Phuket is a fabulous destination for a cruise vacation because it has something that will appeal to everybody. This exotic island features plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, resorts, untouched beaches, delicious Thai cuisine, and of course, all the fascinating highlights of the far east/southeast Asia. Phuket is a particularly appealing destination among snorkelers and scuba divers, as their waters are generally clear and make for an ideal underwater adventure. If you are fascinated by culture, you are certain to enjoy the many temples, museums, and shrines that are scattered throughout the city. Plus, there are many local markets where you can shop for unique souvenirs, including Buddha figures.
A great time to visit Phuket is between November and April.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Phuket, Thailand. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Phuket, Thailand. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Phuket, Thailand:
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Phuket, along with a brief description:
♦ Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Phuket is home to 36 pristine beaches, making it a dream destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. Thanks to its warm climate and clear waters, you’ll have a great chance at seeing the many different kinds of marine life that dwell off the coast. Among the best beaches in Phuket for snorkeling include Ao Sane Beach, Paradise Beach, and Laem Ka Beach. Scuba divers will love Kata Beach, Karon Not Beach, and Kamala Beach. If you’re planning on spending a few days before or after your cruise in Phuket, consider checking out the dive sites near the Phi Phi Islands.
♦ Shrines and Temples
Phuket is famous for its many shrines and temples, which you won’t find in typical cruising destinations such as Europe or the Caribbean. Among the most popular temples and shrines you can discover in the city include the Shrine of the Serene Light (dating back to 1891), Jui Tui Shrine (one of the oldest and most popular shrines dedicated to the Chinese gods), Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham (a large Buddhist temple), and the shrine at Monkey Hill (a nice hiking hill with an observation platform and home to local monkeys. The shrine is located at the bottom of the hill).
There are many markets that you can browse while spending time in Phuket! Best of all, you can combine many of your market visits with other attractions, making it easy to see as much of the city as you can. For example, a weekly market is held every Sunday on Thalang Road, which is part of Phuket’s “Old Town” section. The Phuket Indy Market is located on Dibuk Road, and features live performances, customized souvenirs, and Thai street food vendors. Another popular shopping destination is Chillva Market, where you can also catch live performances (though they are presented in Thai). Since this market caters more towards locals than tourists, it’s a great opportunity to really get a feel for local life.
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