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About Beijing to Singapore

You don’t want to miss this cruise through some of the best cities in Asia aboard Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas! From Beijing to Singapore, the sites will dazzle you and the food will impress. Ancient sites, stunning views and delicious bites – Oh My!

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Embark on a journey, with STI, and discover why Asia is taking over the travel world! Our cruise begins in Beijing; a city that offers ancient sites along with beautiful modern architecture. We strongly encourage you to come in early, as one day is not enough, to take in the thriving atmosphere or visit the Great Wall of China. Explore Fukoaka Castle, in Fukoaka and beach lovers will want to relax at Momomochi Seaside Park. Stroll along Jiufen Old Street, in Taipei, and try one of the family-owned noodle shops for lunch or purchase a tea set and tea at one of the many tea houses. Take the scenic cable ride up to Victoria Park, in Hong Kong, for stunning views of the harbor and mountains. When we get to the port, between Hue and Danang, head to Danang and hike up the Son Tra Mountain or walk the Imperial Battlements of Citadel, in Hue. Ho Chi Minh City offers the chance to see the tigers and elephants, in the 130-yr old Saigon Zoo, or tour the War Remnants Museum. Singapore is our last stop and this beautiful, rich and clean city will not disappoint. Stroll the Victorian Botanical Garden, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take advantage of the world class shopping.

STI brings an intimate feel to the large ship vacation with special, exclusive and private, singles only events. Make new friends, meet potential partners and enjoy your getaway in Asia. Our STI members ARE the party and make our unique vacations a life changing experience!

Inclusive Features:

    • 12 Nights Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the the Seas
    • Visit these exciting ports: Beijing, China; Fukuoka, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; Hue/Danang, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Singapore.
    • 6 Sumptuous Meals Daily in the 3 story Main Dining Room, Windjammer Cafe and Specialty Dining Restaurants
    • Specialty Dining at Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, Chops Grille, Izumi, Chef’s Table and more!
    • 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
    • 4 Pools and 10 Jacuzzis
    • Flowrider – Surf Simulator
    • Ripcord by Ifly
    • State-of-the-Art Show Lounges
    • Entertainment place, a contemporary night club district where more intimate venues cater to different preferences like Casino Royale, the largest casino at sea, Salsa Dancing, Piano Sing-Alongs, Club DJs, Live Bands, Theme Nights and Guest Entertainers.
    • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center & Elemis Signature spa treatments
    • Royal Promenade: Shop til you drop at Kate Spade, Bulgari and Cartier, and more.
    • Push Your Limits on the Rock Climbing Wall- Your STI Concierge Team is on site to Cheer You On!
    • The Solarium: Your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
    • Themed bar and lounges
    • Captain’s Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner

EXCLUSIVE SINGLES TRAVEL FEATURES:

  • STI Concierge Team service assures that you get the most from your “big ship” cruise experience. With all the innovation and what seems like so many things to do, so many dining choices, leave it to us, your Quantum EXPERTS.**(see below)
  • OPTIONAL 3 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGE IN BEIJING
  • OPTIONAL, ALA CARTE SPECIALTY DINNER & SHOW RESERVATIONS COORDINATED ONBOARD BY STI CONCIERGE SO THAT YOU DINE & PLAY WITH OTHER SINGLES*
  • WELCOME ABOARD ICE BREAKER PARTY WITH COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE DRINK
  • BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
  • COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, 70s Dance Party, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Adventure Team Sport Events, Golf Tournament, Ice Cream Social, Pub Crawl, Ladies Night at the Spa, Meet the Captain and Dine with the Officers.
  • HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes will be announced before your cruise so you have plenty of time to prepare!
  • CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
  • FAREWELL PARTY
  • MEETUP IN EACH PORT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS TO GET TOGETHER BEFORE GOING ASHORE
  • OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT POST CRUISE PACKAGE IN SINGAPORE
  • OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT
  • PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES OF $447 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARE
  • PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY CHAT FOR THIS TOUR – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
  • SPECIAL ATTENTION FROM SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL CONCIERGE**(see below)
  • GREAT TIMES WITH MATURE SINGLES IN YOUR AGE RANGE!

*STI will provide each member with a Singles Travel International Activities Calendar so that you are prepared once you board. STI reserves the same shows for our group and specialty restaurant reservations will be taken at our Welcome Aboard meeting.

**Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Fri, Oct 4:  Optional Beijing Pre-Cruise Package Arrivals w/ Group Transfer to Hotel
Sat, Oct 5:  Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, Beijing Hutong and Temple of Heaven
Sun, Oct 6:  Mutianvu Great Wall and Summer Palace
Mon, Oct 7:  Beijing (Tianjin), China – Cruise Package Arrivals  
Tue, Oct 8:  At Sea  
Wed, Oct 9:  Fukuoka, Japan – 12:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Thu, Oct 10:  At Sea
Fri, Oct 11:  Taipei, Taiwan – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct 12:  At Sea
Sun, Oct 13:  Hong Kong, China – 7:00 AM
Mon, Oct 14:  Hong Kong, China – 2:00 AM
Tue, Oct 15:  Hue/Danang, Vietnam – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed, Oct 16:  At Sea
Thu, Oct 17:  Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 18:  At sea
Sat, Oct 19:  Singapore – 6:00 AM – Cruise Package Ends OR Add on our Post Cruise Package in Singapore!
Sun, Oct 20:  Singapore – Singapore Half Day Tour
Mon, Oct 21:  Singapore- Post Cruise Package Ends – Depart, on your own, at any time
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Cruise Departs: Monday, October 7, 2019
Return: Saturday, October 19 2019

OPTIONAL BEIJING PRE CRUISE PACKAGE – OCTOBER 4-7, 2019

October 4, 2019

Upon arrival at Beijing International Airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your checked bags. You are greeted by an English speaking tour guide, holding a welcome sign, and transferred to Jianguo Hotel. The first evening is ours to discover Beijing and enjoy a buffet dinner at the hotel!

October 5, 2019

This morning, enjoy an included breakfast at the hotel before our pickup, at 8:30 AM. Today we will visit Tianamen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Beijing Hutong.

Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On the north side of the square is Tiananmen Gate (the Rostrum). It was from the balcony of the Rostrum, on October 1, 1949, where Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), directly behind the Rostrum, was home to 24 emperors beginning with its creation by Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived including 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all within 170 acres. We will break for lunch, in a local restaurant, before continuing on to Beijing Hutong.

Beijing Hutong are lanes or alleys formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Most of them were built during the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1908) dynasties surrounding the Forbidden City. Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of hutong life. We will also have the chance to take a man-powered rickshaw and visit the ancient Beijing Hutong.

The Temple of Heaven is a sequence of temples and altars set in a park. Twice a year, during imperial times, the emperor and a magnificent procession of some 1,000 eunuchs, courtiers, and ministers would leave the Forbidden City for the temple. At the winter solstice, he expressed thanks for the previous harvest, and on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year, he begged the gods of sun and moon, clouds and rain, and thunder and lightning to bless the coming harvest.

After our exploring, we will transfer back to the hotel, and the rest of the evening is yours to spend in Beijing!

October 6, 2019

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will be picked up at 8:30 AM for todays’ adventures. First, we will have the chance to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the world!

Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huairou County, about 45 miles from Beijing. The Great Wall enjoys a long history and is part of the glorious culture of China. It connects Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. The wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 557). After we stroll along the wall, and learn of it’s great history, we will break for lunch at a local restaurant (included) before we head to the Summer Palace.

The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world. In the 18th century, Emperor Qianlong enlarged and embellished it, only to abandon it a few years later. The grounds today are stunning, as is the lovely Kunming Lake, which occupies more than three quarters of the total area. We will enjoy a boat ride along the Kunming Lake and, after the scenic ride, walk the Long Corridor, a 728-metre (well over 2000-foot) hall featuring 8,000 paintings that were collected by the Emperor during his travels around the country.

This afternoon, we will transfer back to the hotel and the last evening is ours to enjoy at leisure.

October 7, 2019

Breakfast is included, at the hotel, before our pickup at 9:00 AM, for our 3 hour, private, transfer to board the Quantum of the Seas.


 Beijing (Tianjin), China

Welcome to China’s massive capital city, Beijing! Despite the fact that this city has been around for 3 millennia, and is home to many ancient sites, it is also known for its modern architecture. If you add an extra night or arrive early enough in the day, you can visit one of the greatest wonders of the world; the Great Wall of China. It is located about an hour and a half outside of town and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the adventure junkies, try climbing to the top of Widow’s Peak, which is the highest point on this portion of the wall, and snap some photos of the whole city!

Another fabulous tourist site is the Grand Forbidden City. It is located in the center of Beijing and home to the Imperial Palace which served the Emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. You could also head over to Tianamen Square and tour the Mao Zedong Mausoleum or the National Museum of China.

