Singapore - Far East Cruises

Explore multi-cultural Singapore at the gold-domed Sultan Mosque, the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple with its vivid images of Hindu God Vishnu and the calm, lotus-filled lakes of the Chinese garden. A certain Britishness lingers too, so stop by Singapore Polo Club and Raffles Hotel for a tall glass of the pink stuff - a signature Singapore Sling.

Overnight stay

Our 2016 World Voyage itineraries will include an overnight stay in this iconic city offering you the chance to experience authentic after-hours shows and attractions in your destination.

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Excursions

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

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

    Battlefields

    The hardship and brutality, which both Singapore and prisoners of war suffered during World War II, will never be forgotten. Your drive will take you around the main battle sites of Singapore with stops at Changi Prison Chapel, Kranji War Memorial and the Old Ford Factory War Museum.

    A visit to the Changi Prison Chapel and Museum is a moving experience. During World War II, the Japanese used Changi Prison as a prisoner of war camp, holding more than 85,000 British and Australian prisoners of war in brutal captivity. The Chapel is a replica of the one built by prisoners. The Museum displays sketches and watercolours, a pair of rail spikes from the notorious Thai-Burma railway where thousands perished during its forced construction, and a quilt made by women inmates. The quilt was embroidered with the women's names and served as a signal to their male co-prisoners that they were still alive.

    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.

    Tucked into the hillside near Bukit Timah Hill is the Old Ford Factory War Museum. It was the site of the historic surrender of the British to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, at the end of the Battle of Singapore in World War II. Many battles were fought around the areas of the Ford Factory and it was subsequently taken over by the Japanese Imperial Army and used as its military headquarters.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a ten 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. Your guide will distribute historical maps to accompany the commentary.

    Tour code

    SIN_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • High Tea at Raffles

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

    High Tea at Raffles

    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 1930's. 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.


    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.

    Tour code

    SIN_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Scenic Singapore

    Discover the captivating city of Singapore by coach, boat and observatory wheel.

    Scenic Singapore

    Drive around some of the main sights of Singapore as you travel through the city centre into the Civic District, passing by the Supreme Court, City Hall and Raffles Hotel.

    On arrival at the Singapore Flyer, the world’s tallest observatory wheel, you’ll board your scenic capsule for a visual 360˚ panorama of iconic and historical landmarks such as Singapore River, Raffles Place, Merlion Park, and Empress Place as well as the nearby Indonesian Riau islands and Johor Malaysia.

    Rejoining your coach, you’ll pass through the bustling area of Chinatown, where you’ll see the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore, and Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple - built by the first Indians that settled in Singapore in the 1820’s.

    Arrive at Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot on the island, you’ll board your ‘bumboat’ for the Singapore River Cruise. As you glide along the river, you’ll see the magnificent colonial government buildings that reflect Singapore's colonial heritage, century-old ‘shophouses’ restored to their original grandeur, decorated old bridges of diverse designs and the modern skyscrapers which dominate the skyline.

    Disembarking at Clarke Quay, you’ll drive along Orchard Road, the famous shopping street of Singapore, before returning to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot This excursion involves minimal walking. The Singapore Flyer is constantly moving at a slow pace and is boarded whilst in motion.

    Tour code

    SIN_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Singapore Heritage

    Discover the eclectic mix of heritage that has contributed to Singapore’s diverse culture.

    Singapore Heritage

    Join your knowledgeable heritage guide for a journey of interesting sights, fascinating history and ornate architecture in the three main districts of Singapore: Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

    In Chinatown, you’ll visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre where the colourful past of Chinatown comes alive within the walls of three beautifully restored shophouses. The Centre traces the lives and times of early Chinese migrants and provides an insight into their early living conditions.

    Kampong Glam is a historical Arab-Malay district in Singapore, featuring an array of traditional stores, restaurants and Malay heritage sites. In the heart of this enclave sits the grand Sultan Mosque with its massive golden dome. Take a look inside the huge prayer hall and discover why the Mosque is one of Singapore's most impressive religious buildings,

    Little India is a small and bustling community where you can watch the locals going about their business such as garland makers, Indian jewellers, sari shops and spice sellers.

