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Cruising Asia: Ocean Vs. River Cruising

Posted February 4th, 2015

Undecided between taking an ocean or river cruise in Asia? Not sure which type of cruise will better meet your needs and desires? Here are some pros and cons of cruising Asia by ocean or river. There is no right or wrong cruise, so take your time, and think about what you’d like to experience on your next well-deserved holiday – either way, you will get to experience the beauty of Asia on water.

River Cruising: Pros:

• Forget taking the train, bus or plane when travelling around Asia. Discover the charms of the East by taking an intimate river cruise on your next trip through the region and experience the continent in a new way. River cruising allows you to get up close and personal with the small villages and big cities of Asia, and explore some of the most stunning countryside en route. The rivers that flow through the Asian heartland make sailing from Saigon to Siem Reap, or from Mandalay to Yangon not only fast, relaxing and convenient, but scenic as well.

Cruise the Mekong river with APT Cruising

• Sick of having to organise your transportation from the airport or bus terminal to the city centre each time you arrive in a new place? Then book a river cruise instead and spend more of your time taking in the alluring sights, smells and sounds of your new exotic destination. River cruises in Asia drop you off right in the heart of the city or region you’re visiting, meaning there’s no time spent wasted in long taxi or train rides to or from the city.

River Cruising: Cons:

• In general, Asia river cruises will include more destinations on their itineraries in a shorter amount of time when compared to ocean cruises. This means that you’ll be discovering a new place every day or so. This may be a little overwhelming for some travellers, who may need more time to digest each place before moving on.

Ocean Cruising: Pros:

• Venture to far flung regions of Asia and discover another part of the world. Ocean cruising takes you from your familiar surrounds to exotic new destinations. For example, spend a couple of nights sailing on the open water and wake up in an idyllic Gulf of Thailand island paradise. Or spend Tuesday in Singapore, and then arrive in Kuala Lumpur the next day. Or sail from Seoul to Shanghai over the East China Sea, and have kimchi for breakfast and yum cha for lunch.

Cruise to or from Singapore on an ocean cruise

• Sailing through the ocean will give you that classic ‘sailing experience’ that you may be looking for in your next holiday. Picture a beautiful blue sea that stretches beyond the horizon everywhere you look, feel the sea breeze whisper through your hair, and hear the sound of waves crashing against the bow of your mega-liner cruise ship.

• With more days out at sea, you’ll have more time to take advantage of the cruise liner’s dining and entertainment options, as well as other activities found onboard the ship. Sample all the different restaurants onboard. Try some spa treatments at the onboard spa. Or make use of the gym and pool to get yourself looking as good as possible at your next port of call.

Ocean Cruising: Cons:

• Even though most cruise ships have enough amenities and facilities to keep you occupied for days on end, if you’re the kind of person that gets restless easily, a river cruise may be more up your alley.

A little closer to making your decision now? Both ocean and river cruising have their pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide which style of cruising suits you best. Contact one of our friendly staff on 1300 954 661 today if you’d like to speak with us about your next cruise holiday.

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