Far East

The term ‘The Far East’ originates from the time of the British Empire when it meant everywhere east of India. Most European nations have a version of the term Far East. It is now more commonly used to denote cultural differences – so Australia and New Zealand, which are a long way east, but very western in their outlook and customs, are never brought under this umbrella.

In cruise ship terms, the Far East refers to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Taiwan and South East Asia. In general terms, the best times to visit are the spring and autumn – but this is a vast area, and weather conditions will vary. If you travel on a large ship, you may also find that you have to berth in container ports, which are between 30 minutes, and 2 hours drive from the main cities. Bear this in mind when planning your visits. Use our Savvy Guides below to help you decide the best way to get about.

Click here for Beijing

Click here for Hong Kong

Click here for Shanghai

Click here for Singapore

Click here for Taipei