EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: April 1, 2018 - April 16, 2018

JAPAN & CHINA

16 Day cruise aboard NORWEGIAN JEWEL
Tokyo to Shanghai

April 1 – 16, 2018



Take your time exploring the rich history, culture and natural wonders of Japan, Taiwan and key cities along the east coast of China. Before departing, be sure to take in Tokyo, a city that combines neon skyscrapers and city bustle with tranquil gardens and temples. In Shimizu, walk through the pine groves of Miho, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. An overnight in Kobe gives you time to discover this fascinating city at a leisurely pace, including the gorgeous Nunobiki Falls. Enjoy another overnight in Hong Kong, so you can marvel at this former British colony’s blend of modern and ancient-as well as its fabulous food scene. And in Shanghai, be sure to take a stroll along the world-famous Bund, a waterfront aptly called the “Museum of International Architecture.”
 

Day 1               Tokyo/Yokohama, JAPAN      Embark            5:00 pm
Day 2               Shimizu, JAPAN                     8:00 am           6:00 pm
Day 3               Kobe, JAPAN                           8:00 am           Overnight
Day 4               Kobe, JAPAN                           —                   2:00 pm
Day 5               Kagoshima, JAPAN                11:00 am         8:00 pm
Day 6               At Sea                                      —                     —
Day 7               Okinawa, JAPAN                    7:00 am           5:00 pm
Day 8               Ishigaki, JAPAN                      8:00 am           5:00 pm
Day 9               Taipei, TAIWAN                      7:00 am           6:00 pm
Day 10             Kaoshiung, TAIWAN               6:00 am           6:00 pm
Day 11             HONG KONG                           1:00 pm           Overnight
Day 12             HONG KONG                           —                    4:00 pm
Day 13             Xiamen, CHINA                       10:00 am         8:00 pm
Day 14             At Sea                                      —                     —
Day 15             Shanghai, CHINA                    8:00 am           Overnight
Day 16             Shanghai, CHINA                    Disembark

DOUBLE Occupancy Fares In CA$:                                                             SINGLE Occupancy Fares In CA$:
INSIDE – Category IB                       $3,295                                                   INSIDE – Category IB                       $5,995
OUTSIDE – Category OB                 $4,295                                                   OUTSIDE – Category OB                 $7,995
BALCONY – Category BB                $5,395                                                   BALCONY – Category BB                $10,295
BALCONY – Category BA                $5,595

Final balance is due by DECEMBER 22, 2017.

ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS PER PERSON AND INCLUDE:
16-Day cruise with all your meals, activities & entertainment.  All your port taxes and government fees.
“Unlimited Beverage Package” with prepaid service charges & prepaid shipboard gratuities.

Please Note: Cost of airfare and transfers will be quoted at time of booking
when available with NCL as well as any optional hotel stays with your cruise.
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TOKYO (YOKOHAMA), JAPAN – Once a sleepy fishing village, Yokohama is now one of Japan’s largest ports and your gateway to Tokyo.  Ancient traditions and historic sites blend into modern culture, crafting a city unlike anywhere else.  In Tokyo, you can walk among both neon-glowing skyscrapers and regal temples.  Browse stores showcasing the latest advances in technology or retreat to one of the tranquil gardens surrounding the Imperial Palace.  Savour traditional cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant and witness the centuries-old sport of sumo wrestling.  This cosmopolitan hub offers a vast selection of attractions and activities and a wealth of culturally and historic sites.  Whether this is your first or fifth visit to the city, Tokyo will captivate your imagination.

SHIMIZU, JAPAN – In the shadow of Mount Fuji, Shimizu is one of the most beautiful ports in Japan. Walk through the pine groves of Miho, home to a 650-year-old Japanese black pine, or enjoy spectacular views of Mount Fuji from the lush, forested hill of Nihondaira. Take in the seascapes on a bay cruise, or learn of undersea delights at Japan’s first sushi museum, and get a glimpse at feudal life in Japan in 200 BC at the archaeological site of Toro. Shop for traditional Japanese wooden handcrafts and fabrics unique to the region, and sample some yokan, a sweet jellied confection.

