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Cruises to Singapore

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About Singapore

In its own way, Singapore is an oasis in Southeast Asia. It enjoys a low crime rate, and its infrastructure -- from road and mass-transit systems to a state-of-the-art airport at Changi -- is highly sophisticated. The city also is clean -- so much so that, for years, people were forbidden by law to chew gum in its streets, and eating on the subway can result in a heavy fine. This modern and dynamic destination -- which ranks either as a pro or a con, depending on your sensibilities -- is to cities what Disney is to theme parks.

Technically a city-state, Singapore, connected with manmade bridges to Malaysia, is made up of a main island and more than 60 surrounding islets. The mainland spans 42 kilometers east to west and 23 kilometers north to south. In the north, it shares a border with Malaysia; in the south, islands belonging to Indonesia can be visited via a short ferry ride. Singapore is located just north of the equator and is sultry, tropical and humid year-round.

Singapore is one of the world's biggest banking and transportation hubs. It's one of the most popular stopovers for folks traveling between Europe and Australia. Yet, Singapore is among the 20 smallest nations in the world -- though with 5.7 million people it's also the second most densely populated country. Despite busy streets, shopping areas and public transportation, it normally does not feel as crowded as large U.S. city centers. Its modern design helps eliminate any feeling of congestion.

Like Hong Kong, Singapore is a city with great cultural diversity, well-developed infrastructure and a very cosmopolitan feeling. Popular with cruise lines for day-long port calls, as well as embarkation, Singapore is easily navigable, with most tourist attractions concentrated in three areas: Orchard Road, the colonial district and Sentosa.

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Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Millennium

12 Night
Spice Route CruiseDetails

1,679 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 29, 2023
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Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer

19 Night
South Pacific CruiseDetails

227 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 19, 2024
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Riviera
Riviera

14 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

707 Reviews
Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 12, 2024
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Nautica
Nautica

20 Night
Repositioning CruiseDetails

355 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 8, 2023
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Virgin Voyages

14 Night
Japan Taiwan & The PhilippinesDetails

1,067 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 27, 2023
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15 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

2,136 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 19, 2023
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12 Night
India, Sri Lanka & ThailandDetails

638 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 13, 2023
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77 Night
World CruiseDetails

383 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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128 Night
128-day Grand World VoyageDetails

1,004 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2024
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24 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

383 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Nov 27, 2023
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91 Night
Grand Pacific ExplorerDetails

474 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Sep 17, 2023
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11 Night
Thailand Andaman Islands & MalaysiaDetails

1,067 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 3, 2023
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120 Night
120 Night Viking World JourneysDetails

1,056 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jan 6, 2024
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12 Night
Northeast Asia CruiseDetails

1,679 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 4, 2024
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12 Night
Thailand & Vietnam CruiseDetails

2,136 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Why go to Singapore?

Pros:

A thoroughly modern destination, Singapore offers excellent shopping and interesting outdoor attractions

Cons:

The weather can be oppressively hot and humid, making it difficult to remain outdoors for long stretches

Bottom Line:

Singapore is a city in the true sense of the word -- full of character, culture and plenty of diversions

Singapore Cruise Port Facilities?

The modern Marina Bay Cruise Centre is large enough to accommodate two mega-ships at the same time. It is located next to Singapore's new downtown district but there are currently no large shopping facilities in walking distance. The terminal itself features one convenience store.

The closest attraction is the massive new Marina Bay Sands -- an integrated resort with a hotel, shopping center and casino. The terminal is near a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station which is short but steamy walk away.

If your ship is docked at the Singapore Cruise Centre, you're right in the heart of the VivoCity shopping mall. Though it's not as glitzy as downtown malls (though it's said to be the largest in Singapore), you'll find all the necessities and then some.

Downtown is a 10-minute cab trip (or an easy ride on the ultra-clean MRT), though visitors wanting to head over to Sentosa Island and Mount Faber can hop on the cable car or a train, which is adjacent to the centre.

Good to Know?

Singapore's tropical climate is hot, soupy and tiring, so don't plan too ambitious of a day, and balance outdoor activities with time inside.

Getting Around?

The MRT offers a fast and efficient way to travel around Singapore. The system is clean, safe and air-conditioned; it features three separate rail lines, one of which stops at the Singapore Cruise Centre. Signage is in English.

More than 15,000 taxi cabs are available in Singapore, so getting one is pretty easy. Rideshare services such as Grab are also available. The network of city buses is also extensive and affordable, though there are differences in fares between air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Local currency is the Singapore dollar; check for the most updated rates at Oando and XE, Major credit cards and traveler's checks are widely accepted. ATM's can be found easily, both in the airport and at Singapore's two cruise centres. There are surcharges for using ATM's. Banks are normally open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Language?

With a large amount of expats from all over the world, it's no wonder the country has four official languages: English, Tamil, Chinese and Malay. English is the language of business and administration. Most Singaporeans, from taxi drivers to hotel staff, speak English.

Where You're Docked?

Since 2012, Singapore has had two separate cruise terminals. Previously, most ships docked at the Singapore Cruise Centre, which is part of the large Harbourfront Centre and VivoCity, about a 10- to 15-minute taxi drive from downtown. With the arrival of the larger mega-ships to Asia, Singapore has also constructed another facility, Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCCS), which is located at the southernmost tip of the country, just 5 minutes away from downtown. Singapore Cruise Centre is used by lines such as Holland America, and some others operating smaller ships. Dream Cruises uses MBCCS, as well as cruise lines with mega-ships. Cruise lines like Celebrity, Cunard, Princess and Royal Caribbean have moved their turnarounds to the Marina Bay facility.


Singapore Cruise Reviews
Singapore is a great destination for a short holiday. The metro rail system is extensive and very easy to make your way around the city. I took a taxi from my hotel to the cruise terminal. It cost around $35 (SingRead More
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Antechinus
We stayed in Singapore before and after cruise for New Year.Kuala Lumpur was amazing Trip to Petronas Towers and shopping highly recommend. Penang also good port of call. Malacca was boring only one trip here were weRead More
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We love Singapore, this city is very clean, has exceptional Public transport services, and very tasty and affordable food options on offer.Read More
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2903happy
Excellent 2 days in Singapore. The gardens and free light show. Also the ship in the sky. The beer mega expensive but worth a pint. The hawker markets for food can’t be beat.Read More
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