Singapore is the springboard to exotic sites in Southeast Asia. The best way to see them all? From the comfort of a cruise liner for maximum fun with minimum hassle.

The holidays are here again—time to sail away to a world of adventure and romance on the high seas!

Start your cruise vacation from Singapore, your gateway to Southeast Asia. With state-of-the-art facilities at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore and Singapore Cruise Centre, as well as varied sailings offered by the world’s top cruise lines, Singapore offers myriad options for that dream voyage. Forget the old stereotype of a boring holiday at sea. Modern cruises are packed with entertainment and lifestyle options for you to live it up.

Here are six reasons why you should go on a cruise for your next vacation!

Endless entertainment

Star Cruises Light Show Photo by Star Cruises

Ice-skating shows and Promenade parades are big on Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas. The new Light Balance show is hot on Star Cruises’ SuperStar Gemini.

Catch a movie under the stars with free popcorn, or party at the Skywalkers Nightclub and Explorers Lounge on Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess. Belt out your favourite tunes at the Observatory Lounge on SuperStar Gemini, or go on a luxury shopping spree -- duty free!

Your kids will enjoy the Adventure Ocean Youth Program on Mariner of the Seas, the Youth & Teen Centre on Sapphire Princess, the Fun Factory on Celebrity Millennium, or the child care centre and splash pool on SuperStar Gemini.

The young and the young at heart will also love the DreamWorks experience on Mariner of the Seas—meet and dine with characters from Shrek, Madagascar and other DreamWorks classics.

Workout your body & mind

Rock Wall Royal Caribbean International Photo by Royal Caribbean International

Thrill-seeking warriors can challenge themselves to scale the rock climbing wall on Mariner of the Seas—the reward is a view that’s hard to beat. Take your pick of a spin at the skating rink or a game of basketball—or both!

Teens have their own splash pools on the Sapphire Princess or their own disco and game hangout on Mariner of the Seas.

For a more serene retreat, opt for classes on ceramics, cooking, card-making and even wine-tasting. Or catch up on your reading in your own cosy nook at the library on Costa Victoria and Sapphire Princess.

Culinary delights

Breakfast with Kungfu Panda Photo by Royal Caribbean International

A smorgasbord of epicurean pleasures prepared by award-winning chefs awaits holiday-makers on SuperStar Gemini. There are also gourmet selections such as Mariner of the Seas’ Giovanni’s Table Italian Restaurant or Sapphire Princess’s Sabatini’s.

For something more whimsical, go for Celebrity Millennium’s Qsine that presents familiar culinary favourites with a twist; or its Bistro on Five for freshly-made crepes.

Relax and unwind

Princess Sanctuary Spa Photo by Princess Cruises

Get your worldly cares scrubbed, kneaded and soothed away at the on-board spas with a view.

Choose from over a hundred treatments at the Vitality Spa on Mariner of the Seas, including seaweed wraps and even acupuncture. Sapphire Princess also offers an adults-only relaxation area, The Sanctuary, where you can enjoy spa treatments, your own personal MP3 players with noise cancelling headphones, an array of refreshing drinks and healthy snacks, without the kids in tow.

Alternate your indulgent spa sessions with some yoga, kickboxing and fitness training, or pamper yourself with the hairdressing and beauty services at SuperStar Gemini’s Oscar’s Salon for that ultimate holiday glow.

Know the local culture

Star Cruises Children's Programme Photo by Star Cruises

Satisfy your wanderlust with the excursions offered at each port of call.

Better yet, go on customised day trips further afield. After all, Southeast Asia is a treasure trove of 37 UNESCO World Heritage sights, such as Melaka and Georgetown in Malaysia and the historic water town of Hoi An in Vietnam.

You can also visit the pristine beaches of the Philippines, the virgin coral reefs and rainforests of Kota Kinabalu and the architectural marvels of Bandar Seri Begawan. Each experience is as distinct as it is charming.

Peace of mind to enjoy

Movie under the Stars Photo by Princess Cruises

Once you decide on your package, everything is taken care of. Your itinerary is planned, with your every need catered for on-board.

No rushing from one destination to another, no packing and unpacking—a cruise is truly a fuss-free value-for-money holiday that leaves you with just one thing to do: Enjoy!

For details, please visit Costa Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International or Star Cruises.