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Imperial Asia & the South China Sea Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 24th Mar 2024
  • Seabourn Seabourn Sojourn
  • 39 Night Cruise From Taipei
  • Cruise Only From £13,489 pp

Itinerary

  • Taipei
  • Naha (Okinawa Is.)
  • Amami Oshima (Naze), Japan
  • Kagoshima
  • Hiroshima
  • Nagato, Japan
  • Sakaiminato
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Yeosu, South Korea
  • Nagasaki
  • Shanghai
  • Xiamen
  • Hong Kong
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Sanya
  • Da Nang
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sihanoukville
  • Ko Kood
  • Laem Chabang
  • Singapore

What's Included

  • Save up to 15%
  • Exclusive Extra Savings - Quote 'SAVE' - Ends 29 Feb!
  • Ask about up to $1000 On Board Spend
  • Unlimited Beverages
  • Speciality Dining
  • Gratuities
  • Ultra-luxurious, all-suite accommodation on board modern intimate ships
  • World-Class Dining with no Reservations Required
  • Complimentary fine wines, spirits, champagnes, ales and soft drinks
  • Gratuities neither required, nor expected
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Suite Steward ensuring your stay on board is perfect
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for Owner’s Suites & above
  • Premium and Penthouse suites offering larger accommodations and additional personal touches
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Book With Confidence - Best Fare Guarantee and 100% Future Cruise Credit guarantee
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

Prices from pp

TypeSuite
Cruise Only
£13,489

Cabins

CabinCruise Only From
Ocean View Suite
£13,489
Veranda Suite
£14,909
Penthouse Suite
£35,149

Includes extra savings of up to £710pp
Cruise Only - price based on cruise only, call to add flights from your regional airport.
Voyage Code: 5416

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Day 1 - Taipei

Arrive: Sun 24 March 2024 / Depart: Sun 24 March 2024 at 17:00

Keelung is the second largest port in Taiwan, and a booming trade industry has turned it into a very prosperous city and international seaport. However, the main reason for calling here is to travel inland to visit the contemporary metropolis of Taipei. Not long ago, the scenic valley of the Tanshui River was home to rice and vegetable farmers, but today it is the site of Taiwan's bustling center of culture, commerce and government.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - Naha (Okinawa Is.)

Arrive: Tue 26 March 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Tue 26 March 2024 at 19:00

Okinawa’s capital was heavily damaged during World War II. Its most famous landmark, the Chinese-style Shuri Castle, is a reconstruction, but well worth visiting, especially its impressive Shureimon gate, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Just nearby, a couple of relic sites remain: the stone houses and cobbled walkways of the Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and the tranquil Shikina-en Garden. The Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum reveals a great deal of the local history. Okinawa has long been famous for a distinctive style of ceramic wares, which are still made in Naha’s Tsuboya neighborhood. Visit the Tsuboya Pottery Museum to earn about the craft, then stroll the shops along Yachimun Street to pick up some examples as souvenirs.

Day 4 - Amami Oshima (Naze), Japan

Arrive: Wed 27 March 2024 at 09:00 / Depart: Wed 27 March 2024 at 16:00

The Amami Islands is an archipelago in the Satsunan Islands, which is part of the Ryukyu Islands, and is southwest of Kyushu. Administratively, the group belongs to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

Day 5 - Kagoshima

Arrive: Thu 28 March 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 28 March 2024 at 21:00

Capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture, Kagoshima faces the Kinko-wan Bay and the active Sakurajima Volcano. Kagoshima played an important role in Japanese history, starting in the early 7th century when Bounotsu Port was a base for trading with China and other Asian nations. The region, formerly known as Satsuma was dominated by 29 generations Shimazu lords for over 700 years until the 1867 Meiji Restoration. Between the 9th and 15th centuries, Satsuma was an important trading port with the countries of east Asia, as well as Europe, becoming one of Japan’s earliest points of contact with the West.

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Hiroshima

Arrive: Sat 30 March 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Sat 30 March 2024 at 18:00

Hiroshima means “wide island” in Japanese. The city was established in the 16th Century on Japan’s largest island, Honshu, and grew into an important shipping center and prefecture capital, boasting a fine castle. Although it was an important city in Japan throughout the imperial period, its reputation in the greater world was burned into history when it became to target of the first atomic bombing of a civilian target in August of 1945. The United States airplane Enola Gay dropped a nuclear device nicknamed “Little Boy” on the city that morning, obliterating everything within a two-kilometer radius and directly killing 80,000 people. Approximately 70 percent of Hiroshima’s buildings were destroyed. Within a year, injury and radiation illness had killed an additional 90, 000 to 116,000 citizens. The attacks on Hiroshima and nearby Nagasaki quickly led to the surrender of Japan and effectively precipitated the end of World War II in Asia. Within a few years, Hiroshima had begun to rebuild, and the city became the focus of an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons from future wars. Relics of its past such as the impressive Hiroshima Castle and the tranquil Shukkeien Garden were rebuilt, and the city undertook the construction of a Memorial Peace Park, which today attracts visitors from around the world. The park, which holds a museum and a memorial “Atomic Dome” constructed on the closest remaining building to the blast site, is a moving and impactful place of pilgrimage in this re-born City of Peace. One notable feature is a colorful memorial to Sadako Sasaki, a young woman whose dying wishes for world peace were recounted in the story A Thousand Paper Cranes.

Day 8 - Nagato, Japan

Arrive: Sun 31 March 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Sun 31 March 2024 at 18:00

Day 9 - Sakaiminato

Arrive: Mon 01 April 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Mon 01 April 2024 at 16:00

Renowned for its bounty of fresh seafood, Sakaiminato is a fishing town backed by mountains in the Honshu region. Izumo Grand Shrine is one of Japan’s most important Shinto temples, and the six-story, black Matsue Castle is one of the oldest surviving Tokugawa Samurai castles. View the snow-capped Mount Daisen, the vermilion, elaborately carved Hinomisaki temples or soak in the Kaike Onsen hot springs by the sea. The Adachi Museum holds a collection of modern Japanese art, while the Tottori Flower Road is a 124-acre flower garden. On the streets, a number of statues commemorate the Yokai figures created by the locally-born manga artist Mizuki Shigeru.

Day 10 - Busan, South Korea

Arrive: Tue 02 April 2024 at 08:00

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and the country's seaside connection to Japan and the West. Lovely urban scenery, the Pusan International Film Festival, and near-by hot springs has made Busan a popular leisure destination. Busan has the sophistication of a major city, as well as famous beaches that lure visitors from all over the world. The city is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose economic success often obscures, to Westerners, one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.

Day 11 - Busan, South Korea

Depart: Wed 03 April 2024 at 18:00

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and the country's seaside connection to Japan and the West. Lovely urban scenery, the Pusan International Film Festival, and near-by hot springs has made Busan a popular leisure destination. Busan has the sophistication of a major city, as well as famous beaches that lure visitors from all over the world. The city is a microcosm of South Korea, a nation whose economic success often obscures, to Westerners, one of Asia's most sophisticated and venerable cultures.

Day 12 - Yeosu, South Korea

Arrive: Thu 04 April 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Thu 04 April 2024 at 17:00

Old Yeosu City, founded in 1949, and Yeocheon City, founded in 1986, were merged into a new city in 1998. The city of Yeosu consists of the Yeosu peninsula as well as 317 islands (49 inhabited, 268 uninhabited). Lying about midway along the southern coast of South Korea, it is separated from Namhae County in South Gyeongsang Province to the east by a natural waterway. Yeosu translates to "Beautiful Waters."

Day 13 - Nagasaki

Arrive: Fri 05 April 2024 at 08:00

Nagasaki is situated on the West Coast of Kyushu on a scenic bay. Located closest to the Asian mainland, it has historically been an important trading center and highly influenced by Chinese culture. When Japan chose to isolate itself from the Western world for two hundred years starting in the mid 1600's, Nagasaki was the only port open to foreign vessels. In recent history, Nagasaki was the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, bringing an end to World War II.

Day 14 - Nagasaki

Depart: Sat 06 April 2024 at 18:00

Nagasaki is situated on the West Coast of Kyushu on a scenic bay. Located closest to the Asian mainland, it has historically been an important trading center and highly influenced by Chinese culture. When Japan chose to isolate itself from the Western world for two hundred years starting in the mid 1600's, Nagasaki was the only port open to foreign vessels. In recent history, Nagasaki was the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, bringing an end to World War II.

Day 15 - At Sea

Day 16 - Shanghai

Arrive: Mon 08 April 2024 at 07:00

"Paris of China" and "Pearl of the Orient," the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world's largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today's Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.

Day 17 - Shanghai

"Paris of China" and "Pearl of the Orient," the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world's largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today's Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.

