After two days at sea our first stop on our Celebration Cruise was Brunei, a very small island bordering Malaysia and the South China Sea. This was the first time this cruise line embarked there. Not knowing that you could walk a short ways to catch a bus for two Singapore dollars, we paid the cruise line $54 to take us to the main city. Other cruise members booked their tours through Celebration. Brunei currency has various colors similar to the Canadian currency. Singapore and Brunei share the same currency. At the end of my cruise when I went back to Singapore, the taxi driver was pleased to see a Brunei dollar. The vendors in Brunei are not pushy as in some other countries.
BruneiFor a fairly hefty fee, Celebrity Cruise Line sold an excursion to the Floating market. There were also boat vendors that would take you there for a fair price.
The King’s Palace was not available for visitors, but we did get a few pictures from the outside. Had we gone in the palace area, we would have seen the beautiful structure. We did get a picture of the guard and the sign on the gate. There was too much vegetation to see the palace. We did get a glimpse of one of the gold domes highlighting the palace.
The King is known to have 7000 luxury cars and they are all bullet proof. These are just a couple of his huge collection. Being worth billions of dollars, it is too bad he can’t share some of his fortune
There was very little shopping, but plenty of Gold jewellery for sale. I did not price any of the merchandise because I was not interested in buying.
The tiny mall had shops selling these little cars. I would have loved to bring back a few for my grandkids.
Since the country is inhabited by the Muslems, the sale of spirits is illegal. I was told that there is a black market where you can buy spirits. They smuggle it across the border from Malaysia.
Would I go back to Brunei? No, but it was interesting to have a short visit.