Singapore's Best Tourist Attractions near the Cruise Terminals

Singapore’s two cruise terminals are well located, close to many of the city’s best tourist attractions. The Marina Bay Cruise Centre is just a short hop from the Singapore Flyer, the world’s tallest observation wheel, and a great place to take in 360-degree panoramic views across the city. Back at sea level, Singapore River Cruises run a fleet of traditional wooden bumboats that ferry tourists up the Singapore River to take in the sights of the Colonial District, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Jump aboard at the Merlion, just across the bay from the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel.


The Marina Bay Sands complex itself is home to the fabulous ArtScience Museum, which plays host to an impressive lineup of travelling exhibitions and also the Marina Bay Sands casino, if you’re feeling lucky.


Just a ten-minute cab ride from Marina Bay, the Harbourfront Cruise Centre also has its share of top attractions on its doorstep. Take a scenic ride aboard the Cable Car across to Sentosa Island and make your way to Resorts World Sentosa, home to several hotels, numerous restaurants, and four of our top ten attractions.


If you are travelling with children, then Universal Studios with its movie-themed rides and rollercoasters, and Marine Life Park, featuring the world’s largest aquarium and a water park with water slides and wave pools, should both be top of your list.


If all that sounds too energetic, then head to the ESPA spa for a few hours of pampering and relaxation amidst the tropical landscaping, and enjoy the vitality pools, Japanese onsen and Turkish Hammam. 


The historical opening of the Resorts World Sentosa Casino in February 2010 saw Singapore's 40-year ban on gaming come to an end. This 24-hour luxury casino features more than 500 gaming tables, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Roulette and Pontoon. More than 2,400 slot machines and electronic table games are also on offer including electronic Roulette, electronic Sic Bo and Rapid Baccarat. Entry to the Casino is strictly for Over-21s. Singaporeans and Permanent Resident are required to pay a $100 entry fee, although this fee is not extended to foreigners. Note that Smart Casual wear is required to enter the casino – no beach wear, flip flops, shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed.

The Marina Bay Sands Casino is an enormous luxury Casino, offering four levels of gaming over 15,000 square meters. Patrons can enjoy a wide variety of popular table games including roulette, blackjack, baccarat and sic bo, and slot machines featuring the latest games such as video poker, and electronic sic bo and roulette. With over 700 gaming tables and more than 2,500 slot machines you won't be spoiled for choice! Entry to the Casino is strictly for Over-21s. Singaporeans and Permanent Resident are required to pay a $100 entry fee, although this fee is not extended to foreigners. Note that Smart Casual wear is required to enter the casino – no beach wear, flip flops, shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed.

Mount Faber Cable Car

The Jewel Cable Car links Mount Faber to the Harbourfront Centre and Sentosa, and is one of the more pleasant ways to get an aerial view of Singapore. Start your journey at the Harbourfront Centre, and from here travel up to Mount Faber. Covered by a secondary rain forest, Mount Faber is one of the oldest parks in Singapore and is home to Faber Point, one of the highest points in Singapore. Faber Point is a leisurely 10-minute walk from the Cable Car landing station and provides panoramic views over the city to the north and over Sentosa and the surrounding islands to the south. Also on Mount Faber, you will find the Jewel Box bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink with a view before continuing on your journey. 
From Mount Faber it is a twelve-minute ride back through Harbourfront Centre and on to Sentosa, crossing Keppel Harbour at 90 metres above the water. Here you are rewarded with views over the harbour back towards the city and over the whole of Sentosa and beyond. Sentosa is often referred to as Singapore's playground, and there is plenty here to keep you amused if you have time to explore.


ESPA's Asian flagship spa is set in 10,000 square meters of lush tropical grounds within Resorts World Sentosa. The landscaped gardens, pools and ponds are set against a backdrop of sea views and jungle covered hillsides, with the grounds dotted with spacious pre- and post-treatment relaxation areas. A key highlight of the spa is Singapore's first authentic Turkish Hammam, a traditional heated bathhouse, where spa-goers can enjoy scrubs, masks and massages. Another crowd-pleaser is the two unisex Japanese onsen --outdoor pools of varying temperatures. The spa also features various indoor and outdoor heat and water experiences, including vitality pools fitted with air and water massage jets, icy plunge pools, crystal steam rooms and rock saunas, with separate areas for men and women. There are 24 treatment rooms, while two private spa suites and two beach villas offer the ultimate in pampering privacy. Other facilities include a Nail Studio, fully-equipped gym, a studio for yoga, pilates and meditation, and the Tangerine Spa Caf�.