Day 18 - Shanghai

Depart: Wed 10 April 2024 at 16:00

"Paris of China" and "Pearl of the Orient," the vibrant city of Shanghai is a shining symbol of the economic emergence of the world's largest nation. A comfortable jumble of old and new, it is a city in seemingly unstoppable transition. Like the rest of China, Shanghai is undergoing one of the fastest economic expansions the world has ever seen, yet has striven to retain its historical roots. Today's Shanghai is a montage of stunning architecture, mixed with noble reminders of long-gone eras. Shanghai, as you soon discover, has many faces.

Day 18 - Cruising The Yangtze Estuary

Day 19 - At Sea

Day 20 - Xiamen

Arrive: Fri 12 April 2024 at 11:00 / Depart: Fri 12 April 2024 at 23:00

Xiamen, facing the Taiwan Strait, has always been an important trading port. One of the earliest treaty ports opened to foreign trade in Chinese history, Europeans settled in Xiamen in the 1800s, leaving behind remnants of their architectural styles. Xiamen's rich cultural heritage and fascinating history is evident throughout this coastal city, and its surrounding countryside offers spectacular scenery, sub-tropical parks and pleasing tree-lined beaches.

Day 21 - At Sea

Day 22 - Hong Kong

Arrive: Sun 14 April 2024 at 07:00

Hong Kong is divided into four sections: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and the numerous outlying islands. One hundred sixty-four square miles of dense real estate dominate Hong Kong Island, including enormous skyscrapers with futuristic architecture, opulent hotels, residential compounds on Victoria Peak, and some of the oldest Chinese communities in the region. All these elements create one of the most exotic and exciting ports of call in the world; one that is universally loved by tourists and its own enterprising citizens.

Day 23 - Hong Kong

Depart: Mon 15 April 2024 at 23:00

Hong Kong is divided into four sections: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and the numerous outlying islands. One hundred sixty-four square miles of dense real estate dominate Hong Kong Island, including enormous skyscrapers with futuristic architecture, opulent hotels, residential compounds on Victoria Peak, and some of the oldest Chinese communities in the region. All these elements create one of the most exotic and exciting ports of call in the world; one that is universally loved by tourists and its own enterprising citizens.

Day 24 - At Sea

Day 25 - Ha Long Bay

Arrive: Wed 17 April 2024 at 08:00

Just off the coast of Vietnam, a myriad of karstic islands are clustered in this picturesque setting. Looming out of the sea, undercut by erosions into fantastic shapes, they reminded the Vietnamese of the looping back of a swimming dragon. Scattered among them, whole communities of fishing families live most of their lives on sampans, trading among themselves and periodically going into nearby towns such as Haiphong to sell their catch and buy supplies.

Day 26 - Ha Long Bay

Depart: Thu 18 April 2024 at 15:00

Just off the coast of Vietnam, a myriad of karstic islands are clustered in this picturesque setting. Looming out of the sea, undercut by erosions into fantastic shapes, they reminded the Vietnamese of the looping back of a swimming dragon. Scattered among them, whole communities of fishing families live most of their lives on sampans, trading among themselves and periodically going into nearby towns such as Haiphong to sell their catch and buy supplies.

Day 27 - Sanya

Arrive: Fri 19 April 2024 at 10:00 / Depart: Fri 19 April 2024 at 18:00

Hainan is the largest island administered by the People’s Republic of China, and comprises the lion’s share of the nation’s smallest and southernmost province. Warm and tropical, it has earned a reputation as “China’s Hawaii.” In fact most of the island is given over to facilities and services catering to visitors. The Serenity Coast, DadongHai, Yalong Bay and Haitang Bay all are filled with restaurants, resorts and hotels, and shopping malls suited to serve tourists from Asia, Russia and all over the world. One of the island’s top attractions is the 20 square-mile Nanshan Park, developed in 1988 to celebrate 2,000 years of Buddhism in China. There is a large Nanshan Temple, and numerous smaller pagodas and temples, as well as the world’s tallest Buddhist statue, a three-sided depiction of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin rising from the sea. Further afield, the newly developed Yanoda Rainforest Park has boardwalks winding through huge ancient trees and lush tropical vegetation.

Day 28 - Da Nang

Arrive: Sat 20 April 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Sat 20 April 2024 at 18:00

Da Nang, known as Tourane by the French, succeeded Hoi An as the most important port in central Vietnam during the 19th century. Today, Da Nang's distance from other power centers, its natural endowments, (the port and proximity to Laos and Thailand), and its high degree of provincial autonomy allows for considerable local initiative. Among the Da Nang area sites of interest to visitors are the Marble Mountains, China Beach, the ancient port town of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue.

