Royal Caribbean SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS Singapore Cruise Requirements & Check In Process

Royal Caribbean SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS Singapore Cruise Requirements & Check In Process

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Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas is back in Asia!

Asia’s largest cruise ship will be homeporting in Singapore until 2024, giving Southeast Asian travelers easier access to the Royal Caribbean experience and more sea-travel options to explore the region in style! Some of the usual stops include Port Klang (gateway to Kuala Lumpur) and Penang in Malaysia, and Phuket in Thailand.

While backpacking is our default travel syle, every now and then, we allow ourselves to indulge in something more, um, indulgent. And there is no better way to pamper oneself than by going on a cruise! Within the past year, we have gone on a cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas twice, and we’ve documented the journey from start to finish!

Spectrum of the Seas Pool Deck

In this article, we’ll share with you the entire experience, from the travel requirements to the check in and boarding process to the shore excursions. This is great if you’re joining a Spectrum cruise soon and you need info on what to do or how to prepare. If you’ve yet to book but considering it or you’re simply curious about the prices, we have a separate post about that here: ROYAL CARIBBEAN SINGAPORE CRUISE PRICES

And if you decide to go on a cruise, book at www.cruising.com.ph , managed by the official Royal Caribbean representatives in the Philippines, Arpan Air. By booking on this site, you automatically get Customer Support. If you book on the international website, you’ll have to call the Royal Caribbean office in the United States.

And if you use our promo code — WORTHIT — you’ll get an additional 5% DISCOUNT on the cruise fare! You can use this on top of any existing promos or discounts.

Royal Caribbean Promo Code Singapore

WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?

BEFORE THE CRUISE

What are the travel requirements when joining a singapore cruise.

Here’s a checklist of the things you need to prepare before the cruise.

  • Passport. Must be valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Photocopy of passport. You will be leaving your passport with the cruise staff upon boarding, so it’s best to have a copy of it with you. Don’t worry, you’ll get it back before you disembark.
  • Visa (only if applicable). Philippine passport holders DO NOT need a visa.
  • Singapore Arrival Card. Accomplish this within three days prior to your arrival in Singapore. You’ll find the card here .
  • Royal Caribbean App. Use this mobile app to check in at least three (3) days ahead of the sailing date. You can also use this app to make reservations for restaurants and activities on board. Download it here .
  • SetSail Pass. After checking in using the app, you’ll get a SetSail Pass, which serves as your boarding pass. You may take a screenshot of it or print it out because you’ll need it when boarding. It looks like a flight boarding pass. More info about this below.
  • Luggage Tags. When you book a cruise, you’ll be sent a set of e-docs (Guest Ticket Booklet), with all the reminders and other details of the trip. You’ll also find your luggage tags there. Print them out but don’t attach them to your bags just yet. It looks like this:

Luggage Tag Royal Caribbean

What are the vaccination and testing requirements?

Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas does NOT have COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements anymore. Vaccination is highly recommended, but not required.

Likewise, the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand have removed vaccination requirements from incoming tourists. Meaning, you may board the ship and enter these countries even if you’re not fully vaccinated.

However, the Philippines still does require unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers to show a negative test result. This applies to both foreigners and returning residents above 12 years old. If you’re coming back to the Philippines from your cruise trip, you may be asked to present proof of vaccination like:

  • vaccination card
  • yellow book or ICV (International Certificate of Vaccination)

The details on your vaccination proof must be verifiable.

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the two doses of acceptable vaccine brand (or one dose if Janssen/Johnson & Johnson or CanSinoBIO).

For children aged 12 or below, COVID-19 vaccination is NOT mandatory.

IMPORTANT! These policies change quite a lot. Check this page for the latest updates.

How to check in using the Royal Caribbean App

You should check in not later than 3 days before your scheduled sailing. Here’s how:

  • Download the Royal Caribbean app here .
  • Link your cruise to your app by entering your last name, date of birth, and reservation number. It will then display your upcoming cruise.

Royal Caribbean App 1

  • On the home page, click CHECK IN at the bottom menu. It will display a review of possible health requirements. Click CONTINUE TO CHECK IN.
  • Fill out the Travel Info section. You’ll need to provide the following: – A scan of your passport – Security photo – Country of residence/birth – Crown & Anchor Society Loyalty Number – Address – Emergency contact details
  • Enter your credit card details . Internationally-accepted debit cards work, too.

Royal Caribbean App 2

  • Enter your Arrival Time for your wellness check. The earliest we saw was 12pm-12:30pm. Avoid being late. If you arrive outside the time slot you chose, you may be delayed boarding.
  • Provide your vaccination details , including the manufacturer and date it was administered. This is not required, but if you are vaccinated, best to provide your vaccination details and upload a copy of your proof of vaccination. If you have a booster dose, provide the info as well.
  • Answer Health and Safety questions on the specified date , usually the day before your sailing date.

Royal Caribbean App 3

  • Click VIEW SET SAIL PASS. After another review of the health reminders, the system will generate your pass. It should contain your name, stateroom number, reservation number, and a unique barcode.

You can view your SetSail Pass even if you haven’t answered the health questions. Take a screenshot of your SetSail Pass for easier use. You’ll also receive an email notification. It looks like this:

SetSail Pass Royal Caribbean App

By the way, you’ll see an orange notice that reads “ Not Yet Cleared to Board! ” even if you have completed all the sections. Don’t worry about it for now. This will change once you pass the wellness check at the terminal.

What to pack? What to wear?

One of the most common misconceptions about cruising is that it’s too formal. And this is not true, at least for Royal Caribbean.

True, there is often one formal night per sailing. But it is optional. You can totally skip it if you’re not into it. And it’s not that strict. On Spectrum of the Seas, jeans are acceptable on formal night. Just avoid wearing t-shirt, shorts, slippers, and sneakers at the event. (On our last sailing though, there wasn’t a formal night. But we still decided to dress up a bit one evening. LOL)

Royal Caribbean Formal Attire

Some restaurants also enforce a certain dress code. But these are not formal, more like smart casual. For the Main Dining Room and other specialty restos, a dress/blazer for women or anything with a collar should be enough. Again, just avoid t-shirts, shorts and sneakers here.

Outside of these, casual is completely fine. I recommend bringing one blazer that can pass off as semi-formal or business attire so you could get into less casual spots and events.

What to Wear on a Cruise

When I’m going on a cruise, I always pack two sets of clothes per day. This is NOT a requirement, just a personal preference. The reason is, I like wearing casual, comfortable clothes when touring, especially when getting off the ship. But in the evenings, I embrace any opportunity to dress up a little. (As a full-time travel blogger, I rarely come across such situations. LOL!)

And oh, if you intend to swim or take a dip, bring swimwear, too!

In addition to clothes, don’t forget to bring the following:

Royal Caribbean What to Pack

  • US dollars : just in case you experience trouble with your credit/debit card
  • Face masks : you have to wear this all the time when indoors, except when eating
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste : which will not be provided on board
  • Travel adaptor : the ship uses North American standard, 110V AC; and standard European 220/230 volts AC plug outlets

What are the prohibited items on board a Royal Caribbean ship?

Here are things that are not allowed on board. If found, these items will be confiscated immediately.

Royal Caribbean Prohibited Items

  • illegal drugs and substances
  • firearms and ammunition (including replicas)
  • flammable liquids and explosives
  • sharp object (shaving razors and scissors with less than 4 inches blade length are allowed)
  • items that produce heat and an open flame like candles, incense, coffee maker, hot plates, clothes iron, etc. (curling iron and hair straighteners are allowed)
  • extension cords
  • hoverboards
  • alcoholic beverages like beer, hard liquor, and fortified wines (On boarding day, guests may bring up to two 750-ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom but these must only be consumed inside their respective staterooms. It must be brought via carry on.)
  • other beverages

In a previous RC cruise, I didn’t realize that extension cords were prohibited. (I always bring a small power strip when I travel.) I was wondering why my suitcase was not delivered to my room until I called and found out that my bag was temporarily held because it contained what looked like an extension cord. I went to their baggage area to retrieve my bag. They confiscated the extension cord, but they gave it back to me before I left the ship.

How to change details of my cruise booking?

If you booked via the international website of Royal Caribbean, you may call its United States hotline: 866-562-7625 .

If you booked at www.cruising.com.ph , the website of the official Royal Caribbean representatives in the Philippines (Arpan Air), you may simply contact them via call, SMS, Viber, or Whatsapp at these numbers:

  • +63 998 983 7315
  • +63 948 526 6174

If you haven’t booked yet, consider booking at www.cruising.com.ph to get easier customer support. They have access to the same system and inventory, and they can make changes to your booking or extend your payment. They can also assist you in preparing for your cruise.

ON BOARDING DAY

Where is the cruise terminal in singapore how to get there.

In Singapore, Royal Caribbean uses the stunning Marina Bay Cruise Centre, located at this address:

  • Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947

The closest MRT Station is Marina South Pier along the North South (NS) Line.

