August 1, 2008, Newsletter Issue #54: (33) Cruising the Exotic Far East

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In spite of the long flight to departure ports, Asia is emerging as a sought-after cruise destination. Asia cruise ports are in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan. Star Cruises (www.starcruises.com) is an Asian cruise line with year-round itineraries. Other cruise lines offering seasonal Asia cruises include: Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. There are also river cruises on the Yangtze River and Cruise West offers a unique small ship cruise in Japan.

Best Bets: Extend your cruise with a cruise tour. Walk the Great Wall of China in Beijing and travel to Xian for a glimpse of the Terra Cotta Warriors. Best Time: Southeast Asia is a hot and humid tropical climate and is subject to monsoon rains mainly from July to October. Most seasonal cruises are between November to March.

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