Singapore (officially the Republic of Singapore) is a sovereign city-state and and island country in Asia (pop. 5.6 million) and the world’s second-busiest port city. It was part of the former British colonial empire. Its ethnicity is mostly Chinese, but also has significant populations of people with Malay and East Indian lineage. With English as its official language, Singapore is a true international melting pot and one of the world’s best cruise ship destinations.
There are two cruise ship terminals; one is located near the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The other is the Singapore Cruise Centre located between the main island and Sentosa Island to the south. Both give you quick and easy access to the island nation that contains 5.7 million people and some of the most modern infrastructure anywhere in the world. Here are some suggestions for your port day in Singapore!
How to Get Around Singapore
Singapore is a very clean, safe, and exceptionally modern city which has excellent public transportation trunning around the clock. You can use a subway and surface rail or buses to go just about anywhere you want. A day pass is very affordable and will let you go anywhere for just a small amount of money. Bicycle and scooter rentals are very affordable or if you are in a hurry, you can find a taxi just about anywhere.
What to Eat in Singapore
Singapore is one of the world’s best locales to dine on food. From outstanding street vendors to five-star fine dining, Singapore has it all. And, frankly, it’s all great. With its location on the South China sea, busy port, and great rail systems, fresh food is plentiful.
If fine dining is your preference, Singapore is an outstanding destination. The Marina Bay Sands near the cruise port previously mentioned has many great restaurants there. You also can visit the adjacent Gardens by the Bay for more dining options. Also nearby is the namesake casino.
Recommended for Tourists
You also can take a boat tour of the harbor to see the iconic Merlion and relax and dine on it. You can ride the Singapore Flyer, which is one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. Nearby Clarke Quay offers riverfront fun and excitement giving you a feel for early Singapore and its wild waterfront days, but in a much more civil and relaxed setting with great food and drinks to while away the evening hours.
If your cruise ship docks near Sentosa Island, you can find lots of fun just a short distance away. There you can visit Underwater Word, Universal Studios, and hang out on one of the few beach locations in Singapore. A more family-oriented stop is the Singapore Zoo on the island’s north end.
The Island’s Many Neighborhoods
Singapore is a compact island with about 5.7 million citizens. That adds up to lots of great places in just a short distance. Those are street vendors and other small vendors located in ethnic enclaves, like Chinatown, Little India, Haji Village, for example. You can tour the vibrant and colorful ethnic neighborhoods and take in local culture. You also can find great deals on clothing, curios, and other items for yourself or as gifts for friends and loved ones back home.
To get a truly local flavor, try Singapore’s national dish – Chili crab. Hainanese Chicken, pork rib soup, and Nasi lemak, which is a local Malay dish, are another options.
We at Getaway Dreams Come True Travel look forward to assisting you in planning your lifetime memories trip to Singapore via cruise or air. Please call 724.752.2655 to schedule your Vacation Planning Session. You may wish to view other posted blogs:
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