The Far East Overtures with Chef Eric Leterc offers a 13-day cruise onboard Crystal Cruises.
March 7 - 20: Sailing on board Crystal Cruises' Symphony
|3/7/17||Singapore (overnight)||Embark pm|
|3/9/17||Crusing the South China Sea|
|3/10/17||Koh Samui, Thailand||8 am||4 pm|
|3/11/17||Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand||7 am||6 pm|
|3/12/17||Sihanoukville, Cambodia||10 am||11 pm|
|3/13/17||Cruising the Coast of Vietnam|
|3/14/17||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (overnight)||11 am|
|3/15/17||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||3 pm|
|3/16/17||Cruising the Coast of Vietnam|
|3/17/17||Chan May, Vietnam||8 am||8 pm|
|3/18/17||Sanya, China||8 am||4 pm|
|3/19/17||Hong Kong SAR, China (overnight)||4 pm|
|3/20/17||Hong Kong SAR, China||Disembark am|
Singapore blends the contemporary splendor of a sparkling modern city with influences from throughout the Orient. Its history is one of riches and romance, spice trading and piracy, colonialism and growth. This island state has grown from a small fishing village to one of Asia's greatest success stories. Temples, mosques and churches stand as serene reminders of the varied collection of migrations that have graced its history. Discover the mansions and polo greens of colonial Singapore, the mystique of Chinatown and the heady aroma of spices and curry along Arab Street. You will quickly come to understand why Singapore is acclaimed as the "Crossroads of the East."
Singapore is a city rushing into the new economy but still treasuring its heritage. Today’s tour represents the essence of Singapore, taking you through the colonial heart of the city to the Singapore River, where the early migrants struggled to eke out a living. You’ll experience a kaleidoscope of historic and harbor images as you sail down the river aboard a bumboat. You’ll also visit Merlion Park, home of the Merlion Statue, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, and the national symbol of Singapore. Following lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll visit Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay to see the Flower Dome and the 12 Super Trees. The Flower Dome exemplifies how nature blends with architecture and the 12 Super Trees are uniquely designed structures, 25-50 meters tall with large canopies that provide shade during the day. A myriad of contrasts are yours to experience as you view the modern and ancient marvels of this incredible city.
Aboard one of the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you.
This emerald isle off Thailand's southeast coast, ringed by lovely beaches and gorgeous bays, enjoys both the fun-loving nature of the Thai people, and the peaceful serenity of Buddhism. You’ll depart for the Kunaram Temple in 4X4 Jeeps, along the coastal roads through local villages and coconut plantations, before arriving at the Namuang Safari Camp. Here, you’ll experience an elephant ride and a young elephant show and will see a demonstration of making coconut milk, curry paste and papaya salad. Next, you’ll enjoy an authentic Tai meal at Sabianglae Restaurant, locally owned and known as “The place of Samui traditional foods & cuisine”.
Departing the pier in Laem Chabang, a two-hour journey by air-conditioned motor coach will bring you to the riverside in Bangkok. Here, board your boat for a one-and-a-half-hour cruise along the bustling Chao Phraya River and its klongs, or canals. The ever-changing parade of canal scenes provides an intriguing spectacle as you observe typical waterborne grocery stores, houses on stilts and the magnificent Temple of Dawn.
After a Thai buffet lunch at a leading restaurant, (we will investigate local house for lunch), re-board your boat and return to the landing area. Dazzling in their regal splendor are the many spires and gables of the Grand Palace, which is surrounded by high walls. Your walking exploration of its grounds will include the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Keo. This small statue of green stone is revered as Thailand's principal image of Buddha. You will also see the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of Kings and the Towers of the Nine Planets.
Time permitting, there may be an opportunity to shop for local specialties before beginning the journey back to Crystal Symphony in Laem Chabang.
Founded in 1964 to be Cambodia's primary deepwater port, Sihanoukville has since become a popular tourist destination. It is no wonder, as this spot on the Gulf of Thailand features tropical breezes and beautiful beaches, while nearby islands promise fantastic diving, snorkeling and game fishing. Just inland is the wonder of Angkor Wat, offering an intriguing glimpse into the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia's greatest civilization. The ruins of this 800-year-old city were rediscovered in the late 19th century and bears testament to the influence this once-powerful city has on Cambodia's modern culture. A unique culinary experience is yours to enjoy today. After a guided tour of the culturally rich Wat Krom Temple, you’ll continue on to the Sokha Beach Resort, noted for its Khmer hospitality and world-class service. From here, you’ll travel to the local market to gather the ingredients for your Cambodian cooking experience, returning to the resort’s world-class kitchen to prepare three amazing traditional Khmer meals and one local dessert. Your guided, hands-on experience will be accompanied by a recipe book and a personalized certificate, easily enabling you to recreate these meals at home. Your unique culinary experience concludes when you enjoy your meal with a complimentary beverage while overlooking the beautiful beach.
Teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers. The choice is yours.
There are quiet temples to discover, French colonial public buildings to admire and numerous street markets to stroll in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Visitors can be assured of a friendly and hospitable welcome throughout this resilient city and local treasures are abundant. Following lunch aboard the Crystal Symphony, you’ll be driven two hours northwest of Saigon, through urbanized areas and typical lush southern Vietnamese countryside, to the famous Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the war. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels’ history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Upon your return to Saigon, time permitting, you’ll tour the city in route to dinner at a local restaurant.
Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
A variety of cultural, historic and culinary experiences are yours to enjoy today as you visit this energized, metropolitan area. Ho Chi Minh City, known universally and affectionately by residents as Saigon, offers a stimulating insight into Vietnam's eventful past and a glimpse into its hopeful future. Over two decades have passed since American forces left these shores. Since then, Ho Chi Minh City has regained a prosperous air of thriving activity. Rice boats float down the waterways, streets bustle with commerce, scooters speed by and a sense of history fills the air. Your tour begins with a visit to the Reunification Hall, where the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the front gate in April 1975, ending the South Vietnamese regime and unifying the country. Next, you’ll see the familiar-looking Notre Dame Cathedral and the elegant Saigon City Hall, in route to Chinatown (known locally as Cholon). Your tour also includes visits to the beautiful Thien Hau Temple, built in 1825 and dedicated to the cult of Thien Hau – Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors. A visit to the extensive Saigon marketplace, known for its food stalls and vendors offering a variety of local dishes, is followed by lunch at Ngon Restaurant. Designed to gather many different food vendors under one roof, Ngon Restaurant is a great place to sample a wide range of classic Vietnamese dishes from the country known for its impressive street fare.
Note: Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.
Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck. The choice is yours.
A rigorous and adventurous day awaits as you travel through Da Nang City and the former China Beach to Hoi An. After a one-hour walking tour and a visit to the Hoi An Museum and Old House, you’ll meet your guides and begin your countryside bicycle tour through the ancient town. Along the way to Tra Que Village’s Herb Gardens, you’ll visit rice paddy fields and see water buffalo and exotic birds. Your guide will then take you on a walk through the Herb Gardens, offering a narrative of the cultural, historical, culinary and medicinal uses of the various herbs grown here. You’ll also meet a 5th generation local family who are the only Cao Lau Noodle makers in Hoi An and are anxious to teach you their skilled and artful technique. Afterwards, you’ll return to the Market Restaurant, by bicycle, to experience Vietnam’s first-of-its-kind interactive dining venue. Here, you can see, smell, hear, taste, touch and interact with many different food making processes. You’ll be able to sample such dishes as banh mi, dumplings, pickles and Cao Lau and will participate in cutting noodles, making rice paper and wontons and using the bun noodle machine and more. Following the two-hour cooking class, you’ll relax and enjoy your culinary endeavors.
On the southern edge of the southernmost province of China, Sanya has a distinct place on the map, and in the minds of travelers. Coming here to enjoy Sanya’s tropical clime, sojourners have made the city a favorite destination. In fact, Sanya sits across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam and is equally warm, breezy and balmy, prompting some to compare this coastal region to the South Pacific and call Sanya and its environs the “Oriental Hawaii". Today, you’ll visit Nanshan Cultural Resort, located 24 miles southwest of Sanya City in Hainan Province. The resort features three parks: The Buddhism Culture Park, The Blessing & Longevity Park and the Hainan Custom Culture Park. The beauty of the Nanshan Mountain makes this a principal eco-tourism zone with a distinctly profound Buddhist influence. Your tour concludes with lunch at an authentic local restaurant.
Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away. Discover the beauty and magic of Hong Kong today!
Synonymous with innovation, Hong Kong is an architectural marvel enveloped by history and tradition. Steel and neon pulsate in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. It is an avant garde city energized by its 7 million culturally diverse inhabitants. Hong Kong is home to many of the world’s most highly acclaimed restaurants and world-class shopping along with countless, lesser-known local favorites. After disembarking the Crystal Symphony, but before departing Hong Kong, you’ll experience one of the most amazing scenic views in the world as you ride the Hong Kong Peak Tram to Victoria Peak. This breathtaking panorama encompasses Hong Kong’s landscape, seascape and skyline and is an appropriate conclusion to your Far East Overtures Cruise with Chef Eric Leterc. From here, you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight home.