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Sailings
111 Nights World
departing from Los Angeles, California
Cruise Line Crystal Cruises
Ship Crystal Serenity
Departing Thu, Jan 21, 2021
Return Port Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Ports of Call Los Angeles, California | Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii | Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii | Fanning Island, Kiribati | Noumea, New...
Crystal Cruises
Los Angeles, California | Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii | Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii | Fanning Island, Kiribati | Noumea, New Caledonia | Brisbane, Australia | Airlie Beach | Townsville, Australia | Port Douglas, Australia | Banda Neira, Indonesia | Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei | Manila, Philippines | Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China | Hualien, Taiwan | Ishigaki, Ryukyu Island | Hososhima, Japan | Hiroshima, Japan | Kochi, Japan | Osaka (Kyoto and Nara), Japan | Shimizu, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan | Nagasaki, Japan | Incheon, South Korea | Xingang (Beijing), China | Shanghai, China | Okinawa (Naha), Japan | Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan | Hong Gai (Hanoi), Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam | Singapore, Singapore | Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar | Chennai (Madras), India | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Mumbai (Bombay), India | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Muscat, Oman | Santorini (Thira), Greece | Amalfi, Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Itinerary
  • Date Date Location Location Arrival Arrival Departure Departure
  • Thu, Jan 21, 2021 Los Angeles/San Pedro -- 5:00 pm
    Fri, Jan 22, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Jan 23, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Jan 24, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Mon, Jan 25, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Tue, Jan 26, 2021 Oahu/Honolulu 5:00 pm --
    Wed, Jan 27, 2021 Oahu/Honolulu -- 11:00 pm
    Thu, Jan 28, 2021 Maui/Lahaina 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Fri, Jan 29, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Jan 30, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Jan 31, 2021 Fanning Islands 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 01, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Tue, Feb 02, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Feb 03, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Fri, Feb 05, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Feb 06, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Feb 07, 2021 Mystery Island 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 08, 2021 Nouméa 8:00 am 5:00 pm
    Tue, Feb 09, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021 Brisbane 6:00 pm --
    Thu, Feb 11, 2021 Brisbane -- 6:00 pm
    Fri, Feb 12, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Feb 13, 2021 Arlie Beach 10:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Feb 14, 2021 Townsville 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Mon, Feb 15, 2021 Port Douglas 7:30 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, Feb 16, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Feb 17, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Thu, Feb 18, 2021 Banda Neira 9:00 am 6:00 pm
    Fri, Feb 19, 2021 Ambon, Molucas 7:00 am 4:00 pm
    Sat, Feb 20, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Feb 21, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Mon, Feb 22, 2021 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, Feb 23, 2021 Bandar Seri Begawan 7:00 am 5:00 pm
    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Thu, Feb 25, 2021 Manila 7:00 am --
    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 Manila -- 6:00 pm
    Sat, Feb 27, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Feb 28, 2021 Hong Kong 8:00 am --