The 100-hectare Gardens by the Bay is just a short walk from downtown Marina Bay, and is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants. Its many paths, suspended walkways, gardens and water features make for a tranquil getaway, while the climate-controlled conservatories make for a welcome break from Singapore's heat and humidity. Clusters of futuristic 'supertrees' dominate the park's landscape, standing at over 16 storeys high. These vertical gardens are covered with over 162,900 plants from more than 200 species and also collect rainwater, and generate solar power. Visitors can stroll along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway that connects the two 24-metre Supertrees at Supertree Grove, and take in the view of the gardens and the Singapore skyline. The highlights for many visitors are the two large armadillo-shaped conservatories, which house the Flower Dome (home to a changing collection of flowering plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions) and Cloud Forest (a journey through lush vegetation found at 1,000-2,000 metres above sea level) respectively. Other highlights include the Heritage Gardens, a collection of four themed gardens representing the history and culture of Singapore's three main ethnic groups and colonial past; and the Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes.

Marine Life Park promises a day of family fun in amongst the marine life. Visitors can choose from two ticketed attractions, allowing for wet or dry fun. Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A Aquarium) is the world's biggest aquarium, featuring over 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species, in over 60 million liters of water. Star attractions include manta rays, hammerhead sharks and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Adventure Cove Waterpark allows thrill seekers the opportunity to get wet and wild. Six waterslides include the Riptide Rocket, Southeast Asia's first hydro-magnetic roller coaster (a slide that takes riders upwards), while a wave pool and the 620m-long Adventure River inner tube ride add to the fun. More uniquely, and a first for the region, Adventure Cove Waterpark allows snorkeling amongst thousands of fish at Rainbow Reef.

Enter the world of movie magic at Southeast Asia's only Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World Sentosa. Divided into seven zones, including Far Far Away and Madagascar, visitors can expect to meet some of their favourite characters while having fun on the movie-themed rollercoasters, rides and attractions. Highlights include the Shrek 4-D Adventure, Madagascar: a Crate Adventure, Transformers The Ride - a hyper-realistic 3D thrill ride, and Battlestar Galactica - the world's tallest duelling roller coaster ride. There are several dining options within the theme park, or get your hand stamped to leave the premises for further options within Resorts World Sentosa.

The wooden bumboats that cruise the Singapore River used to carry cargo into the city from the ships anchored in the harbour. Today it is tourists who are transported up the river, taking in the surrounding sights and architectural variety. Singapore River Cruises have nine different jetties along the river, with a choice of two tours taking 40 minutes or 60 minutes. A good place to start is Merlion Park, where you can enjoy views across Marina Bay before heading up the river towards Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay (60 minute cruise only).

The ArtScience Museum within the Marina Bay Sands complex is a museum-cum-art-gallery hosting an impressive line-up of major international touring exhibitions, embracing a spectrum of influences from art and science; media and technology; and design and architecture Its 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000 square feet have housed exhibitions as diverse as Salvador Dali, The Titanic, National Geographic photographs and Mummy Secrets of the Tomb. The iconic museum building is nothing short of spectacular. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the iconic lotus design features 10 'fingers' or 'petals' each revealing different gallery spaces, with skylights illuminating the dramatically curved interior walls. The dish-like roof channels rainwater through the central atrium of the building, creating a 35-meter drop into a small reflecting pool – this rainwater is then recycled for use in the building's restrooms.

The Singapore Flyer is currently the world's largest observation wheel, at 165m tall - the height of a 42 storey building, or 31 male giraffes stacked on top of one another! Needless to say, the Singapore Flyer boasts some of the best views in town, and on a clear day you can see as far as Malaysia to the North and the islands of Indonesia to the South. The journey takes 30 minutes, and with each of the 28 capsules is about the size of a city bus there is plenty of room to walk around to choose your view. Other attractions at the Singapore Flyer include Fish Reflexology, a Flight Simulator, Rainforest Discovery and various food outlets and shops.


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