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About Singapore

Cruises to Singapore have much to offer. The city's glorious parks have earned it a reputation as the Garden City of the Far East but you will also be cruising into one of the world's busiest ports.

Once ashore, Singapore cruise guests can enjoy a stroll through the famous Tiger Balm Gardens with its statues of characters from Chinese legend peeping out from the trees. Ornithologists will love the Jurong Bird Park, with its elaborate aviaries, waterfalls and restaurants, while East Coast Park offers hiking and cycling tracks, a marine theme park and beach water sports.

This vibrant city is also heaven for shoppers, as you will discover on our Singapore cruises. Head for Orchard Road for bargains on international brands, or soak up some local atmosphere and sample foodie treats while you browse the craft and souvenir stalls of Chinatown, Little India and Mosque Street.

For fake designer bargains, haggle your way around Bugis Street market. But don't forget to leave time for a Singapore Sling amid the colonial splendours of the famous Raffles Hotel.

 

Shore excursions in Singapore

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.

Battlefields

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit some of World War II’s main historic sites to gain an insight into life in war-torn Singapore.

The hardship and brutality, which both Singapore and prisoners of war suffered during World War II, will never be forgotten. See the main battle sites of Singapore with stops at Labrador Park, Kranji War Memorial and the newly restored old Ford Motor Company factory – now known as the Former Ford Factory, the site of the British surrender to the Japanese.

At the Former Ford Factory, there is a permanent World War Two exhibition presented by the National Archives of Singapore at the historic Former Ford Factory. The exhibition presents the events and memories surrounding the British surrender, the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, and the legacies of the war.

The Kranji War Memorial includes the graves of thousands of Allied troops. The walls are inscribed with the names of those who died in the region during World War II and a register is available for inspection.

Continue to Labrador Park, a nature reserve on the southern edge of Singapore that has a very rich history. The extensive complex of concrete bunkers and tunnels was started by the British as early of 1864 and was completed in 1878 with its primary objective to defend Singapore’s waters. Nowadays, it houses the remains of Fort Pasir Panjang, which saw action during World War II when the Fort’s guns were used to try and surpress the Japanese army once they were in Singapore.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a 10 minute uphill walk to the War Memorial and approximately 15 steps to reach the upper level. The terrain is mostly paved with some uneven ground in places. There is lots of walking at Labrador Park and so guests must be physically feet and able.

Breakfast in the Wild

Activity highMeal includedFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy breakfast with the Orang-utans before meeting the diverse range of animals housed in the beautiful parkland of Singapore Zoo.

Set in a lush rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo offers the opportunity to experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. Home to over 2,500 specimens from 316 species, 36% of which are threatened, the Zoo has attained a strong reputation internationally for its conservation initiatives and breeding programmes. The animals include the beautiful rare white tigers, lions, zebra, giraffe, leopards, white rhino, baboons, crocodiles and the Komodo dragon.

On arrival at the Zoo, you’ll be taken to the unusual setting of the Wild Restaurant. As you enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast you can watch the magnificent Orang-utans as they interact with each other. If you wish you can even have your photo taken with them.

After breakfast, you have around 2 hours to explore this fascinating parkland. The Zoo is a model of the ‘open zoo’ concept so the animals are not caged but instead roam free in spacious, landscaped enclosures which emulate their natural habitat. The animals are separated from visitors by moats concealed by vegetation or, in the case of dangerous animals, glass panes which allow you to get in close proximity without the risk.

There is so much to see and do including animal feedings and animal shows.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, tram and on foot. Please check on arrival at the Zoo for details of the animal shows and feeding times. The tour is unguided therefore walking is at passengers’ own discretion. The terrain is mostly flat and there is a tram which runs continuously around the Zoo. Around 90% of the Zoo is wheelchair accessible. Comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, bottled water and sunscreen are recommended.

City Sights, Dinner and Rhapsody Show

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

Take a river boat ride along Singapore River followed by a delicious Chinese dinner and a spectacular audiovisual show at ‘Gardens of the Bay’.

Set off from the port for a leisurely drive through Singapore. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with an orientation of this beautiful city as you pass through the city centre, Arab Street, Little India and the Colonial area.

Enjoy some free time to explore Chinatown before heading to Merlion Park for a photo stop and to board your ‘bumboat’ for the Singapore River cruise. As you glide along the river, keep an eye out for the magnificent colonial buildings, the century old ‘shop houses’ and the modern skyscrapers that dominate the skyline.

Disembark the boat at Clarke Quay then proceed on a short walk to a nearby Chinese restaurant for a splendid Chinese dinner. Enjoy some local Chinese dishes accompanied by Chinese tea.

Next, visit the award-winning ‘Gardens by the Bay’, one of the best indoor gardens in the world. Here, you’ll visit either the Flower Dome or the Cloud Forest before making your way to the open space for the Rhapsody Show, the garden’s signature light and sound show.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking involved on this tour. There is a short walk and approximately 7 steps to negotiate to board the boat. The Rhapsody show lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Cruise, Skypark & Gardens

Activity medium

Duration: 5½ hours

Experience Singapore from the sky, street and river and visit the magical Gardens By the Bay.

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Little India, Singapore’s foremost Indian enclave and then onto Arab Street, a repository of culture for Singapore's Muslim community. Drive past the colonial area before arriving at Chinatown to experience the rich Chinese culture of Singapore.

Take a Riverboat ride from Clarke Quay, to see the iconic Merlion Park and Merlion Fountain, a welcoming symbol to visitors. You’ll also see the Fullerton Hotel, the former General Post Office built in 1928, as well as some old shop houses. All of these establishments played important economic roles in ensuring that Singapore remained the trade hub of Southeast Asia at the time.

Next, you’ll head to Marina Bay Sands observation deck, for a dazzling sky-high experience. Situated 650 feet above sea level, it offers the very best view of the city’s iconic skyline as well as spectacular 360-degree vistas.

Continue your tour with a visit to one of the conservatries in the award-winning Gardens by the Bay—a 250-acre park that is home to more than 250,000 rare plants housed in giant domed conservatories. Step into the Flower Dome and marvel at the abundance of Mediterranean flora or visit the mysterious mist-filled Cloud Forest.

Your final stop will be the Marina Barrage, built across the mouth of Marina Channel creating Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, foot and river boat. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour. Either the Flower Dome or the Cloud Forest will be visited at Gardens By the Bay.

High Tea at Raffles

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy a delicious high tea in the stylish surroundings of the Tiffin Room located in the world famous Raffles Hotel.

Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore's most graceful landmarks. This luxury Singapore hotel celebrates a tradition of unwavering service excellence spanning more than 120 years and has welcomed celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Queen Sophia of Spain and Joseph Conrad. The Hotel’s colonial-styled architecture and lush tropical gardens exude an atmosphere of timeless elegance.

Upon arrival, you’ll be given a tour of the Hotel including the shopping arcade before being taken to the famous Tiffin Room for a delicious high tea. The Tiffin Room’s décor and ambience reflects the Hotel’s glory days from the turn of the century to the 1930s. Admire your lavish surroundings as you enjoy your tea in one of the world’s most famous hotels.

On the return journey, a stop will be made at the waterfront to photograph Raffles landing site. The site is thought to be where the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, landed in 1819 and is marked by a grand white statue.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The high tea is set up buffet style in the Tiffin Room. The dress code is smart casual. Shorts, t-shirts and sandals are not permitted. The order of highlights may vary.

 

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