Ex­cit­ing cruises

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

EVER been on a cruise be­fore? If you have never ex­pe­ri­enced a cruise hol­i­day, make sure to in­clude cruis­ing on the Royal Caribbean on your list of hol­i­day ideas. An award- win­ning global cruise brand with a 46- year legacy of in­no­va­tion, Royal Caribbean fea­tures an ex­pan­sive and un­matched ar­ray of fea­tures and ameni­ties, in­clud­ing, jaw- drop­ping, Broad­way- style en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties that ap­peal to fam­i­lies and ad­ven­tur­ous va­ca­tion­ers alike.

Here are some of the top picks for 2016:

Voy­ager of the Seas

With the newly re­vi­talised Voy­ager of the Seas, one can look for­ward to its fan­tas­tic theatre shows, to con­quer­ing the rock- climb­ing wall, or find­ing your ad­ven­ture on the bas­ket­ball court, FlowRider surf­ing stim­u­la­tor, ice- skat­ing rink or mini golf course.

Liven up your nights on the Royal Prom­e­nade with pa­rades, danc­ing, duty- free shop­ping deals and meet your favourite char­ac­ters from Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion films such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Mada­gas­car.

Choose from the four- night Port Klang & Phuket sail­ing on May 3 or the seven- night Far East Sin­ga­pore to Hong Kong sail­ing on May 10.

The four- night sail­ing starts and ends in Sin­ga­pore, mak­ing stops in Port Klang and Thai­land’s largest Is­land of Phuket. The seven- night sail­ing also de­parts from Sin­ga­pore with an overnight stay in Bangkok and a stop in Nha Trang in Viet­nam be­fore end­ing the cruise ex­pe­ri­ence in Hong Kong.

The overnight stay in Bangkok prom­ises ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in this vi­brant cap­i­tal while Viet­nam’s premier desti­na­tion for beach va­ca­tions, Nha Trang of­fers sun and sea in the spec­tac­u­lar set­ting of a turquoise bay.

Ova­tion of the Seas

There’s only one word that can pos­si­bly sum up Ova­tion of the Seas – wow! A new ad­di­tion to the revo­lu­tion­ary Quan­tum class, its newly de­signed state­rooms, game- chang­ing tech­nol­ogy, ground­break­ing venues and the best din­ing ever are just the start of what you’ll find on­board.

Get ready for some ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences such as Rip­Cord by iFLY, the first sky- div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at sea, North Star ob­ser­va­tion cap­sule that ex­tends 300 feet above sea of­fer­ing a 360° view of the sur­round­ing and Bionic Bar, the first true robotic bar. That’s not all as you will have the FlowRider surf sim­u­la­tor, bumper cars, roller­skat­ing, ta­ble ten­nis, bas­ket­ball and more at SeaPlex, the largest in­door ac­tive space at sea.

Check out Ova­tion of the Seas’ 14- night In­dia & South­east Asia sail­ing on May 26 or the 12- night Ex­otic Asia Cruise on June 12. The 14- night sail­ing sails from Dubai, stop­ping in Mus­cat. The cap­i­tal of Oman is an in­trigu­ing mix of me­dieval her­itage and mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. Here you can stroll a labyrinth- like souk, visit Por­tuguese forts and see the sul­tan’s palace now con­verted to a mu­seum. The sail­ing con­tin­ues to Cochin in In­dia which was once the cen­tre of the In­dian spice trade.

Here you will find forts, palaces and mu­se­ums that show­case the city’s rich his­tory. The next stop is on our very own shores in Pe­nang be­fore end­ing its jour­ney in Sin­ga­pore.

With the 12- night Ex­otic Asia sail­ing, the jour­ney starts in Sin­ga­pore and overnight in Ho Chi Minh be­fore con­tin­u­ing to Hong Kong and then Xi­a­men, which of­fers in­cred­i­ble sight­see­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, from tree- lined beaches to moun­tains, tem­ples and more. The jour­ney con­tin­ues to In­cheon in South Korea, which has the largest sea­port on the west coast be­fore com­plet­ing the trip in Bei­jing.

Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in South- East Asia boast­ing world- class nightly en­ter­tain­ment. There are also ac­tiv­i­ties to keep you oc­cu­pied through­out your stay from rock- climb­ing to ice- skat­ing and mini golf and even an out­door movie screen un­der the stars.

Check out the 10- night Shang­hai to Sin­ga­pore sail­ing on Oct 7 or the 5- night Sin­ga­pore- Phuket sail­ing on Dec 23 where you get to cel­e­brate Christ­mas on­board. The seven­night sail­ing de­parts from Shang­hai for Naha, Ok­i­nawa. Sights in Naha in­clude Shuri Cas­tle, the for­mer 15th- cen­tury royal palace that has been painstak­ingly re­con­structed and the for­mer palace of the Ryukyu King­dom. The jour­ney con­tin­ues to fas­ci­nat­ing Hong Kong and then Hue/ Danang in Viet­nam.

Har­mony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean will de­but the much awaited Har­mony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship with 16 guest decks set to sail in May 2016. It will be the first to fea­ture the Splash­away Bay, an in­ter­ac­tive aqua park for kids and the Ul­ti­mate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a dra­matic 100- foot plunge.

Its new en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings from the hot sum­mer nights of Broad­way’s hit mu­si­cal Grease to high- tech, high- def­i­ni­tion ice shows in Stu­dio B and jaw­drop­ping, high- fly­ing, im­mer­sive per­for­mances at the ocean­front AquaTheater will be avail­able all in one place. Be one of the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the glory of the Har­mony of the Seas on the seven- night Europe West sail­ing on May 29.

Be­gin­ning in Southamp­ton, Eng­land, the ship stops in Vigo, Spain. Vigo of­fers easy ac­cess to scenic coast, beaches and lush green coun­try­side. The next stop will be Malaga, Spain. This lively cap­i­tal of the Costa del Sol is an eclec­tic mix of his­toric and mod­ern with Moor­ish palaces Re­nais­sance cathedrals and cool tapas bars.

Visit chic sea­side towns or travel in­land to Gre­nada and the fa­mous Al­ham­bra com­plex. The jour­ney ends in Barcelona, a top Euro­pean cen­tre for art, ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and cui­sine.

Book your Royal Caribbean Cruise Hol­i­day to­day and en­joy un­be­liev­able sav­ings much as 50% off se­cond guest, kids cruise for free and more. Dif­fer­ent pro­mos ap­ply for dif­fer­ent ship classes.

Visit Hol­i­day Tours at Booth No. 1245- 1268 ( Hall 1) or con­tact 03- 6286 6288 for more in­for­ma­tion.

An award- win­ning global cruise brand with a 46- year legacy of in­no­va­tion, royal caribbean fea­tures an ex­pan­sive and un­matched ar­ray of fea­tures and ameni­ties.

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