Far East Discovery Cruise – Singapore ~ Hong Kong

15 Days

Cruise Date

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January 20, 2024 - February 3, 2024 Guaranteed $1954
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Trip Highlights:

Cruise the South China Sea with dramatic landscapes of Vietnam.

Start your journey in Singapore and end in Hong Kong.

Go sightseeing or on an adventure during shore excursions.

Stay overnight in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand.


Share this amazing cruise with your family and friends.


Southeast Asia is the geographical south-eastern region of Asia, consisting of the regions that are situated south of Mainland China, east of the Indian subcontinent, and north of Australia. Comprising the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, East Malaysia, East Timor Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. 

The South China Sea and parts of the Pacific Ocean is the major body of water in Southeast Asia. The vast majority of Southeast Asia falls within the warm, humid tropics, and its climate generally can be characterized as monsoonal.

Southeast Asia was home to one of the few regions across Eurasia that did not get subsumed by the Mongol Empire. However, most modern Southeast Asian countries were previously European colonial states, with the only exception being Siam (Thailand nowadays). 

Although as far as history goes, the region was already inhabited by the Homo Erectus from approximately 1,500,000 years ago during the Middle Pleistocene age. Distinct Homo sapiens groups, ancestral to East-Eurasian populations, and South-Eurasian populations, reached the region between 50,000BC to 70,000BC, with some arguing earlier. The parietal rock art dating from 40,000 years ago has been discovered in Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian parietal arts are believed to be the oldest in the world. 

Several other ancestries migrated to the region and settled along the coastal areas, replacing and assimilating the preexisting peoples. Not to mention that trade among Southeast Asian countries has a long history and tradition where people of different cultures crossed the region. 

History shows that from 111 BC to 938 AD northern Vietnam was under Chinese rule. And western influence started to enter the region in the 16th century, with the arrival of the Portuguese, and a few years later the Spanish settled in the Philippines. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch established the Dutch East Indies, then the French Indochina settled in, and later the British settlers moved in. By the 19th century, all Southeast Asian countries were colonized except for Thailand.  Most Europeans were just interested in natural resources and trading routes.

With so many cultures crossing the region, the countries of Southeast Asia became culturally and ethnically diverse. The chief cultural influences have been some combination of Chinese, Indian, and Islam Arabians.  Also, the consequences of colonial rule, struggle for independence, and in some cases, war influenced the economic attitudes and policies of each Southeast Asian country. 

As one may notice, the peoples who ate with their fingers were more likely influenced by the culture of India, for example, than the culture of China, where the people ate with chopsticks. And rice as the staple food and tea, as a beverage, can be found across the region. The fish sauces, chilies, and other spices distinctive to the region tend to vary with taste.

Rice paddy agriculture has existed in Southeast Asia for millennia, ranging across the subregion. Some dramatic examples of these rice paddies in low lands and terraces in the mountains. Most Southeast Asian countries share similar farming techniques and maintenance of these rice paddies and terraces. They were built and farmed to suit the monsoon climate of the region.

Another example, are the stilt houses that can be found all over Southeast Asia. The homes were built pretty much in the same way because of the monsoon climate, too.

The arts of Southeast Asia have an affinity with the arts of other areas. For example dance in much of Southeast Asia includes movement of the hands as well as the feet, to express the dance’s emotion and meaning of the story that the dancer is going to tell the audience. 

There are many more examples of a shared culture and tradition in Southeast Asia.  And they’re a lot more treasures in the region that includes great wildlife biodiversity with diverse flora and fauna and also the region’s coral reef and marine life.

For the most the people of the Southeast are reputed for being fun-loving, compassionate, gentle, hospital, open-minded, laid-back, smiling, and friendly. There’s a prevailing sentiment that life should be enjoyed at the moment and problems should not be taken so seriously that disrupt enjoyment.

Southeast Asia was nicked named the land of smiles because people smiled often. 

Visiting Southeast Asian countries should be exciting with all the different overlapping cultures, and with people smiling back at you.

Let’s go visit Southeast Asia.

City-states are rare in the present day and none are quite like Singapore.

In the 20th century, the Southeast Asian nation hurtled itself into the modern world, and it continues to expand its state-of-the-art transportation system and build its edgy skyline. Yet Singapore’s urban plan wisely maintained its intimate neighborhoods, many with streets lined with colorful shophouses, a type of building unique to parts of Asia, with businesses located on their ground floors and residences above.

Add the city’s mix of ethnic groups, mainly Malays, Chinese, and Indians and you get a vibrant cultural scene that attracts a cosmopolitan, international community.

Singapore’s food scene which is arguably the world’s most dynamic and runs the gamut from beloved street hawkers to Michelin-starred venues would merit a trip alone, as would its never-ending shopping options. But the city is also packed with world-class museums, many designed by celebrated architects, and it hosts many major international events, such as the Formula One Grand Prix. Yet only about half of the 720-square-kilometer (278-square-mile) island is developed, which leaves plenty of room for parks and open spaces such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where an old-growth forest still thrives.

