On board MS BREMEN from Bali to Shanghai

Expedition to Java, Borneo and the Philippines – South East Asia: island realm of natural wonders

Call-Back Catalogue Print

Visit webcam

A route like a lifeline that reveals much about the character of exotic island worlds. Study the behaviour of the orangutans in the rainforest, learn how the native peoples live and retrace cultural developments. An island realm ideal for the small BREMEN.

from Bali to Shanghai

Cruise dates:from 21.04.2017 to 10.05.2017 (19 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1706

Visit webcam

This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Fri, 21.04.2017

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Denpasar

Sat, 22.04.2017

Benoa/Bali/Indonesia, departure 18.00 hrs

Sun, 23.04.2017

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 24.04.2017


Where a thirst for discovery finds fertile ground

Coffee, sugar, tobacco and rubber – when it comes to exporting Java’s local treasures, the port of Semarang is extremely important. With its fascinating mix of colonial heritage and Javanese culture, it is the starting point for exploring the idyllic countryside. Passing plantations and elaborate rice fields, you will approach the Borobudur Temple*, one of the world’s largest Buddhist complexes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the religious heritage of Java on the hill of the 1,000 Buddhas.

Tue, 25.04.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 26.04.2017
- Thu, 27.04.2017

Badas Islands and Natuna Islands

Led by your expeditionary spirit, the BREMEN then heads for the South China Sea. Even for the captain and crew, the Badas Islands and Natuna Islands are truly new territory. Together, you will explore secluded beaches and exotic snorkelling sites, subject to official approval. New destinations ideal for the BREMEN!

Fri, 28.04.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 29.04.2017
- Tue, 02.05.2017

Borneo (Muara/Brunei, Kota Kinabalu (Sabah)/Malaysia, Mantanani Islands , Sandakan)

Kingdom of the orangutans

With its natural diversity and magical culture, the island of Borneo exceeds all expectations. Unspoilt rainforests and tropical mangrove swamps are home to fascinating flora and fauna. This is one of the last habitats for orangutans and rare proboscis monkeys. On the north coast, the Sultanate of Brunei, with the coastal city of Muara, is a kingdom for explorers. If weather conditions are favourable, take a boat trip through Temburong National Park*, one of the oldest rainforests on earth. Immerse yourself in river life in a water taxi and a traditional long boat. Alternatively, the Brunei Museum and a boat trip through the mangroves* come together in Bandar Seri Begawan for intensive insights into culture and nature. Unforgettable: the water village of around 3,000 stilt buildings with schools, mosques and businesses that houses around 30,000 people, while proboscis monkeys and exotic birds reside in the mangrove forests. Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) was shaped by rubber, rattan, honey and wax trading during British colonial times. Today, the region is primarily known for its numerous species of orchids and butterflies. On a nature trail through Kinabalu National Park*, you will explore the jungle up-close. Alternatively, you can deepen your impressions of Borneo* on a ride in typical boats past mangroves and a floating village of sea nomads. The BREMEN will head for unknown shores in the Mantanani Islands. Subject to official approval, two islands in the group will become your expeditionary territory. This will increase your chance of spotting some rare manatees. Multicultural contrasts abound in Sandakan with colonial-style buildings, mosques, Christian churches and Chinese temples. In the conservation area in the middle of the jungle, apes previously kept illegally are cared for and prepared for life in the wild. Look forward to intensive encounters with Borneo’s exotic wildlife on an excursion to see orangutans and proboscis monkeys on a visit to the wildlife park*. Watch the primates as they play and feed. Or set out on the search for apes and numerous species of bird on the Kinabatangan River through Borneo’s natural world*.

Wed, 03.05.2017
- Fri, 05.05.2017

Philippines (Puerto Princesa, Busuanga, Malcapuya Island , Subic)

Island gems off the beaten path

Your sea route through the magical world of the Philippines takes you to Puerto Princesa on Palawan, one of the region’s most beautiful islands. Dense tropical forests grow right to the coasts with their fine sandy beaches. A scenic journey on Palawan* allows you to explore the natural surroundings, including a visit to a crocodile and butterfly farm. Only a few adventurers before you have let their yearning draw them to the islands of the Calamian Group. With its shallow draught, the manoeuvrable BREMEN is in its element, taking you past shallow lagoons and towering limestone cliffs to the island of Busuanga. Here, a trip on an outrigger boat will take you to Lake Kayangan*, a hidden, bright turquoise crater lake. Bathing and snorkelling in the clear waters, you can see down to the bottom of the sea and marvel at shimmering stalactites. Known for its powder-white beaches, Malcapuya Island provides plenty of room for relaxation. On a hike with a guide to the jungle*, locals will tell you which medicinal plants and sources of food can be found in the forest of Subic.

Sat, 06.05.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 07.05.2017

Batan Island

Batan Island, part of the island group of the same name, will introduce you to a surprisingly different world. This spot of earth hidden in the Philippine Sea might remind you of Ireland: rugged coastline and lush green hills, thatched stone houses and a white lighthouse. An extraordinary destination that will earn the same description as the other natural wonders on your expedition: unforgettable!

Mon, 08.05.2017
- Tue, 09.05.2017

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 10.05.2017

Shanghai/China, arrival 7.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Scheduled flight Shanghai – Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes. 

= at anchor



Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:





A geography specialist in the team of experts

Numerous backpacking trips took your expert, Ole Stapelfeld, who is fascinated by the tropics and subtropics, to the craters of active volcanoes and the beaches and reefs of remote coasts and islands. Use his knowledge of the countries and people along your route to gain a new insight into South East Asia.