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Overview

Singapore is a diverse island nation, located in Southeast Asia. There are actually 63 islands in Singapore, including the Singapore mainland. Although it's an island, there are bridges that connect Singapore to Malaysia. The majority of the population is of Chinese origin. What makes Singapore stand apart from much of Southeast Asia is that despite the fact that it's a densely populated country, it's still a very safe place to be and is extremely clean, making it a wonderful place to vacation. Singapore is particularly well known for its great shopping, dining and nightlife.

The earliest records of inhabitants of Singapore dates all the way back to the second century AD. The western world became more aware of this region after, in 1819, the British East India Company started a trading post on the island (near the then major settlement area and fishing village, Malay). From that point in time Singapore became a major place along the spice route. Eventually this area became one of the British Empire's major military and commercial centres. Singapore was taken over by Japan (initially during World War II) for over 3 years, then went back to British rule. It also became a part of Malaysia for a bit, and eventually became an independent republic (in 1965).

In what used to be a rainforest-filled island, the only primary rainforest left (as a result of urbanization throughout Singapore) is Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

At about 85 miles north of the equator, Singapore (not surprisingly) has a quite tropical climate. High humidity and lots of rain are typical of Singapore. The hottest months of the year are June and July, while November and December are considered to be monsoon season.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Singapore:
Africa & Middle East
Asia
Australia
Europe
World Cruises


Cruise Lines Departing Here

Azamara Cruises
Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Holland America Line
P&O Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean
Seabourn Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises



Currency
The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Malay, Mandarin (Chinese) and Tamil. English is the administrative language of Singapore. Most of the locals, especially those involved in tourism, will speak English.


Tourist Attractions
Getting around Singapore is very easy, as there is a nice mass transit system there, and well as tons of taxis, to take you wherever you need to go.

Downtown Singapore, known as the Downtown Core, is located by the mouth of the Singapore River. It's an urban area filled with various attractions. Raffles Place, the financial center of Singapore, is located in this area. It's where some of the tallest buildings in Singapore are located. Also in this area is the Merlion, a famous statue and icon of the city. It's a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is a waterside theatre (located along Marina Bay), used for the performing arts.

The Parliament House of Singapore is a cultural landmark that is home to the Parliament of Singapore. It's located in the Civic District of the Downtown Core.

The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. It's located in the Orchard Road area, one of the main shopping and entertainment areas in Singapore. In fact, Orchard Road is one of this country's main tourist attractions. At night this area is elaborately lit up and attracts tons of people. Located in this area is Plaza Singapura, a major shopping centre. There are also many upscale restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in this area. Ngee Ann City is the largest shopping mall in this area. Many high-end name-brand boutiques can be found in this area, including Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vutton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Fendi and TAG Heuer. In addition to that, the largest bookstore in Southeast Asia (Books Kinokuniya) can be found there.

The Singapore Cable Car links Mount Faber, on the main island, to the resort island of Sentosa (by crossing the Keppel Harbour). While riding in the cable car you're sure to enjoy a fabulous aerial view of the surrounding area. Attractions in Sentosa include beautiful beaches, Fort Siloso (a for that was used during World War II, but now functions as a museum), two golf courses, The Butterfly Park, Underwater World (which includes Dolphin Lagoon) and two five-star hotels.


Port Location
The Singapore Cruise Centre (known as SCC) is where many cruise ships will dock in Singapore. Larger ships will have to dock at a container ship pier instead. The SCC is about 15 minutes (driving) to downtown Singapore. Nothing of significance to tourists is within walking distance of this area.
 
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