B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
2019 Far East Asia Cruise
Tokyo Pre – Cruise Stay
Day 1**Oct.13 | Honolulu –> Tokyo
We start our adventure by boarding an international flight to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, and one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Oct.14 | Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel.
Day 3**Oct.15 | Tokyo – Yokohama – Diamond Princess Cruise |(B)
This morning, we will transfer to Osanbashi Passenger Terminal to embark on the newly renovated Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. The ship boasts 700 balconies, perfect for capturing incredible landscapes and intriguing city skylines across the globe. As one of only two Princess Cruise ships built in Japan, it’s not surprising this unique vessel can often be found sailing to the most intriguing vacation destinations abroad.
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Cruise Onboard Diamond Princess
Tokyo Post – Cruise Tour
Day 18**Oct.30 | Yokohama – Tokyo –> Honolulu
Arrive at Osanbashi Passenger Terminal. After disembarking, we will transfer to Tokyo for last minute shopping. We will visit Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale market for fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables in central Tokyo. Over ten warehouses serve as the distribution centers for food products. Handling 2000 tons of marine products every day, it has become one of the world’s largest fish markets. We can enjoy our lunch here and try the fresh seafood. After that, we will transfer to Odaiba and visit the 19-meter tall Gundam RX 0 Statue, one of the most significant comic attractions in Japanese cartoon (manga) industry. Today Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for local residents and tourists alike. Enjoy our last minute shopping time here before transferring to Narita International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Cruise to Far East Asia.
7 Shore Excursions Included
Shore Excursions 1
Oct.17 (Thu) | Japan – Kagoshima Tour with Shopping (4 Hours)
Kagoshima 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. Upon arrival at the port of Kagoshima, we will transfer to Shiroyama Park. Shiroyama, also called Castle Mountain, is a 107-meter hill located in the center of Kagoshima city. Its name comes from the fact that it was once the site of a castle. The observatory located at the end of the promenade is a magnificent photo spot overlooking Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay. After that, we will go to our favorite shop, Daiso at Frespo Jungle Park. Daiso is a large franchise of 100-yen shops founded in Japan. It offers a wide array of goods, including clothing, kitchenware, food and stationery on four floors at 105 yen per item. We can spend our entire time shopping here. Enjoy free time to shop prior to our relaxing and scenic drive back to our ship.
Shore Excursions 2
Oct.19 (Sat) | China – Xiamen Gulangyu Highlights (5 Hours)
Xiamen is a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan. Upon arrive at the port, we will take the ferry to Gulangyu Island, a National Scenic Spot and one of Xiamen’s most popular tourist attractions. The island’s idyllic environment is in itself a national treasure, one that is actively protected by a mandate against gas powered vehicles. We will explore the island in golf carts that will provide panoramic views of the countryside. Then, we will stop at Piano Museum. As a place of residence for Westerners during Xiamen’s colonial past, Gulangyu is famous for its architecture and for hosting China’s only piano museum, giving it the nickname of “Piano Island” or “The Town of Pianos” or “The Island of Music”. There are over 200 pianos on this island. We can also visit the Gulandyu History Museum. After that, enjoy your time before we take the ferry back to the ship.
Shore Excursions 3
Oct.21 (Mon) | Vietnam – Best of Da Nang (7 Hours) | (L)
Da Nang is the biggest commercial, educational and transportation hub of this part of Vietnam, but before its modern incarnation, this region was part of the Champa Kingdom, which ruled here between the 7th and early 19th centuries. Some descendants of this kingdom, the Cham people, still live in this region and speak a distinct Malayo-Polynesian language. First, we will transfer to Marble Mountain Village, one of the premier attractions in Da Nang. This group of five striking limestone and marble hills marks the site of caves, temples and, at its base, lovely gardens and a stone-carving village, where sculptors create beautiful artwork from the local marble. Explore the Marble Mountains Cave of Heaven & Hell to admire the many altars carved into stone in the depths of the mountain. Conclude our day with a relaxing visit to Marble Mountain Beach where you’ll enjoy refreshments and the natural beauty of this spot that was made famous during the Vietnam War, when American GIs spent time swimming and surfing on their off-hours at this glorious stretch of golden sand. Now, the beach attracts surfers and tourists from around the world. After enjoying the famous traditional Vietnamese Noodles Lunch, we will have a brief visit at the bustling Han Market before heading back to the pier. Originally a small trading post during Vietnam’s time under French control, it has developed into a large marketplace offering flowers, footwear, fabrics, and fruit at excellent prices.
