Cartoon Network Amazone (Thailand)

Where to Go Next for the Children-At-Heart?

In the modern and fast-paced present time, adults find it already difficult to go back to their being a child. The world has turned so demanding and demeaning to anyone who exhibits attitudes the society presumes to be beyond the dictated definition of maturity. But as any sane person would say, there is nothing wrong with being a child again. It’s a good way to maintain a good psychological health as it frees busy minds from all the stresses and anxieties brought by adulthood.

This thought brings us the answer why there are still a lot of adults who would spend time and pay dollars to visit amusement parks around the world. And in support to the idea that we all have to be our young selves again, here is a list of some of the wonderlands around the world for everyone:


1. Cartoon Network Amazone (Thailand)

Cartoon Network Amazone (Thailand)

Credits: Travel Thailand

The first Cartoon Network Water Theme Park is set to open on 31 July 2014 at Bang Saray, just 10km south of Pattaya, the Cartoon Network Amazone will bring popular cartoon characters are Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls to Thailand. With its development supported by Thailand’s Amazon Falls Co., this new spot will cover about six hectares of land. It’s going to be an exciting Amazon-inspired waterpark that will feature 150 water attractions in 10 different themed zones including The Omniverse; Adventure Zone; Cartoonival; Riptide Rapids; Mega Wave and Surfarena. Foodville, a food court serving international cuisines, will be positioned inside to accommodate everyone. According to officials, the park anticipates a million guests on its first year, with around 3,000 visitors a day.


2. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (China)

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (China)

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In the vast island of Hengqin in Zhuhai in Guangdong, the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is set to open its doors to people before the end of this year. It will be divided into eight zones which will feature exciting rides as well as performances and animal shows. It is believed that the park will give home to what is to be the new largest cetacean and shark aquarium in the world. It will also have a 1,888-room Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel that has spacious ballrooms, executive club lounge, meeting rooms and a spa. The theme park is seen to boost the tourism industry in the island.


3. Enchanted Kingdom (Philippines)

Enchanted Kingdom (Philippines)

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It is not exactly a new place but with its 10-year expansion plan set to be completed in the next few years, Enchanted Kingdom aims to retain its title as the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines. This attraction in Sta. Rosa City in the province of Laguna will be setting up new rides, commercial space, hotels and a convention center. Included in the plans is the establishment of a zone featuring the culture of the Philippines, as well as a new village featuring Eldar the Wizard, the mascot of Enchanted Kingdom.


4. Villages Nature (France)

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Seeing an eco-friendly resort in the lovely city of Paris is getting close to reality once the gates of Villages Nature open up to the public on 2016. This new attraction will comprise more than 2,000 cottages and apartments in a 180-hectare land. It will be completed with an outdoor geothermal lagoon, waterpark, lush gardens, foot paths, horse-back riding trail, and organic farm for everyone to enjoy. There will also be a lakefront promenade graced with shops and themed restaurants. This will surely be a good place to unwind when the overly-modern lifestyle of the City of Paris became too overwhelming for one’s taste.


5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Japan)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Japan)

Credits: Universal Studios Japan

Magic has arrived to Japan as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened its doors last 15 July 2014. This US$482-million development will feature replicas of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade Village, with unique rides that will certainly make Harry Potter fans go nostalgic yet excited.


6. KidZania Singapore

KidZania Singapore


Fusing entertainment and education, KidZania Singapore is one of the most anticipated theme parks in Sentosa Island to open on 2015. To occupy an area at the Palawan Beach, this Singapore attraction targets an annual visitor of 500,000. This kid-sized city will feature facilities that will allow the children to role-play more than 90 different jobs, earn ‘money’ to pay for everything, and manage an ATM card. Although the children-at-heart cannot actually make use of the amenities, they can find joy in seeing their children get exposed to the adult life. No arcade games or rides will be featured in KidZania to preserve the main goal of educating children.

There is no age limit in enjoying life so what’s the point of keeping yourself bound with the norms? You’re an adult, sure; but you have a childhood to go back to. So give yourself a chance to see these wonderful wonderlands.


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Pool Deck - Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Sea

The Joy of Cruise Holidays

The Path Less Travelled


Nowadays, traveling is becoming more of a lifestyle than a privilege to those who loves to wander and get lost – in a good way. And admittedly, many prefer to take the road less traveled by going on cruise holidays.

Going out for a luxurious cruise is certainly one of the best experiences a traveler could ever have. Although most people think of it as a very expensive mode of vacation, it is becoming one of the latest trends in the travel industry today. Maybe it is the way the cruise line companies are trying to reach out to people thru unique promotions they offer. Cruise lines companies are pushing their efforts to attract more guests by offering a value for money package and at the same time a great destination to sail to.