    Mon, Mar 01, 2021 Hong Kong -- 9:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 02, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 03, 2021 Hualien 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Mar 04, 2021 Ishigaki Island 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Fri, Mar 05, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Mar 06, 2021 Hososhima 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sun, Mar 07, 2021 Hiroshima 8:00 am 7:00 pm
    Mon, Mar 08, 2021 Kochi 9:00 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 09, 2021 Osaka 8:00 am --
    Wed, Mar 10, 2021 Osaka -- 3:00 pm
    Thu, Mar 11, 2021 Shimizu 8:00 am 7:00 pm
    Fri, Mar 12, 2021 Tokyo 8:00 am --
    Sat, Mar 13, 2021 Tokyo -- 7:00 pm
    Sun, Mar 14, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Mon, Mar 15, 2021 Kagoshima 8:00 am 7:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 16, 2021 Nagasaki 8:00 am 6:00 pm
    Wed, Mar 17, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Thu, Mar 18, 2021 Incheon 6:00 am 7:00 pm
    Fri, Mar 19, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Mar 20, 2021 Beijing/Xingang 6:30 am --
    Sun, Mar 21, 2021 Beijing/Xingang -- --
    Mon, Mar 22, 2021 Beijing/Xingang -- 6:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 24, 2021 Shanghai 11:00 am --
    Thu, Mar 25, 2021 Shanghai -- --
    Fri, Mar 26, 2021 Shanghai -- 6:00 pm
    Sat, Mar 27, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Mar 28, 2021 Naha, Okinawa 7:00 am 2:30 pm
    Mon, Mar 29, 2021 Taipei/Keelung 8:30 am 6:00 pm
    Tue, Mar 30, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Mar 31, 2021 Hanoi/Hongai 6:00 pm --
    Thu, Apr 01, 2021 Hanoi/Hongai -- 10:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 02, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Apr 03, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Apr 04, 2021 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 8:00 am --
    Mon, Apr 05, 2021 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) -- 3:00 pm
    Tue, Apr 06, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Apr 07, 2021 Singapore 8:00 am --
    Thu, Apr 08, 2021 Singapore -- 9:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 09, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Apr 10, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Apr 11, 2021 Yangon 4:00 pm --
    Mon, Apr 12, 2021 Yangon -- --
    Tue, Apr 13, 2021 Yangon -- 2:30 pm
    Wed, Apr 14, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Thu, Apr 15, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Fri, Apr 16, 2021 Chennai (Madras) 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sat, Apr 17, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, Apr 18, 2021 Colombo 7:00 am 7:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 19, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Tue, Apr 20, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Apr 21, 2021 Mumbai (Bombay) 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Apr 22, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Fri, Apr 23, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, Apr 24, 2021 Dubai 7:00 am --
    Sun, Apr 25, 2021 Dubai -- 10:00 pm
    Mon, Apr 26, 2021 Abu Dhabi 8:00 am 10:00 pm
    Tue, Apr 27, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Wed, Apr 28, 2021 Muscat 7:00 am 6:00 pm
    Thu, Apr 29, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Fri, Apr 30, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sat, May 01, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, May 02, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Mon, May 03, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Tue, May 04, 2021 Luxor & Karnak/Safaga 7:00 am --
    Wed, May 05, 2021 Luxor & Karnak/Safaga -- 11:00 pm
    Thu, May 06, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Fri, May 07, 2021 Transit the Suez Canal 1:00 am 6:00 pm
    Sat, May 08, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Sun, May 09, 2021 Santorini (Thíra) 7:00 am 8:00 pm
    Mon, May 10, 2021 At Sea -- --
    Tue, May 11, 2021 Amalfi 7:30 am 6:00 pm
    Wed, May 12, 2021 Rome/Civitavecchia 7:00 am --
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Crystal Cruises
General