Day 29 - At Sea

Day 30 - Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive: Mon 22 April 2024 at 09:00

Ho Chi Minh City covers an area of more than 800 square miles, stretching westward from the South China Sea to the Cambodian border. Its land is overwhelmingly rural, dotted with villages and clusters of houses set amidst rice paddies. The downtown section of Ho Chi Minh City is still known as Saigon, and it is here the economic changes sweeping Vietnam and their social implications are most evident. The level of activity and energy of this city will amaze you, and make it clear that this country does not intend to stand still.

Day 31 - Ho Chi Minh City

Depart: Tue 23 April 2024 at 16:00

Ho Chi Minh City covers an area of more than 800 square miles, stretching westward from the South China Sea to the Cambodian border. Its land is overwhelmingly rural, dotted with villages and clusters of houses set amidst rice paddies. The downtown section of Ho Chi Minh City is still known as Saigon, and it is here the economic changes sweeping Vietnam and their social implications are most evident. The level of activity and energy of this city will amaze you, and make it clear that this country does not intend to stand still.

Day 32 - At Sea

Day 33 - Sihanoukville

Arrive: Thu 25 April 2024 at 07:00 / Depart: Thu 25 April 2024 at 20:00

Sihanoukville, also known as Kampong Som, is located in southern Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand, and is Cambodia's only international marine port. Its beaches are the most prominent natural feature of the city, spanning most of the surrounding coastline. Sihanoukville has several cultural sites, including Victory Monument built to symbolize friendship with Vietnam, and Independence Square, constructed in honor of independence and the Cambodians that lost their lives defending their country.

Day 34 - Ko Kood

Arrive: Fri 26 April 2024 at 08:00 / Depart: Fri 26 April 2024 at 17:00

Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is administrated as part of the Ko Kut District in Thailand's Trat Province.

Day 35 - Laem Chabang

Arrive: Sat 27 April 2024 at 08:00

Bangkok is a city of endless fascination. Spiked with countless high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, Bangkok is an exhilarating mix of chaos and refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, early-morning alms-giving rituals and ultra hip designer boutiques. In the heart of the city is the Chao Phraya River, its vast network of canals (klongs) as important to local transportation as the intricate road system. There is a wealth of history and culture to be discovered here: palaces, temples, markets, and exquisite classical Thai dance performances.

Day 36 - Laem Chabang

Depart: Sun 28 April 2024 at 18:00

Bangkok is a city of endless fascination. Spiked with countless high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, Bangkok is an exhilarating mix of chaos and refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, early-morning alms-giving rituals and ultra hip designer boutiques. In the heart of the city is the Chao Phraya River, its vast network of canals (klongs) as important to local transportation as the intricate road system. There is a wealth of history and culture to be discovered here: palaces, temples, markets, and exquisite classical Thai dance performances.

Day 37 - At Sea

Day 38 - At Sea

Day 39 - Singapore

Arrive: Wed 01 May 2024 at 07:00

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.

Day 40 - Singapore

Depart: Thu 02 May 2024

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.

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Seabourn Sojourn enchants her guests with an array of public areas scaled to encourage a relaxed sociability. One of the most unusual features of Seabourn Sojourn and her sisters is Seabourn Square, an ingenious "living room" that replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby with a welcoming lounge filled with easy chairs, sofas and cocktail tables; making it more inviting and relaxing on a small ship cruise. An enclave in its center houses knowledgeable concierges discreetly seated at individual desks.

Ship Cabins

Ocean View Suite

Located on Deck 4; Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature: A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower.

Ocean View Suite

Located on Deck 4; Approximately 295 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space All Ocean View Suites feature A large picture window Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two, walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Veranda Suite

Located on Deck 5; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Veranda Suite

Located on Deck 6; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Veranda Suite

Located on Deck 7; Approximately 300 square feet (28 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 65 square feet (6 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower

Grand Wintergarden Suite

Approximately 1189 square feet (110 square meters) of inside space, plus two verandas totaling 214 square feet (20 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature: Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.

Owner's Suite

Approximately 526 and 593 square feet (49 and 55 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 133 & 354 square feet (12 and 33 square meters). Owner's Suites feature: Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.

Penthouse Spa Suite

Approximately 536 to 539 square feet (50 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 167 to 200 square feet (16 to 19 square meters) All Penthouse Spa Suite feature Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity

Penthouse Suite

Approximately 436 square feet (41 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 98 square feet (9 square meters) All Penthouse Suite feature Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity.

Signature Suite

Approximately 859 square feet (80 square meters) of inside space, plus one veranda of 493 square feet (46 square meters) Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service.
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