B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Singapore Pre – Cruise Tour
Day 1**Jan 30 | Honolulu – Narita
We start our vacation by boarding an international flight bound for Singapore via Narita. Snack and meals will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Jan 31 | Narita – Singapore
Upon our arrival at the Singapore Changi International Airport, an Air and Sea Travel representative will escort us to our hotel. Singapore is the world’s only sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. This Garden City is a great stopover with skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city, a medley of Chinese, Malay, and Indian influences, a tropical climate, tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant night-life scene.
Day 3**Feb 1 | Singapore | (B, L)
After breakfast, we can explore the city on our own. After a Savory Seafood meal for our lunch, we will enjoy our half day city tour in Singapore. First, we will proceed to Merlion Park and Old Parliament House. Then we will visit Gardens By The Bay, One of Singapore’s top attractions is a flora wonderland. Located next to Marina Bay Sands, this 101-hectare attraction features award-winning conservatories, the iconic Supertrees, and plants that come from temperate and tropical forests. We will get to spend some time exploring the maze of awning-draped shops and market stalls in Singapore’s Chinatown. Tonight, we will enjoy our own dinner in Hawker centre, housing many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food.
Day 4**Feb 2 | Singapore – Diamond Princess Cruise | (B)
After breakfast, enjoy our morning before we transfer to Port Singapore to embark on the Diamond Princess. 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.
Tokyo Post – Cruise Tour
Day 16**Feb 14 | Yokohama – Tokyo – Honolulu
Arrive at Osanbashi Passenger Terminal. After disembarking, we will transfer to Tokyo for the city tour. First, we will visit the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. It is located in an evergreen forest that covers an area of 700,000 square meters (about 175 acres). The forest has 120,000 trees of 365 different species donated by people throughout Japan when the shrine was established. Many visitors to the forest use it as a recreation and relaxation area in the center of Tokyo. The Naien is the inner precinct, which is centered on the shrine buildings and includes a treasure museum that houses articles of the Emperor and Empress. The museum is built in the Azekurazukuri style. The Gaien is the outer precinct, which includes the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery that houses a collection of 80 large murals illustrative of the events in the lives of the Emperor and his consort. It also includes a variety of sports facilities, including the National Stadium (Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium and later, since 1956, on the same site Tokyo Olympic Stadium), and the Meiji Memorial Hall (originally used for governmental meetings, including discussions surrounding the drafting of the Meiji Constitution in the late 19th century). Today it is used for Shinto weddings. After that, we will process to Senso-ji (,Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is Tokyo’s oldest and one of its most significant temples. The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Dominating the entrance to the temple is the Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”, a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Beyond the Kaminarimon is Nakamise-dori with its shops, followed by the Hōzōmon or “Treasure House Gate” which provides the entrance to the inner complex. Within the precincts stand A Stately Five-story Pagoda and the Main Hall, devoted to Kannon Bosatsu. Catering to the visiting crowds, the surrounding area has many traditional shops and eating places that feature traditional dishes (hand-made noodles, sushi, tempura, etc.). These shops themselves are part of a living tradition of selling things to pilgrims who walked to Senso-ji. 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 Southeast Asia and Japan Cruise.
5 Shore Excursions Included
Shore Excursions 1
Feb 4 (Mon) | Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) Highlight Tour (8 Hours) | (L)
Today, we will arrive at the port of Phu My (pronounced “Foo Me”), the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City and the seaside resort of Vung Tau. Over three decades have passed since the Vietnam War ended with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. The city remains a major trading center since the 18th century. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles fly down the boulevards at dizzying speeds. We encounter friendly faces and warm greetings everywhere. As we follow the Saigon River and pass through a landscape of small villages, rice paddy fields, and rubber trees, we will arrive at Ho Chi Minh City. We will have an orientation tour of the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, the French Colonial Post Office and a photo stop at Independence Palace or the Former Presidential Palace of South Vietnamese government before 1975. After that, we will proceed to the Ho Chi Minh Park for a Special Event, Chinese New Year Flower Street. Every New Year, Ho Chi Minh Park is blocked off to make a Flower Street to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Let us enjoy the beautiful flowers and Chinese New Year Eve atmosphere here. After enjoying the famous traditional Vietnamese Noodles Lunch, we will have a brief visit at Ben Thanh Market to shop before heading back to the pier.
Shore Excursions 2
Feb 7 (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 Peak Tram Station for an 8-minute tram ride to the summit of 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. Visit Aberdeen, a picturesque village that is home to thousands of “water people” who live aboard their junks and sampans (flat-bottomed boats). Board a sampan for a short tour of the calm waters of the Inner Harbor among the countless boats there. Step aboard one of the famous floating restaurants for our lunch, famous Cantonese Dim Sum. Dim Sum is originally from Canton, and prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. 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 prior to our relaxing and scenic drive back to our ship.
Shore Excursions 3
Feb 9 (Sat) | Taiwan – Taipei Discovery Tour (8 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 Longshan Temple, a typical example of Taiwanese classical architecture filled with deities and fine stone and wood carvings. After that, we will visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – a famous monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and former President of the Republic of China. 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 go to Yong Kang Street, one of the most famous streets in Taipei, known for its delicious foods and drinks. Feast on unforgettable dim sum and try the refreshing mango shaved ice on your own. Enjoy our shopping before we drive back to our ship.
Shore Excursions 4
Feb 12 (Tue) | Japan – Best of Osaka | (8 Hours)
For centuries, Osaka was Japan’s cultural and commercial gateway to Asia – the point of entry both for trade goods and, most importantly, cultural influences that shaped Japanese society. First, we will visit the Osaka Castle, a popular tourist spot and a striking historical landmark in the middle of a modern urban cityscape of high-rise concrete blocks. The castle stands in an expansive lawn covered park and consists of a complex network of moats, turrets, and walls surrounding a massive central tower. We will visit the Castel Tower which houses an informative museum about the castle’s history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was the largest castle at the time it was built. We will transfer to Kuromon Ichiba, is a lively covered market which stretches for 580 meters in Osaka’s Chuo Ward. One reason for the market’s popularity is that many stalls will prepare, cook and serve their food to you right on the spot. This makes it an excellent venue for strolling, sampling, and snacking on a delicious variety of fresh market foods. We will enjoy our own lunch here. After that, we will enjoy our shopping in Shinsaibashi, the largest and best known shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops attract local people and visitors. The Shinsaibashi evolved from the arcaded streets “Shinsaibashi Shopping Street”. With a history of 380 years, it was already an established shopping area in the Edo Period. Shops of all kinds and for all ages line the street, a roofed arcade 600 meters long. Dōtonbori is another principal tourist destination in Osaka. One of the area’s most prominent landmarks is “The Glico Man”, a billboard for confectionery company Glico displaying the image of a runner crossing the finish line and is an icon of Osaka within Japan. After our last minute shopping, we will transfer to Osaka port and board to our ship.
Shore Excursions 5
Feb 13 (Wed) | Japan (Shimizu) – Fuji Hakone National Park (6 Hours) | (L)
Today we head to Fuji Hakone National Park. Upon arrival, we will enjoy our lunch before visit the National park. We can enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashi on a medieval sailing vessel and enjoy the picturesque Mt. Fuji. After that, we will take the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway, from the shore of Lake Ashinoko to the Komagatake peak of Mount Hakone. When visibility is good, panoramic views of Lake Ashinoko and Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the ropeway’s upper station. Then we will leave Hakone and transfer to Shimizu port to board our ship.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
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