Step aboard the new 5-star Ocean Explorer for a momentous journey. We’ve packed this enthralling inaugural cruise with exclusive features, performances, and events that highlight the best of Asia’s sprawling history and culture. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime voyage!
GUEST LECTURER TO ENRICH YOUR DISCOVERIES
We’ve invited an expert Guest Lecturer to conduct an enriching lecture series and deepen your understanding of world history and other topics relevant to your destinations. What’s more, your Guest Lecturer will also accompany you on shore excursions, serving as a real-time resource for questions and further insights.
WELCOME PARTY & GALA DINNER
Set sail from Hong Kong and kick off your voyage with a festive welcome party, followed by a sumptuous gala dinner, perfectly executed by your onboard chef. As with any good party, there may be a few surprises, too!
APSARA DANCE SHOW
Apsara, Cambodia’s classical ballet dance, can be traced all the way to the 7th century and originates in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. In this mythology, Apsaras are beautiful female creatures who come down from the heavens to entertain gods and kings with slow-paced, hypnotizing movements. But the dance is also very intricate, and each hand gesture has a distinct meaning that ties to Hindu and Buddhist legend. Witness Apsara dance firsthand when dancers come onboard the Ocean Explorer and see just a few of the more than 1,500 moves that comprise this meaningful dance!
TRADITIONAL THAI DANCE PERFORMANCE
After dinner at a local restaurant in Koh Samui, reembark the Ocean Explorer for cocktails and a traditional Thai dance recital by local performers. The elaborately embellished costumes are mesmerizing on their own, but the movements are stunningly graceful and controlled. A notable feature of Thai dance is the dancers’ ability to bend their fingers back — almost superhumanly! Your Guest Lecturer will provide insights on this phenomenon, as well as the various types of Thai dance and their origins.
FAREWELL DINNER AT RAFFLES HOTEL
Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel was built in the early 1830s and remains one of island’s landmarks — the perfect place to cap your inaugural voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner. Here in this colonial gem is where everyone from Noel Coward to Somerset Maugham to Elizabeth Taylor have tipped a few — most likely the famous Singapore Sling, which was invented here. More recently, the hotel was featured in the 2018 blockbuster film, Crazy Rich Asians.