Singapore’s bustling street markets, delectable restaurants and huge shopping centres attract visitors from all over the world, as does its beautiful landscapes. Singapore is hot and humid all year round: April and May are the hottest, while January is the coolest.
Popular ports in Singapore
Singapore Port has two separate cruise terminals, situated a short distance from each other. Singapore Cruise Centre is a 10- to 15-minute drive from the downtown area of the city, while Marina Bay Cruise Centre is just five minutes from downtown. Both are on the southern tip of Singapore and have good facilities. At the terminals you’ll find a maze of restaurants, cafes and shops, but the main delights lie in the CBD. Main highlights include the SkyPark deck at Marina Bay Sands, where you can see Singapore’s gorgeous greenery and huge trees. Head to a hawker centre for a tasty bowl of curry or laksa – the stall with the longest queue is always the best one. Singapore Zoo and the River Safari are worth a visit, as is Sentosa – an island resort full of theme parks and beaches.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Singapore?
Arrive at the cosmopolitan city in style with one of these luxurious, comfortable cruise ships.
Mariner of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas is guaranteed to make your cruise to Singapore the trip of a lifetime. She’s more than 300m long and can carry up to 3,000 passengers. When you’re not exploring different countries, you can make the most of Mariner of the Sea’s fantastic facilities. If you prefer to relax and be pampered you’ll love the spa treatments, while if you want to stay active, head to the heated pools and mini golf course. During the evenings you can enjoy live music and theatre, with shows from kids’ specials to Broadway-favourites like Chicago. There’s plenty of restaurants and bars, too: from steakhouses to ice-cream parlours. The rooms are comfortable and have everything you need for a fantastic, stress-free stay.
As one of Silversea’s newest flagships, Silver Muse embodies luxury, style and comfort. From bars and restaurants to pools and hot tubs, everything on board is classy and elegant. You’ll start your journey in pristinely decorated suites: think creams and rich coffee colours. This carries on throughout Silver Muse, where the restaurants, bars and lounges are equally as sleek. She boasts a huge selection of restaurants – whether you want Japanese, French, Italian or Asian, you’ll find somewhere that suits. Plus, many of the restaurants and lounges have vast gorgeous views over the ocean. You’ll also have access to a range of activities, a well-equipped gym and a gloriously indulgent spa. The smart Silver Muse is the perfect way to take in Singapore’s sophisticated city.
While you can see a lot just by wandering around Singapore’s CBD, these excursions will ensure you get the most from your visit.
An introduction to Singapore
If you’ve got limited time in the city, this will ensure you see the highlights. You’ll start in Little India where you can explore bustling, bright temples and markets. One of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks is next: the grand Raffles Hotel. It’s the birthplace of the nation’s famous cocktail – the Singapore Sling, which was first created in 1915. You’ll see Singapore’s green side, too, visiting the Gardens by the Bay and its impressive supertrees. The best views are saved until last: from the top of Mount Faber you can see out across Singapore and Sentosa Island.
The best views of Singapore
Once you’ve wandered around the city, take this tour to see it from every angle. You’ll swap skyscrapers for rainforests first, with a visit to the UNESCO-approved Botanic Gardens. It’s got a rainforest, a lake, a healing garden and the National Orchid Garden. You’ll see Singapore from the water next, courtesy a boat ride along Singapore’s historic waterfront. Marvel at Singapore’s diverse skyline and its eclectic mix of colonial-era architecture and sleek high rises. Then you’ll take a ride on the 165m-tall Singapore Flyer – colossal compared to the London Eye – where you can take in 360° views of the city.
Singapore’s rich culture
Singapore’s kaleidoscopic culture has influences from all over the world, and nowhere is this more obvious than in its architecture, cuisine and landscape. Tour its diverse, animated districts and understand the layers that creates such a welcoming, safe city. First up is Little India – its bright temples, busy markets and loud shopfronts are uncannily alike the streets of Jaipur. On the way to Chinatown, you’ll see Merlion Park. It’s home to an iconic statue of the mythical Merlion, a creature that’s said to represent Singapore. Chinatown’s hawker centres, tea shops and temples are beautiful – and the food is delicious.