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Shanghai (Baoshan) , China | Kumamoto , Japan | Shanghai (Baoshan) , China

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FAR EAST FEAT

The next in the award-winning Quantum Class lineup, Spectrum of the Seas℠ is a Far East adventure full of feats and firsts designed with our Chinese guests in mind.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Shanghai (Baoshan), China

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

BACK TO THE FUTURE

When you cruise from Shanghai, check the essential items off the to-do list: See the classical architecture of the Bund neighbourhood and walk among the smell of tea and incense in the fortified Old City. Then, if you have extra time, see the nearby Qibao Ancient Town – check out the pagoda-like bell tower, see Qibao Template (it dates back to the 900s) and snap pics of the photogenic bridges and buildings along the Puhui River.

View of a traditional Chinese pagoda from the street in Shanghai, China
View of historical Waibaidu bridge and skyline of Shanghai, China
Yuyuan garden in Shanghai, China

When you cruise from Shanghai, check the essential items off the to-do list: See the classical architecture of the Bund neighbourhood and walk among the smell of tea and incense in the fortified Old City. Then, if you have extra time, see the nearby Qibao Ancient Town – check out the pagoda-like bell tower, see Qibao Template (it dates back to the 900s) and snap pics of the photogenic bridges and buildings along the Puhui River.

View of a traditional Chinese pagoda from the street in Shanghai, China
View of historical Waibaidu bridge and skyline of Shanghai, China
Yuyuan garden in Shanghai, China
Things To Do

in Shanghai (Baoshan)

Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighbourhood, with colonial architecture from the 1920s and '40s. Walk along the riverfront promenade at the golden hour for beautiful photos – from here, you can see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong's skyscrapers across the river.

Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 470-metre-tall Oriental Pearl Tower looks like something straight out of the Jetsons, while the twisting Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is meant to evoke a lucky dragon coming out of the earth. The World Finance Centre Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.

Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambience

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise holiday. The classical garden is 400 years old, with carp-filled pools and bamboo groves. See more of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, which has 120,000 ancient relics, including bronze artefacts and sculptures.

Dumplings with dip in Shanghai, China

Local Cuisine

Eating in Shanghai is all about street food. You'll see people drinking from giant dumplings through strwas in a dish called xiao long bao – a soup dumpling. Join in, or eat them with chopsticks in a sit-down restaurant. Try cold noodles with eel, ginger and bamboo shoots, or pick up a flaky, pork-flecked spring onion pancake – this comfort food is practically a way of life here.

Red Chinese lanterns at the antique market in Shanghai, China

Shopping

It's hard not to find shopping in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the busiest, with everything from speciality food shops to modern shopping centre. If you have time to get something tailored, try the South Bund Fabric Market. During your China cruise, pick up a distinctive Chinese red lantern at the Antique Market or at most street markets.

INSIDER TIP

China's currency is the renminbi (abbreviated as RMB) and also called the yuan. Shanghai has lots of cash machines, though not all accept foreign cards. Smaller Chinese cities don't always have cash machines, so it's wise to stock up on extra cash in Shanghai.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

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
RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

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.

SeaPlex at Sunrise
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

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

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Kumamoto, Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
ADVENTURE IN

SAMURAI CITY

Kumamoto City proudly traces its roots to Japan's samurai age — see these roots on clear display at 15th-century Kumamoto Castle and its cherry-tree-covered grounds. Then, stroll through traditional Suizenji Garden, with its manicured trees and artificial mountain replicating Mount Fuji. Or head outside the city for a dose of nature and climb volcanic Mount Aso, the site of one of the world's largest volcanic calderas.

Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
The castle in Kumamoto, Japan
Empty rice farm with a small red house in the right corner in Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto City proudly traces its roots to Japan's samurai age — see these roots on clear display at 15th-century Kumamoto Castle and its cherry-tree-covered grounds. Then, stroll through traditional Suizenji Garden, with its manicured trees and artificial mountain replicating Mount Fuji. Or head outside the city for a dose of nature and climb volcanic Mount Aso, the site of one of the world's largest volcanic calderas.

Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
The castle in Kumamoto, Japan
Empty rice farm with a small red house in the right corner in Kumamoto, Japan
Things To Do

in Kumamoto

View from below of the castle in Kumamoto, Japan

Home of the Samurai

Kumamoto Castle is a stunning samurai fortress with spectacular rooms of tatami, wood and painted panels beneath its somber, soot-black exterior. Originally built in the 17th century, it's at its prettiest in spring, when hundreds of cherry trees around the moat are in bloom. It's under reconstruction after the 2016 earthquakes, but you can still view parts of the fortifications from around Ninomaru Square and Kato Shrine.

Haiden of Inari Shrine at Suizenji Jojoen Garden in Kumamoto

Suizenji Stroll

Dating back to 1632, Suizenji Garden is like a picture come to life. You'll find beautiful cherry trees, pines and elegant arched bridges over a central pond at this traditional Japanese garden. The grounds have been landscaped into small "hills." You'll also find a Shinto shrine and a mini Mt. Fuji to evoke the ancient Tokaido road that linked Kyoto with Edo (present-day Tokyo).

An inside look of a Japanese home in Kumamoto, Japan

Literary Lives

Explore the tatami-mat rooms and gardens the former homes of two prominent writers who lived in Kumamoto. The residence of Natsume Soseki celebrates the author of "I Am a Cat," who lived here around 1900 while teaching at Kumamoto University. The Lafcadio Hearn residence is dedicated to the Greek-Irish author of "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" who lived here in the 1890s.

Traditional ramen noodles in a bowl in Japan

Local Cuisine

Kumamoto's culinary claim to fame is Kumamoto ramen — the local take on the pan-Japanese soup features a mild pork broth, medium-sized noodles and smoky fried garlic chips. Cruise to Kumamoto to try Red Wagyu donburi, with rare-seared strips of lean Wagyu beef served over rice with an oozy egg. Snack of karashi renkon (fried lotus root dipped in mustard), and sample some shochu, the Kyushu's region's nutty-tasting liqueur.

Japanese lanterns hung from tree to tree

Shopping

The Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center is a museum and shop offering a wide range of local handicrafts. There are some 80 craft types on display here, including Yamaga lanterns, Higo gold inlay metal craft and ceramics. For more modern souvenirs — including items imprinted with Kumamon, the cute bear that serves as Kumamoto's mascot — try the Kumamoto Prefectural Products Center.

INSIDER TIP

Remember that many small restaurants, cafes and bars in Japan may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Things to Do

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 5 - Arrival Day

Shanghai (Baoshan), China

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognise its two-metre-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun'. Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong – head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognise its two-metre-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's 'Empire of the Sun'. Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong – head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China
Things To Do

in Shanghai (Baoshan)

Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighbourhood, with colonial architecture from the 1920s and '40s. Walk along the riverfront promenade at the golden hour for beautiful photos – from here, you can see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong's skyscrapers across the river.

Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 470-metre-tall Oriental Pearl Tower looks like something straight out of the Jetsons, while the twisting Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is meant to evoke a lucky dragon coming out of the earth. The World Finance Centre Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.

Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambience

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise holiday. The classical garden is 400 years old, with carp-filled pools and bamboo groves. See more of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, which has 120,000 ancient relics, including bronze artefacts and sculptures.

Dumplings with dip in Shanghai, China

Local Cuisine

Eating in Shanghai is all about street food. You'll see people drinking from giant dumplings through strwas in a dish called xiao long bao – a soup dumpling. Join in, or eat them with chopsticks in a sit-down restaurant. Try cold noodles with eel, ginger and bamboo shoots, or pick up a flaky, pork-flecked spring onion pancake – this comfort food is practically a way of life here.

Red Chinese lanterns at the antique market in Shanghai, China

Shopping

It's hard not to find shopping in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the busiest, with everything from speciality food shops to modern shopping centre. If you have time to get something tailored, try the South Bund Fabric Market. During your China cruise, pick up a distinctive Chinese red lantern at the Antique Market or at most street markets.

INSIDER TIP

Check visa rules carefully. They vary greatly depending on your nationality, length of stay, where you visit and if you re-enter the country.

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