Whether you want to take a river, small-ship or ocean cruise, the many dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cul­tures of Asia will keep draw­ing you back. Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Shang­hai and Bei­jing are the re­gions’ big cruise hubs. Royal Caribbean home­ports ships year round in Sin­ga­pore and China, Dream Cruises sails out of the Lion City and Hong Kong, and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy sails out of Tian­jin (Bei­jing). Cruises from Sin­ga­pore visit Malaysia, Thai­land and In­done­sia (see pages 72-74 for shore ex­cur­sions in Kuala Lumpur, Pe­nang and Phuket). Visit Ja­pan to see the tem­ples in Ky­oto, the cherry blos­som in March and April and the bright lights of Tokyo. Ok­i­nawa, the Hawaii of Ja­pan, has won­der­ful beaches and wildlife (see page 77). Princess Cruises is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Ja­pan. Di­a­mond Princess even has the largest Ja­panese spa on board, com­plete with an on­sen.

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