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Asia’s dreamiest ports

What to eat, see and do in some of the new and popular ports Genting Dream will be visiting from Singapore on a series of short cruises in 2020.


Palawan
(Puerto Princesa)


Genting Dream first visited Palawan in June this year and the port has fast become a favourite among cruisers. After all, Palawan was voted World’s Best Island by readers of Travel+Leisure in 2013 and 2017.


Sights include the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the world’s longest navigable underground rivers. The park is filled with jagged limestone karsts and islets, and was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Honda Bay − consisting of several islets with pristine beaches − is worth an island-hopping excursion as well
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Over at Puerto Princesa City, there are plenty of delectable gourmet offerings to satisfy foodies. Near the Puerto Princesa Port you’ll find Kalui restaurant, with daily seafood specials such as shellfish soup, baked mussels and tempura. Tiya Ising’s Filipino Restaurant also serves up tasty local dishes.

Kota Kinabalu


The capital of Malaysia’s state of Sabah is also a fan-favourite for many cruisers. An adventurer’s paradise, it’s the gateway to the world-famous Mount Kinabalu. Scuba-diving enthusiasts will love wreck-diving at Usukan Bay or Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and white-water rafting trips are also available along the Kiulu River. To see wildlife such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys and tigers, stop at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park − a short distance south of the city.


For great coffee and Malaysian fare, head to Borneo 1945 Museum Kopitiam, which also houses an exhibition centred around World War 2. Another unique eatery is Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant. Built within a botanical park, the restaurant features traditional Malay architecture and a cultural dance performance in the evenings.

Christmas Island


Another new destination is Christmas Island, an Australian territory south of Java. This isolated island is filled with natural phenomena such as the annual red crab migration. During the wet season, an estimated 40 to 50 million red crabs begin a spectacular migration from forest to coast. So if you’re visiting sometime in October or November, catching this unique spectacle is a must.


If you’re a nature lover, consider bird watching as well. Some of the rarest birds in the world can be found here, including the Abbotts Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird. Hiking is another great option, given that 63 per cent of the island’s 135 square kilometres is national park territory.


The island also boasts a unique combination of Australian and Asian cuisine. Head to Golden Bosun Tavern for modern international fare, or Lucky Ho for a varied selection of Chinese food.

Belintung Island


This Indonesia island paradise is one of Genting Dream’s new destinations. Its beaches are the main attraction, with turquoise waters and unique granite boulders. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim, snorkel or scuba dive here − various tour operators provide boat excursions to surrounding islands.


Danau Kaolin, a 10-minute drive from the city centre, offers great photo opportunities as well. The picturesque blue lake was formerly an abandoned mine, and is surrounded by stunning white mineral deposits. If history or literature is your thing, head to the Museum Kata Andrea Hirata, Indonesia’s first literature museum set up by famed author Andrea Hirata.


Right next to the museum is local coffee shop Warung Kupi Kuli, where visitors can sample traditional coffee and fried snacks, as well as observe the coffee-making process. Mie Belitung Atep − another family-run eatery − serves tasty local fare and was even patronised by former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Asia’s dreamiest ports

We round up what there is to eat, see and do at new and popular ports that Genting Dream will be visiting in 2020.


From April to November next year, Genting Dream will set sail from her homeport in Singapore on a series of 2, 3, 4 and 5-night cruises. Here’s what cruisers can look forward to at two of her new destinations, along with other popular ports of call.

/ Palawan (Puerto Princesa)

Genting Dream first visited Palawan in June this year and the port has fast become a favourite among cruisers. After all, Palawan was voted World’s Best Island by readers of Travel+Leisure in 2013 and 2017.

Sights include the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with one of the world’s longest navigable underground rivers. The park is filled with jagged limestone karsts and islets, and was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Honda Bay − consisting of several islets with pristine beaches − is worth an island-hopping excursion as well.

Over at Puerto Princesa City, there are plenty of delectable gourmet offerings to satisfy foodies. Near the Puerto Princesa Port you’ll find Kalui restaurant, with daily seafood specials such as shellfish soup, baked mussels and tempura. Tiya Ising’s Filipino Restaurant also serves up tasty local dishes.

/ Kota Kinabalu

The capital of Malaysia’s state of Sabah is also a fan-favourite for many cruisers. An adventurer's paradise, it’s the gateway to the world-famous Mount Kinabalu. Scuba-diving enthusiasts will love wreck-diving at Usukan Bay or Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and white-water rafting trips are also available along the Kiulu River. To see wildlife like orangutans, proboscis monkeys and tigers, stop at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park − a short distance south of the city.

For great coffee and Malaysian fare, head to Borneo 1945 Museum Kopitiam, which also houses an exhibition centred around World War 2. Another unique eatery is Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant. Built within a botanical park, the restaurant features traditional Malay architecture and a cultural dance performance in the evenings.

/ Christmas Island

Another new destination is Christmas Island, an Australian territory south of Java. This isolated island is filled with natural phenomena such as the annual red crab migration. During the wet season, an estimated 40 to 50 million red crabs begin a spectacular migration from forest to coast. So if you’re visiting sometime in October or November, catching this unique spectacle is a must.

If you’re a nature lover, consider bird watching as well. Some of the rarest birds in the world can be found here, including the Abbotts Booby and the Christmas Island Frigatebird. Hiking is another great option, given that 63 per cent of the island’s 135 square kilometres is national park territory.

The island also boasts a unique combination of Australian and Asian cuisine. Head to restaurants like Golden Bosun Tavern for modern international fare, or Lucky Ho for a varied selection of Chinese food.

/ Belintung Island

This Indonesia island paradise is one of Genting Dream’s new destinations. Its beaches are the main attraction, with turquoise waters and unique granite boulders. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim, snorkel or scuba dive here − various tour operators provide boat excursions to surrounding islands.
Danau Kaolin, a 10-minute drive from the city centre, offers great photo opportunities as well. The picturesque blue lake was formerly an abandoned mine, and is surrounded by stunning white mineral deposits. If history or literature is your thing, head to the Museum Kata Andrea Hirata, Indonesia’s first literature museum set up by famed authour Andrea Hirata
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Right next to the museum is local coffee shop Warung Kupi Kuli, where visitors can sample traditional coffee and fried snacks, as well as observe the coffee-making process. Mie Belitung Atep − another family-run eatery − serves tasty local fare and was even patronised by former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri.