Uncover the Enchanting Treasures of Singapore

19 Nov 2015 | by Christian Alvarez

FOCUS ON: SINGAPORE




Where colonial meets chic.


Wander through the tree-lined boulevards and pristine streets of Singapore, and you’ll be struck by a certain tranquility that feels a million miles away from other bustling Asian cities. Street names like Park Lane, King’s Road, and Oxford Street make you feel as if you could be in central London, but the fusion of Far Eastern charms that unravel throughout your stay will soon make you see otherwise.

You'll no doubt want to wander around the famed skyscrapers and shopping malls that line Singapore's streets. If it's retail therapy you're after then Orchard Road is certainly the place to head to, while culture vultures may want to check out establishments like the Singapore Art Museum or the National Museum of Singapore. Or, for relaxation, the man-made beach at Sentosa is easily a match for any of Asia's best natural beaches, and also holds the distinction of being the southernmost point of the mainland continent. 

 


Although physically small, this island nation comes with a big personality. Taking influences from the likes of China, India, Malaysia, and England, there is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and traditions waiting to be uncovered. Throughout the year, the calendar is filled with unique festivals and holidays, adding to the cultural appeal.

Raffles Hotel is a lasting reminder of Singapore’s colonial opulence. For over 125 years, this has been THE place to stay in Singapore, or to just drop by for a spot of afternoon tea. Sample a famous Singapore Sling under the whirring ceiling fans of The Long Bar, and let yourself drift away to a bygone era. As you’d expect, the architecture of the city displays a range of styles from various periods and places - from traditional Malay houses to cutting edge skyscrapers. Making the most distinctive mark on the skyline is the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel, where a ship sits atop three skyscrapers.




For all its high-end restaurants, Singapore is just as well-loved for its incredible street food, or 'hawker food' as it's known locally. The cuisine echoes the ethnic diversity of the country, with Chinese, Malay, and Indian influences. During a stay here, make sure you head to a hawker centre, and sample the cheap and tasty delights. 

And, love it or hate it, you can’t help but be impressed by the mega malls filled with designer boutiques and high street favourites. Singapore is utterly shopping obsessed. Orchard Road is the most remarkable shopping district of them all – a 2.2km shopping boulevard that will satisfy even the biggest shopaholic. 

With so much to offer, it should be no surprise that Singapore features heavily in our Far Eastern itineraries.


 


Keith Maynard's - Singapore Top Tips 


World Cruise Expert and Planet Cruise Weekly host Keith Maynard gives you the lowdown on everything Singapore. "This colourful city-state is an infusion of different styles, from tranquil Temples and soothing gardens, coupled with a very architecturally modern and vibrant city centre". Unforgettable adventures await, see all of our great cruises to Singapore and the Far East, you won't regret it!



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Cruise to Singapore with Celebrity Cruises

It’s important to consider the cruise line you travel with when planning a cruise to Singapore. As well as being a place to dine and rest at the end of days out exploring, your cruise ship will be your haven should you have any sea days, or if you simply fancy a day onboard to relax.

Celebrity Cruises is a great option for a cruise to Singapore, owing to their ships’ comfortable onboard atmosphere and wealth of fantastic facilities.






In addition to accommodation to suit all budgets, Celebrity Cruises offer cuisine to suit all tastes. Complimentary dining is varied and delicious, from simple cafes serving light bites and coffee and cake, to the impressive range of delectable flavours in the main restaurant. Or, for something a little more momentous, there are plenty of speciality dining options. Choose from traditional and contemporary cuisines from all over the world; Italian, French, Japanese, American, and more.

Celebrity Cruises are also commended for their stunning onboard spas – the renowned Canyon Ranch. Opting for a treatment from their extensive menu, paired with some time spent in the tranquil Persian Garden is the perfect way to relax. If you’ve had a few days ashore exploring busy markets, historical relics, or simply wandering around the streets of Singapore, a peaceful day spent onboard might be just the thing to help you rejuvenate and prepare for more adventures or another excursion.

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