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a section of the city that is begging to be explored. With it’s historical villas and horse-drawn carraiges, our history buffs can truly feel as if they are going back in time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin.

Our foodies can follow their nose to find a mouth-watering goubuli; a steamed bun, stuffed with chicken, and served with sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Have a sweet tooth? Try a ma hau; fried dough twisted and deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, a historic port city, is where cultural imports from the Asian mainland were introduced to Japan. Here, you can visit the ruins of Fukuoka Castle, surrounded by the fragrant and beautiful cherry blossoms in Maizuru Park, or explore the first Zen Buddhist Temple in Japan, at Shofukuji. The tranquil grounds are perfect for reflection and meditation. Our beach lovers can venture down Momochi Seaside Park, a long artificial beach along the waterfront. The modern skyscrapers, behind you, and the forest-covered mountains, in the distance, provide breathtaking views.

For more stunning views of the coastal city; visit the 768-foot Fukuoka Tower and admire the city, from above, before getting in touch with the city’s local history at the Fukuoka City Museum. This is home to the Gold Seal, a national treasure linked to the foundations of Japan as a country.

Fukuoka is also the perfect place for noodle lovers as it took ramen, a Chinese original, and added its hearty tonkotsu broth, which is made from long simmered pork bones. We recommend it with beer, or sake, at an outdoor yatai stand.

For the perfect souvenir, pick up an, internationally renowned, Hakata ningyo, which date all the way back to the 17th century! Shogetsudo, in the Nakasu district, offers a wide selection of the elaborately painted, and remarkably lifelike, ceramic dolls. You can even create your own!

Taipei, Taiwan

Take the short trip from Keelung into Taipei and learn about the early days of the Qing Dynasty, at Long Shan Temple. Then head to picturesque Jiufen Old Street, lined with quaint, traditional buildings, distinctive red lanterns and surrounded by stunning views of mountains and the bay. Stroll along the street where you will find small, family run shops serving fish ball soup with vermicelli noodles, as well as several tea houses. Purchase delicate tea sets and hand-made tea leaves to bring home and brew your own Taiwanese tea.

You will feel as if you have landed on the moon when you step in to Ho Ping Island Park. Explore the coastal terrain, admire the unique rock structures that were carved over thousands of years of erosion and listen to the waves crash against the shore.

Baimiweng Fort is the perfect place to snap your photos of the Northern Taiwan coast and enjoy the breeze coming off the sea. Take in the views of the boats, from the fort’s three stations, which once safeguarded the Keelung Harbor.

Zhongzheng Park is home to tennis courts, a skating rink and a beautiful Buddhist Temple. Climb to the top of the hill and see Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy statue, before stopping on your way back down to admire the Statue of Confucius and the Buddhist Temple.

Our foodies should wander the Taipei markets for traditional Taiwanese street food. Fill up on lu rou fan, braised minced pork over rice, or niu rou mien, a bowl of noodles topped with tender braised beef and served in comforting beef broth. Cool down with pao pao bing, a sweet flavored type of ice cream, or try liu sha, a golden-fried donut filled with sweet, eggy custard.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is a vibrant, and densely populated, city with a skyscraper-studded skyline. It is a major Global Financial Hub and port and features architectural landmarks in the business district, like the I.M Pei’s Bank of China. Well known for it’s bespoke tailors, and Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination.

Begin your day with a scenic cable car ride up to Victoria Peak, an 1,800 ft mountain. The views of the city, harbor and mountains are breathtaking and shouldn’t be missed. Take advantage of the cooler air, and drop in humidity, at the top and venture down some hiking trails. The Star Ferry is another great, inexpensive way to view the harbor. The tour stops at three piers, in a circular route, between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

Stanley Harbour, a fishing village on Repulse Bay, is located on the other side of Hong Kong Island and will give you a different taste of Hong Kong. Wander down the lovely seaside walk, visit the famous street market or stroll the boardwalk and snap some pictures, of the fishing boats, from the beaches.

Foodies will enjoy trying Hong Kong’s famous dim sum; a meal of variously selected, bite-sized foods. Share a table, with new friends, and choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. While it is traditionally eaten for brunch, you will easily be able to find it at other hours. Look for a restaurant serving a lot of locals, as this is a sign of good quality and prices.

Our serious shoppers should check out the many malls and shops of Causeway Bay. Head to the Central District, for upscale designer clothes and shoes, or stroll the antique dealers in the markets, along Cat Street, for local bamboo handicrafts, unique handmade jewelry, ornaments and poetry inscribed paintings.

