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Beijing (Tianjin) , China | Kitakyushu , Japan | Sasebo , Japan | Beijing (Tianjin) , China

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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.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

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

Kitakyushu, Japan

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
JAPANESE CULTURE

IN BLOOM

Start your adventure in Kitakyushu's old port, known to locals as Mojiko Retro. Stroll along the romantic promenade, and enjoy the quaint cafes and museums, such as the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History. Then, visit Kokura Castle, where you can meander through the peaceful gardens dotted with cherry blossoms and pay your respects at the stoic Shinto shrine.

View of Kokura Castle with water reflections and trees surrounding
Mountain or helicopter view of Kitakyushu, Japan with views of the water, mountains, and a bridge
Blue wing moji bridge and sea in Mojiko retro town, Kitakyushu, Japan

Start your adventure in Kitakyushu's old port, known to locals as Mojiko Retro. Stroll along the romantic promenade, and enjoy the quaint cafes and museums, such as the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History. Then, visit Kokura Castle, where you can meander through the peaceful gardens dotted with cherry blossoms and pay your respects at the stoic Shinto shrine.

View of Kokura Castle with water reflections and trees surrounding
Mountain or helicopter view of Kitakyushu, Japan with views of the water, mountains, and a bridge
Blue wing moji bridge and sea in Mojiko retro town, Kitakyushu, Japan
Things To Do

in Kitakyushu

The wisteria tunnel kawachi with a curtain of purple flowers flowing over in the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan

Purple Tunnels

In the mountainside Kitakyushu lies a private garden of purple flowers called Kawachi Wisteria Garden. Wander through seemingly endless tunnels of cultivated wisteria that shroud you in shades of purple. The most popular viewing season is late April to early May, but the gardens are also open for the fiery colors of autumn.

Kitakyushu international friendship memorial library in Mojiko retro town, Japan

Get Retro

In days of old, Mojiko port was a hub of commercial activity. When the port moved, buildings with historical significance were renovated and preserved in what today is called Mojiko Retro. Visit the striking red-brick Moji Customs Building, take a tour of the Kyushu Railway History Museum, or enjoy the view at the Mojiko Retro Observation Room.

The Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu, Japan

Castle Calm

First built in 1602, Kokura Castle is famous for its Chinese-style tower and hand-built natural stone walls. The castle was rebuilt in 1959 and today houses a small museum, where you can see gold-leaf tiger paintings and or sit in a palanquin sedan chair that once belonged to Japanese royalty. Then, do some hanami (flower-viewing) in the gardens and visit the Shinto Kokura Yasaka shrine.

Pufferfish Sashimi in a bowl served in Kitakyushu, Japan

Local Cuisine

Japanese chefs are some of the world's best when it comes to preparing seafood, and Kitakyushu is an ideal place to experience their skill. Pufferfish caught in the treacherous nearby seas of Kanmon Strait is said to be the best in all Japan — enjoy as sashimi or boiled in a hearty hot-pot at a fugu restaurant. Jump onboard a Kitakyushu cruise and try the favorite local snack karashi mentaiko, salty, spicy cod roe expertly pickled.

Traditional wooden japanese dolls sold in souvenir shops in Japan

Shopping

The best places to pick up souvenirs are in Mojiko Retro. If you are looking for a one-stop shop, head to Mojiko Retro Tourist Center. You'll find everything from sweets to signature crafts like Japanese wooden dolls. Mojiko Kaikyo Plaza has a collection of shops selling traditional music boxes and other trinkets.

INSIDER TIP

If you're going to the wisteria gardens, it's best to go with a tour and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Sasebo, Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

JAPAN'S EMERALD ISLANDS

Take a boat tour to the Kujukushima Islands, 208 emerald-green islands dotted along the coast, famous for their jagged shores. From the observatory decks on Mt Ishidake or Mt Hiyamizudake, enjoy panoramic views of the islands, mountains and bay. Then, explore the unique Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, or stop in at the Kujukushima Aquarium to learn how to harvest pearls.

Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
View of Kujuku Island (99 Islands) in Sasebo, Japan
View of Saikai bridge with whirlpools on the water

Take a boat tour to the Kujukushima Islands, 208 emerald-green islands dotted along the coast, famous for their jagged shores. From the observatory decks on Mt Ishidake or Mt Hiyamizudake, enjoy panoramic views of the islands, mountains and bay. Then, explore the unique Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, or stop in at the Kujukushima Aquarium to learn how to harvest pearls.

Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
View of Kujuku Island (99 Islands) in Sasebo, Japan
View of Saikai bridge with whirlpools on the water
Things To Do

in Sasebo

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan

Shopping

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.

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.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Things to Do

Chicken Porcini Bruschetta with Zesty Lime
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house – all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Baby Vegetables in the Garden at Wonderland on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Wonderland

VENTURE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you 'brush' the menu and find your element – Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

DAY 6 - Arrival Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

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