Atlantis Cruise

Congratulations for joining the 2013 Atlantis gay cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong! It could be your adventure of a lifetime. And Purple Dragon is here to help you get the most from your time ashore.

Shore Excursions in General  ﻬ

Shore excursions are day trips organized by the cruise line when the ship makes port. They are a big profit center for the cruise line, which crams people into a fleet of buses so that thousands of passengers can invade local sights all at the same time. Unfortunately Atlantis is not able to organize their own shore excursions or they might have chosen Purple Dragon. Atlantis Events are not able to offer shore excursions as a consequence of their contract with the cruise line. However, passengers on cruises are not forced or restricted to taking the cruise line's shore excursions under maritime law. We are simply offering these as an alternative that you can choose if you prefer.

About Purple Dragon ﻬ

Purple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest gay tour operator. Our owner is a gay American who has 35 years experience in tourism and has worked in Asia for more than 15 years. If you have taken a quick look around our website already, you know that we do not like the idea of cramming people into buses. All of our tours are private and we have a staff of talented, gay, English speaking guides to take care of our guests in ten countries. We hope to have the opportunity to take care of you before, during and after your magical cruise.

Singapore ﻬ

SORRY, FULLY BOOKED BUT THERE MAY BE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO NON-PAYMENT. PLEASE CONTACT US.

Despite its legendary cleanliness and conservative government, Singapore is pretty gay. There is plenty of nightlife and the city has a lot to see and do. We have limited guide staff in Singapore so we are organizing a small group program of no more than 20 (we might have have two groups, depending on demand) to enjoy the city for two nights (or more if you want to dig below the surface of this fascinating island  nation) before you sail. Besides famous sights like the Merlion, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay complex, and the city's Chinese and Indian neighborhoods, Singapore has sleepy fishing villages, huge natural preserves to explore, and one of the biggest and best botanical gardens in the world.

Our package includes two nights hotel (including tax, service and breakfast,  private airport transportation from the airport, a full day tour on 30 March with transportation, English-speaking guide (yes, he's gay), admission costs. You begin with a visit to Gardens by the Bay, two enormous contemporary conservatories plus outdoor gardens showing off flora from around the world. Even if you are not a plant person, you will be dazzled by the architecture and inventive sculpture. The second addition is the "Tale of Two Quays," a river boat cruise through the city ending up at the famous Merlion. The third is a "flight" on Singapore's iconic Singapore Flyer (http://www.singaporeflyer.com/). Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Bugis Street are still a part of the itinerary. Cost for the tour only: $130

If you have already booked another hotel but want to join the group tour please let us know. We may be able to accommodate you on a space-available basis at $98 per person including admissions and lunch.

We are using the The Scarlet, Singapore's first luxury boutique hotel, set in the midst of Singapore's equivalent of Soho. The hotel occupies a 1924 art deco building and an entire block of converted shophouses. It is close to great restaurants, galleries, and the local gay scene. You will enjoy the luxurious touches and the whimsical, flamboyant decor. Prices are based on a minimum of ten people. Extra nights include tax, service and breakfast.

If you want only one night with airport transportation and transport to the ship let us know.

Room Type Package Price (per person) Extra Nights
Deluxe Single $620 $244
Deluxe Double $355
Executive Single $640 $259
Executive Double $370
Executive with balcony, Single $699 $287
Executive with balcony, Double $399
Premium single $762 $317
Premium Double $431
Suite Single $1,015 $439
Suite Double $557

Bangkok ﻬ

We have room for three more people ONLY.

The Big Mango is the place we call home, so we are excited that you will have the chance to spend the night in the city to see the sights and enjoy our legendary nightlife.

In Bangkok we will offer an overnight package for several small groups. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer private tours or provide sightseeing to those who make their own hotel arrangements. Our minimum group size is ten. If you do not already have a group of your own friends, we will be happy to accommodate you in a small group of other Atlantis cruisers.

We will transport everyone to Bangkok from the port of Laem Chebang in a single bus, then split into smaller groups. Small groups of friends will stay together in a private group. Bring an overnight bag/carry-on only since you will not check into your hotel until late afternoon. You will begin sightseeing as soon as we arrive in Bangkok. Our program includes two days of touring. There are also a number of optional evening activities described below.

