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Essential Asia: Singapore to Hong Kong - 2023

Singapore • 13-night small ship cruise with Kuantan, Koh Samui, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Halong Bay • Hong Kong
  • Koh Samui | Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong
    DISCOVER ASIA ON THE OCEAN ODYSSEY, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART SMALL SHIP THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong - Singapore harbor and financial district
    EXPLORE SINGAPORE WITH A TOUR OF SKYPARK AND GARDENS BY THE BAY
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong - Halong Bay
    SAIL THROUGH THE LIMESTONE PINNACLES OF HALONG BAY, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong - Saigon Ho Chi Minh
    DISCOVER THE VIBRANT CITY NOW KNOWN AS HO CHI MINH CITY, INCLUDING ICONIC FRENCH COLONIAL AND VIETNAM WAR-ERA BUILDINGS
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DAYS 1-2:

Fly to Hong Kong

Your journey begins today as you depart your gateway city and fly to Hong Kong. You’ll fly overnight and cross the International Dateline, arriving at your destination on Day 3.

Please note: If you're taking advantage of the pre-trip extension to Hong Kong and Macau, you will follow the pre-trip itinerary until Day 5, when you'll board the Ocean Odyssey and join your fellow base travelers for the rest of the adventure. All activities and inclusions will be covered; please see the pre-trip extension itinerary for details.

DAY 3:

Welcome to Hong Kong

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival at the airport in Hong Kong a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. You may arrive early in the morning, but we have arranged for an early check-in so you can get some rest. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. This evening, attend the Welcome Briefing and Dinner, where you'll be joined by pre-trip extension travelers. You will be reunited with these travelers again in time for embarkation on Day 5.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 4:

The best of Hong Kong Island

After breakfast, get better acquainted with some of Hong Kong’s most iconic attractions on a half-day city tour.

Aberdeen was the original tiny village for which all of Hong Kong is now named. It was settled by the Tanka people, who speak their own dialect and have historically lived on fishing boats in floating villages. This is where locals came for the freshest seafood, and jostling next to the tiny traditional junks you’ll see famous, grand floating restaurants like the iconic Jumbo. A sampan ride through the harbor brings it all to you, up close. Then, for a totally different perspective, you’ll ride to the top of Victoria Peak by tram, and enjoy lunch atop Hong Kong’s highest hill.

Experience the dim sum tradition on an included lunch, where servers bring carts of small plate dishes to tempt you. Dim sum literally means “touch the heart,” and perhaps yours will be filled by some fluffy, pork-filled bao buns . . . mouthwatering siu mai dumplings . . . translucent shrimp cheung fan rolls . . . beef balls seasoned with coriander . . . and more.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with dinner on your own.

Vantage Exclusive Feature:

  • Hong Kong island excursion with sampan tour of Aberdeen floating village

Cultural Discovery:

  • Traditional dim sum lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Lantau Island and Po Lin Monastery visit, then embarking the Ocean Odyssey

This morning after breakfast you will check out of your hotel and embark on a half-day tour of Lantau Island, where Hong Kong comes to play.

Lantau is popular for its beaches, shopping outlets, and theme parks, but you will focus on its historic attractions and traditional culture. See the classic Po Lin Monastery, and just above it on a hilltop, the Tian Tan Buddha, an 85-foot high bronze statue. Then, where the mountains meet the sea you will explore Tai-O, a 300-year-old fishing village of stilt houses, traditional boats, and more. Before leaving, you’ll get a birds-eye view of it all when you ride the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung peak.

After lunch at a local restaurant in Po Lin Monastery, you’ll transfer to the pier and embark the Ocean Odyssey to begin your ocean cruise! Thanks to the intimate size of your ship, it will be docked right at the port, allowing you to simply stroll aboard! This will be the case for most stops on your ship, with the exception of a few ports that will require tendering. After settling in, take some time to explore the ship and its amenities. Take a walk around the pool or meet your Concierge to arrange a spa appointment, then convene in the dining room for your first dinner on board — one of many memorable meals on this journey!

