Going Deep in Asia
New cruise itineraries in this part of the world are taking a close look at a single destination or region, immersing passengers in their culture, food and history. Choose the voyage that's right for you.
CHINA Viking's 15-day Far East Discovery voyage on the 930-passenger Viking Orion gives you plenty of time to tour and shop in China's greatest cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. In lesser-known Qingdao, you can visit the former Governor's Residence and the Qingdao Beer Museum, on the site of the original Tsingtao Brewery, which was founded by German colonists in 1903. vikingcruises.com; from US$4,799 per person. INDIA In December, Pandaw Expeditions will debut weeklong Lower Ganges river voyages on the Orient Pandaw, sailing from Kolkata to Farraka (and vice versa) through the heart of West Bengal. Experiences along the way include colonialheritage tours in Chandannagar, ruled by the French until 1950; visiting the brass works in the village of Matiari; and taking in the famed terra-cotta temples of Baranagar. pandaw.com; from US$1,700 per person, all-inclusive. GOLDEN TRIANGLE Mekong Kingdoms just launched the twocabin, exclusive-use Gypsy—a vision of wood, thatch, bamboo and vibrant Thai silk that takes small groups between Luang Prabang and the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet. Land options include guided jungle treks and weaving workshops; on board, there are folk dancing, cooking and Lao language classes. mekongkingdoms.com; from US$5,450 for three nights for up to four people. — BROOKE PORTER KATZ