The Singapore Grand Prix and luxury Bali break
This extraordinary trip, which is offered exclusively to readers of The Times, is three fantastic holidays in one. First you will fly to Singapore to soak up all the drama and entertainment of the Singapore Grand Prix, where the world's top racing drivers will duel on the floodlit track around Marina Bay.
From Singapore, you will embark on a four-night southeast Asia cruise, with stops at Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, which is recommended by Sue Bryant, cruise editor of The Sunday Times (read Sue's full review of the ship online). Plus, if you book a Suite on the cruise you will receive tickets to an exclusive event at the Singapore Grand Prix with F1 commentator Martin Brundle.
After disembarking in Singapore, you will fly to Bali for perfect finale to this superb holiday: a luxurious seven-night beach stay, on which you will have ample time to relax, unwind and enjoy the white sands and palm-fronted beaches of this wonderful Indonesian island.
Reasons to book
Watch the Singapore Grand Prix
Your luxury ship
Relax on the beach in Bali
- Three-night hotel stay in Singapore
- Two-day Bay Grandstand ticket to the Singapore Grand Prix
- Four-night full-board cruise on board Voyager of the Seas
- Seven-night hotel stay in Bali
- All flights and transfers
Days1-2Arrive in SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
Fly from the UK to Singapore where you'll be in pole position for the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix, won last year by F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. Flights based on London departure but egional flight departures are also available.
In Singapore, you will have the choice of three hotels: Park Hotel Farrer Park; Amara Singapore (£60pp supplement per stay) or the JW Marriot Marquis (£450pp supplement per stay) which enjoys views of the track.
Days3-4Watch the Singapore Grand PrixSingapore, Singapore
Hosts of the fi rst ever night-time race in F1 history, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most glamorous events on the global sporting calendar.
You will experience its electrifying atmosphere thanks to your two-day Bay Grandstand
Plus, pick your choice of hotel from: Park Hotel Farrer Park; Amara Singapore (£60pp supplement per stay) or the JW Marriot Marquis (£450pp supplement per stay) which enjoys views of the track.
Day5Set sail on Voyager of the SeasSingapore, Singapore
You will then enjoy a four-night full-board cruise with stops at Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket on Voyager of the Seas, which has been awarded an 8/10 rating by Sunday Times cruise editor Sue Bryant, who highlights the superb range of speciality restaurants, bars and leisure facilities. Read Sue's full review of the ship below.
Day6Explore Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Today's stop is at Port Klang, the port for the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Your stop today is the paradise island of Phuket - covered in verdant rainforest, dotted with historic temples and known for its famously beautiful beaches.
Day8At seaBali, Indonesia
Enjoy the choice of dozens of restaurants and bars and a dizzying array of on-board entertaintment and leisure facilities as you spend a full day at sea.
Days9-15Bali beach holidayBali, Indonesia
After the thrills of the Singapore Grand Prix comes the perfect way to relax and unwind: a seven-night beach stay on the idyllic Indonesian island of Bali.
After disembarking Voyager of the Seas, you will be transferred to the airport before flying to Bali. Readers who book an Inside or Outside cabin on the cruise will stay at the smart, modern Novotel Bali Benoa. Book a Balcony or Suite on the cruise to stay at the traditional and luxurious Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa.
Days16-17Flying homeBali, Indonesia
You will fly back to the UK from Bali. Flights based on a London departure but regional flight departures are also available.
Voyager of the Seas
Review by Sue Bryant - cruise editor, The Sunday Times
Voyager of the Seas was one of the first ships really to change the face of cruising; nothing before had featured something as audacious as an ice rink, for example. The ship is packed with facilities; essentially, it's a floating resort, with entertainment for all the family, and is as much a feature of a cruise as the destinations it visits.
Royal Caribbean has kept the vessel up to date, not least with an $80m makeover in 2014 that saw a surf simulator added, as well as clever 'virtual balconies' in some of the inside cabins, giving a real-time view of outside.
Top tip: Want to see the captain and officers at work? Head for deck 11 where there's a window onto the ship's bridge - it's labelled 'Peek-a-boo bridge' on the deck plans.
Look & Feel
Voyager is a big, bright, action-packed ship. There's always something going on - live music on the Royal Promenade, movies by the pool, dance parties and parades - so it can feel noisy at times. Fellow passengers are a mix of couples and families, mixed nationalities but mainly Australians and Asian guests. Style on board is pretty informal. There is a dress code of sorts - some nights are designated 'formal' - but not everybody observes this and it's not strictly enforced.
Service is friendly and efficient. The crew are motivated to earn their tips, which are not included in your cruise fare. The youth staff are especially good. Be wary of heavy pressure selling in the spa.
In the evenings, the ship is a-buzz with music, colourful parades and high-tech shows.
Royal Caribbean is one of the most family-friendly cruise lines, with a superb youth programme.
- Spa & gym
- Room service
- Several restaurants
- Multiple bars
- Swimming pools
- Art gallery
- Photo studio
- Outdoor & 3D cinema
- Jogging track
- Mini golf
- Ice rink
- Surf simulator
- Sports court
- Nightclub & pub
- Wedding chapel
Accommodation falls into four broad categories: interior, ocean view, balcony cabins and suites, with variations within all of these. All cabins have minibar, TV, hairdryer and safe. Bathroom goodies are very basic, though. This is one ship where some of the inside cabins are more highly coveted than the outsides, thanks to clever virtual balconies, a high definition, floor to ceiling screen on one wall giving real-time views of what's going on outside. There are accessible cabins in most grades, including these virtual balconies. Categories include:
Inside | compact accommodation | 160 sq
Outside view | 160 sq ft - 328 sq ft | fixed windows
Balcony | 162 sq ft - 179 sq ft | balconies | sitting area
Suites | generous size | bathrooms with tubs | balconies
Royal Suite | Jacuzzi on the balcony | baby grand piano
Food & Drink
There are dozens of restaurants, bars and lounges, not least a British-inspired pub, the Pig & Whistle; the R Bar, offering classic cocktails; and the nautically-themed Schooner Bar, featuring regular quizzes. The food in the speciality restaurants tends to be better than the fare in the main dining room (which is nonetheless perfectly good) so do budget to try a couple of them.
Sapphire Dining Room | international cuisine |
Café Promenade | casual café | light breakfasts & snacks
Windjammer Café | buffet | casual | indoor/outdoor dining
Chops Grille | grill restaurant | steaks and seafood | smart
Giovanni's Table | Italian trattoria | Tuscan cuisine | casual
Izumi | Japanese | sushi, sashimi and hot dishes
Johnny Rocket's | 50s-style diner | themed | casual
Voyager of the Seas represents excellent value for money but it's very easy to find yourself shelling out for extras from the minute you board, so budget carefully.
Shore excursions are reasonably creative, with several incorporating an adventure theme, or revolving around food. Excursions are labelled to suit different interests, from family to culture, culinary, active, volunteering and challenge-based, involving friendly competition. A lot of the tours are accessible, too.
Voyager of the Seas is one of the few ships to offer high-speed internet, for which you pay, but it is genuinely fast, often better than what you'd have at home. Various drinks packages are available to create an all-inclusive holiday but you'll also pay extra for things like speciality dining (normal on cruise ships). Bar tabs can rocket with an 18% auto-gratuity added to every drink.