Putting it simply, cruising is an exciting option for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is an interesting activity, not just for the socialites, but also for those who wish to stay within their budgets. Therefore, there is no place for hesitations about going on a cruise. What you have to do is start preparing for one of the most spectacular experiences to ever happen in your life.

Cruising indeed charms people and is a prime definition of “vacation“. Staying in the middle of the sea deprives travelers of the possibility for distraction from work and other things. Being in such location gives them no choice but to concentrate on make use of every minute there is aboard.

Some cruise ships also promise people an impeccable encounter with luxury; and no one can say no to it. Posh holidays are always unforgettable, after all.

Why Cruise?cruise2

It is understandable why the idea of cruising can be overwhelming, and why there are some who won’t give it a try. However, don’t let the fear of going out of your comfort zone hinder your chance to explore the beauty of voyaging. There are many reasons why you should try it. Listed below are some:

1. Travel Far, Unpack Once
Unpacking our luggage can be totally daunting especially if we have lots of things with us. This is one usual drawback of traveling far by land as we tend to pack and unpack whenever we come and leave a certain place. With cruising, there’s no necessity for this. We travel far but we have just one room all throughout. Meaning, we don’t need to transfer our stuff to different places.

2. Amazing Destination

Contrary to some people’s initial beliefs, cruising does not mean staying in the middle of the ocean and just seeing water everywhere during the whole tour. Ships dock and passengers are permitted to explore beautiful destinations as tourists. As cruises are tagged as luxurious, the destinations should of course match the whole ordeal. That’s why people can expect to visit really stunning places.

halong bay vietnam

In photo: Halong Bay, Vietnam

3. Value for Money
It is a common notion that cruising is expensive. Well, it could be; but the point is it is worth it. The value of the costs paid by cruisers is definitely maximized on board. Ships do exude impeccable opulence and there are endless of things to do when there. Cruise lines definitely give their passengers what they paid for, things that they really do deserve.

4. Do a Little, or Do a Lot
Looking for a cruise trip doesn’t necessarily consist of a rigid process. Sometimes, entrusting everything to an experienced cruise tour agent is the best route to take to save ourselves from the hassles and bustles of these things. That’s doing a little; but once we’re on board, we’ll find out how endless the opportunities for entertainment and discoveries are. Cruise ships luxuriously offer different activities that would keep passengers entertained all the time. There is so much to choose from.

5. Floating Resorts for All

Pool Deck - Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Sea

DJ playing lively music by the pool deck at Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Sea

Some people joke that when you want to swim when you’re on a cruise, you just have to jump off into the ocean. But the reality is this: when you want to swim while on a cruise, you just have to dive into the swimming pool because most likely, there’s one in the deck. A floating resort, as it is often called; it’s just like how the typical resorts on land are. Well, except the pool’s on a ship.

6. Enjoy Luxury Fine Dining


Fine dining at Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Sea

Luxury is what a typical cruise ships are made of; and of course, this extends to the dining venue. Cruise ships are well-known for its posh dining on board. Classy meals are served in a very sophisticated sort of fashion, in a very chic setting. More good news? Cruise ships usually don’t just have one restaurant. There’s often several options which passengers can choose from. If you’re not for fine dining, chances are there are other venues that would fit your budget.


The Cruising Excitement


The Royal Caribbean Mariners of the Sea performers at the Savoy Theater

As pointed out previously, and in total contrast with the popular idea, cruising is never a boring activity, as much as it is not always expensive. Not a lot of people know that taking a cruise is a lot more exciting because it offers different kind of activities on board.

A cruise ship is a fusion of a huge hotel, shopping mall and entertainment hub. Your experience is not limited to dining & cinemas alone. For the so-called health buffs, most ships has a “wellness” section always while on board where one can go to gym anytime. Then there’s option for spa and massage too!

Furthermore, rounds of golf, tennis, basketball or cricket may also be played on board – thanks to the sports courts provided. Bowling, rock climbing, line skating, and ice skating may also be done in selected cruise ships.

World class entertainment is also provided on-board that will either make the guests enjoy a musical extravaganza, or give them a thrilling & fun show. Passengers who are into movies will also be delighted to know that some cruise ships actually have cinemas.

ICE as Michael Jackson in Costa Cruise

ICE as Michael Jackson at Costa Cruise

in photo: Allure of The Seas Aquashow Theatre. Photo by

Now who said cruising is boring?