Bangkok sightseeing is designed for first-time visitors. You will see the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home of the famed Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, with its iconic spire covered with broken Ming pottery, Vimarnmek Mansion, and the eclectic and eccentric connected houses created by Jim Thompson, the gay American who revived Thailand's silk industry. You will also have a daytime boat ride on the Chao Praya River. Sightseeing will begin at 10:00 on the second day, so you can enjoy some of Bangkok's legendary nightlife the night before. There is not a set itinerary because everyone will be split into six different groups (so far). They will all travel a different route so they are not all at the same place at the same time. However, each group will visit all of places mentioned above. We know how to move efficiently around the city in order to avoid the inevitable mobs caused by Bus Invasions. Lunch will be included on both days and we will see that you return to Laem Chebang well in advance of sailing.

We are offering four hotel choices, each in a different price category: Tarntawan Place, Siam Heritage, Le Meridien, and The Sukhothai, so price depends on the hotel you choose. All of these hotels are centrally located and within easy reach of gay nightlife venues. In the interests of time, all group members must stay in the same hotel.

Cost depends on your choice of hotel and whether you want a room for one or for two. Our program includes transportation from the ship, hotel (including tax, service and breakfast), all sightseeing with Purple Dragon's legendary English speaking guides, transportation while on tour, admission to all places visited, and two lunches. Prices are in US$ and depend on the hotel you choose.

 

Tarntawan Place, Single Basis $317
Tarntawan Place, Each of Two Sharing $266
Siam Heritage (Executive Room), Single Basis $340
Siam Heritage (Executive Room) $282
Le Meridien,  Deluxe Room, Single Basis    $422
Le Meridien, Deluxe, Each of Two Sharing   $315
The Sukhothai (Superior Room),  Single Basis $457
The Sukhothai (Superior), Each of Two Sharing $332
The Sukhothai (Deluxe Studio),  Single Basis $471
The Sukhothai (Deluxe Studio), Each of Two Sharing $363
The Sukhothai, Execuitive Suite,  Single Basis $578
The Sukhothai, Exec Suite, Each of Two Sharing $385

Optional Add-Ons 

We also offer two different options after dark: 

  1. You can join us for a seven course Thai feast aboard a lovely converted teak rice barge as you sail the Chao Praya River to enjoy the fantastic, glittering skyline. At the end of the cruise we will make a stop at Pak Klong Talad, Bangkok's exotic flower market, where everything happens at night. Cost: $55 per person including transportation.

2. The third option is the Siam Niramit show, including buffet dinner. Atop the world's largest stage (according to Guinness), Siam Niramit is Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, and Thai history, culture, and spiritual fantasy all thrown together. It is, in a word, dazzling, and nothing like a hotel's "cultural performance" beside the pool. This option includes round trip transportation from your hotel. Cost: $65 per person.

After any of the three options above our guides will be happy to show you the local nightlife, whether it be people-watching on Silom Soi 4 or a special show at what we lovingly call "The Ballet," which is something you will never, never forget.

Please use the form at the bottom to reserve. Space is limited so we may not be able to accommodate last minute requests.

Vietnam ﻬ

We will not be able to pick up passengers at the dock in Phy My (for Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon) and you will not need a guide in Nha Trang because there is nothing to see there except for the anticlimactic Bau Dai Villa. You might want to poke around on your own and rent a motorbike to see nearby fishing villages and enjoy some of the local seafood.

Hue & Hoi An ﻬ


We will offer small group day trips to
Hue or Hoi An depending on demand. Chan May Port is half way between the two towns, which are both UNESCO World Hertiage sites.

Hue was the capital of what is now Vietnam well into the 19th century. What remains of an imperial city (much like a scaled-down version of Beijing's Forbidden City) still remains. Emperors built palatial summer retreats that would eventually where their mausoleums were to be erected. You'll have a chance to visit at least two. Hue also has its own unique cuisine, costumes and dance. In Hue we expect you to disembark at 10:00 so you will arrive in Hue at 12:00. After a lunch of Hue specialties, you will visit the Forbidden City, Tu Duc's tomb (actually his summer palace), and the Thien Mu Pagoda on the shore of the Perfume River. Monks from this pagoda set themselves on fire in the streets of Saigon during the war. You will probably have a chance to buy handicrafts available on the streets, particularly the colorful incense sticks made in Hue. If time permits you will visit Van Mieu Hue, the "temple of literature" that dates to the time of the late 17th century emperors. You depart Hue around 4:00 pm so that you can reboard the ship by 6:00 p.m.  Availability: Limited

Hoi An dates back to the 15th century, when it was one of the busiest trading ports along the coast of what is now Vietnam. The Portuguese, Chinese, Malays all settled here and left their own unique architecture. No vehicles are allowed into the center of this picture-postcard town. You will be able to visit local family mansions that have been converted into museums, see the canals that still pass through the town, and indulge in some very unique shopping. (You will fall in love with the colorful silk-and-bamboo lanterns made here.) If you plan to party hard on the ship, this laid-back little town could be the perfect place to catch your breath.

