South and East Asia are rapidly becoming popular cruise ship destinations. The ports are exotic and interesting, the culture and history are fascinating, and the area is an excellent choice for cruises in the winter, spring, and fall.
Many ocean cruise lines base ships in South and East Asia year-round or for a part of the year, and others include Asian ports on world or extended-length cruises. Some river cruises sail the Mekong River of Cambodia and Vietnam, and others sail the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma).
These maps will help cruise travelers plan their cruise to South or East Asia and also help identify the ports of call.
Burma or Myanmar Cruise Map
Cruises to Myanmar usually stopover at the capital of Yangon, which was once called Rangoon when the country was a British colony and called Burma. Ocean-going ships often over-night in Yangon, and river ships sail the Irrawaddy River, which runs through the center of the country. Ports of call on the river cruise include Bagan and Mandalay.
Cambodia Cruise Map
Cruise passengers often do Mekong River cruise extensions in Cambodia to visit the famous ruins at Angkor Wat at Siem Reap.
China Cruise Map
China is a marvelous cruise destination, with ocean-going ships visiting Shanghai or Beijing. In addition, river ships sail the Yangtze River from Chongqing.
Cruise lines visiting China include Costa, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Azamara, Silversea, Princess, Holland America, Cunard, Crystal, P&O, and Seabourn. River cruise lines such as Viking River Cruises, Grand Circle Travel, Tauck, Uniworld, and Victoria Cruises sail the Yangtze River.
Hong Kong Cruise Map
Hong Kong is an amazing city and a great place to spend some time before or after your Southeast Asia cruise. It's a great place to get over jet lag or prepare for the long flight home.
There is another benefit for cruise travelers: several cruise lines visit Hong Kong each year, including Crystal, Silversea, Costa, Regent Seven Seas, Cunard, P&O, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Oceania, and Star Cruises.
India Cruise Map
India is often visited by cruise ships when they are sailing between Europe and Southeast Asia or are sailing world cruises.
Many cruise lines visit India, with Mumbai (Bombay) being the most popular port of call. Cruise lines visiting Mumbai or other ports in India are Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, Seabourn, Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Silversea, Voyages of Discovery, Azamara, Cunard, P&O, Holland America, and Costa.
Indonesia Cruise Map
The island of Bali is one of the most popular Indonesian ports of call.
Cruise lines visiting Indonesia include Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Costa, Holland America, Voyages of Discovery, Oceania, Seabourn, Crystal, and Princess.
Laos Cruise Map
Laos is land-locked but is very near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Some cruise travelers schedule overnight visits and cruise extensions to Laos.
Japan Cruise Map
The island nation of Japan has several ports that are popular with cruise ships including Yokohama (Tokyo), Osaka, Nagasaki, Kobe, Kagoshima, and Shimonoseki.
Cruise ships visiting Japan include Regent Seven Seas, Cunard, Azamara, Princess, P&O, Silversea, Crystal, Costa, Holland America, Seabourn, and Oceania.
Malaysia Cruise Map
Cruise ships usually port at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Cruise lines visiting Malaysia include Princess, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Silversea, Voyages of Discovery, Cunard, P&O, and Holland America
Northern Marianas Cruise Map
The Northern Marianas Islands are in SE Asia near the Philippines. Saipan is the most popular cruise ship port of call.
Papua New Guinea Cruise Map
Cruise ships either visit Madang on the north shore of Papua New Guinea or the capital at Port Moresby.
Philippines Cruise Map
The island nation of the Philippines is often included in cruises to southeast Asia.
Cruise lines visiting the Philippines include Costa, Silversea, Voyages of Discovery, and Regent Seven Seas.
Russia in Asia Cruise Map
Russia is such a large country that it crosses two continents: Europe and Asia.
Ports in southeast Russia are visited by cruise ships repositioning between the warmer countries of south and southeast Asia and Alaska or North America. Princess Cruises stops over at Vladivostok, Russia. Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, and Holland America port at Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia when moving between Asia and Alaska.
River cruises sail on the Russian waterways linking St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Singapore Cruise Map
Singapore is a very small country at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula.
It is one of the cleanest countries in the world and qualifies as a "first world" nation in a "third world" area. Most cruise lines sailing in Asia or on world cruises stopover in Singapore including Crystal, Costa, Regent Seven Seas, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Voyages of Discovery, Azamara, Star Clipper, Cunard, and P&O.
South Korea Cruise Map
Some cruise ships sailing between Alaska and Asia stopover in South Korea. The country is also included on some China and Japan itineraries.
Cruise lines porting in Inchon, South Korea include Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Oceania, and Azamara. Note: The "Sea of Japan" on the eastern side of Korea is also called the "East Sea."
Taiwan Cruise Map
Taiwan is an island located off the coast of China, and cruise ships stop over in the capital of Taipei.
Cruise lines stopping over in Taipei, Taiwan include Oceania, Costa, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara, Silversea, Holland America, and Seabourn.
Thailand Cruise Map
Bangkok is located inland from the sea, so cruise ships dock in Klong Toey or Laem Chabang. Some cruise ships also stopover at the beaches near Phuket.
Cruise ships visiting Thailand include Crystal, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Holland America, Voyages of Discovery, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, P&O, Cunard, Oceania, and Silversea.
Vietnam Cruise Map
Vietnam is a beautiful country visited by cruise ships sailing south and west from Hong Kong. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the most popular port.
Cruise ships visiting Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or other Vietnamese ports include Crystal, Costa, Princess, Holland America, P&O, Azamara, and Cunard.
Vietnam Ports of Call
Da Nang, Vietnam - Cham Museum, embroidery workshop, Marble Mountains, and China Beach from the Crystal Symphony cruise ship
Chan May, Vietnam - Port for Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Tour - tour of Saigon, including the War Remnants Museum, History Museum, Cholon Market, and Thien Hau Pagoda