noted for its coconut plantations and rubber production. Today, Ko Samui’s premier charms are its powdery white beaches, its Buddhist temples or wats, and its crystalline waters. Despite the island’s increasing popularity, it retains a casual and unspoiled air that offers a bracing tonic to the experienced traveler. The majority of the island’s population resides in Nathorn, Ko Samui’s capital. The island’s first settlers were a mix of Hainanese coconut farmers and Malay fishermen. Nathorn is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tenders.

Day 11 At Sea

Cruising.

Accommodation

1 Night in a hotel in Singapore, room only. 10 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Star Sapphire Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line.

SAPPHIRE PRINCESS

As you set your sights on the wonders of the world, let Sapphire Princess indulge your every whim. Over 700 balconies, world-class gourmet dining and dazzling entertainment options are just the beginning of your sea-going adventure. Dance the night away, enjoy casino gaming or relax and rejuvenate body and mind at the Lotus Spa®.

  • Last Refurbished: February 2012

  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 1,100

  • Tonnage: 115,875

Extra Information

Booking Remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Full balance due if travelling within 16 weeks
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,759pp
  Number of nights: 11

Last few Cabins!

07 December 2018 €1,759 Inside Cabin
07 December 2019 €1,889 Obstructed View Oceanview Cabin

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