Is it safe to travel in Singapore during the coronavirus threat?
Most cruise companies, including Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, have set restrictions on anyone who’s been in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau within two weeks — the virus’s incubation period — of the scheduled cruise date.
Some itineraries have also been altered or ports of call canceled altogether. Use caution and take steps to safeguard yourself if you choose to travel to areas where the coronavirus is prevalent.
If nations like Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and even Australia are on your bucket list, cruises departing from Singapore are an efficient, enjoyable way to see as much as possible on your far east vacation.
Best cruises from Singapore
You could go east or west when departing from this celebrated city-state. Deciding on your ultimate destination can help you narrow down which cruises from Singapore will suit you best.
Best for cruises from Singapore to Australia: Silversea
Fewer people, smaller watercraft, more space to yourself. That's the philosophy behind Silversea luxury cruises that will launch you from Singapore to Semarang and Bali in Indonesia en route to Australian cities such as Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney.
If you book a suite, you can expect butler service and a private veranda. But all passengers can take advantage of the casino, spa and observation library at the ship's tip-top.
Best for Southeast Asia cruises from Singapore: Princess
Whether you're hoping to see a solar eclipse, ring in New Year's Eve or simply celebrate southeast Asia throughout the year on cruises from Singapore, Princess Cruises has enough itineraries to satisfy the most selective cruiser. See the sites at Boracay and Manila in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Teipei, Okinawa and Shanghai. Excursions range from snorkeling in the Andaman Sea to Thai culinary classes, lending special insight into this far-away region of the world.
Room service included
No free alcohol
No price matching
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
Best for cruises from Singapore to Thailand: Royal Caribbean
If it's crystalline waters and shimmering beaches you crave, you'll be satisfied on a cruise from Singapore to Thailand with Royal Caribbean.
Only have time for three or four nights? No problem. It also offers shorter trips that dock in Malaysia and Thailand — enough time to hike to the 147-foot tall marble Buddha above Nakkerd Hills and pet elephants at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket.
Room service included
No free alcohol
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
Best for luxury cruises from Singapore: Crystal Ocean Cruises
If you're looking for an intimate, escalated onboard experience, choose Crystal Cruises. Its finely curated itineraries weave up along the coast of Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India, docking at ports with ancient architecture to tantalize your imagination and sitting Buddha to inspire contemplation. Even though it's a luxury cruise line, prices are reasonable. In the evenings at sea, relax at the cabaret or indulge at the spa-above-waves.
Best for cruises to Dubai from Singapore: Seabourn
From a sophisticated South Asian city-state to the futuristic, glittering jewel of the Middle East, Seabourn will sail you from Singapore to Dubai on a breathtaking quest down through the Indian Ocean and up through the Arabian Sea. See the gems of Arabia and the haunts of the holy land along the way. Trace the trail of the Spice Islands, and on longer trips, end up in the Acropolis — all aboard one of Seabourn's award-winning liners.
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered onboard dining and weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
When is the best time to cruise from Singpore?
Situated close to the equator, Singapore has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather all year round. But most cruise lines offer the widest variety of routes in November through March — less sweltering months that tend to be a bit drier overall.
But watch out for Chinese New Year, which falls sometime between January 21 and February 20th, as prices tend to spike during this time due to the influx of tourists.
Getting to the port for your cruise from Singapore
Singapore has two main cruise ports — Singapore Cruise Centre for medium and small cruise ships, and Marina Bay Cruise Centre to accommodate mostly larger cruise ships. Both are located within five to 15 minutes’ driving distance of downtown, and easily accessible via taxi or public transportation.
If you’re coming from Singapore Changi Airport, a taxi to either port will take between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Cruises from Singapore are a wonderful way to see Malaysia, Thailand and beyond into Southeast Asia and Oceania. Before booking your fare, check for discounts to save money on your fare.
Frequently asked questions
Celebrity Cruises is the only cruise line that regularly offers cruises from Singapore to India.
Yes — if you can take a long weekend. While it’s rare to find two-day cruises from Singapore, three- and four-day cruises from Singapore are often available from Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises.
You’ll likely find the best rates a week or two before departure. So if you’re starting in the US, go ahead and book your airfare to Singapore in advance, and come up with a backup plan to stay busy in case the cruise falls through. Then, check sites like TripAdvisor, Expedia and CruiseDirect in the days before your ideal departure to nab last-minute cruise deals from Singapore.
The following cruise lines typically offer cruises from Singapore to Dubai:
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for a range of travel publications including Thomas Cook Magazine and Showpo. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping consumers stretch their travel cash while on holiday.
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