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You will immediately be swept away in the boundless energy of Hong Kong. This once-sleepy harbor town has blossomed into an international trade hub and fascinating departure port for cruises to Asia. The city is globally renowned for its rich culture, Confucian traditions, and incredible Michelin-star rated restaurants.
Cruise from Hong Kong to the beautiful Vietnamese coast, where you can explore the ancient city of Hue, or to Taipei, the modern Taiwanese capital. Explore traditional cultural heritage sites in Kyoto, or Majestic Mt. Fuji while in Japan. Bask in the sun on the white sandy beaches of Subic Bay, Philippines, or marvel at the Reclining Buddha at the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. Embark on a luxury cruise to or from Hong Kong with Celebrity Cruises.
Many cruises incorporating Hong Kong also call at bustling Hanoi, capital of Vietnam and a city immersed in culture and history. Hue is another popular port of call, where you’ll learn more about Vietnam’s past on a visit to the Dai Noy Citadel, a magnificent walled fortress. Nha Trang, meanwhile, is a buzzing coastal resort and vibrant beach town, famous for its diving and nightlife. In Ho Chi Minh City, the vibrant economic center of the country, you can visit the extraordinary War Remnants Museum and explore temples where incense hangs heavy in the air.
Tempt your best sense of adventure and relaxation all at once in the magical city of Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is famous for its spicy street food, but it also has eight Michelin-starred restaurants that offer world-renowned international dining experiences. Make sure to see the 150-foot reclining Buddha statue at the Wat Pho temple, where you can also get an amazing Thai massage treatment on site. For great views and quick, efficient transport around the city, ride the Sky Train. Then take an exhilarating trip around Chatuchak Market, which provides immense options for shopping from thousands of vendor stalls and merchants.
Singapore is one of the most sophisticated and modern cities on earth, with a culture that seamlessly integrates western and eastern traditions. You’ll find world-class luxury shopping on Orchard Road, authentic local cuisine in Chinatown or Little India, and impeccably manicured garden spaces and parks. At the Gardens by the Bay, visit the incredible Cloud Forest, an indoor domed biosphere showcasing indoor waterfalls and exotic plant species. Gaze up at the vertical gardens at Supertree Grove, and head up to the Supertree Observatory for dizzying views down over the Marina Bay waterfront. There are more dazzling views of Singapore from the oval-shaped observation deck on the 57th floor atop the iconic Marina Bay Hotel.
When you sail from Hong Kong with Celebrity, you enjoy a luxurious experience in the setting of a chic, contemporary ship. On board Celebrity Solstice, you can treat yourself to blissful days at sea in the world-class spa, bask around the shimmering pool, or enjoy some sun at The Lawn Club. For an exclusive, premium experience, book The Retreat, where exquisite dining, concierge service, and stunning all-suite accommodations are waiting for you.
Celebrity’s Asia cruises from Hong Kong offer overnight port stays, culturally unique itineraries, luxury shopping opportunities, and modern amenities on board. From some of the world’s most iconic cuisines to white sand beaches, paddleboat rides through the jungle, and tours of Shinto shrines, this is an experience of a lifetime. Book your Asia cruise from Hong Kong on Celebrity Solstice and embark on an adventure that will stimulate all the senses.
When you board a cruise from Hong Kong, you’ll leave from the sleek Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Arrive a little early before your departure time to explore the largest rooftop garden in the city, conveniently located within the cruise terminal. If you need to exchange currency, there’s a station within the terminal as well as ATMs and complimentary WiFi.
A tram up to The Peak is a must-do activity before departing on a Hong Kong cruise. A 360-degree view of the city is promised from the top, and you’ll be amazed by the port and the Hong Kong skyline opening up before you. At the top, restaurants and shopping offer plenty to do after you’ve taken in the view.
As one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong, Man Mo Temple was built in the 1800s and offers a stark contrast among Hong Kong’s modern, sleek skyline. Inside, this ornate temple glows with red and gold altars honoring the gods of war and literature. Take a tour and pause to reflect at this national monument.
A walk along Victoria Harbour is a must for travelers itching to experience the magic of Hong Kong. There are different ferry experiences at the harbor throughout the day. Walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade for an afternoon stroll on the way to cultural attractions like the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Center.
Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most famous experiences. At over 100 feet tall, the seated Buddha is the tallest of its kind and is an enduring religious site that Buddhists all over the world flock to. It’s a beautiful place to walk in quiet and burn incense as a sign of worship and respect. Take in the elaborate carvings, decorations, and golden Buddha statues as you walk through the monastery.
Board a nighttime ferry boat at Victoria Harbour for a ride across the port of Hong Kong, where a stunning lightshow will amaze you. Laser lights dance across the skyline from the city’s tallest skyscrapers while synced up with music, similar to light shows in Singapore and other metropolitan destinations. You’re sure to be wowed by this dramatic spectacle.
When you’re ready to go shopping for souvenirs and antiques, look no further than the massive Temple Street Night Market, which is one of the largest markets in the city. Temple Street personifies the Hong Kong market experience. If you’re feeling daring, haggle with your vendor to snag a great deal on a souvenir.
Foodies will find paradise in Hong Kong, where there is no shortage of restaurants and types of cuisine to choose from. Here are a few spots you might try before you board a cruise from Hong Kong:
61-63 Hollywood Rd
Consistently rated one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong, it’s best to book a dinner at Neighborhood a few weeks in advance. It’s an intimate space that utilizes high-quality ingredients for deceptively simple dishes like octopus ragu and handmade pasta. Neighborhood blends Cantonese flavors with experimental presentation. The menu changes weekly, so your meal is sure to be memorable.
77 Wellington Street, Central Hong Kong
Craving traditional Cantonese wonton noodles? Head to the Michelin-rated Mak’s Noodles, where you can tuck in to your heart’s content.
Tim Ho Wan
9-11 Fuk Wing St.
Sham Shui Po
There are plenty of options for dim sum in Hong Kong, but Tim Ho Wan’s is one of the most budget-friendly, and classy dim sum joints you’ll come across. Locals and visitors flock to Tim Ho Wan’s every day. Try the barbeque pork buns or enjoy the har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings). For vegetarians, the steamed vegetarian dumplings and the steamed egg cake are great options.
Dinner and a skyline view of the harbor of West Kowloon is a standard evening at the luxe RyuGin in Hong Kong, located on the 101st floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) building. The food is traditionally Japanese and includes a ten-course, seasonal Kaiseki menu for the freshest possible experience.
38 Peel Street
When you need a coffee break or a small bite, Fineprint is an Australian-run cafe where you can buy an egg sandwich, avocado toast, or a pastry and a cappuccino. It’s different from the traditional Cantonese fare in the area, providing a quick break from exploring the city. At night, they serve wine, spirits, and a limited evening menu.
People have lived in the area we now know as Hong Kong for thousands of years. Settlement dates back to the Chinese Han Dynasty and earlier. Hong Kong Island became a British colony in the mid-19th century during the First Opium War. From then on, Hong Kong grew in size and international prestige and today serves as an important port city and a center of trade and commerce for the world.
Culturally, the British colonization of Hong Kong is evident in its architecture. Hong Kong has a fascinating mix of modern buildings, ancient temples, and other Chinese historic sites. You’ll see everything from densely clustered high-rise blocks to serene parks and temples.
There are some shops within the terminal for picking up quick gifts and souvenirs before you sail. But this is Hong Kong, a city dedicated to retail. If you’re looking for a shopping experience accompanied by flashing neon signs and the chaos of the city all around you, Causeway Bay is a popular shopping district. Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market is a spot for fresh, wholesale fruits and vegetables. For boutique shopping and malls, head over to the Central District, where more upscale brands have shops in Hong Kong.
The MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is lauded as one of the most efficient and clean underground railway systems in the world. The MTR is one of the quickest ways to get around the city. Taxis are abundant, too, and fairly cheap for getting from point A to point B. There are also free shuttle buses from the cruise port to various shopping areas in the city, each located near a central MTR station. Ferries are used to reach the Outlying Islands just beyond the city.
The Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) is the official currency, and you’ll get a better exchange rate if you don’t exchange currency at the airport or a hotel. Credit cards like Visa, AmEx, and MasterCard are widely accepted in Hong Kong. Tipping is expected at hotels, but it’s not common to tip anywhere else in China, such as in bars or restaurants. Don’t leave a tip after a taxi ride, either, unless you have extra change and want to be polite. Enthusiastic haggling is fair game in Hong Kong, particularly at local markets and stalls.