Tips for First Timers

You know what to expect and you’ve found your reasons to try; but if you still feel nervous about going on a cruise, it’s normal. After all, trying something that you haven’t done before can be a little nerve-wracking; but hey, it’s going to be worth it.

There’s always a first time for everything; and to counter the anxiety, here are a few pointers to keep in mind when planning a cruise vacation:

1. Make a reservation as early as possible.

Book a cabin as early as possible. | Photo by Costa Victoria Cruise

Photo by Costa Victoria Cruise

It is best to do an advanced cabin booking so you could still have a chance to get the best location. Major cruise lines starts selling their slots for cabin rooms several months before the scheduled sailing period. The earliest possible time you book, the more chances that you can select the best cabin location with the best rates.

Tip: Promotions on rates are usually offered months before the sailing dates. These deals which may sometime reach up to 50% off are usually beneficial to those who travel with families and friends. Sometimes, major cruise lines even allow kids 12 years and below to join the cruise for free.

2. Choose a good date.Caribbean Islands
Some dates may not be appropriate for cruising, and these are when the weather is not good. When booking your cruises, you need to check the weather forecasts. An agitated ocean is not exactly the best place to be.

3. Go to where there is less.
Many people who join cruises opt for the Mediterranean and the Caribbean; and those destinations may be very expensive. Therefore, go to where others won’t; or where less people would prefer. Asian cruise offers great sights too. Halong Bay in Vietnam is one of the most beautiful cruise destinations in Asia; and it is recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. It offers a stunning view of limestone island formations through the emerald-colored waters, and is definitely a sight to behold.

4. Bring companions.

It's more fun when you are not alone

It’s more fun when you are not alone

Whether it is your whole family, a loved one, or your friends; bring them with you for a cruise. A cruise ship, like a hotel, is equipped with first class facilities and services which would allow all of you to relax, rejuvenate and have fun while on board. It is a good experience you will want to share with everyone dear to you!

5. Fix your official documents.
Getting on a cruise is also like riding a plane. It means you may enter another country where you are a foreigner. Unless you get on a cruise which does not dock, it is necessary to have a valid passport and/or a visa with you. Some countries allow no-visa entry as long as you don’t stay beyond the permitted time and you are with an authorized tour guide when you roam around the city.

Tip: Whenever you are traveling to a different country, always keep a photocopy of your personal identification documents. It’s also a good idea to save a soft copy to your email.

6. Pack some formal clothing.

cruise formal diningBe ready to attend formal events and gatherings when you go on a cruise. Most likely, the experience will involve formal dining that would require you to wear formal attires. So you better be prepared so as not to be left behind.

7. Find a promotion when you book.
There is no need to spend lots of money and push one’s financial limit because there is one for everyone when it comes to cruising. There are always some cheap deals available elsewhere – so many to choose from especially when you search online. Finding one that fits your budget is easy. Subscribing to newsletters from major cruise lines can keep you updated and will let you know the best deals early. This gives you an edge among the rest, and a chance to grab the best deals and the best cabin available.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Cruising

A cruise holiday always sounds tempting. The invitation to luxury and comfort as you traverse through the vast, calm seas – it is just so wonderful that people will find it difficult to say no. Cruising promises a variety of opportunities to people who try it, just as much as traveling by land or air do. It is a perfect option for those who want to obtain a terrific holiday experience.
But for some first timers, cruising can be a little scary – unless they know the following:

1. It’s impossible to get bored aboard.
What makes cruising terrific is that it never runs out of entertainment choices for its passengers. From day to night, people are given something to do. Aside from the usual facilities which guests can enjoy, events are held to keep the interests of people hyped up. Parties, games, performances and others are held.

2. There are various types of cruises.
One common notion about cruising is there is just one type of it. But there are actually a lot. First, cruises vary in destination. While some ships voyage through Asian seas only, some can actually reach Europe or the Americas. The duration of the trip may last from three days to two weeks; and ships can be themed – not just the general luxurious idea.

3. Cruising is for all ages.

Cruising is a best family activity. | Photo by Royal Caribbean Cruises

Cruising is a best family activity. | Photo by Royal Caribbean Cruises

As said earlier, cruise ships provide all sorts of entertainment to people. Adults may attend formal parties or spend their nights watching performances or enjoying at the casino. Teens have the bars and restaurants in which they can mingle with others aboard. And kids? Kids can stay at the kids’ center where they can learn different educational stuffs as they play with other young ones. Now who said cruising is just for the old ones?

4. Whatever class your lifestyle belongs, you’re allowed to go on a cruise.
If you have watched Titanic, you would most likely understand that cruising isn’t just for the regal ones wearing formal wears. It is also for the middle-class people who prefer jeans and shirts. So whatever a passenger’s lifestyle is, cruising will definitely be able to handle it.

