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Top Cruises In Singapore For An Unforgettable Vacation

Singapore is truly a land of infinite possibilities! It boasts of a clean city, an enviable nightlife, a luxurious lifestyle, high-end shopping malls, delectable food, a variety of people, a plethora of cultures and a platter of opportunities! There is no stone unturned when it comes to social life in the country. What's even better is that Singapore has options for many water-related activities as well - think water skiing, boating, fishing and even surfing. However, the best water activity of them all has got to be cruising! From budget-friendly options to luxurious ones, from romantic anniversary celebrations to unleashing your party animal, Singapore offers one of the widest types of cruises to try out. Lounging with a beautiful view, a drink in your hand, overlooking the clear blue waters of the ocean - what more can you ask for? If you're unsure of where to go cruising, fret no more - we've got your back! Go through our list of the best cruises in Singapore, and pick your favourite!

1. The Tale of Two Quays - by Singapore River Cruise

The Tale of Two Quays, Cruises in Singapore
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Take a magical trip on the Singapore River to explore the local sights and architectural marvels of the city! This famous cruise is super easy on the pocket and is worth it as well. It takes you through the popular Singapore River, through the bustling city. There are many options for photo-ops as well! The Singapore River Cruise has been a hallmark experience in Singapore since 1987 and is a must-visit. This works well for usually queasy people as well - the slow cruise and the short duration offers a win-win situation!

Departure: 
7:45 PM every day

Duration: 40 minutes

Departure point: 
River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, but you may board from the following jetties - River Valley, Robertson Quay, Clemenceau, Clarke Quay, Read Bridge, Fullerton, Boat Quay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Bayfront South, Promenade, Marina Barrage, or South Bridge

Cost: Adults: SGD 25
Children: SGD 15

Best time: November to March

Best sights: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer

2. Traditional Bumboat Cruise - by Singapore River Cruise

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Watch the fast city pass you by as you lounge on a fragment of the past, a bumboat! These boats were originally used in Europe in the 16th century for trade, but have since then gone out of favour for commercial purposes. This little cruise in Singapore is a delight for tourists, though! Here, not only do you have the advantage of sailing in a traditional bumboat (fixed with modern noiseless engines, of course), but you also get to charter the boat! This is a great opportunity to relax with family and enjoy the sights of Singapore.

Departure: This is a chartered boat, so you can opt for daytime or a night cruise

Duration: 30 minutes - 60 minutes

Departure point: 
River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, but you may board from the following jetties - River Valley, Robertson Quay, Clemenceau, Clarke Quay, Read Bridge, Fullerton, Boat Quay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Bayfront South, Promenade, Marina Barrage, or South Bridge

Cost: 
30 minutes - SGD 535
45 minutes - SGD 749
60 minutes - SGD 963
The maximum capacity of the boat is 45 persons, excluding the Captain and crew

Best time: November to March

Best sights: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer

3. National Day Preview Fireworks Cruise - by Singapore River Cruise

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The NPD Preview fireworks are an annual affair at the Marina Bay Sands and are extremely popular among the locals and the tourists alike. The spectacular firework show is awe-inspiring, using brilliant pyrotechnics. What better way to avoid the crowd and get an amazing view of this event, than on a boat? This child-friendly boat can be a treat for the whole family!

Departure: 7:30 PM, from 28 July 2018 to 28 August 2018

Duration: 60 minutes

Departure point: River Valley Road, Clarke Quay

Cost: Adults: SGD 38
Children: SGD 28

Best time: July and August

Best sights: Firework display at Marina Bay

4. Thailand and Vietnam Cruise - on the Quantum of the Seas

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This cruise is sure to take you places, and then some! This luxurious experience offers you a world-class cruise in Singapore for an entire week. While you get to enjoy the three cities on the itinerary, the onboard entertainment options will make your time even more memorable. This is the perfect bet for you with family, on solo trips or romantic getaways.

