At a glance
18 Day Cruise on Silver Spirit, Silversea from £4,795 pp incl. flights
Departure 01 January 2020 | Pearls of the Far East
- At Sea
- Ko Samui
- At Sea
- Ho Chi Minh City
- At Sea
- Chan May
- Ha Long Bay
- At Sea
- Hong Kong
Pearls of the Far East
Exclusive stay & cruise offer
- Direct return flights on British Airways
- Private overseas transfers
- 2-night hotel accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in a Deluxe Room
- Accommodation on Silver Spirit
- Butler service in every suite
- Unlimited Free Wifi
- Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
- Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
- 24-hour dining service
- Onboard entertainment
- Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
- Onboard gratuities
A day at sea being this gentle discovery of South East Asia. From the cosmopolitan melting-pot that is Ko Samui to vibrant Bangkok, be transported by Thailand. Then, be dazzled by Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam - a dizzying fusion of busy, bustling, thriving commerce and culture. Enjoy the sunset over the startling Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France during the 19th century.
Day by day itinerary
After making use of your complimentary airport lounge, fly overnight directly to Singapore, arriving the following morning.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by by private car to the Mandarin Oriental hotel for a two-night stay on a room-only basis.
It is at the southern foot of Singapore where you will find most of the city-state’s action, with its gleaming office towers, working docks, and futuristic "supertrees," which are solar-powered and serve as vertical gardens. Offshore are Sentosa and over 60 smaller islands, most uninhabited, that serve as bases for oil refining or as playgrounds and beach escapes from the city. Well-paved roads connect all parts of the island, and Singapore city has an excellent, and constantly expanding, public transportation system. The heart of Singapore's history and its modern wealth are in and around the Central Business District. The area includes the skyscrapers in the Central Business District, the 19th-century Raffles Hotel, the convention centers of Marina Square, on up to the top of Ft. Canning.
Check out of the hotel and take your included private transfer to the port to embark the ship.
A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations that jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist’s dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island National Park.
The largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba is very much its own entity. Its national park offers incredible biodiversity, with more than a thousand species of plants having been recorded here. Animal life is slightly thinner on the ground, but alert visitors may spy inhabitants such as the endangered golden-headed langur, wild boar, deer, civets, and several species of squirrel.
The Hong Kong Island skyline, with its ever-growing number of skyscrapers, speaks to ambition and money. Paris, London, even New York were centuries in the making, while Hong Kong's towers, bright lights, and glitzy shopping emporia weren't yet part of the urban scene when many of the young investment bankers who fuel one of the world's leading financial centers were born.
Debark the ship on your second day in Hong Kong and take your private car to the airport for your return flights to the UK, arriving the following day
Sailing on Silver Spirit
Silver Spirit was launched in December 2009, and features more verandas, dining choices and amenities than the earlier Silversea ships.