12 Night Cruise sailing from Hong Kong return aboard Azamara Quest.
his is a high-energy meets high-relaxation voyage, pairing big cities with island paradises. Taipei is a bustling food city where eating out is a national pastime. We stay late so you can visit the world-famous night markets and sample mouthwatering Xiaochi (“substantial snacks”). On a clear day the views from the observatory tower at Taipei 101 are well worth the ride up; otherwise spend your day visiting a Chinese art museum or checking out Longshan Temple, a true architectural marvel. Explore the food districts, Lotus Pond religious park and what some have called “the most beautiful metro station in the world” at Formosa Boulevard in Kaohsiung.
Snorkel, kayak, hike or go island-hopping from sparsely populated Palawan, then recover with a day on pristine White Sand beach at Boracay, more populated but still sublime. Rev up again in Manila, a happy homecoming city for many Azamara crew members. An overnight stay gives you time to explore the Manila Hotel, Fort Santiago and Malacañan Palace. You’ll have plenty to dream about as you sail back to Hong Kong, with a full day for shopping and sightseeing, and a night to be dazzled by the neon-lit cityscape from Victoria Harbor.
Highlights of this cruise:
Hong Kong is neon lights, endless shopping opportunities from street markets to high-end malls, and an unbelievably diverse array of skyscrapers, all designed with the essential input of the feng shui man.
On Hong Kong Island they seem to sprout like weeds, built on landfill because of the lack of level real estate. Look down it all from The Peak, with spectacular views over the city, harbor, and mountains beyond.
And do save time for a delicious Dim Sum breakfast or lunch, a mouthwatering selection of savory snacks served in bamboo baskets, and washed down with Chinese tea.
There are two facets to today’s Taipei: the modern, international east side with its up-scale malls, chic boutiques and trendy restaurants, and the west, bastion of traditional life, its narrow lanes lined with vendors’ stalls. Monuments to the past honor Sun Yat Sen and Chiang Kai Shek. A monument to the future is Taipei 101, the International Financial Center, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
Not to be missed is the National Palace Museum, a treasure trove of breathtaking Chinese art and artifacts. And don’t forget to eat! Restaurants are plentiful and offer every type of regional Chinese cuisine.
Dazzling turquoise waters ebb and flow against brilliant white sands. A quiet fishing town on Busuanga Island in the warm Western Pacific islands of the Philippines, Coron’s black limestone cliffs give way to coral sand beaches and harbor some of the best diving, snorkeling, and unspoiled land in Asia.
This small town is mostly inhabited by the semi-nomadic Tagbanua; however, the beautiful nearby islands and sunken coral covered fleet of Japanese war vessels draw seasoned travelers year round. Motorcycle, scooter, or mountain bike to really get to know Coron and its people. Hike through jungle and up the 700 steps of Mount Tapyas for a panoramic view of the harbor spread out before you. Kayak Coron’s virgin coastline, along the twisting mangrove forests of Kingfisher Park, searching for hidden coves and local fauna. Explore the Market Pier to try specialties like fresh roasted kasoy (cashew) nuts and exotic fruit, or stop into a local watering hole for a cold San Miguel and some Palawan-style BBQ.
There’s a world of beauty and adventure right off the coast of Coron, including an island of the same name. An authentic bangka boat is the best way to explore the surrounding islands. Head to Coron Island to swim its azure inland lakes, take a photo on the towering rocks at Twin Lagoon, and relax on a bamboo raft. Banol, Malcapuya, and CYC Island all offer spectacular beach lounging, powdery sand, tropical flowers, and tamarind trees. Throw on your scuba gear or take a freediving lesson, and head to Tangat Island for the unique experience of wreck diving the site of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and Japan. At Siete Pecados, snorkel amongst soft and hard coral, and spy several species of fish, sea serpents—even sea turtles. A true hidden gem, Coron is the island getaway you never knew existed.
Manila was the jewel of the Spanish empire in the Pacific, and a colony of the US after the Spanish-American War. Intramuros, the remnants of the walled settlement the Spanish founded in 1571, is today an evocative mix of ruins and churches, and contains the city’s most interesting museums. The famous Manila Hotel is a legacy of the American era, and was the residence of General MacArthur prior to the WWII.
Be sure to take a ride in the unofficial symbol of the city, the Jeepney, originally created by enterprising Filipinos out of surplus Jeeps the US left behind. Decorated in bright colors with shiny hood ornaments, it is public transportation with attitude.
X - Balcony
|AU$ 2,844||AU$ 3,159||AU$ 3,788||AU$ 7,287|
V3 - Club Veranda Stateroom
|AU$ 4,100||AU$ 4,868||AU$ 6,405||AU$ 12,521|
W - Guarantee Suite
|AU$ 4,290||AU$ 5,090||AU$ 6,688||AU$ 13,087|
N2 - Club Continent Suite
|AU$ 6,200||AU$ 7,668||AU$ 10,605||AU$ 20,921|
N1 - Club Continent Suite
|AU$ 6,265||AU$ 7,755||AU$ 10,735||AU$ 21,181|
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