14 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from Singapore, Singapore Hong Kong, China Harbor
The 14 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise from Singapore, Singapore visits Nha Trang, Vietnam; Hong Kong, China; Fukuoka, Japan; Sasebo, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan; Tokyo, Japan. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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14 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise
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Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Singapore, Singapore
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Hong Kong, China
Day 7 - 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Fukuoka, Japan
Day 10 - Sasebo, Japan
Day 11 - 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Nagoya, Japan
Day 14 - Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
Day 15 - Tokyo, Japan
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Hong Kong, China Harbor
A boat sailing through Hong Kong harbor
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14 Night Singapore To Tokyo Cruise

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Singapore, Singapore
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
Singapore, Singapore
Departs at 5:00 PM
2 - 3
Day at sea
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Day at sea
Hong Kong, China
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
7 - 8
Day at sea
Fukuoka, Japan
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sasebo, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11 - 12
Day at sea
Nagoya, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tokyo, Japan
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Side View of Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Destinations in China and Japan
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Quantum of the Seas
Discover everything this holiday visionary has to offer, from 90-metre-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.


The first of its class, Quantum of the Seas® is real a game-changer. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® – the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 90 metres above deck in the North Star®. Practise riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. And take in transformative entertainment at Two70®.


You'll find plenty onboard to tease your taste buds, like cocktails mixed by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar® and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef's Table. Not to mention family-style favourites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated Mediterranean fare at Coastal Kitchen.


Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at Sonic Odyssey. Or dive into the mysteries of the sea in the spell-binding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Singapore, Singapore

Day 1
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Singapore, Singapore Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda
Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Things to do in
Departs at 5:00 PM
Singapore is small in size but big on excitement. Discover the multicultural medley of this city-state through its neighbourhoods: Check out the statue-adorned temples of Little India and the colourful pagodas of Chinatown. Cruise to Singapore and explore the city's Malay section on the Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, which will take you past Arabic-influenced mansions and the gold-dome-topped Masjid Sultan mosque. Experience the contrast between the lush rainforest flora of the Singapore Botanic Garden and the high-tech 'supertrees' and biodomes of Gardens by the Bay. Complete your Singapore adventure with a panorama from the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands or a Singapore Sling cocktail at the historical Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Masjid Sultan Street View
View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicentre of Malay-speaking Singapore.
Insider tip
Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use apps (namely, the 'Grab' app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.
Singapore, Singapore Gardens By The Bay Park
Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in 'Avatar' than an issue of 'Better Homes and Gardens'.
Singapore, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Singapore, Singapore Wantan Mee
Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.
Singapore, Singapore Chopsticks
Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore


Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise holiday is to shop in the city's ethnic neighbourhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
North Star During Sunset
North Star During Dusk

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure – with 360-degree views of the world from 100 metres above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule – winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying
iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving – and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Basketball at Daytime
SeaPlex at Sunrise


The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and dodgem cars – it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 4: Nha Trang, Vietnam

Day 4
Nha Trang
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Nha Trang, Vietnam Buddha Statue
Giant white buddha statue at the top of a wide stair case in a temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam
Things to do in
Nha Trang
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The easy-going city of Nha Trang is known for its six-mile palm-lined sandy beach with clear turquoise water. Spend some time relaxing by the bay at Nha Trang Beach or the more secluded but arguably even more beautiful Bai Duong Beach, shaded by lushly forested mountains. See the picturesque boulders overlooking the waters at Hon Chong. Then, check out the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers, with its sand-coloured temples that date back to the 700s. Head to the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area for scuba diving and snorkelling, or take the 45-minute drive past rice paddies and coastline and hike to the contemplative Ba Ho Waterfall and its three swimmable pools.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Cable Car
Aerial cable car over ocean in Nha Trang, Vietnam

High in the Sky

The gondola ride over the sea leading to Vinpearl and Hon Tre, or Bamboo Island, is the world's longest. Here, you'll find the Vinpearl Amusement Park, a waterpark with a lazy river, a wave pool, an aquarium and a golf course. The cable car entrance is close to the cruise port.
Insider tip
Don't be surprised if you see Russian signs and menus; Nha Trang is a popular beach holiday for Russians.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha at the Long Son Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Buddha Basics

