We’re calling it now – Southeast Asia will be a trendy destination in 2019. And frankly, how could it not? Each country is different, but the region’s collective jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery, mouth-watering food, and pleasant climate make it a no-brainer as to why people will be flocking to this side of the world in the next coming months. It may seem a little daunting to get there but with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), jumping on the Southeast Asia travel bandwagon is now easier than ever. The popular cruise line is already seeing an uptick in bookings for Southeast Asia cruises, according to Lisa Ertmann, NCL’s Business Development Director.
Here are our three favorite Southeast Asia itineraries that’ll have you running to catch the next flight over there! (Psst…we’ve also snuck in a not-so-secret tip on how to get reduced (or even free) airfare, but you have to keep reading to find out!)
This 7-day itinerary is a great option for those wanting to explore Southeast Asia on a shorter amount of time. On this roundtrip Singapore journey, you’ll visit three cities in Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand. The best part is that there’s only one sea day, which means more exploring for you! And with NCL’s Free at Sea offer, you can use your Free Shore Excursions perk to get in touch with your creative side with a Batik Creation Experience in Penang, Malaysia or visit an elephant camp in Phuket.
Oh, and remember that reduced airfare we mentioned earlier? NCL also offers Free or Reduced Roundtrip Airfare on select dates and itineraries. Luckily for you, this itinerary qualifies!
Get lost in the history and vibrancy of city life and then, unplug from the busy world on a picturesque, white sandy beach, all on the same trip. With stops in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue/Da Nang, and Hanoi, your possibilities are endless. A great itinerary for those that are open to anything! Something to note, this cruise ends in Hong Kong – the perfect jumping off point to explore East Asia and beyond.
Whether you want to experience this magical trip with a special someone, your closest friends, or your family, NCL says the more, the merrier. When you pick Free Extra Guests, third and fourth guests travel free!
Thanks to the summer blockbuster, Crazy Rich Asians, Singapore is now on everyone’s radar. That’s probably why there’s an overnight stop in Singapore scheduled in the middle of your trek despite boarding (and eventually getting off) in Singapore.
According to NCL’s website, you can expect to tour the grand palaces and golden temples in Bangkok and in Kuala Lumpur, get a bird’s eye view of the diverse city from the open-air observation deck of the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Make sure to take advantage of the Free Wifi under NCL’s Free at Sea offer to post your amazing pictures on social media. #Blessed!
Free Perks with NCL
Regardless of your destination, when you sail with NCL, you can pick up to six free offers. On any 3-day sailings or longer, you can pick from the following offers: Free Ultimate Beverage Package, Free Specialty Dining, Free Shore Excursions, Free WiFi, Free/Reduced Roundtrip Air*, or Friends and Family Sail Free*. If you stay in an Oceanview, Balcony, or Mini-Suite, you can pick 3 free offers. However, if you choose to stay in a suite, Concierge, or the Haven, you’ll receive all 6 offers!
Now, what are you waiting for!? Adventure awaits.