Exclusive Worldwide Cruise Centres offer – three-week Sapphire Princess Asia cruise holiday from just A$3449
A wide-ranging Asian cruise exploration lasting three weeks at an extremely competitive price – that’s the promise of ‘Grand Asia with Sapphire Princess’, a cruise-holiday offering exclusively from Worldwide Cruise Centres (www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au).
The exclusive offer presents a 21-night fly-cruise-and-stay holiday using Princess Cruises’ magnificent Sapphire Princess and including a two-night stay in Singapore and two nights in Shanghai plus touring, from just A$3449 per person twin share.
Flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth to Singapore and return from Shanghai are included in the price. The Sapphire Princess cruise visits Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and China.
That A$3449 price for ‘Grand Asia with Sapphire Princess’ is for a twin inside cabin and it represents a price reduction of A$550 per person. Similar reductions have been applied to other cabin categories. On a per-person-twin-share basis, a twin outside cabin is now A$3699, a twin balcony is now A$4779 and a twin suite is now $4999.
Those prices are valid until 29 February 2016 unless sold out beforehand.
‘Grand Asia with Sapphire Princess’ starts with a flight to Singapore on 23 April 2016.
After arrival, two nights in a four-star Singapore Hotel give time to explore the city, one of the crossroads of the world. Maybe visit Marina Bay Sands and Lau Pa Sat Market or enjoy a seafood meal at Boat Quay.
Boarding Sapphire Princess introduces you to the ship that will be your home for the next 17 nights, on a voyage from Singapore to Shanghai. Days at sea alternate with visits ashore. Meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are included; so is most entertainment. Relax at the poolside bar under a huge glass-roofed conservatory. There’s a soaring atrium with boutiques, art gallery, library and intimate bars. The ship is 290 metres long and has 18 decks, three pools and five main dining rooms. Don’t miss the Movies Under the Stars poolside screen.
First port of call is Laem Chabang in Thailand for Bangkok, one of the world’s great shopping cities. Then Vietnam’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by the locals. Da Nang, resort gateway to the Vietnamese city of Hue follows, then Hong Kong. Hong Kong island boasts some of the most densely populated cityscapes in the world – yet Hong Kong also has 260-plus outlying islands, many almost uninhabited. Sapphire Princess overnights in Hong Kong, giving you two days to explore.
Into Taiwan now and the port city of Keelung, before sailing into Japanese waters to visit Nagasaki. Set on a large natural harbour, this striking and beautiful city is destined to be remembered by history for having suffered an Allied nuclear attack in August 1945.
Next, South Korea and Busan, that country’s second-biggest city, where modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples.
Finally, Sapphire Princess reaches your destination: Shanghai, one of the biggest and most evocative cities in China. You have two nights in a four-star hotel here, with breakfast both mornings and an amazing day tour that takes in sights ranging from the Yu Yuan Garden, a classic creation of the Ming Dynasty, to the Bund, Shanghai’s waterfront. Big American cars thronged this area in the wild days of the 1930s, when it was a foreign enclave known as “the Paris of the East, the New York of the West”.
See both sides of the Huangpu River and tour the Shanghai Museum of Ancient Chinese Art before lunch, then drive along the former French Concession and visit the Jade Buddha Temple with its priceless jade statues from Burma. The last stop, Xin Tian Di, is Shanghai’s stylish nightlife district, with boutiques, pubs and restaurants.
After touring superb Shanghai, time for shopping and strolling before jetting back home to Australia.
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