Included Features:

  • Half-day tour of Lantau Island
  • Visit Po Lin Monastery
  • Welcome cocktail party and gala dinner on the Ocean Odyssey

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit the fishing village of Tai O

Scenic Sailing:

  • Enjoy a drink on the deck and soak in the views of Hong Kong’s skyline as we depart for our next port of call

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Cruising the South China Sea

Enjoy a full day at sea to relax and enjoy the luxurious amenities of the brand-new Ocean Odyssey. Pamper your body with a relaxing massage, a facial, or a soothing soak in the hot tub, or stimulate your mind with a great book borrowed from our library. The choice is yours!

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Cruise idyllic Halong Bay or explore the best of Hanoi

Good morning, Vietnam! Your ship will drop anchor in the port of Cai Lan, and after breakfast you’ll tender to the shore. Please be aware that again, you may have to embark and disembark a smaller vessel. Once onshore have a choice of two exciting tours!

Behold the nearly 2,000 jutting limestone outcrops of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose mystique has inspired artists for centuries. Legend says that its emerald pinnacles are the humps of a sea-dragon’s back. Your tour takes place on board a small, private boat that will glide you through the silent channels and hidden lagoons. As you cruise, you’ll see an entire city on boats, including a bank, bar, shops and houseboats. Waving children, mothers hanging laundry, old men mending their fishing nets — here is where the everyday life of traditional Vietnam reveals itself. This tour includes a deluxe multicourse lunch featuring many fresh seafood specialties.

Alternatively, you may discover the capital city of Hanoi, an amalgam of French colonial mansions, tree-lined avenues, and traditional Vietnamese architecture that was known as the “Paris of the East.” Your tour begins with a visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in 1070, and dedicated to Confucius. A highlight will be your electric cart tour through the famed Old Quarter. Lunch is included at the Cau Go Vietnamese restaurant, located on the top floor of a building that offers amazing views of distant Hoan Kiem Lake.

Whether your explorations take you to Halong Bay or to the streets of Hanoi, you'll re-embark the ship after a full day of adventure and enjoy leisure time before another delicious dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Boat tour of Halong Bay or Hanoi sightseeing tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Experience local life in Vietnam

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Cruising the Gulf of Tonkin

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and enjoy your ship’s resort amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning stretching class, read on your balcony, or catnap on the sun deck. Later you can join friends for cocktails in the multi-level lounge, browse the boutique, or attend a lecture by a local historian.

Then, learn about the transformation of Vietnam when an expert historian presents a lecture on "Vietnam, Past & Present."

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture on "Vietnam, Past & Present"

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Nha Trang countryside tour or a day at the beach

Watch the sun rise during breakfast as the ship arrives in Nha Trang, then take your pick of two wonderful tours: Spend the day in the countryside learning about the culture from locals, or opt for a more relaxing alternative enjoying the picturesque beaches for which Nha Trang is renowned.

Travel beyond the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, and get a true slice of Vietnamese life. It begins at Po Nagar Cham Towers, a beautiful Cham temple dating to 781 BC that is dedicated to the goddess of the countryside. From here you’ll walk along a tiny alley to a dock where you’ll begin a river cruise aboard a small boat. Drift through peaceful scenes of sleepy villages nestled under coconut shade, wooden bridges, and uniformed children walking to school. You’ll disembark at a village market, and get an eyeful of the colorful fruits, flowers, clothing and household implements. Then, drive to an ancient house to share a cup of tea and seasonal fruit. You’ll also visit a workshop where village elders weave mats from sedge, keeping alive an age-old tradition that is fast disappearing. Your tour includes lunch at local restaurant.

On the other hand, Nha Trang is famous for its sandy beaches and you’ll enjoy one of its best on this easygoing excursion. Ride to a private beach club where you can swim, snorkel, or snooze beneath your own shaded canopy. The staff will be happy to serve you cool beverages or snacks by the sea, or explore the restaurant, spa, and other beachside facilities.

Afterward, you will arrive back mid-afternoon from the countryside or beach right in time for dinner on board as the ship sets off for Ho Chi Minh City.

Included Feature:

  • Nha Trang countryside tour or excursion to private beach club

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Visit a village market in Nha Trang
  • Sedge mat weaving demonstration at a local workshop

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Experience old Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City

Take your time over breakfast and relax as we sail into Nha Rong, the port for Ho Ch Minh City. Once known as Saigon, the city is Vietnam’s business and financial hub.

