Singapore cruises

Among the world’s busiest ports and a primary access point to the prosperous city of Singapore, cruises to the Port of Singapore will introduce visitors to one of the most affluent destinations on the planet. The port is connected to over 600 other ports across 123 countries and six continents and is critical in the existence of Singapore, given that the country is lacking in both land and natural resources, thus relying on imports. Away from trade and economy, the port provides access to the culture, history and excitement of Singapore.

Singapore and its port

The first settlement known as Singapore was formed in the late 13th century on the banks of the Singapore River. This served as the only port at the southern end of the Strait of Malacca, thriving in its infancy before its role as an international trading port declined by the 15th century. Singapore’s main settlement and port were later destroyed in the early 17th century, with no significant settlement or functionality present here until Sir Stamford Raffles landed on the island in 1819.

Raffles established a new settlement and international port for Britain, keen to draw in traders from Asia and Europe. The Chinese began to set up trading houses on the river’s south bank and lower reaches, while the British resided on the upper reaches of the river. Singapore thrived and continued to do so when it ceased to be part of the British Empire in 1963, despite small setbacks in trade up until the 1990s, when the port once again became a key player.

Things to do in the City of Singapore

A remarkable combination of history, culture, modernised ideals and tropical climate contribute to Singapore’s diverse and prosperous character. Business is booming, with the towering skyscrapers and big brands residing in the Central Business District proving a powerful nod to this. This is the area most visitors should start exploring during their Port of Singapore cruise given that the river forms the central artery of Singapore.

Beyond the business are several intriguing attractions centred round where Raffles founded his colony. Do not miss Cavenagh Bridge, the city’s oldest bridge, constructed in 1869. Take a look at the grand Fullerton Hotel, once the General Post Office building. Along the front of the river are a number of traditional shop houses in which today restaurants and bars are located. You cannot leave Singapore without tasting its famous chilli crab or sipping on a Singapore sling, and this is the best area to do so.

Marina Bay continues the theme of flamboyance and fortune, crowned by the incredible architecture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. From here you will enjoy the best view of the Central Business District, further enhanced by a nightly fountain and light show along the river itself. Do not miss the Gardens by the Bay behind the hotel, especially if you fancy some serenity amid the busy city.

Chinatown and Little India bring another example of Singapore’s diversity to the table, home to wonderful authentic eateries and some stunning temples. In Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is the star of the show. While in Little India, a visit to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple will allow you to discover the district’s oldest and busiest temple.

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.

  • City Sights, Dinner & Rhapsody Show

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

    City Sights, Dinner & Rhapsody Show

    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 photograph 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.


    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 seven steps to negotiate to board the boat. The Rhapsody show lasts approximately 15 minutes.

    Tour code

    SIN_023

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Night Safari

    Enjoy an evening exploring Singapore’s Night Safari, the world’s first park devoted to nocturnal animals.

    Night Safari

    Discover what happens when the sun goes down and the stars fill the sky at this internationally acclaimed and award-winning safari park, noted for its innovation and size.

    The Night Safari is the world’s first wildlife park, purpose-built to be viewed at night. Set in 98 acres of dense forest, the Night Safari offers visitors the unique experience of observing wildlife in a tropical jungle at night. Through the use of subtle lighting techniques, you’ll be able to view the 1,000 nocturnal animals of 100 different species in vast natural habitats.

    Watch the Cape buffalo, African bongo, Blue sheep, Striped hyena, Golden jackal, the Greater one-horned rhinoceros and many other animals roaming freely through the lush grounds on a relaxing, open-air tram ride. Alternatively, you can choose to stroll along some of the many walking trails, designed for safety and set amid a lush tropical forest.

    On the completion of your evening, browse the well-stocked gift shop or purchase a snack, before returning to your ship.


    The excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately two hours of walking over mainly flat ground. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SIN_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    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 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.


    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.

    Tour code

    SIN_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ 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’ll commence a guided walking tour amidst the narrow streets containing picturesque ‘shophouses’ and restaurants. You’ll 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’ll 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. 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

  • 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 city centre.

    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.

    Board your ‘bumboat’ at Clarke Quay for the Singapore River Cruise, which will pass the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot on the island. 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.

    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.

    Lastly, 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

  • Gardens by the Bay with Afternoon Tea

    Visit one of the best indoor gardens in the world and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea on this small-group tour.

    Gardens by the Bay with Afternoon Tea

    The famous ‘Gardens by the Bay’ feature more than 500,000 plants and over 2,200 species.

    You’ll start your visit at the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, showcases plant life from tropical highlands. Ascend to the mountain top in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and the geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist conservatory.

    Next, enter the Flower Dome and you’ll be standing in awe of nature. Spectacular and innovative in design, it is one of the icons of Bay South Garden. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. Stop and smell the flowers in the colourful changing displays of the Flower Field, which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes.

    Round off your visit with a delicious afternoon tea served at the exquisite Super Tree by Indochine restaurant, situated 50 metres above ground, at the top of one of the iconic Super Trees. Sit back, relax and marvel at the 360-degree view of the entire Gardens of the bay and Singapore Central Business district.

    Enjoy some time for shopping in the gift shop, before the return journey to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of total walking involved on this tour over mainly flat ground.

    Tour code

    SIN_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Afternoon Tea and Shopping

    Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the stylish surroundings of the Intercontinental Hotel before some shopping time at Bugis Junction.

    Afternoon Tea and Shopping

    Embark on a charming journey with a drive into the city centre and Singapore’s colonial area before arriving at the Inter-continental Hotel Lobby Lounge where a beautiful heritage afternoon tea awaits you.

    Endowed with a love for creating pastries and desserts, Chef Ben Goh is passionate about sweets and afternoon tea. A story unfolds through each handmade piece, from the beauty of the creations that are slowly savoured on the palate. Indulge in a selection of finger sandwiches and sumptuous scones alongside seasonal highlights. Afternoon tea is a journey, the memory of which lingers long after you have had your last sip of tea.

    Afterwards, enjoy some free time for shopping at the nearby Bugis Junction – a shopping mall and office tower connected to the Intercontinental Hotel. Upon completion in 1995, Bugis Junction was the first glass covered shopping mall in Singapore linking 3 main streets – Bugis Street, Malay Street and Hylam Street. The development also incorporated 3 blocks of pre-war shophouses. Spend time shopping for local souvenirs, clothes and shoes before reboarding your coach for your return journey to the ship.

    This tor will operate by coach and on foot. The afternoon tea will be setup in the Lobby Lounge of the Hotel. The dress code is smart casual. Approximately 1 hour of free time will be given at Bugis Junction.

    Tour code

    SIN_028

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • 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. See the main battle sites of Singapore with stops at Changi Prison Chapel, 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.

    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.

    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.

    Tour code

    SIN_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ 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.

    Have a multi-sensory experience in Little India, a small and bustling area where you can see garland makers, Indian jewellers, sari shops and spice sellers, before continuing to a local restaurant for a sumptuous Chinese lunch.

    After luncheon, you’ll drive pass the old colonial area to admire the colonial style architecture 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

  • 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 a leading Hotel for a refreshing Singapore Sling cocktail.

    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

  • 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