If you disembark the ship at 10:00 you will arrive in Hoi An at around 11:30. You will have a traditional Vietnamese lunch in the old quarter, which is closed to cars and motorbikes. This wll be followed by a walking tour that visits several historic homes and temples. We have set aside an hour for shopping or, if you are up to a bike ride, a quick trip past rice paddies and quaint homes to the beach.  We need to know in advance if you want a bike. Back to the ship before 6:00. Availability: Extremely Limited.

It is not possible to visit both Hue and Hoi An on the same day since the drive between the cities is approximately four hours, so we offer two different excursions for no more than 20 people. The cost is $85 per person and includes lunch.

Hanoi ﻬ

For some reason Atlantis is not offering any shore excursion to at all to see Southeast Asia's most beautiful city. We are offering a full day small-group (no more than 40) in Hanoi from Halong Bay. You cannot see everything everything in Hanoi because most public monuments close at 6pm, so here is the program we have worked out based on the ship making port at 11:00:

  ?  Arrive in Hanoi in time for a quick lunch of Hanoi's iconic "pho" noodle soup..

  ?  Hanoi sightseeing from arrival until 18:30. We plan to include Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter, Ba Din Square (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and, if time permits, Ho Chi Min's House on Stilts), and the Temple of Literature.

  ?  At 18:30 you will enjoy a performance of uniquely-Vietnamese water puppets. This is not a show for kids, but a fundamental reflection of Vietnamese culture that dates back hundreds of years. Born in riverside villages, water puppetry is a pageant of colorful carved wooden puppets that glide across the water. The puppeteers manipulate the characters with long bamboo poles from behind a backdrop to the music of a traditional Vietnamese orchestra. You will get a CD of the music to take home as our gift.

  ?  The show will be followed by a sumptuous buffet dinner of Vietnamese specialties. If there is time, will make a quick stop at one of the few gay pubs in Hanoi before returning to Halong Bay.

This shore excursion includes round trip transportation from Halong Bay,  lunch,  the assistance of two of Purple Dragon's legendary local guides, entrance fees, water puppet show and buffet dinner (including tax and service).  Cost $105 per person.  Availability: Extremely LImited.

Hong Kong ﻬ

Your cruise ends in Hong Kong, the "pearl of the Orient." We are happy to take care of you there if you care to spend a night or two. Due to our limited local staff we will not be able to provide private tours and sightseeing will be limited to guests who also use the hotels we provide, so please reserve well in advance. We are using the Cosmo Hotel on Hong Kong Island. Because the period of the ship's arrival coincides with two major trade fairs, rooms are scarce.

Our day day tour begins on April 11, the day you arrive in Hong Kong. You will visit the Man Mo Temple, travel by tram to Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong to enjoy spectacular views, continue to Aberdeen Fishing village, where you have a dim sum lunch on a floating restaurant, visit the must-go Stanley Market for bargain-hunting, ride the historic Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and stop at the "Old Clock Tower." Cost for the tour only: $160.

Extra nights including tax and service: $216 per room. Since two major trade fairs (Security and Electronics) begin on 12 April room prices are substantially more than normal and availability is extremely limited. A deposit is required to confirm. If you have already made hotel arrangements in Hong Kong you can have the tour beginning at the pier and ending at Cosmo Hotel for $211 per per person. Two spaces available..

. . . And Beyond ﻬ

Your cruise will end at the perfect time of year to visit China and Southeast Asia. If you plan to linger in China, we would love to show you Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an and Guilin. Or if you plan to return to North America over the Atlantic, you can add a post-cruise adventure in Angkor Wat, India, Bhutan or Nepal. With Purple Dragon Asia is all yours. Follow the links on the right to explore the rest of our website.

Reservations ﻬ

Please use the form below to join our programs. If you have questions and are not yet ready to reserve, shoot us an email first. We promise to reply as soon as we can (Please keep in mind that we are probably 10-12 time zones away.) If you are reserving for a group of friends, you can supply all names separately later. We accept payment by Visa, Master Card, American Express or Paypal. We look forward to welcoming you in our little corner of paradise!

Atlantis Events is the trade mark of Atlantis Events Inc. and is used herein to differentiate this cruise from others operated by the same cruise line on the same or approximately the same route. Celebrity Cruises? and Celebrity Millennium? are the registed trade marks of Celebrity Cruises and its parent comany.

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