If you’re coming from Changi Airport, here’s how to get there:

  • From the Arrival Hall, walk to Changi Airport MRT Station. It’s located between Terminals 2 and 3.
  • Board the train and alight at Tanah Merah Station. It’s only 2 stops away. Travel time: 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to another train bound for Joo Koon or Tuas Link. This is still East-West Line (EW) or green line. You’ll need to change platforms.
  • Get off at Raffles Place Station. It’s 10 stops away. Travel time: 20 minutes.
  • Transfer to North South Line (NS) and board a train bound for Marina South Pier. This should take you only about a minute or so.
  • Alight at Marina South Pier. Only 2 stops away. Travel time: 6 minutes.
  • Take Exit A. Just follow the signs pointing to Exit A or Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
  • Walk to Marina Bay Cruise Centre. It’s 600 meters away, roughly 10 minutes on foot. Find the departure and checkin area.

Total travel time: roughly 1 hour. Total fare: SGD 1.97.

If you’re coming from any other part of the city, just make your way to any MRT station and make your way to Marina South Pier Station along the North South Line (NS).

The faster and easier way is by taking a cab or a Grab car. Travel time is only 20-25 minutes. Grab fare is around SGD 19. For 6-seater vehicles, fare is around SGD 34.

How to check in and board the ship?

First, make sure you check in online or using the Royal Caribbean app at least 3 days before sailing. This would make the boarding process so much easier!

Check your Guest Ticket Booklet , a set of e-documents sent to you when you booked, and on the CRUISE SUMMARY PAGE (likely page 3), look for the Sailing Time . Often, it should be between 4pm and 6pm. In our case, it’s 5pm.

Spectrum of the Seas Boarding Time

IMPORTANT! Be at the pier within the wellness check time period that you picked when you checked in online. Otherwise, you may be pushed back and be allowed to board much later.

Here’s the boarding process:

  • Attach the luggage tags to your check-in bags. You’ll find it in the Guest Ticket Booklet, usually towards the last page. Print them out but attach it only after you’ve landed in Singapore. (The tags might get lost or damaged if you attach it before your flight to SG.) You can also do this while falling in line but bring some scotch tape.

Royal Carribean Luggage Tag

  • Go to the luggage drop off area. But make sure you have your documents with you. Best to have a small carry-on or hand-carry bag.
  • Enter the terminal for Customs and security check. There is often another queue here that starts outside. When you pass the security check, you will be directed to the check-in hall.
  • Clear a quick document check. A staff member will check your passport, SetSail Pass, and proof of vaccination (if applicable). Once satisfied, they will affix a sticker at the back of your passport and write your stateroom number on it.

Royal Caribbean Boarding Card

  • Finalize your check-in and present your travel documents at the counters. If you were not able to check-in online, you will need to fill out the check-in forms on the spot. Once everything is in order, a photo of you will be taken. – If you did not enter a payment method (credit/debit card) via the app, a refundable deposit of at least US$100 will be collected for incidental expenses. You will be able to take it back before you leave the ship, unless you make purchases on board. – Once done, you will be given a printed out “checked in” version of your SetSail Pass. – If you check your Royal Caribbean app, it should display you’re CLEARED TO BOARD. – You will be given assigned a boarding area.
  • Proceed to the assigned boarding area. This depends on the color or number of the boarding card assigned to you. Wait for the boarding announcement.

Marina Bay Cruise Centre Boarding Area

  • When boarding starts, go to the Immigration Hall for departure clearance. Everything here is automated. You’ll have to scan your passport yourself and clear biometric scans (photo and fingerprints). Note that you’re technically exiting Singapore at this point, so you’ll have to accomplish the Singapore Arrival Card again later on, before the ship returns to SG.
  • As you enter the ship, another staff member will collect your passport. You will get your passport back a day before you disembark.

That’s it! You’re in! Welcome aboard!

What to do after boarding?

Spectrum of the Seas Safety Briefing

  • Attend a safety demo. Check your Royal Caribbean app for the venue. It will also show you a map and instructions on how to reach it. Once completed, you’ll be given a colored sticker that you must attach to your shirt, somewhere visible.
  • Have lunch or chill at a waiting area. This can be the Windjammer Marketplace on Deck 14, the Main Dining Room on Decks 3-4, or the Two70. Help yourself with treats from their extensive international buffet selection as you wait for your room to be ready (usually 2-3 hours after boarding but can be as late as 6pm). You may also explore the top deck or the pool area and admire the view.

SeaPass Card

  • Find your check-in luggage in the hallway, just outside your room. If you can’t find it, contact Guest Services because they might be holding it because they suspect it contains a restricted/prohibited item or the luggage tag might have gotten lost.

Spectrum of the Seas Hallway

DURING SAILING

Where to eat on board.

Each booking comes with access to six (6) complimentary dining options:

  • Main Dining Room : a proper restaurant, international cuisine; multi-level dining place; open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Deck 3-4, Aft
  • Windjammer Marketplace : international cuisine; buffet style; open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Deck 14, Aft
  • Noodle Bar : Asian noodles; open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; located inside Windjammer Marketplace
  • Splashaway Café : kiddie meals; open for breakfast and lunch;located near the kid’s pool area; Deck 14, Mid
  • Sorrento’s – Authentic New York Pizzeria, open for lunch and dinner; Deck 14, Aft
  • The Café @Two70® : continental food; serves mostly salads, sandwiches, and soups; open for breakfast and lunch; Deck 5, Aft section
  • SeaPlex Dog House , a “food truck” serving tasty hot dogs, located inside SeaPlex, open for lunch and dinner, until 7PM only; Deck 15, Aft

Dining at any of the above is FREE of charge , and you can have as much food as you like. When I like a particular dish, I order another serving. Even at the Main Dining Room , if I like two main dishes, I order both. It’s okay and it’s allowed. You can even ask for items that are not on the current menu. The first time I had a meal here, they served a cheese platter, which I enjoyed. But it was no longer on the menu after that but I always ordered it regardless and they would bring oblige (LOL).

The menu at the Main Dining Room changes every meal, but here’s a sample:

Spectrum of the Seas Main Dining Room Menu

Because of the sheer diversity of the cuisines that are available for FREE, it is entirely possible to complete the trip without spending anything more on food.

Spectrum of the Seas Restaurant

But if you want to splurge a little, aside from these complimentary food spots, you’ll also find specialty restaurants that incur additional charges, including:

  • Chops Grille : steakhouse, best for prime meat and Maine lobster; open for lunch (on sea days only) and dinner; Deck 5, Midship
  • Teppanyaki : Japanese food prepared and served by entertaining chefs; open for lunch and dinner; reservation and purchase via Royal mobile app or cruise planner; Deck 14, Mid
  • Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver : Italian cuisine; popular on the menu are meat plank and pasta; open for lunch and dinner; Deck 5, Aft
  • Wonderland : creative and innovative Alice-in-Wonderland-themed dining; open for dinner; Deck 5, Midship
  • La Patisserie , pastries, desserts, ice cream, and coffee; Deck 4, Midship
  • Chef’s Table : continental food; five-course meal and wine tasting; open for dinner; Deck 5, midship
  • Izumi : Japanese cuisine; popular on the menu are the sushi and sashimi options; open for lunch and dinner; Deck 5, Midship
  • Sichuan Red : Chinese cuisine; specially designed for Spectrum of the Seas; open for lunch and dinner; reservation and purchase via Royal mobile app or cruise planner; Deck 4, Midship
  • The Hot Pot : Chinese cuisine; hot pot style cooking; located inside Windjammer Marketplace, Aft
  • Leaf & Bean cafe : wide selection of hot and cold drinks with pastry offerings; Deck 4, Midship

Teppanyaki Spectrum of the Seas

For these, reservations may be required. You may do so using the Royal Caribbean app. If you book in advance, you’ll get discounts ranging from 15-50%.

We’ll be creating a separate article discussing each of the dining spots we have tried on board, so watch out for that.

Reminder: ALWAYS wash and sanitize your hand BEFORE and AFTER you eat. There’s a hand-washing or hand-sanitizing station at every restaurant’s entrance/exit.

Room service is also available but a US$7.95 service charge + 18% gratuity applies per stateroom order except for continental breakfast.

Things to Do On Board

So I asked some of my friends who never considered cruising before: What do you think are in store for you on board? Unsurprisingly, most of them said “eat, drink, and party.” But nothing much other than that. I say “unsurprisingly” because years ago, I thought the same, too! When I was younger, the only mental images of cruising to me were painted by the movies I saw wherein rich retirees just socialize at cocktail parties. LOL.

FlowRider Spectrum of the Seas

But the truth is, boarding a cruise ship is like stepping into another world. There’s just a globe of things to do on board! Competition among cruise lines is intense, so every one is continuously one-upping the others by offering a lot of features, depending on the target market. Royal Caribbean, for example, has been filling their new ships to the brim with fun and exciting amenities. As one of their largest ships, the Spectrum of the Seas has more than its share of thrilling attractions and lifestyle spaces.

