Visitors to Tokyo have an almost endless array of shopping, entertainment, culture and food options to explore in a city where the past, present and future blend together like no other. The city's history can be found all around it, as well as other superb museums, historic temples and parks.
Things to do in Tokyo / Yokohama, Kanagawa:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen was built on the foundations of Lord Naito's private residence. A mixture of a few different gardens, including French, English and Japanese, the park's varied and well-kept gardens are ideal for strolling around, photographing or even enjoying an afternoon picnic.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a portal to the past with its exhibitions describing both visually and through historical text, the history of Edo (now known as Toyko). Here visitors can learn about and experience numerous aspects of Edo, such as people's daily lives, Edo Period architecture, cultural heritage, political climate and much more.
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple, houses a statue of the goddess of mercy, Kannon. Sensoji is a must-see location in Japan, surrounded by imposing gates, a five-storey pagoda and the vibrant market of Nakamise Dori.
Osaka, Japan - Overnight onboard
DAY 6-728 Oct 2024
One of the most popular cities to visit in Japan, Osaka (formerly known as Naniwa) is a historic city that’s home to a wide selection of attractions, bustling restaurants, skyscrapers and night markets. Top attractions in this historic city include the Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle and the Osaka Aquarium.
Things to do in Osaka, Japan - Overnight onboard:
If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and want a day at a thrilling theme park, look no further than Universal Studios Japan. Within easy reach of the city centre, this popular theme park has a wide selection of rides, from exhilarating roller coasters to family-friendly rides. There is also a wide selection of restaurants available on site.
Alternatively, you can head to the popular Osaka Castle. One of the most prominent landmarks in Japan, it’s a significant attraction to the part it played in the unification of No throughout the sixteenth century. A beautiful castle surrounded by lush trees, you’ll learn all about the history, and get to walk around the various gardens and temples.
Another great attraction in the city is the Osaka Aquarium. Located in Minato in Osaka, it’s one of the largest of its kind in the world and is home to thousands of different species of marine life, alongside penguins.
DAY 931 Oct 2024
A gateway to Okinawa, Naha has a vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food and a fascinating history. Situated on the coast, it’s the biggest city in Okinawa and has an array of attractions waiting to explore, including Shuri Castle, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum and Fukushuen Garden.
Things to do in Naha:
Built in the early 15th century, Shuri Castle was once a Ryukyu royal palace. Although it was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa, it was rebuilt. Offering incredible views across the city, this historical landmark makes for a fascinating visit.
Opened in 2007, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is home to a variety of exhibits and collections, from art to historical artefacts from Okinawa. Housed in a unique building, it’s situated in the centre of the city.
Opened in 1992 as a celebration of the relationship between Fuzhou in China and Naha, the garden is a beautiful Chinese-style garden that’s within easy reach of the city centre and features fountains, bridges and an array of tropical plant life.
DAY 1001 Nov 2024
An island in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan, Ishigaki is known for its beaches, rainforests and national parks. A popular site for surfing and snorkelling, Ishigaki is a beautiful destination to stop off on your cruise. Must see attractions on the island include Banna Park, the Tamatorizaki Observation Platform and the Ishigaki Stalactite Cave.
Things to do in Ishigaki:
Take in the beautiful scenery of Ishigaki at the Banna Park. With several observation points, Banna Park is located on the foot of Mt. Banna, standing at 230 metres high. Top highlights in the park include the stone monument forest, several bridges and paths, and the Children’s Square.
Enjoy breathtaking views out over the Bay from this impressive platform. Located amongst the trees, the Tamatorizaki Observation Platform is a must see when in Ishigaki and offers plenty of fantastic photo opportunities.
Ishigaki Stalactite Cave
Formed over 200,000 years, the Ishigaki Stalactite Cave showcases the raw, natural beauty of the area. Throughout the cave illuminations light up the space, showcasing the water sculptures and thousands of stalactites.
DAY 1102 Nov 2024
An underrated city in Taiwan, and one of the largest, Keelung is a vibrant and historic city full of temples, bustling markets and other captivating attractions. With a rich history that dates back to the 17th century and international influences, from Dutch to Japanese, there’s so much to see and do here. Particular attractions include Heping Island Park, Keelung Night Market and the Dianji Market.