Duration: 
7 nights and 8 days

Departure point: Singapore

Cost: USD 650 per person, including accommodation and meals aboard the Quantum of the Seas

Best time: October to March

Best sights: 
Singapore (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer), Bangkok (Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Weekend Market, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew) and Ho Chi Minh city (War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi tunnels, market, Cao Dai temple)

Onboard entertainment: 
World-class performers, pool, spa, fitness centre, table tennis, rock climbing, North Star capsule, skydiving simulator, indoor games court, wine tasting, dance classes, learning centre, teens centre, photo kiosk, club DG, Broadway show, piano sing-alongs, theme night, parade, live orchestra, running track, DreamWorks experience show

5. Sights of South-East Asia Cruise - on the Quantum of the Seas

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This cruise takes you to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and gives you the time of your life at sea as well! Covering five cities in eight days, you are in for an adventure of your lifetime, as you get to strike places off your bucket list. A great set of onboard entertainment options also makes this choice apt for the family.

Duration: 7 nights and 8 days

Departure point: Singapore

Cost: USD 680 per person, including accommodation and meals aboard the Quantum of the Seas

Best time: October to March

Best sights: Singapore (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer), Phuket (Patong), Penang (Georgetown), Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Towers, Batu caves, market), Malacca (Ayer Keroh, Alor Gajah)

Onboard entertainment: 
World-class performers, pool, spa, fitness centre, table tennis, rock climbing, North Star capsule, skydiving simulator, indoor games court, wine tasting, dance classes, learning centre, teens centre, photo kiosk, club DG, Broadway show, piano sing-alongs, theme night, parade, live orchestra, running track, DreamWorks experience show

6. Singapore to Hong Kong Cruise - on the Voyager of the Seas

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Get ready to become a sailing voyager, on this astounding cruise! Taking you to four countries, this cruise promises you a great time both offshore and onshore. The in-house entertainment alone should convince you to sign-up for it, but when combined with the gorgeous cities you get to visit as well on this fantastic cruise in Singapore, this deal is truly a steal.

Duration: 9 nights and 10 days

Departure point: Singapore

Cost: USD 960 per person, including accommodation and meals aboard the Quantum of the Seas

Best time: November to March

Best sights: Singapore (Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer), Bangkok (Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Weekend Market, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew), Ho Chi Minh city (War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi tunnels, market, Cao Dai temple), Hue (Imperial City, Pagoda of the Celestial Lady), Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui, Disneyland), and Nha Trang (Vin Pearl, Po Nagar, Dam market)

Onboard entertainment: 
Ice skating, mini golf, deck, table tennis, indoor games centre, skydiving simulator, North Star capsule, whirlpool, spa, fitness centre, library, casino, live orchestra, 3D movies, salsa dancing, theme night, Viking Crown lounge

7. Malaysian Peninsula - on the Sapphire Princess

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This trip is economical, but does not score any less on the travelling scale! Taking you to two countries and promising you a great time, this cruise takes you to three gorgeous cities that are internationally famous for architecture, shopping and culture. This, when combined with the sumptuous service on board and the beautiful waves of the Indian Ocean, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Departure: Singapore

Duration: 3 nights and 4 days

Departure point: Singapore

Cost: SGD 340 per person

Best time: December and February

Best sights: Singapore (Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer), Penang (Georgetown), and Kuala Lumpur (Petronas Towers, Batu caves, market)

8. Wedding Package - by Happy Cruise

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If you want to extend your holiday experience into an unforgettable wedding, here's your chance! Take the destination wedding to the next level and take your vows surrounded by your loved ones, in the middle of the ocean, with this cruise in Singapore that has an exclusive wedding package deal. I do, indeed!

Duration: Day cruise: 4 hours
Evening cruise: 3 hours

Departure point: Singapore

Cost: USD 130
Minimum: 50 persons
Maximum: 140 persons

Best time: November to March

Best sights: Marina Bay, Fullerton Hotel, Supreme Court of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, and a spot in the ocean

Going on a cruise is one of the best vacations you can go on, and a cruise in Singapore is sure to be a unique experience for you. Which cruise appeals the most to you? Have you been on any of these before? Comment below, and send us your love! Happy cruising!

This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy