Hot spots on the waves

Hot spots on the waves

One frequent floater, who goes on four cruises a year, claims that "the friends you make on a cruise become friends for life". Last November, three couples - complete strangers - met at the dining table of a Royal Caribbean International cruise and this November, we will meet to plan our next cruise.

We have this year shared a Chinese New Year meal, celebrated three birthdays, and had a National Day popiah dinner. So, some truth in that, then. Whether newly wed, long-in-the-tooth married, going steady or just going great as friends, a ship cruise is the ideal setting. For couples and singles to re-engage relationships and friendships, not to mention comradeship forged with new friends well met at sea.

(Did you notice the suffix "ship" in the above?) Picture yourselves on the bestequipped moveable island that every other day docks alongside the harbour of a fabled town or city.

Your "shore leave" could include a renown bah kut teh under a spreading tree in Port Klang; an invigorating foot massage on the beach in Phuket; shopping and slurping pho in Vietnam; checking out Michelinstarred dim sum in Hong Kong; being photo- bombed while you navigate between 1,001 bicycles in any square in China.

And back to your cabin at night, without a packing care in the world. Choose from the three-to-eight night cruises from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and China. It's a great-value-for-money package on board the Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas and its hallmark Gold Anchor Service.

Here's a tip: Sail during off-peak seasons between January to March next year for more attractive fares and better stateroom availability.

Think of this 15-deck-high cruise liner Mariner of the Seas as your own private haven.

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