(Info Holland America)

Dinner
Day 02 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Koh Samui can feel like a screensaver landscape. As if designed by Mother Nature for posters, calendars, and daydreams, it’s Thailand’s most famous island for a number of reasons. The beach-fringed coast is edged with vivid, blue water that’s a surf-and-sand playground for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, building sandcastles, and simply lounging. Along with busy food stalls and restaurants where you can find a whole world of cuisine made with local produce and fresh seafood as well as authentic Thai dishes, the lively streets are lined with bars, boutiques, markets, and spas.

By contrast, the island’s interior can provide moments of reflection and replenishing solitude. Enter the dense, hilly jungles for hikes to ancient temples and pristine waterfalls, and quaint villages where you can experience true Thai hospitality.

With dreamy landscapes and island adventures from boat excursions to nature treks, you’ll soon be enchanted by Koh Samui.

(Info Holland America)

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thailand, known as Siam until 1932, is the only country in Southeast Asia (and one of the few in the world) never to have been colonized by a European power.

Its capital, Bangkok, reflects the country’s unique status. It has embraced modernity on its own terms as the seat of a beloved monarchy that dates back to the 13th century. In this city, Buddhist temples and gilded palaces coexist with the bustle of one of Asia’s major metropolises. The contrast between the golden glow of sunrise along the Chao Phraya River, which runs through the municipality, and the neon lights of downtown can feel intoxicating. There are few places in the world where you can spend the morning visiting a centuries-old stupa, have lunch at one of the world’s top Michelin-starred restaurants, and then shop for exquisite silk garments. And wherever you explore, you’ll be struck by the warm welcome you receive. “The Land of Smiles” may be a cliché and a tourism marketing slogan, but it’s also a fitting nickname for Thailand.

Many of the country’s most important historic areas can be found not far from Bangkok. Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with impressive Buddhist ruins. The 16th-century town of Chachoengsao is known for its many temples, including Wat Saman Rattanaram with its 22-meter-long (72-foot-long) statue of the Hindu god Ganesha.

Whether you travel by boat, bus, or tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motorized taxi) to explore Bangkok’s temples, palaces, and markets, be prepared to fall in love with this city that somehow manages to be both chaotic and captivating at the same time.

32 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cambodia’s certainly most famous for the temples of Angkor, but travelers seeking to wander farther are flocking to the small-yet-bustling coastal town of Sihanoukville. Renamed in 1964 for King Norodom Sihanouk, this provincial port is home to some of the nation’s most stunning coastline and a downtown that’s a blend of local businesses and a lively ex-pat scene centered on Serendipity Road.

You’ll find not one beach but several, each with its own personality: good for whether you want a relaxed day reading a novel or one full of activity, food, and people-watching.

Often described as the Thailand of 20 years ago, this region is less touristy but still able to meet your expectations for a perfect beach getaway. In Sihanoukville, you can take a guided snorkeling trip, kayak through mangrove forests, hike through a national park, or horseback ride on the beach. Visitors in the mood for less action can spend time exploring the local temples or shopping near the beach. Angkor’s certainly amazing, but Sihanoukville might just be Cambodia’s most perfect, still-secret stop.

(Info Holland America)

13 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The real draw of the port of Phu My is actually 80 kilometers (50 miles) away, in bustling, frenetic Ho Chi Minh City. Here, motorbikes hurtle down the wide streets, and crossing the road is like a real-life game of Frogger. Its hectic pace is somewhat tempered by tranquil parks, peaceful pagodas, and timeless alleyways.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a fascinating mix of high and low, old and new. On its streets, French-colonial architecture vies for attention with glistening modern skyscrapers; sleek designer malls sit alongside bustling local markets, and glamorous fine-dining restaurants are just around the corner from street-food stalls.

The best way to explore the city is on foot. Most major tourist venues are in compact District 1, which is easy to get around. Or hop on the back of a xe om (motorbike taxi) to see the city like a local. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be swept along in the pulsating energy of it all.

Notes: Travel time to Ho Chi Minh City is approximately 90 minutes each way.

(Info Holland America)

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In Nha Trang, on the southern Vietnamese coast, you’ll find a magical combination of historic sites along with a stunning beach. You can while away a day here soaking up the sun, sand, and sea, alternating snorkeling or scuba diving sessions with naps in the shade, lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf. And while warm, clear waters and a white-sand beach dotted with restaurants and bars would be enough for most visitors, the city has worthy historic sites that make it more than just a beach town.

Exploring Nha Trang beyond its beach brings you a better understanding of not only the city’s history but also that of Vietnam as a whole, from long before the nation was formed through its colonial period. Work your way forward from Buddhist temples like the 7th- to 12th-century Po Nagar Cham Towers and the late-19th-century Long Son Pagoda, to the city’s early-20th-century French Gothic–style cathedral. By day’s end, you’ll likely find yourself drawn back to the water. Take a walk along the Hon Chong promontory, enjoying the view of the islands in Nha Trang Bay as you watch the sun melt into the sea.

