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- Crystal Cruises is known as being amongst the most awarded luxury cruise lines. With innovative programming like [email protected], it’s easy to see why.
- Cultural exploration. Epicurean adventures. Historical discover. Find all this, and much more on a cruise to Asia.
- This enchanting city along the Chao Phraya River offering rich and ancient culture can be known as Laem Chabang (Bangkok) Thailand.
- Crystal Symphony – Passenger Capacity: 922 Year Built: 1995 Last Refurbished: 2017
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Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed -- please confirm details at time of booking. MSC Cruises kids age 11 and under sail free and age 12 to 17 sail for $99.00 when traveling with two adults in the same stateroom. Some restrictions may apply. Stateroom photos are for sample purposes only -- actual design and layout may vary.
Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand
When on your cruise to Laem Chabang, Thailand, you can expect to be awed by the beautiful performances of the graceful dancers in silk gowns, immaculate temples and grand palaces. The possibilities are endless when visiting this enchanting city, sacred statues of Buddha, canals with river boats, floating markets, gorgeous silks and perfumes, exotic temples, lavish palaces and teeming markets fill the area. This “city of angels” is known as the economic and cultural powerhouse of the region as well as the most developed nation in Southeast Asia. Wat Pho, famous for its huge gold-plated reclining Buddha and renowned massage school is a must-see. The world’s freshest pad Thai can be found here, as well as many other local delicacies. Here are a few of our favorite things to do while cruising to Laem Chabang, Thailand:
Relax, and enjoy a Thai massage at the Wat Pho, where the massage itself is worth the whole Laem Chabang, Thailand cruise!
Get a taste of the local flavor and sample the world’s freshest tom young goong and pad Thai or the satay that can be found at the markets.
Visit the Wat Yansangwararam, a temple is under the King’s patronage and is unique for its mix of architectural styles derived from many countries.
Explore Ayutthaya—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a formal capital city where now, ancient remains show the mixture of European and Thai architecture that went into its formation.
Ko Samui, Thailand
For a tropical vacation where people and activities abound, cruising to Ko (or Koh) Samui, Thailand will have you in awe of luxury resorts and a busy party scene. Located in the Gulf of Thailand and off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, this is the second largest island in the country, chock full natural beauty that includes a plethora of beaches and unspoiled rainforest. One of the most striking landmarks is the popular Wat Phra Yai or Big Buddha Temple, with its 49-foot-tall gleaming gold statue of Buddha; since the island's 50,000 residents are 90% Buddhist, rest assured this won't be the only reference to Buddha you'll come across. With a history dating back to around the late 1600s, Ko Samui remained relatively isolated until the late 20th century – even from the mainland. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Ko Samui, Thailand:
As one of the islands that make up the Ang Thong National Marine Park, this is not only a place to explore multiple species of flora and fauna, but it's also a paradise for snorkelers and kayakers, with caves and hidden lagoons to venture into for those seeking adventure. Access is limited, but there are enough guides for hire so getting in shouldn't be a problem.
With many beach choices, the best bets can be narrowed down. Those who want a little quiet should check out Mae Nam on the northern coast, while party people should visit Chaweng. The latter is the largest and most developed, with guests from all over and a bustling nightlife.
To see more of the previously-mentioned Buddha statues, the Secret Buddha Garden is flanked by the jungle, rocky hills, and decorated with sculptures. Not only are there various deities represented, but also plain old humans. The garden is the highest spot on Ko Samui, so the view is also worth the trip.
One of the most famous temples is Wat Khunaram Ko Samui in the southeast. Here you'll find the mummified monk, a revered former abbot of the temple who allegedly predicted his own death.