Things to do in Keelung (Chilung):
Heping Island Park
Situated to the north of the country, Heping Island Park is full of fascinating things to see, from historic fortresses, to a castle that was built by the Spanish army in the 17th century. The island is also home to a coastal park, food and drink stands and a swimming pool.
Keelung Night Market
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the night market. Full of street vendors selling an array of food and drink, it’s a must visit when in Keelung. Budget-friendly and offering traditional Taiwanese cuisine, this delicious attraction is perfect for any self-confessed foodie.
Built in 1873, the Dianji Temple is the biggest of its kind in the city. Known as the Holy King Temple, it’s a unique attraction with sculptures and extraordinary architecture. Holding ceremonies throughout the year, it’s beloved by both tourists and locals alike.
DAY 1203 Nov 2024
A large municipality in south Taiwan, the main city within Kaohsiung is Kaohsiung city. Home to a mixture of beautiful natural attractions, alongside skyscrapers and other man made attractions, there’s plenty to do and see in this vibrant city. Top attractions include the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the Pier2 Art Center and the Kaohsiung City Shou Shan Zoo.
Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan:
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
An iconic temple located on Lotus Lake, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas were built in the late 20th century. Spanning seven storeys with colourful features throughout, you can reach them by heading down a zigzag bridge. In the temples you’ll find an array of paintings and other historic artwork.
Pier2 Art Center
One of the most modern attractions in the city is the Pier2 Art Center. A popular attraction with tourists, it’s constructed out of abandoned shipping warehouses and is a prominent landmark that’s surrounded by a vibrant arts district with shops, cafes, music venues and more.
Shou Shan Zoo
Situated on the edge of Shoushan Park, the Shou Shan Zoo is home to an array of animals, from tigers to kangaroos, black bears and lions. A wonderful attraction to visit in the city, it’s popular with families due to the variety of wildlife and beautiful surroundings.
DAY 1405 Nov 2024
The capital of the Philippines, Manila is a vibrant and bustling city with a wide variety of things to do and see. From its Spanish colonial architecture, fascinating history and modern skyscrapers, it’s a great place to do some sightseeing. There’s even a large selection of artisan markets, speakeasy bars and an indie music scene. Whilst in the city, make sure to visit Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Things to do in Manila:
Frequently voted as the top attraction to visit whilst in Manila, Fort Santiago showcases its Spanish past and how powerful it was in the orient. Dating back 100s of years, the fort is situated in the centre of the city and has been the headquarters for a variety of international armies, from the Spanish to the Americans and British.
Considered to be the most important Roman Catholic church in the Philippines, Manila Cathedral was constructed during the Spanish colonisation. Juan de Vivero, a priest who did not practise any religion, constructed the first church in 1571.
Museum of Fine Arts
Alternatively, you could head to the popular National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila, which is housed within an impressive building within walking distance of the city centre. Opened in 1998, paintings and sculptures by renowned Filipino painters are on display here.
DAY 1506 Nov 2024
A small island in the Philippines, Boracay is beloved for its picturesque beaches, vibrant bars, scenic restaurants and watersports opportunities. Whilst on this beautiful island, you can spend your time relaxing on the numerous beaches it has to offer, including the breathtaking White Beach, head out on a zipline through the lush forests or even take a boat trip and discover the diverse marine life which call it their home.
Things to do in Boracay:
A awe-inspiring beach, White Beach in Boracay is popular with tourists and locals alike due to the diverse variety of restaurants that surround it, watersports opportunities and its scenic surroundings. A perfect place to relax and unwind, White Beach ticks all the boxes.
Take to the skies on an exhilarating ziplining ride. Available across the island, you’ll soar into the air and see the beautiful surroundings of Boracay!
Offered around the island, a boat trip from Boracay gives you an extraordinary view of the surroundings and gives you that true holiday feeling. Provided by a variety of vendors, a boat trip from/around Boracay will create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.
DAY 1607 Nov 2024
A breathtaking coastal city on Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa is a beautiful destination that’s known for its array of natural attractions, including the limestone caves, beautiful beaches and the Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden. A tranquil destination, it makes for a relaxing day during your cruise.