Shore Excursions 4
Oct.22 (Tue) | Vietnam – Halong Bay Cruise (3.5 Hours)
With an armada of mythical islands rising from sheltered waters and a necklace of emerald lagoons joined by low-slung limestone caves, Halong Bay creates the kind of beauty that is truly one-of-a-kind. We will meet our captain and crew when we will step aboard the Halong Bay version of a classic local junk. Junks were efficient and sturdy ships that sailed long distances as early as the 2nd century A.D. They incorporated numerous technical advances in sail plan and hull design that were later adopted in Western shipbuilding. Glide across the tranquil bay immersed in the exceptional beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Words can barely describe the unique topography created over millions of years by the natural processes of uplift and erosion. Ancient legend casts a magical light on how the region came to be. When Vietnam was in its infancy, it was beset by invaders so the gods enlisted the help of a family of dragons. The dragons spit jewels and jade on the waters, creating rugged islands upon which the enemy’s boats were destroyed. After the victory, the mother dragon and her babies decided to live forever more in Halong, adding to the beauty of this unbelievable sea scape. Marvel as the island silhouettes magically change with the angle of light and viewpoint, adding continual interest to your leisurely cruise.
Shore Excursions 5
Oct.24 (Thu) | China – Best of Hong Kong (8 Hours) | (L)
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities where East truly meets West. It is one of the world’s most significant financial centers, shopping and food paradise cities. First, we will travel to Victoria Peak, 1,805 feet above sea level. Have your cameras ready as we take in panoramic views of the island, harbor and Kowloon Peninsula. Take time to peruse shops for souvenirs of our peak visit. After lunch, we will enjoy shopping in Stanley Market. The street is a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong and has since become a major tourist attraction. Enjoy free time to browse, shop or just sightsee. After that, we will go to Repulse Bay, a bay in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District of Hong Kong. It is one of the most expensive residential areas in Hong Kong.
Shore Excursions 6
Oct.26 (Sat) | Taiwan – Taipei Discovery Tour (7 Hours) | (L)
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. The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas on this fascinating island in the East China Sea. After we arrive the port of Keelung, we will transfer to Taipei. Our first stop is the National Palace Museum which has one of the world’s largest collections of priceless Chinese art treasures. More than 620,000 art objects are currently stored in the museum. Then we will enjoy our lunch at Taiwan’s iconic Din Tai Fung, a world-famous, award-winning restaurant specializing in Xiaolongbao (small steamed dumplings). Afterward, we will drive to Taipei 101, located in Xinyi business district (the most developed business district in the capital city of Taipei). Taipei 101 is a landmark skyscraper of Taipei, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center and was ranked as the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. We can also walk around the Xin Yi Commercial Center, a newly developed area in Taiwan. It is a modern place for the younger generation to hang out.
Shore Excursions 7
Oct.27 (Sun) | Japan – Shurijo Castle & Kokusai Street (4.5 Hours)
The largest island in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa has been a center of trade and a source for conflict through its history. Upon arrival at the port, we will visit Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom and cultural center of the Ryukyu Island until 1879. It was almost completely destroyed in 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa. In 1992, it was reconstructed on the original site based on photographs, historical records, and memory. One might be in for a surprise as the architecture of the castle is very different from other Japanese castles. After that, we can enjoy our shopping at Kokusai Dori, literally “International Road”, is Naha’s main street, stretching for roughly two kilometers through downtown Naha. After enjoy our shopping here, we will return to our ship.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $600 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of payment is due on Jun 15, 2019. In the event balance of payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a cancellation fee.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. $200 penalty if you cancel within Jun 15 – Jul 15, 2019.
The cancellation fee will be as follows if cancelled after:
** Jun 15, 2019, $200 plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Jul 15, 2019, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Aug 15, 2019 or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute/replacement shall not be accepted. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make your reservation
Price from: $4,488.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $2400)