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6 luxury cruising experiences: uniquely Asia

Written by Rhea Vitto Tabora for TravelAsiaNow.net


When it comes to luxury cruising experiences, Asia offers a myriad of unique options that are sure to please even the most discerning traveler. From luxury liveaboards to cultural expeditions, there is something for everyone in this corner of the world. Travel Asia Now interviewed Patricia Michelle, Co-Founder of TRUVI, a luxury travel curator, and she names six of the best luxury cruising experiences in Asia that you won’t want to miss.


1. Explore Komodo National Park with Aqua Blu


Nestled in the dramatic volcanic backdrop of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, Komodo National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring destinations on earth. Board the long-range explorer yacht Aqua Blu and explore this natural wonder, home to the iconic Komodo dragon. Take in the stunning scenery as you cruise between the islands, going ashore to enjoy the empty beaches.


The luxurious Aqua Blu visits some of the most coveted locations in the area on spectacular 7 and 12-night journeys, including Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands.


Aqua Blu’s five decks always leave visitors in awe of its beautiful brass-and-ivory interior motif. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor communal spaces for everyone to enjoy, including a spacious sun deck.


2. Embark on a cultural expedition with Aqua Mekong


Journey along Southeast Asia’s legendary Mekong River aboard Aqua Mekong. This luxurious vessel takes you on a cultural expedition through Cambodia and Vietnam, immersing you in the local way of life.


Learn about the Mekong delta’s culture and history on Aqua Mekong’s fully customized day trips. Their four boats have been ergonomically designed for your comfort, and they’ll take you to some of the most traditional sites along the Mekong River. You’ll get to see temples, towns, and other places rich in tradition. You’ll also meet craftspeople and farmers, learn about traditional methods of fishing and rice cultivation, and enjoy traditional music and dance.


Enjoy the cruise while Chef David Thompson, a Michelin-starred consultant, designs a dining experience of local delicacies just for you.

Aboard the ship, you can relax in one of the 20 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with large windows. During your stay, take time to admire the stunning Mekong landscape as it changes throughout your journey.


3. Go on an off-the-grid adventure by Rascal Voyage


With Rascal Voyage, you can double the enjoyment of discovering Indonesia’s islands. The 5-cabin cruise sleeps 10 people and is perfect for families and friends. The superyacht offers an off-the-grid Indonesian archipelago experience with water sports equipment, ensuite bathrooms, a documenter on board, and a helpful crew.

“Seeing is believing” is a phrase that many people relate to, and Rascal Voyage agrees. They believe that personal connection is key and creates travel experiences tailored around this belief.


For Rascal, there’s no greater joy than knowing all of the guests and seeing how they connect with others during the cruise. They believe that travel should be about exploring new places, creating new memories, and forging connections—not just sitting still or simply taking a break from everyday life.


4. Learn about orangutans with WOW Borneo


For another uniquely Asian cruise experience, explore Borneo with WOW Borneo. This luxurious liveaboard takes you on a journey through the heart of this wild island, home to an array of amazing wildlife. Experience one-of-a-kind adventures away from the crowds, cruise down rivers, and enjoy an intimate experience with orangutans in the wild.

WOW Borneo provides ecotourism options including orangutan cruises, land tours before and after your cruise, combo cruises, as well as private charter options. You can even paddle a traditionally made canoe across rivers to explore the local wildlife and Dayak culture! With three convenient locations in Central Kalimantan, there’s sure to be an adventure waiting for you.


5. Redefine the liveaboard experience with VELOCEAN


Experience the ultimate in luxury cruising in Asia with VELOCEAN. An attractive five-star hotel, VELOCEAN is elegantly designed to float in the water. It has accommodations for up to 18 passengers, and with 24 crew members on board, you know you’ll be pampered. While staring out at the boundless ocean, enjoy great meals or a relaxing massage.


The brand-new 52-meter scuba liveaboard VELOCEAN is the fastest diving liveaboard in Indonesia, with an all-aluminum hull, deck superstructure, and powerful twin marine engines.

In one of the most pleasant, elegant ocean suites, discover the underwater beauty of Indonesia. The suites are carefully designed for diving use and feature plenty of room for relaxation. From a secluded camera station lounge inside to a 360-degree sun deck with a jacuzzi outside, there’s something for everyone. The diving excursions will undoubtedly be among the most memorable.


6. Sail into an epic voyage with Belmond Road to Mandalay


Discover tranquillity while gliding through historic pagodas and lovely fishing villages along Irrawaddy River, Myanmar’s most fabled river. If you’re looking to relax on a lazy afternoon, there’s no better place than under the canopy with a good book. And if you need to cool off, take a dip in the pool while enjoying the peaceful landscape.


Dine on exquisite international cuisine and enjoy a meticulously curated wine list on the viewing terrace, a beautiful spot for starlit dinners. Or relax in comfort in the Observation Gallery, Piano Bar, and Spa.


Your cabin is a beautiful and peaceful oasis. The bright light spilling in from the windows emphasizes the stunning views, while the teakwood accents and vibrant silks create a warm space that is authentically Burmese.

With so many unique and luxurious cruises to choose from, there is an experience that appeals to everyone. Whether you’re looking for an intimate getaway, a cultural expedition, or a relaxing cruise down the river, Asia has something special waiting for you.



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