Asia Cruises


Experience Asia in Windstar Style.


Nowhere else in the world will you find such a stunning juxtaposition of ancient traditions and contemporary cultures. Mystic temples give way to soaring skyscrapers while tranquil, timeless villages neighbor pulsating, modern cities. Windstar brings you the best of both worlds, taking you to the heart of cosmopolitan marvels like Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Tokyo and the exotic shores of small villages and unspoiled islands of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Benoa to Singapore - 14 Days

Begin your voyage in Benoa and be instantly entranced by Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Bali Volcano is the first of four, followed by Gunung Rinjani on Lombok, Java’s Mount Bromo and the famous Krakatoa. In the rarely visited port of Lembar, experience true island life and savor a satay cooked over coals and topped with peanut sauce. Celukan Bawang offers the volcanic black sand Lovina Beach and Puri Agung Beleleng Compound, the home of the first king of Beleleng Regency. Java’s Probolinggo is home to Mount Bromo and the ethnic minority Tengger people who have held onto their traditions for centuries. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the private island feel of remote Pulau Menyawakan, where white-sand beaches, rainforests, coastal mangroves and a biodiverse reef system welcome snorkelers and divers with 35 types of corals and sponges. In Semarang, sample the fantastic Chinese food and climb to enlightenment at the 8th century Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. In the small port of Kepulauan Seribu, visit the secluded unspoiled beaches of Pantara Island featuring white-sand surrounded by emerald-green waters. Conclude your Indonesian adventure upon arriving in the world’s second busiest port of Singapore. After a day of exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and shopping on Orchard Road, toast a Singapore Sling to the trip of a lifetime at the Raffles Hotel.

Abundant in outdoor excursions to small ports and uncrowded destinations, this two-week cruise features stops in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. And what better way to experience this lovely region than with the people who know it best – the Windstar crew who hail from the Philippines and Indonesia. Snorkel among colorful fish and vibrant coral off Busuanga Island near Coron. Drift silently among shadowy limestone deposits and sleeping bats in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines. Observe recuperating orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center near Sandakan. Uncover the remnants and relics cast off from centuries of Dutch colonialism around Ujung Padang, and discover Fort Rotterdam’s influences on trade and contemporary culture. Watch Komodo dragons lumber along sandy beaches in search of prey or venture inland for glimpses of koalas among the dense foliage of the Komodo National Park near Loh Liang. Relax on small reclusive beaches on Lombok or sample spicy nasi goreng, fried rice paired with egg, prawns or chicken and served with crunchy, cracker-like kerupuk at a local Lembar restaurant.

Kobe to Tokyo - 10 Days

Layer after layer, Japan’s story unfolds. In Edo-period gardens with their perfectly sculpted karikomi. In Chiran’s exquisitely preserved samurai homes. In the peace memorials of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. And time after time you struggle to describe unforgettable moments, from your first view of Mount Fuji to the fluttering paper cranes of peace at Hiroshima’s Atomic Dome.

Yokohama (Tokyo) to Kobe - 10 Days

Layer after layer, Japan’s story unfolds. In Edo-period gardens with their perfectly sculpted karikomi. In Chiran’s exquisitely preserved samurai homes. In the peace memorials of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. And time after time you struggle to describe unforgettable moments, from your first view of Mount Fuji to the fluttering paper cranes of peace at Hiroshima’s Atomic Dome.

Yokohama (Tokyo) to Kyoto - 12 Days

From the tranquil Zen beauty of Kinkakuji Temple to the vibrant blinking plasma screens and incessant press of pedestrians throughout Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, this 12-day cruise tour throughout Japan combines pristine natural beauty with contemporary and cosmopolitan contrasts. Nibble on freshly caught fish paired with salty soy sauce and fiery wasabi in Shimizu’s world-famous Fish Market. Meander among East Asian relics and prehistoric stone tools in Busan’s museums, ornate temples and royal tombs in Gyeongju, one of South Korea’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sip steamy green tea in the peaceful shade of chestnut trees near the scenic Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu City, or participate in the ancient rituals of a formal tea ceremony. Examine Kyoto’s majestic temples and storied Nijo Castle in detail as part of a 2-night inland stay, or explore the Zen temple of Tenryuji in scenic and peaceful Arashiyama, one of the most popular destinations in the city. It’s a perfect journey for those who love Japan, and adventurous travelers who want to go further inland to explore the distinctive culture and history of Kyoto.

Seward (Anchorage) to Yokohama (Tokyo) - 16 Days

Retrace the route of the Russian-American fur trade as you island-hop along the Aleutian archipelago, and cross the Pacific as guest lecturers enthrall you with tales of the Japanese islands ahead. Gain insights into fascinating cultures from Aleuts to Ainu, and rest your eyes on thrilling landscapes from ice-shrouded Kenai Fjords to the wild cliff- and cave-studded coastline of Miyako. Go beyond the tourist mainstream as you kayak the remote wildlife-rich waters off Sand Point and view World War II’s forgotten relics in Dutch Harbor. From Kodiak’s legendary brown bears to the quirky bohemian atmosphere of Homer, Kushiro’s rare Japanese cranes to Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants, each day is a new and life-enriching adventure.

Cairns to Benoa - 16 Days

Arrive early in Cairns to allow extra time to wander the Cairns Esplanade, explore the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Daintree National Park, and experience the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef—one of the largest, most diverse ecosystems on the planet and the world’s only natural wonder visible from space. Thursday Island offers the adventure of a wet landing and an introduction to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan city where bark paintings, weaving and some of the finest Didgeridoos abound. In the cosmopolitan city of Darwin, don’t miss Mindil Beach, Kakadu National Park, and Crocosaurus Cove, home to turtles, water buffalo and saltwater crocodiles. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths and secluded beaches. Expand your idea of color upon entering Ende, Flores. This small hidden harbor is the launch point to visit Mount Kelimutu volcano with its mysterious 3-color crater lakes and Blue Stone Beach, known for its gorgeous multi-colored rocks.

Discover firsthand the allure of Japan’s small ports and historic landmarks during this 12-day cruise featuring scenic explorations of the Seto Inland Sea and additional stops in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Spend a day exploring Japan’s iconic temples and an entire evening sampling Japanese cuisine and succulent Kobe beef during an overnight port stay in Kyoto. Lose yourself among old fishing relics and weathered Funaya, vintage fisherman buildings, in the small, picturesque port of Tomonoura, a rustic backdrop for international films and blockbuster movies. Learn about the protected, thousand-year-old cedars of Yakushima and their contributions to famous temples and formidable Japanese sailing ships. Stroll picturesque pebbled beaches or canoe nearby mangroves among the natural splendors of the Amami Islands. Slurp hot noodles while bathed in the neon glow of a Taipei night food market, surrounded by the rich aromas of spices and grilled meats and the din of clattering cooking pans and boisterous vendors.

Abundant in outdoor excursions to small ports and uncrowded destinations, this two-week cruise features stops in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. And what better way to experience this lovely region than with the people who know it best – the Windstar crew who hail from the Philippines and Indonesia. Snorkel among colorful fish and vibrant coral off Busuanga Island near Coron. Drift silently among shadowy limestone deposits and sleeping bats in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines. Observe recuperating orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center near Sandakan. Uncover the remnants and relics cast off from centuries of Dutch colonialism around Ujung Padang, and discover Fort Rotterdam’s influences on trade and contemporary culture. Watch Komodo dragons lumber along sandy beaches in search of prey or venture inland for glimpses of koalas among the dense foliage of the Komodo National Park near Loh Liang. Relax on small reclusive beaches on Lombok or sample spicy nasi goreng, fried rice paired with egg, prawns or chicken and served with crunchy, cracker-like kerupuk at a local Lembar restaurant.

