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Cruis­ing the seas

Cruises used to be the do­main of the re­tired and those who wanted a hol­i­day with­out the has­sle of deal­ing with ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port. Fam­ily cruises are on the rise and with in­ter­na­tional cruise lines mak­ing a bee­line for Asia, you now have a choice of short trips to ex­pe­ri­ence this old mode of travel. Fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties abound with some com­pa­nies even of­fer­ing free pack­ages for kids 12 years and be­low, mak­ing it one sweet hol­i­day deal.

HOW TO GET THERE Costa Vic­to­ria ( costaa­ sets sail from Pe­nang start­ing Novem­ber 2017 and kids 12 years and be­low cruise free with two pay­ing adults.

WHAT TO DO A typ­i­cal cruise here en­tails ei­ther board­ing in Pe­nang or Sin­ga­pore, and you can choose from a min­i­mum of one night at sea to five nights. The one-night cruises are usu­ally from Pe­nang to Sin­ga­pore and are an easy in­tro­duc­tion to a cruise hol­i­day. A bet­ter choice would be to in­dulge in a fourto five-night cruise start­ing in Pe­nang and cov­er­ing Sin­ga­pore, Phuket and Malacca (only on the longer cruises).

Once you cross the gang­plank, ev­ery­thing is or­gan­ised so you can get into the ac­tion straight­away. Take a few min­utes to sign up for the kids club, and then en­joy the free­dom of be­ing at sea. Cruise lin­ers are huge allinclu­sive float­ing re­sorts so once on board, meals, en­ter­tain­ment, ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties are all taken care of. One of the big­gest ad­van­tages of a cruise hol­i­day is that you only have to un­pack once and you get to see mul­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions. It’s easy for multi­gen­er­a­tional travel (the grand­par­ents al­ways love a good cruise) and best of all, the kids will al­ways be oc­cu­pied.

A good ex­am­ple of a fam­ily-friendly cruise is the Costa Cruise’s ship Vic­to­ria’s fournight trip from Pe­nang to Sin­ga­pore and Phuket. Upon ar­rival in Sin­ga­pore af­ter an overnight sail, you get a few hours to ex­plore Sin­ga­pore. Just enough time to visit some of the pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in the city and even squeeze in a bit of a shop! Head back to the ship and cruise for ap­prox­i­mately 36 hours and you’re in Phuket by 8am where you can spend the day beach hop­ping, vis­it­ing lo­cal mar­kets or tak­ing the kids to a wa­ter park be­fore re­turn­ing to the ship for the overnight sail back to Pe­nang.

Au­gust - Oc­to­ber 2017

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