Here are my top picks for cruises to Asia for 2018 – 2019.
1. Go to India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka
Relax and explore on this 18-day cruise from Bangkok to Mumbai on the Oceania Nautica. On sea days relax and enjoy the amazing cuisine. Destinations include a busy two-night stay in Yangon and Colombo. Also, upon booking all guests get to choose between a FREE 3-Night Essence Of Bangkok Pre-Cruise Land Tour or a FREE 3-Night Taj Mahal: The Eternal Masterpiece Post-Cruise Land Tour.
The 18-day Bangkok to Mumbai cruise costs from $3,999 per person, departing April 11, 2017 (855-623-2642; www.oceaniacrusies.com).
2. Japan Intensive during Sakura Season
Azamara Cruises’ has decided to focus on country intensive cruises. On a 15-day voyage in April 2019, the Quest will sail through Japan during Sakura or Cherry Blossom season. Sailing round-trip from Tokyo, the cruise also visits Nagasaki, Hakodate and Busan, Korea.
The 15-night Tokyo roundtrip cruise costs from $5399 per person, departing April 27, 2019 (877-999- 9553; www.azamaraclubcruises.com). Excludes flights.
3. Asia Seas Exploration
Luxuriate with caviar and champagne on Seabourn’s 21-day cruise from Hong Kong to Kobe in April 2018. This cruise visits Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and China. Seabourn is the only line to offer a unique combination of multiday stops in ports such as Beijing and Shanghai and stops in lesser-known ports of Yeosu, South Korea and Yantai, China. Finally, depart the Seabourn Sojourn in the Japanese city of Kobe and extend your stay to visit Osaka.
The 21-day Asian Seas cruise costs from $14,999 per person, departing April 24, 2018. Excludes flights. (866-755-5619; seabourn.com).