Take in some of the world's most exotic destinations on this fascinating Southeast Asia cruise. Beginning in vibrant Singapore, you sail away to visit Thailand's pulsating capital Bangkok before arriving at Cambodia. Next port of call is colourful Saigon in Vietnam before heading north to Hanoi drinking in the exquisite beauty of Ha Long Bay on the way. This wonderful cruise ends in Hong Kong and you have four days at sea when you can appreciate all that the Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Jade has to offer.
Before setting sail explore this compact, fascinating city-state that's truly global. A one time British trading post, its diverse past is reflected everywhere, from its old Chinese quarter and colourful Hindu temples to its modern skyscrapers and common language, English. Take a short cruise along the Singapore River or a pedicab ride through town, or enjoy the quiet at the National Orchid Garden. And if you are Interested in Asian medicine, a special medicinal restaurant can prescribe the perfect menu.
The first of your four full days at sea and a good time to get to know the Norwegian Jade and all that she has to offer. As the namesake of the company's Jewel Class cruise ships, you can bet she's got it all. As well as offering some of the largest suites at sea, there are staterooms to accommodate every style. When it comes to entertainment, this ship's filled with excitement . . . 16 dining options, 15 bars and nightclubs and that's just the beginning.
The first of two days spent seeing the highlights of Thailand's capital city when the Norwegian Jade docks at Laem Chabang, gateway to Bangkok. Here you will discover glorious golden temples and palaces, the royal barges and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade, which are must-sees for any visitor. There are so many things to see and do in Bangkok and a whole range of fascinating tours all of which can be booked on board.
Another full day to experience the sights and sounds of this pulsating capital city. Today you can visit the riverside Temple of Dawn, and the Royal Palace, a massive complex of carved and gilded buildings, which is familiar to many as the setting of the true story of Anna and the King of Siam - and is still used by the royal family today. Bangkok will heighten your senses and fuel memories for a lifetime whether you take an organised tour or explore on your own.
The Cambodian resort town of Sihanoukville sits on the lovely island-studded Bay of Thailand. Near to the city is the ecological gem Ream National Park, an 81-square-mile reserve that encompasses a variety of land and marine habitats including evergreen mountain forests, mangroves, reefs and freshwater wetlands. Here you may see dolphins, manatees or monkeys. Sun lovers will want to soak up the rays on tree-lined Serendipity Beach, with its fine sand and clear water.
Your second full day at sea and a great time to relax and enjoy all the entertainments on offer on the Norwegian Jade. Today you can bring your game face to the ship's outdoor Sports Complex for a fun game of basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. Take a spin with Flywheel Sports or a high-energy Zumba fitness class. Or seek inner peace from the top deck during your daily yoga routine and breathe in fresh ocean air. You are free to sweat it out however you like.
Today you discover the rich heritage of Saigon and the Mekong Delta. You won't forget a ride on a cycle rickshaw. Sit back as your driver whisks you past pagodas, colonial architecture and vibrant markets. A nice contrast to the city is the lush countryside of rice paddies and tiny villages along the Mekong. The freshness of the food is highlighted by the phenomenal fusion of local cuisine, a unique blend of Asian spices and French cooking styles. And there are lots of tours from which to choose seeing the sights in the city.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands, and it's where the Norwegian Jade drops anchor today. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hòn Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hòn Mun and Hòn T?m islands, reachable by boat, have coral reefs.....
Hue and Da Nang
A chance to explore Danang or charming Hue today when you dock at the port town of Chan May. The Cham Museum is filled with a rich collection of artifacts of the Cham culture. Da Nang is also a place known for authentic local cuisines. Vendors can be found in the market and along the Han river offering fresh seafood and Quang noodle dishes. Browse the shops for locally woven cotton cloth, lacquerware and intricate silk paintings on note cards or spend your time in delightful Hue, a city that stands on the Perfume River.
Hanoi and Halong Bay
Dotted with thousands of limestone islets, Halong Bay is a breathtaking World Heritage Site that calls out to be explored. Hop on a kayak or take a boat tour to get close to these jungle-capped karst wonders or explore the caves inside. If history draws you, head 60 miles west to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam for 1,000 years. Rich in native and French colonial influences in architecture, it has been called the Paris of Asia. The grounds of the Temple of Literature and ancient university are stunning.
The last of your full days at sea on the Norwegian Jade so make the very most of every minute. Relax on deck with a good book and soak up the sun, attend a lecture or take part in some of the sports or pamper yourself with a beauty treatment or massage in the state-of-the-art spa. Try a different dining option and enjoy a final night's superb show. And, finally, make sure you say farewell to all those new-found friends that have shared your southeast Asia cruise adventure
Your cruise ends today at this former British colony which brims with modern skyscrapers, ancient traditions and incredible food. A shopper's paradise, local shops and markets offer everything imaginable, from silk to jewellery and electronics. The highest point in the city, Victoria Peak, has sweeping views of this vibrant city. Hollywood Road's temple and antique shops are worth exploring, or take a junk cruise and experience the magnificent bay.
End of tour
Today after breakfast you say farewell to new found friends and the crew of the Norwegian Jade and possibly see some more of the sights in Hong Kong before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. You could also extend your holiday by spending a few days staying on and exploring more of this amazing destination visiting some of the islands and enjoying some more tours.