When cruising to Sihanoukville, Cambodia you can expect to find gorgeous beaches with blue waters that are perfect for snorkeling. Buddhist temples, called Wats, can be seen right behind Otres Beach or at Ream National Park, which is perfect for bird watching as well. Visit the traditional villages along the countryside where you will see fields rich with rice, domestic animals and pagodas. See the Wat Krom pagoda where you’ll find many residents actively practicing Buddhism and learning the sacred language. Sihanoukville also features the famous Golden Lion roundabout, named for the many lion statues that symbolize the city of Sihanoukville and can be found throughout the region. Continue below for a small taste of the sites and experiences that could be waiting for you on a cruise to Sihanoukville, Cambodia:
Visit the Wat Krom, a pagoda where Buddhist monks can be seen chanting and learning the sacred language of Buddhist scriptures.
Make your way around the famed Golden Lion roundabout. While touring the city, get a closer look at all the statues of lions, the powerful symbol of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Go snorkeling on the beautiful beaches that surround this resort city. You’ll find colorful fish and a relaxed approach from the locals.
Walk to the countryside where you can view rice fields and the enchanting traditional village life.
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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Located in Southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has had a tumultuous history going from a small fishing village to an important commercial seaport and then a territory of the French during their occupation and the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Now this land has started a new chapter, a chapter of growth and urbanization – and fortunately for you there’s never been a better time to cruise to Ho Chi Minh City. While given the name of the communist leader Ho Chi Minh, the city center is still widely refereed to as Saigon. A visit to this city will now include the sight of skyscrapers along with old time food markets and cathedrals designed with French influences.
At Reunification Palace you can see a chapter of American history, as this is the place where the surrender of Saigon took place in 1975. Take a guided tour of the area which is preserved as it was in the 1960s.
Visit the Central Post Office, built in 1886 by Gustave Eiffel, the architect behind Paris’ Eiffel Tower. This building is decorated with French Colonial maps and tiled floors.
Try Ben Thanh Market or Tan Dinh Market where you can find beautiful silk and other fabrics at a bargain price.
Take a tour on the back of a scooter – there are 5 million motorbikes in use contributing to Ho Chi Minh’s rapid pace. Along the way you’ll get a great overview of all the city’s hotspots for nightlife.
Peek into the past at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum where you’ll see art from several eras. As a bonus, the museum is in an old colonial mansion and a piece of art in its own right.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
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Are there different classes of service?
Most of today's cruise ships provide one class of service for all guests. With the exception of a few exclusive suite villas on select ships, everyone can use all of the ship's facilities. The price of your cabin is based primarily on its size and location, not the service associated with it. Regardless of the category and cabin booked, you'll enjoy the same great service, menus and entertainment as everyone else on board.
Are there non-smoking areas?
Most of the space on any ship is non-smoking, but there are a few smoking sections in the public rooms and on deck. Almost all dining rooms, in fact, are completely smoke-free. If this is a concern of yours, remember to ask your cruise consultant about the smoking regulations of the ship you're interested in.
Are there meeting rooms on board?
Most large ships have conference centers or public rooms to offer as meeting spaces for private or corporate groups. Many even offer dedicated meeting facilities. To plan an event at sea or make meeting or incentive travel arrangements, contact our Events @ Sea department at 1-888-250-7803. They'll help you coordinate schedules and arrange for any special requirements or services.
Can we stay in touch with the outside world?
Of course! Almost all staterooms have TVs and satellite phones. Most ships provide cell service so you can even use your own cell phone, just be prepared for additional charges. While at sea, you can sometimes make calls to shore through the ship's radio officer. Many ships also provide wireless internet. The speeds won't blow you away, but you'll be able to check your e-mail and perform other basic internet activities.
Are there medical services on board?
Yes. Most ships provide round-the-clock medical care (operating under the American College of Emergency Physicians' guidelines). While cruise ships aren't exactly hospitals at sea, they can provide adequate care until guests can be transferred to an on shore facility. We recommend that all cruisers have medical insurance and pack extra supplies of all prescription medication. It's also smart to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions prior to cruising.
Do cruise lines provide laundry services?