The All-Inclusive Crystal Experience is a heady combination of indulgent services and enriching discovery. Since our debut in 1990, we have been elevating and redefining the traditional notions of luxury cruising with innovative excellence, exquisitely designed ships, bold itineraries, customized destination immersion, and the highest standards of personalized service at sea and on land.

A proven leader in evolving the guest experience to stay ahead of global luxury travel trends, we were the first cruise line to partner with celebrity chefs - our Silk Road and Sushi Bar alternative dining venues are the only sea-going restaurants in Nobu Matsuhisa's worldwide empire; the first to debut a Computer University@Sea with personal e-mail and Internet services; the first to launch a now critically-acclaimed Wine & Food Festival; and the soon-to-be first luxury line to transit the Northwest Passage in 2016 and offer four distinct World Cruise options in 2018.

From launching the interactive Creative Learning Institute with complimentary courses tailored to a guest's own personal enrichment, to pushing the boundaries of gastronomic discovery with a cutting-edge new Modern Cuisine menu, we are continually adding new programs and features to our award-winning ships.

We are thrilled that you are considering travel with us, and we welcome the opportunity to explore the world with you.

Ship
Crystal Serenity
Overview

Commanding the world's great oceans with grace, Crystal Serenity enchants with an unrivaled chic elegance. Discover the superb cuisine, welcoming hospitality and gorgeous suites and staterooms of The World's Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line.

Dining

Waterside

Dine at your leisure on extraordinary fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chic and spacious ambience of our elegant open-seating main dining room features intimate tables for two, four and more.

Prego

Tableside service and menus of authentic Northern Italian fare are savored at this specialty venue showcasing modern and classic takes on favorites, from carbonara to tiramisu and everything in between.

Silk Kitchen & Bar

Surrounded by enchanting views of sea and shore, savor Chinese-inspired al fresco dining on deck, with open seating for breakfast and lunch, and reservations recommended for dinner.

Palm Court

With its enviable forward location, sunshine pours through the floor-to-ceiling window walls at this popular spot known for its Mozart-themed Afternoon Tea and evening cocktails and dancing.

The Vintage Room

Created for the true oenophile, optional, one-of-a-kind wine dinners feature some of the rarest vintages in the world; such as a nearly impossible-to-get 1959 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and a 1996 Screaming Eagle from Napa Valley.

Trident Grill

Poolside al fresco fare includes delicious burgers, pizzas, wraps and salads plus our popular Late-Risers Breakfast from 10:00 am - 11:00 am for those who wish to luxuriously sleep in.

More Choices
  • Marketplace & Churrascaria
  • Umi Uma & Sushi Bar
  • The Bistro
  • Scoops Ice Cream Bar
  • 24-Hour In-Suite Dining
Spa & Fitness

Crystal Life Spa

In accordance with the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient practice of balance and harmony, our award-winning spa embodies a tranquil environment, easily allowing you to slip away from the stresses of daily life.

Crystal Life Salon

Enjoy sweeping ocean views as trained stylists and aestheticians provide a full-service menu of treatments including haircuts, styling, and coloring; facials and skin analysis; manicures and pedicures; and barber services for men

Crystal Life Fitness

Crystal Serenity's fitness facilities provide harmonizing enrichment to your travels. An extensive roster of specialized programs helps you maintain, or even begin, a fitness regimen while traveling

Seahorse Pool

Surrounded by teak decking, crisp white deck furniture and inviting sunbeds for conversational seating, our signature Seahorse Pool and Jacuzzi is the perfect spot to relax and unwind while enjoying life on the high seas.

Golf

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Crystal Serenity's driving nets and putting greens, right- and left-handed clubs for both men and women, as well as golf clinics and instruction by PGA golf pros on most sailings.

Paddle Tennis

High above the sea, where warm rays of sunshine meet cool ocean breezes, Wimbledon Court welcomes doubles and singles matches in paddle tennis.

Promenade Deck

Breathtaking vistas witnessed only at sea. To walk along a 360 degree teak Promenade deck is to truly experience one of the greatest moments of ocean travel.

Entertainment

Crystal Cove

A welcoming ambience of contemporary style and warmth, Crystal Cove is host to soft piano music and lively conversation. An ideal setting for pre-dinner cocktails or following a day ashore.

Avenue Saloon

Dark paneled walls and rich leather club chairs create the perfect space to steal away for a cocktail and conversation. But as the evening rolls on with the crescendo of live piano sing-alongs, a happy camaraderie fills the night.

Stardust Club

In the heart of the ship with panoramic port-to-starboard ocean views, this welcoming space hosts lectures by day, dancing by night and a new Supper Club specialty dining experience periodically throughout each voyage.

Galaxy Lounge

Boasting exceptional views from every seat in the house, elaborate stage shows and Broadway-styled productions are performed twice nightly, featuring celebrity guests, comedy revues, classical recitals and more.

Fantasia & Waves

With its dedicated spaces and acclaimed, age-specific children's programs for kids ages 3 to 17, Crystal is the luxury cruise line best suited for family travel during the holidays and all through summer.

