Tawain, Japan & Far East Discovery Collector

27 October - 24 November 2017

Duration

28 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

17 Ports

27-28 October

Setting sail from Shanghai

Shanghai has long been China's most outward-looking, cosmopolitan city, as evidenced by the fascinating mixture of European and Oriental architecture. The Bund, a riverfront promenade flanked by grand colonial era buildings, is the city's most famous thoroughfare, while the Pudong financial district lights up the city skyline at night with its futuristic towers. Shanghai's restaurant scene is thriving like never before, with a number of Michelin-starred chefs setting up shop here, while Nanjing Road is the place to head for a spot of retail therapy, with its shiny shopping malls and luxury boutiques.

Don't miss

Walking along the Bund as the sun rises, watching the locals practise Tai Chi. Magic.

29 October

At sea

30 October

Japan: Fukuoka

31 October

Japan: Nagasaki

1 November

At sea

2 November

Japan: Naha

3 November

Japan: Ishigaki Island

4 November

Taiwan: Keelung (Taipei)

5 November

Taiwan: Kaohsiung

6 November

At sea

7 November

Philippines: Manila

8 November

At sea

9-10 November

Hong Kong SAR China: Hong Kong

11 November

At sea

12 November

Vietnam: Ha Long Bay

13 November

At sea

14 November

Vietnam: Da Nang

15 November

At sea

16 November

Vietnam: Nha Trang

17 November

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

18 November

At sea

19 November

Cambodia: Sihanoukville

20-21 November

Thailand: Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

22 November

Thailand: Koh Samui

23 November

At sea

24 November

Arriving in Singapore

Singapore is one of the world's richest cities, with a standard of living to match, and in recent years it has moved on from its image as a sterile, overly officious nanny state to become one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the region. Singapore's heritage as an important trading post means that there is a real cultural mix, with four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Step away from the gleaming towers and you'll find yourself transported into another world amongst the intoxicating streets of Chinatown and Little India.

Our tip

Food is a passion, almost a religion, in Singapore. So plan ahead, ask the locals and make sure you don’t miss out – street food or super-fancy, either is great.

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam pool deck

The lovely sisters Volendam and Zaandam, carrying just over 1,400 guests each, are the perfect size to combine intimacy with extensive facilities, and a great onboard experience with a comfortable ride.

What we love

The Holland America hallmark décor is distinctive and memorable, with a huge collection of art and sculptures as a backdrop to the stylish public areas. Volendam and Veendam have distinctive themes in play - a floral garden focus for Volendam, and great world music through the ages on Veendam.

Capacity 1,432 Guests
Crew 615 International Staff
Style

These intimate ships are perfect for meeting new people, so the atmosphere is elegant but friendly, with lots to do and plenty of choice.

Year Built 1996 (Volendam) / 2000 (Zaandam)
Last Refurbished 2014 (Volendam) / 2013 (Zaandam)
Tonnage 61,214 grt (Volendam) / 61,396 (Zaandam)
Length 781 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 23 knots
More about MS Volendam

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Rooftop bar at The Peninsula Shanghai

Where to stay in Shanghai

So many fabulous hotels to choose from, but we would go for the Peninsula on the Bund.

Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

Another side to Shanghai

Wander the Yuyuan Gardens with its serene fish ponds, pretty pagodas and enjoy a rest from the crowds at the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, reached by a zigzag causeway designed to stop evil spirits.

The Fullerton hotel, Singapore

Our favourite hotel in Singapore

So many wonderful hotels. We like a lot of them, but our choice is the Fullerton.

Eastern and Oriental Express

Leave Singapore in style

If you’ve got time and the dates work, take the Eastern and Oriental Express train to Bangkok.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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