Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Japan and Korea: 12 nights in July 2013

Experience the delights of Asia in this great 12-night cruise. It leaves from Kobe and returns to Tokyo, visiting many ports in Japan and one in South Korea along the way. July means summer in Japan, so you can enjoy a break from southern hemisphere rain and cold and experience oriental sunshine!

This cruise allows for more than one day in two of the cities- Kobe and Hiroshima. This takes away the rushed feeling that many cruises can have, and allows more in-depth exploration of these places. Several days in Kobe means a chance to explore the parks, restaurants, shops and everything else this city has to offer, and to see the beautiful lights of Kobe by night!

The first stop after leaving Kobe is Hiroshima, of atomic bomb fame. Now, the city is testament to human will at overcoming such a disaster. Visitors can visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, as well as see some of the ruins left by the bomb.Nearby Myajima island is also a beautiful spot to visit. The only Vietnamese port of call comes next, Busan, which is a fascinating cities where old mixes with new.

Ruins at Hiroshima
by xiquinhosilva Flickr Creative Commons

 Back in Japan, the ship calls in at Sakaiminato, Maizuru and Kanazawa along the country's western coast. Over these three days you will come across beaches, history and phenomenal shopping at Kanazawa, a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Aomori in northern Japan comes next, a beautiful place of apple orchards and cherry blossoms with a troubled past, being destroyed twice, once by fire and once by war. The final port is Muroran, and after a day spent there the ship disembarks in the bustling city of Tokyo.

Operator: Princess Cruises
Vessel: Sun Princess
Ports of Call: Kobe, Hiroshima, Busan, Sakaiminato, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Aomori, Muroran, Tokyo
Sailing Dates: Tuesday 2nd July 2013- Sunday 14th July 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 12 nights

Day 1: Kobe, Tues 2 Jul 0:00
Day 2: Kobe, Wed 3 Jul
Day 3: Kobe, departing Thurs 4 Jul 04:00
Day 3: Hiroshima, arriving Thurs 4 Jul 20:00
Day 4: Hiroshima, departing Fri 5 Jul 16:00
Day 5: Busan, Sat 6 Jul 07:00- 17:00
Day 6: Sakaiminato, Sun 7 Jul 06:00- 18:00
Day 7: Maizuru, Mon 8 Jul 07:00- 20:00
Day 8: Kanazawa, Tues 9 Jul 07:00- 23:00
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: Aomori, Thurs 11 Jul 07:00- 18:00
Day 11: Muroran, Fri 12 Jul 07:00- 18:00
Day 12: At sea
Day 13: Tokyo, arriving Sun 14 Jul 07:00

About the Sun Princess

Sun Princess
by Suzumiya Haruke Flickr Creative Commons

The Sun Princess is one of Princess Cruise's Australia-based ships, recently updated to include the Adults-Only Sanctuary and the Movies Under the Stars feature. There is traditional a la carte dining in the Regency Dining Room, the Horizon Court buffet, a grill, pizzeria, patisserie and more included in your cruise fare, and the Sterling Steakhouse for specialty dining. Evening entertainment includes the theatres, bars, aforementioned Movies Under the Stars, lounges and the casino. During the day, you have the option of chilling out on a lounger at the pool or in the Oasis, or keeping active with the gym, sports courts and shuffleboard. Enrich your mind with classes and lectures in the Scholarsip@Sea program, shop, read in the library or find out what organised activities are taking place that day!

See here for a great deal on the Japan and Korea cruise in July 2013!

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