More Choices
  • Plam Court
  • Resort World At Sea Casino
  • Connoisseur Club
  • Hollywood Theatre
  • Pulse Nightclub
Activities

Creative Learning Institute

Progressive classes and workshops on a variety of topics - from wellness and wine to finance and art - allow you to follow your passions during your travels.

Computer University @Sea

Imagine returning home with a personalized movie of your trek through Machu Picchu, a digital photo documentary of your exploration of the pyramids at Giza, or even your own daily blog. With free 24-hour Wi-Fi/Internet access, you can do it all.

Crystal Visions Lecture Series

Stars of the stage and screen, masters of comedy, decorated Olympians, noted diplomats and ambassadors, celebrated authors, and renowned scientists highlight Crystal's award-winning enrichment lecture and seminar series.

Bridge Lounge

Supervised games are offered by an accredited ACBL instructor on every cruise.

Avenue of the Stars

From exquisite jewels and high fashion to treasured mementos and resort wear, the boutiques and shops along the Avenue of the Stars feature selections from brands that find a familiar home in a sophisticated yet understated environment.

Library

A comfortable and quiet spot to read a book (or find one!), peruse picture books and atlases, join in on puzzles, and simply relax.

Ship Facts
  • Launched: July 7, 2003
  • Guest Capacity: 980
  • Ship's Registry: Bahamas
  • Total Crew: 655
  • Gross Registered Tons: 68,870
  • Length: 820 ft.
  • Width: 105.6 ft.
  • Draft: 24.9 ft.
  • Maximum Speed: 22 Knots
Decks
Stateroom Legend
  • Stateroom Legend
  • A1 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
    A2 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Forward
    B1 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
    B2 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (Limited View)
    B3 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Forward
    C1 Deluxe Stateroom w/Large Picture Window
    C2 Deluxe Stateroom (Limited View)
    C3 Deluxe Stateroom w/Large Picture Window
    CP Crystal Penthouse with Verandah
    OG OceanView Guarantee
    P1 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
    P2 Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Forward
    PG Suite Guarantee
    PH Penthouse with Verandah
    PS Penthouse Suite with Verandah
    SH Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah
    SP Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Veranda
    VG Balcony Guarantee
Stateroom Symbol Legend
  • Stateroom Symbol Legend
  • Third berth available, as well as in all Penthouses (PH, PS and CP) with the exception of those specifically designed for guests with disabilities (10064/10065)
    Queen-bed configuration only
    Stateroms for guests with disabilities (PH does not include walk-in closet, bidet or third berth)
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Sun Deck

Sun Deck
Destination
World
What can you say about going on a cruise around the world? Only in the movies? Only in dreams? Well, in this case reality may just be mimicking art. The trip of a lifetime is available right now.

From one end of this great earth to the other, you''ll travel via the luxury of a cruise ship. Be pampered on board as your home-at-sea makes its way through international waters to far away places.
Ports of Call
Los Angeles, California
City Los Angeles

Sprawling between the mountains and the beaches, Los Angeles is quintessential California. Whether your taste runs to fashionable Beverly Hills, the mega-entertainment of the movie studios, or the sizzle of homestyle Mexican food on Olvera Street, the city of angels is worth exploring.

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
City Honolulu

Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor - these names evoke feeling of magic, mystery, drama and history, and they are all located in Honolulu. The capital of Hawaii, this city not only offers some of the best beaches along side big-city skyscrapers, there are also parks, fabulous shopping, the only royal palace in America, the Arizona Memorial in the harbor at Pearl City, the Polynesian Cultural Center and more.

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
City Lahaina

Historic Lahaina was once a rough-and-tumble whaling town in days gone by. Today visitors come to watch, not hunt, the humpbacks in Lanai Channel. Ascend through waving sugar cane fields to the summit of Haleakala for sweeping views over its vast dormant crater and of this beautiful island. Or, ride a tram through the Tropical Plantation on its slopes.

