About Malacca

This tiny Portuguese state is situated on the Straits of Malacca; bordering Negeri Sembilan to the north, Jehor to the south and 90 miles south-east of Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Take home your own slice of Malaccan / colonial history with a souvenir from the vibrant Portuguese Square or antique goods from Jonker Street.


Shore excursions in Malacca

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Introduction to Malacca

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

A wonderful opportunity to view some of the most interesting sights in Malacca.

A scenic drive takes you to the Melaka Straits Mosque. Pause to capture photos of the exterior of this floating mosque, which is built on stilts above the sea.

Your tour continues with a leisurely drive around Bukit Cina. (Chinese Hill).This hillside area was the official settlement of the entourage that arrived with the Chinese Princess Hang Li Po, who was sent to Malacca by the Ming Emperor to marry the Sultan, in order to seal relations between Malacca and China. The entourage stayed on the settlement until the Portuguese occupation in 1511.

Continue to Hang Tuah Village, a replica village dedicated to the legendary Malay warrior, Hang Tuah. Explore the different houses representing the 5 most renowned Malay warriors during the Malacca Sultanate and visit the Hang Tuah Museum.

Afterwards, you’ll stop at the Stadthuys, the former official residence of Dutch governors and their officers. The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest remaining Dutch building in Southeast Asia. You’ll also see the Queen Victoria Fountain, the Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower and Christ Church. Enjoy some free time here to take photos or perhaps purchase souvenirs.

Complete your tour with a photo stop at the 'Flora de La Mar', a replica of a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Malacca whilst en route to Portugal, carrying loot plundered from Malacca.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour. Passengers are advised to wear a hat and sunscreen.

Leisurely Malacca and Tea

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Become acquainted with the sights of Malacca on this leisurely option, including tea at the Puri Hotel.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a scenic drive introduces you to some of the main sights of Malacca.

Pause for photos at the Flora de la Mar, a replica of the Portuguese ship of the same name, which sank off the coast of Malacca in 1511, whilst on its way to Portugal.

As your scenic drive continues, you’ll pass by some of the city’s most historical buildings including the Baba Nyonya Museum. Your journey then takes you past the bustling Jonker Street and Chinese Hill, believed to hold one of the largest Chinese cemeteries outside China.

Stretch your legs during a stop at Dutch Square, where you’ll have the opportunity to capture photos of one of Malacca’s major landmarks, the Stadthuys. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit from one of the many souvenir stores.

Continue to the Puri Hotel, a former Peranakan House which has been carefully restored to create what is today a charming boutique hotel. Enjoy a refreshing of cup of tea or coffee accompanied by local Malay cakes and sandwiches.

Round off your tour with a ride on Menara Taming Sari, where from a height of 80 metres you’ll be treated to a wonderful, panoramic view of Malacca.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 25 minutes of walking on this tour, as well as 5 steps at the entrance to the Puri Hotel. This is the only access there is no separate wheelchair accessible entrance.

Malacca’s Heritage

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Become acquainted with Malacca’s glorious past, hidden behind the façades of some lovely centuries-old buildings.

The history of Malaysia is said to have begun in the city of Malacca, when it was a great seaport that the Portuguese, Dutch and British all took turns at ruling. Today Malacca is a treasure trove of history, culture and cuisine. At every step along the narrow, winding streets, there is a piece of history waiting to be discovered or an enchanting story to be told.

A brief drive takes you to Porta de Santiago, built by the Portuguese in 1511 as a fortress. It sustained severe structural damage during the Dutch invasion, and when the British took over Malacca they set out to destroy it. A timely intervention by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1808 preserved the remains you will see today.

From here a short walk takes you to Dutch Square where you can photograph the Stadthuys and enjoy a little free time for shopping.

Your next stop is at the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia.

Continue to the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum, here you’ll gain an insight into the culture originating from the inter-marriage of local brides with Chinese immigrants.

Round off your tour at Villa Sentosa, where tea and traditional cakes will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour as well as around 50 steps to negotiate at Villa Sentosa. Should you wish to visit the 1st floor of the Baba and Nyonya Museum, there are 15-20 steps to negotiate and shoes must be removed. The use of cameras and video cameras is not permitted inside the Baba Nyonya Museum.

Scenic Malacca and River Cruise

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

A wonderful option capturing the sights of Malacca by both land and river.

Your tour begins with a photo stop at one of Malacca’s most famous landmarks, Porta de Santiago. This 16th century fortress is said to be one of the few oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in the whole of Asia.

Afterwards, enjoy a photo stop at the Straits Mosque, which offers a wonderful view of Malacca’s bay, before continuing past Chinese Hill, the oldest ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community and the largest and oldest outside of China.

Disembark at Dutch Square where you’ll see the striking red Stadthuys, also known as the Red Square. Built in 1650 as the former official residence of the Dutch Governors, the Stadthuys are now a major city landmark. Take some free time to capture photos or perhaps indulge in a spot of souvenir shopping.

A highlight of your tour will be a 45 minute boat cruise along the Malacca River, which has played a key role in Malacca’s colourful history. Have your camera ready to capture photos from this different angle, as you relax on board.

Complete your tour with a ride on the Menara Taming Sari, where you’ll travel to a height of 80 metres to capture a spectacular panoramic view of the city.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, river boat and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of active walking on this tour, as well as 4 steps to access the boat. Audio commentary is provided during the boat cruise. As the boat is open to the elements, in the event of heavy rain the river boat ride will be replaced by a visit to the Malacca Sultanate Museum, and a refund of 10% will be applied to your onboard account. A soft drink refreshment will be provided during the tour. There are no toilet facilities onboard the boat.

Walking Tour and Rickshaw

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the sights of Malacca on a guided walking tour and take a ride on a rickshaw.

Your guided walking tour commences directly from the pier, and takes you first to Menara Taming Sari, the first and only revolving gyro tower in Malaysia. As you soar 80 metres to the top you’ll experience a breathtaking view of Malacca.

Afterwards, pause for photos at the replica Portuguese ship Flora de Lar Mar, before continuing on foot to the Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum, a modern reconstruction of the palace of the Malacca Sultanate, which showcases the history of the region. Afterwards, a stop will be made at the Portuguese Fortress; Porta De Santiago.

Your guide will then lead you up to St Paul’s Hill to view the ruins of St Paul's Church, before taking you to Dutch Square and the famous Stadthuys, to visit the History and Ethnography Museum.

You’ll have the opportunity to browse for souvenirs at Dutch Square and the bustling Jonker Street, before hopping aboard a rickshaw for a fun and colourful journey back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot and by rickshaw. There is approximately 1½ hours of active walking on this tour and steps to negotiate at most of the sites. Passengers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sun screen, and to carry a bottle of water. Your guide will accompany you inside the History and Ethnography Museum, however you will explore independently.

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