*The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn’t great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.

Hue/Danang, Vietnam

After arriving at Chan May, take the one-hour drive south to Danang. Here, you can hike up the beautiful, verdant Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain and check out pink-hued Danang Cathedral. Head to the Son Tra Linh pagoda to see Lady Buddha, Vietnam’s tallest statue, believed to guard the city and its fishermen. Looking for something more relaxing? Relax or take a swim at China Beach, one of Vietnam’s most picturesque beaches.

Another Option is to head north, to Hue, less than 90 minutes from port, where you can admire the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda (Vietnam’s tallest religious building). Walk among Imperial Battlements at the Citadel where past emperors ruled until giving up the throne to Ho Chi Minh’s communist government. It is still being restored from damage by the French, in 1947, and by the Americans in the 1968 Tet Offensive. The imposing gates, halls and moat provide a feel for old, imperial life. Along the Perfume River, explore ancient tombs of the emperors, like the tomb of Tu Duc, which was designed to be used by him when he was still alive as well as after death. Admire pavilions, elephant statues, thrones and other royal artifacts.

The traditional dish of Banh Beo can be experienced in both Danang and Hue. The steamed rice cakes are served in small bowls and topped with shrimp, mung bean paste and scallions. A salty fish sauce is served, on the side, for dipping. Foodies should also look for banh khaoi; a crispy crepe stuffed with savory pork belly and shrimp.

Looking for a traditional Vietnamese souvenir or gift? Conical Vietnamese hats, called non bai tho, are available everywhere and, in Hue, the hat makers often put poems and drawings of the city inside the hat.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

When you arrive, take a port shuttle into the city to explore. Catch a water bus, from park Cong Vien Cang Du Lich Bach Dang, for a river tour of the city or escape to the Botanical Gardens and 130-year-old Saigon Zoo. Here you can wander the vast green park, filled with bonsai trees and orchids, before checking out the exotic lizards, elephants and tigers at the attached zoo.

Our history buffs can visit the War Remnants Museum, in District 3, to experience the sobering exhibits that detail the realities of war and check out the immaculate tanks and planes outside (please note, the museum is closed, daily, from 12-1:30 pm). You can also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, just outside of town, to learn how the Viet Cong moved underground.

District 1 is home to the ultra modern Bitexco Tower, with it’s sky deck and extending helipad, as well as the actively used Jade Emperor Pagoda. While in this district, you can see the 1975 time capsule of the Reunification Palace where a North Vietnamese Tank drove through it’s gate, ending the Vietnam War.

Ho Chi Minh City is also the birthplace of the popular Vietnamese dish, Pho. The soup is made with a rich, long-simmered broth that is flavored with cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and other spices. You can also feast on a banh mi sandwich with pork, pickled vegetables and herbs, on a crusty baguette, or try banh tam bi; thick noodles and pork in a coconut cream sauce.

Singapore

Singapore is an incredibly clean city with, virtually, zero crime. It is a global financial center with a madly chaotic welter of peoples and cultures, all drawn here in pursuit of the almighty Singapore dollar. The spires atop the skyscrapers point to the sky, resembling a giant bar graph. It’s colonial core centers around the lush green lawns of the Padang Cricket Club and is surrounded by grand buildings like the 18 Corinthian Columned City Hall. Visit the Raffles Hotel and try the famous Singapore Sling, the national cocktail of the country, originally created in 1915 or Emerald Hill, with its charming pavilioned pre-war homes. Stroll among 250 different types of ginger at Victorian Botanical garden; the only tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover the city’s Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street or its Chinese character, and food, in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city’s Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore. For panoramic views of the city’s beautiful skyline, head to the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands or to the symbolic Merlion Statue, on the other side of the bay.

Shopper’s will consider themselves in paradise wandering through the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road but don’t forget to check out some of the city’s ethnic neighborhoods for truly special, and unique, souvenirs. Chopsticks, lacquerware, incense and South India dolls are just a few of the popular items you can look for in Chinatown or Little India.

OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT: Available 6 months prior to departure.

BOOK EARLY TO GET LOWEST FARES

Please schedule your flight to arrive in Beijing (PEK) before 11:00 AM on October 7 (transfer to port can take 3 hours) and depart after 12 noon from Singapore (SIN) on October 19.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Royal Caribbean without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.