Here are some of them:

Spectrum of the Seas Amenities

  • RipCord by iFly , simulated skydiving experience (with extra cost)
  • FlowRider , simulated surfing activity (FREE, but instructor fees apply if you need one)
  • Skypad , bungee trampoline with virtual reality headset (FREE)
  • Rock climbing wall (FREE)
  • Royal Theatre , where musical and other entertaining performances are regularly staged (most shows are FREE)
  • SeaPlex , a sports complex where you can ride bumper cars; play tennis, pingpong and basketball; try archery; and more! (FREE)
  • North Star , a glass-enclosed observation pod and capsule ride that allows a 360-degree view (with extra cost)
  • Swimming pools and whirlpools (FREE)
  • Music hall , with band performances every night (FREE)
  • Star Moment , karaoke! (FREE)
  • Spas and gym (FREE)
  • Video game arcade

We were able to try almost everything on the list and we really had a lot of fun! We were at the Music Hall every night and would spend our high-seas day trying most of the rides and attractions.

SkyPad Trampoline Bungee

And oh, don’t forget to catch at least one of the awesome shows at the Royal Theatre and the Two70 !

Royal Caribbean Theatre

Attractions for children/toddlers

Children have their own swimming area called Splashaway Bay , complete with water slides.

The SeaPlex , a sports complex, composed of game rooms and a lot of kid-friendly attractions like an arcade, video game rooms, archery room, bumper cars, and claw machines.

Kids Swimming Area

Some of the shows at the Royal Theatre are also wholesome, which kids can enjoy.

The Spectrum of the Seas also has a so-called Adventure Ocean program, which is basically a youth club or day care, where children ages 3 to 11 can play with other kids. Parents can drop off their kids here.

Exploring Ports of Call

As of now, most sailings last 3 nights to 5 nights, usually making a stop in the following ports of call in Malaysia and Thailand.

  • 3 nights: Penang
  • 4 nights: Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur and Penang, OR Penang and Phuket
  • 5 nights: Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur, Penang, AND Phuket

You have the option to book a guided tour from Royal Caribbean called SHOREX (Shore Excursion) or you can explore the destination on your own.

The beauty of joining a shorex is they will be taking care of everything for you, including the transfers to and from the port, but it usually comes with a rigid itinerary. Visit the Shore Excursion Kiosks on Deck 5 (Midship) to know more about the different tour packages before the day of docking.

Spectrum of the Seas Kuala Lumpur Penang

If you want more freedom and flexibility, you can explore independently. But just make sure that you’ll be back to the ship before the set time. You can see the arrival and departure times on the Royal Caribbean app.

Penang and Phuket are quite easy to explore because the pier isn’t too far away from the main points of interest or city center. But Port Klang is tricky because it’s roughly 1.5 to 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur, depending on traffic conditions. This means, you’ll be spending at least 3 hours on the road.

Whether joining an arranged group tour or doing a DIY, don’t forget your SeaPass Card and a photocopy of your passport.

Important! You have to be fully vaccinated to explore ports of call.

CHECKING OUT & DISEMBARKATION

Things to do on your last day on board.

  • Accomplish the Singapore Arrival Card. Yes, you’ll have to do it again. Since you’ll be passing through Immigration upon boarding the ship, you’ll be leaving Singapore. When you disembark, you’ll actually be reentering the country, so you’ll need to complete this form again. You can do this much earlier, anytime within 3 days prior to your arrival in Singapore.
  • Claim your passport at the designated area. It’s usually at the lobby or elevator space nearest your state room.
  • Pack your things and leave your bag outside your door by 10PM. Set aside your clothes for the next day and all your valuables and travel documents in your carry-on bag. Your room attendant will leave another set of luggage tags on your bed or at the door. Don’t forget to attach the tags to your suitcase before leaving it outside.

Luggage Tags Spectrum of the Seas

  • If paying cash or if your credit card didn’t work, settle your bill if you made any purchases. Just approach the GUEST SERVICES desk to do so. If using a credit card, the bill with be automatically charged to your card. These days, most bookings already cover pre-paid tips/gratuities, so no need to worry about that (but check your booking to be sure).

Is tipping mandatory?

Most cruise ships impose mandatory gratuities, which will be charged onboard — BUT NOT FOR SINGAPORE SAILINGS of the Royal Caribbean. Instead, gratuities are pre-paid, which means this has been already covered when you book your cruise. So no, when cruising with Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas, you don’t need to worry about being charged for mandatory tips.

That said, we still recommend that you tip the staff — especially your room attendant and the waiters at proper restaurants if they did a great job to show your appreciation.

How to disembark

You can still have your breakfast the morning on the day of your departure. Breakfast is served as early as 6:00am. Here are the food places that normally serve breakfast: Windjammer Marketplace (Deck 14), Café @ Two70 (Deck 5), and Main Dining Room (Deck 3).

When it’s time to get off the ship, follow these procedure:

  • Proceed to your departure lounge and then the gangway on Deck 5. Upon exiting, a staff member will scan your SeaPass card or your passport.
  • Undergo immigration check for arrival clearance.
  • Once cleared, collect your luggage at the baggage claim area. Check your luggage tag number to be sure.

One more thing: if you’re flying to the Philippines after the cruise, you’ll also need to accomplish ETRAVEL PASS , which is a requirement by the Philippine government.

That’s all for now. In our next cruise-related posts, we’ll be tackling the many dining options and attractions on board the Spectrum of the Seas! So follow us on our social media channels to stay updated!

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Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand. Its many achievements include the “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 15 consecutive years (TTG Travel Awards) and the “Best Cruise Line” since 2015 (Travel Weekly Asia’s Reader’s Choice Awards. It boasts 26 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to famous destinations such as Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

Arpan Air Inc. is the official representatives of Royal Caribbean in the Philippines.

Written by Yosh Dimen Photos by Yosh Dimen & Vins Carlos Additional words by Asta Alvarez Additional images courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

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Did you have internet connection while on board?

Yosh Dimen

Hi Pia! Yes, Voom ung provider nila. Pero medyo mahal, nasa around P1100 per day. Need namin kasi sa work.

We’ll be cruising again next month and we’ll be using yung Data SIM na pwede sa SG/MY/TH. Mas mura kasi. I’ll update this if OK naman ang connection.

Nesty

Hello. Did your next cruise push thru this Feb ? And did you get the Data SIM you mentioned in Singapore ? How was it ? Thanks.

Hi Nesty! Yep, we were able to order TuneTalk SIM online, which works in SG/MY/TH. We had a difficult time activating it, but once it did, ok naman. Shipping took a long time so order at least a month before to be safe.

Niela

Hi Yosh – can you write about your diy shorex for kl, penang and phuket. Tia!

Hi Niela, yes. I’m currently on my way to Singapore for another cruise. Will write about DIY shorex after. :)

Thx will wait Also I was able to use promo code WORTHIT thx a lot!

Nicole

Hi! This information is very helpful! I am sailing this itinerary in June. I have a US passport, so I need to get a Singapore Visa, and a Visa for /Malaysia as well as the Singapore arrival card?!? Is that it as far as documentation?

Singapore Arrival Card, yes. Not sure about visas though because I’m not familiar with the policies for US passport holders. ☹️

amarietb

grabe sobrang helpful talaga ng mga blog po ninyo. Pag nagttravel kami lagi muna ako nagbabasa ng mga blogs po ninyo sobang nakakatulong talaga po

Salamat po! Enjoy po kayo sa mga next trips n’yo. :)

Amit

Thank you. All the information is very useful. We will be travelling from Singapore in May (to Penang and Phuket). A quick question – Being an Indian citizen (Indian passport holder), will i require visa for both Malaysia and Thailand even if i dont plan to get down from the cruise ship?

Joan P.

Thanks for this blog. Truly helpful. We are booked for June 29. I was hoping you could give insights on which SHOREX to take in KL and Penang. Thanks.

For Penang, we did DIY sa Penang Hill.

For KL, you can do the usual city tour, if you haven’t explored KL before.

Shai

Hello po poor traveler. Just wanna ask kasi po naguguluhan kami sa 18% gratuity sa main dining (yung certain ports or itinerary) Automatic po ba yon once na mag dine in ka or ma add lang siya if may order ka na may bayad? Kasi nag reserved na po kami for the dining we are worried baka biglang may additional pala which is yung 18% gratuity. Thank you po! Hope makita niyo po ito. this july po kami naka sched

To be sure we’re on the same page, saan nyo po nakita yung 18% gratuity for main dining?

Kasi nung time po namin, complimentary ang Main Dining, so walang ganun. Sa mga may bayad lang sya talaga nag-aapply.

yung “18% gratuity” po ay naka lagay siya sa menu sa may lower left part po. Yung nakapost po sainyong menu. Sa premium selection. And sa app po nasa last part ng description ng “my time dining”. Medyo confusing po kasi yung part na may certain ports and itineraries.

if tama nga po ang intindi ko. Yung mga beverages na may bayad po yung magkakaroon ng addl gratuity? Sorry po dami tanong. Thank you!

