Immerse yourself in the mystery and romance of four countries in Southeast Asia…enjoy a shopping spree in Hong Kong, unwind on the idyllic beaches of Ko Samui, discover the vibrant beauty of Bangkok, mingle with merchants on the timeless streets of Vietnam, and explore the diversity of Singapore. This trip is perfect for the culturally curious. Your Asia cruise beckons…
Day 1 - Home – Singapore
Arrive at the airport and board your overnight flight to Singapore.
Day 2 - Arrive Singapore & Embarkation on the Majestic Princess
Arrive in Singapore and transfer to the pier for check-in on the Majestic Princess. Once on board and settled into our staterooms, we get together and have a welcome cocktail.
Day 3 - Singapore
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 4 - At Sea
Day at sea. Take advantage of all the Majestic Princess has to offer! Try your luck at the casino, enjoy some time at the spa, or mini-golf.
Day 5 - 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.
Day 6 - 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 7 - At Sea
Day at sea. Take advantage of all the Majestic Princess has to offer! View a movie under the stars, sing-a-song karaoke style or explore the freshwater pool.
Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - At Sea
Day at sea. Take advantage of all the Majestic Princess has to offer! Journey on the SeaWalk, shop the Shops of Princess or get competitive on the sports courts.
Day 11 - Hong Kong, China
We arrive in Hong Kong this morning and have the next 2 days to explore Asia’s world city.
Skyscrapers form a glistening forest of steel and glass, junks and sampans ply the busy harbor waters, and the green, dragon-crested hills of Kowloon beckon. Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world’s great travel destinations. Now a semi-autonomous region of China, Hong Kong - literally “Fragrant Harbor” - has lost none of its charm, excitement or exoticism. Modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels climb the slopes of Hong Kong Island. Narrow streets are crammed with noodle vendors, fortunetellers and bonesetters. The endless array of shops offer the visitor everything from hand-tailored suits and ancient porcelain to the latest consumer electronics. And everywhere more than seven million people are moving at a breathtaking pace in one of the world’s great monuments to capitalism, commerce and enterprise
Day 12 - Hong Kong & Disembarkation from the Majestic Princess - Home
This morning, we disembark after breakfast then transfer to the airport. The cruise may be over, but the memories of all the beautiful places we have visited will stay with you forever as we check-in and board our flight home.