5 Night Best Of Taiwan Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas from Hong Kong, China Kaohsiung, Taiwan Lotus Pond Dragon Tower
The 5 Night Best Of Taiwan Cruise from Hong Kong, China visits Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China; Taichung, Taiwan, China; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China; Hong Kong, China. 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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5 Night Best Of Taiwan Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Spectrum of the Seas
Day 1 - Hong Kong, China
Day 2 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China
Day 3 - Taichung, Taiwan, China
Day 4 - Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Hong Kong, China
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan Lotus Pond Dragon Tower
Kaohsiung's famous attraction of the Lotus Pond and Dragon Tower with intricate asian designs
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5 Night Best Of Taiwan Cruise

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Leaving from
Hong Kong, China
Onboard
Spectrum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Hong Kong, China
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China
From 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3
Taichung, Taiwan, China
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan, China
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Hong Kong, China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Spectrum of the Seas
The next in the award-winning Quantum Class line-up, Spectrum of the Seas℠ is a Far East adventure full of feats and firsts designed with our Chinese guests in mind.

NEW ADVENTURES ON DECK

Launch yourself into a virtual world on a bungee trampoline in the Sky Pad℠. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® – the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 90 metres above deck in the North Star®. And practise riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator.

BOLD FLAVOURS

Savour a bold tapestry of authentic spices and flavours while feasting on endless views for the whole table at Sichuan Red. Indulge in a celebration of authentic oriental flavours cooked at Teppanyaki. And take your sweet tooth on a journey at La Patisserie.

SPECTACULAR NIGHTS

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at the Two70® shows. Want a drink served by a robot? Get captivated by the groundbreaking technology every night.

Day 1: Hong Kong, China

Day 1
Hong Kong
China
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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
Departs at 5:00 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.
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.
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

Shopping

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 2: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, China

Day 2
Kaohsiung
Taiwan, China
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan Two Dragons Pagodas
Two dragon bridges with two pagodas at lotus pond on a sunny day in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Things to do in
Kaohsiung
From 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Kaohsiung is Taiwan's largest port and the second largest city after Taipei. Dating from the 17th century, this city feels modern today, with skyscrapers and the largest shopping mall in the country — topped with a Hello Kitty Ferris wheel to boot. Take a stroll down the picturesque Love River that runs through the city, or take a river cruise to see the city from the water. There's plenty of history and nature here, too: Head to Lotus Lake, surrounded by 20 different traditional temples. Cruise to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and visit Yuanheng Buddhist Temple on the edge of Shoushan National Nature Park, and walk past limestone caves on the way to the summit of Shou Mountain.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Monkey
Macaque sitting on a bench in the forest of monkey mountain in Taiwan

Monkey Around

Hike up Kaohsiung's Monkey Mountain via one of the many paths or the wooden staircase. Stop at Ya Zuo, about 45 minutes up, for views of the Straits of Taiwan. Many macaques live on the mountain. Don't bring any food with you — they've been known to swipe snacks from bags and pockets. Shy barking deer also live on Monkey Mountain, so keep your camera ready.
Insider tip
While Kaohsiung is very walkable, pay close attention when crossing streets — drivers tend to run red lights here.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Street View
Street view of Kaohsiung City

River of Romance

The eight-mile-long Love River is to Kaohsiung as the Thames is to London. Take a solar-powered boat tour past architecture like the Kaohsiung Bridge and the Holy Rosary Cathedral. Stroll along the water's edge, or rent a bike and cycle to the Pier-2 art district.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Colorful Dragon
A colorful dragon with two pagodas known as the Dragon Towers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Animals at the Temple

On Lotus Lake, visit the multicolored, cartoon-like Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, set in front of the traditional temple towers. Choose your path carefully — tradition holds that you can reverse bad luck by entering through the dragon's jaws and exiting through those of the tiger.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Street Food Grilled Squid
Grilled squid street food in Taiwan