Aaah it only applies to the three premium dishes sa bottom. If hindi mo naman oorderin yun, di naman mag-aapply. But we still suggest na mag-iwan pa rin ng tip sa staff lalo if OK naman ang service. :)

Okay po. Thank you so much po for answering. And sa mga infos po ninyo

Hi again poor traveler, may question po ulit ako. About sa Singapore arrival card. Mag stay po kasi kami for 2 days sa sg before cruise. thats 25-27. Ang magiging departure po ba namin ay 27? From 27-31 po yung cruise. Then after cruise mag fill out po kami uli ng Sg arrival card? Hope po na malinaw yung tanong ahaha thank you!

Hi Shai! Yep, yung departure nyo is 27. Tapos fill out ulit ng new arrival card before mag 31. :)

How about po yung “next city/after singapore” ang ilagay po namin ay malaysia or singapore?

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Review: Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas is an action-packed adventure on water

Those who longed for a vacation during the peak of COVID-19 wouldn’t be stranger to the concept of “cruise to nowhere”. After all, if we can’t fly or even drive to neighbouring countries, the next best option is going out to sea. So successful was this concept that it reinvigorated a newfound enthusiasm for cruising in Singapore, which is why the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

The vessel, Asia’s largest and most innovative ship, made its first dock here recently to prepare for its one-year stint in Singapore starting 11 April 2022, and if our sneak peek was anything to go by, it’s going to be a busy 365 days for all 1,500 crew members on board.  

Read on for our full review of Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas cruise in Singapore

The cruise ship.

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In today’s competitive cruise industry, Royal Caribbean International knew it had a lot to do to stand out from its competitors, namely Genting’s Dream Cruises. Thankfully, it had plenty of space to play around with; the hulking vessel is Asia’s biggest and most expensive cruise ship at the moment, and spans an impressive length of about 347m.

In fact, there are so many things to see and do, that the three- and four-night Ocean Getaways will probably not be enough for you to tick off your checklist. Because the ship is relatively new (it last did its rounds in Hong Kong before restrictions tightened further), expect everything to be clean and in top shape.

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Where do we even begin? Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas is chockfull of activities and facilities that will keep anyone completely occupied, whether you’re 10 years old or 100.

You’ll get access to signature experiences such as Ripcord by iFly, a gravity-defying simulator that lets you float weightlessly as you attempt skydiving manoeuvres — if you dare. An instructor is on hand to guide you through, and because it’s on one of the ship’s highest points, you’ll get a killer view to boot too.  

For an even better view, book a session on the North Star, an all-glass observation capsule that’ll take you 300 feet above sea level for panoramic sights of the sea and beyond. We were told that a pod of dolphins were spotted near the vessel just a couple of days ago, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled whilst up there.  

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Other big highlights include the FlowRider surf simulator that’ll get your adrenaline pumping, as well as the SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity complex at sea. The latter is a transformable space that can not only host basketball and futsal matches, but also bumper car battles come sundown. Around the space are table tennis tables, foosball tables, and an archery area, which guests can use at any point in time.

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Those keen on getting some sun during this trip won’t be disappointed; a decent-sized pool sits at the heart of the Spectrum of the Sea’s top deck with plenty of sunbeds around, but if that gets too crowded for you, there’s another one in the air-conditioned Solarium and a jacuzzi in an adults-only section just further back for you to soak in. Bars are dotted everywhere so you won’t have to walk far for a piña colada — just sayin’ .

If you prefer to soak in the atmosphere of the ship, Spectrum of the Seas keeps you entertained with plenty of live performance options. The Two70 is an open area “living room” by day that offers panoramic views of the waters and neighbouring islands, but come sundown, the space transforms with the help of intelligent robotic lighting, state-of-the art projectors, and very enthusiastic performers. Expect lots of dancing, live singing, and even contortionists to keep you entertained. Other venues on the cruise ship also offer live bands and pianists. If you want to channel your inner God of Gambling, the casino, of course, awaits.

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Because Royal Caribbean International designed this ship for the Asian market, expect Asian cuisine to be a big theme around there. Highlights include restaurants such as Sichuan Red, Hot Pot, and Teppanyaki, the latter of which is the most entertaining option of them all. Here, the passionate chefs cook up a storm on the hot plate whilst singing and teasing guests, so bookmark this restaurant if you want a meal to remember.  

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For your caffeine fix, head to the contemporary Leaf & Bean, where you’ll find everything from original Chinese teas to classic coffee creations, then head to the Bionic Bar to watch robots shake up a cocktail for you. There’s a Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver if you’re craving pasta, but head to Wonderland if you’re feeling adventurous. The multi-sensory experience here is bolstered by a whimsical setting, visually-enticing dishes, and ‘magical’ cocktails to make for a highly entertaining and Instagrammable meal.

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Otherwise, there are also free dining options everywhere. The Windjammer offers a massive buffet spread three times a day, while the Dog House and Sorrento’s Pizza let’s you binge on hot dogs and pizzas to your heart’s content. The Main Dining Room is a smart-casual affair, and serves up decadent dishes like Moroccan-spiced ahi tuna and fluffy Grand Marnier soufflés.

For the best experience, we recommend booking the Silver Junior Suite and up. The suite life onboard Spectrum of the Seas not only means a bigger room, but also generous balcony space (with sunbeds!), and access to exclusive dining lounges and facilities throughout the ship.  

Here, the rooms are contemporary and impeccably clean, with a plush king-sized bed that will tempt you to hit the snooze button time and again. The room opens up to the balcony via floor-to-ceiling sliding doors so you can let the fresh sea breeze in. You’ll also enjoy creature comforts like L’Occitane toiletries, a bathtub, a Lavazza coffee machine.  

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If you’re travelling with a big family and demanding kids, the Ultimate Family Suite is a two-storey option that boasts an in-suite slide, a flights of piano stairs, your very own cinema, an air hockey table, and table tennis on your balcony. A Royal Genie will be your personal butler for the trip, and you can count on him to give you exclusive access to the best that Royal Caribbean has to offer on your Spectrum of the Seas cruise.  

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With air travel opening up rapidly, the biggest question that remains now is whether a cruise to nowhere from Singapore is still the best option around. While we’re all for exploring new destinations, Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas was a surprisingly delightful distraction from the rest of the world for a few days.

Like a little city on the seas, the smooth-sailing cruise left us with no time to be bored (or hungry). Service is outstanding here, and you won’t find a crew member without a smile. Walk past any of them and you’ll get a greeting, and if you have a request, they’ll go out of their way to help you — something you don’t always experience on land (or even in the skies).  

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Royal Caribbean International’s new ship might still be cruising with no ports of call for now, but the Singapore Tourism Board has stated that it was working with potential destinations to make this happen by year end. And while that would be one extra thing to look forward to, you’ll be having so much fun that you might not even want to leave.

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4D3N Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas: My First Time Cruising!

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Posted on November 17, 2018

Categories cruise , malaysia , singapore

4D3N Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas: My First Time Cruising!

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Why would someone pay money to go to a country by sea and spend 24 hours on the ship one-way, when you can just take a 1-hour flight to get there?

This question bothers me a lot when I was young and naive. Cruise vacation has never crossed my mind in my twenties. The young lady in me wanted to explore, explore, explore, and not sit still in a vehicle for days where there’s no network. But, as you get older, you get wiser, right? So, how did I end up on a Royal Caribbean vessel for 4 days 3 nights? Did I enjoy it? What are the highlights of this cruise? Having been to Penang often, what did I do at the port of call this time?

If you’re a cruise newbie who hasn’t taken a single cruise in your life, or you’re looking for snippets about Voyager of the Seas to justify whether it’s worth your hard-earned money, I will share my experience, written from a clueless newbie perspective. Mind you, I didn’t do a single research prior to the trip (I had long hours at work before the trip) thus I made plenty of mistakes that you should avoid!

Why did I book the cruise?

One day, my hubby texted me during work and told me that his company’s annual trip this year is a cruise trip. He asked me whether we are going. I said, “Of course! How much?” “500.” “Okay, let me know the details and let’s discuss tonight!” Long story short, we decided to join the cruise. Because, why not? It’s a free vacation for hubby but he kindly paid for half of my tix.

In the weeks leading to the cruise, we couldn’t stop counting down. Both of us work long hours on weekdays and weekends. We couldn’t wait to unplug and not think about work.

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Packing tips

Based on my own experience of over-packing and my hub’s experience of under-packing, here are my tips for packing.

