Step aboard the elegant Silver Shadow, your luxury cruiseliner and center for relaxation as you sail the South China Sea between Singapore and Hong Kong, focusing on the magnificent beauty of the Vietnamese coast. Enjoy calls-to-port at Vietnam's largest city, the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Nha Trang, renowned for its pristine beaches and prime scuba diving. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, a natural marvel of nearly 2,000 limestone islets protruding from the bay waters. Make landfall at the 2,000 year old settlement of what is now the city of Hai Phong, an area with fine examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Start and end your voyage in the contrasting mega cities of Singapore and Hong Kong. Your interest will be captivated every step of the way. This luxury all inclusive cruise includes drinks, meals, cruise gratuities, port taxes and a free private full day tour of Ho Chi Minj city when you book your cruise with Kensington tours only.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2013):
Singapore>Hong Kong: Nov 16
Hong Kong>Singapore: Oct 31, Nov 25
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your cabin, and explore your cruise vessel's facilities. There is a welcome dinner this evening which will offer an opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Third in the Silversea fleet, the Silver Shadow cruise ship introduced guests to the next generation of Silversea cruising while maintaining Silversea’s award winning, all-suite luxury and trademark intimate ambience. Built with proportions slightly larger than its predecessors, it manages to retain the same level of genuine hospitality. Truly a luxury resort on the water, relax, indulge or entertain yourself with the multiple dining and bar facilities, an onboard casino and show lounge, shopping boutiques, a beauty salon and spa, full fitness centre, and a pool deck.
Today is a full day of relaxation spent at sea, as you cruise onward toward Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. Step out onto the Pool Deck and lounge with a drink in hand, or relax your body and mind at the soothing onboard spa.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is more modern than other Vietnamese cities, and has retained its French colonial influences. The streets are jam-packed with mopeds and scooters, often carrying whole families. Highlights in the city include the colorful Emperor of Jade Pagoda, an excellent example of a Chinese temple. The Hôtel de Ville is a wonderful example of French colonial architecture. The twin towers of Notre Dame Cathedral have been a familiar landmark in Ho Chi Minh City since the 1880s. The War Remnants Museum bears witness to the suffering inflicted on the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. Other sites relevant to that era are Reunification Hall and the former US Embassy. An interesting excursion from Saigon is a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels in which the South Vietnamese Communists concealed themselves and from which they launched attacks on US soldiers.
Ho Chi Minh City's character remains essentially French—with wide boulevards, colonial villas, great baguettes, and a café society—and resolutely Asian. Still, Saigon is frenetic: sidewalks are crammed with noodle stands and vendors, markets are teeming, and roads are often gridlocked.
The city of Nha Trang is becoming more popular with tourists in recent years. Yet, with a population of 300,000, Nha Trang still retains its small town atmosphere. This resort town is well known for its miles of beach and the friendliness of its people. The city is flanked by nearly ten kilometers of prime beach where the water is warm year round. The average temperature in Nha Trang is 26 C. It is 1,287 km south of Hanoi, 624 km south of Hue and 442 km from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon). Nha Trang has several famous islands. Most notable are Hon Tre, Hon Yen, Hon Rua and the Spratly islands.
Da Nang, city of China Beach, features the Marble Mountains and the Cham Museum, which houses magnificent examples of the art of the Indianised Cham civilization. Approximately 20km (12 miles) from Da Nang is Hoi An. This is a delightful small riverine town replete with temple and pagodas.
Ha Long Bay is located 160km (100 miles) north of Hanoi, this is an amazing complex of 3000 chalk islands rising out of the South China Sea. The area is strange, eerie and very beautiful. Many of the islands contain bizarre cave formations and grottoes. An entire culture of floating villages has evolved with interlinked boats that can move from island to island.
Today is another day spent at sea, relaxing on your cruise ship. For those feeling lucky, there is an onboard casino striking up plenty of fun. Tomorrow you arrive in Hong Kong.
This morning you'll bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you disembark your ship in the incredible city of Hong Kong. This marks the end to your magnificent voyage.
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