Learn about Buddhism by visiting the Hai Duc and Long Son pagodas. The latter has a giant white Buddha statue which can be seen from anywhere in Nha Trang. Look for dragons and other mythical animals in the temple designs, inside and out.
Insider tip
Bargaining is par for the course in the markets here, so it's OK to haggle on price.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Po Ngar Towers
Po Ngar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Rejuvenate Mind and Body

The Po Nagar Cham Towers are less than two miles north of the city. Only four of the eight towers built in the 7th to 12th centuries remain. Find your inner calm at this ancient worship site, which blends Buddhist and Hindu traditions in its statues and architecture. Then, head to the hot springs and mud baths at nearby Thap Ba to refresh your body, too.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Seafood Beach
Seafood sold on the beach in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Local Cuisine

Nha Trang is well-known for its excellent seafood. Locals farm lobster just offshore – have a feast on the beach or at one of the city's many restaurants. Or try the Vietnamese version of steak and eggs, bo ne, traditionally served on a hot plate for breakfast with lime and chilli sauce.
Nha Trang, Vietnam Silk Scarves
Silk vietnamese scarves o fall sorts of colors


Check out street markets like Dam or Vinh Luong. Here, you'll find souvenirs like pearl jewellery, clay pots painted with Champa designs or hand-embroidered artwork. Peruse Tran Phu Street along the beach – look for silk clothing in the form of shirts, skirts and scarves.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
At Sea
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Jamie's Italian Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Plank
QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Jamie's Italian Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Plank
QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, sit down to Tuscan-inspired cuisine crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs. Seasonal ingredients meet authentic recipes in family-style dishes that range from homemade pastas and classic Italian entrees, to contemporary creations infused with rustic influences.
Wonderland Caramel Apple Berries Dessert
Wonderland Caramel Apple Berries Dessert


Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine is all about pushing the culinary envelope. Dishes are designed to tantalize your taste buds and present a visual feast. Find crispy crab cones topped with fluffy avocado mousse, gazpacho served with pepper spheres and bread foam, and dreamy desserts that will take your breath away. Pair your meal with cocktails described as “magical” elixirs crafted to deliver full-sensory experiences.
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food
Izumi Sushi Chef Prepping Food


From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavors from Tohoku to Tokyo.

Day 6: Hong Kong, China

Day 6
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong, China Red Bridge Garden
A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Things to do in
Hong Kong
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Although it's officially part of China, Hong Kong is a world unto itself. This bustling city is full of ancient and modern architecture, lots of people and — of course — the best dim sum around. Head to the Kowloon Peninsula for Golden Mile shopping along Nathan Road. Then, make your way to Hong Kong Island to admire the views from the top of Victoria Peak — you can see the skyscrapers of the financial district as well as the fishing village of Stanley Harbour. Cruise to Hong Kong and trek out to mountainous Lantau Island to see the famous Tian Tan Buddha, standing a full 112 feet tall. Or score some quiet time at Hong Kong Park, full of contemplative rock gardens and tree-lined paths.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Peak Tram
The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.
Insider tip
The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Some larger stores will accept Chinese yuan (also called renminbi and RMB), but the exchange rate isn't great. Withdrawing cash from an ATM almost always means the best exchange rate.
Hong Kong, China Harbor Pier Ferry Dock
Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.
Insider tip
Buy an Octopus Card at any subway station to get around Hong Kong easily. Cards purchased here have a $100 HKD (about $12 USD) credit and $50 deposit. The deposit covers negative balances up to -$35. You can also use the card at many restaurants, shops and even at ice cream carts.
Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor Sailboat
Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.
Hong Kong, China Dim Sum
Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.
Hong Kong, China Traditional Jade Necklaces
Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China


Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

Day 7 - 8: Cruising

Day 7 - 8
At Sea
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Sonic Odyssey Broadway Cruise Show Performer on stage with lights Royal Caribbean
Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Sonic Odyssey Broadway Cruise Show Performer on stage with lights Royal Caribbean
Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

Sonic Odyssey

Take your seat for an immersive musical journey, where instruments envelop you in the next dimension of global sound.

Live bands

Select the genre you like and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.
Ice Skating Shows Entertainment Woman Jumping
Women performer jumping during ice skating shows onboard a cruise.

Ice Skating Shows

Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice-skating rinks right on board, plus complimentary ice spectaculars with amazing jumps, lifts and spins performed by professional skaters.

