Spending the holidays at sea is a memorable way to celebrate the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays while making unforgettable memories with your family. Consider an exotic 11-day Asia cruise that will take you to iconic destinations such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
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Four Ports You'll Visit on a Christmas Cruise
Norwegian's 11-Day Asia: Da Nang and Nha Trang cruise departs from Hong Kong. You embark at 5pm, giving you a day to explore Hong Kong's iconic sights and enjoy some local Cantonese cuisine. Visit Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong's many street markets, enjoy some dim sum, and take the cable car to the Big Buddha in Lantau.
If you enjoy fine dining, consider making a dinner reservation at one of the city's many Michelin-starred restaurants. If you are a Disney fan, you can take a few hours to enjoy visiting Hong Kong Disneyland.
11-Day Asia: Da Nang & Nha Trang to Singapore
After spending a day at sea, you'll arrive in Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam, on Christmas Day. The countless limestone islets of Ha Long Bay are stunning. Is it any wonder that this attraction is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Hanoi is about 60 miles away if you want to explore the city, or you can stay local and visit the limestone caves and karsts.
Your next port is Hue and Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam. Da Nang has beautiful beaches and is renowned for its many photogenic bridges. Be sure to work up an appetite for local specialties such as bun cha ca, a noodle soup made with fish cakes, or chao tom, which consists of shrimp and garlic paste wrapped around sugarcane. If you like coffee, don't miss trying a Vietnamese cà phê đá, made with coarse ground coffee and condensed milk.
Nha Trang is your next port of call on this holiday cruise. This picturesque bay is home to the longest cable car in the world, offering stunning views over the water. You'll also find plenty of historic and cultural attractions, such as the 70-foot-tall White Buddha.
Your final stop in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City, where you can explore Colonial architecture, take a ride on the Mekong, explore villages and rice paddies, and more. Don't forget to try some dishes representing the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine here, with its unique blend of French cooking styles with Asian spices.
After spending a day at sea, you'll arrive in Bangkok at 7 a.m. and stay the night, departing the following day at 6 p.m. You'll find plenty to see and do in Bangkok, including beautiful temples and palaces, floating markets, endless street food eats, and more. Remember that Thailand has strict rules about visiting temples and religious sites. You'll need to have your knees and shoulders covered and take off your shoes inside some locations.
Singapore will be your final port and disembarkation point. Did you know that Singapore was once a British trading post? You'll also find beautiful Hindu temples, a historic Chinese quarter, and more. Explore a mix of Colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers in the central part of Singapore. Eat at an establishment in one of the city's famous hawker centers, drink a Singapore Sling in the famous Raffles Hotel, and sample local delicacies, such as Singapore chili crab, along the river.
Cruise on Norwegian Sun
Your Christmas and New Year's cruise takes place aboard Norwegian Sun. Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun was refurbished in 2018 as part of The Norwegian Edge program. You'll have plenty of dining options such as Four Seasons & Seven Seas Dining rooms and other specialty restaurants such as Los Lobos Cantina, Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, and Le Bistro.
All staterooms have been upgraded and have USB ports, smart televisions, and new carpets, artwork, and more. Choose from inside or ocean-view cabins. Splurge for a balcony, club balcony suite, or penthouse suite.
Book a spa treatment at Mandara Spa, try your hand at some games in the casino, and don't miss entertainment such as Rock You Tonight, featuring favorites songs from iconic rock groups such as Queen, The Who, and Journey.
Book Your Holiday Cruise with Norwegian
If you want to know more about cruising for the holidays, Norwegian also offers several vacations over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Options for a Christmas cruise include warm-weather destinations such as the Mexican Riviera, The Caribbean, Central America, and Hawaii.
While you are deciding which cruise is right for your celebration, don't forget to sign up for emails and check out Norwegian's cruise deals to get the latest specials and discounts sent directly to your inbox. You'll ensure that you'll get the best deal available when you're ready to book your Christmas and New Year's cruise.