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14-Day Gems Of The South China Sea

 
 
14-Day Gems Of The South China Sea
Starting from $7,999*

Hong Kong, China to Singapore


Ship: Seabourn Ovation


Departure Date :

Jan 31 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Hong Kong, China
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Among the world's most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities, Hong Kong sits on the southern coast of China at the Pearl River estuary of the South China Sea. It comprises Hong Kong Island, where the Central Business District and most affluent areas and attractions are, and, on the mainland, Kowloon and the New Territories. Hong Kong is a regional and global hub for banking, shipping, fashion and food, boasting more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Its five-star hotels are among the most elegant to be found anywhere; many are set in the towering skyscrapers that carpet Hong Kong Island's steep slopes and light up its skyline so beautifully.Officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy relative to the rest of China, even after it was reunified with China in 1997 after 156 years of British rule ended.Many cruises in Southeast and East Asia start or end in Hong Kong, and it's definitely a great city in which to spend a day or two sightseeing and finding cultural things to do before or after the voyage. Smaller cruise ships can dock right in Victoria Harbour, for front-row seats of the stunning skyline. Unfortunately, pollution is a problem, and sometimes the views are obscured because of it.
Hong Kong, China
 
 
Day Hong Kong, China
Departs 07:00 AM
Among the world's most glamorous and cosmopolitan cities, Hong Kong sits on the southern coast of China at the Pearl River estuary of the South China Sea. It comprises Hong Kong Island, where the Central Business District and most affluent areas and attractions are, and, on the mainland, Kowloon and the New Territories. Hong Kong is a regional and global hub for banking, shipping, fashion and food, boasting more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Its five-star hotels are among the most elegant to be found anywhere; many are set in the towering skyscrapers that carpet Hong Kong Island's steep slopes and light up its skyline so beautifully.Officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy relative to the rest of China, even after it was reunified with China in 1997 after 156 years of British rule ended.Many cruises in Southeast and East Asia start or end in Hong Kong, and it's definitely a great city in which to spend a day or two sightseeing and finding cultural things to do before or after the voyage. Smaller cruise ships can dock right in Victoria Harbour, for front-row seats of the stunning skyline. Unfortunately, pollution is a problem, and sometimes the views are obscured because of it.
Hong Kong, China
 
 
Day Xiamen, China
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Xiamen is an important Chinese port on the coast of the Taiwan Strait at the mouth of the Nine Dragon River. The city has historically been known as Amoy, and was one of the treaty ports established for trade in the 19th Century. As such, it was China’s main port for the valuable export of tea. In the 1980s, the Xiamen region was named one of four Special Economic Zones by the People’s Republic, ensuring its prosperity and growth since that time. Most visitors enjoy a short ferry ride to the small island of Gulangyu, also called Piano Island, which was once the enclave of the early European trading community. Its traffic-free streets, lined with Victorian period European style homes, offer panoramic views of the harbor and Xiamen and its various neighborhoods. Another must-see attraction in Xiamen is the sprawling Buddhist Nanputuo Temple complex. Scenically set between the sea and the steep peaks of Mt. Lao, the four main buildings are elaborately decorated pagodas containing many Buddhist statues. Notable are the Devajara or Hall of the Heavenly Kings, with its immense Laughing Buddha, and Dabei Hall, the Hall of Great Compassion, with statuary depicting the 1000-armed bodhisattva Avelokitesvara. The Mahavira Hall holds statues representing the Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future. In the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion is an extensive collection of Buddhist documents, statuary and relics. A climb up the slopes of Mt. Lao behind the temples rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the city and harbor.
Xiamen, China
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Hundred Islands, Philippines
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
There are actually 124 islands at low tide, 123 at high tide in Hundred Islands National Park. Very few of the islands are inhabited but you will find lots of marine life, including crab-eating macaques, civets, dolphins, the occasional dugongs and a number of sea turtle species. Today is a day for island hopping, swimming, lounging on the beach or snorkeling.
Hundred Islands, Philippines
 
 
Day Manila, Philippines
Arrives 10:00 AM
The port of Manila is the largest and most important in the archipelago. The city of Manila proper, which boasts the densest population in the world, is really only the center of a larger urban cluster called Manila Metro, housing over 12 million people. Most visitors will be attracted to the oldest section, called Intramuros, to see Spanish colonial architectural icons such as the Manila Cathedral or the ancient San Agustin church. The city’s Binondo neighborhood is the oldest Chinatown on earth, predating the arrival of the Spanish in the mid-18th Century. Rizal Park, in the area called Ermita, is home to many museums, themed gardens and other notable sights. An overnight stay will enable you to enjoy the renowned Manila sunset along the Baywalk, and also leave time for a visit to the important historical site of Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, the site of an Allied surrender in World War II, and then the triumphant return of General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines.
Manila, Philippines
 
 
Day Manila, Philippines
Departs 05:00 PM
The port of Manila is the largest and most important in the archipelago. The city of Manila proper, which boasts the densest population in the world, is really only the center of a larger urban cluster called Manila Metro, housing over 12 million people. Most visitors will be attracted to the oldest section, called Intramuros, to see Spanish colonial architectural icons such as the Manila Cathedral or the ancient San Agustin church. The city’s Binondo neighborhood is the oldest Chinatown on earth, predating the arrival of the Spanish in the mid-18th Century. Rizal Park, in the area called Ermita, is home to many museums, themed gardens and other notable sights. An overnight stay will enable you to enjoy the renowned Manila sunset along the Baywalk, and also leave time for a visit to the important historical site of Corregidor Island in Manila Bay, the site of an Allied surrender in World War II, and then the triumphant return of General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines.
Manila, Philippines
 
 
Day Coron, Philippines
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Coron is the largest town on Busuanga island in the province of Palawan. The town and the islands just offshore are a magnet for visitors seeking crystal-clear waters, fascinating sea life and no fewer than ten well-preserved shipwrecks from WWII. Coron Island is a popular choice, with numerous spectacular snorkeling sites, including Siete Pecados, the Twin Lagoons and Atuwayan Beach. One interesting phenomenon here is a reverse thermocline, with the water being warmer at depth, where it is heated by the volcanic activity that lurks beneath the islands, and cooler nearer the surface. One place where this is dramatically evident is at Busuanga Island’s Maquinit Hot Springs, one of the very few saltwater hot springs in the world. A visit here should include a dip in the spa-like set of pools that vary in temperature from hot to cooler.
Coron, Philippines
 
 
Day Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Arrives 10:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
This independent city occupies the mid-section of Palawan island in the southern Philippines. It is a center for eco-tourism in the archipelago, with notable coral reefs offshore including one, Tubbataha Reef, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most famous of its sites is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a national park and the longest navigable underground river in the world. A boat ride into the karst limestone passages, lined with dramatic stalagmites and stalactites, is a must when visiting the island. The river was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 and recently was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Situated on the coast of Borneo bordered by the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is your gateway to Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exceptional array of functioning ecosystems. You will see over 1,200 species of orchids, and more than half of Borneo's plants, birds, mammals and amphibians live here. In Kota Kinabalu itself you will get an idea of the numerous indigenous ethnic groups of Borneo at the Mari Mari Cultural Village, including the local culture that lives in stilt villages along the coast.
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Singapore
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"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. "
Singapore
 
 
Day Singapore
Arrives 10:00 AM
"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. "
Singapore