Tokyo to Kyoto - 11 Days

Delve into succulent Far East seafood and little-known destinations throughout the Northern Japanese Islands and Eastern Russia during this remarkable 11-day exploration of small ports, cosmopolitan wonders and esoteric landmarks. Lose yourself among 3,000 plum trees and traditional Kobuntei architecture in Kairakuen, one of Japan’s most scenic gardens. Wander the shadows of weathered Khrushchyovka—Soviet-era low-cost apartments—adjacent to stately, Japanese buildings in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a small town exchanged between Russia and Japan for centuries. Sip refreshing beer at the Sapporo Museum and take in views of Otaru’s picturesque canals. Inhale delicious aromas and sample savory delicacies amid 250 vendors in the famous Hakodate Morning Market. Search for endangered Japanese crested ibis feeding at local rice paddies, then listen and feel the precision of the world-famous Kodō Taiko drum team at their training center on Sado Island.

Kyoto to Kobe - 10 Days

Explore quiet hidden harbors, pristine coastal shores and little-known sacred spaces during this 10-day cruise along Japan’s central and southern shorelines. Inspect the fortifications of Matsue Castle, the second largest castle in Japan and one of the few remaining wooden medieval fortifications existing today. Visit a temple, participate in a Korean tea ceremony or venture as far as the capital city of Seoul during an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea. Slip off your shoes and slurp briny ramen or thick soba noodles amid busy salarymen in an authentic Japanese restaurant accompanied by distinctive sake. Gently slide into the natural warmth of an Onsen, or hot spring bath, one of eight in the coastal resort village of Beppu, a vacation destination famous for diverse thermal spring facilities. Step into the skeletal shadows of the A-Bomb Dome, the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall and closest surviving structure to the August 6, 1945 atomic bomb explosion.

Tokyo to Vancouver - 25 Days

Spend 27 exhilarating days on both sides of the International Date Line among North American wildlife like bears, moose and caribou, calving glaciers in the Tracy and Endicott Arms, and stunning Japanese parks including the crater lake in Akan National Park in Kushiro. Your memorable Pacific port stops include Vancouver, Canada, 11 visits throughout Alaska and the Aleutians, and the final three stops on the other side of the international date line in Kushiro, Miyako, and Tokyo, Japan.

Vancouver to Yokohama (Tokyo) - 28 Days

Spend 27 exhilarating days on both sides of the International Date Line among North American wildlife like bears, moose and caribou, calving glaciers in the Tracy and Endicott Arms, and stunning Japanese parks including the crater lake in Akan National Park in Kushiro. Your memorable Pacific port stops include Vancouver, Canada, 11 visits throughout Alaska and the Aleutians, and the final three stops on the other side of the international date line in Kushiro, Miyako, and Tokyo, Japan.

Spanning six seas from Japan to Indonesia, this voyage immerses you in ancient Asian culture, rich history, and tropical beauty. Enjoy modern Tokyo’s nod to its shogun past against the backdrop of majestic Mount Fuji. Sip sake in Kyoto, find the Golden Palace or hop on the Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway. Enjoy scenic cruising along Hashima Island and Japan’s Inland Sea, and relax with six days at sea. Visit hidden ports like Tomonoura, Amami Island, Lombok, Sandakan, and Yakushima, with ancient forests that are home to 7,000-year-old trees and snow monkeys. In Nagasaki, respectfully remember “Never Again” and discover the beauty of Okinawa. Experience Taiwanese culture in the markets of Taipei and island hop, swim and snorkel in Hundred Islands National Park. Absorb Manila’s cosmopolitan blend of cultures, and stroll in the powdery sand of Boracay’s White Beach, rated one of world’s best. SCUBA among historical WWII Japanese wrecks off Busuanga Island and float Palawan’s Subterranean River, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Witness Komodo Dragons in Loh Liang and take in Lombok’s lovely beaches and turquoise-blue bays. Bali’s calm waters, beautiful beaches and Batik arts will leave a lasting impression.

