The world's top airline might get you to your destination quickly, but a yacht gets you there in style. Set sail and make getting to your vacation as much of an adventure as your trip itself. What plane can say that?
We check out some of Asia's most luxurious yachts and cruises for your next holiday getaway.
Voyager of the Seas
Starting its Singapore maiden journey in mid 2012, Voyager of the Seas is best known for its unique on-board features, such as the Royal Promenade (open 24/7), ice-skating rink, a full size basketball court and even a nine-hole miniature golf course.
Royal Caribbean International's latest luxury cruise ship in the region, Voyager of the Seas is set to be a major hit in the Asian market.
Squadron 78 CUSTOM
Fairline's luxury motor yacht, Squadron 78 CUSTOM is making its debut in the Chinese market this autumn, first exhibiting at the Shenzhen International Boat Show (October 20-23), then at the Xiamen Boat Show (November 4-7) and finally at the Hong Kong International Boat Show (December 2-4).
This new Fairline model offers the Middle Kingdom's boating elite ships made to request, including a number of layout options, and choices including separate walk-in wardrobes and enlarged en-suite bathrooms.
Those looking for exclusive aquatic adventure should turn their attention to Aqua Voyage’s charter programmes ranging, which offers a number of single-and-multi-day cruises around the picturesque southern islands of Singapore as well as access to more exotic destinations such as Tioman Island in Malaysia and the Anambas Archipelago in Indonesia. Tailored itineries to almost anywhere in the region is possible as well.
Aqua Voyage's crew pay keen attention to detail, including on-board professional stewards who ensure an exceptional level of service for all guests.
Accommodating up to 12 guests, the star of the Aqua Voyage line, the luxe Princess V62, offers plush accommodations and flexible entertainment spaces include generous seating, a wet-bar and barbecue, and a central sun-bed.
Legend of the Seas
Regarded as one of the Asia's most luxurious cruise liners, Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas is back with her 2012 Asian summer season, featuring a variety of new and popular destinations, some of which includes Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yokohoma and Tianjin.
What to expect on board the Legend of the Seas: international cuisine from the two-tier glass-walled Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, shows in the theatre, KTV room, duty-free shopping and an indoor pool. Most importantly, almost everything is included in the your ticket price.
Legend of the Seas will also stop in Xiamen, as well as new ports-of-call in Ishigaki and Okinawa, famous for their scenic beaches and unique cultures. The season will also feature the five-night Asia Legacies Cruise to Fukuoka and Kagoshima, where guests can also catch the cherry blossom season.
Volvo 60 Class Racing Yacht
If traveling in style and luxury is simply not enough, how about exclusivity? Named one of Hong Kong's best luxury junks, the Volvo 60 Class Racing Yacht is the only one of its kind in Asia and only one of 19 in the world. Now available for charter at the Hong Kong Harbour for individuals and groups of up to 25 guests, a package that can tailored to customers' preferences.
For something simpler on this rare high-performance yacht, tickets are available at HK$550 per person for the sunset wine cruise and light show wine cruise. A ticket for the champagne lunch is priced at HK$950 per person. For more information, visit the Hong Kong Yachting website.