The Carnival Corporation recently unveiled its plans for 2016 Japan cruise ship trips from Kobe and Tokyo in 2016 that will stop at ports around the country as well as ports of call in Korea, Taiwan and Russia. The stopovers on the cruises will provide cruise-goers with the opportunity to explore UNESCO Word Heritage sites, including such attractions as the seventh-century Bulguska Temple in Gyeong-Ju, the Korean capital and the Shurijo Castle in Okinawa. Cruise travelers on Carnival’s Hokkaido Island cruises will be able to visit the Shiretoko Peninsula – one of the few places worldwide that features more than one species of porpoises, dolphins and whales.
In addition, summer festivals, during Japanese voyages, will highlight firework displays and lantern processionals. Cruise festival entertainment will include the Kagoshima Summer Night Fireworks and the Nagoya’s Toyohashi Fire Festival. The Nebuta Festival, also taking place during summer cruise excursions, will feature vivid and colorful floats, musicians and dancers. Bookings for the cruises are available beginning April 16, 2015 for voyages that will run from April to October. Cruises will visit ports of call on Japan’s Kyushu Island as well as ports in Miyazaki, the Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan.
Japanese voyages on the Diamond Princess will also include onboard dining experiences and amenities. Besides first-class international cuisines, voyagers can enjoy Japanese entrees, many of which will be featured in the ship’s Kai Sushi restaurant, featuring made-to-order sushi and a complete selection of sake. Noodle stations on the cruises will serve up udon, soba and ramen noodles as well. Tarnagoyaki, a Japanese style omelet will be made available each day for breakfast of the 14 to 20-night voyages. A traditional Izumi Japanese bath will also be provided for onboard residents.
Princess Cruises will also offer multi-day land and tour packages for most of the featured cruises. Package offerings will enable travelers to visit such sites and attractions as Nijo Castle, and the well-known Golden Pavilion. Tours of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi are also included in the offerings.
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