Sailing from Australia
Setting sail from Sydney
One or our favourite cities in the world, we love pretty much everything about Sydney. Offering outdoor living at its best, the city is known for the excellent beaches but offers so much more, including a thriving and varied food scene inspired by Asian and European flavours. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and admire the amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Mrs Macquarie's Chair, enjoy the cafés and bars in The Rocks district, walk across the top of the Harbour Bridge (or enjoy the easier option of a view from the top of one of the stone towers) or just relax on the beach.
Rather than go to Bondi, take a local ferry from Circular Quay (an attraction in itself) to the relaxed northern beaches for a (slightly) less crowded experience.
Brisbane has plenty of shopping malls and, with great weather, a fantastic café culture. Amongst the steel and glass skyscrapers are some interesting historic buildings, and with plenty surrounding the city there’s enough on offer to make for an interesting short stay.
Australia: Hamilton Island (Whitsundays)
Australia: Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s true natural wonders, a remarkable marine habitat stretching for some 1,600 miles along the coast of Queensland. This string of idyllic islands and colourful reefs offers some of the best snorkelling and diving on earth, along with stunning beaches and pristine rainforest.
More of a large town than a city, Darwin is less about what’s contained within the city limits and more about the huge expanse of wild landscape that’s outside it. Closer to Jakarta than Sydney, the city really does feel remote in its tropical perch.
Indonesia: Komodo Island
Komodo Island is situated within an area of spectacular natural beauty, home to the famous Komodo dragon. The stunning beaches are tinged with pink thanks to the high concentration of red coral just offshore, and the waters draw intrepid divers from all over the world.
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.
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia's capital is a hot and humid cultural melting pot, defined by its distinctive Malay, Chinese and Indian communities, and at the same time one of South East Asia's most westernised cities. The dazzling twin Petronas Towers are perhaps KL's most recognisable landmark, while at street level you'll find temples and mosques, elegant colonial buildings and bustling markets. There are also flashy new shopping malls galore and a superb selection of hotels to choose from, and the city's excellent flight and rail connections make it a transport hub for the entire region.
Chinatown and Little India are a welcome relief from the super modern streets of KL and its interminable malls.
Your home from home
Black Watch is a cosy, intimate ship offering traditional British style cruising and personal, warm and friendly atmosphere.
What we love
Fred. Olsen offer a huge variety of sailings, many of which are excellent no fly cruise itineraries departing from a number of different regional UK ports. This comfortable ship has a British style with inviting public areas.
|Crew||350 International Staff|
|Style||Traditional British cruising with an informal, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Sydney
So many to choose from, but we love the Park Hyatt – make sure you upgrade to a room with a view.
The Blue Mountains is a beautiful area of hikes, waterfalls and unusual rock formations, and a place to learn about the Aboriginal dreamtime.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
We would definitely go for the Mandarin Oriental, a delight even by the chain’s own high standards.
Day trips from Kuala Lumpur
To the north of the city are the Batu Caves, an amazing Hindu Temple, and 272 steps for a great view.