Things to do in Puerto Princesa:
Palawan Butterfly Garden
Not only is this beautiful attraction home to a butterfly garden with a variety of tropical species, but a traditional Palawan village. Immersing you into the culture, you’ll see an array of crafting demonstrations whilst exploring it.
The incredible Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is perhaps the most iconic attraction on the island. Although it’s a short journey from Puerto Princesa, the journey is well worth it as you’ll be greeted by picturesque limestone caves, turquoise waters and other beautiful natural features. You can even enjoy a boat ride through the caves!
A beautiful beach near the city, Nagtabon Beach is the ultimate place to relax and unwind. Tropical blue waters, white sands and swaying coconut trees await you; and you can do as little or as you want- whether you want to lounge on the beach or head to the water for some swimming/watersports.
DAY 1910 Nov 2024
The bustling and popular city of Hong Kong is full of incredible attractions, from the historic temples to the modern landmarks, it has something for all ages and tastes. The moment you arrive in Hong Kong you’ll be greeted by an abundance of vibrant restaurants, bars and shops - perfect to give you a taste of what the city has to offer. Whilst you’re there, make sure to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, the picturesque Victoria Peak and the historic Tian Tan Buddha - all within easy reach of the city centre.
Things to do in Hong Kong:
Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is a must for any Walt Disney fan. Extraordinary attractions, live performances and more will immerse you into this captivating theme park; whether you’re 5 or 85, the magic of Disney exudes from every area of this popular attraction. Within easy reach of the city, spending a day at Hong Kong Disneyland is a must.
Located on the western half of Hong Kong Island, from Victoria Peak you can take in breathtaking views out over the city. Featuring an elevation of 552 metres, it’s the tallest peak on the island and offers plenty of opportunities for unforgettable photos.
Tian Tan Buddha
A large bronze statue situated on Lantau Island, the Tian Tan Buddha was constructed in 1993. Showcasing the harmonious relationship between the people of the city and faith, it’s a must see when in Hong Kong.
Hotel stay included
Hotel in Tokyo - 4 stars
24 Oct 2024
3 nights stay
We don't know the hotel in Tokyo yet as this cruise is too far in the future but it will be centrally located, a minimum of 4 stars, selected from our list of preferred hotels & based on a 'room only' board basis. Local government city taxes & local resort fees may be payable.
Customer reviews for Noordam
Based on 3 reviews
Value for money
Ship ox food very good entertainment rubbish
8 Mar 2019
Gorgeous massive modern ship. Amazing buffet food at the informal Lido restaurant, excellent food at the speciality restaurants (albeit tiny portions!), amazing friendly service (even got personalised service at the restaurant). One minus is that all tips are purportedly included in your booking, but then you get a surprise bill of $11.50 per person a day for "hotel service charge", which turns out to be "obligatory gratuity" for room maintenance and also for tips to all other staff in the background that you never get to see. We refused to pay this and opted for paying handsome tips to the 3 guys that bowled us over with their personalised service (the room service guy and the 2 restaurant staff at the Lido). Challenge the hotel service charge at any rate! We know almost everyone else just grinned, complained, and paid it in the end. Also make sure you don't need a doctor onboard! They have good medical facilities with several staff but you have to pay $97 to see the doctor for a checkup (you have to pay extra for any medicines, prescriptions). My partner wanted to have his tooth checked out and that's the price we were quoted. He just paid $1 for Ibuprofen instead. Onboard entertainment was not bad. The mainstream stuff was mainly bad, but we were thrilled with the B B King Blues Band multiple times as well as the violinist and the pianist at the Piano lounge (both first-class even though those venues are a lot smaller). There are 2 pools, one exclusively used by kids so it's busy, the other is supposed to be for adults but there were the occasional kids in it (but people complained) and even without them it's relatively small so it gets very crowded very easily, particularly between 1-4pm. In general though we loved being on our floating hotel taking us to lovely beaches and I have to reiterate that the service was impeccable.
10 Jan 2015
Absolutely amazing time on board all crew were helpful and very entertaining. Cabin stewert was very pleasant always willing to help.... the dinning room crew were amazing MR W, well kids all took a shine to him... and the evening entertainment was amazing Charlotte one of the singers, well now hands up to her. She is a very helpful and pleasant lady... 10/10 for her enthusiasm and pleasantness. lovely crew all round and would deffo recommend.
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