Peace + Pleasure on the Silk Sea

Close out and kick off cruises

The sun sets on 2015, but rises over 2016
Romance out 2015, and Romance in 2016
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Star Cruises

Close out cruises for 2015 and opening voyages for 2016 are on the horizon. Here are three to wet your appetite for the next few months!

Hemispheric Happiness
First off is the Southern Hemisphere blow out cruise from mid-November through December 2015. Star Cruises SuperStar Virgo will be leaving Hong Kong for eight countries and 21 ports with 6 to 48-night itineraries. It will sail all the way down to Australia, stopping at Cairns, Fremantle, Melbourne, and Sydney. Hot island hops can be had in Bali, Indonesia, and Sanya on Hainan Island, China. In Malaysia, the 1,800+ passenger capacity SuperStar Virgo will drop anchor for golf and gold sand beaches in Johor. Ultra Southeast Asian urban excursions include Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. Other blissful beachside stops include Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and Hue, Vietnam. With 25 restaurants, guests will be treated to multiple-tiers of culinary delights—including the world’s only all halal Indian restaurant. Proper pampering in their spas and time-out in their library and writing lounge is de-rigueur for the course.
For more information, go to southernhemisphere.starcruises.com.

Leap Year Sea
Leap year only comes every four years—start 2016’s leap seaward with a special series of magical Malaysian nights leaving Singapore on February 29 for truly Asia—Malaysia. This Royal Caribbean voyage around Malaysia costs between 399 and 900 Singapore dollars, depending on the suite. The Mariner of the Seas ship at 1,020 feet of length with a passenger capacity of 3,114 promises to please. It features 15 decks, with 10 pools and whirlpools, plus 17 bars, clubs, and lounges. It even has an ice-skating rink and movie theatre, among many amenities. Then there’s the shore stops in Malaysia for incredible fusion cuisine, historic sights, and cosmopolitan shopping. For more information, go to royalcaribbean.com.sg.

French for Fantasy

It’s a French fantasy set in the Philippines. Welcome aboard the sleek Le Soléal, a luxury French liner of the Ponant fleet with 132 designer stateroom suites. It sets sail under, of course the French flag, on March 15 from Malaysia’s seaside haven of Kota Kinabalu bound for Hong Kong. Before dropping anchor in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on March 25, it will gently wend its way through various islands in the Philippines. It makes stops at Puerto Princesa’s underground river and the placid beaches of El Nido. For nightlife, it hits swinging Manila. Click here for more information.