Things to bring:

  • 1 pair of swimsuits for swim and jacuzzi.
  • 1 pair of water sportswear for Flow Rider (you don’t want to wear a bikini for this). Tips: wear tight pants cos the water pressure is really high, your pants will most likely drop if it’s loose.
  • 1 pair of flip-flops for everyday wear.
  • 1 pair of sneakers for jogging and gym.
  • 4 pairs of socks. One for each day. You also need it for rock climbing.
  • Cameras. I brought DSLR, GoPro and camera phone. Didn’t regret a single thing except that I didn’t bring any to record our experience at FlowRider! Ugh!
  • Toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shavers, face wash. Body soap and shampoo are provided.
  • Wines. Each room is allowed to bring 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne. Tips: if you want to drink in your room or by the pool, just borrow the glasses from housekeeping or pool bar.
  • Water bottle. You can refill water from Cafe Promenade.

Things not to bring:

  • Heels. I bought a pair of heels but I regretted it. I wore it only once to the fine dining dinner at Sapphire Dining Room. When I saw other people wear flip-flops, I did the same the next day, oops I’m too honest!
  • Snacks. With unlimited food on board, save your luggage and your energy from carrying extra snacks that you won’t be eating anyway.

Pre-Departure tips

  • Arrive early!  We made the mistake of arriving late. The check-in opens as early as 10.45am and closes as late as 3pm. We arrived at Marina South Pier at 1am and only got to our room at 2.30am. We had a rushed lunch. It was chaotic.
  • Bring luggage, not hand carry bags.  Firstly, if you are planning to take MRT to Marina South Pier, the distance between Marina South Pier MRT and Marina Bay Cruise Centre is about 1km. So, a luggage is more useful than a bag. Secondly, if you don’t check in your belongings, you need to carry them to your room. It’s a long walk, trust me.
  • Check in your luggage, it’s free.  Unlike budget flights where you need to pay to check in your bags, the check-in service on a cruise is free (or, rather, it’s already included!). You check-in your bags first before passenger check-in. The queue for luggage check-in is outside the building, not inside. Basically, just show them your tix that has your room number, and they’ll put on the tags on your luggage. That’s it! Your luggage will be delivered to your room once the ship sails. If you have wine, you will receive a paper in your room that requests you to collect your luggage at Deck 1.

Marina Cruise Centre check in terminal

The terminal looks really confusing for a first-timer like me!

  • Make your way to the passenger check-in counter.  Follow the signs. Different decks of the same cruise have different check-in counters. It could be confusing, but just follow the signs according to your deck.
  • Once you get through the lengthy check-in process and receive your Seapass (aka room card), make your way to the ship. As you get out of the cruise terminal and walk towards the ship, you’ll pass a group of crews to will ask you to surrender your passport. Give your passport and your NRIC. We didn’t surrender our NRIC on the first day, so we had to visit Guest Service on the second day to surrender our NRIC. In case you don’t know, NRIC is the identity card held by residents of Singapore (including foreigners who work in the country).
  • Once you enter the ship at Deck 4, you’ll see so many people at the lift lobby waiting for the slow lift to come. Don’t waste your time waiting for the same lift. Take the stairs instead. Luckily, our room was only 2 storeys above the entrance.
  • Grab your lunch, quick! Visit Windjammer at Deck 11 for the free buffet or Cafe Promenade at Deck 5 for light snacks (i.e. pizza, sandwich, cakes, etc). Be quick, because the lunch facilities will be closed at about 3.30pm to prepare for the mandatory drill before the ship sails.
  • Begin your adventure!  Once the drill ends, the ship starts sailing and your adventure begins! Either plan your activities first using the Cruise Compass in your room, or simply explore the whole ship on foot. Your choice. Wait, what’s Cruise Compass? It’s the daily schedule of shows time, restaurant opening hours, activity operating hours, etc. Basically, it’s a very important document and it’s sent directly to your room every night.

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Our first glimpse of the cruise. I was awed.

How my first cruise experience looks like

Here’s how I spent my 4 days 3 nights on the cruise. It isn’t a perfect itinerary, but it shows you how little time you have on board so you need to carefully plan your activities. It also shows you the mistakes we made, so you won’t repeat it. Ready?

1 pm: Arrived at Marina South Pier. Went through the lengthy check-in process that I’ve explained in the “Pre-Departure” section above,

2.20 pm: Excited to discover that our interior stateroom is not bad! The bed is big and so comfortable. The aircon is great.

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Our stateroom! No windows or balcony but it’s really comfortable!

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The other view of the stateroom

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And the tiny shower room

2.40 pm: Lunch at Windjammer. It’s all-you-can-eat, baby! It was our first meal on the cruise, of course, we went wild. There was so much food. We ate a lot. I especially love the pizza and pasta. We only left the restaurant when they were preparing to close.

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The staff would try to sell you discounted meals at speciality dining places. It’s quite a huge discount and you can consider it. Otherwise, you still can buy the package during dinner or the second day.

4 pm: Mandatory Muster Assembly Drill. From Windjammer, we followed other people to the Drill. Along the way, we saw the crews holding the signs for D4. Being confused, we asked the crew where we were supposed to go. After they checked our Seapass, they told us to go to our station A3 instead of D4. So, we had to walk quite some distance to our designated station. The drill went on for about 15 minutes. Then, the ship started sailing.

4.30 pm: Photoshoot session. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to take photos of Singapore from a cruise, we went up to the pool deck for a photoshoot session.

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We’re so ready to begin our adventure!

5.30 pm: Dinner. On our Seapass, it was written that we were assigned to 5.30 PM seating at the Sapphire Dining Room (also known as Main Dining Room, or Fine Dining). We went with high expectation, we dressed better than casual. The dining hall was really huge and beautiful. All the utensils were nicely laid on the table. We were excited. However, our excitement was short-lived.

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Looks luxurious!

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Before dinner was served

The dinner was nothing to boast about. The food was a hit or miss. My appetizer (scallop) was great but my main (pad thai) was terrible. Dessert was fantastic. Service was bad. Here are my tips for you: dine with no expectation at all and you won’t leave with regrets.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - Sapphire Dining Room Dinner

L-R: appetizer (scallop), pad thai, sweet and sour chicken, grilled chicken, fish and chips, curry.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - Sapphire Dining Room Dinner

Dessert. Just okay.

7.30 pm: Hanging out at the pool deck, soaking in the atmosphere.

8.15 pm: Went to Studio B (deck 3) for the “Ice Odyssey” show scheduled at 8.30 pm. To our disappointment, the studio was already full even before the show started. Too bad. We went back to our room to rest.

9.30 pm: Went to Studio B again for the second show of “Ice Odyssey” show scheduled at 10.30 pm. Yes, we were really early, like 1 hour early. After queuing for some time, the door opened and the line moved. We went into the studio, took a seat and waited patiently for the show to start.

10.30 pm:  “Ice Odyssey show officially started. Professional ice skaters were performing spectacular moves on the skating rink. Stupid me, I didn’t bring my DSLR. Hence, the not-so-sharp photos below. This show is one of the best shows on the cruise and I highly recommend it to anyone boarding the cruise.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - Ice Odyssey

The girl on the chair volunteered to be a guest of the show

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - Ice Odyssey

Amazing performance by pro skaters

11.30 pm: Show’s done. Time for bed.

Here’s our ideal plan for the morning of Day 2: wake up at 6 am, go for a morning jog at 6.15 am, swim at 6.45 am, breakfast at 7.30 am. Here’s what really happened.

8 am: Wake up with a huge sense of regret for oversleeping.

8.15  am: Breakfast at Windjammer. The restaurant is crowded as usual, but we managed to find a table. There was too much food at the buffet. My favourite food has to be the fried carrot cake. It was a little bit too salty but I just couldn’t stop eating it; I probably had 3 plates of it.

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Love this window seat. But it got hot towards the end of our breakfast.

9.30 am: After breakfast, we decided to head to the pool. But, along the way, we spotted a vacant table for table tennis. Being a huge lover of the game (we call it pingpong here), hubby and his friends played for a good half an hour.

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Table tennis championship

10.00 am: Realising that the Stand-up Surfing is ending soon at 11 am, hubby and I made our way to our room to change into our swimming attire and keep our valuables in the safe.

10.10 am: Submitted our NRIC at the Guest Services desk at Deck 5 because we didn’t do so when we entered the ship.

10.15 am: Went to FlowRider at Deck 13. There was a line at the registration where we waited for about 10 mins. We gave our Seapass and were given a wristband. PS: This is a free activity, so don’t miss it if you are an adrenaline junkie!

10.30 am: Just as we were done with registration, there was an announcement that Stand-Up Surfing line is already closed, and Boogie Boarding line is now open. Hubby missed his chance to surf. So, both of us lined up at the Boogie Boarding and watched people trying out the Stand-Up Surfing.

11 am: Stand Up Surfing officially ends; Boogie Boarding officially starts. I was so sad that I didn’t bring GoPro to record our attempt at Boogie Boarding. I had a tough time trying to maneuvre the board while hubby had a great time. He probably spent about 15 minutes on the board, while I spent maybe 5 mins. Tips: wear tight pants because the water pressure might blow your pants off. Mine almost came off.

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Boogie boarding

11.45 am: Jacuzzi time at pool deck!

12.30 pm: Shower time!

