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Hokkaido Cruise

  • Departure DateMon 6th May 2024
  • Princess Cruises Diamond Princess
  • 10 Night Cruise From Tokyo
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Itinerary

  • Tokyo
  • Kagoshima
  • Jeju
  • Otaru, Japan
  • Hakodate
  • Kushiro, Japan
  • Tokyo

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Day 1 - Tokyo

Arrive: Mon 06 May 2024 / Depart: Mon 06 May 2024 at 16:00

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."

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Kagoshima

Arrive: Wed 08 May 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Wed 08 May 2024 at 16:00

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.

Day 4 - Jeju

Arrive: Thu 09 May 2024 at 10:00 / Depart: Thu 09 May 2024 at 19:00

Jeju-do lying off the south coast of Korea is the warmest and wettest place in the entire country. The island is at its most beautiful in spring when the azalea blooms in a riot of delicate colours and the wooded areas display the most fascinating shades of green. In Jeju the seasons determine the changing hues of color through the island. In the autumn the color that dominates is brown and orange due to the falling leaves, in summer the aqua blue waters of the sea and golden beaches take over as in spring the brilliant yellow flowers cover the landscape. Jeju Island, also known as the "Island of the Gods," is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds. The island's mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches. One of the most outstanding features of the island is a regular maze of tunnels, caves and pillars formed by the cooling of lava flows from ancient volcanoes. Jeju-do is basically an island composed of extinct volcanoes formed by volcanic matter such as basalt and trachyte and layered with sedimentary rock. It still has a volcano- an extinct one, called Mt Hallasan, which, at 1950 m also doubles up as the island's main mountain. The main city on the island is Jeju City, the main base for trekking, sightseeing and exploring the rest of the island.

Day 5 - At Sea

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Otaru, Japan

Arrive: Sun 12 May 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Sun 12 May 2024 at 17:00

In 1880, the first railroad line on the island of Hokkaido connected Sapporo, the prefectural capital, with the important port city of Otaru. Indeed, for most of the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, Otaru outshone Sapporo in importance. The city was home to a thriving herring fleet. Ships regularly plied the waters between the port and the then Japanese island of Sakhalin. Coal was mined in the hills, and Otaru even won a reputation for producing fine music boxes. It was the island's industrial heart. Closure of coal mine in Hokkaido and downturn in demand of coal initiated a long decline that lasted into the 1950s. But Otaru survived - and has thrived. Japanese travelers discovered the city, drawn to its winter sports, its fine sushi, and its historic architecture. Otaru seemed like a portrait frozen in time. Today, international travelers have flocked to experience Otaru's charms - including the scenic beauty of Hokkaido's rugged west coast and its nearby national parks. The vast wealth accumulated by Otaru's herring tycoons is displayed at their so-called "Herring Mansions." One, the Nishin Goten, built in 1897, amply illustrates the state of 19th century society: the sumptuous ground floor housed the family while as many as 120 workers lived in squalor upstairs.

Day 8 - Hakodate

Arrive: Mon 13 May 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 13 May 2024 at 18:00

It took Commodore Perry and American gunboat diplomacy to open Japan to the outside world after two centuries of self-imposed isolation. In 1859, the port of Hakodate became the first Japanese city fully opened to Westerners under the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. Foreigners soon flocked to Hakodate, and today visitors wandering the cobblestone streets of the city's Motomachi District can view their Western-style frame houses. Hakodate, once a fishing port famed for its high quality fish and shellfish, quickly became Hokkaido's largest city and one of Japan's most important ports. The Great Hakodate Fire of 1934 dealt the city a near fatal blow - a blow from which Hakodate was slow to recover. Today the city is Hokkaido's third largest - surpassed by Sapporo and Asahikawa - but retains its foremost position as the finest Japanese producer of sushi's raw product: the high quality seafood caught in Hokkaido's cold waters. It may not compare to Tokyo's Tsukiji's Fish Market, but at Hakodate's four-block-long Morning Market, vendors offer a stunning array of fresh fish and shellfish prized for sushi including salmon roe, sea urchin, scallops and crab. Restaurants and food stands prepare a wide arrange of dishes including domburi topped with fresh seafood.

Day 9 - Kushiro, Japan

Arrive: Tue 14 May 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Tue 14 May 2024 at 17:00

Overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean in northern Japan, it should come as no surprise that this "town of mist" is a major Japanese fishing port. But although the freshly caught seafood served ashore is a highlight for many visitors, Kushiro has so much more to offer! Stroll through Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf MOO, where a variety of coastal restaurants and boutiques delight tourists from all over. Or head inland to explore the natural wonders of this region, such as Kushiro Marsh, a lush national park and home to the country's most extensive marshland. Break out your binoculars for close-up views of the rare and graceful Japanese cranes at Tancho Nature Park. And if you're an architecture enthusiast, you'll be fascinated by the unusual structure of the Kushiro City Museum of Art, which resembles the shape of a Japanese crane spreading its wings.

Day 10 - At Sea

Day 11 - Tokyo

Arrive: Thu 16 May 2024 at 06:30 / Depart: Thu 16 May 2024

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."

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Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theater. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

Ship Cabins

Interior Two Lower Beds

These staterooms are the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Our most affordable option, featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower. Stateroom Features Approx. 158 to 162 sq ft. Comfortable queen or two twin beds Refrigerator. Flat-panel television Private bathroom with shower 100% cotton, high-thread count linens Complimentary 24-hour room service Spacious closet Desk with chair Hair dryer & bathroom amenities Digital security safe

Oceanview Two Lower Beds

Approximately 194 sq. ft., this well appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views. Enjoy the added benefit of a view of the ocean from either a picture window or porthole that brings in natural light. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room. A spacious picture window for memorable views. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Flat-panel television. Private bathroom with shower. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Spacious closet. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & bathroom amenities. Digital security safe.

