• Selina Akhtar

    We’re excited to announce that from winter 2018, Marella Discovery will be based in Asia. And, we’ve lined up 15 new itineraries and 18 brand-new ports of call for you to explore. From colourful temples in Thailand to terraced rice paddies in Vietnam, here are the places you could be visiting…

    Always wanted to tick Asia’s best bits off your bucket list? Now’s your chance. Our exciting Marella Cruises Asia itineraries take you right into the heart of south-east Asia, covering buzzing cities and Buddhist temples, and up to India, Kerala and the Middle East, too. Best of all, the Asia itineraries are adults-only and All Inclusive, so you can relax and enjoy all the facilities, food and drink onboard Marella Discovery. Here’s our top picks for your next cruise holiday…

    Eastern Sunrise

    Dubai, UAE – Mumbai, India – Mormugao, Goa – Mangalore, India – Cochin, Kerala – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sabang, Indonesia – Phuket, Thailand – Langkawi, Malaysia

    If you’ve always wanted to experience the grandiose architecture and ancient traditions of India, this is the tour for you. The first port of call is the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, known as the ‘Gateway to India’, where you’ll get the chance to explore a stellar selection of colonial architecture, temples and bazaars. You’ll then head to the UNESCO-listed Mormugao in Goa, where you can take a spice plantation tour and taste the best of Goan cuisine. And, you’ll finish off by exploring more of India’s natural sights in Mangalore and Kerala, with soft white beaches, dense mangroves and winding lagoons on the agenda. After India, it’s on to Sri Lanka’s sprawling, Dutch-influenced city, Colombo, where you’ll get your museum fix. You’ll then head to the beaches of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

    Enchanted Far East

    Langkawi, Malaysia – Penang, Malaysia – Port Klang (for Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia – Singapore – Ko Samui, Thailand – Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand – Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Phu My (for Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam – Malacca, Malaysia – Langkawi, Malaysia

    You’ll discover the many sides to south-east Asia on this trip, which takes you to deserted beaches, lively cities and old traditional villages. It starts off in Malaysia, where you’ll explore the country’s laidback side, ticking off chilled-out Langkawi and culture hotpot Penang. Then you’ll carry on to the bustling cities of Singapore and Bangkok, where you’ll get your fill of cloud-high skyscrapers and taste the best of Asian cuisine. After all the excitement, you’ll sail to the beaches of Ko Samui and Cambodia for some chill-out time. This trip combines the big tourist spots with under-the-radar locations so you get the best of both worlds, too. Sihanoukville in Cambodia is a quaint, quirky town with deserted beaches and unique bars and cafes, while the UNESCO-rated colourful town of Malacca in Malaysia is packed full of colonial architecture and small enough for you to explore by foot.

    Secrets of Asia

    Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand – Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Phu My (for Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam – Malacca, Malaysia – Langkawi, Malaysia – Port Blair, Andaman Islands – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Cochin, Kerala

    You’ll tick off no less than seven south-east Asian countries on this trip, and get a great introduction to this part of the world. Starting off in Laem Chabang – the gateway to Bangkok – you’ll get the chance to tour the city’s highlights, or head further south to visit the bustling resort of Pattaya or ancient Ayutthaya. You’ll then carry on to quirky Sihanoukville in Cambodia, where hippy vibes rule, and Phu My in Vietnam, which is the port of call for historic Ho Chi Minh City. After seeing some of the world’s most exciting cities, it’s on to Malaysia where pint-sized villages and paradise islands await. And then finally, you’ll set sail for Colombo in Sri Lanka and Kerala in India, too.

    Wonders of Asia

    Cochin, Kerala – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sabang, Indonesia – Phuket, Thailand – Langkawi, Malaysia – Penang, Malaysia – Port Klang (for Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia – Singapore – Ko Samui, Thailand – Laem Chabang (for Bangkok), Thailand

    This tour begins in central Asia, and covers two lively ports in India and Sri Lanka. You’ll start off in Cochin, Kerala – one of India’s largest ports – which is the gateway to palaces, Portuguese-style churches and bustling markets. It’s then a short journey to Colombo in Sri Lanka, where you can whizz around the city in a Tuk Tuk, and spot classic architecture and giant Buddha statues. After your central Asia escapade, it’s on to south-east Asia to see the best of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Highlights include Singapore’s Garden by the Bay with its illuminated, skyscraper trees, rickshaw-racing in Malaysia, and exploring Japanese bunkers on Sabang in Indonesia.

    Eastern Sunsets

    Langkawi, Malaysia – Port Blair, Andaman Islands – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Cochin Kerala – Mangalore, India – Mormugao, India – Mumbai, India – Dubai, UAE

    This unique journey takes you from south-east Asia through to central Asia and into the heart of the Middle East, ticking off loads of top tourist hotspots as you go. You’ll start off in laidback Langkawi in Malaysia, where you can explore dense mangroves, caves and wildlife. The next stop is the Andaman Islands, a dreamy 572-strong archipelago of islands, boasting tropical forests and palm-fringed beaches. You’ll then cruise to Colombo, Cochin, Mangalore and Mumbai to see India and Sri Lanka’s best bits, before finishing up in Dubai – home of the tallest building in the world, some spectacular dancing fountains, and a huge mall where you can get stuck into some souvenir shopping.

    Ready to explore Asia? Browse all of our Marella Cruises itineraries. Or, read six fun things to do on a cruise ship.

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