Day 9: Fukuoka, Japan

Day 9
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Fukuoka, Japan Giant Buddha Temple
Tocho-ji temple or Fukuoka Giant Buddha temple in Fukuoka, Japan
Things to do in
From 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fukuoka, on the northern shore of Japan's Kyushu Island, is known for ancient temples and beautiful beaches. Explore the 17th-century ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Then head to the central Hakata district, home to Tocho-ji Temple, where a 10-meter wooden Buddha sits. Cruise to Fukuoka and dive deeper into history at the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, with displays on daily life in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Slurp ramen noodles in rich tonkotsu broth at one of the city's yatai (outdoor food stalls), then walk it off with a stroll along the winding canals. Pop into Shofukuji Zen temple for some quiet reflection. Or embrace the bustle instead and head to Canal City Hakata, one of Japan's largest shopping complexes.
Fukuoka, Japan Tower
Views of the 768 foot Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka, Japan

Towering Views

Head over to the 768-foot Fukuoka Tower for stunning views of the city and the coast. Then take a relaxing stroll on the beach right next door at Momochi Seaside Park. To cool down, get familiar with local history at the nearby Fukuoka City Museum, which houses the Gold Seal, a national treasure linked to the foundations of Japan as a country.
Insider tip
There's no tipping in Japan, but there is a blanket 8 percent sales tax. Look for tax-free sales promotions.
Fukuoka, Japan Temple Hakata
Shofukuji Zen Temple in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Get Centered

Founded in the late 12th century by the priest Eisai, Shofukuji is Japan's first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism. The philosophy of Zen grew to become a central teaching for Japan's samurai warriors. The tranquil grounds here are perfect for reflection or a respite from the bustle of the city.
Insider tip
Smaller restaurants, cafes and yatai stands may not accept credit cards, so have enough yen cash on hand.
Fukuoka, Japan Main Hall Shrine
Main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan

Bee-Line for Shrines

On the outskirts of Fukuoka, Dazaifu is a historic administrative center packed with temples and shrines. During your Fukuoka, Japan cruise, head to the grandest of them all, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to scholar Sugawara Michizane. Some 40 kilometers south but easily reachable by train, you can find Yanagawa, an ancient castle town of gorgeous old canals overhung by willows and cherry trees.
Fukuoka, Japan Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles is a local cuisine in Fukuoka, Japan

Local Cuisine

Fukuoka is synonymous with noodles. While ramen originated in China, Fukuoka took the dish to new heights with its hearty tonkotsu broth — made from long-simmered pork bones — and long, thin noodles. One of the best ways to enjoy this dish is at an outdoor yatai stand, where the beer and sake flow.
Fukuoka, Japan Ceramic Japanese Dolls
Ceramic Japanese dolls known as Hakata Ningyo from the 17th century found in Japan


In Fukuoka, you can pick up Hakata ningyo, ceramic dolls that were first made in the 17th century and gained international renown in the 19th. They're elaborately painted and can be remarkably lifelike. Shogetsudo in the Nakasu district offers a wide selection of dolls — you can even create your own.

Day 10: Sasebo, Japan

Day 10
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Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Flower Garden
Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Centrally placed in the heart of the Nagasaki prefecture, Sasebo is a quaint, romantic town blessed by nature. Hike up Mount Ishidake to take in the scenery from Ishidake Observatory: In the distance, you'll see tiny emerald green islands nestled in the calm bay surrounded by mountain peaks. Stop by one of many festivals and celebrations that happen here throughout the year: Indulge in flavourful oysters during the winter-long oyster festival at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, or dance with the locals in the yearly, city-wide Yosakoi Sasebo festival held in autumn. Cruise to Sasaebo, Japan and don't miss Huis Ten Bosch, a replica Dutch town with Netherlands-inspired theme park rides that reflects the Kyushu region's heritage as a cultural crossroads.
Sasebo, Japan Tenkaiho Observatory
View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

99 Islands in a Day

The Kujukushima Islands – the name translates to '99 islands', although there are actually 208 — are a beautiful sight to behold. Ranging from tiny to massive, each island features a jagged shoreline, a rocky base and abundant green forestry. See each island up close with a boat tour or view from above at the Tenkai-ho observation deck.
Insider tip
The port is in the centre of town, and you won't have to walk far to find public transport or a taxi.
Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Tulip Fever