OPTIONAL SINGAPORE POST CRUISE PACKAGE – October 19-21, 2019

October 19, 2019 

This morning, we will be picked up, at the port, and transferred to Park Hotel Clarke Quay. The first day is ours to begin exploring Singapore!

October 20, 2019 (B, D)

This morning enjoy breakfast at your leisure before our pickup, at 9:00 AM, for our Cultural Half Day Tour.

Singapore has a diverse population of over 5 million people, made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and Eurasians and Asians of different origins, which is in line with the nation’s history as a crossroads for various ethnic and racial groups. Experience the various cultures come alive before our eyes as we explore the nooks and crannies of each ethnic heritage enclave by turns.

At Kampong Glam, admire the quiet majesty of the Sultan’s Mosque, with its unmistakable golden dome. Explore colorful food eateries and browse through old-fashioned shops selling batiks, carpets, rattan basket-ware and exotic perfumes. Take a stroll along Arab Street, which was well known as a textile haven in the 1950s and 1960s. We’ll find bales of silk, batik, lace, organza and other materials available, with customization and tailoring services offered. Bring home a ready-made traditional or modern Malay costume or browse through the endless variety of traditional games, such as the Congkak (a game involving marbles and a wooden board), carpets, antiques and rattan handicrafts such as wicker baskets to spruce up your home.

Travel to the heart of Chinatown and experience the old, and new, tradition in the rows of streets and traditional shops. These shophouses have been restored into tempting eateries, teahouses and shops selling Oriental arts, crafts and souvenirs as well as traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Visit the stunning Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest, and perhaps the most active, Hindu temple in the city. Built in 1827, it is dedicated to the goddess Sri Mariamman, who was known to help heal people from diseases.

Little India completes the cultural kaleidoscope, with its bustling streets, aromatic and exotic spices, colorful flower-garland shops, vegetable vendors and busy curry houses. Our tour will end at Tekka Centre; part wet market, part food centre and part shopping mall, where several ethnic communities converge to create a multicultural shopping fiesta. The centre is used by Chinese vendors, Indian stall owners and Malay retailers who sell everything from casual clothing, hardware tools, and religious paraphernalia to traditional Indian fashion and watches.

After our exploring, we will transfer back to the hotel, and the rest of the afternoon allows us free time on our own or with new friends!

We are in for a real treat this evening, with pick up at 5:30 PM and dinner at Indochine at SuperTree. Situated at the top of the iconic Supertree, IndoChine serves a sumptuous blend of Indochinese and Western cuisines, complete with a wide selection of beverages, cocktails, beers and wine (beverages at own expense). It is the perfect atmosphere to soak in stunning, unobstructed views of nature’s best, on one side, and Singapore’s iconic cityscape on the other; a truly delightful way to end our journey in this luxurious city.

October 21, 2019 (B)

Breakfast is at our leisure, at the hotel, before check out and transfer, on own, to airport.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Singapore. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

FAQs

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
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UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after June 7, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

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Chinese Visa is also mandatory, see our FAQ – “Do I need passport and/or Visa?” for information on how to obtain.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

INSURANCE:
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and we sent you a quote regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard’s professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today if you have not received your Travel Guard quote or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

FINAL PREPARATION
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The cruise departs from Beijing (PEK) on October 7, 2019 and ends in Singapore (SIN) on October 19, 2019. Therefore the cruise is 12 nights/13 days.

Add our 3 Night Beijing Pre Cruise package for more fun and peace of mind, or extend your vacation with our 2 night Post Cruise Package, in Singapore. Click Price My Trip or Book Now to add to your cruise.

Note: Flights from North America must depart on October 6 in some cases in order to arrive in Beijing on October 7. Your return flight is the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 13 nights/14 days (first night on airplane). Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares. Please ask us if you would like an air quote.

Yes, we offer a pre cruise package in Beijing just for that reason.  Our surveys show that members arriving early have a more rewarding experience. 
Click “Price My Trip or Book Now” to reserve your space.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Beijing. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

If you choose to reserve the cruise only and manage your own flights, transportation between the airport and ship is not included in the price. Please be advised the transfer from Beijing to the Cruise Port is around 3 hours and can be expensive. We highly recommend booking our pre-cruise package and coming in early for peace of mind. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you at an additional cost (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Please schedule your flight to arrive in Beijing (PEK), before 11:00 a.m. on October 7 and depart after 12:00 p.m. from Singapore (SIN) on October 19.

