Drifting Eastward

Major cruise lines are increasing their presence in Asia, adding ships, sailings, and ports of call.

Crystal Serenity's new route (map by Newhouse Design)

Royal Caribbean When Rhapsody of the Seas departs from Singapore in December, it'll be the biggest ship in Asia. Itineraries--from weekend island hops to 12-night voyages--will include stops in Kuala Lumpur and Phuket. 866/562-7625,, from $299.

Princess Cruises A six-night Thailand and Cambodia land tour has been added to the Bangkok sailings on the 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess and the Diamond Princess. 800/774-6237,, from $2,145.

Star Cruises The Asia-Pacificbased operator has a new ship, SuperStar Aquarius, sailing out of Hong Kong, with ports of call in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. At 13 stories, it's the biggest ship based in Hong Kong. 888/666-1888,, from $625.

Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity will do two-week cruises between Singapore and Hong Kong next spring, with stops in Thailand and Vietnam. 888/722-0021,, $6,785.

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