Arrive in Bangkok today. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and take time to explore your ship. Because we are berthed overnight in Laem Chabang, you will have much of the day tomorrow to explore the glittering Thai capital.
Experience the cultural splendor of Old Siam, beautifully set on the Chao Phraya River. Take your time to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Thailand during a typical lunch. Then take in the other sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia’s most colorful and cosmopolitan cities on a panoramic tour that includes a stop for an exterior view of the Wat Arun and Wat Benchamabophit temples. Admire the city’s many canals plied by traditional longboats and other small vessels. You will occasionally stop for photos as you enjoy the kaleidoscopic scenery.
As you cruise the Gulf of Thailand today, perhaps you will indulge in a morning cup of coffee on your veranda, while keeping watch for marine life, or unwind on the couch with your favorite book. Later, meet new friends for stories and drinks in the Wintergarden.
Sail the Java Sea today in waters that were traversed by merchant ships from the Dutch East India Company throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. As you cruise, you will have a chance to sample some cuisine of the islands such as rijsttafel, a rice dish adopted by the Dutch and still enjoyed throughout The Netherlands.
Take in the beautiful cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur, the lively capital of Malaysia. From your berth in Port Klang, you will journey to KL, as the locals call it, for a panoramic city tour with many photo opportunities. You will pass the National Museum, the huge bronze National Monument, and the National Mosque of Malaysia. Stop in scenic Merdeka Square (Independence Square), the most photographed spot in the city, and view the impressive Petronas Towers, resembling a pair of steel-clad docked rocket ships linked by a towering catwalk.
Arrive in Singapore today. This city-state is spread across 63 islands at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and was established in 1819 for the British East India Company by Sir Stamford Raffles, after whom Singapore’s famed hotel is named. Today, it is a diverse city of varied influences, as you can see during visits to the Colonial District, Little India, Arab Street and Chinatown.
Arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia’s bustling and colorful capital, for an overnight stay. The city has been important to trade since the 4th century, and served as the capital of the Dutch East Indies during its 150-year presence here. Discover its treasures during a city tour that takes you to the National Monument, Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum (dedicated to Javanese puppetry), Sarinah Thamrin Plaza and enormous Fatahillah Square.
Enjoy another day in Jakarta. Uncover more of its cultural landmarks on your own, perhaps pausing for a lunch of Betawi cuisine, rich in the food traditions of nearby nations. Or head up 1,000 feet to the town of Bogor to see its tea plantations and farms and explore its lush botanical gardens and safari park.
Call in Semarang today on the island of Java. Stop for photos of the Great Mosque of Central Java and visit the Sam Po Kong temple, a historic Chinese Muslim temple. Alternately, venture to Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may walk in the footsteps of the devout, tracing the clockwise path along its round base and climbing to its apex, where sweeping views of four volcanoes reward you.
Explore the capital of East Java, central to the Indonesian War of Independence. View the Heroes Monument, then enjoy a panoramic tour that reflects the city’s diversity, from its mosques and churches to its Arab and European districts. If you prefer, you can experience local culture during a flavorful tour through the Pasar Pabean traditional market—where fresh fish, vegetables, spices and incense are traded—and to some of the city’s authentic food spots.
Explore the deeply spiritual island of Bali, with its colorful markets and rich culture of arts, crafts and traditional dance. You will tour its bustling provincial capital of Denpasar, admiring the enormous Bajra Sandhi, the people’s monument that commemorates their struggle for independence; take in the colors, flavors and fragrances of the local market; and explore the Bali Museum and the sublime temple of Jagatnatha.
You have another day to experience the vibrant culture and magnificent landscapes of Bali. Continue uncovering the wonders of Denpasar, or opt to immerse yourself in the island’s spirituality and arts during an optional excursion. Alternately, see how the traditional Balinese once lived and witness the creativity of talented artisans during an arts and crafts tour.
Call on the port of Lembar on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Journey to the foot of Mt. Rinjani, the nation’s second tallest volcano, to the town of Senggigi. Here, you can spend the day relaxing on the island’s best beach, stretching several miles along a green and lush coast. This resort town is quite young, making your leisurely visit an uncrowded affair. Alternately, you can tour the island’s capital of Mataram, renowned for its pearl shops and excellent artisans. Or explore two of the island’s craft villages, where wood-carvers and potters keep rich traditions alive.
Anchor among the stunning vistas of Indonesia’s Komodo Island. You will go ashore to visit Komodo National Park and the Tamarind Woods, a magnificent menagerie of wildlife including the legendary Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. These patient hunters can grow up to ten feet long and weigh as much as 275 pounds. You might also see the island’s Timor deer, wild horses and boars and giant fruit bats. If you wish, don a snorkel and mask and explore the vibrant underwater world at Pink Beach, so called for the rose-hued coral washed ashore and crushed to a fine powder by crashing waves.
