Timeless traditions blend with modern sensibilities
Ancient sights sit shoulder-to-shoulder with glittering skyscrapers
Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.
Enjoy a voyage of discovery to a dramatically different world where an oriental ambience, unique to the exotic East, pervades everyday life.
Japan, the land of the rising sun, is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It is home to both cutting-edge technology and ancient traditions. In Tokyo, enjoy the super-efficient metro, shop for high tech gadgets and be dazzled by the neon lights. Or step away and experience the beauty the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or a traditional tea ceremony in one of Tokyo’s teahouses.
Other highlights of your Japan Cruise include Mount Fuji, the snow-capped volcano that is a World Heritage Site. And, further round the coast, visit the atmospheric Nagasaki Peace Park, a moving memorial to the awful events at the end of the Second World War. And there is so much more, from cherry blossom in spring to the joys of sushi to the ancient temples and the traditions that include Geisha girls and samurai warriors. Get the full Japanese experience on your next cruise with Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruises
If you’re looking for adventure, China is a location steeped in fascinating history. Chinese culture is so unique, and what better way to explore this captivating country than by cruise ship? You can explore this land of exotic culture and ancient history through a range of luxurious and affordable China cruises.
China is a huge country with a diverse variety of wonders to visit, many of which have to be seen to be believed. From the dominating skyscrapers of Shanghai and Hong Kong to the marvels of the Terracotta Warriors in Beijing – China has it all!
Of course, you can’t visit China without walking along its most famous landmark – The Great Wall of China. Just the sheer scale of this world wonder will take your breath away. This isn’t the only landmark in China though, as the country is immersed in much cultural antiquity. Treat your taste buds to one of the many delicacies in the tradition food markets. You can even be adventurous and try snacks such as deep-fried grasshopper – it might seem strange to the Western palate, but millions of people enjoy this nutritious delicacy every day. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Hong Kong is a magnet for cruise ships carrying passengers from the four corners of the globe. Carriers include Oceana Cruises, Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, and Crystal Cruises.
It attracts a host of cargo vessels carrying their wares across the oceans. It is also a prime shopping destination, and if you are cruising to Hong Kong, you will not even have to leave the terminal for some first-rate retail therapy.
During World War II on 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Approximately 130,000 people were killed, and 60% of the city was destroyed. After that, the city was rebuilt and slowly began to thrive again.
Many cruise operators, including Cunard Line, Seabourn and Silver Sea, include the port on their itineraries, and when cruising to Hiroshima, it’s a good idea to plan your visit ahead, as there is so much to see.
Shanghai, located by the Huang Pu River is a coastal city on the Yangtze River Delta in the central-eastern region of China. It is the nation’s commercial capital and one of the busiest ports in the world. With approximately 20 million people in its metropolitan area, Shanghai is one of the most populous industrial areas in the world.
Weather in Shanghai is marked by harsh cold winters beginning in January and lasting through March. Moisture in the air often makes it feel colder than the actual temperatures. Summer runs April to September or October and is marked by heat and high humidity. Rain can occur year round but July is traditionally the wettest month. The nicest time to visit is undoubtedly autumn. Beginning in September or October and lasting into November, this is the driest period and is also the most temperate.
The top ten attractions in Tianjin, known as Jinmen Shijing, are Gu Wenhua Jie, Dagu Emplacement, Huangyaguan Great Wall, Dule Temple, Haihe River, Water Park, Panshan Mountain, Hotel Street and Food Street, Tianjin TV & Radio Tower and Zhonghuan Cailian. There are also many natural scenes of beauty as well as great historical events.
When cruising to Yokohama you will arrive at the Osanbashi cruise terminal. This is a modern state-of-the-art terminal and has excellent transport links. A public bus service runs every ten minutes between the terminal and Yokohama Station. The station is for downtown, and serves as a hub for rail links to Tokyo and other destinations. The pier is one of the best spots for a walk in Yokohama and has splendid views of the Minato Mirai skyline.
The weather in Beijing falls into four seasons; autumn, which begins in August and runs through October is the nicest time to visit. Temperatures are generally comfortable and the area is largely free of precipitation. Bear in mind however, this is prime tourist season and the attractions tend to be crowded this time of year.
When visiting Beijing, the first site many people visit is The Great Wall. A particularly special section worth seeing is The Great Wall at Badalang. Approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Beijing, this area of The Wall is very representative of the Ming Dynasty, and is renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty and has been visited by more than 420 foreign leaders and heads of state.
Both small and medium-sized cruise ships are able to fit under the Rainbow Bridge dock at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal located on Harumi Island. From there it is easy to get into the centre of Tokyo by water bus, bus, or metro. Taxis are also available. Larger cruise ships, assuming they are cruising to Tokyo and not Yokohama, must dock at the Oi Marine Products Wharf south of the main waterfront area. Shuttle buses are on hand to ferry passengers to the Shinagawa JR train station.
Cruises that include Tokyo may also include other countries in the region, such as South Korea, Taiwan, China, or Russia Others simply cover Japan itself, and the embarkation or debarkation point is often Yokohama, which is the gateway to Tokyo. All the cruise lines offer excursions at each of their ports, and these are worth considering, especially if time is short. Alternatively, you may prefer to make your own arrangements.
Located on the Shima Peninsula in far eastern Mie Prefecture, facing Ise Bay of the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Toba. Surrounded by beautiful ocean, secluded islands and most notably famous for its AMA diver culture. The AMA Divers is a powerful romantic tradition of Woman free diving into the depths for treasures such as oysters, abalone and other shellfish. This traditional way of fishing has been recorded as far back as 750AD. Due to the areas traditions and a unique history it is no surprise some of the best seafood in Japan can be found here. Other attractions include the Ise-Jingu Shrine, pearl farm and Aquarium.