Local Cuisine

Kaohsiung is one of the best spots in Taiwan for sampling the country's unique and varied cuisine. During your Taiwan cruise, try braised duck served cold (to retain tenderness) over fragrant rice alongside stir-fried kangkong, water spinach shoots. Pick up freshly grilled local squid and prawns from a street-food vendor. Hunt down slippery danzai noodles, served in a long-simmered prawn-head broth and topped with minced pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Tea Set
A red tea set with asian designs on a wooden platform in Taiwan

Shopping

The Dream Mall, Chang Ming Street and An-Ning Street all have lots of shops, the latter two specialize in women's clothing. For a more Kaohsiung-specific souvenir, seek out some of Taiwan's high-quality loose-leaf teas or a handmade tea set. You can also find miniature versions of Taiwanese sky lanterns.

Day 3: Taichung, Taiwan, China

Day 3
Taichung
Taiwan, China
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Taichung, Taiwan, Traditional architecture by lake
Traditional architecture by a lake at a park in Taichung, Taiwan, China
Things to do in
Taichung
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Looking to get off the beaten path in Taiwan? Look no further than Taichung — this up-and-coming city is a sensory rush of sights, smells and sounds. Visit bright Rainbow Village, a neighborhood once marked for demolition where a local artist and ex-solider decided to paint every available surface with the full spectrum of colors. Then, grab a pearl milk tea — a local specialty of sweetened tea with chewy tapioca balls — and take a stroll through the Japanese-style pavilion at Taichung Park. Cruise to Taichung and make your way to the Fantasy Story neighborhood and stylish stores located in old-school shop houses, where you can get everything from an English afternoon tea to artisan jewelry.
Taichung, Taiwan, Rainbow Village
Painted walls of the Rainbow Village in Taiwan, China

Travel in Color

Hop into a taxi and 15 minutes later come face-to-face with an explosion of bright, vivid colors when you step into the Rainbow Village. Hand-painted by a former military soldier when the houses were facing demolition, the Rainbow Village has now become a protected attraction in Taichung. Visit in the morning and see if you can spot the grandfather of the Rainbow Village wandering around the property.
Insider tip
Use Uber if you can't walk to the place you want to go to. It's easier because you won't have to say the address in Chinese.
Taichung, Taiwan, Hall of Large Flowers
The Hall of Large Flowers in Taiwan, China

Mind Your Mansions

Journey back into history and explore the Wufeng Lin Family Mansion. The largest, finest and most complete traditional compound in all Taiwan is worth the price tag if you're a history or architecture buff. Or head to the Lin Family Gardens next door, which is free to enter and has several traditional buildings and exhibits to see.
Insider tip
Check the opening times for museums — they often change, so it's good to know ahead of time.
Taichung, Taiwan, Woman drinking pearl milk tea
A woman drinking pearl milk tea

Teaming with Taste

Bubble, or Boba Tea, originated in the early 1980s right in Taichung at the Chun Shui Tang Cultural Tea House. Instead of simply visiting the shop and ordering this refreshing beverage, why not learn how to make it yourself? Join a DIY workshop and learn how to make both Boba Tea and Pearl Milk Tea. Add the ingredients together, and shake your way to a tasty drink.
Taichung, Taiwan, Braised pork on rice
Braised pork on rice

Local Cuisine

Head to one of Taichung's street markets to sample Taiwanese staples like braised minced pork over rice. You can also find quirky takes on international indulgence, like the tender beef and French fries topped with melty cheese and served in a soda cup at Overlord. If you have a sweet tooth, stop by Miyahara — this dessert shop serves up interesting flavors of ice cream like dragon fruit, lavender tea and any type of chocolate you want.
Taichung, Taiwan, Leather purses with painted animals
Leather purses with painted animals at a Taiwan street market

Shopping

Taichung has many markets great for shopping. Cruise to Taichung and start at Jingming 1st Street Market for boutique-style stores, food and more. Or head to Tung Hai Arts Street to pick up handmade crafts and vintage accessories to bring home as souvenirs — cute leather pouches painted with animals are a popular trinket. Head to the Fenguan neighborhood for traditional lacquerware — it's known as one of Taiwan's best spots for traditional lacquered items.

