Cruise Destinations

10 reasons you need to cruise from Dubai to Singapore

With Celebrity Cruises set to begin a season of regular cruises between Dubai and Singapore during the 2019/2020 cruise season, and with ten other cruise lines featuring Dubai to Singapore itineraries next year, there’s never been a better time to cruise to the Lion City and fly back to Dubai.


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From its spectacular architecture, natural beauty, efficient urban sprawl, and mesmerising culinary arts – Singapore is a must see destination. And with cruises between Dubai and Singapore becoming ever more popular, Emirates Airlines is getting in on the action with special economy and business class fares on its 35 weekly flights between the two cities.

Singapore is famously known for its iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, boasting the highest infinity pool in the world, the verdant Singapore Botanic Gardens, and its thriving wildlife at the Singapore Zoo. Here are another ten activities to discover in Singapore when you dock on your cruise from Dubai.

  1. Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown
Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown

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The mid-autumn festival is a vibrant harvest celebration held at the end of September, honouring Chinese lunar legends. Visit Chinatown and mingle with the locals while they celebrate with colourful lantern parades and moon-viewing parties. Don’t leave without trying a delicious mooncake – a scrumptious pastry filled with lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk.

  1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

A visit to Singapore’s distinguished Botanic Gardens is a must. Take a stroll in this marvellous UNESCO World Heritage site and stop by the main arenas to check out performances on show. Prepare a picnic basket for lunch and relax by the swan lake or try the Corner House restaurant offering international mouth-watering dishes.

  1. S.E.A Aquarium

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Singapore’s extraordinary marine life is not one to miss! Discover more than 100,000 marine life animals at S.E.A. Aquarium at Resort World Sentosa. Featuring over 1,000 species from 50 habitats – this is one of the largest aquariums in the world and is guaranteed to impress.

  1. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Fullerton Hotel Singapore

This 5 star iconic heritage hotel has been attracting tourists for years. Offering a breath-taking 360-degree view of Singapore, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a national monument built in 1928. Once home to the city’s General Post Office, it now offers several waterfront dining options. For those eager to learn more about its rich history, join the heritage programme and get a personalised tour of the building and hear great stories passed on for generations.

  1. Southern Ridges
Southern Ridges Singapore

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For those who wish to escape the hectic busy life and explore nature instead – head on over to the Southern Ridges. Here, you will find an exquisite 10 km stretch of green open space and lush trees with intricate trails connecting hilltops. Discover Singapore’s popular parks and gardens across Mount Faber Park, Telok Telok Blangah Hill Park, HotPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.

  1. Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Trick Eye Museum Singapore

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Get your camera ready for the most unique experience at the Trick Eye Museum in Resorts World Sentosa. Originating in Korea, the museum in Singapore has added augmented reality to mesmerize.  This whimsical experience will shrink, enlarge and turn objects upside down through interactive optical illusions. Have fun experimenting with more than 80 paintings and illustrations all brought to life!

  1. The GREAT Food Festival
The GREAT Food Festival

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No visit to Singapore is complete without a culinary journey! Join this mega food festival, starting from 27th September until 30th September, with international culinary stars such as one-Michelin-starred chefs Masayasu Yonemura, Scott Webster and Sam Leong, as well as Cat Cora, Susur Lee, Oliver Piras, and Francesco Brutto. Split into several areas, the festival allows you to cook, learn, and best of all – taste the culinary delights of Singapore!

  1. Universal Studios Singapore – Halloween Horror Nights


It’s never too early to start celebrating Halloween! From September 27th onwards, Universal Studios Singapore opens its doors for another year of entertaining and spooky haunted houses. Netflix fans of the popular show, Stranger Things, are in for a delight as this year the studio will be launching a dedicated haunted house with 12 thematic rooms to replicate the show.  Wear your costumes and get ready for a real scare!

  1. Rainforest Lumina

Rainforest Lumina

Singapore is known for its thriving wildlife at Singapore Zoo and here’s a chance for you to experience the captivating rainforest in an incredible display of light, sound and story-telling journey. Rainforest Lumina is celebrating its 45th anniversary and is welcoming visitors to a fascinating audio-visual experience to discover the wilderness and beauty of nature.  With 10 interactive zones, visitors can expect to go on a magical and unforgettable journey.

  1. Festive Light-up Ceremony
Festive Light-up Ceremony

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Celebrate the holiday season this year at Singapore’s magical wonderland. Located on Orchard Road, Christmas On A Great Street, is a winter wonderland for guests of all ages. Starting 14 November 2018, the festival will be marking its 35th annual celebration. The mesmerizing set up of Singapore’s world renowned shopping strip will awe visitors with its exquisite decorations, warm fairy lights and entertaining street performances. Take a stroll through this street and enjoy the many food bazaars available.

Cruise passengers arriving in Singapore by ship and flying home with Emirates can also book with Emirates Holidays and extend their stay in Singapore with a five-star holiday experience for an additional spend starting at AED 975 per person, exclusive of the airfare.

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