(Info Holland America)

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment, and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment, and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon, and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the port city of Da Nang has a small-town charm despite its lack of big-ticket attractions. It is home to a stunning 30-kilometer (18-mile) coastline that is popular for water sports such as waterskiing, paddleboarding and surfing. It’s also known for its great street food—and an extremely quirky bridge that you can’t miss. The place was previously occupied by both the French and the Americans (this was the first place U.S. Marines landed in March 1965), and vestiges of both can be seen in the city, from the remnants of the vast U.S. air base and hospital to the city’s wide boulevards and old villas.

Da Nang is a great launchpad for day trips, whether to the picturesque city of Hoi An to the south, the old imperial capital of Hue to the north, or the majestic Marble Mountains to the southwest. The UNESCO-protected Champa temple complex, My Son, which lies 69 kilometers (43 miles) southeast, is definitely worth the trip—but for those who don’t want to leave the urban environs, many of the ruins have ended up at Da Nang’s excellent Museum of Cham Sculpture, where you can learn all about the history and architecture of this fascinating culture.

(Info Holland America)

16 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment, and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment, and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon, and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

 
(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The bay has an appearance combination of Thailand’s famous limestone island in Phang Nga Bay and old Hong Kong’s harbor with its dragon-sailed junks, Vietnam’s Halong Bay is fast making its way to the top of everyone’s Asian must-see travel list.

The bay and its almost two thousand islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 giving an official stamp of recognition to this natural wonder that has captivated painters and poets for centuries.

Halong City has several markets and restaurants worth visiting and is also a convenient base before setting out for places like Cat Ba Island and some of the smaller islets with their underground caves and biodiverse wildlife.

As you sail the bay or look at it from the mainland, you may feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard or a painting from the classic era of Vietnamese art.

Some passengers come here for active days filled with kayaking, caving, and islet-hopping but you can also sit back and simply sail through this stunning bay or take a day trip to fish villages with their colorful markets.

If you are up for venturing farther afield, it’s a three-hour trip (each way) to Hanoi but worth the effort if you have yet to visit the city.

(Info Holland America)

12 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 :
At Sea

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment, and enriching activities.

The superly refreshed, Westerdam cruise ship features an excellent bar, entertainment, and dining venues. There’s a fitness center, swimming pool, greenhouse spa and salon, and casino

On board, you may watch live entertainment with Music Walk and including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Billboard Onboard. Feel immersed on your cruise with regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central room atop the ship.

Deaf World Adventures (DWA)  will create DWA space for Deaf group activities and games for the days at sea.  If you have a favorite activity or game, let us know.

(Info Holland America)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 :
Hong Kong

Your ship arrives in Hong Kong at 7 AM.  Breakfast on the ship is included on arrival.  You disembark before noon.

Breakfast

INSIDE ROOM

FROM $1,945 (base price)

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

  • beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 151 ~ 233 sq ft with shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining

OCEAN VIEW ROOM

FROM $2,174 (base price) 
These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities, and an ocean view.

  • 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 174-180 sq. ft. with bathtub and/or shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining

ROOM WITH VERANDA 

FROM $2,594 (base price)
Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and a bathtub with premium massage shower heads.

  • 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed
  • Approximately 212-359 sq. ft with bathtub and shower
  • Luxurious bathrobes for use during the voyage
  • Make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
  • Elemis Aromapure soaps, lotions, shampoo
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining
  • Video On Demand Interactive TV System

Inquire Deaf World Adventures agent about more options, sizes, and different features for each room.

Contact us 

What is included with the cruise?

Cruise Includes

  • Choice of Cabin Room
  • Full board (13 days meals)
  • Taxes and port fees
  • Daily onboard activities
  • Daily entertainment
  • Theaters
  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool
  • Explorations Central
  • Casino space
  • Interpreters

Cruise Does Not Include

  • International flight
  • Flight Insurance
  • Cruise Cancellation Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • WIFI Services
  • Shore excursions
  • Park admission fees
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Meals other than full board plan
  • Spa or massage bookings
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities

Trip Facts

  • 15 days / 14 nights
  • 20 persons
  • Ocean cruise
  • Holland America
  • Westerdam
  • cruise and private vehicle & public transportation (for shore excursions)
  • ship onboard activities & entertainment
  • historic and landmark sightseeing, culture immersion & nature walks
  • easy - walking and standing on ship while moving, getting on/off tender for the shore excursions. NOTE: shore excursions may have a different physical level
  • shore excursions tours by local islanders & with some who are Deaf
  • American Sign Language, International Sign & English
  • Deaf World Adventures
  • D-travel Agency

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