Members taking advantage of our pre cruise packages will have transfer included from the hotel to the ship on October 7. For transfer to the hotel, we recommend purchasing our transfer or Click Here to book a shuttle on your own.

Post your flight arrival info on the STI chat for this tour and you may find another guest on your same flights!

STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Beijing, which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the “Price My Trip” Tab for details and to make your reservation.

If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information”, including transportation and how to meet up with the group, will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by June 7, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to call our office with your payment details, prior to due date, to protect your reservation. If you make a reservation after June 7, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation. STI fees will apply in addition to the cruise line price and range from $120-$300 based on the length of the cruise and our expenses to create our enjoyable, singles only program.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between June 7 and July 6, 2019 – $450 penalty applies.

*Between July 7 and August 6, 2019 – 75% penalty applies.

*After August 7, 2019 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

Please schedule your flight to arrive in Beijing (PEK), before 11:00 a.m. on October 7 and depart after 12:00 p.m. from Singapore (SIN) on October 19. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you at an additional cost (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made).

*Please be advised the transfer from Beijing to the Cruise Port is around 3 hours and can be expensive. We highly recommend booking our pre-cruise package and coming in early for peace of mind.

Members taking advantage of our pre cruise packages will have transfer included from the hotel to the ship on October 7.

Post your flight arrival info on the STI chat for this tour and you may find another guest on your same flights!

You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), shore tours, casino gambling, shopping and gratuities to ship and Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering shore excursions provided by Royal Caribbean and have based our selection on the responses from our member surveys.  Click BOOK NOW to add our Singles Only Group excursions after Friday, June 7.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by June 7, 2019. Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found.

Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Royal Caribbean. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 120 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Embarkation and cabin check-in is from 11:30 AM-4:30 PM. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Concierge.

If you are planning on adding our pre cruise package, our STI Concierge will coordinate the group transfer at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Monday, from our hotel, and this service is included in our package.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our weekly STI Program. We reserve late (second) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. Late (second) dining is generally served at 8:30 p.m. and varies by cruise line. If you desire to dine at early (first) seating, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose late (second) seating and by selecting early (first) seating, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.

In addition, there are generally several ala carte, themed restaurants with and without a fee. Singles Travel International reserves tables of 8 for every night. You may sign up for those options, and therefore enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship.

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

October is one of the best months to travel to this part of Asia; drier and cooler weather is great for touring! The locals call this month “golden October” because of the good weather conditions. October has cool days (mid to upper 60s) and nights (low 50s), and autumn colors begin to appear across the country and generally grow to their best at the end of the month.

YES! All travelers require a valid passport, good for 6 months from your return date, and visa to enter China.

STI recommends the services of CIBT, your one-stop shop to acquiring the correct visa on time.   Click here to get started. Then choose Visa to China from the home page.

1. Passports must have a sufficient number of unused pages (4) for endorsements (visas) abroad and they must also be valid for at least six months past the projected stay.

2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo – READ VISA APPLICATION GUIDELINES

3. One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached

Click here to download the Chinese Tourist Visa application.

4. A copy of your round trip airline ticket and hotel reservation.  Submit the invoice sent to you from STI along with your airline ticket conformation.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for required documentation. Please check with your local consulate for any needed passports or visas for entry into each country on our itinerary.

There is no baggage limit onboard ship.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

There are 2 formal evenings during our cruise and most guests dress accordingly. Gents in jacket and tie or tuxedo and ladies in a gown or dressy evening attire. The remainder of the evenings are resort wear such as slacks and collared shirt for men and dresses, slacks and blouse for ladies. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Flip flops and tropical shirts/sun dresses
– Beer coozie/Travel/thermal coffee cup for the day after
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear. Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

The currency used in China is the Chinese Yuan, also known as the Renminbi (RMB).

The currency used in Japan is the Japanese Yen.

The currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar.

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong.

The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar.

Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and money.cnn.com/markets/currencies.

Currency Exchange: Most hotels and major restaurants in big cities will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops, restaurants and aboard the Quantum of the Seas. American Express is not widely accepted, so we recommend that you leave it at home.

[Read More about Money in China]

All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, which can be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement which may be reviewed at any time on your interactive TV in the cabin.

No inoculations are required for travel to Asia. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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After more than 15 years in the travel industry, in 2012 I joined the Singles Travel International team. I have enjoyed escorting groups around the globe and I am always ready for adventure! My hobbies besides traveling, include kayaking, fishing, and just being outdoors with my family. I look forward to the opportunity to show you the world!

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