Kyoto to Tokyo - 20 Days

Authentic and memorable cultural experiences in little-known ports abound during this scenic 20-day cruise throughout central and southern Japan with an overnight stay in Busan, South Korea. Listen to the tinkling of furin—wind chimes—as you sip green tea inside a mossy-roofed teahouse suspended above a placid pond on the verdant grounds of Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en Garden. Venture from Busan, South Korea to Seoul’s bustling Myeong-dong shopping district to check out trendy fashions and hot, crispy Tornado Potatoes—spiral-cut, deep-fried potatoes on skewers. Sink up to your chin in one of many steamy hot baths in the resort town of Beppu, or tour the seven steaming jigoku (hells) surrounded by ornate, themed gardens. Try your hand at making Udon noodles at a Takamatsu cooking school. Find your favorite spot on deck to take in the inspiring scenery of the Inland Sea and Hashima Island

Unspoiled settings and uncrowded beaches abound during this extended cruise featuring visits to China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. Swim and sunbathe before savoring enticing, locally sourced Filipino cuisine at a Windstar Signature beach party with the scenic splendors of the Hundred Islands as your backdrop. Snorkel among coral reefs adjacent to pristine white beaches, and browse boutique shops or dine at one-of-a-kind restaurants in Boracay, a verdant, palm-lined port inaccessible to large cruise ships. Drift through murky limestone caverns sculpted by underground water near Palawan in the Philippines. Amble among brightly painted Dutch architecture and spot the lingering European influences in the former colony of Ambon, now one of Indonesia’s most culturally diverse cities. Browse armor exhibits and military artifacts that protected Thursday Island colonists for nearly two centuries. Uncover an array of environmental threats affecting the world’s coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef during a highly informative tour at Australia’s Lizard Island Research Center

Unspoiled settings and uncrowded beaches abound during this extended cruise featuring visits to China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. Swim and sunbathe before savoring enticing, locally sourced Filipino cuisine at a Windstar Signature beach party with the scenic splendors of the Hundred Islands as your backdrop. Snorkel among coral reefs adjacent to pristine white beaches, and browse boutique shops or dine at one-of-a-kind restaurants in Boracay, a verdant, palm-lined port inaccessible to large cruise ships. Drift through murky limestone caverns sculpted by underground water near Palawan in the Philippines. Amble among brightly painted Dutch architecture and spot the lingering European influences in the former colony of Ambon, now one of Indonesia’s most culturally diverse cities. Browse armor exhibits and military artifacts that protected Thursday Island colonists for nearly two centuries. Uncover an array of environmental threats affecting the world’s coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef during a highly informative tour at Australia’s Lizard Island Research Center

Osaka to Kyoto - 21 Days

From breathtaking skyscraper views to silent shrines and tranquil gardens, cruising Japan is a journey of contrasts, and this 21-day journey explores the breathtaking length of these remarkable remote islands with additional visits to South Korea and Russia. Master traditional tea ceremony techniques prior to wandering the 500-year-old chambers of Kinshoji Temple, one of Karatsu’s oldest temples. Sample marinated and skewered chicken broiled over a traditional charcoal fire or other delicious street foods in Seoul, South Korea. Admire paintings created by some of Japan’s most notable landscape artists as you view majestic Mount Fuji from their perspectives in Shimizu. Step up to the dizzying challenge of navigating Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, the busiest pedestrian interchange in the world, or immerse yourself in the uniquely raucous timpani and bright lights inside a local pachinko parlor. Stand among ghostly shadows of the former Soviet Union in one of the last intact Lenin statue parks near Korakov’s weathered wharfs on the remote Russian coast.

Osaka to Hong Kong - 22 Days

Take a deep dive into Japan. On this 22-day adventure, you’ll discover how ancient traditions interplay with contemporary culture and witness centuries-old shrines next to towering skyscrapers. Explore the 16th century Osaka Castle and foliage of Takamatsu’s Ritsurin Garden. In Hiroshima, take in hope for world peace and don’t miss Okonomiyaki savory pancakes. Discover the Karatsu Castle on Kyushu Island and explore South Korea’s city of Busan boasting beautiful beaches and Gyeongju outdoor museum. Enjoy scenic cruising along Hashima Island and Japan’s Inland Sea, and slow down to enjoy a total of four days at sea. Explore the small hidden harbors of Amami Island, Tomonoura, and Yakushima with its ancient forests which are home to 7,000-year-old trees and snow monkeys. In Shingu, visit the Hayatama and Kamikura shrines in the Kii Mountain Range. Shimizu brings the beauty of Mount Fuji, and a UNESCO site. Beyond the neon lights, discover Tokyo’s shogun past. Take the Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway and sip sake. In Nagasaki, visit the Atomic Bomb Museum and discover the beauty and rich history of Okinawa. Experience Taiwanese culture and cuisine in the many markets of Taipei and Hong Kong’s sampans and junks as they glide through the busy waters of Aberdeen.