Fanning Island, Kiribati

The island is just now opening up to tourism. What you will discover here are the white sand beaches that grace the cover of travel brochures, as well as exceptionally friendly local people. There are ample opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive. Fanning Island is where you'll want to take it easy for a day.

Noumea, New Caledonia
City Noumea

A French owned country.

Brisbane, Australia

Nestled between the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, laid-back Brisbane makes the most of its magnificent beaches, offering an ideal blend of Aussie ease and urban energy. Wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River.

Airlie Beach

Townsville, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia

Banda Neira, Indonesia

Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
City Ambon

Long before the Europeans began searching for spices in the West, nutmeg, mace and cloves had brought trade to the Moluccas, the legendary Spice Islands of the East Indies. Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, was the center of the Dutch clove monopoly and was once known as the "Queen of the East." Echoes of Sinbad the Sailor and Captain Kidd drift across deserted beaches and turquoise bays teeming with more species of fish than just about anywhere else in the world. Here in these transparent waters, divers plunge for pearls among pristine coral reefs. Here, too, you can visit intriguing villages with their traditions still intact.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
City Kota Kinabalu

In the province of Sabah.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
City Bandar Seri Begawan

Manila, Philippines
City Manila

Bustling Manila is the second largest city in Southeast Asia, with its towering skyscrapers and remarkable joie de vivre. Yet amid the big-city turmoil are oases of calm: lush tropical parks, magnificent cathedrals, dramatic Spanish forts. Choose from the cultural riches of the Metropolitan Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Intramuros, Manila's famous walled city, was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. A "must see" is the Malacanang Palace with its opulent displays of Ferdinand and Imelda's decadent indulgences.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
City Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the cosmopolitan hub of the Far East. This former British colony reverted to Chinese control in 1997, yet the culture-rich atmosphere remains. See the Wong Tai Sin Temple, tour local markets and the floating village of Aberdeen. Take the Tram to the top of Victoria Peak for one of the world''s most exciting views, or cross the harbor aboard one of the famous Star Ferries. After shopping and exploring, enjoy high tea at the favored retreat of many world travelers-the Peninsula Hotel.

Hualien, Taiwan
City Hualien

Ishigaki, Ryukyu Island
City Ishigaki

Hososhima, Japan
City Miyazaki

Hiroshima, Japan
City Hiroshima

Set on a bay in the Inland Sea, Hiroshima was the infamous site of the first atomic bomb explosion of August, 1945. But perhaps the best reason to visit Hiroshima is the enchanting island of Miyajima with its famous Itsukushima Shinto shrine, considered one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. Its famous torii stands just offshore, a tall, vermilion-colored symbol of Japan, which appears to float during high tide.

Kochi, Japan
City Kochi

Osaka (Kyoto and Nara), Japan
City Osaka

This large, bustling port is the starting point for tours to the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara, the cultural fountainheads of classical Japan. Kyoto's Old Imperial Palace and the shogunal Nijo Castle remain glorious symbols of the power the city held for over 1,000 years. Until 1868, Kyoto was the capital of Japan, filled with elegant timber buildings and, perhaps more than any other Japanese city, imbued with Kami, the divine spirit. You'll sense it everywhere, for there are hundreds of Shinto shrines and over a thousand Buddhist temples, as well as sacred treasure-houses of religious sculpture, painting and exquisite gardens. Nara, City of the Seven Great Temples, lies in an idyllic setting.

Shimizu, Japan
City Shimizu

Tokyo, Japan
City Tokyo

Huge department stores brim with shoppers, neon flashes from dusk to dawn, and the entire world pays heed to the slightest fluctuation on the Nikkei Index. From the Imperial Palace and Meiji Shrine to the fabled Ginza district, 20th-century Tokyo is an intriguing composite of East and West. Yuppies sporting Walkmen bow formally in greeting. Women in kimonos and Dior suits stroll side-by-side. Geishas play samisens while disc jockeys play the Top Forty. Japanese houses of wood and paper stand in the shadow of towering steel and mortar. Not far away, one of the world's most impressive sights soars 12,388 feet to its snow-clad peak: Mount Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan.

Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
City Kagoshima

This large city is an excursion base from which to explore the dramatic coastlines, national parks and volcanic mountains of Kyushu, Japan's third largest island. Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano, can be reached by ferry. To the north, Kirishima-Yaku National Park is a scenic area of smoking volcanoes, craters and lakes. South of the city, Ibusuki, the island's most popular seaside resort, welcomes kimono-clad bathers to its sandy beaches and warm, underwater springs.

Nagasaki, Japan
City Nagasaki

One of Japan's most historic cities, Nagasaki was a major port, trading with the Portuguese and Dutch in the 16th century. You can still see this colonial legacy in the brick buildings, old forts, canals and curving cobblestone streets. On a hill overlooking the bay, beautiful Glover Mansion, the setting of Madame Butterfly, is typical of the fine homes built by wealthy foreign residents. But Nagasaki's ties with Korea and China are equally apparent in the famous Chinese temple, a large Chinese colony and the numerous fine Korean and Chinese restaurants.

Incheon, South Korea

Xingang (Beijing), China
City Xingang

Shanghai, China
City Shanghai

From opium wars to junks and barges, images of Shanghai flood the senses. The real Shanghai is a teeming metropolis of 11 million, bustling with energy, towering skyscrapers and art deco buildings, honking traffic and shopping crowds. But once you enter China's largest city, you'll find Eastern ways abound: Tai Chi along the Bund, the serenity of exquisite ponds and gardens, and an endless flotilla of sampans edging along the Huangpu River. Explore Shanghai old and new: the busy bazaars and alleyways of the Old Town, Yu Garden, the Wuxingting Tea House, Long Hua Temple and more.

Okinawa (Naha), Japan
City Naha

Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
City Keelung

Across the Formosa Strait from mainland China is the bustling port of Keelung, on the island of Taiwan. Just 20 miles inland is Taipei, the national capital, one of the most prosperous cities in Asia. Marvel at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel, and the National Palace Museum, with its art treasures from Beijing''s Forbidden City.

Hong Gai (Hanoi), Vietnam
City Hong Gai

Judging from the beauty of Hanoi, you can't help but to be amazed by its appearance. This pleasant city offers just the right atmosphere, not too fast paced and not too slow. Through all of the different moves and name changes, Hanoi is still able to maintain its allure.

Hanoi was moved from Hoa Lu to Dai La by King Ly Thai To (Ly Cong Uan) in 1010. The king's vision of the dragon ascending from the Red river brought on the change of Dai La to Thang Long. At the end of the Tran Dynasty in 1397, the capital city Thang Long was moved to Thanh Hoa-Tay Do (Western Capital) and Thang Long became Dong Do (Eastern Capital). The capital was renamed Dong Quan during the invasion by China in 1407. In 1428, Le Loi liberated Vietnam and renamed Dong Quan to Dong Kinh after 10 year fight. Once again the city was renamed Thang Long in 1527, King Gai Long moved this capital city to Hue in 1802 and changed the meaning of Long from dragon to prosperity. When King Minh Mang came along he renamed the city Ha Noi in 1831 meaning within the river.

Besides Hanoi's beauty, this city also possesses historical findings. One of these findings would be Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Returned Sword). The Lake of the Returned Sword was at one point in time called Luc Thuy or Green Water then changed to Ho Hoan Kiem, based on a similar legend as the Kind Arthur and the Lady of the Lake's legend. After the 10 years of fighting the Chinese and vindicated Vietnam's independence. The priceless sword that King Le Thai possessed was taken away by a large turtle. During a sail on Lake Luc Thuy the turtle appeared, the king pointed the sword at the turtle. The turtle grab onto the sword and disappeared into the lake. Since this sword was of such value the king ordered for the lake to be emptied, but the sword or the turtle was never seen again.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
City Ho Chi Minh City

After 20 years of isolation, this history-laden Vietnamese capital will charm and fascinate you with her vibrant sights. Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a blend of magnificent French colonial architecture set against spacious boulevards thronged with trishaws, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Leave time to shop in the Ben Thanh Market or wander in the landmark Reunification Hall. The more adventurous may opt for an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong in hiding from Allied troops.