As you sail the Timor Sea today, you might enjoy some yoga on the Sports Deck and indulge in a soak in the Thermal Pool of The Spa. It is thought that the early inhabitants of Australia “island hopped” to the continent across these shallow waters. In more modern days, in the late 1980s, skilled sportsmen and -women raced 1,000 miles by junkung, or outrigger canoe, across the Timor from Bali, Indonesia to Darwin, Australia.
Arrive today in Darwin, Australia, the cultural hub of what is known as the “Top End” of the continent for its northernmost location. A panoramic city tour reveals the highlights of the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory state. You will pass Christ Church Cathedral, the seven-gabled Government House and the Old Admiralty House. A stop at the East Point lookout reveals the coastal beauty of the Top End. If you would like, you can set out along the Adelaide River to view the area’s famed jumping crocodiles.
Enjoy another day among the charms of Darwin. Perhaps you’ll visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, or MAGNT, to view an excellent collection of art and artifacts reflecting the region and its indigenous people. Or stop by the Lyons Cottage on the Esplanade, one of the city’s oldest buildings. Built in 1925, this restored stone house, also known as the British Australian Telegraph Residence Museum, provides a glimpse at life here in the early 20th century.
Sail the shallow tropical waters of the Arafura Sea. Millennia ago, the floor of these waters formed a land bridge linking Australia and New Guinea, making migration easy between the two land masses. As you cruise today, enjoy coffee or a drink in the Explorers’ Lounge or stroll the wraparound Promenade Deck.
Explore Thursday Island today, just off the northernmost tip of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula in the Torres Strait. This picturesque island is home to a thriving artistic community. It once hosted an international pearl-diving industry, with divers coming from Japan, Malaysia and India. You will have time to explore on your own today, and perhaps discover the history of the island’s defense during a visit to Green Hill Fort.
Sail the waters of the Coral Sea today, home to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. With crystal clear waters lapping at atolls and a vast diversity of marine life, this pristine body of water is a paradise for divers and pure pleasure to cruise.
Call on Cairns today, built on the shoulders of gold prospectors. Today, it is a major sugarcane and fishing port, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the major sights of Cairns on a city tour, featuring a stop at its historic Royal Australian Navy base, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Palm Cove, a quaint, beach-loving community. Or perhaps board a catamaran for an exciting sail to the magnificent reef, the largest continuous system of its kind on Earth, or join an excursion to the lush Daintree Rainforest.
Call in Townsville, the unofficial capital of North Queensland. A city tour introduces you to the beloved old architecture of this seldom visited coastal city. You will also see the Strand, pride of the locals, a long stretch of tropical beach lined with gardens. And visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland, featuring relics from the HMS Pandora, the sunken British warship. If you prefer, you can venture into the bush to pay a visit to the Nywaigi Aboriginal people at a cattle station.
This morning, anchor in Cid Harbor off Whitsunday Island, part of a magnificent archipelago of the same name off the Great Barrier Reef. This dazzling canvas of turquoise waters, emerald hills and pure-white shores is home to countless inviting beaches. Disembark today to wade in the soothing waters and relax on soft sands amid this paradisiacal setting. Or join a sailing expedition among the dazzling Whitsundays on a catamaran or Naiad vessel.
Trace Australia’s renowned Gold Coast, lined with resorts and picturesque beaches. As you cruise today, mingle with newfound friends in The Living Room, browse the Scandinavian-inspired artwork throughout your ship and attend a talk about your upcoming ports.
Call on the capital of Queensland, Australia, today, situated on the Brisbane River and spread over hills rising from Moreton Bay. This picturesque city is known for its Queenslander architecture, a distinct style characterized by terraces and raised living spaces. A panoramic tour introduces you to its main sights, with ample opportunity to step out and take photos. See the historic Parliament House and Brisbane City Hall. Pass the botanical gardens and famed Wheel of Brisbane. And view the Cathedral of St. Stephen.
Continue following the east coast of Australia today, often called the “Sunshine Coast.” Linger on the Sun Deck or on your veranda for vistas of azure and turquoise as you sail through some of the world’s most beautiful waters. Perhaps take a dip in the Infinity Pool or stroll the Promenade Deck. This evening, enjoy the jazz strains of live music at Torshavn.
Visit Newcastle today, situated at the mouth of the Hunter River. This modern city was built on coal and remains a major exporter today. You will enjoy a scenic coastal drive, passing the old Fort Scratchley, the Newcastle and Merewether ocean baths, several picturesque parks and beaches, Queens Wharf and more. Alternately, experience the viniculture of Hunter Valley, stopping to sample some recent vintages. Or follow the Newcastle Memorial Walk to honor the memory of those lost during World War I.
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