|Date||Cabin||Fares from (pp)|
|22 Feb 2018
|08 Mar 2018
Itinerary operates in reverse on 08 Mar 2018 departure
Day 1: Fly UK » Shanghai, China
Fly overnight from the UK to Shanghai
Day 2-3: Shanghai, China
On arrival, make your way to your 4* hotel for a 2-night stay.
This fabled port on the Huangpu River has played a pivotal role in the history of modern China. One of seven treaty ports inflicted by the West on Imperial China, the city was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with European mercantile houses and elegant mansions. Shanghai was also the cradle of the Chinese Communist Party, and it is here that the People's Republic created its vast commercial and industrial bastion. Shanghai is also one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the earth. Its streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city's jade Buddha. Shanghai's attractions are legendary, from exquisite temples and superb museums to the Bund's elegant 19th-century European architecture. The city is also your gateway to the Grand Canal and the legendary city of Suzhou.
Want to make the most of your time in Shanghai? Ask the team for information on excursions
Day 4: Embark Majestic Princess
After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the cruise terminal in Baoshan where you will embark Majestic Princess, your home for the next 14 nights.
Day 5: Day at Sea
What better place to see the views of the ocean then at the SeaWalk®, a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway. At 60 feet long, cantilevered 128 feet above the waves and extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, it affords thrilling vistas of the ever-changing seascape. Across the ship, the SeaView Bar goes one step further with a glass panelled floor and drinks prepared during exciting shows with flair.
Day 6: Hakata, Japan
Beyond the hustle and bustle of today's modern metropolis, you can still discover and enjoy the serenity of ancient shrines, superb formal gardens, and a duo of fascinating museums.
Day 7: Busan, South Korea
The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples. The city's bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures. Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict.
Day 8-9: Day at Sea
Spend the next couple of day’s poolside, where you can enjoy hand-tossed pizza served to you just out of the oven, or enjoy the evening at Movies Under the Stars® with fresh popcorn. Don't forget to try The Sanctuary®, a tranquil haven exclusively for adults.
Day 10: Hong Kong, China
Skyscrapers form a glistening forest of steel and glass, junks and sampans ply the busy harbour waters, and the green, dragon-crested hills of Kowloon beckon. Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world's great travel destinations. Now a semi-autonomous region of China, Hong Kong - literally "Fragrant Harbour" - has lost none of its charm, excitement or exoticism. Modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels climb the slopes of Hong Kong Island. Narrow streets are crammed with noodle vendors, fortunetellers and bonesetters. The endless array of shops offer the visitor everything from hand-tailored suits and ancient porcelain to the latest consumer electronics. And everywhere more than seven million people are moving at a breathtaking pace in one of the world's great monuments to capitalism, commerce and enterprise. The former Crown Colony has enough attractions to last a lifetime. To take in the entire spectacle, head to Victoria Peak for panoramic views. Enjoy lunch on one of the city's floating restaurants. Walk down one of the crowded streets to take the city's rapid pulse. And whether you think you are in the mood or not - shop. After all, you are in the duty-free capital of the world.
Day 11-12: Days at Sea
Sometimes floating serenely just isn't enough - splash around, or take a dip in one of this ship's bubbling hot tubs. Alternatively, Sapphire Princess can keep you on the run, literally, with paddle tennis, jogging tracks and state-of-the-art gyms equipped with machines that'll keep your heart rate pumping.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
Over three decades have passed since the Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading centre since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles fly down the boulevards at dizzying speeds. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you. The port of Phu My (pronounced "Foo Me") is your gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau.
Day 14: Day at Sea
Nights are always a buzz with activity, and it's up to you to choose your pleasure - from live theatre and the big screen, to plush lounges, swanky casinos and dance clubs.
Day 15: Laem Chabang for Bangkok, Thailand
Laem Chabang is your gateway to Bangkok. This enchanting city on the Chao Phraya River is a magical place where graceful dancers perform in shimmering silk gowns, temples with gold-leaf spires harbour priceless Buddha’s and riverboats cruise a maze of canals. The only nation in Southeast Asia to escape colonial rule, Thailand offers a rich and ancient culture that flowered unhindered by Western influence. Proud and strongly nationalistic, the Thai people call their nation Muang Thai - "Land of the Free."
Day 16-17: Days at Sea
It's your last couple of days on board... time to top up that tan, buy those last minute mementoes, or perhaps book your next cruise on board in order to receive some excellent benefits.
Day 18: Disembark in Singapore
After a hearty breakfast on board, bid farewell to Majestic Princess and make your way to your 4* hotel for a 2-night stay in Singapore
Day 19: Singapore
Singapore - the very name summons visions of the mysterious East. The commercial centre of Southeast Asia, this island city-state of four million people is a metropolis of modern high-rise buildings, Chinese shop-houses with red-tiled roofs, sturdy Victorian buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the fabled East India Company, the city is a melting pot of people and cultures. Malay, Chinese, English and Tamil are official languages. Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are the major faiths. Singapore is an ever-fascinating island boasting colorful traditions, luxurious hotels and some of the finest duty-free shopping in the world.
Want to make the most of your time in Singapore? Ask the team for information on excursions
Day 20: Singapore and fly to the UK
After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK
Day 21: Arrive in the UK
Terms & Conditions: Promotional details, fares and itineraries were correct at time of publish (26 July 2017) but can be changed/withdrawn at any time without notice. All offers are applicable to new bookings only. Please call for live fares and availability. Itinerary on 8th March departure operates in reverse and Hakata, Japan is replaced for Nagasaki, Japan. 22nd February 2018 Ref: TCV29827, 08 March 2018 Ref: TCV29828. E&OE