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Cruises to Kota Kinabalu

The best word to describe Kota Kinabalu is “exotic.” For seasoned travelers, it is a refreshing change from modern cities that are filled with museums, restaurants, art galleries and the like. For instance, you could visit a local village and watch blowpipe making instead of learning about it through an exhibit. A thriving tourist city of Maylasia, Kota Kinabalu is filled with natural beauty, friendly locals, local culture, villages wildlife, hot springs, and more. There is even a private island resort for those who still want to experience a “traditional” vacation of water sports, white-sand beaches and upscale dining.

A great time to visit Kota Kinabalu is between January and March, when the weather is relatively cool and dry.

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Destinations for Cruises to Kota Kinabalu

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Kota Kinabalu. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Kota Kinabalu

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Kota Kinabalu. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Kota Kinabalu:

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Mainstream Cruise Lines

Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.

Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.

Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.

During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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Premium Cruise Lines

These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.

Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.

These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

Azamara
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  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 4 (684 - 702 Guests)
  • Select Spirits, Beer & Wines Include
  • Gratuities Included
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 30 (2,052 - 5,362 Guests)
  • Budget Friendly
  • Great Youth Program
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 2 (606 - 740 Guests)
  • Complimentary nonalcoholic beverages
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Holland America Line
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  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 11 (1,432 - 2,668 Guests)
  • Inspired Cuisine
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  • Mainstream Cruise Line
  • Ships: 20 (1,936 - 4,266 Guests)
  • Freestyle Cruising
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Oceania Cruises
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  • Ships: 8 (684 - 1,250 Guests)
  • Gourmet Cuisine
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 6 (490 - 750 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive, Ultra-Luxury
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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  • Luxury Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (264 - 600 Guests)
  • Open Bars Throughout the Ship
  • All Dining Venues are Complimentary
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Silversea Cruises
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  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
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Things to do near Kota Kinabalu

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Kota Kinabalu, along with a brief description:

♦ Mount Kinabalu

At 13,000 feet above sea level, Mount Kinabalu overlooks Kota Kinabalu and is home to much of Malaysia’s unique plant life. Located right in Kinabalu National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), you can easily access this mountain and take a hike up it yourself. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views! If you have time, you can even spend the night on the mountain and catch the sunrise in the morning – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

♦ Green Connection Aquarium

If you’re taking a cruise from Kota Kinabalu with young children (or if you’re just fascinated by marine life), then you definitely don’t want to skip over the Green Connection Aquarium. This is a great way to spend some time in town before or after your cruise. Not only can you get up close with local marine life, there are many interactive exhibits where you can get a closer look at fish, snakes, sharks, and more!

♦ Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market

Kota Kinabalu is a great place to shop for local handmade goods! They make for some great souvenirs to remember your cruise by. Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market (sometimes referred to as Pasar Filipino), sells everything from pearls, wood crafts, textiles, clothing and handmade accessories. Be prepared to bargain with the vendors to get a great price on your goods. Located right along the waterfront, this is a perfect place to pick up some memories to hang onto forever.

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