1 pm: Lunch at Windjammer. Turned off by the long queue to enter the hall! Thankfully, the queue moved fast. By the time we sat down, I could see Penang already from the restaurant’s glass windows. Hurray!

2.30 pm:  After lunch, we went up to the pool deck to take photographs of Penang!

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Penang port taken from our cruise

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Did you spot Komtar (the tallest building in Penang)?

3.45 pm: Getting off the ship was really easy. Go down to Deck 4, exit the ship, scan the Seapass, that’s it! We took maybe 5 mins to get off the ship because majority people have already got off since 3 pm.

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This is Swettenham pier, the place where the cruise is docked.

4.00 pm: Took a Grab car to Penang Hill Lower Station. It costs RM 20 for approximately 25 mins ride.

4.30 pm: We were shocked to see so many people at the entrance of Penang Hill Lower Station. But the ticket counter line was not that long, so we queued. The admission for Malaysians is cheaper than foreigners. I had to pay RM 30 for the cable car return ticket, while hubby only paid RM 10. The short queue lasted for 30 mins, ZZZ!

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Admission fees for Penang Hill

5 pm: Here comes the cable car, or so we thought! We showed our tickets to the cable car staff. For the second time, we were shocked to see the long queue to ride the cable car. Oh, man! Waiting game part 2.

5.35 pm: This is it! We finally boarded the cable car, only to be squeezed left and right.

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The cable car is finally here. They will pack as many people as possible in the car.

5.40 pm: Arrived at Penang Hill Upper station. We were shocked to see the long queue of people waiting to board the cable car back to Lower station. “It’s quite late now, almost 6 pm. I guess the queue will get shorter when we want to go back. For now, I should just enjoy the fresh air and the view!” I told myself.

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I really like this view. The track of the cable car.

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From Penang Hill, we still could spot our cruise!

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Photo spots for lovebirds

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There are many photo spots for lovebirds

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Yeah, at Penang Hill, you can see clouds below you

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Penang Hill is huge. We didn’t have enough time to explore.

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I have to disagree

6.30 pm: Finished sightseeing. Shocked to see the queue for the cable car got longer. We joined the queue and it was hardly moving. Waiting game part 3! I predicted we’d need to queue for at least 2 hour. So, we’d probably get to the cable car by 9 pm. By taking a taxi, we’d arrive back at the ship at 10 pm. Just nice, right? But our guts are telling us that we’d be nuts if we were to wait.

7 pm: Enough is enough. We have waited for 30 mins, but the line has moved only about 30 meters. At this point, we would pay anything to get back down the hill. Hubby went to the ticket counter to purchase new express one-way tickets. The staff told him that he doesn’t need to buy new tickets, he can simply upgrade the original tickets by paying RM 20 per person. Yay, we were so happy that we literally ran to the express lane.

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If you want to upgrade your ticket to express ticket, get it here.

7.30 pm: Cable car is here!

7.35 pm: Alighted from the cable car. Walked to the ticket counter to pay the upgrade fees. But, there was nobody at the counter. We were told that the staff went for a toilet break. We waited and waited. Another load of cable car arrived. Finally, the staff came back! He took such a long toilet break of at least 10 mins, we thought he went home!

7.45 pm: I booked Grab while waiting for my turn. It says RM 33, 16 mins. Ok, I’d pay anything to get back. 16 mins are not too long.

8 pm: We’re waiting at the entrance of Penang Hill Lower station, but the car still hasn’t come. Another 12 mins?? Fine, we’ll wait. Waiting game part 4.

8.15 pm: Still another 10 mins? This is getting too unbearable. I cancelled the booking. We got in a taxi for a fixed price of RM 40. The taxi left immediately.

8.45 pm: We’re home, baby! So happy to come back to our ship. It’s been a long long day.

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Hey, ship! It’s really nice to see you! We miss you! A LOT!

9 pm: We were starving. Dinner at Windjammer. No queues because it was already late. It was easy to find a table at this timing. Food was still abundant.

9.30 pm: Quickly went to La Scala Theater at Deck 3 to get ready for the “Music in Pictures” show.

10 pm: The show started. It was a great performance by great singers and dancers. We didn’t know much of the songs, though.

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Music in Pictures

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - music in pictures

11 pm: After a tiring day, we called it a day.

7 am: Yay, we got up early today because we wanted to see the sunrise. We went up to the pool deck. Oh, no, it was raining really hard! There goes our sunrise. Guess, we can’t jog and swim either. So, we hung out around the pool, watching the rain. Hubby chit-chatted with his colleague.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - sunrise

No sunrise. But this was so beautiful!

7.30 am: I told hubby I needed a cup of coffee. We went to Cafe Promenade to get a cup. I read and re-read the Cruise Compass for the day. It suddenly hit me: There are 3 places to eat breakfast, namely Cafe Promenade (casual dining), Windjammer (buffet) and Dining Room. Where is this Dining Room? Is it the Sapphire Dining Room? Why isn’t there a $ sign behind the restaurant name? Does it mean, it’s free? I told hubby, we should totally check this out.

8 am: We went to the Dining Room, minutes after they opened. Shortly after, we found ourselves sitting in a luxurious dining hall. Yes, it is Sapphire Dining Room. Yes, it is free. We were so excited. We ordered our food, took fruits and granolas from the salad bar, captured plenty of photos. Unfortunately, our waiter didn’t wake up on the right side of the bed that day. He was rude. I wish there’s a feedback form but there wasn’t. Anyway, we loved Dining Hall breakfast so much, we wanted to come back for lunch too.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Trying to decide what to order

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Breakfast menu at Dining Hall. We thought we could only order 1 from each category. We were so wrong.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Our breakfast

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

This salmon platter is so good, we ordered another serving!

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Yoghurt at salad bar if you’re keen

9.30 am: Still wanting to try Stand-Up Surfing, we went up to Pool Deck to check the weather. Unfortunately, the rain was still heavy. FlowRider was closed.

10.30 am: Found an awesome spot at Deck 12. There was a lounge where you can sit down and relax while overlooking the pool. You don’t need to buy any drinks. It was such a great place to cool down and contemplate.

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The lounge at Deck 12 that not many people know about

11.30 am: Lunch at the Dining Room. Yes, we had finished our breakfast just 2 hours ago. Yes, the food is awesome! Our waiter is fantastic. It was one of the best dining experience throughout the 4 days. I especially love the sugar-free dessert.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - lunch dining hall

I love this lunch so much. The waiter gave me two plates of steak (medium well and well done) in case my original order (medium well) doesn’t suit my tastebud. He was right. I returned my original order and ate the second plate instead.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - lunch dining hall

I love the sugar-free cake (leftmost) so much I ordered another serving for my hubby cos I didn’t want to share.

1.30 pm: Rest

2 pm: Rock climbing time! It was challenging for both of us! It’s a free activity but you need to bring your own socks. Shoes will be provided. They use automatic belay, so there isn’t anyone on the ground who’s holding your rope to support you when you jump down. I really like auto belay because I don’t have to feel scared whether the belayer is strong enough to hold my weight, and I could take all the time in the world to climb.

3 pm: Running time! I started my run at Deck 12, on the outdoor dedicated running track. Too bad, the weather was too hot. I stopped a couple of time and had to ask for iced cold water from the bar (it’s free). Then, I continued with another 30 mins run on a treadmill in the Vitality fitness center at Deck 11.

4.20 pm: Done with running, I enjoyed the jacuzzi in the fitness center. It was not crowded because it’s an adult-only jacuzzi. Then, sauna! There was also a steam room but it was too hot so I didn’t use it. Both sauna and steam are located in the ladies. Gents have their own too.

5 pm: Collected my passport from the elevator lobby of my deck. Shower.

5:30 pm: Dinner at Sapphire Dining Room. Sat in the same table. Met the same unhappy waiter. Didn’t stay long because we were rushing to the magic show.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - dinner dining hall

I almost laughed at my own dinner. 4 prawns and mashed potato!

6.30 pm: Went to La Scala Theater at Deck 3 one hour before the scheduled performance because we wanted to sit at the front row.

7:30 pm: John Taylor, Australia illusionist, show officially started. There was a couple of nerve-breaking tricks that almost made my heart stop beating.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - magic show

This trick is too scary.

8.30 pm: Rest.

9:30 pm: Late-night pizzas at Cafe Promenade because hubby’s colleague said they had a great cheese pizza. And he was right!

10.00 pm: Packing.

11.00 pm: Sleep.

6.30 am: We woke up early for our final breakfast at our favourite place, the Dining Room. The breakfast starts pretty early on the last day. As we sat down on our seat, WhatsApp messages started to flood my phone. “Oh no, we have signal now, that means we are back in Singapore, that means the holiday is over!”

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Fruity granola!

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

The classic: fried eggs with hash brown, bacon, sausage

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - breakfast dining hall

Our final breakfast on the cruise

8.30 am: Done with our breakfast, we went up to the outdoor deck to take a couple of final photos.

