With the understanding that knowledge is power, Celebrity teamed up with one of the world’s most influential travel brands, Travel + Leisure, to create a group of savvy travel and lifestyle experts who offer insights on everything from the destinations that Celebrity visits, to the modern luxury vacation experiences they provide. Celebrity’s Global Insiders uncover unique and memorable experiences in key destinations on all seven continents.
2015 is a big year for Singapore. The diamond-shaped city-state and island is turning 50 and has a slew of events scheduled for its big Golden Jubilee. In addition to art weeks, new public sculpture unveilings, and numerous museum exhibitions, special highlights include the colorful Chingay Parade in February, the National Parks Board’s Bloom Gardens display in March, a reveal of the National Museum’s revamped permanent galleries in September, Singapore Dance Day in October, and the Jubilee Walk in November.
Though the Golden Jubilee is Singapore’s primary calling card in 2015, it’s hardly the island’s only attraction. Singapore boasts of an eclectic mix of cultures, religions, ancient treasures and British colonial impressions that give rise to a unique identity—which is expressed through its unofficial language, Singlish, its cuisine, its architecture, and even its stores.
Here’s how Celebrity’s Global Insiders recommend spending your time when docked in Singapore.
Singapore is a multi-faceted city where the food and shopping options are endless. There’s Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam (Arab Street) or the high-end Marina Bay. In Marina Bay, go up to Sky Park on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel where you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city. If it’s classic Singapore dishes you’re after, opt for the Curry Laksa soup, at Sungei Road Laska, a mix between Chinese and Malaysian-style soup that combines vermicelli noodles, coconut milk, shrimp and a blend of spices.
In this ultra contemporary city where the streets are pristine (chewing gum is banned), Haji Lane remains one of the few gems that has maintained its old-world charm. The winding, narrow streets are lined with vintage boutiques, cool graffiti, and a Middle Eastern hipster vibe, that has captured the attention of Singapore’s street style stars and international fashion bloggers. Some of our favorites spots are The Blog Shop which rents space to emerging designers to display their work, and the boho chic Know It Nothing which carries offbeat foreign labels like Engineered Garments and Moscot Eyewear not found anywhere else in the city.
One of the coolest things to do in Singapore is to visit the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo. It’s a totally unique experience where you can see more than 2,500 animals in their nighttime habitats. My favorite was walking along the East Lodge Trail for an up-close look at the majestic Malayan tiger. It’s an awesome after-dark wildlife adventure that’s not to be missed.
Kimberly Wilson Wetty (Luxury travel expert)
A visit to Singapore isn’t complete without sampling a Singapore Sling, a famous Southeast Asian cocktail. Be a part of the legend and visit Raffles Hotel Long Bar, where this cocktail was developed by their bartender in 1915.