Upon arrival this afternoon, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, a neo-Romanesque, red brick edifice with twin spires topped with iron. It was constructed around 1888 with materials imported from France. Across the way, the classic 1960s exterior of the Reunification Palace may seem familiar to you. It was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into town and the building was prominently on the news when South Vietnam fell in 1975. On the other side of the square admire the Central Post Office, completed in 1891. With its barrel-vaulted central hall and pale pink façade, it seems just too pretty to be relegated to mail! Also featured are the restored exteriors of the Saigon Opera House and the elegant City Hall (the former Hotel de Ville), two of Saigon’s most stunning French colonial monuments.

This evening, enjoy a Vietnamese cultural performance specially arranged for the Ocean Odyssey’s inaugural season, with dinner on board.

Included Features:

  • Tour of old Saigon

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard entertainment: Vietnamese cultural performance

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Explore more of Ho Chi Minh City

We’ve left this morning free so you can pursue your own interests here in Saigon. Perhaps you’ll nibble on exotic street food at the Ben Tranh Market, where your choices range from savory spring rolls to skewers of tarantulas and everything in between! Step back in time at the War Remnants Museum, or admire the masterworks at the Fine Arts Museum. Your onboard Vantage Concierge can assist with all your plans.

You'll enjoy lunch on board before the Ocean Odyssey departs Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Reception and a special dinner onboard.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Enjoy a day of leisure at sea

Spend today at your leisure onboard the 5-star Ocean Odyssey. Perhaps you'll take a dip in the infinity pool, schedule a message, or try your hand at the ancient art of hot-rock cooking!

Today, you'll enjoy an onboard lecture which will walk you through the fascinating history of Cambodia.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Lecture on Cambodian history

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Cruise to Sihanoukville; overnight excursion in Phnom Penh

Today you’ll disembark ship and travel inland to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, staying overnight at an elegant 5-star hotel. Once known as the “Pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh nestles on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, and was renowned as one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. After surviving the destructions of the Khmer Rouge regime, it is once again a vibrant, youthful capital.

Spend a sobering but important half day learning about the turbulent Khmer Rouge years as you visit sites related to the infamous “Killing Fields.” Tuol Sleng, a high school turned interrogation prison known as S-21, is now a genocide museum. You’ll also call at Choeung Ek, a large memorial commemorating the 17,000 victims who died there under the reign of Pol Pot. While disturbing, these somber relics also provide an appreciation for the courageous struggles that Cambodian people have faced.

This evening during dinner, you’ll enjoy a traditional Apsara Dance Show with beautifully costumed performers.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Cambodia’s Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Cultural Discovery:

  • Evening entertainment: Apsara dinner and traditional dance show

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Tour Phnom Penh and return to ship in Sihanoukville

After checking out of your hotel, you’ll transfer to Phnom Penh for some more city touring, beginning with the Royal Palace, home to the present King Norodom Sihamoni. Opened in 1870, it now contains the Royal Residence, Throne Hall, Silver Pagoda, and other historic buildings. The Silver Pagoda (Wat Preah Keo Morokat) is named for its more than 5,000 silver floor tiles. The building is a repository of cultural treasures, such as the famous Emerald Buddha, and a life-sized gold Buddha adorned with 2,086 diamonds.

At the National Museum, admire a collection of Khmer art that includes more than 5,000 objects, such as statues and other artifacts from Angkor Wat. Then, you’ll get around Phnom Penh as the locals do, riding past the elegant Post Office, Central Market, and Public Library on board a bicycle-powered carriage called cyclo.

Back in Sihanoukville and on board the Ocean Odyssey, you’ll enjoy another memorable dining experience and a relaxing evening at leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Phnom Penh

Cultural Discovery:

  • Cyclo ride around Phnom Penh

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Admire local culture in Koh Samui, Thailand’s romantic beach paradise

Relax on board as your ship plows through the turquoise waters around Koh Samui. After lunch, get ready for a cultural tour that will whisk you around the island! Since we will be anchored offshore, we’ll have to tender inland from the ship. Keep in mind that this may require you to have the agility to embark and disembark smaller vessels on potentially-choppy seas.