Yes, most cruise ships offer laundry and dry-cleaning service while others have self-service laundromats. Check with your consultant to verify any costs associated with these services.
Will I get sea or motion sickness?
Probably not. Cruise ships have stabilizers to reduce motion and modern navigation equipment allows them to navigate around rough seas. There are also plenty of preventative medications that ease or prevent motion sickness.
How can I stay healthy on board?
Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer. It's also smart to pack extra supplies of your basic medication in case you ever feel a little under the weather. But you really shouldn't worry - cruise ships follow very stringent guidelines to maintain the healthiest possible shipboard environments.
Will I be bored at sea?
Doubtful! Cruise ships are like floating resorts featuring something for everyone. You can find a lounge chair, catch some rays and enjoy the ever-changing views or, for more activity, head to the pool, join an exercise class, hone your golf swing and go for a jog. There are also enrichment opportunities with films, exhibits and lecture series!
What can I do in port?
Tons! You can join a guided tour (known as a shore excursion) or explore on your own. Discover the culture, taste local cuisine, search for wildlife and hunt for shopping bargains. Go horseback riding on a beach, climb a waterfall and sail, snorkel or SCUBA dive. Cruising is a great way to try new things in wonderful destinations, all while under expert supervision!
What's there to do at night?
Cruise ships really come alive at night with live entertainment, dancing, nightclubs, feature films and casino games. Many cruise lines also have their own special events like cocktail parties, scavenger hunts, talent contests, Broadway-style shows and more.
Is there a charge for entertainment?
Most on board entertainment is included in the cruise fare.
Do I have to participate in the activities?
Of course not - it's your vacation! You can do everything or absolutely nothing. The choice is yours.
Are there any special educational programs on board?
Many cruise lines offer extensive on board enrichment programs hosted by experts. These programs focus on a variety of interesting topics, from relevant ports on your itinerary to culinary secrets. You could learn about editing digital photography, arts and crafts, environmental conservation and more.
How good is cruise ship dining?
Verrrry good. You'll enjoy a fine selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, and each day the options will be different. Plus, you can choose vegetarian or health-conscious options that are just as delicious. Best of all, most meals are included (except for some specialty restaurants on certain ships).
What about meal times?
Most ships offer multiple evening meal times in their main dining room, and many feature multiple restaurants with "anytime" dining. Smaller ships may seat all guests once per night. Ask your consultant for the specific meal times of any cruise line.
Can I get a special diet?
Yes, most ships will accommodate special dietary needs, including diabetic, low-carb, low cholesterol and salt-free preferences. Special diet requests should be made in advance, so make sure to inform our cruise consultants of any such needs.
What about dining companions?
Cruise lines usually assign guests to large tables and make every effort to seat groups together. It is also possible to request a table for two or four. If you wish to change dining companions, you can always speak with the maitre d' who will be more than happy to find you more compatible tablemates.
What about gratuities and tipping?
Gratuity charges vary by cruise line, but are generally around $12 per person, per day. Additional tipping is at the passengers' discretion. Some cruise lines maintain a "no tipping" policy, while others include gratuities in the price. Our cruise consultants can answer any questions regarding your cruise line’s specific tipping policy.
What should I pack?
Pack like you would if visiting a resort in your cruise's destination. Cruise ships are casual during the day (whether you're on the ship or ashore), but evening dress codes vary as attire is dictated by occasion. At a specialty restaurant or evening gala, for example, you may want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit or cocktail dress.
Will I need a tuxedo?
No, but a dark suit and tie may be required on the more formal cruise lines' dressiest of occasions. While many ships still offer tuxedo rental services, most lines now feature a relaxed "country club casual" approach to dress throughout the cruise.
Can I use my hair dryer or shaver?
Most staterooms feature 110-volt outlets, but it's always safest to ask our experienced consultants for the most accurate information. Most ships also provide hair-dryers in each cabin.
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