As more and more cruise ships put their most creative minds to the test in order to come up with the latest and greatest attraction to entice crowds onboard, they are still limited by a finite amount of space in which to work. And while the big cruise ships are loaded with exciting things to do, if you’re a fan of theme parks, a cruise may fall short of your mark.
Or will it? What if you could do both?
With more choices than ever for families, it’s no surprise that the big considerations for the family holiday often come down to a cruise or a trip to the theme parks. But believe it or not, it is possible to combine a cruise with a visit to some of the biggest and most action-packed theme parks both in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific.
We have rounded up some of Asia’s best theme parks and paired them with the best cruises you can take to ensure your family ticks every box on the next holiday.
Disneyland Hong Kong with Dream Cruises
The relatively compact size of Disney’s Hong Kong outpost allows guests to be able to discover the theme park much more quickly than many of the other theme parks in Asia.
One long, full day would be enough to enjoy all of the rides and the numerous shows around the park. Combine this with a Dream Cruises voyage aboard Genting Dream – the newest and largest ship purpose built for the Asia-Pacific market and you can have a theme park and cruise holiday in a week!
Beginning next month, Genting Dream embarks on a variety of 2-7-night voyages based from Hong Kong and Guangzhou, sailing to destinations including China and Vietnam. Your kids will also love Genting Dream’s onboard submarine which can be rented in a variety of ports for you to discover a whole new side to your destination.
Universal Studios Singapore with Celebrity Cruises
Universal Studios Singapore, which opened on Singapore’s Sentosa Island tourism complex, is one of the newer theme parks in Asia, and a visit can be paired with a cruise from the city onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium during one of its seasonal residencies in the Lion City.
One such itinerary is a two-week voyage to discover the Indonesian archipelago, giving you a strong cultural experience with your kids having the time of their lives by discovering a whole new land. Celebrity’s extensive Kids Club programs will also enchant and distract your little ones while Mum and Dad lap up the modern luxury for which the line has become famous.
Legoland Malaysia and Princess Cruises
Located a few hours north of Singapore near the Malaysian border, Legoland Malaysia is the toy giant’s first theme park in Asia and another which has opened in the past few years.
Easily accessible on a variety of bus services from Singapore, the theme park is home to a range of hotels and resorts including a signature Legoland Hotel, designed to look exactly as if has been built from Lego bricks itself.
The park is more suited to younger cruisers than older guests and is considerably more affordable than many other theme park options in Asia. You can combine a visit here with a five-night ‘Thailand Taster’ cruise from Singapore to Koh Samui and Bangkok on Diamond Princess. This option is great for those looking to discover three countries (Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand) in a week.
Disneyland Shanghai and Royal Caribbean
The newest and largest theme park in Asia is Disneyland Shanghai. Opened just a few months ago, guests can experience the latest example of Disney theme park magic with a uniquely Chinese twist.
Located just outside of bustling downtown Shanghai, guests can choose to stay near the theme park or access the park by fast train. The sheer size of Shanghai Disneyland will require you to spend more than a day here in order to enjoy the full experience of the park, so consider the Chinese city as your set-off port for a cruise either side of a visit here.
Additional days may even be required during Chinese school holidays and nationwide travel weeks such as China’s October Golden Week period.
After the chaos of Shanghai, you most certainly will be looking for some solid ‘R&R’ and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is a great vessel on which you can wind down. The ship is an older sister of the soon-to-be-Australian-based Ovation of the Seas and is already popular with Aussies heading to China to cruise. From Shanghai, the ship sails on a variety of five and seven-night itineraries to South Korea and Japan for a true North Asian experience.
Have you combined an Asian cruise with a theme park visit? Tell us which one below!