Pamper yourself and your loved ones by spending nearly a month relaxing and exploring small coastal villages, pristine sandy beaches, and historic colonial fortifications and iconic landmarks throughout China, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines with an overnight in Sydney. Search for traces of ancient coral that shaped and nourished lush, tropical jungles thriving throughout Hundred Islands National Park. Savor a sizzling skillet of Filipino ‘sizig,’ featuring pork or chicken topped with an egg that thickens as your meal cools. Wander amid the remaining Spanish walls in Intramuros, Manila’s oldest quarter, and march across the bridge moat to the gates of Fort Santiago, a fortress occupied by four nations over 400 years. Appreciate the real meaning of remote in the villages of Indonesia. Discover the importance of the world’s dwindling coral reefs at the Lizard Island Research Center, or see firsthand with extra time to dive and snorkel above the Great Barrier Reef. Stand eye-to-unblinking eye with large sharks and rays swimming in massive windowed tanks throughout Mooloolaba’s UnderWater World, Queensland’s largest aquarium.

Seward (Anchorage) to Kobe - 26 Days

Here is a cruise that appeals to both your active lifestyle and lounging days. Spend 23 days cruising from Osaka to Seward and discover the rich heritage and distinct cuisines of places like Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Kagoshima as you walk through the shrines, gardens and castles. Fill your senses with the smell of the cherry blossoms and the majesty of Mount Fuji. Then rest your soul at sea, across the International Date Line, relaxing on deck and rejuvenating your spirit doing exactly as you please and treating your palate to delightful dishes created just for you. Rested and ready to go when you reach Seward, extend your Alaska stay with a post-cruise land tour to Denali.

On this extended adventure, witness the juxtaposition of ancient traditions and contemporary cultures, bustling cities, and uninhabited islands across a variety of seas. Explore Osaka Castle and Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. Respectfully remember “Never again” in Hiroshima and visit South Korea’s city of Busan boasting the Gyeongju outdoor museum. Explore the small hidden harbors of Amami Island, Tomonoura, and Yakushima with its ancient forests and snow monkeys. Shimizu brings the beauty of Mount Fuji. In Tokyo, go beyond the neon lights to discover its shogun past. Sip sake in Kyoto and experience  the Taiwanese food culture in the markets of Taipei and Hong Kong’s famous Stanley Market and Temple Street Night Market. Swim and snorkel in Hundred Islands National Park and absorb Manila’s cosmopolitan blend of cultures. Stroll in the powdery sand of Boracay’s White Beach, rated one of world’s best, and SCUBA among historical WWII Japanese wrecks off Busuanga Island. Float Palawan’s Subterranean River, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. Witness Komodo Dragons in Loh Liang and orangutans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan. Take in Lombok’s lovely beaches and turquoise-blue bays and Bali’s calm waters and beautiful Batik arts.

Start your journey in Cairns, wandering the Esplanade, exploring Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Daintree National Park, and visiting the quaint fishing community of Cooktown before cruising one of the world’s seven wonders—the Great Barrier Reef. Thursday Island offers a wet landing and an introduction to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. Cultural exploration continues in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal artisan community where bark paintings, weavings and Didgeridoos abound. In the cosmopolitan city of Darwin, don’t miss Mindil Beach, Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park, and Crocosaurus Cove—home to turtles, water buffalo and saltwater crocodiles. Cross the Timor Sea to Kupang, Indonesia where friendly locals delight in showing their tenun ikat woven cloths. Wildlife lovers prepare to be amazed in Loh Liang; this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is home to nearly 6,000 Komodo dragons, manta rays, whales, dolphins and turtles. Benoa instantly entrances visitors with Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Savor satays and secluded beaches in Kepulauan Seribu, and Pantara Island. Conclude your Indonesian adventure in Singapore by exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown and Little India.

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