5* Japan and Taiwan

Cruise from iconic Tokyo to the history packed island of Okinawa, birthplace of Karate, and the tropical island of Ishigaki, a heady mix of tropical beaches and Shinto shines, 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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DESTINATION Japan & Taiwan
FROM Dublin / Tokyo
DATE 28 November 2019
DURATION 8 Night cruise
PRICE Was €1,899 now €1,529pp
Discover Japan, and Busan in Korea, on this fabulous 5 star cruise onboard Diamond Princess. Your cruise departs from Kobe and visits Kochi, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Miyazaki, and the Kanmon Straights as well as Busan.

Day to Day 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: 

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: Ishigaki, Japan:

The balmy, subtropical climate draws countless visitors to its sandy shores, but Ishigaki offers much more than your typical island getaway. It is the cultural, political and economic center of the Yaeyama Islands, originally founded in 1908 as Yaeyama Village and becoming Ishigaki Town in 1926. Ishigaki was elevated to city status on July 10, 1947. A hilltop Shinto shrine which dates back to 1614 is the perfect place to start your exploration of this lovely town. Noted for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters to which snorkelers flock for a glimpse of the island’s famed manta rays, Ishigaki Island offers many opportunities to commune with nature. Ishigaki has palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers suited for kayaking, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. Amidst such natural beauty, you’ll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island’s rich history. The Yaeyama Museum displays historic artifacts as well as traditional cultural items, and a visit to the well-preserved Miyara Dunchi, built in 1819, is a rare example of a samurai-style residence. Be sure to leave time in your busy day to sample some of the sweet island pineapple and to shop for the island’s famed black pearls, a most special souvenir.

Note: Ishigaki is an anchorage port. Transportation from ship to shore is via the ship’s tender service.

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: 

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.

Option to extend your stay in Japan available – call for details

8 Nights accommodation aboard the 5 Diamond Caribbean Princess, operated by Princess Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on Diamond Princess)

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

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Dates & Prices

Date Price Stateroom
28 November 2019 Was €1,899 now €1,529 Inside Cabin Book Now
28 November 2019 €2,329 Obstructed
Oceanview Cabin
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28 November 2019 €2,859 Oceanview Cabin Book Now
28 November 2019 €3,029 Balcony Cabin Book Now

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Price 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

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Exclusive Offer – Book between 20th-24th May and pay just a €50pp deposit
    • Nothing more to pay until 16 weeks before departure
    • Normal Deposit: Non-refundable deposit of 15%
  • 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.