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - arrive in singapore

A couple of final photos before leaving the ship

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - arrive in singapore

That was Marina Bay Sands on the right

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - arrive in singapore

Hello, Singapore

10 am: Sad to leave but we had to. As we got off the ship, we saw the next incoming passengers entering the ship. Wow, they were early!

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights - arrive in singapore

We’ll miss you, ship.

What I wish I knew

1. I wish I knew that we could check in as early as 10.45 am. I wish I took a full day leave on departure day instead of half day leave so that I could enjoy the lunch and explore the ship without the crowd.

2. I wish I knew that I won’t be able to do all of the activities , so I could prioritise the activities that I really like instead of going to every activity. We missed out the skating course (because we were queueing for boogie boarding on day 2 and we were watching the magic show on day 3) and stand up surfing (because we spent too much time at table tennis and the weather on day 3 was terrible so surfing was cancelled). But it’s okay, we’ve moved on.

3. I wish I knew that Studio B at Deck 3 gets full easily. If I did, I would’ve arrived earlier on Day 1 to catch the first show of Ice Odyssey.

4. I wish I knew that the Dining Room serves great breakfast and lunch. We only found out that it’s possible to have breakfast and lunch at Dining Room on Day 3 and that’s too late.

5. I wish I knew that you could order unlimited food in the Dining Room.  We didn’t know, so we ordered only 1 dish from each section. Our waiters for the first dinner and first breakfast were so rude, they didn’t bother to ask us whether we wanted another serving or other food on the menu.

6. I wish I knew that Penang Hill would be so crazy crowded on weekends. I should have just explored the city Georgetown on foot, avoid visiting new places I’m not familiar with, like Penang Hill, and eating my favourite Char Kway Teow instead.

I hope you avoid making the same mistakes as me 🙂

Tips for Cruising with Kids

I don’t have a kid yet when I went on this cruise, so I ask my friends, who took the cruise with their children, for tips. Here are their tips:

  • Generally the kids enjoy the cruise food, but it’s wise to bring some snacks.
  • Bring medicated oil and medicine, especially for sea sickness, fever, flu and cough.
  • The kids love pool. So, remember to bring swimsuit and sunblock.
  • If your kids still drink milk, do not forget to bring thermos.
  • Jacket is really useful to keep the kids warm when the temperature drops.

Did I enjoy it?

I absolutely enjoy my first cruise. It was a great alternative to my usual independent travel style. Do I want to go on the same cruise again? Nope. I would rather go on a cruise that allows me to visit places I’ve never been to. Well, unless it’s a company trip, of course 🙂

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Saturday 13th of July 2019

Hello What’s the name of this cruise n the name of the company that offers it? TQ

I don't know who you are, but this is hilarious.

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Hi. I going on it soon. Would like to know Is there any food courts nearby? My bus will depart from Singapore around 1pm and I’m first timer in Singapore >< So wanna seek advice on where can grab cheap lunch after leaving the cruise. Thanks~

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Hi Wong, 3 options: 1. Kopitiam at basement 2 of Vivo City 2. Food Republic at Level 3 of Vivo City 3. Seah Im Food Court (need to cross the road)

Monday 13th of May 2019

I’m going on it next month with my family,thanks for your detailed cruise experience, Eva .

Wednesday 15th of May 2019

Glad you find it useful!

Friday 10th of May 2019

Thank you for great and very detailed writing, Eva! I'm amazed that you're able to remember minutes by minutes detail.

Raghu Ram Mohan

Thursday 9th of May 2019

Hi Eva, Great blog! Did you experience sea sickness? How much time does one spend in their rooms? Is 'Interior' room good enough or a balcony is recommended?

Hi Raghu, I didn't experience sea sickness, but each person may have different reaction to sea sickness. I suggest that you bring a medicine for sea sickness. For me, the interior room is good enough because there's only two of us and we spend a lot of time outside the room. There are too many things to do on the cruise! If you have the budget for balcony and you'd love some quiet moment, go for it! Otherwise, interior room is good enough.

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WASHINGTON: The world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, set sail from Miami on its maiden voyage Saturday (Jan 27), carrying what amounted to the population of a small city.

The ship, built over 900 days at a shipyard in Turku, Finland, is a monument to enormity, longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, with 20 decks and room for more than 5,600 passengers - 7,600 at maximum capacity - and a crew of 2,350.

To ensure no one goes bored or hungry, the monster ship, registered in the Bahamas, has seven swimming pools including a 40,000-gallon "lake", six water slides, a carousel, what Royal Caribbean says is the largest ice arena at sea, and more than 40 dining venues and bars.

Still bored? There will be 50 musicians and comedians as well as a 16-piece orchestra.

The US$2 billion Icon - the first in Royal Caribbean's new Icon Class of ships - is stuffed with the latest technology and, despite its mammoth size, claims to be more eco-friendly than some smaller cruise ships.

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The Icon is powered by what its owners say is eco-friendly liquefied natural gas, though some experts say LNG systems can leak damaging amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere).

It also features a system - microwave-assisted pyrolysis - for converting waste to energy-producing gas, and a reverse osmosis system to provide nearly all the fresh water the ship needs, the company says.

The Icon was christened in style on Tuesday, when global football star Lionel Messi, now with the Inter Miami side, pushed a button to send a bottle of Champagne crashing against the ship's bow.

After leaving its Miami home base Saturday on its sold-out inaugural cruise - the company says ticket demand was "unprecedented" - the Icon will spend a week in the Caribbean before returning to Miami.

At 365m, the Icon will be taking the title of world's largest from a Royal Caribbean stable-mate, the slightly smaller Wonder of the Seas.

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NEW YORK – The world’s largest cruise ship set sail for its maiden voyage on Jan 27, but environmental groups are concerned that the liquefied natural gas-powered vessel – and other giant cruise liners to follow – will leak harmful methane into the atmosphere.

Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas set sail from Miami with a capacity for 8,000 passengers across 20 decks, taking advantage of the surging popularity of cruises.

The vessel is built to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which burns more cleanly than traditional marine fuel but poses greater risks for methane emissions.

Environmental groups say methane leakage from the ship’s engines is an unacceptable risk to the climate because of its short-term harmful effects.

“It’s a step in the wrong direction,” said Mr Bryan Comer, director of the Marine Programme at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), an environmental policy think-tank.

“We would estimate that using LNG as a marine fuel emits over 120 per cent more life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions than marine gas oil,” he said.

In terms of warming effects, methane is 80 times worse over 20 years than carbon dioxide , making cutting those emissions key to holding down global temperature warming.

More efficient

Cruise ships like the Icon of the Seas use low-pressure, dual-fuel engines that leak methane into the atmosphere during the combustion process, known as “methane slip”, according to industry experts.

There are two other engines used on bulk carriers or container ships that emit less methane, but they are too tall to fit in a cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean says its new ship is 24 per cent more efficient when it comes to carbon emissions than required by global shipping regulator International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

LNG emits fewer greenhouse gases than very low sulphur fuel oil that powers most of the global shipping fleet, said Mr Steve Esau, chief operating officer of Sea-LNG, an industry advocacy organisation.

Cruise engines convert natural gas into power in a cylinder, where it is “important to make sure that all the natural gas is converted to energy”, said Dr Juha Kytola, director of research and development and engineering at Wartsila, which developed the cruise ship’s engines.

What is not converted can escape during the combustion process into the atmosphere, he said, adding that Wartsila’s natural gas engine technology emits 90 per cent less methane than it did 20 to 30 years ago.

Cruise ship engines have an estimated methane slip of 6.4 per cent on average, according to 2024 research funded by the ICCT and other partners. The IMO assumes methane slip at 3.5 per cent.

Methane under scrutiny

“Methane is coming under more scrutiny,” said Ms Anna Barford, Canada shipping campaigner at Stand Earth, a non-profit organisation, noting that the IMO last summer said its efforts to cut greenhouse gases include addressing methane emissions.

Of the 54 ships on order from January 2024 to December 2028, 63 per cent are expected to be powered by LNG, according to the Cruise Line International Association. Currently, about 6 per cent of the 300 cruise ships sailing are fuelled by LNG.

Newer cruise ships are being designed to run on traditional marine gas oil, LNG, or alternatives like bio-LNG that only account for a fraction of United States fuel consumption.

Royal Caribbean will use different fuels as the market evolves, said Mr Nick Rose, the company’s vice-president of environmental, social and corporate governance.

“LNG is one piece of our actual strategy,” he said. REUTERS

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Royal Caribbean's 'Icon,' world's largest cruise ship, sets sail

The world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, set sail from Miami on its maiden voyage Saturday, carrying what amounted to the population of a small city.

The ship, built over 900 days at a shipyard in Turku, Finland, is a monument to enormity, longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, with 20 decks and room for more than 5,600 passengers (7,600 at maximum capacity) and a crew of 2,350.

To ensure no one goes bored or hungry, the monster ship, registered in the Bahamas, has seven swimming pools including a 40,000-gallon "lake," six water slides, a carousel, what Royal Caribbean says is the largest ice arena at sea, and more than 40 dining venues and bars.

