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inlander's Port Reviews of Darwin, Singapore
Sun Princess cruise in April 2013
Member Name: inlander
Cruise Date: April 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Asia
Member Review: inlander's Sun Princess Review
Darwin
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The modern port facilities make it easy to disembark and reboard the ship in Darwin. Darwin is interesting because of it's historic role in WW2. It was the only Australian city to be bombed by the Japanese.

It presents an opportunity to see a crocodile and native fish in an aquarium. There is a stinger free, shark free and crocodile free swimming area near the wharf/marina and an artifical wave pool which may be worth a visit.

The city has a rural feel and the parks and significant buildings are easily identified and have well planned signage with explanations for tourists. The city is also quite dirty and littered with rubbish and the streets are populated by a kind of underclass who will beg money as you pass by. We visited on a Sunday, so most shops were closed. There were restaurants and food shops however and the pubs do nice food too. The coffee was good in the Mitchell Street shopping mall, near the news agency.

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Singapore
Port Rating: Not Rated
On a one day visit it is difficult to identify the most important place in Singapore to visit. One of the most picturesque activities is a ride on a Bum Boat down the river from Clarke Quay They run all day, but night time is best.

The night safari zoo was good, but don't go on a Sunday because half of Singapore was there when we went. Don't go if thunderstorms are about because the queues will be too long for the trams and the shows will be cancelled as lightening upsets the animals.

The War Memorial at Kranji is definitely worth a visit. A touching reminder of the cost of our freedom.

For the best deals in food go to the shopping malls underground attached to the MRT stations. This where the locals eat and the tourist can avoid the traps found above ground. The trains are the best and cheapest way to get around, and simple when you get the hang of it.

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