At the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, you can enjoy recreated Dutch landscapes, buildings, canals and gardens. Celebrating the beneficial relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, the park doubles as a beautiful botanical resort – a different array of flowers blooms each season in rows designed to resemble Dutch tulip fields.
Insider tip
In Japan, it's considered rude to walk and eat: Stop and finish your food first if you pick up a snack from a street vendor.
Sasebo, Japan Aquarium Jellyfish
Jellyfish swimming about in Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Mother of Pearl

Spend the day at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort: Explore the aquarium, learn to sail or take a guided island tour. Learn how to harvest a pearl with a hands-on experience, and check out the Jellyfish Symphony Dome, where you can see jellyfish swim alongside a video, music and light show. During winter, you can taste delicious Kujukushima oysters at the Oyster Festival.
Insider tip
You can only draw local currency from international cash machines commonly located in 7-11 or Lawson shops.
Sasebo, Japan Chicken Nanban
Chicken nanban, deep fried chicken with tartar sauce, Sasebo, Japan

Local Cuisine

An outcome of the town's history as a US naval base, Sasebo Burgers are a delicious fusion of Japanese and Western tastes. Made to order, vendors entice you with topping combos like egg, cheese and bacon. Try other favourites unique to the Kyushu region, like nanban fried chicken brined in vinegar and topped with tartar sauce or Hakata-style ramen with its creamy white broth and chewy, straight noodles.
Sasebo, Japan Lacquer Ware
Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan


Near the dock, you'll see Sasebo 5bangai, an air conditioned shopping centres with everything from fashion outlets to trendy restaurants. During your Sasaebo cruise holiday, head to Tonneru Yokocho shopping arcade to see the small shops built in wartimes and protected by metal doors. Vendors often sell novelty naval-themed trinkets, traditional kimonos and lacquered wood homeware and decorations.

Day 11 - 12: Cruising

Day 11 - 12
At Sea
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Solarium Bar
Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Instructor Jumping on Flowrider
Man Jumping Mid Air on Flowrider


Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool


Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 13: Nagoya, Japan

Day 13
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Nagoya, Japan Red Building Birds
Red building with birds flying over in Nagoya, Japan
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The capital of Aichi Prefecture and the fourth-largest city in Japan, Nagoya is the historical heartland of ancient samurai as well as Japan's modern industry. Explore the elegant samurai fortress Nagoya Castle, with cherry blossoms surrounding the castle's understated turrets. During your Nagoya cruise, visit Osu Kannon Buddhist temple and see the statue of the goddess of mercy within. Then stroll through the bustling Osu Market nearby, with its stalls selling everything from antiques to anime pop art. Or head to Tokugawa Garden and stroll among the black pines, cherry trees and peonies surrounding a calm lake, then pop into the nearby Tokugawa Art Museum and see Edo-period artefacts.
Nagoya, Japan Castle
Visit the castle in Nagoya, Japan

Samurai Sanctuary

Built in the early 17th century by order of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nagoya Castle served as a bulwark against enemies travelling on the Tokaido road to Edo (today's Tokyo). Damaged in World War II, the rebuilt concrete main keep is now being restored to its original wooden architecture, but the castle grounds and some facilities are open during reconstruction.
Insider tip
While there is no tipping in Japan, be sure to carry enough cash to cover bills at smaller restaurants, cafes and bars that may not accept credit cards.
Nagoya, Japan Temple
Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya city, Japan

Eat, Pray, Shop

Originally established in the 14th century but moved here in 1610, Osu Kannon Temple was rebuilt in the 20th century and enshrines the bodhisattva of mercy, Kannon. The streets to the east of the temple comprise the Osu shopping district and are packed with bargain shops and restaurants.
Insider tip
Some sights can be crowded with travellers and school tours, so arrive as early as possible to avoid congestion.
Nagoya, Japan Toyota Museum
The buildings around Toyota's Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, Japan

Evolution of Machines

Toyota, one of the world's largest car manufacturers, began as a textiles company, and the superb Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is housed in its 1911 weaving factory. Displays include not only metal processing and textile machinery but Toyota cars from the original 1936 Toyota AA sedan as well as sophisticated humanoid robots that play musical instruments.
Nagoya, Japan Miso Pork Cutlet
Japanese food miso buta katsu pork cutlet set with rice

