Want to see Asia, but not really up for the research? After all, while this may be a trip that gets more resources than your average summer vacation, you may — with all the wedding planning going on — have even less time to plan. And that's where a multi-country Asia tour starts to sound way too complicated. Here's a potential solution: What about a cruise? We recently took a cruise from Japan to Taiwan and Hong Kong on Oceania Cruises' Nautica and it dawned on us immediately: Now this would make a great honeymoon. Here are five reasons why a cruise does a great job of simplifying an otherwise hard-to-plan trip:
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1. You just need two flights.
To plan a proper multi-country trip, you need lots of little flights or train tickets to get yourself around. But, with a cruise, you just need to fly into your embarkation port and out of your disembarkation port and the ship will take you around.
2. You can leave the planning to the cruise line.
If wedding planning really does have you in the weeds, you can book the flights and the cruise — and, say, a hotel on either end — and leave the rest of the coordinating (like what to do in each port) until you're about to leave, or even on the flight over. Once onboard, you can choose the shore excursions that suit your tastes best.
3. There will be sea days that provide forced relaxation.
You may want to run around and see everything you possibly can, but Asia countries are a bit spread out, and they'll be a few sea days on your sailing. (A nine-day cruise on Nautica there is a whopping three.) Take advantage of them: Sleep in, go to the spa, hit the gym, stretch out by the pool. Chances are the weeks leading up to the wedding were nuts, so you've earned a little relaxation.
4. You can keep to yourselves, or make new friends.
If you want to dine alone, the maitre d' will give you a table for two at every meal. But, if you start feeling social, all you have to say is, "Who wants company?" and he'll play matchmaker and set you up at a table with other folks he thinks you'll enjoy. The best part: You'll never have nothing in common with them, since you can always talk about the trip.
5. There are lots of itineraries to cruise from.
Asia cruises have become more popular in recent years, and the options of where you can go have exploded. You can start in India and end in Singapore, or do as we did and sail from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Vietnam and Singapore are options, and cruises often offer overland tours to Cambodia, the Great Wall, or other key sites for those who want to see them. You can see as much or as little as you like — it's up to you. Heck, some people choose to skip some ports and just stay on the ship, but we wouldn't advise it. We suffer from too much FOMO for that!