|Date||Cabin||Fares from (pp)|
|9th November 2017||Inside||£2,399|
Day 1: Fly UK » Hong Kong
Fly overnight from the UK to Hong Kong
Day 2: Hong Kong
On arrival into Hong Kong, take a coach transfer to the Regal Kowloon Hotel for a three-night stay. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Skyscrapers form a glistening forest of steel and glass, junks and sampans ply the busy harbor waters, and the green 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 Harbor" - has lost none of its charm, excitement or exoticism. While modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels dominate the skyline, the narrow streets are crammed with noodle vendors, fortunetellers and bonesetters. The endless array of shops in one of the world's great monuments to capitalism, commerce and enterprise offer the visitor everything from hand-tailored suits and ancient porcelain to the latest consumer electronics.
Day 3: Hong Kong
Today enjoy a half-day coach tour of Hong Kong Island. Start at the Victoria Peak and take the famous tram up to the top for panoramic views over Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbour. Next visit beach-side Stanley Market to check out the local wares before visiting Aberdeen Fishing Village where you can see traditional Hong Kong Junks. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 4: Hong Kong
Today enjoy a full day coach tour of Lantau Island. Visit Cheung Sha Beach and the traditional Tai O Fishing Village before visiting the Po Lin Monastery and the famous Giant Buddha. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in this peaceful location before taking a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car and a visit to the Ngong Ping Village.
Day 5: Embark Sapphire Princess, staying in Hong Kong overnight
After check out, take a private transfer to the Cruise Port for your 14-night cruise, on board Sapphire Princess, to Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.
Day 6: Hong Kong
Your ship doesn't leave Hong Kong until 8pm this evening, so it's a great opportunity to visit any places of interest in Hong Kong, before you set sail.
Day 7: Day at Sea
Spend the day 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 8: Cai Lan for Halong Bay, Vietnam
The deepwater port of Cai Lan is your gateway to the splendors of North Vietnam. Nearby Halong Bay is one of the world's extraordinary scenic wonders. This World Heritage Site boasts a calm bay studded with over 3,000 dramatic limestone islands, islets and rock formations. Visitors to Cai Lan can also venture up the Red River to fabled Hanoi, the "Pearl of the North." Today, with memories of the Vietnam War fading, the city impresses with its splendid colonial architecture, ancient temples, superb parks and myriad lakes.
Day 9-10: Chan May for Hue/Danang, Vietnam
The port of Chan May is located halfway between two historic and important cities: Da Nang and Hue. At the height of the Vietnam War, Da Nang was America's major strategic base. And the 1968 Tet Offensive marked a major turning point in that conflict - particularly in the bitter fighting for control of the old imperial capital.
But that was nearly four decades ago. Today Hue is a World Heritage Site. Visitors will long remember its imposing Imperial Citadel and the serene harmony of the Thien Mu Pagoda. Marble Mountain Beach, where American marines stormed ashore in 1965, is now an internationally renowned resort.
The surrounding coast is lined with superb white-sand beaches.
Day 11: Day 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 12: Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, 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 center 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.
Day 13: 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 14-15: 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 harbor priceless Buddhas 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: Ko Samui, Thailand
Thailand's third largest island has been attracting international travelers for less than half a century. Before then, this island in the Gulf of Thailand was noted for its coconut plantations and rubber production. Today, Ko Samui's premier charms are its powdery white beaches, its Buddhist temples or wats, and its crystalline waters. Despite the island's increasing popularity, it retains a casual and unspoiled air that offers a bracing tonic to the experienced traveler.
Day 17: Day at Sea
It's your last full day 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: 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.
Day 19: Disembark in Singapore and fly to the UK
After a hearty breakfast on board, bid farewell to Sapphire Princess, and transfer to the airport. Fly overnight, back to the UK.
Day 20: Arrive in the UK