Islands of the South China Sea

19-Days | Singapore • Semarang • Muara • Kota Kinabalu • Sandakan • Ternate • Banda Neira • Port Moresby • Cairns

Fares From £4,645

Single Supplement 20%

Islands of the South China Sea – Cruise Summary

Explore breathtaking natural wonders and historic cultures as you island-hop your way to the most unmissable cities, beaches and landscapes of Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Discover the multicoloured Hindu temples, magnificent Buddhist sites, mosques and bustling markets of Singapore before boarding your ship for Semarang on the north coast of Java. Explore the city’s Dutch colonial old quarter or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Borobudur complex, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Or climb the nearby active volcano of Mount Merapi, for amazing views across the island.

In Brunei, the town of Muara offers an intoxicating combination of beautiful beaches and dense mangrove forests. Enjoy a boat ride past traditional stilt houses, or take the opportunity to visit the architectural wonders of the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Relax on the tropical beaches of Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah, Malaysia, explore the jungles of UNESCO World Heritage Mount Kinabalu, or take a ride on the historic North Borneo Railway.

From Sandakan, enter the jungles of northeast Borneo for the chance to see orangutans and proboscis monkeys in their natural environment, as part of a forest reserve. Or swim alongside the giant shelled reptiles of the Turtle Islands.

Experience a spectacular arrival on the island of Ternate in Maluku to smell the fragrance of exotic spices, hike along crater-lakes, visit colonial-era forts or simply relax on the beach.

On the lush green islands of Banda, ascend densely wooded mountains rising from sapphire-coloured waters, take the opportunity to discover an impressive underwater world on a snorkelling boat-trip, or visit the historic Dutch Fort of Belgica.

In Papua New Guinea, step ashore for an evening stroll through the capital and tour the National Museum. Visit Port Moresby Nature Park to see a wide variety of birds, including the beautiful Raggiana bird-of-paradise, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a thrilling ride in a traditional Melanesian long boat.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The ‘Lion City’ of Singapore

  • Jungle and water tours throughout Southeast Asia

  • Snorkelling in multiple locations, including Turtle Islands

  • Days at sea to relax and enjoy the amenities of Vasco da Gama

  • Disembark in the Australian city of Cairns

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Singapore

Look forward to what is probably the most beautiful skyline in Asia – Singapore. Visit the “City of Lions” and discover, for example, the “Gardens by the Bay”, the “Marina Bay Sands” with its spectacular light show or immerse yourself in the diverse cuisine of the city state – either in the restaurants or more authentically on the countless markets.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

Day 2 – Singapore

Departure time: 12:00
Look forward to what is probably the most beautiful skyline in Asia – Singapore. Visit the “City of Lions” and discover, for example, the “Gardens by the Bay”, the “Marina Bay Sands” with its spectacular light show or immerse yourself in the diverse cuisine of the city state – either in the restaurants or more authentically on the countless markets.

Day 3 – At Sea

Enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer.

Day 4 – Semarang (Borobudur), Java, Indonesia

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Semarang on the north coast of Java impresses with its Dutch colonial-style old town, which is waiting to be discovered by you. An absolute highlight is a visit to the Borobudur temple complex, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. Or you can take a trip to the active Merapi volcano.

 

Day 5-6 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

Day 7 – Muara (Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei

Docking time: 12:00 Departure time: 22:00
Fantastic beaches and dense mangrove forests can be found in Muara. Take the opportunity and treat yourself to a relaxing boat trip between the pile dwellings. For something more lively and pompous, take the opportunity to explore the feudal capital of Bandar Seri Begawan. The Sultan’s Palace is the largest palace in the world with over 1,800 rooms on almost 200,000 m². You can also look forward to the many magnificent buildings and ornate mosques.

Day 8 – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 17:00
In Kota Kinabalu, discover impressive mosques, relax by the turquoise sea and enjoy breathtaking views from the Signal Hill observation deck. A trip around Mount Kinabalu takes you into the jungle with lush vegetation and biodiversity. Train lovers will also get their money’s worth – look forward to a trip on the North Borneo Railway. Featuring a British Vulcan steam locomotive designed to burn wood, the North Borneo Railway is undoubtedly unique. Board a train from the bygone colonial era and enjoy a ride through the Sabah countryside.

Day 9 – Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 19:00
Sandakan is the ideal starting point for numerous rural adventures. Explore the jungle with its remarkable wildlife and don’t forget to count how many orangutans and proboscis monkeys you will encounter today. If you’re more interested in sea creatures, you should visit Turtle Island National Park: Here you can swim with giant turtles.

 

Day 10 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 
 

Day 11 – Ternate, Indonesia

Docking time: 12:00 Departure time: 22:00
Ternate already impresses with a spectacular approach to the harbour on the twin volcanoes Ternate and Tidore, but it has so much more to offer. Are you looking forward to THE spice island par excellence, maybe later you want to impress your friends at home and take an Indonesian cooking class? If your focus is more on relaxation, you will experience dream beaches, a snorkelling paradise and picturesque nature all at the same time. Hike along spectacular crater lakes or travel back in time with a tour of colonial-era fortifications.

 

 

Day 12 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 

 
 

Day 13 – Banda Neira, Indonesia

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 16:00
Green, lush mountains rising from the sapphire blue waters will amaze you as you enter Banda Neira. Discover the island and its impressive underwater world on a boat trip with numerous snorkelling stops. Fort Belgica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recalls the glory days of the spice trade, particularly nutmeg and mace.

 

 

Day 14-15 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 
 

Day 16 – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Berthing time: 16:00
Port Moresby with its numerous bars and cafés lures you for an evening stroll through the city on land. Or you can enjoy a spectacular overland tour. Fly to Mount Hagen (Kagamuga). Discover birds of paradise, but the real highlight are the so-called “Mud Men”, who will inspire you with dances and adventurous masks. Visit the National Museum in Port Moresby or see unique bird species such as the Raggi Bird of Paradise at Port Moresby Nature Park. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on the traditional longtail boats.

Day 17 – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Departure time: 20:00
Port Moresby with its numerous bars and cafés lures you for an evening stroll through the city on land. Or you can enjoy a spectacular overland tour. Fly to Mount Hagen (Kagamuga). Discover birds of paradise, but the real highlight are the so-called “Mud Men”, who will inspire you with dances and adventurous masks. Visit the National Museum in Port Moresby or see unique bird species such as the Raggi Bird of Paradise at Port Moresby Nature Park. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on the traditional longtail boats.

 

Day 18 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 

 
 

Day 19 – Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Mooring: 08:00
The world-famous Great Barrier Reef makes the diver’s heart beat faster. Furthermore, a visit to the Tjapukai Cultural Park offers the opportunity to get to know the life of the Aborigines.

Disembarkation until 09:00

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £4,645

Single Supplement 20%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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01223 568907

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