Far East Cruises

Discover breathtaking beauty in nature and civilisation alike…

The Far East is a region boasting some of the most beautiful landscapes and many of the richest cultures of the world. Long and vibrant histories, so dramatically different from the events and cultures that shaped the UK and Europe, make for modern cultures where there’s so very much to discover. From the food and customs to local arts and architecture, your Far East cruise will show you the endless diversity that the world holds.

Handcrafted Cruise Packages

PONANT

Japanese Subtropical Islands

  • 09 Oct 2024 - 16 Oct 2024
  • 7 Nights Le Soléal

7 nights from £4,130 per person

Celebrity Cruises

12 nights Best of Japan Golden week

  • 29 Apr 2025 - 13 May 2025
  • 12 Nights Celebrity Millennium
  • 2 Nights in Tokyo
  • Fly Cruise

14 nights including Etihad Airways flights from £3,172 per person

Holland America Line

14 nights Indonesia Discovery

  • 05 Dec 2024 - 21 Dec 2024
  • 14 Nights Noordam
  • 2 Nights in Singapore
  • Fly Cruise

16 nights including Singapore Airlines flights from £3,703 per person

Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

  • In some countries, it will be hard to download maps once you’re there, or in some cases offline maps won’t be available at all. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself if you’re heading out of town, and download maps ahead of time.
  • Unlike some parts of the world, there isn't much of a tipping culture in most Far East countries. Tips aren't expected in restaurants and bars. However, tour guides, porters and housekeepers in hotels will be used to receiving tips – it would be polite to tip them when you can.
  • While Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted at major tourist destinations in the Far East, you will likely need cash for street vendors, taxi drivers, small restaurants, and so on. Be sure to keep local currency on hand, and plan ahead of time, as access to an ATM is not always guaranteed.
  • There are many different cultures in the Far East and it's a good idea to learn how to behave respectfully. When visiting a temple or shrine in particular, cover your arms and legs, don't stare at people praying, and don't photograph monks or other staff unless you have permission. You will often need to take shoes off when touring interior spaces, and should avoid displaying the soles of your shoes anywhere on the grounds.
  • Bring an outfit that covers your shoulders and knees, as this is standard dress in many local countries. Take a scarf or shawl along to have extra options for covering up if you need to.
  • Cherry blossom season in Japan often peaks in March to April. In 2024, the peak is expected to be from late March to early April, particularly in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

Things To Do

  • Try local foods. The Far East boasts an array of dishes and flavours that are famous world-wide, and even less widely-touted examples like Malaysia or the Philippines have incredible and unique traditional dishes to try. Sampling local dishes is a must for anyone on a Far East cruise.
  • Discover the cultures and history of the countries you visit. From the rich history of China, the oldest still-living civilisation in the world, to the cultural marvels that every Far East country has to offer, you’ll never run out of things to do. Visit temples, learn the history, and explore rich arts and architecture in every corner.
  • Discover world-famous experiences. Some activities available on your Far East cruise are not to be missed, like the incredible cherry blossom viewing parties of Japan, or the floating markets of Thailand. Make the most of your chosen ports and check out these special opportunities.
  • Visit famous landmarks. Ascend Mount Fuji in Japan, see the giant buddha in Hong Kong, visit the Taejongdae lighthouse in Korea, and so much more. Everywhere you go, there’ll be iconic local sites and sights to appreciate.
  • Enjoy the natural world. The Far East holds breathtaking beauty at every turn, with lush forests, towering mountains, and pristine beaches ready and waiting for you to discover. Incredible rock and mountain formations in China, gorgeous Thai lagoons, iconic wildlife and more: there’s plenty of reason to keep your camera ready.

Why Book With Kenwood Travel

With our decades of experience in crafting the perfect cruise, you can be sure that your Far East cruise experience is in safe hands with Kenwood Travel. There’s so much to do on your cruise to the Far East and we want to make sure you have the best time imaginable, checking all the boxes to make it into the voyage of your dreams. Get in touch today, and let our cruise experts help you plan the perfect holiday.

Ports of Call & Places to Explore

Thailand

Thailand

A country of renowned beauty and hospitality, ports like Bangkok offer a fantastic glimpse of Thai culture. Visit a beautiful local temple, or take a tour of one of the famous floating markets, where colour and scent and sound all form a vibrant atmosphere along the market waters. For a taste of excitement, check out the vibrant Bangkok night life, and party the night away.

Philippines

Philippines

Discover the wonders of the Philippines in port cities like Manila, the Philippine Capital that never sleeps. From the iconic and colourful ‘jeepney’ taxis to the Pasgsanjan Falls outside the city, making port here will pave your way to utterly unforgettable sights and experiences.

Singapore

Singapore

There’s so much to discover in Singapore, from Gardens by the Bay, whose lights and architectural Supertree Grove are something you’ll never forget, to the cable car rides that offer spectacular views. Top it off with a signature Singapore Sling drink and you’ll be set.

Malaysia

Malaysia

Stop by Malaysia in cities like Kuala Lumpur, where the melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures makes for a rich and vibrant experience. Taste your way through the cuisines of multiple ethnicities, visit an Islamic Arts museum, tour the gorgeous Perdana botanical gardens, and discover all that Malaysia has to offer.

Japan

Japan

Make port in Tokyo to discover iconic Japanese experiences, from a visit to the famous Fujisan mountain to a ride on the shinkansen – the renowned Japanese bullet trains. Visit at the right time of year, and you’ll even be able to enjoy the incredible spectacle of Hanami: flower viewing, as the hundreds of cherry blossom trees come into bloom and cover the ground in a blanket of pink petals.

South Korea

South Korea

Make port in cities like Busan, the second largest in Korea and home to many marvels. Visit Beomeo-sa Temple and take in incredible mountain views, sample delicious local food, sightsee at the Taejongdae lighthouse and enjoy local fresh raw fish dishes, and so much more.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Known as the Oriental Pearl, a stop at Hong Kong is well worth the time on any itinerary. Stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and take in fantastic views of the ocean and Hong Kong’s skyline, or take a trip to see the massive Tian Tan Buddha atop Lantau Island. Whether you’re visiting local restaurants or museums, you’re sure to have a great time.

China

China

The oldest nation in the world, China has so much to offer the itinerant cruiser. Go to see the incredible Terracotta Warriors, or visit the Panda Conservation Centre to learn more about one of the world’s most endangered and beloved animals. Walk along the Great Wall of China, marvelling at the incredible scenery, then return to the city and enjoy the fantastic Chinese cuisine.

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