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Orient - Japan

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Date: 17 October 2017
Duration: 24 nights
Ports of call: Tokyo (Yokohama) | Aomori | Akita | Toyama | Busan, Republic of Korea (South Korea) | Kagoshima | Tokyo (Yokohama) | Kagoshima | Chan May | Hong Kong Ocean Terminal | Kaohsiung | Taipei | Okinawa | Tokyo (Yokohama)
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Explorers Lounge Explorers Lounge
Golf Golf
Theatre Theatre
Internet cafe Internet cafe
Lotus Spa Lotus Spa
Pool Pool
Sabbatini's Sabbatini's
Skywalkers Night Club Skywalkers Night Club
Terrace Pool Terrace Pool
Atrium Atrium
Wheelhouse Bar Wheelhouse Bar
Fitness Centre Fitness Centre
Casino Casino
Diamond Princess Diamond Princess
 
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Tokyo (Yokohama)
Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."
Tue 17 Oct 2017 Tue 17 Oct 2017 17:00
2 At Sea
Wed 18 Oct 2017 Wed 18 Oct 2017
3 Aomori
The capital of the Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, Aomori derives much of its beauty from the apple orchards and cherry blossoms that encompass its landscape and the snow-covered Hakkoda Mountains that look on from a distance. Throughout its history, the city has been stricken with misfortune time and time again - in 1910, a fire destroyed Aomori, and during World War II, the city was left in ruins following an air raid - yet it always prevails.

Aomori is cherished by many who believe a local legend that the grave of Jesus Christ lies within the southern part of Aomori prefecture. However, Aomori is perhaps best known for its renowned Nebuta Festival, an elaborate yearly event in which participants illuminate giant paper representations of samurai warriors, animals, and popular cartoon characters while parading them through the streets.
Thu 19 Oct 2017 07:00 Thu 19 Oct 2017 21:00
4 Akita
Fri 20 Oct 2017 08:00 Fri 20 Oct 2017 18:00
5 Toyama
Sat 21 Oct 2017 08:00 Sat 21 Oct 2017 18:00
6 At Sea
Sun 22 Oct 2017 Sun 22 Oct 2017
7 Busan
The second largest city in South Korea, Busan is your gateway to a fascinating land whose culture is a unique amalgam of old and new. Modern high-rise towers dwarf ancient Buddhist temples. The city's bustling business district offers a stark contrast to the serene grounds of Yongdusan Park. In short, Busan is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose startling economic success often obscures one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.

Busan was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War. The United Nations Memorial Cemetery marks the final resting place for the troops from 16 nations who gave their lives during the conflict.
Mon 23 Oct 2017 07:00 Mon 23 Oct 2017 16:00
8 Kagoshima
From the 12th century to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Kagoshima was the chief stronghold of the mighty Shimazu clan. The city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. The area is also rich in modern Japanese history: Saigo Takamori and the Satsuma samurai were leaders of the Meiji Restoration that toppled the shogun and restored the Emperor to power in 1868. In 1877, dissatisfied with the direction of the new government, Saigo led the Satsuma Rebellion, which ended in his death and the final defeat of the samurai.

The symbol of Kagoshima is Sakura Jima - the volcanic island that sits just offshore. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history.
Tue 24 Oct 2017 Tue 24 Oct 2017
9 At Sea
Wed 25 Oct 2017 Wed 25 Oct 2017
10 Tokyo (Yokohama)
Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."
Thu 26 Oct 2017 Thu 26 Oct 2017
11 At Sea
Fri 27 Oct 2017 Fri 27 Oct 2017
12 Kagoshima
From the 12th century to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Kagoshima was the chief stronghold of the mighty Shimazu clan. The city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. The area is also rich in modern Japanese history: Saigo Takamori and the Satsuma samurai were leaders of the Meiji Restoration that toppled the shogun and restored the Emperor to power in 1868. In 1877, dissatisfied with the direction of the new government, Saigo led the Satsuma Rebellion, which ended in his death and the final defeat of the samurai.

The symbol of Kagoshima is Sakura Jima - the volcanic island that sits just offshore. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history.
Sat 28 Oct 2017 Sat 28 Oct 2017
13 At Sea
Sun 29 Oct 2017 Sun 29 Oct 2017
14 At Sea
Mon 30 Oct 2017 Mon 30 Oct 2017
15 At Sea
Tue 31 Oct 2017 Tue 31 Oct 2017
16 Da Nang/Hue (Chan May)
The port of Chan May is located halfway between two historic and important cities: Da Nang and Hue. At the height of the Vietnam War, Da Nang was America's major strategic base. And the 1968 Tet Offensive marked a major turning point in that conflict - particularly in the bitter fighting for control of the old imperial capital.

But that was nearly four decades ago. Today Hue is a World Heritage Site. Visitors will long remember its imposing Imperial Citadel and the serene harmony of the Thien Mu Pagoda. Marble Mountain Beach, where American marines stormed ashore in 1965, is now an internationally renowned resort.

The surrounding coast is lined with superb white-sand beaches. Vietnam's major cultural attractions are within an easy drive.
Wed 01 Nov 2017 07:00 Wed 01 Nov 2017 22:00
17 At Sea
Thu 02 Nov 2017 Thu 02 Nov 2017
18 Hong Kong
Enjoy lunch in a floating restaurant on Hong Kong Island. Visit Stanley, with it's laid back atmosphere. Indulge in some Chinese culture at Central Market or enjoy a stroll on the Promenade in East Tsim Sha Tsui.
Fri 03 Nov 2017 07:00 Fri 03 Nov 2017
19 Hong Kong
Enjoy lunch in a floating restaurant on Hong Kong Island. Visit Stanley, with it's laid back atmosphere. Indulge in some Chinese culture at Central Market or enjoy a stroll on the Promenade in East Tsim Sha Tsui.
Sat 04 Nov 2017 Sat 04 Nov 2017
20 Kaohsiung
Tucked at the southern end of Taiwan, Kaohsiung is a thriving city with a foot firmly planted in its past yet with an eye towards the future. As Taiwan's second largest city, it's rapidly becoming an economic powerhouse, yet it fully embraces its historical heritage.

Through the centuries, Kaohsiung, like the rest of Taiwan, would be bounced back and forth between the Dutch, Chinese and Japanese, and today it's a thriving metropolis that's home to the World Game Stadium, the world's largest solar-powered stadium, and Lotus Pond, a delightful attraction overflowing with colorful temples and shines.

It's also the gateway to a number of spectacular must-see sights: Tainan, Taiwan's oldest city and its capital for 200 years; and the Fokuangshan Monastery, a Buddhist retreat known for its spectacular scenery, serenity and Buddha statues.
Sun 05 Nov 2017 Sun 05 Nov 2017
21 Taipei (Keelung)
The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn't until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland.

Taipei is Taiwan's capital city and one of the world's most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past.

The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.
Mon 06 Nov 2017 Mon 06 Nov 2017
22 Okinawa, Japan
With it's emerald green sea and dazzling white beaches, lush green islands and stunning coral, Okinawa is the perfect place for marine sports, golf and fishing or you can pick up some traditional arts and craft.
Tue 07 Nov 2017 Tue 07 Nov 2017
23 At Sea
Wed 08 Nov 2017 Wed 08 Nov 2017
24 At Sea
Thu 09 Nov 2017 Thu 09 Nov 2017
25 Tokyo (Yokohama)
Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866.

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience.

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."
Fri 10 Nov 2017 Fri 10 Nov 2017
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