5. Cruising isn’t just about the seas.
One common notion about this type of holiday is that you spend the whole time in the middle of the sea. But that’s not true at most times. What people should understand is that cruise ships do dock in beautiful places in which passengers can roam around for a certain time – hours or days. The ships, no matter how complete it is, are often still a mode of transportation that would bring you to something more beautiful.

6. Seasickness can be prevented.
It can be really painful for passengers who easily suffer from seasickness; but cruise ships nowadays – blessed with advanced technology – are now more stabilized. More sets of equipment to lessen the motion are fixated on these vessels, assuring passengers a better experience.

7. Accommodation is varied.

Cruise CabinCruise ships are like hotels, complete with accommodation. Though some cabins may be quite small for one’s liking, there are still suites that are spacious enough for the whole family. These rooms are well-furnished with opulent amenities which guests can use throughout their stay.

8. You can stay fit and healthy on board.
Health junkies always think that going on a cruise will most likely ruin their exercise schemes. Well, it won’t. Because you can jog, swim in a lap pool, or play tennis or basketball in a cruise ship. Amenities like such are provided and people can always use that. Most cruise ships are even equipped with high-standard fitness center and spa.

9. It is worth it.
Passengers who had decided to splurge can attest that cruising is definitely worth it. The experience is surely memorable and could drive them to actually going on a cruise again.

10. It is not always expensive.
For many, cruising is synonymous to luxury – and is thus a pain in the budget. But people should understand that it can also be affordable, thanks to the Singapore cruise promotions made available by top travel agencies. Potential cruisers may check the different deals online.

People should not drown on the common misconceptions about cruising, and just pay attention to the positive side of it. There are lots of wonderful things which await people who are willing to try. So take the first step on experiencing this amazing adventure through the seas!

Relevant Links

* The Growing Popularity of Cruising and Its Causes
Cruise holidays may not have leaped but the growth on statistics still mattered. This just means that more and more people are now considering the idea of voyaging through the vastness of the seas while enjoying a spectacular treat of luxury.

* What First Timers Should Know Before Going on Cruise Holidays
Nowadays, cruising is becoming a favorite option for vacations among Singaporeans. People prefer to go on cruise holidays for the reason that it promises new experiences.

* Singapore Cruise Deals
The latest cruise deals from Singapore.

Why You Need to Hire a Cruise Specialist

The main goal of many travelers who love to go for cruising is to relax, and this should include the booking process. As we all know, booking cruises could be a little daunting. There are lots of things to bear in mind, process and settle for a really astounding and hassle-free experience. People who are not so much into these kinds of stuffs, especially the first timers, will find it entirely difficult. And so the need for a cruise specialist is inevitable.

“But what does a cruise specialist actually do?

  • They offer you wonderful options

Contrary to popular belief, there is a wide array of cruises available in the market. Finding one that suits your preferences can be a little difficult, especially if you are on the indecisive side. What a cruise specialist does then is to break down the options and limit it to what you will really want. Armed with experience, these people will certainly provide you with fantastic choices, and may help you arrive at a decision.

  • They get the great deals

cruise dealsThe best thing about having a cruise specialist is that they can grab the best deals for you. Meaning, they can find the cruise of your dream that will fit your budget. They know the different cruise promotions available. These people sometimes even design itineraries just so they can satisfy their clients, and that’s a good thing! An awesome experience for a budget-friendly rate – it’s certainly going to be perfect!

  • They take you out of the ruckus of booking

If you’ve tried it once, booking can be terribly daunting. Although some may lure you into thinking that it’s just a few clicks away, there are still so much things to do than clicking that ‘OKAY’ button on your computer. Booking requires submitting all sorts of travel documents, or settling the payment, or getting a visa or travel permits – and that means your time getting eaten up. Cruise specialists will take care of those issues for you. That’s their job.

  • They take care of your demands

cruise guests

Admit it, people joining cruises from Singapore can really get demanding sometimes; and that’s what a cruise specialist specializes in. They attend to their client’s requests and make sure that it all gets served before, during and after the cruise. Their constant priority is the satisfaction of their customers so as long as it is possible and within their means, they will definitely try to come around with your requests.

Cruisers, particularly the first timers, tend to have loads of questions about the activities on board. That’s when cruise specialists become big help. They answer questions to not leave you hanging. They provide assistance to make your cruise trip a much more memorable one.

These specialists are like life-savers for many travelers who are into cruising. So rather than doing things on your own, it is advisable that you seek for their help – because they’re willing to render their service for your satisfaction.