5* Japan’s Southern Islands and Taiwan

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Visit Japan and Taiwan on this fantastic value cruise onboard 5 star Diamond Princess visiting the southern islands of Okinawa and Miyakojima.

Cruise from iconic Tokyo to the history packed island of Okinawa, birthplace of Karate, and the tropical island of Miyakojima, with a unique culture dating back to the Jomon Period, and on to the bustling city of Taipei, capital city of Taiwan on this 8 night fly cruise on the luxurious 5 star Diamond Princess.

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Inclusions

  • Overnight flight from Dublin to Tokyo
  • Return Transfers from airport to port
  • 8 nights onboard the 5* Diamond Princess based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis while on board
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer from port to airport
  • Overnight flight from Tokyo to Dublin
  • Taxes, charges and 20kg check-in bag per person

Itinerary

Day 1-2 Dublin to Tokyo, Japan

Following your overnight flight from Dublin to Tokyo, you will be transferred to the port in Yokohama to board the 5* Diamond Princess.

Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It’s a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza – an international shopping mecca – stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the “Eastern Capital,” to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the “Western Capital.”

Day 3-4 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 5 Okinawa, Japan

The largest island in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa has been a center of trade and a source for conflict through its history. The island has been an independent kingdom, the feudal possession of a Japanese daimyo and a prefecture of Japan following the Meiji Restoration of 1866. Okinawa was the scene of bitter fighting during the closing days of World War II. Over 100,000 civilians perished and the island was left in ruins. A US military possession, Okinawa returned to Japanese rule in 1972. Naha is the island’s largest city and the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. One of the world’s most popular martial arts, karate is a fusion of Chinese kung fu and traditional island martial arts.

Day 6 Miyakojima, Japan

Miyako Island (Miyakojima), the fourth largest in the Okinawa Prefecture, has a rich history that dates to the Jomon Period. The original language is still spoken on the island, which has developed its own cultural heritage; its own version of soba noodles; and its own Otori customs, including a ceremonial drinking of awamori (rice liquor), the island’s signature beverage. Miyakojima is most renowned for its spectacular natural scenery. It lays claim to some of Japan’s best beaches, 62 miles (100 km.) of coastline fringed by a vibrant coral reef. Its underwater splendor and subtropical year-round climate make it a highly prized diving destination. Sugar cane fields and mangrove groves stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by small towns and graceful bridges that connect Miyakojima to four smaller islets, making island hopping a breeze. The Botanical Gardens offers trails lined with over 1,600 types of plants, including the official Prefectural “Deigo” Flower. The island’s unique cultural and industrial endeavors are delightfully varied, and visitors can tour a commemorative German Cultural Village, watch the creation of hemp cloth called Miyako-Jofu, which is woven into intricate patterns, and sample and purchase salt products from the factory that produces salt with the highest mineral content in the world. For more traditional souvenirs, shop at one of the large specialty malls offering everything from Japanese mementos to cosmetics, top brand-name apparel and confections. And when you feel like doing nothing at all, just soak in an onsen overlooking the picturesque landscape.

Day 7 Taipei (Keeling), Taiwan

The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland. 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. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past. The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.

Day 8-9 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 10 Tokyo, Japan

Following your departure from the Diamond Princess, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home to Dublin.

Accommodation

Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theatre. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

  • Last Refurbished: March 2014

  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths

  • Number of Crew: 1,100

  • Tonnage: 115,875

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable non-transferable deposit of 15% required at time of booking
    • Balance due 16 weeks from departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Child and family prices available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,599pp
  Number of nights: 8

14 Dec 2019 Inside €1599
14 Dec 2019 Oceanview €1869
14 Dec 2019 Balcony €2499 €1869

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