Day 4: Taipei, Taiwan, China

Day 4
Taipei
Keelung, Taiwan, China
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Taipei, Taiwan, Temple at Jiufen Old Streed
Statues on the roof of the temple at Jiufen Old Street in Taipei, Taiwan
Things to do in
Taipei
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the harbor city of Keelung is the gateway to Taipei. After your ship arrives, take the 25-minute drive into Taiwan's capital, where art, nature and architecture both traditional and modern meet. Cruise to Taipei and walk the narrow corridors of Jiu Fen Old Street, stopping to take tea while you soak in the mountain and ocean scenery. Then, see the city's modern side by climbing Taipei 101, a 449-meter-tall skyscraper with a sightseeing deck for panoramic views. Or spend your time absorbing the natural splendor: Hike Mount Keelung to its now-extinct volcanic summit, then see the Golden Waterfall below before you head to the Yin Yang Sea for some beach time.
Taipei, Taiwan, Hi Park
Rocky coast of Hi Park in Taiwan

Moonwalk

Ho Ping Island Park is a little slice of coastal terrain that will make you feel as if you've just landed on the moon. Wander through the park while listening to the waves crash on the shore, and discover the unique rock structures that have been carved by thousands of years of erosion.
Insider tip
Plan your day out in advance! Most of the best spots to visit in Keelung are a 30-minute taxi ride away.
Taipei, Taiwan, Baimiweng Fort
The Baimiweng Fort in Keelung, Taiwan

Easy Breezy

Once safeguarding the Keelung Harbor, Baimiweng Fort is now the perfect place to take in the stunning coastal views of Northern Taiwan. Explore the three stations with your camera in hand. Snap a photo of the boats in the harbor from the top, and enjoy the breeze coming off the sea.
Insider tip
Download the Keelung App before you go so you can have access to the shuttle schedule, best places to eat, and more.
Taipei, Taiwan, Giant buddha statue
Giant Buddha statue in Keelung, Taiwan

Visit a Goddess

Stretch your legs and climb the hilltop of Zhongzheng Park to visit Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy statue. On your way back down, stop at the Buddhist Temple and the Statue of Confucius before wandering the grounds, which are home to tennis courts and a skating rink.
Taipei, Taiwan, Beef Noodle Soup
A bowl of beef noodle soup

Local Cuisine

Taipei's night markets are the place to go for Taiwanese street food — and despite their name, many open around noon. Cruise to Taipei to fill up on lu rou fan (braised minced pork over rice), or niu rou mien, a bowl of noodles topped with tender braised beef and served in comforting beef broth. Then, cool down with pao pao bing, a sweet flavored ice. Or try liu sha, a golden-fried donut filled with sweet, eggy custard.
Taipei, Taiwan, Red lanterns
Red lanterns in Taiwan

Shopping

Head to Jiufen Old Street, lined with beautiful red lanterns, for distinctive, traditional souvenirs. The street is home to several tea houses, where you can purchase handmade tea leaves and delicate tea sets so you can brew your own Taiwanese tea at home. With your Taiwan cruise vacation, bring home a miniature replica of the sky lanterns you see hanging above the alleys here.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas Flowrider, Skypad, and Ripcord Activities
Spectrum of the Seas Flowrider, Skypad, and Ripcord Activities
PLAY HOWEVER YOU LIKE
Quantum of the Seas, Bumper Cars
Buggy going Fast

Dodgem Cars

Buckle up and take the wheel for non-stop fun on the only dodgem cars at sea. Rush hour gets a thrilling spin at the largest indoor activity space ever to set sail – SeaPlex®.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

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.
Girl Enjoying Splashaway Bay
Girl Getting Splashed on Harmony of the Seas

Splashaway Bay℠

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids' aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.
Skypad Daytime Girl Jumping
Skypad Daytime Girl Jumping

Sky Pad®

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad®. Whether you’re smashing sweeties in a sugar-coated world or travelling light years into the future – this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.

Day 6: Hong Kong, China

Day 6
Hong Kong
China
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Hong Kong, China Giant Buddha Monastery
The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
Things to do in
Hong Kong
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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.
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.
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

Shopping

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.

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