Monday, 29 August 2011

Singapore as a Cruise Port of Call

A statue in Chinatown, Singapore
Singapore is an exciting city-state, small enough to visit the most interesting areas easily on a day in port. Cruise ships dock at the Harbourfront Terminal, right next to Sentosa Island. In fact, cable cars taking people to all the attractions on Sentosa pass directly over the ships at the wharf.
  Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam are the ethnic areas, full of colours, exotic sights, attractive architecture and appetising smells. The Colonial District on the bank of the Singapore River has beautiful old buildings and gardens.
  Shopping is the national 'sport' of Singapore! Huge, airconditioned malls line Orchard Road and the newest, in the Marina Bay Sands complex, even has canals (like Venice but with sampan rides instead of gondolas) inside it. If you find the heat and humidity too much outdoors, then going to a mall is like being in a cool oasis.
  In Singapore you can choose the kind of shopping you want to do - from high-end luxury stores or roadside street stalls or a mix. And it will be only a short, cheap taxi ride back to the ship. In fact, the cruise terminal joins on to the biggest shopping mall in Singapore - VivoCity - so if spending money is your game, you mightn't get further afield than that!

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