KOBE, JAPAN – Situated between mountains and the sea, Kobe is Japan’s sixth-largest city and a port bustling with culture and fine cuisine. Named after its origin, famous Kobe beef is one of the delicacies to enjoy at the many gourmet restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to visit Ikuta Shrine – one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines – or tour a museum to learn about local culture. For sweeping views of the vibrant city, explore one of the nearby mountainsides through a diverse selection of activities.

KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN – Visit the exquisite Iso-Teien Garden and its villa, built in 1660, and enjoy gorgeous views before a short ferry ride to smoking Sakurajima for a close-up view of the volcano and its lava fields. Or journey into the countryside to Chiran and its well-preserved streets lined with samurai homes. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lake Ikeda and the stunning vistas of the Satsuma Peninsula. Local Satsuma dolls, unique cards printed with ink made from volcanic ash, and unusual wooden toys make interesting souvenirs. And be sure to try some miso soup, sashimi or ramen, the area’s famous noodles.

NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN – Explore this beautiful island and visit imposing Shuri Castle, home of the Ryukyu royal family for 400 years. Enjoy the scenic countryside, WWII memorials, magnificent limestone caves and a reconstructed Ryukyu village where the island’s heritage and crafts are on display. Take home exquisite Bingata fabric, handmade paper, colourful tsuboya-yaki pottery and other craft items. You’ll also find foods to suit any palate, but traditional Okinawan cuisine blends influences from Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines.

ISHIGAKI, JAPAN – Discover this remote and picturesque island’s lush mountains, beautiful beaches and magnificent coral reef from island viewpoints. See the native palm forest and the lavishly decorated Chinese tomb. Journey to isolated Irimote to trek through the island’s dense jungles and mangroves or enjoy fantastic snorkelling amid beautiful coral reefs. Back in Ishigaki, search for local textiles, pottery, crafts and black pearls, and enjoy local meat-centered specialties in the town’s restaurants.

KEELUNG (TAIPEI), TAIWAN – The capital of this fascinating island, once known as Formosa (“beautiful island” in Portuguese), has a rich aboriginal, colonial and political history. Snap a selfie at the ornate, dragon-adorned Mengjia Longshang Temple or photograph the changing of the guard at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, a must-see site. Experience 360-degree views of the city from the 91st floor observation deck of Taipei 101. Selfies and panaromic pics done, head off to shop for Taiwanese lacquerware, silk and fine art. 

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN – Colonization by the Dutch in the 17th century has left an ample architectural legacy, as did Taiwan’s rule by Japan from 1895-1945. Grab a coffee at the former British Consulate, a landmark overlooking the bay. Art lovers can enjoy the outdoors and contemporary sculptures at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts’ Sculpture Park, and for a spiritual experience, a visit to the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre, with the world’s largest sitting Buddha, is highly recommended.

HONG KONG – This former British colony brims with modern skyscrapers, ancient traditions and incredible food. A shopper’s paradise, local shops and markets offer everything imaginable, from silk to jewelry and electronics. The highest point in the city, Victoria Peak, offers sweeping views of this vibrant city. Hollywood Road’s temple and antique shops are worth exploring, or take a junk cruise and explore the magnificent bay. As Asia’s culinary capital, your gastronomic desires are sure to be fulfilled.

XIAMEN, CHINA – Situated off the southern coast of China, Xiàmén is an island city founded in 1394. Discover the city’s dramatic history and scenic beauty as you explore Buddhist temples, museums and lush gardens. For a taste of local culture, browse Zhongshan Road’s teashops, numerous restaurants and street vendors for local goods. Or take a short ferry ride to nearby Gulangyu Island to discover its beautiful beaches, colonial houses and fresh seafood. The small island doesn’t allow any vehicles, giving this charming locale an even more peaceful atmosphere.

SHANGHAI, CHINA
– As China’s largest and most prosperous city, Shanghai is an international metropolis that draws travellers from around the world. Stroll past city sculptures along the Bund – a famous waterfront situated along the Huangpu River that’s nicknamed a “Museum of International Architecture” because of impressive buildings lining the street. To view a classic Chinese garden in the city, the Yu Gardens are a must see. Shanghai’s bustling markets are ideal for browsing for a wide range of local goods. This fast-paced, ever-evolving city offers an abundance of attractions and activities and is continuously offering new ways to enjoy Shanghai.