This enchanting cruise coincides with Taiwan’s Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the world, where thousands of paper lanterns are released into the night. Passengers can join in writing their own wishes, vows and prayers on the colourful lanterns, which fly up to the heavens asking for fulfilment.
The trip across Asia, including flights from Australia, four-star accommodation and a 14-night cruise, begins with one night in a four-star hotel in Singapore. Take a bumboat ride on the city’s river, absorb the culture of Little India, Chinatown and Geyland Serair and see the Merlion, before boarding the luxurious Celebrity Millennium the next day.
Relax for the first day at sea and look forward to Thailand’s Ko Samui to further unwind on the white sandy beaches and explore coral reefs. The next port of call is an overnight stay in Bangkok, where passengers can shop in the Siam Square district, visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho or enjoy the nightlife of Silom.
The ship then docks at Phu My in Vietnam, gateway to Ho Chi Minh City. See the Saigon River, discover the fascinating tunnel network at Cu Chi, used by the Viet Cong during the war, or sightsee the main attractions from palaces to pagodas.
Next stop is Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city near UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins. Continue a historic journey in Ha Long Bay, also a World Heritage Site, famous for its scenic rock formations and enormous caves.
After two days at sea aboard the Celebrity Cruises ship, an overnight stay in Keelung allows plenty of time to attend the lantern festival. In a blaze of luminous glory that marks the new Lunar New Year, 100,000 to 200,000 colourful lanterns emblazon a full moonlit sky. Pingxi is about 30 minutes by taxi from Keelung port.
During the day this Taiwanese region also offers natural creations such as Chung-cheng Park, Nuantung Valley, Tai-an Waterfall, Keelung Islet and Lover’s Lake.
The cruise concludes in Hong Kong on 4 March, followed by a hotel stay to make the most of this bustling city. Highlights include the Tsimshatsui complex, Ocean Park with performing dolphins and killer whales, Repulse Bay with the Tin Hai Temple overlooking the beach, Chinese temples and delightful beaches on the islands of Lantau, Lamma and Cheung Chau.
Pricing starts at $2,999 per person, which includes return flights, the 14-night cruise in a quad inside cabin and four-star pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel accommodation in Singapore and Hong Kong. Flights depart Australia on 17 February 2018 and return on 6 March. Bookings may be eligible to receive up to $600 onboard credit, a free drinks package or free internet on the cruise.
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