Still bored? There will be 50 musicians and comedians as well as a 16-piece orchestra.

The $2 billion Icon -- the first in Royal Caribbean's new Quantum Class of ships -- is stuffed with the latest technology and, despite its mammoth size, claims to be more eco-friendly than some smaller cruise ships.

The Icon is powered by what its owners say is eco-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (though some experts say LNG systems can leak damaging amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere).

It also features a system -- microwave-assisted pyrolysis -- for converting waste to energy-producing gas, and a reverse osmosis system to provide nearly all the fresh water the ship needs, the company says.

The Icon was christened in style on Tuesday, when global soccer star Lionel Messi, now with the Inter Miami side, pushed a button to send a bottle of Champagne crashing against the ship's bow.

After leaving its Miami home base Saturday on its sold-out inaugural cruise -- the company says ticket demand was "unprecedented" -- the Icon will spend a week in the Caribbean before returning to Miami.

At 2,000 feet long (365 meters), the Icon will be taking the title of world's largest from a Royal Caribbean stable-mate, the slightly smaller Wonder of the Seas.

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GATEWAY TO SOUTHEAST ASIA

Singapore cruises, + 3rd & 4th guests from $129 : europe summer sailings included*, one of the most forward-thinking destinations in southeast asia, singapore is where billionaires go to blow off steam, the world's most brilliant minds gather to discuss the technology of the future, and multicultural history is embraced through art, architecture and stories. cruise to singapore to feel the gentle humidity of the bukit timah nature reserve, a rainforest that dominates the center of the country, or take a stroll down haji lane in the city center, an eclectic neighborhood with bold, colorful malay murals on every wall. for a mix of history and modern culture, explore the muslim roots at the proud gold and white sultan mosque. don't miss the gardens on the bay, home to futuristic supertrees, and walk the connecting 22-meter high ocbc skyway that overlooks the city. discover the magic with a singapore cruise..

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A MULTICULTURAL MECCA

Mandarin, english, tamil and malay are all official languages of singapore, creating a truly multicultural epicenter for the world. get onboard the best singapore cruises and head to the city center to see how many cultures live harmoniously in the tightly packed, themed neighborhoods. cultures live harmoniously in the tightly packed, themed neighborhoods. .

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LIVE THE GLAM LIFE

Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore. You'll find a fascinating mix of architecture packed into a small space that draws from a complex cultural heritage. Shop along the trendsetting Haji street, lined with gigantic gorgeous murals, or stand in awe of the gold and white Sultan Mosque, a structure so big, North Bridge road was forced to bend around it.

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INDIA TRANSPORTED

If you hear Bollywood music drifting lazily between buildings and smell the complex fragrance of curry spice in the air, you must be in Little India. Cruise to Singapore and walk along the friendly neighborhood packed full of food stalls, Hindu temples and budget-friendly shopping centers. Head to Mustafa Shopping Center for retail therapy, or witness the wonders of the colorful Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an opulent temple dedicated to the goddesses Kali and Parvati.

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CHINESE TREATS

You'll find delectable treats on every corner in Singapore during your vacation. Stroll along the bold red and gold streets of China Town to pick up some delicious Chinese street food. Head to the Street Market to dine on the best crispy duck over noodles, golden satay and freshly steamed dim sum. Before you leave, be sure to check out the Sri Mariamman Temple and its vivid sculpture work.

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BIG CITY DREAMING

Singapore is full of new money and cinderella stories. from the natural landscapes to the modern architecture, see the glitz and glam up close and personal when you cruise to singapore..

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THE RICHEST HOTEL IN TOWN

Marina Bay Sands sits proudly above all other buildings, famously transforming the Singaporean skyline. Head to the top of the 55-story tower to catch an aerial glimpse of the city center, or book a room for the night to gain access to the rooftop bar and pool, where you can relax in luxury.

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FIVE-STAR FEAST

Looking for a five-star dining experience to write home about? Head to the Newton Food Center where hawkers are heroes, gloriously feeding thousands of hungry locals every day. Order a feast of plates, grab a table and tuck in! You'll be begging for more chili crab marinated in a sweet and spicy tomato-based sauce, BBQ grilled stingray, taro carrot cake and fresh spring rolls.

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WHERE SINGAPORE BLOOMS

Iconic for its grove of gigantic, glowing supertrees, Gardens on the Bay is a futuristic location meant to inspire the city. Start your vacation adventure at Cloud Forest, home to the world's tallest human-made waterfall, and make your way to the delightful Flower Grove to walk among brightly colored buds.

BEST SINGAPORE CRUISES

A cruise to singapore is filled with exciting destinations, each with its own style and vibe. discover singapore onboard the best royal caribbean cruise ships..

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MEANDER THROUGH MALAYSIA

As a gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore rests on the coast of Malaysia. Head to the northern neighbor to see religious depth in Penang or to explore the diverse metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. From humid rainforests to bustling cities, there's something for everyone in Malaysia.

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TREK THROUGH THAILAND

From Singapore, continue to Thailand to soak up the beach vibes in sunny Phuket. Walk the Khaosan Road to pick up colorful souvenirs, or visit the Grand Palace for a taste of Thai opulence. In Thailand, you'll get a glimpse of the beauty of Southeast Asia.

CUISINE UNITED BY FOOD

Singaporeans are united by one common love: good food. it's almost impossible to walk down a street without the delicious scents of cooking food making your belly rumble.

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HOKKIEN MEE, PLEASE!

Hokkien mee is one of the most popular stir-fry dishes in Singapore. The combination of egg noodles, chopped rice noodles, seafood, veggies and some chili sauce will leave you full and happy.

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CHOW ON CHAI TOW

Commonly known as carrot cake, chai tow kway is actually made with daikon radish and rice flour. Fried with eggs and pork fat, it's a greasy, salty, gooey and crispy adventure on a plate.

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ROAST ON RICE

Try tender slices of roast duck (expertly cooked with crispy skin) over a simple bowl of white rice. You'll definitely find the simple flavors and luxurious texture to be filling and delicious.

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You can spend two months living on Oceania's premium cruise ship for $15,700 per person as it sails to 2 continents

  • Premium cruise line Oceania Cruises announced three new one-to-two-month extended cruises.
  • The Riviera itineraries are set to sail to Africa and Asia, starting at $4,400 per person for the one-month option.
  • Extended sailings — like Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise — have captivated travelers.

Travelers who've dreamt of living on a cruise ship could soon try out the lifestyle with a two-month sailing aboard Oceania Cruises' upscale 1,250-guest Riviera.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' premium brand this week announced its 12-year-old ship is set to embark on three new 2024 and 2025 itineraries in Africa and Asia. They range from 27 to 59 days.

And because it's Oceania, travelers will get to spend these one to two months at sea luxuriating in complimentary Champagne and specialty foods.

Giant cruise ships like Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas have captivated mass-market cruisegoers.

But these mega vessels' most astounding feature, their size, could also be their biggest limitation: Many are too large to fit into some ports.

This is where smaller cruise ships like Oceania's 785-foot-long Riviera fit in — literally

Instead of sailing to common cruise destinations like those in the Caribbean and Mexico, Oceania's three new itineraries are set to sail to less frequented ports in Africa and Asia.

The longest of the three itineraries, the 59-day Grand Voyage, is set to start in Barcelona on November 14. From there, the vessel is set to sail down West and South Africa, back north through Southeast Africa and its neighboring islands, east to South and Southeast Asia, and conclude in Singapore on January 12, 2025.

This two-month itinerary, which starts at $15,700 per person, is also set to include overnight stays in destinations like Walvis Bay, Namibia; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; and Male, Maldives.

If two months at sea sounds too long, the itinerary can also be booked in two segments.

The shortest 27-day "West Africa Rhythms" would follow the first half of the Grand Voyage's itinerary from Barcelona to Cape Town, South Africa.

The 32-day "Colonial Crowns" cruise would then sail the final leg from Cape Town to Singapore.

The former starts at $4,400 per person, while the latter will set travelers back $4,900.

These are lofty prices compared to itineraries with its parent company's more popular Norwegian Cruise Line.

But unlike the average cruise, guests on this one-to-two-month journey have access to Oceania's high-end complimentary amenities: alcohol, seven specialty dining venues , Bulgari toiletries, and, most importantly, WiFi.

Oceania will even book travelers' roundtrip flights at an additional cost.

Extended cruises have been skyrocketing in popularity, both in bookings and internet lore

Demand for longer cruises has been so prominent, that even ultra-luxury Regent Seven Seas' pricey monthslong world cruises had sold out in "record time" for five years in a row, the operator said in 2022.

(There are still several cabins left on its most recently announced 154-night 2026 itinerary, starting at a cool $96,600 per person.)

One ongoing extended cruise has even become an internet sensation: Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Cruise .

Since the sailing embarked on December 10, 2023, " TravelTok " has been alight with videos about the nine-month cruise — and all of the onboard drama that could ensue.

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