TUI’s Mein Schiff 5 on November 22nd will cruise from the modern, bustling tourism, trade and finance hub of Dubai to the iconic city-state of Singapore.
Unlike most cruise lines sailing between the two global cities, however, TUI will be operating an express cruise of just 15 days, with only five ports calls along the way.
“Combine the highlights of the Middle East with diverse destinations in India and Asia on this 15-day journey,” says TUI. “You begin your journey in the metropolis of Dubai, where the ship will be in port overnight, giving you more time to explore the city with all its highlights.”
“The journey continues via Oman, where you can discover the delights of Muscat, as well as Sri Lanka and various cities in Malaysia until you arrive in the Lion City of Singapore, where the journey ends,” it adds.
After departing Dubai, Mein Schiff 5 will sail overnight to Muscat, the capital of Oman, which stretches 50 kilometres along the coast against the Hajar mountain range. Parts of this coastal city are strikingly beautiful with settlements between rugged rocks, magnificent mosques and palaces, the azure sea and sandy beaches.
The city’s Matrah district will be a particular draw for passengers looking for the finest cloth, spices or gold jewellery, with a warren of lively alleys of the old souk heavy with the ancient atmosphere of incense.
Mein Schiff 5 then spends five days at sea cruising the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean around India to the island nation of Sri Lanka. The ship docks in Colombo for a day, and then cruises overnight to Hambantota, also in Sri Lanka.
Colombo celebrates the rich, cultural heritage of this former British colony, which served as a maritime hub between West and Southeast Asia. “The old parliament, the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Lucia or the Colombo National Museum bear witness to the eventful history,” says TUI. “But nearby are picturesque fishing villages, and many beaches with excellent snorkelling opportunities.”
Hambantota on the other hand is unashamedly for beach and nature lovers, home to the beautiful Hambantota Beach and the Yala National Park, the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, featuring elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
After Sri Lanka, its another three days at sea, and then the ship arrives in Penang, Malaysia, a bustling port city bearing buildings from the British colonial era, as well as Chinese commercial and residential buildings and Islamic mosques. The forested Penang Hill is the highest vantage point over the city and is reachable via hiking trails and a funicular.
“In Kuala Lumpur you can see architectural highlights from past and new times, such as the Petronas Twin Towers, right next to each other. In addition, the most diverse cultures and religions are represented here: you can see mosques, churches, pagodas and temples throughout the city,” TUI says of the next port of call.
The following day, December 7th, 2022, the cruise ends in the city state of Singapore, one of the global capitals of the maritime industry, with a container port that stretches 30 kilometres. It’s a city where TUI says passengers can experience the whole of Asia in one place.
“Visit lively Chinatown with its brightly coloured lanterns. Or watch the busy tailors in Little India. If you like to relax, smoke a hookah in the old Malay quarter around Kampong Glam,” the cruise line suggests.