Local Cuisine

Nagoya's delectable speciality foods are a must-try. You can't miss miso katsu, breaded deep-fried pork cutlet. Cruise to Nagoya and be on the lookout for kishimen, flat handmade wheat noodles typically served in a sake-flavoured broth. Snack on the local rice cake uiro or tebasaki chicken wings flavored with ginger, garlic, mirin and vinegar. Enjoy the fruits of the local waters with hitsumabushi, charcoal-grilled eel.
Nagoya, Japan Porcelain Shopping
Porcelain crockery at Flea Market near Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya, Japan


Head to Noritake Square Nagoya shop, where you can visit the century-old factory of one of Japan's best porcelain makers and take home some unique wares, such as beautifully designed dinnerware and tea sets – you can even try your hand at porcelain painting. Stroll through the stalls at the Osu shopping arcade for anime-themed items and other unique trinkets.

Day 14: Mt Fuji, Japan

Day 14
Mt Fuji
Shimizu, Japan
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Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Farm Mount
A tea farm mount with views of Mount Fuji in Spring at Shizuoka, Japan
Things to do in
Mt Fuji
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The skyline at Shimizu port is dominated by one of Japan's most distinctive sites: snow-capped Mt Fuji. Head to Miho-no-Matsubara, a pristine beach flanked by a picturesque pine grove, where you can take in some of the clearest views of Japan's tallest mountain. Cruise to Mt Fuji and take the one-hour drive from the port to Fuji itself for some hiking – the mountain is relatively approachable climb appropriate even for beginners, and you don't have to hike all the way to the summit. Don't miss the ancient shrines that surround this volcanic landmark: Visit Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha shrine, built to appease Fuji's volcanic deity. Or see Kunouzan Toshogu shrine, a masterpiece of Japanese lacquer and woodwork.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Black Beach
Miho no matsubara is a black beach with Fuji mountain

White Peak, Black Sand

On cloudless days, the views of Mt Fuji are everywhere. Head to the magical Miho-no-Matsubara Park pine grove. This black-sand beach framed by bright green pines gives you a clear view of the bulk of Mt Fuji. Pay your respects for the sheer natural splendour at the nearby Miho Shrine during your Mt Fuji cruise.
Insider tip
From October to November there is an international street performers competition in the centre of town called the Daidogei World Cup.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Leaf
Close up shot of tea leaves in a green tea plantation in Mt. Fuji

Tea Time

The Shizuoka prefecture is the most famous tea-producing region in the whole of Japan. From April to October, you can learn how to pick tea at Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan farm. Take the leaves you pick home with you, and learn about the history of tea at the Ocha-no-Sato Tea Museum. At the garden and teahouse on the museum grounds, you can enjoy matcha tea and sweets while gazing out over a Japanese garden.
Insider tip
You can get almost anywhere by public transport. Both trains and buses are reliable and safe.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Chopsticks
A bunch of chopsticks laid out together

Get Crafty

At the Sumpu Takumi Shuku Workshop, you can learn to make Japanese Sugura Crafts using age-old techniques passed down from the Edo era. Make your own lacquered chopsticks, learn how to dye a handkerchief with real indigo and create a delicate Mariko Koma basket.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tuna Sashimi
Raw fish tuna sashimi in traditional Japanese style

Local Cuisine

Shimizu's fishermen haul in some of the highest-quality tuna in the whole of Japan. Head to Shimizu Sushi Alley and take your pick of the many delicious sushi restaurants, where you can enjoy this cold-water catch's delicate texture and nuanced flavour in its unadulterated form. Cruise to Mt Fuji and venture out and try Sakura shrimp, tiny shrimp served raw or dried for a crunchy texture.
Mt. Fuji, Shimuzi, Japan Tea Caddy Black Lacquer
Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony


Sugura crafts have been a high-quality export of Shizuku artisans for generations. Intricate gold and silver lacquerware (makie), handpainted banners (sashimono) and bamboo baskets (sensuji saiku) are beautiful examples of Japanese artisanal skill. Find these traditional handicrafts the S-Pulse Dream Plaza Souvenir Shopping Area.

Day 15: Tokyo, Japan

Day 15
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Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and four-star restaurants. Plus, there’s a rich culture beyond the clamour of the city.