Balcony Two Lower Beds

This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table, two chairs, and a relaxing view of the inspiring scenery surrounding you, whether a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It’s also perfect to enjoy cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast. Approx. 237 sq. ft. Balcony with 2 chairs and table Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors Comfortable queen or two twin beds Refrigerator. Flat-panel television Private bathroom with shower 100% cotton, high-thread count linens Complimentary 24-hour room service Spacious closet Desk with chair Hair dryer & bathroom amenities Digital security safe

Premium Balcony

Approximately 237 to 277 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides dramatic wake views from a rear-facing private balcony. This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table, two chairs, and a relaxing view of the inspiring scenery surrounding you, whether a beautiful sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It’s also perfect to enjoy cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast. Balcony with 2 chairs and table. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Flat-panel television. Private bathroom with shower. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Spacious closet. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & bathroom amenities. Digital security safe.

Club Class Mini-Suite

Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower. Choose a luxurious Mini-Suite with balcony* which is substantially larger than a Balcony stateroom and receive a complimentary welcome glass of bubbly. Mini-Suites include a separate sitting area with sofa bed and two flat-panel televisions. For families or groups needing a little extra space, Mini-Suites offer an appealing and affordable option. Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman Bathroom tub and massage shower head Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors Separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly on embarkation day Luxury mattress topper and pillows Two flat-panel televisions Comfortable queen or two twin beds Refrigerator 100% cotton, high-thread count linens Complimentary 24-hour room service† Spacious closet Desk with chair Hair dryer & bathroom amenities Digital security safe

Family Suite with Balcony

Approximately 613 sq. ft. including balcony, the Two Bedroom Family Suite features 2 bedrooms to accommodate up to 6 passengers. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits. These suites are for larger families or groups traveling together and include special suite-only benefits and two bathrooms , connected by a large living room, which leads to an expansive private balcony. Each suite sleeps up to eight people. Mini-Suite stateroom connected to an inside cabin via a shared lounge. Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman. 2 bathrooms, one with bath tub the other with a walk-in shower. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table. Complimentary welcome glass of champagne on embarkation day. Luxury mattress topper and pillows. Two flat-panel televisions. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Flat-panel televisions. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities. Digital security safe. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Spacious closet.

Mini Suite with Balcony

Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower. Choose a luxurious Mini-Suite with balcony* which is substantially larger than a Balcony stateroom and receive a complimentary welcome glass of bubbly. Mini-Suites include a separate sitting area with sofa bed and two flat-panel televisions. For families or groups needing a little extra space, Mini-Suites offer an appealing and affordable option. Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman Bathroom tub and massage shower head Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors Separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly on embarkation day Luxury mattress topper and pillows Two flat-panel televisions Comfortable queen or two twin beds Refrigerator 100% cotton, high-thread count linens Complimentary 24-hour room service† Spacious closet Desk with chair Hair dryer & bathroom amenities Digital security safe

Owner's Suite with Balcony

Approximately 692 sq. ft. including balcony, the Owner's Suite features an expansive cabin and oversized aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits. Surrounding you with deluxe accommodations, a spacious Suite with balcony* includes all the amenities of a Club Class Mini-Suite, plus incredible premiums. Enjoy more living space, a sofa bed and separate seating areas, and wonderfully enhanced amenities that range from priority embarkation and disembarkation to a complimentary mini-bar setup in suite and so much more. Luxury balcony furniture including 2 loungers, 4 chairs, table and ottoman. 2 floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Separate sitting area with sofa bed, chair and 2 tables. One complimentary mini-bar setup and free daily bottled water. Spacious closet. Complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services. Complimentary Specialty Dining Dinner on embarkation evening. Priority specialty dining and shore excursion reservation. Priority disembarkation at tender ports. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Two flat-panel televisions. Private bathroom with tub and separate shower. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities. Digital security safe.

Premium Suite with Balcony

Approximately 705 sq. ft. including balcony, the Premium Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits. Surrounding you with deluxe accommodations, a spacious Suite with balcony* includes all the amenities of a Club Class Mini-Suite, plus incredible premiums. Enjoy more living space, a sofa bed and separate seating areas, and wonderfully enhanced amenities that range from priority embarkation and disembarkation to a complimentary mini-bar setup in suite and so much more. Luxury balcony furniture including 2 loungers, 4 chairs, table and ottoman. 2 floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Separate sitting area with sofa bed, chair and 2 tables. One complimentary mini-bar setup and free daily bottled water. Spacious closet. Complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services. Complimentary Specialty Dining Dinner on embarkation evening. Priority specialty dining and shore excursion reservation. Priority disembarkation at tender ports. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Two flat-panel televisions. Private bathroom with tub and separate shower. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities. Digital security safe.

Vista Suite with Balcony

Approximately 525 to 548 sq. ft. including balcony, the Vista Suite features a spacious cabin and aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits. Luxury balcony furniture including 2 loungers, 4 chairs, table and ottoman. 2 floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Separate sitting area with sofa bed, chair and 2 tables. One complimentary mini-bar setup and free daily bottled water. Spacious closet. Complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services. Complimentary Specialty Dining Dinner on embarkation evening. Priority specialty dining and shore excursion reservation. Priority disembarkation at tender ports. Comfortable queen or two twin beds. Refrigerator. Two flat-panel televisions. Private bathroom with tub and separate shower. 100% cotton, high-thread count linens. Complimentary 24-hour room service. Desk with chair. Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities. Digital security safe.
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