Singapore, Singapore
City Singapore

One of Asia's great success stories, this island republic has merged diverse cultures into a dynamic and thriving nation. Clean, modern and full of green gardens, its neighborhoods reflect the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and European backgrounds of its past. After sampling the legendary shopping, retire to Raffles Hotel's famous bar and toast Maugham, Kipling and Noel Coward with a Singapore Sling.

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
City Yangon

Ancient Burmese culture endures in this exotic city of the Irawaddy River. The jewel of the city formerly known as Rangoon is the Shewedagon Pagoda, one of the world's great Buddhist shrines, which is literally swathed in gold as well as diamonds, rubies and other precious stones.

Chennai (Madras), India
City Chennai

This thriving port on the Bay of Bengal provides the perfect introduction to the wonders of southern India. Magnificent Dravidian temples compete with monuments from the British colonial past, including the Chepauk Palace and the High Court buildings. Chennai is also a thriving university and cultural center, as well as a leader in Indian film-making.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
City Colombo

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka means "Resplendent Land," an apt description for this beautiful island. Sri Lanka lies fifty-five miles north of the equator, just off the southern tip of India. With its unique beauty, warm climate and near-perfect beaches, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most adored destinations. Since the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their architectural and cultural marks in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. Yet despite its colonial architecture, Sri Lanka has always remained Oriental in spirit, with colorful bazaars, dancing elephants, graceful women in saris, and many Buddhist shrines and temples.

Mumbai (Bombay), India
City Mumbai

Few cities evoke such a wealth of sensations as Bombay. Entering the city under the Gateway of India, which commemorates the visit of King George and Queen Mary in 1911, the sounds and aromas are exotic and the level of activity from the bazaars to the street vendors is non-stop. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods. Bombay also serves as the gateway for land tours to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Delhi, the historical center of India.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
City Dubai

Despite the primeval desert that surrounds it, spirited Dubai has spent its oil income on modern architecture based on soaring Islamic spires. Explore the souk bazaars for gold and silks, Persian and Afghani rugs and more. And be sure to visit the Juneira Mosque.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi

Before the 1960s, Abu Dhabi was only a bleak fishing and pearling village. Now everything is modern, sleek and shiny and makes up 85% of the total area of the UAE. It has become the richest and most politically important of the UAE's seven emirates. It is a big city for doing business and considered safe and secure for foreigners as long as you avoid demonstrations and political gatherings. It has been accused of being a soulless place, but to be honest it does have its attractions. Some key attractions are the Al-Hosn Palace used by the Cultural Foundation, the beautiful Capital Garden of the Corniche, and the Women's Craft Centre where you will be able to shop for some very detailed souvenirs.

Muscat, Oman
City Muscat

The town has changed in recent times, but a glimpse of Muscat's past shows in the old houses lining the Mutrah corniche above the harbor, and in the traditional market souks. See the Sultan's Palace, the National Museum and perhaps indulge in Amonage or Ubar perfumes produced here-the world's most expensive.

Santorini (Thira), Greece
City Santorini

With its steep volcanic flanks looming straight up from the sea, and the tiny white village of Thira clinging high atop the cliffs, Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking and legendary of all the Greek Isles. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.

Amalfi, Italy
City Amalfi

Amalfi is on Italy's western coast, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Nearby is Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that buried the ancient city of Pompeii. The island of Capri is just offshore. Naples, the region's largest city, lies northwest of Amalfi.

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
City Civitavecchia

The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to The Eternal City, where all roads lead. Mad traffic careens past monuments of the great civilizations of the past. You will want to see it all: the soaring inspiration of St. Peter's, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; the flow of life along the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, the Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain. Be sure to leave time for la dolce vita in one of the piazzas.

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