Falling price of airfares makes it cheap to cruise in Asia


Airlines are reporting amazing deals on flights, thanks to a falling oil price – making it the perfect time for Asians to book a cruise.

Whether you are flying to Europe or coming back from a cruise in the region, tumbling pries are creating some incredible deals.

Cheap fuel, fierce competition and a currency fluctuations may send prices even lower.

Flight Centre, for instance, is today offering Ho Chi Min return for S$194, Manilla return for S$241 and Beijing return for S$509. Shanghai return is $415.

There is a return flight to London through the Indonesian airline Garuda for just $999

Eric Tan, the General Manager from Cruise1st in Singapore said it is a great time to fly in Asia with the abundance of budget airlines.

“The lower airline fares are due to the emergence of more and more budget airlines so it’s a great time to fly within Asia. While destinations in Southeast Asia are extremely popular, more and more Singaporeans are now looking to cruise in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan and China,” said Mr Tan.

“There are lots of new ships coming into Asia, especially China. And Southeast Asians are now taking an interest in some of the new and big ships like Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai and Ovation of the Seas in Tianjin. The want to see the new ships, as well as cruise to destinations like Korea and Japan.

“Currently, the budget airlines offer lots of promotions which make the prices extremely competitive. The prices for flights to Europe and America are also decreasing but not as substantial as the fall in prices in Asia.”

While Mr Tan said that Asia is still the most popular destination, he said there are also great deals you can find if you’re looking at cruising in Europe and America.

“While there has been a significant price drop in Asia comparative to the rest of the world, there are still airline bargains that you can find if you want to cruise in the Mediterranean or America.

“Airlines like Singapore Airlines have special limited time deals so make sure you look out for those when you’re thinking of booking a holiday.”

Jane Chang from Chan Brothers in Singapore said, “Hong Kong is an ideal destination and preferred option for Singaporeans for fly-cruise holidays due to familiarity, proximity, availability of flight options including low cost carriers and cruise options, and opportunity of extension for more shopping,” she said.

“As such, our fly-cruise holidays often set sail from Hong Kong such the our upcoming Voyager of the Seas 7D Hong Kong China and Vietnam Cruise Tour helmed by a local artiste.”


Ovation Asia on Ovation of the Seas

12 nights departing 12 June 2016


  • 12 night cruise on the brand new ship Ovation of the Seas from Singapore visiting Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Hong Kong (overnight onboard), Xiamen, Seoul (Incheon) and Beijing (Tianjin)
  • All meals and entertainment onboard
  • Flight from Beijing to Singapore
  • All Taxes
  • Ask about adding extra nights in Beijing

Cruise & Fly from SGD$1899per person, twin share


Best Of Incheon on Quantum of the Seas

4 nights departing 17 Nov 2016


  • Return flights from Singapore to Shanghai
  • 4 night cruise from Shanghai visiting Seoul (Incheon) and Shanghai
  • All meals and entertainment onboard
  • All Taxes
  • Ask about adding extra nights in Shanghai

Cruise & Fly from SGD$1349 per person, twin share.