Thursday, 10 January 2013

Japan Explorer: 8 nights in August 2013

This Royal Caribbean cruise in August is a roundtrip from Shanghai in China, and visits 4 exotic ports over a leisurely 8 nights, so you can get in a nice mix of relaxing by the pool and exploring the delights of Japan!

Shanghai is a huge and bustling Chinese city, and could easily occupy you for a few days before or after your cruise. Once embarked and under way, the first stop is Jeju Island in South Korea, an idyllic isle reminiscent of Hawaii and a favouite for Korean honeymooners.

In Japan, the three ports of call are Nagoya, Tokyo and Beppu. The first two are amongst the country's largest cities. In Nagoya, don't miss the castle with two golden orcas on the roof, and in Tokyo you will find some impressive architecture and a buzzing city of lights, people, sounds and smells.

The final port of call is Beppu, where visitors enjoy the natural hot springs and the views of surrounding mountains. Take a soak before the ship returns to Shanghai over one sea day.

Hot Springs in Beppu
by Fredrik Rubensson Flickr Creative Commons

Operator: Royal Caribbean
Vessel: Mariner of the Seas
Ports of Call: Shanghai, Jeju Island, Nagoya, Tokyo, Beppu
Sailing Dates: August 6th 2013- August 14th 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 8 nights

Day 1: Shanghai, departing Tues 6 Aug 16:00
Day 2: Jeju Island, Wed 7 Aug 13:00- 20:00
Day 3: At sea
Day 4: Nagoya, Fri 9 Aug
Day 5: Tokyo, Sat 10 Aug 11:00- 22:00
Day 6: At sea
Day 7: Beppu, Mon 12 Aug 7:30- 16:30
Day 8: At sea
Day 9: Shanghai, arriving Wed 14 Aug 05:00

About the Mariner of the Seas

The Mariner of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships, and has received the Royal Advantage upgrade in 2012 to bring her in line with the best of the RCL ships. Additions to the ship include ship-wide wifi, flat-screen TVs in all cabins, extra restaurants, big screens by the pool and the digital 'Wayfinder' system which allows passengers to access maps, menus and timetables all over the ship. The ship has all the Royal Caribbean classics including a rock-climbing wall, ice rink and Royal Promenade, as well as rollerblading, mini-golf and many organised classes, quizzes, competitions and other activities during the day. Dining-wise, there is the three-deck main restaurant, Windjammer buffet, Boardwalk Dog House for hot dogs on the go, the Jade asian-influenced buffet, and many specialty restaurants with cover charges. These include Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table and Johnny Rocket's.

Mariner of the Seas' Promenade
by Rennett Stowe Flickr Creative Commons

Have a look here for great deals on the Japan Explorer cruise in August 2013!

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