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When your cruise to Asia takes you to Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, shore excursions will reveal the island’s best kept secrets, including the locations of some of the world’s best beaches, awe-inspiring sea caves and lagoons, incredibly beautiful temples, and tropical fruits and flowers that are beyond beautiful.
On popular Phuket shore excursions, travel to the island’s northern tip to journey through Phang Nga Bay National Park, where hundreds of limestone cliffs rise over the sea. Board a hong (sea canoe) to explore sea caves and interior lagoons created by wind and sea over centuries.
Cruise through the waterscape of Phang Nga Bay National Park and pass those same limestone cliffs en route to James Bond Island, so called due to its role in the Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”. See stilt houses built over the water, and visit a cave temple filled with statues of Buddha.
Island hop on snorkel-and-swim Phuket cruise excursions to some of the island’s best beaches. Travel by speedboat to Ko Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don islands for some of the best snorkeling anywhere. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the impressive karst formations along the way, then spend quality beach time at Bamboo Island, one of Phuket’s most idyllic spots.
If resorts are your style, spend a day at the Centara Grand Beach Resort on secluded Karon Beach from your cruise to Phuket. Enjoy the resort’s many amenities, including adult-only pools with a swim-up cocktail bar. The resort offers secluded areas to stroll the beach, swim in dazzlingly blue waters, or bask in the sun. Kids of all ages can enjoy the waterslides, and there are kid pools and play areas as well.
See the island’s most important cultural and natural wonders on guided Phuket shore excursions that begin at Promthep Cape on the island’s southern tip for unparalleled views of island, sea, and sky, then on to Big Buddha Temple atop the Nark Kerd Mountain. Visit Chalong Temple, the most revered monastery in Phuket, and Saphan Hin Chinese Shrine, the site of an annual vegetarian festival.
Food lovers will find much to love on a chef’s discovery tour that begins with a trip to Banzaan Fresh Market, where you’ll learn from your Celebrity chef about local fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and how to select the right spices to flavor Thai dishes. Enjoy lunch at a local Thai café, and visit the Cashew Nut Factory. Back on board your ship, you’ll savor a small-group dinner prepared with Phuket-inspired ingredients from the day’s culinary exploration.