Your exploration starts at Wat Khunaram, where the mummified body of a monk named Luang Pho Daeng sits in a meditative pose, looking very much alive. Stop for refreshments at the impressive Na Muang waterfall, which cascades 59 feet into a sparkling natural pool below. You’ll pass the unusual Grandma and Grandpa rock formations, then continue to Ladd Koh for panoramic views of famed Chaweng Beach. See the golden Buddha at Wat Phra Yai, who sits on hill and is nearly 50 feet tall. Then, visit a coconut plantation and learn about how this versatile fruit is harvested. Heading back to the ship you’ll pass many stands selling handicrafts such as batiks and products made from seashells and coconuts. Time pending, you might stop at a local market in Nathon to browse the beachwear and other Koh Samui specialties. This evening, enjoy an off board dinner with a traditional Thai dance performance.

Included Feature:

  • Koh Samui tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Traditional Thai dance performance, with dinner at a local pub

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Enjoy a free day in Koh Samui

Take advantage of your free time to savor another day in this seaside heaven. Koh Samui is a foodie favorite, so ask your onboard Vantage Concierge for recommendations. Perhaps you’ll just relax on a secluded beach or indulge in a Thai massage. 

Active Feature:

  • Swimming or snorkeling on the beaches of Koh Samui

Scenic Sailing:

  • Savor a last view of Koh Samui’s emerald hills and golden beaches as you depart for your next destination

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 17:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Once again, today is yours to spend as you please on your ship. Break bread with your fellow travelers and make a toast to the discoveries you've made so far, or rest up for tomorrow's discoveries. Later, stimulate your mind with a lecture on Malaysia.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture on Malaysia

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 18:

Discover Kuantan, Malaysia

This morning, disembark and explore the capital of Pahang province, Kuantan. The city is popular for its excellent beaches, but our touring will concentrate on some of the more interesting cultural and historical attractions.

Your exploration begins in Sungai Lembing, an old tin mining town that was once known as the “El Dorado of the East” because of the wealth it generated. During their peak at the turn of the century, these were among the world’s longest and deepest mines, and you’ll have the chance to peer into them. You’ll also visit the Sungai Lembing Museum, which displays many old photographs and mining equipment. Back in Kuantan, you’ll see its main sights, such as the imposing Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah mosque and Teluk Chempedak Beach.

The Kuantan region is famous for its beautiful, intricate batik prints that adorn clothing and many other decorative objects.

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Sungai Lembing and Kuantan

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 19:

Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and discover Singapore’s cultural diversity

Disembark the Ocean Odyssey in Singapore today and bid farewell to your floating hotel. Known by many names, the "Garden City" and the "Lion City" among them, and you’ll get insight into these monikers as you explore Singapore’s beauty and dynamism today. During your full-day guided city tour, you’ll see the historic Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, and Merlion Park — featuring impressive views of Marina Bay and the city’s futuristic architecture. Then, delve a little deeper into Singapore’s diverse culture during visits to the Thian Hock Keng Temple, Little India, and the Yong Gallery, which displays handcrafted woodcarvings and artworks by Chinese artists.

This afternoon, explore the alleys around popular Bugis Street in “local” style during a trishaw ride. After a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a 161-year-old tropical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure. 

Included Feature:

  • Full-day Singapore city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Trishaw ride around Bugis Street

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 20:

Take in Singapore’s lush views and sip Singapore Slings at the legendary Raffles Hotel

As this day of your tour falls on December 25, celebrate the holiday with Singaporean discoveries!

A half-day tour of Singapore awaits this morning, with visits to the Skypark and Gardens by the Bay, a futuristic botanical garden with a skyway, air-conditioned indoor parks, Flower Dome, and massive Supertree structures that are vertical gardens. Lunch is included with the tour. 

Then, spend an afternoon at leisure afterward, perhaps embarking on some last-minute exploring, shopping — and eating — on your own. Maybe you’ll visit Kampong Glam, the Muslim heart of Singapore with its landmark, golden-domed Sultan Mosque. The neighborhood is popular for its trendy shops and hip cafés. A classic way to ride out the afternoon would be at the legendary Raffles Hotel, a colonial gem 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. Tonight, top off the holiday with a Farewell Dinner and drink at this iconic hotel.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Gardens by the Bay

Inaugural Feature:

  • Farewell Dinner at Raffles Hotel, with Singapore Sling cocktails

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 21:

Fly home

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or, if you’re joining our post-trip extension to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat!

Included meals:

Breakfast

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Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise DIrector or regional expert.

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