Cruise Line's Fifth Japan Deployment Offers More Departures and Ports than Ever Before
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Feb 24, 2017) – Princess
the top North American cruise line in Japan, today announced its longest Japan cruise season yet
with an array of voyages from Tokyo and Kobe in 2018 that circumnavigate the
country, visiting top-rated cultural ports.
With Japanese maiden port calls to
Ishinomaki, Iwakuni, Niigata, Sakata, Toba and Yokkaichi, along with visits to
South Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the voyages are
designed to offer opportunities to explore the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage
sites and to participate in some of Japan's largest and most celebrated
cultural festivals and special events. In addition, cruisetour itineraries will
take travelers into the heart of Japanese culture in Kyoto and Tokyo, and
include visits to Togendai, Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage
A total of 63 voyages are open for sale on
ranging from four to 23 nights, with 38 destinations in seven countries. The
2018 season runs from April through December 2018.
"We are honored to bring guests more departures and visits to
top-rated ports in 2018 than ever before," said Jan Swartz, president of
Princess Cruises. "Through local cultural entertainment and culinary
experiences to our purpose-made ship specific to Japan; our guests are sure to
enjoy the most of this storied country at sea with Princess."
Japan program highlights include:
Festivals and Special Events
Three Spring Flowers voyages depart in April,
providing guests access to Japan's largest Tulip Fair and some of Japan's top
cherry blossom viewing sites, such as Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa.
Guests enjoy the best of summer festival time
in Japan as Princess Cruises offers five 8- to 19-day voyages visiting the
Aomori Nebuta and Akita Kanto festivals, with late night stays in both cities
to allow for even more exploration of these incredible events. The Aomori
Nebuta Festival features Nebuta float figures, music and many vibrant dancers.
The Akita Kanto features a procession of 200 bamboo poles with lanterns
weighing over 100 pounds all carried on the palms, foreheads, shoulders or
backs of the celebrants.
Six Fall Foliage voyages depart in early
October and November, bringing guests to regions of Japan that showcase the
brilliant changing colors of the Japanese maple and Ginkgo trees as summer
makes way for fall.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The 2018 Japan season features access to 12
UNESCO World Cruise Heritage Sites, including the historic temples and shrines
of Kyoto and Nara, the majestic Mt. Fuji, and the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima.
In 2018 Diamond Princess itineraries will
visit 12 ports with late night calls, featuring longer stays on every call to
Hakodate for breath-taking views of the city at night – nationally known as one
of Japan's top three night views.
For a shorter journey, there are five-night
voyages throughout the season sailing roundtrip from Tokyo, visiting Busan,
South Korea and Yokkaichi, a new port of call that provides access to the Ise
Grand Shrine and is just a stone's throw away from Matsusaka, known for the
exquisite Matsusaka Beef.
To further enhance the cruise line's Japanese
vacations, Princess Cruises offers two cruisetour options, available with
select cruises, to explore Kyoto and Tokyo. The Highlights of Japan cruisetour
includes the main sights in Kyoto and Tokyo, sightseeing at Nijo-jo Castle, the
famed Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and popular Japanese gardens. After
visiting central Tokyo, guests will visit Togendai, Lake Ashi and Mt. Fuji, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Temples & Traditions of Japan
cruisetour is an extended version of the Highlights of Japan with two
additional nights in the UNESCO Creative City of Kanazawa. This area is rich
with Japanese culture and tradition where guests can roam Higashi Chaya, an
iconic Geisha district, as well as Nomura Samurai House. Guests have the
opportunity to participate in a Japanese Washi paper-making demonstration as
well as a sushi-making experience.
An experienced tour director and most meals
are included on both cruisetour options.
While Diamond Princess features the
cruise line's signature innovations, such as the popular Movies Under the Stars
poolside theater and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat, it also
offers many unique features designed to enhance the Japanese cultural
experience onboard, including:
Japanese Bath – the largest of its kind at sea and modeled after the popular
Japanese onsen experience
Sushi restaurant – boasting made-to-order sushi and a full selection of
stations – serving up a rotating selection of ramen, soba and udon noodles
– a traditional Japanese omelet available daily for breakfast
Japanese entertainment offerings such as "rakugo" storytelling performances and
luxury brand duty-free shopping
In addition, dining room menus offer a wide
variety of international cuisine, including Japanese options on all menus, and
onboard collateral items and stateroom information are available in both
English and Japanese.
Diamond Princess was built by Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Japan – the first of two Princess ships built in
Additional information about Princess Cruises
is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or
by visiting the company's website at princess.com.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising,
Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of
18 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of
choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the
experience of exceptional customer service. As the world's largest
international premium cruise brand, Princess carries two million guests each
year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150
itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
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