Best local cruises under $300


It’s the perfect way to spend a short break.  And now, it’s extremely affordable.

Cruising is becoming one of the hottest holiday trends to sweep the globe. And it’s not hard to see why.

You can visit exotic and local destinations, sample gourmet cuisine, watch some great stage entertainment and stay in top class accommodation.

There are a number of lines like Star Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean which offer short cruises to Malaysia and Thailand for you to able to sample cruise.

Jane Chang from Chan Brothers in Singapore said these cruisers are great for couples or intergenerational families who are looking for an affordable holiday, with everything included.

“Regional cruise holidays can be as affordable as under five hundred dollars, making it a pretty attractive holiday option for first time cruisers. The many advantages of cruise vacations, such as exploring multiple regional destinations in a fuss-free manner, mitigation of messy transfers in between journeys, comfortable and luxurious accommodation and dining arrangement and exciting onboard entertainment options amongst other factors appeal to prospective travellers,” she said.

“Generally, most cruise lines hope to appeal to a wider spectrum of travellers. We work closely with our cruise operators to offer thematic cruising appealing to differing demographics. Previous thematic cruises include Muslim cruises, Mother’s or Father’s Day cruises, Vow renewal cruises and Educational cruises among other themes.”

Eric Tan from Cruise1st in Singapore said that it’s a great way to try new and innovative activities onboard, which the cruise lines are developing and bringing to the passengers.

“It’s good to have a getaway especially on those sailing which leaves on Friday and return on Monday. You save time and cruising doesn’t require you to take too much leave, Monday usually can still be in time back to work,” he said.

“On Royal Caribbean cruises, you get to enjoy Ice Skating, Performance, Food and Dreamwork characters. Cruises are a great family gathering where guests can choose to do what they want individually in day time then in evening, gather as a family to dine together.”

Phuket and Penang cruise for just SGD$265

For just $66 a night, you will sail from Singapore onboard the luxurious Costa Victoria. You will spend the day cruising at sea where you can try some of the sumptuous food while the kids play in the children’s area. You will then arrive in Phuket in Thailand where you can spend the day swimming or exploring. Step back onboard the ship and sail to Penang, the cultural capital of Malaysia. There are 5 restaurants onboard as well as 10 bars. There is also a theatre, disco, casino, library as well as a wellness centre and four Jacuzzis. Most amenities like use of the pool, good and entertainment are included. Click here for more information.

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If you’ve got only a few nights free, sail onboard the SuperStar Gemini for two nights to either Malacca or Kuala Lumpur.  There are 10 restaurants and bars, including the Taipan which is a Chinese a la carte restaurant and the Mariners Restaurant where you can try an array of international cuisines. If you fancy some shopping, the SuperStar Gemini has a large watch and jewellery centre. There is also a mah-jong room as well as two swimming pools. The cruise is SGD$250 per person, twin share. For more information click here.


Phuket and Langkawi cruise with Costa

This four night, five-day cruise is priced from just SGD$265 per person, twin share. You will depart from Singapore and spend the day cruising where you can try all the features onboard the Costa Victoria. Arrive in Phuket in Thailand, where you will spend the day. You’ll board your ship in the evening where you can unwind and relax with some karaoke or mah-jong. You’ll then arrive in Langkawi in Malaysia before sailing back to Singapore. For more information, click here.