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Singapore is the world's busiest container port, and increasingly a key cruise hub for both round-the-world cruises and forays around SouthEast Asia. This city-state is both ultra-modern and deeply traditional, with an exciting blend of rampant capitalism and ancient Chinese culture. Shopping and eating out are elevated to an art form here, making this one of the most enticing and exciting cruise stopovers in the world. There are many attractions for cruisers, from the romantic Raffles Hotel to fun-filled Sentosa Island. Best of all, Singapore is small, safe, easy to get around and very well set up for tourists and cruisers of all ages.
Cruise ships dock at the Singapore Cruise Centre, which welcomes six million passengers annually. Every service and amenity under the sun is available, and the flow to and from the ships is utterly seamless. Next to the terminal is Singapore's largest retail centre, Vivo City, with over 450 stores.
The terminal is served by the clean, safe and efficient Mass Rapid Transport train service, plus a range of buses and metered taxis. The city centre is around 8 minutes away, while Changi Airport is 25 minutes by taxi or MRT. Walking is not an option from the cruise port, but getting around on foot is an ideal way to explore the city centre.
Visit Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling in their Long Bar, before heading into the colourful chaos of Chinatown and fragrant Little India. More open-air wonders await at the Chinese and Japanese gardens, and the stunning National Orchid Garden. Stop by Thian Hock Keng (Temple of Heavenly Bliss) and enjoy Singapore's oldest place of worship. In the evening, take a Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo.
East Coast Park Seafood Centre - numerous waterside seafood eateries
Chinatown Food Street - stalls serving Chinese delicacies, essential eating
Raffles Grill - the most exclusive restaurant at the most famous venue in town
Along with eating, shopping is a central passion of Singapore locals. The range of goods is unparalleled and prices can be very attractive. Make sure warranties extend to your home country and claim your tax back on purchases at the terminal before departing. The main shopping area in Singapore is Orchard Road, lined with boutiques, malls and stores of every description. Arab Street, Chinatown and Little India are also interesting areas to browse. From May to July is the annual Singapore Sale month with huge discounts all over the city.
Explore the rainforest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Take a break from reality at Sentosa Island
Enjoy a day trip to the island of Ubin
See Changi Museum for a reminder of Singapore's history
Ruffle some feathers at the fabulous Jurong Birdpark
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