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Put on your cap­tain hats and cruise the Straits of Malacca; the Costa Vic­to­ria re­turns to the shores of Sin­ga­pore. A mag­nif­i­cent ves­sel decked in deca­dent Ital­ian flare, in 1996 the Costa Vic­to­ria was jazzed up with glass mo­saic de­signed by artist Emilio Ta­dinidi and pro­duced by Stu­dio Gre­gotti As­so­ciati, as well as famed cruise ship ar­chi­tect, Robert Tillberg.

This May, all on board are in for a thrilling mas­quer­ade party, masque­mak­ing ses­sions, and dance lessons. Dur­ing the day, choose from an ex­cit­ing ar­ray of off­shore ex­cur­sions.

As you set sail from the dock at Sin­ga­pore and steadily cruise north in deep blue wa­ters, the ex­cite­ment on the ship is pal­pa­ble. While Mummy and Daddy sip wel­come cock­tails, kids can roam free at the Squok Club, filled with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to keep ju­nior trav­ellers oc­cu­pied.

The next des­ti­na­tion is Malacca, a state rich in his­tory and de­li­cious Per­anakan cui­sine. As the ship docks, tug boats are avail­able for those who have signed up for an adventure off­shore. There are six ex­cur­sions


Bag, Burberry Cre­ate your own masques ses­sion T- shirt, Armani Ju­nior in and around Malacca, open to ev­ery­one on board the Costa Vic­to­ria. Choose from ‘Her­itage Trail of Malacca’, ‘Cul­ture and His­tor­i­cal Malacca’, ‘Walk the Dutch Trail’, ‘Malacca and Sur­round­ings’, ‘King Fruit and Queen Bee’, and ‘A Shop­ping Spree’. Th­ese trips in­clude stopovers at the fa­mous Dutch Square, the forts, and a short hike up St. Pauls Hill.

Af­ter a full day of fun, ex­plor­ing, and dis­cov­er­ing the his­tor­i­cal city, an evening of rest at the spa on aboard is the per­fect way to wind down. Mean­while, keep the kids oc­cu­pied with ei­ther a lan­guage class, a dance ses­sion, a cooking les­son or any one of the many pro­grammes lined up. As the ship pulls away from Malacca, catch the sun­set upon the top deck. A vi­sion of gold and red, dip­ping be­neath the vast hori­zon, it is a mo­ment that will for­ever be etched in your mem­ory.

By the time you arise the next morn­ing, the Costa Vic­to­ria would have docked in Pe­nang. Hop off and join in on one of six off­shore ex­cur­sions: ‘Choco­late, Cof­fee, Tea & Shop­ping Mall Trip’, ‘Golden Sands Re­sort’, ‘Her­itage Tour with Lo­cal Prod­uct Shop­ping’, ‘Typ­i­cally Pe­nang’, ‘Ge­orge­town and Sub­urbs’, and ‘Round the Is­land’. Pit stops in Pe­nang in­clude a stopover at the Thai Bud­dhist Tem­ple, a trip to a batik show­room and fac­tory (where batik is hand-painted in­di­vid­u­ally), and a charm­ing but­ter­fly aviary.

On the last night back to Sin­ga­pore, why don’t you sit on the deckchairs of your pri­vate bal­cony and take in the serene calm of the mag­nif­i­cent sea? As dark­ness sets, all you can see is a thick blan­ket of black­ness, while the sooth­ing sound of lap­ping waves melts your trou­bles away. With some­thing dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one, the Costa Vic­to­ria cruise by Costa Cruise truly stands out as an all-in-one fam­ily off­shore va­ca­tion. www.costacruis­esa­sia.com Dress, Baby Dior Shoes, Gap Kids

The Costa Vic­to­ria

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