South East Asia Port Of Departure - Singapore
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1 - Introducing Singapore

Singapore, officially known as the Republic of Singapore, is situated off the southern point of the Malay Peninsular in South East Asia 86 miles (138km) north of the equator.

The name of Singapore comes from the Malay name Singapura (in Sanskrit 'Lion City'). People from South East Asia consider a lion a mythical almost dragon-like creature, so it's a great name for a spectacular city.

In 1824 Sir Stamford Raffles, the Governor-General of Bencoolen, arranged the purchase of Singapura by the British from the Shah of Johor, thus founding the modern city of Singapore.

When the Suez canal was opened in 1869 causing a boom in steam ships plying between Europe and South East Asia, Singapore enjoyed a huge upswing. The docks at Tanjong Pagar reached over 5km in length. In 1924, a causeway opened connecting the northern part of Singapore to Johor Bahru.

The island's growth as a port and trading hub ended in World War II when the city was captured by the Japanese in early 1942. Their control lasted for three years and is a bloody period in the state's history marked by repression, abductions and executions. In 1945, Singapore came back to British authority.

Self-government was realized in 1959. In May that year a general election was held to pick 51 representatives for the elected Legislative Assembly.

Today the city is a global center for industry, finance and banking, and the home to enormous businesses such as Wilmar International, Keppel Corp and DBS Group.

2 - Singapore Cruise Ports

Singapore has two cruise terminals, firstly the Singapore Cruise Centre which docks smaller ships from cruise companies like Star Cruises, Azamara, Hapag Lloyd, Seabourn and HAL, secondly the Marina Bay Cruise Centre which docks bigger ships from cruise companies like NCL, Costa Cruises, Genting and Princess Cruises.

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Singapore Cruise Center

The Singapore Cruise Centre cruise ship terminal provides integrated handling for up to 4,500 passengers on 2 cruise ships. Passengers can enjoy a range of amenities at the centre including left baggage services, food and beverage options, a duty free shop and free Wi-Fi. The cruise port has 1 pier with a ship berth either side, one 1020 feet in length, the other 890 feet. Singapore Cruise Center is also known as the International Passenger Terminal.

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Marina Bay Cruise Center

The Marina Bay Cruise Centre enjoys a prominent waterside location with the dramatic Singapore skyline acting as a backdrop. Passengers can enjoy a range of services including left luggage counter, security screening, cruisefly counter, ground transport desk and atms. A 1180 ft pier jutting out from the terminal has two berths down both sides so two large cruise ships can berth concurrently. The Marina Bay Cruise Centre is also called the International Cruise Terminal.

See cruises from Singapore for a comprehensive list of available cruises. For the port websites see Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Center.

3 - Out And About In Singapore

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Merlion Park

Some would consider that you've not been to Singapore if you haven't taken a picture of the statue of the mythical Merlion at Merlion Park. The statue, nearly 9 metres high with the body of a fish and the head of a lion, is Singapore's national symbol.

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Gardens By The Bay

Opened in 2012 Gardens by the Bay is a jewel of garden and horticulture creativity that presents flora in a truly imaginative way. The two showpieces are its signature Supertree Grove, a collection of tall trees made of steel clad by hanging greenery, and the Cloud Forest, a gigantic cooled biodome that recreates the climate and environment of a mountaintop forest. Gardens in the Bay is open every day 9am to 9pm.

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ArtScience Museum

The iconic water-lily flower shaped ArtScience Museum was designed by the renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The museum hosts a permanent exhibition featuring a startling 3-D video presentation and also contains two more sections for special exhibitions. An integral part of the Marina Bay Sands area, the ArtScience Museum is a short distance away from the Marina Bay Cruise Center.

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National Gallery Singapore

Situated in Singapore's Civic District, the National Gallery Singapore is housed in two beautifully restored national monuments, the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall. Marvel at the highlights of the Gallery's art collection in the UOB Southeast Asia and the DBS Singapore Galleries and chart the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia through the stunning art on display.

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Siloso Beach

Just a short journey from the noise of the city center lies the picturesque Siloso beach on Singapore's Sentosa island. Facilities available include parasol and sun lounger hire, showers and restrooms. Beside the beach is the Wave House, here wannabe surfers can enjoy two flowriders.

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Southern Ridges Canopy Walk

Another exciting outdoor experience is the canopy walk in the Southern Ridges. The six-mile walk can be started from Mount Faber Park (conveniently close to the Singapore Cruise Centre). On the walk, you'll see the rich vegetation of Singapore and wild monkeys.

4 - Traveling To Singapore Cruise Ports

The quickest way to transfer from Changi Airport to the cruise terminals is via taxi. The fare is approximately $25.

5 - Other Information

Currency SGD
Language English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil
Timezone SGT

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