    A sumptuous Chinese luncheon will be served in a city centre restaurant. After luncheon, you will visit the famous Raffles Hotel to admire its colonial style architecture and shopping arcade,before stopping at Merlion Park to photograph the symbol of modern Singapore – The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion icon created to welcome visitors to the city.

    Finally, you’ll visit the National Orchid Gardens where you’ll discover the world’s largest collection of beautiful orchids, including Singapore’s National flower, the ‘Vanda Miss Joachim’


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are narrow and steep staircases in the Chinatown Heritage Centre. The terrain is mostly paved however there are some uneven and cobbled surfaces in places.

    Tour code

    SIN_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Highlights of Singapore

    Visit the main sights of Singapore and discover the cultural influences which have contributed to this vibrant city.

    Highlights of Singapore

    Embark on a drive along Orchard Road, the heart of Singapore's shopping and entertainment district, through the colonial area and the Civic District to view the Supreme Court, the old Cricket Club and the Anglican Church of St Andrews. There will be a stop at the Sri Mariamann Temple to admire the city's oldest Hindu temple, dedicated to a manifestation of the Great Goddess, worshipped for health and prosperity.

    Further on, in the cultural area of Chinatown, you will commence a guided walking tour amidst the narrow streets containing picturesque ‘shophouses’ and restaurants. You will see the tradition of temple carvers, herbalist and calligraphers enabling you to get a real feel for life as it was in the early 20th century.

    After your Chinatown visit, you will stop at Merlion Park, to photograph Singapore's iconic Merlion statue, before visiting the scenic Botanical Gardens.

    The National Orchid Gardens, located within Singapore Botanical Gardens, are part of 183 acres of parkland containing lakes, waterfalls, a rainforest and a wealth of tropical plants and trees. These beautiful gardens are an area of tranquillity away from busy city life. Take some time to admire the many different colours and varieties of orchids as you wander around the peaceful gardens or just relax in the café and watch the world go by.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Shoulders and knees must be covered and shoes removed before entering the Sri Mariamann Temple. There is a fee of S$3 for photography and S$6 for video filming inside the Temple. 20 Singapore cents may be required to use the public toilets in some places. The guided walk around Chinatown will take approximately 30 minutes over some uneven surfaces. There will be around 45 minutes spent at the Orchid Garden. There are a few steps at the Botanical Gardens. Please carry local currency (Singapore Dollars) for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    SIN_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Breakfast in the Wild

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

    Breakfast in the Wild

    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, polar bears, 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 photograph taken with them.

    After breakfast, you have around two 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, animal shows and watching the elephants bathing.


    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.

    Tour code

    SIN_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Singapore Sling & Sights

    Soak up the atmosphere of the street market, enjoy a trishaw ride and sample a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar of Raffles Hotel.

    Singapore Sling & Sights

    Begin your journey with a visit to 'Pasar Malam', otherwise known as the Bugis Street Market. Here the atmosphere is filled with the aromas of durian fruit and incense wafting from the various Buddhist shrines. Once a notorious haunt for sailors on leave from their ships, Bugis still retains its charm with a real south east Asian style of market place. Rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike as you browse through the countless stalls with bargains everywhere.

    Following your bargain hunt, climb aboard your one-man trishaw, (a three wheel cycle) for an unforgettable ride through Little India. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of the area, where little shops conduct their business.

    After your trishaw ride, you’ll visit the Long Bar located in the world famous Raffles Hotel for a refreshing Singapore Sling cocktail. Enjoy the earthy décor of this two storey bar which is where the legendary Singapore Sling was first created in the early 1900’s.

    Finally, drive past the beautiful sights of the Central Business District and take in the spectacular skyline of the city through Benjamin Sheare’s bridge.


    This excursion will operate by coach and trishaw. There will be no commentary during the trishaw ride. There may be a short wait to board your trishaw. Approximately 20 minutes is spent at the street market. Spaces are limited, therefore early booking is highly recommended.

    Tour code

    SIN_014

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

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