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Uncover the Enchanting Treasures of Singapore

19 Nov 2015 | by Myles Johnson


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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A Singapore Cruise with Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises are loved by passengers for their gracious Italian hospitality, and superb onboard features and facilities. They are an ideal cruise line to travel with on a cruise to Singapore, as guests can rest assured that they have a comfortable and welcoming home away from home to return to after a long day of exploring.

Taking pride in giving guests the chance to really get to know new places, Costa Cruises have a fantastic list of shore excursions to choose from throughout Singapore. As well as sightseeing in the day, it’s possible to experience the city by night to see a different side to things. Or, you can learn more about the local food on the gastronomic tour of Lau Pa Sat Market, before dining in the elegant, Corner House Restaurant. These are just two of a comprehensive list of excursions.

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As well as relying on Costa Cruises’ expertise during the day, after exploring guests can return to their ship knowing they are in for an evening of delicious food and a high standard of entertainment. Costa Cruises cater well for all kinds of passengers, offering traditional meals in the main dining room, casual buffet options, as well as speciality cuisine.

After dinner, the ships offer a range of venues to enable passengers to have their ideal evening. Whether this be simply sipping on a fine wine chatting with new friends, or sitting down to be entertained by an extravagant production show.

Take a look at cruises to Singapore with Costa Cruises and find your next big holiday!

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