Astoria is a historical city located at the mouth of the Colombian River. Restaurants line the river bank with spectacular views over the river and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Historic downtown offers a vibrant cultural scene with art galleries, eccentric shops, bars and restaurants. Sandy beaches adorn the coastline which can be viewed from the top of Astoria's historic Column.
Enjoy the facilities of the cruise ship while sailing to you next port of call.
The city of Beijing is overflowing with history and culture. Alive with the hustle and bustle of daily lives of the millions who live in Beijing. The Forbidden City, famed home of China’s lost Emperors is a must to see. The infamous Tienanmen Square bustles with activity while giving an atmosphere of old Soviet style grandeur. A visit to the temple of Heaven will allow you to wander around the beautiful scenic park which surrounds it and probably the greenest place in Beijing. Tours to The Great Wall of China are best arranged in advance.
The largest port city in South Korea, Busan is known for its beaches, mountains and temples. It is called the summer capital of Korea since it attracts tourists from all over the country to its six beaches. The country’s largest beach, Haeundae, is 40 mins away from central Busan and has luxury hotels, a carnival boardwalk and the Sea Life Aquarium. Beomeosa Temple, a Buddhist shrine founded in 678 A.D., is at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which has hiking trails.
Dalian is known as China’s Northern Pearl and is exceptionally laid back and relaxed, except when it comes to two subjects: football and fashion! With one of the top football teams in China, there’s almost as much passion for football here as you’d find in Brazil. The city is also very proud of its sartorial credentials and hosts the International Fashion Festival every year.
Situated in the western Pacific, Guam is an ideal location to rest your weary sea legs. Why not relax on one of its esteemed white sand beaches or simply sample some of the Pacific island fusion cuisine, a sumptuous melange of Asian, Spanish and Pacific flavours. Visit the Guam Museum for an insight into the heritage of the native Chamorro culture.
From volcanic landscapes to hidden waterfalls… active adventures to an energetic nightlife… a holiday on the Hawaiian Islands offers infinite experiences in one destination. Each of the six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii – has its own distinct personality, but no matter which ones you choose, you’ll discover endless opportunities for adventure, dining, culture and relaxation.
There are two World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima. One is Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima and the other is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial - known around the world as the Atomic Bomb Dome. Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most significant shrines in Japan and the only shrine in the world built on top of the water. The view of Itsukushima Shrine has long been considered one of the three finest views in Japan.
The Atomic Bomb Dome is the most symbolic building in Hiroshima City, standing only meters away from the hypocentre of the atomic bomb blast. It has become a beacon for the world’s prayers for peace and an end to nuclear weapons.
Ho Chi Minh City
Located on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant city full of contrasts. Visit the National History Museum filled with ancient ceramics, traditional costumes and relics crafted in stone and bronze. Watch a short performance of the uniquely Vietnamese water puppetry. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colourful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces, including one of the city's oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating back to1744.
Hong Kong. mix of feng shui and finance, trams and temples still make it one of the most fascinating – and safest – cities in the world. Be sure to eat some of the best food you will ever taste, you'll be dazzled by the stunning harbour and you'll feel energised by a combination of the urban, the rural and the maritime. Hong Kong is where China and Britain have moulded and created something very unique. It's a joy to explore every corner.
If Oahu is the heart of Hawaii, then Honolulu is its racing pulse. In this cosmopolitan capital city, you’ll find everything from historic landmarks to fine dining to world class shopping. Honolulu stretches across the south eastern shores of the island from the world-famous Pearl Harbour to Makapuu Point encompassing the world famous Waikika beach
Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.
Incheon is a historically and economically significant place for Koreans. During the Korean War, the city was the site of the Incheon Landing by American forces. Today, it is a metropolitan city with the population of about 2.8 million, politically independent from Seoul. Also, the city serves as a transportation hub by air and sea, with a massive harbour. Several beautiful islands, such as Yeongiong Island and Ganghwa Island, are also within city limits.
A modern city in the south of Taiwan, Kaohsiung shifts from ancient to contemporary culture with ease. Don't miss the breathtaking Fo Guang Shan monastery and its hall of giant Buddhas. Dream Mall, the largest shopping mall in Taiwan, has a Ferris wheel on the roof. Drive to Kenting National Park for beautiful landscapes.
There are a variety of cultural traditions that have been nurtured in Kochi over a long period of history, including “Tosa washi” – traditional handmade Japanese paper. Historical town-scapes such as Kochi Castle, old sake breweries, traditional markets and railways are well preserved. These spots are popular with many local residents not just because of their value as historical legacies but also as symbols of their hometowns. The prefecture is dotted with hot springs where you can refresh yourself both physically and mentally while visiting these tourist spots.
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
One of the first Thai islands to be ‘discovered’ by international travellers, Koh Samui offers a great mix of luxurious resorts and quiet, undeveloped beaches. With an international airport and frequent ferry services, Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s easiest islands to access. From the crowded bars and restaurants of Chaweng to beautiful, undeveloped beaches on the island’s southern coastline, Koh Samui offers a range of experiences for people seeking warm weather, stunning beaches and unforgettable memories.
Polynesian mythology, seafood fusion cuisine and a tropical climate, perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two, Kailua-Kona is the ideal pitstop ahead of your adventure across the Pacific. Enjoy the eclectic flavours with some traditional Hawaiian cuisine or venture to the Magic Sands Beach to either relax or brave it on a board and get lost in its reputable surf.
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.
The beautiful city of Nagasaki is, set on a plain between the harbour and a backdrop of stunning mountains. Nagasaki has one of Japan’s most complex histories due to the influences of the Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese; all of which can be seen around this vibrant, bustling city. The Atomic Bomb Museum gives you an insight into the devastation of the war and the resilience of the people of Nagasaki. Glover Gardens is an outside museum set in at the base of the beautiful hillside and offers a day of relaxation and discovering more of the history of this amazing city.
Osaka is one of the best cities in Japan to see spectacular cherry blossom. Head to Kema Sakuranomiya Park, where seemingly endless rows of cherry trees can be admired from the scenic riverside promenade, or Osaka Castle where you can sit and enjoy a picnic among the 4,000 cherry trees in its grounds.
San Diego is on the Pacific coast of California known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Immense Balboa Park is the site of the renowned San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public.
A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine. The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation.
Santa Barbara is on the central California coast, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a dramatic backdrop. Downtown, Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs reflect the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. Upscale boutiques and restaurants offering local wines and seasonal fare line State Street. On a nearby hill, Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786, houses Franciscan friars and a museum.
Shanghai is the cool, confident face of modern China, and its energy is infectious. Go to the Bund to watch ships on the river and marvel at the huge variety of architectural styles on display, or watch the crowds go by in People’s Square. Shoppers should make a beeline for the Fabric Market, where you can have a suit or dress tailor-made for you at bargain prices. At night, explore all manner of fashionable restaurants, bars and nightclubs or just stroll through the city enjoying the spectacular neon lights.
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth.
Singapore to see the real Singapore, veer off the beaten path to Tiong Bahru. Start with local breakfast of mee pok (flat egg noodles) at Hua Bee a 70-year-old stall. Then, on to Tiong Bahru market to see how Singaporeans do their morning grocery shopping. Break for coffee at 40 Hands, pop into the hipster bookstore, “Books Actually”, and if feeling a little peckish, head back to the market for wallet-friendly hawker fare. If you’re in this area in the evening and want to splash on a good meal, head back to Hua Bee. By night, the coffee shop morphs into Bincho, a modern yakitori joint.
Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses preeminent First Nations collections.