Asia next cruising hot spot for Australian travellers

Asia has been earmarked as the next cruising hotspot for Australians as global cruise and tour company Princess Cruises announces plans to be the first premium cruise line to have ships based in Singapore, China and Japan.

Stuart Allison, Vice President Australia and New Zealand of Princess Cruises told Global Travel Media that the move will help elevate Asia to one of Australians' most sought after cruise destinations.

"Australians want to cruise to exotic destinations close to home so that's a big part of Asia's appeal," he said. "Our cruises combine the regions most desirable destinations into one holiday where our guests can unpack once and wake up in amazing locations."

The cruise industry is experiencing strong rates of growth worldwide including Australia where according to Tourism Australia the sector is expected to grow 17 per cent in 2013/14.

The strong Australian dollar has made overseas travel more affordable for many Australians and cruising offers them new way to see the region.

When travelling overseas, it's important to have the right level of travel insurance cover for your trip. Some standard travel insurance policies do not include cruise cover so it's important to read the fine print of any policy and shop around. According to the Mozo database, the cost of travel insurance for a couple travelling for a 10 day trip to Singapore and Thailand, with a cruise component included range from $72 per couple for basic cover up to $242 for full comprehensive cover. Compare travel insurance options on Mozo here.