If you arrive into Singapore on a cruise liner, you will berth at one of two cruise ports: the original Harbourfront Cruise Center or the swanky new Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Both are quite close to some of Singapore's best sightseeing spots and fun attractions.
It is worth noting that the two cruise ports are a mere 10 to 15 minutes (by taxi) apart. So really, all of the options below are open to you, regardless of which cruise port you dock at.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre
Those arriving into the Marina Bay Cruise Centre arrive closest to the city and some of its best visitor attractions. Meanwhile, Marina Bay is just a short hop in a taxi from the cruise port, and it's home to several top sights.
River cruises along the Singapore River leave from here, and they are a relaxing way to enjoy some leisurely sightseeing through the Colonial and Financial districts. You'll also pass nightlife areas Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Also in the Marina Bay area, you will find the iconic Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel. This is an excellent way to take in stunning 360-degree views over the city.
The ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands — Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands complex dominates the skyline here and is a one-stop entertainment destination in itself. The Shoppes at Marina Bay is one of the best shopping malls in Singapore. This mall houses more restaurants and food outlets than you could even need. Also within the complex you will find the excellent ArtScience Museum, which hosts an interesting range of world-class visiting exhibitions and a 24-hour casino.
If you feel the need to stretch your legs after the confines of life on the ship, then behind the Marina Bay Sands is the sprawling Gardens by the Bay. This 100-hectare park is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants, viewable from its many paths and suspended walkways,. The climate-controlled conservatories (Flower Dome and Cloud Forest) make for a welcome break from Singapore’s heat and humidity.
Harbourfront Cruise Center
Those arriving into the Harbourfront Cruise Center have the whole of Sentosa Island at their doorstep. The funnest way to get across to the island is by the Singapore Cable Car – a great way to get an aerial view of Singapore. It starts right at the Harbourfront Centre. The journey will first take you up Mount Faber - one of Singapore’s highest points and home to several bars and restaurants - and then take you on to Sentosa.
Once on Sentosa, you'll find there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Kids young and old will love Universal Studios, Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park, with its movie-themed roller coasters, rides and attractions. You'll also enjoy Adventure Cove Waterpark, with its waterslides, wave pools and inner tube rides.
Adventure Cove Waterpark — Photo courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa
Nature lovers should check out the S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. This place features over 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species, including manta rays, hammerhead sharks and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
You could chance your luck at the Resorts World Sentosa Casino, or simply head down to the beach where you can take a stroll along the sandy shores before choosing a beach bar for some sand-in-the-toes cocktail drinking.